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URBACAD LITERATURE PROJECT FOR 2016

posted January 23, 2016

bookdisplayWe do have a special project we’d like to share with you.  The URBACAD program in Albany has been providing affordable printed workbooks and leader guides since 2002, for the urban, multi-ethnic ministries of Missions Door across America, as well as a wide variety of churches, of various denominations, ethnic groups, and social strata.  We know that a lot of our churches have very limited resources, and we have held the line on the cost of most programs for several years.  But in the last five years, costs have gone up for paper and printing, while the income of many of our churches has gone down, mirroring the income of their members.

Our special project request for this year is a fund to underwrite the printing of the first two parts of the Life of Christ workbooks in English and Spanish.  The total amount for this project is $12,500.  (Michael would be glad to share the details with you on request.)  It would allow us to offer immediate service on all our titles without raising prices.  That would be a great blessing and encouragement to many churches across the continent.

To Donate to this Project:  online, you can go to www.missionsdoor.org/missionary/lindsey-mike-and-linda/  There’s a button “Donate” right below our lovely picture, and you can proceed from there.  Please be sure to designate Project #47315D, “URBACAD Literature”, in the comments box, a few lines down the page.. 

"THE BIG PICTURE" IS ESSENTIAL FOR NEW FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST

The Big Picture coverWe live in a society which has become largely ignorant of the basic history and key historical records of the Bible. Even well-educated men and women often can't distinguish Abraham from Aaron, Moses from Noah, Matthew from John, or the Old Testament from the New. But when a person puts their trust in Christ as Savior and Lord, the Bible becomes the most important guidebook for their lives.

The URBACAD program provides a wonderful textbook to bring new believers an understanding of the importance of the Bible, and an initial working knowledge of the contents of the Bible, and the flow of God's plan for human history. It's called The Big Picture (in Spanish, Panorama de la Biblia). For those churches which use Abundant Life as a guide for one-on-one or small group discipleship, The Big Picture is a great next step.

The Big Picture uses the same programmed instructional format as other SEAN materials, in ten units of study which can be paced one per week, or in "lessons" which would extend the study period to about 20 weeks. I recommend The Big Picture be used in a small group, less than eight students, to allow time for questions and interaction. We have developed a list of suggested Bible memory verses to reinforce the theme of each unit, available on request.

The workbooks are available for $12 plus P&H; a leader's guide for $10. Please contact me with questions, comments and orders. (Michael)

Men’s Ministry Will Be Strengthened by the URBACAD Life of Christ program

Last month I had the privilege of visiting the First Baptist Church of Bloomfield, NJ. It's a great, multi-cultural church pastored by Jimmie Van Sant. I brought the Sunday morning Bible message, and then met with 20 men from the church for a cookout. At their request, I presented the URBACAD Life of Christ program, as well as Abundant Life and The Big Picture.

The men of First Baptist had been searching for a way to go deeper into their spiritual life, and to prepare for effective leadership in the church. One man said, the church's women have their Bible studies already, but we need something that challenges us to work hard, to discipline ourselves, and to grow together in Christ. Of course, the Life of Christ program fits all these criteria very well!

Pastor Van Sant sent me word last week that the men of his church have organized themselves into three small groups, meeting at differing times and places, to begin working through Book 1 and doing ministry assignments together. Two groups are starting this month, and one in September; about 20 men total are beginning this adventure together!

I'm available to help these groups implement the goals over the next three years, and I hope to see these men complete the program, and to see real spiritual fruit in their lives!