2023 Giving ends in:
… It’s easy to get lost in large numbers, but when you zoom in just a bit, one thing comes clearly into focus: The Gospel has faces.
Each number represents a name, a person, a story of transformation.
Consider Yeva*, a coordinator who oversees resource production in the Middle East. Her work to pioneer the translation and distribution of our books helps to equip believers in over 12 countries with teaching in their own language. None of this would be possible without your faithful partnership.
As this year draws to a close, we kindly invite you to make a year-end donation toward our mission to equip everyone, everywhere, with biblical teaching in their own language…”
Armenia, one of the 230+ nations Messenger International is currently working in.
We are the leading provider of translated resources in 71 languages, spoken by 1.677 billion people.
We are the only known provider of translated resources in 36 languages, spoken by 652.2 million people.
We find people groups with discipleship needs and help determine the most critical teaching resource that would address it.
Current translations in production include Sundanese, Lingala, Meitei and 7 other languages.
Our extensive network of translators produce the resources in their respective languages.
In 2023 alone, we translated resources into 6 additional languages spoken by a cumulative 77.5 million people globally.
We estimate that we will complete and add to MessengerX a total of around 575 new translated non-English resources during 2023 which will make this 12-month period one of our most productive resources production years ever.
We distribute both physical and digital resources to pastors, leaders, and church networks around the globe, who use this teaching to equip the local body of believers.
For every $1 you give, we reach an estimated 4 people.
People around the world are hungry to grow in their faith, yet often are living on spiritual crumbs. Many lack even a single Christian resource in their language. By giving today, you don’t just change a statistic. You change a life, a story, a legacy.
Your gift helps bring discipleship to hungry believers eager to see Christ transform their own lives and their communities.
Billions of people around the world still lack discipleship resources in their native language. Often, there are nations that have never even seen a Christian resource, besides the Bible, in their own dialect.
The power held within a native language is part of a person’s core identity–a head to heart connection.
Translations become pathways to reach people and nations. We believe that getting native discipleship resources into the hands of pastors and leaders around the world has the potential to bring revival to an entire nation.
With translations, discipleship tools are/can impacting/impact people all over the world in nearly every language.
We believe that the right message for the right time and people group can bring transformation to a community. We are all here because we’ve experienced the power and effectiveness of many discipleship tools.
At Messenger International, our greatest hope is to do the same for every person around the world, where language is not a barrier.
In many nations around the world, literacy rates are very low—especially in rural and remote areas.
For this reason, Messenger not only produces written, translated resources, but also audio messaging so that those who cannot read can still receive these life-transforming messages and be equipped.
Messenger International is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Your contribution over and above the fair market value of any goods or services received is tax deductible as allowed by law in the United States.
As we reflect back on this year, there is so much to celebrate.
To date, your generosity has provided over 62 million translated resources to hungry believers around the world—with 6 million resources being given away in this last year alone. It’s easy to get lost in numbers like these, but when we zoom in a bit, one thing is clear: the gospel has faces.
Consider Yeva, a coordinator who oversees production, translation, and distribution of our books in the Middle East. Her work helps equip believers in over 12 countries with teaching in their own language. Or take Brother B, a printer and distributor in Mongolia, who drives thousands of miles each year to ensure that even those in the most remote yurt village are reached with discipleship materials. These are real people in real places helping to meet the real spiritual hunger of their people.
We want you to know that you too are a face of the gospel. Behind every translated resource we give away, there is someone like you partnering with us to make it a reality. Whether it’s a physical book given to an underground pastor in Iran, or a digital resource provided through the MessengerX app (which just passed 2 million users), you are driving this mission forward. ￼
As of now, we’ve been able to make at least one translated resource available in 128 languages—a feat that would have seemed impossible a decade ago. While we celebrate all God has done, there are still many who need the hope we carry. In the upcoming year, we are committed to expanding our work to some of the most unreached, displaced, and afflicted people groups in the world. To do that, we need your help.
We kindly invite you to make a year-end donation toward our mission to equip everyone, everywhere, with biblical teaching in their own language.
We won’t stop until every face has been touched by the gospel…because everyone needs to know!
With love and gratitude,
Over the past decade, numerous pastors and leaders from all over the world have been crying out (and even begging us) for discipleship resources in their language. This may sound extreme, but in America we have an abundance of books and resources that are available to us that are often taken for granted. In many ways, we have access to excess.
In some developing nations, people have never seen a book in their language. When leaders from these nations are given a book, they treat it as sacred gift! They even hand-write books and Bibles word for word so that they can spread this message of hope to others in their sphere of influence.
Dr. Joseph Serwadda, a leader from Uganda who oversees a group of churches that number approximately 27,000, echoes this need among pastors and leaders all over the world: “Our biggest need is not money or bigger buildings, but solid teaching. We lack literature for people to read and study on their own. The more people we have in church who are less instructed in the Word of God, the less solidity we have. Come and help us preserve the harvest. This is a Macedonian call!”
