Research indicates that the average American Christian owns nine Bibles and is actively in the market for more. That statistic troubles us here at CRI, since we receive more than 400 letters a month from pastors and Christian workers in developing countries whose churches own no Bibles or Christian books.
Every day, more than 122,000 people become Christians, and most of those people are in Africa, Asia, and South America. They’re attending churches where even the pastors have no Bibles. In our country, the church isn’t growing so much. But the pile of Bibles on every Christian’s bookshelf sure is.
This discrepancy is why we have launched Operation Bare Your Bookshelf, a project to make it easy for American Christians to send a Bible (and a Christian book or two) overseas.
If you're like me, you have old Bibles sitting around that don't get used. What a tremendous opportunity to serve the worldwide church. CRI provides all the shipping materials to send Bibles to "a specific pastor, Christian worker, church member, or seeker overseas." They even send the recipient's name so you can pray for them specifically. Click here to find out more.