I discovered recently that 8 doors away from where we now live is a retired Christian printer who kindly offered to show me how to make up a perfect bound book. Arriving at 10am one morning, David and I spent 3 hours and made up 4 copies of 'King David - Preparation for Leadership'. It was most interesting but something I might not do too often as the same books could have been stapled in less than 5 minutes. We used the electronic guillotine in our outhouse to trim the books - it can take four in one go. This machine is here with the compliments of SOON in Willington who were parting with equipment prior to closing down their operation. David told me that the blade needs sharpening and he knows a local firm who will do it. All of this I did not know when we moved to Pensby, but God knew and He cares!
Yesterday funds were sent to pastor Umba in Lubumbesha to print French titles of the books "Peter meets Jesus" and "Peter's Teaching". This was the sixth reprint of PmJ and the third reprint of PT. Pastor Umba always sends receipts for books printed and photos. He plans to go to a convention where he will sell the books often to young people. We thank God for Pastor Umba and ask you to pray for him.
Myanmar has a population of 54 million (2009 est.), of which 90% profess Buddhism (roughly 48 million), 4% Christianity. Buddhist monks walk around the towns in the red saffron robes and people give them gifts of food. Impressive ornate temples are to be seen everywhere and Buddhist festivals punctuate the year. However the authorities generally permit most adherents of registered religious groups to worship as they choose.
Quail Books are written to help Christian believers understand the Bible especially among the Chin tribes where there are many believers. Sometimes my books will help an individual trust Christ for the first time. Every month we send funds to Pastor E. in Myanmar (Burma) for printing books in one of five languages. Sometimes people who have read the book volunteer to distribute more books. Pastors also take part in distribution. Pastor E. and his wife travel by motor bike to distant places with books strapped at the back.
Last month we sent funds to print 1000 copies of 'Peter meets Jesus' in the Barma language. This is the language of Burma that all the different tribes must speak. You may have a problem reading it (see picture). Volunteers are now taking the book to other towns. Falam Chin books will this month go to a town near the Thai border, where one Pastor is regularly distributing them. Pray that light and understanding will come to many Burmese people according to Psalm 119:130, "The unfolding of your words gives light, it gives understanding to the simple."