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Commentary Series shipped to Nigeria

Every so often I get an email from someone who has been using my books in their ministry. In September of 2021 I received the following message from a pastor in Edo State, Nigeria:

I want you to know that recently I am ministering to some men on a regular basis. I often borrow ideas or get thoughts from your teaching book – ISAIAH – that ministers to me on a regular basis. I pass it to the men, and I feel strongly that I should write and thank you.  I know postage is high shipping books but I ask that you keep my ministry on your list for free books for use in our Christian library.

It often takes months to get to each request but this week I had the opportunity to ship a commentary series (37 books) to this pastor for his Christian library. Would you pray that these packages would arrive safely and that as these books are added to his Christian library in Nigeria, they would touch the lives of those who borrow them.

First Book of the Year Ready for Print

I begin this year working on my Ateso language commentary on the book of Revelation. It took three afternoons this week to format this book and design the cover, but I have now completed the task. One thousand books will be printed and distributed in Uganda in the weeks and months to come. Pray that this book will be a blessing to Ugandan believers.

First Projects of 2022

We will begin the year with nine translation projects in process. The latest is my Ateso commentary on the book of Revelation for Uganda. I received an email this week telling me that the translation is completed and the book is undergoing proof reading. I will need format it for printing. This will be one of my first priorities of the new year. Pray for us as we proceed with the printing and distribution of 1,000 copies of this book in Uganda.


Also, this week, I had news that my Urdu commentary on Philippians and Colossians has been printed and collected from the printers in Pakistan. One thousand copies of this will also be going out in the weeks and months to come. Below is a picture of the Urdu books ready for distribution.

Distribution Report 2021

Here is a general summary of the distribution projects undertaken in 2021:

  • Writing and publication of nine (9) new English studies in 2021 on a variety of Bible topics and passages
  • Translation, printing and distribution of three (3) Urdu New Testament commentaries for Pakistan (1,000 copies each)
  • Translation and publication of six (6) Spanish books thanks to my translators in Cuba
  • Distribution of one Spanish eBook a week (49 books) to just over 100 Christian workers in Cuba through the Light To My Path Cuba WhatsApp Group
  • Distribution of one English eBook a week to just over 50 Christian workers in Ghana through the Light To My Path Ghana WhatsApp group.
  • Translation, printing and distribution of two (2) Amharic Bible study books in Ethiopia (1,000 copies each)
  • Translation, printing and distribution of one (1) Ateso language Old Testament commentary in Uganda (1,000 copies)
  • Translation, printing and distribution of one (1) Bible study in Telugu for India (1,000 copies)
  • I am waiting to hear word about the Burmese translation of my commentary on Galatians and Ephesians for Myanmar. Due to the political upheaval and Covid-19 in Myanmar, this has been taking a while to print and distribute. I have, however, paid for 1,000 copies to be printed and distributed.
  • 292 individuals received a package(s) in the mail with printed books or Secure Digital Card libraries
  • In the past 365 days 16,181 people from 143 countries have visited my website 62,181 times
  • Production of 50 podcasts in 7 series available on a variety of podcast platforms

I am thankful to Sovereign Grace Presbyterian Church in Blues Mills and other supporters who have made these small-scale projects possible. With the visits on the website and the book distribution, we have been able to reach over 20,000 people this year. Have any lives been changed? Only the Lord God knows that. My prayer, however, is that among the thousands we have reached this year, some will be drawn closer to the Saviour. We can at least pray to this end.

Secure Digital Card Library

The Secure Digital Library is an important part of the ministry of Light To My Path Book Distribution. I have developped this over the past couple of years but only in the last year has it become the main focus of the distribution.

This secure digital card can be inserted into a smartphone, tablet or computer and contains a complete Bible commentary, studies on a variety of passages and topics, hours of audio teaching, and an Android app.

Currently, seven Christian workers receive a complete library every week. Would you pray that this digital library on would be a useful tool for Christian workers around the world?

Light To My Path Book Distribution 2020 Report

For those who are interested here is a general report of what took place in 2020.

