Distribution of Bibles and Christian Literature
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. – Psalm 51: 12 (KJV) This request of David comes at the tail end of a major mistake in his
He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. –
But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” – Luke 13: 12 In the crowd of those at the synagogue who were
As Christians living in the West, we have an almost unlimited access to the Scriptures, we may study in the Bible institute or seminary of our choice, and we are privileged to have most of the great books of Christianity translated into our own language. This has been God’s blessing upon the West, and there is no need for us to apologize for our abundance. It is only required of us that we be good stewards in using our resources for the advancement of our own faith and in making the same resources available to our brothers and sisters in the rest of the world.
Many indigenous missionaries and pastors in the foreign field have been limited by their own poverty from having an adequate library to use as a resource for studying the Scriptures. As a result of this greatly overlooked need, TEL International has purposed to assist our partners with biblical and theological literature. Our primary goal is to encourage indigenous pastors and missionaries to continue striving to know God and submit their lives and ministries to the dictates of His Word. Our passion is to demonstrate that God’s Word is all-sufficient for all things in life and ministry. It is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (II Timothy 3:16-17).
In striving towards our goal of building up the indigenous church and its ministers, we provide pastoral libraries to indigenous missionaries and pastors in the foreign field. A pastoral library may include the following resources:
STUDY BIBLE – A theologically rich, gospel-centered content aimed at helping God’s people better understand the Bible. Study Bibles contain extensive help and features like annotations explaining difficult passages or theology and doctrine, references to indicate where text relates to, word definitions, a concordance, maps and timelines, and more.
EXHAUSTIVE CONCORDANCE – An alphabetical index of words used in the Holy Bible, showing contextual occurrences of each word throughout the Bible’s 66 separate literary works. With cross-references for verses, concordances make it easy to understand the meaning of terms and the context in which those words are used.
BIBLE DICTIONARY – One of the most practical and useful theological reference books. The combination of definitions and proper names for Biblical words with online verse reference, allows users to define and analyze Scripture. Readers will discover the meaning of words and study them in context to the theological concepts of that specific verse or passage.
ONE–VOLUME BIBLE COMMENTARY – Aids in the study of Scripture by providing explanation and interpretation of Biblical text. Commentaries offer greater understanding with background information on authorship, history, setting, and theme of the Gospel. Verse by verse exposition of the New and Old Testament can be found in commentary written by some of the greatest Christian church leaders including John Calvin, Matthew Henry, Charles Spurgeon, and C.I. Scofield.
SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY – A discipline of Christian theology that formulates an orderly, rational, and coherent account of the Christian faith and beliefs into categorical systems. Systematic theology draws on the foundational sacred texts of Christianity, while investigating the development of Christian doctrine over the course of history.
Inherent to a system of theological thought is that a method is developed, one which can be applied both broadly and particularly. Using biblical texts, it attempts to compare and relate all of scripture and create a systematized statement on what the whole Bible says about particular issues.
At TEL International, we recognize that the Great Commission is not about sending missionaries, but about sending God’s truth through missionaries. Sound theological literature is greatly needed in the missionary endeavor. With your help we can provide biblical and theological resources for the benefit of those who have the greatest need and the least resources.
Make a gift online or download the attached donation form and mail your gift (check, or money order) to the following address: TEL INTERNATIONAL – P.O. BOX 763325 Dallas, TX 75376. All charitable contributions are tax deductible.