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TAKE COURAGE (a series of 4 books!)

- FINDING COURAGE IN GOD FOR LIFE

by Michelle J. Simpson

Full of stories and anecdotes, along with biblical truth, this book will be a great source of help and encouragement to many.

 

THE SECOND ACT

- THE REMARKABLE STORY OF MISSIONARY JAMES O. FRASER'S SUCCESSOR

by Stuart Simpson

This is the story about Stuart's close association with one of the most successful missionaries in the modern era, along with 20 key principles and lessons we can learn from Fraser's life and ministry, still applicable today.

FINDING GOD IN CHINESE CHARACTERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 by Stuart M. Simpson

A unique pack of 25 Chinese characters with bi-lingual explanatory guide.

A great tool for anyone with Chinese friends and in ministry to Chinese!

 

George Verwer

World Missions Mobiliser and Advocate

The story of George Verwer can be traced back to an American housewife in the 1950s. For 15 years, Dorothea Clapp prayed for the students in her local high school, that they would be saved and take the gospel to the ends of the earth. Included on her prayer "hit list" was one George Verwer, to whom she sent a copy of the Gospel of John.

Within three years in 1955, and aged 16, George had surrendered his life to Christ at a meeting in New York where evangelist Billy Graham preached. Shortly afterwards, George was elected as president of the school council for about 1200 students. He obtained permission from the principal to do something that would now be illegal; to give out gospels on campus and 1000 students promised to read the Gospel of John.

The following year 600 came to hear him speak at a meeting in the high school auditorium and 125 stood up to receive Jesus, including his own father, who faithfully followed the Lord for the rest of his life.

Summer outreaches in Mexico
While at university, George and two friends became burdened by the spiritual needs of Mexico. Summer holidays were spent in Mexico distributing thousands of Spanish gospels of John and other Christian literature. In his hometown of New York City, George also shared the gospel on the streets and door-to-door, and saw many give their lives to God.

In 1958, George moved to Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and began to take some of the Moody students to Mexico with him. While studying Spanish at the same time, a bookshop, a correspondence course and a radio broadcast were all started.

While at Moody, George also met Drena, a fellow student, whom he married a week after graduating. Before doing so, he told her, "You need to know I'm going to be a missionary and if you marry me you'll probably be eaten by cannibals in New Guinea."

George and Drena, along with a small group of friends, went to Spain in 1960 and all kinds of evangelistic work was started, mainly in secret with the underground church there at the time, as the country was under the rule of the dictator, Franco.

Operation Mobilisation
The following summer George headed into Russia with a team, a small printing press and gospels hidden in Corn Flake cereal boxes. However, it was to prove disastrous as he was arrested by the KGB and accused of being a spy. After eventually being thrown out as a group of 'religious fanatics', George spent a day in prayer and changed the name of the ministry from Send the Light, which had been focused solely on Muslim, Communist and closed countries, to 'Operation Mobilisation' (OM), with the purpose of mobilising Christian mission training, action and service around the world.

A move to England followed (where George and his wife have remained), and George recruited 200 young people to join OM in reaching the larger towns of Western Europe with Christian literature. 25 million tracts were distributed with offers of a Gospel or correspondence course. By the end of the summer, there were thousands of replies from several different countries, and more than 50 different Christian groups helped with the follow up.

The next outreaches attracted 2,000 workers from 30 nations. During the summer of 1963, some 80,000 villages were reached with teams bringing tons of literature. Two hundred people stayed on for year-long programmes in areas like Turkey, Iran, Lebanon, Israel, India and Europe. From there longer-term outreach programmes developed in the Middle East and Europe, and then in India, which is now one of OM's largest areas of ministry, with 700 full-time workers, providing education, food for children, and hope through Jesus Christ to thousands of children.

Global Influence
For the past 40 years, George has had a pioneering impact on world missions around the world, particularly in the areas of short-term missions,mission ships, and distribution of Christian literature. Today, over 4,000 people are involved in the work of OM in over 80 countries, including Latin America, Central Asia, the former Soviet-states, the Middle East, and secular Europe. Summer outreaches, like those begun in 1957 in Mexico still continue around the world. A ship ministry launched in 1970, serves as a practical expression of the gospel, through its cultural exchange programmes, community service initiatives, and its floating book fair.

In 2003, George handed over the international leadership of OM to Peter Maiden, who had been his Associate International Director for 15 years.

Now in his late-sixties, George continues to encourage and challenge the church around the world into evangelism and world missions, both through his preaching, while wearing his infamous 'global jacket', and through the distribution of Christian literature. Although he has authored several books himself, his heart remains in distribution, especially in languages of the many unreached peoples of the world, and in recent years he has helped develop indigenous Christian publishing houses in former communist countries. He is also personally involved in a number of 'Special Projects' within OM, such as raising awareness in churches to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Sources
www.georgeverwer.com
Global Passion - Marking George Verwer's Contribution to World Mission, edited by David Greenlee, published by OM Books, 2003
A Tribute to George Verwer, Eternal Perspective Ministries