Over the years, Cubans have long suffered under the oppression of a single message: communism. Despite this challenge, Yassir is committed to sharing a new message with his people, a message of transformation that can lead to national revival.
Cubans, in general, have been conditioned toward communistic consumption. That’s why Yassir wants his people to embrace a new identity: a life defined by what they can give. This shift requires growth and maturity that can only come through a new perspective.
He explained, “The Cuban church is strong and filled with passion. But I believe it’s important that we shift our mentality. We need to see how the Gospel goes beyond our own needs. Ultimately, we need to take responsibility for ourselves and our nation, and not just wait for outside intervention.”
There aren’t many Christian resources in Cuba. So, Pastor Yassir’s church, along with many other churches throughout Cuba, have been profoundly impacted by the resources Messenger International has provided for them in their own language.
In our conversations with Pastor Yassir, he often cited an ancient proverb: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you’ve fed him for a lifetime. He sees MessengerX as a tool both to feed his people and teach them to fish.
It’s become evident that after many years in our ministry, the most effective way to transform a village or town is not to construct a church building. This just keeps the local leadership dependent on us.
We are much more effective if we give the indigenous leaders such as Pastor Yassir spiritual knowledge that will empower them to influence their village, town, or city. Such knowledge helps produce the faith needed to grow and sustain the work, which, if necessary, will include buildings and other resources.
Stories like Pastor Yassir’s fuel our mission, because we believe that everyone deserves to know life-transforming truth!
Before Nura became a follower of Christ, her life was a living hell.
After the death of her husband—from whom she endured many years of abuse and suffering—she became a widow with four children. In search of peace and inner healing, she sought solace in religious places and practices, which only led her deeper into depression and financial debt.
Her last resort was Jesus.
“I came to the Christian church and begged for help! I accepted Christ after I heard of the promise of peace and healing that is found in Him,” Nura wrote. “I slowly began to recover, but there was one thing hindering my healing—unforgiveness.”
Filled with regrets, Nura struggled to forgive her husband. But the grip of offense began to weaken when her pastor handed her a copy of The Bait of Satan.
“I forgave my husband after I learned how much I, too, needed forgiveness,” shared Nura. “Now I am healed, and I have peace for the first time in my life. Some even say I look ten years younger!”
Pastor Raphael was raised in Kenya, immersed in a culture of darkness. As a child, he lacked affection because his father believed that strong men don’t show love. He continually witnessed his father beat and belittle his mother. Everywhere he looked, insidious behavior was practiced toward women and infants—families were being destroyed and lives were ending before they had a chance to begin.
This was the destiny Raphael was headed toward.
But everything changed when truth entered the scene. The first area to be transformed was Raphael’s heart—which, in turn, transformed his marriage and his family. And with a strong and healthy family, his whole outlook toward life has changed.
“Through the resources of Messenger International, a relentless passion was ignited in me to see the people of my country free from lies,” shared Raphael. “I discovered my purpose to train up others and bring God’s transforming truth to remote villages.”
Raphael has trekked miles through mud and rain to reach people, often rising early and returning late. He would travel over 50 miles a day with his bicycle—but through the generosity of the MessengerX community, he was given a motorcycle, which has enabled him to double his efforts while easily transporting the resources and supplies he needs to facilitate his classes. Raphael has seen over 200 of his students graduate in the villages he serves.
“Thank you for investing in my people,” expressed Raphael. “Each day tribal warriors are transformed into children of God, marriages are infused with love, and the innocent are protected. Your generosity has given us the tools we need to rewrite our story and reclaim our humanity.”
Formerly a Muslim, Dahlia fled to Turkey after she was expelled from her Iranian school and excommunicated by her family. Her crime? Becoming a Christian.
You can now find Dahlia in a refugee camp, far from what she once called home. But despite the upheaval, she has found purpose in her pain. On a daily basis, Dahlia walks through her makeshift town and prays over the people. They have become her people—the audience of her message.
Dahlia has become a messenger, and she is often spotted lovingly serving those around her and sharing her faith with them. Despite language barriers, people are drawn to her because they see something different in her. And what’s amazing is that she’s not only reaching the people in her refugee camp, she’s also impacting those she left behind in Iran.
“I’ve had calls from Iran,” writes Dahlia. “People who mocked me because of my faith now believe in Jesus and want to know more. So, I tell them about MessengerX, which has a lot of translated discipleship resources.”
As we continue to provide people like Dahlia with life-transforming truth in their own language, we’re helping them grow in their faith and discover their purpose—and we’re equipping them to make a difference in their world.
“I am beyond thankful for all of the books that I’ve been able to read in my language, such as Driven by Eternity, translated in Farsi,” shared Dahlia. “I read them again and again. The messages keep me company in this lonely season, and they inspire me to reveal Jesus to the hurting people all around me.”