Camel cigarettes have long cursed children, as well as teens and adults, in Ukraine and other countries of the former Soviet Union. But now another kind of camel, a set of three books about the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ titled “The Story of a Camel,” is being urgently requested by leaders of the public-school system in the region of Dnipro, located in south central Ukraine.
In the city of Dnipro, the capital of this region, there is an evangelical Baptist church which has been asked by the Department of Education to place this collection of Christian literature in every elementary class room in their region! And the pastor of this church, Pastor Viktor, has reached out to READ for help in responding to this open door for sharing the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ. Here is Pastor Viktor’s plea for our support:
The Education Department of our region, having read the books "The Story of a Camel", appealed to us with a request and expressed the desire to have this set of books in all schools of the region. They see and believe that these books will be useful in the spiritual education and development of students in the educational institutions of the region. This is good news for us! But our concern is that there are more than 1000 (one thousand) schools in the region!
One thousand schools are great. If we count only junior grades: 1-5 grades - this is about 5000 grades of 25 students in one grade - we can reach 125,000 children. Even if the books are read by a third of the children, it will be more than 40,000. It's worth it if we do it for Christ's sake.
I write to you openly, fraternally and with hope - for Christ's sake and in the name of Jesus, we have an excellent opportunity to reach many children in the Dnipro region with the Gospel. I thank God for this opportunity and His trust. If the Education Department asks for this, then I think the Lord does not mind.
READ has replied to Pastor Viktor and committed to provide an initial 800 sets of this Gospel-centered trilogy for distribution into public school class rooms in the Dnipro region. Please pray that the message of the Gospel will be received in the hearts of many young readers and their family members in Ukraine.
Please help READ help Pastor Viktor respond to this amazing opportunity that God has opened for the advance of His Good News! For a total of $3,000, READ can provide 800 sets of these brightly colored, biblically-based evangelistic books.