This afternoon I went to visit several bookshops in Estonia. In every church and every denomination we visited, we encountered Messenger International’s resources. A big selection was in the largest Methodist church in town. As soon as we mentioned the name “John Bevere” (pronounced here phonetically as Beev-ear-ee), the shopkeeper’s face lit up. She immediately jumped up and brought a selection of Estonian and Russian books to me. At the Lutheran and Baptist churches it was just the same. Bishops and pastors told me how blessed they had been to receive such teaching.
Everyone here speaks as if they know John; indeed, the more people I talked to, the more I sensed the impact that his teachings have had in this part of the world. I spoke to Bishop Ago, one of the nation’s key leaders, this afternoon. With all sincerity, he told me,“John’s books and teachings have been the most influential in Estonia in the last ten years. They have given direction, structured principles, formed relations, and helped develop this nation’s spiritual life. Every church stream has embraced them and is happy to receive them.”
A little later, speaking to Brother Valeri from Life TV—which broadcasts Estonian and Russian programming across Europe—I was told, “John’s messages are some of the most watched that we are privileged to air. People really love him here. His messages are shown at prime time on the best days and then repeated several times so that they can be seen prime time in Moscow, Europe, and the USA. Across the world, Estonians and Russians tune in to listen to Brother John.” Only a few weeks ago, we sent Life TV the new Relentless video messages. Already the team has dubbed the teaching into Estonian and aired sessions one to three.
Brother Valeri and I spoke for hours on the potential for his website to host downloads of the upcoming Relentless curriculum seeding. I asked about audience feedback and response, and we have agreed that everyone who writes in will automatically receive a PDF of the Relentless book. Every new idea was received with joy and appreciation as the future of our partnership in the Kingdom captured our imaginations.
My last meeting of the day was with our Estonian language publisher, Hubert Jacobs. He has already published eight of John’s titles in Estonian and is presently working on Driven by Eternity. Hearing what we planned to do with the Relentless curriculum in Russian, he immediately asked to license both Relentless and Lioness Arising by Lisa. He too went on to tell me that John’s teachings are received like no other. Every church and denomination in the nation wants these books. He said, “Everyone is happy to see a new teaching by John.” Here a best seller is a book that sells a mere 1,000 copes in a year, yet with books, television and the Internet, God’s Word is spreading at an unprecedented rate and lives are being transformed!
Brother Hubert paused for a moment to echo the sentiment articulated innumerable times throughout my short stay:“We love John here. I hope that one day he can return the love by coming to visit us!”
Down at the “beach,” the sea is frozen. Even the ducks and swans have to walk atop the water, patiently awaiting the onset of spring.
In the physical realm, Estonia is cold and still, but the hearts of the people are enflamed! It is difficult to fully comprehend that through your faithful support, we can reach an entire nation on the other side of the planet—a country so small, with a population of just 1.5 million, that many people have not even heard of it. Few could place Estonia on a map, but God is more than able to orchestrate and inspire a consuming hunger for the anointed teaching of His word!