New English Studies for 2020
Six new English books were published and made available for distribution:

1. The Choices We Make (Topical Study)
2. Fresh Wineskins –  (A Study of Luke 5:36-39)
3. Offerings and Sacrifices of the OT – (A Survey)
4. Much Fruit – (A study of John 15:1-8)
5. The Order of Melchizedek – (Topical Study)
6. Naaman the Syrian – (A Study of 2 Kings 5:1-19)

New Translations (completed)
Thirteen books were translated into five languages. Five thousand copies of these physical books were distributed this year:

Burmese (Myanmar)
1. 2 Corinthians

Ateso (Uganda)
1. If My People
2. If Your Brother Sins

Spanish
1. Exchanging Heavenly Reward
2. Not What I Expected
3. By Way Of the Red Sea
4. The Relenting Heart of God
5. Beyond the Veil
6. Philippians and Colossians
7. Partners in the Gospel
8. Loving God

Amharic (Ethiopia)
1. East of Eden

Swahili (Tanzania)
1. East of Eden – 1,000 copies printed and distributed

New Translations (in progress)
Four new translation projects were initiated this year and should be finished in the new year:

1. Oriya (India)
2. Mbunda (Zambia)
3. Spanish (Cuba)
4. Telegu (India)

New Distribution Centres:
Three new distribution centres were added this year. This includes a translator/distributor:

1. Ateso – Uganda
2. Amharic – Ethiopia
3. Telegu – India

E-DISTRIBUTION

Online reading library (https://www.lighttomypath.ca/library)

The online reading library continues to develop with books in English and Spanish being added as they become available. Plans are underway to introduce an Urdu library in the near future. Website stats indicate that the top nine countries visiting the website are:

1. United States
2. Germany
3. Canada
4. France
5. Singapore
6. Russian Federation
7. Kenya
8. Ukraine
9. China

The website has had about 18,000 visits this year from about 3,000 people so it appears that many are return visitors.

SD card library (English)

The secure digital card library continues to be developped and now contains the following:

1. Complete Bible commentary series from Genesis to Revelation
2. Bible study books on various passages and topics
3. Android app containing complete library
4. About 10 hours of Audio Teaching in the form of podcast 

I try to ship cards to eight people a week.

Weekly podcast

I am working on a regular weekly podcast based on the books I have been writing. This podcast is available online, and as each series is completed it will be added to the Secure Digital library for distribution. This means that those who receive the SD card library can hear the teaching on their phones or tablets. I have produced 41 podcasts of about 20 minutes each this year.

LTMP WhatsApp Cuba – 107 members

We started a WhatsApp group for Cuba this year. We have over 100 church leaders in this group. We provide a new Spanish book in pdf format each week to these Christian workers. The book is automatically downloaded to their devices for reading and study.

LTMP WhatsApp Ghana – 45+ members

In December we started a second WhatsApp group for Ghana. We have over 45 members in this group and I have been distributing weekly commentaries and Bible study books in pdf to these members.

Online Bible

Work has begun this year in the Netherlands to format my Bible commentary files for use with the Online Bible platform (Windows, iphone and Android). In December they released the first three books (Matthew, Mark and Luke voles 1-3).

Online Sales

I no longer sell books personally. Every book I print in my shop is given away freely. The only place books can be purchased in online through Amazon, Kobo and Smashwords. I receive a royalty for book amounting to about $100 a month. This money goes into my ministry account to help fund the distribution of books to those who cannot afford them.

Korean Commentaries

My Korean commentary series continues is sold and distributed in South Korea. Royalties from the sales of these books also goes directly into the ministry. The amount received from this varies each year with the past few years being around CAD$500-600 for the year.

Equipment Replacement

The publishing equipment I have been using has worked well for me but this year I had to repair and ultimately replace my laminator. While this was a fair expense this year, with a number of books now being distributed electronically, I am trusting this laminator will last me quite a few years.

Korean Bible Commentaries

From 2010-2012 I had the privilege of working with Mission World Library in Seoul, Korea to produce a Bible commentary series on the whole Bible in the Korean language. Eleven years later these commentaries are still being distributed. Pray that the Lord would open doors for these books to be a source of right blessing for Korean speaking believers.