Over 1.7 million of Bill and BJ’s books, audio messages, pamphlets, tracts and other ministry resources have been provided free of charge to missionaries, pastors, chaplains, military personnel, prisoners, students, and spiritually hungry youth and adults in every state in the U.S. and over 145 countries. Thousands of letters and notes from across the U.S. and around the globe testify how these biblical resources are impacting and enriching lives and ministries. Our World Literature Outreach is funded by our “Change the World with Your Change” contributions and by various sponsors. Contributors bring in donations in cups, bottles, cans, baskets, boxes, jars, bags, envelopes and piggy banks.A growing number of lending libraries – often on mission fields, behind prison walls, on military bases, and in churches, ministries, camps, orphanages, schools, colleges, and seminaries – use our materials to share the Gospel and help believers grow in their relationship with God.Several of Bill and BJ’s books have been translated and reprinted in such countries as Nigeria, Malawi, Pakistan, India, Myanmar, and Egypt. Some articles and ministry ideas have been published in magazines and journals, while quotes and excerpts from their books and messages have been used by various authors and speakers in sermons, blogs, websites, newsletters, and books.In photo top right, Darlinda McDonald kneels on the lawn at BRM behind a globe and a large jar that one of our ministry friends had filled with change for our “Change the World with Your Change.” In photo at right, Sheree Zippay holds her hand over a map of the U.S. and world (with pins representing BRM outreaches). Sheree, a Messianic Jew, was Bill and Karen’s first volunteer staff and continues to faithfully support BRM’s vision of reaching this nation and world with the love and truth of Yeshua (Jesus).
Casting Bread Upon the Waters
Bill Rudge Ministries arranged shipments of over 1,000 soccer shirts, shorts, socks, shoes, balls and other sports apparel to orphanages in Liberia, Kenya, Uganda, Haiti, and South America, as well as to U.S. missions. Also included were hundreds of Bill and BJ’s books, pamphlets and audio messages. We are grateful to the Shenango Valley United Soccer Club for donating soccer shirts, shorts and balls; Sharpsville Area Schools for contributing apparel; Matt Kraynak for donating hundreds of pens; Senator Douglas Mastriano for providing ball caps; Hank and Jeannette Clinger for giving an auto harp and South Pymatuning Community Church for donating $750 to cover the expenses of distributing and shipping these items. Delivering these materials, (equivalent to 20 large boxes weighing 50 – 100 pounds each) was a daunting task that required many people and organizations. South Pymatuning Community Church covered the cost of shipping two huge boxes to Liberia and helped with the delivery expenses to various mission organizations. (At the Karen Rudge Foundation orphanage in Liberia, the community is invited to soccer tournaments where Pastor Festus Banks and the teams use this opportunity to share the gospel by passing out these BRM materials. The children also took Bill’s personal testimony, “The Taming of Godzilla,” home to their parents.) Photo at right: Carson Smith weighs a box to be shipped.Bill and Karen and their granddaughter, Caeleana, drove 17 hours (through rain, fog, snow and darkness) in one day to deliver a full load to Equipping the Saints in Virginia for shipment to orphanages in Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay and/or Argentina. A few days later Bill and Karen delivered a large box to Lancaster, PA to Elage and Betty Estime for their Haiti orphanages. (Elage and BJ’s friendship began years ago as teenagers when BJ went on a mission trip to Haiti. Elage has never forgotten the many ways BJ helped him as they spent time together doing ministry and playing soccer. ) BRM volunteer Willie Hetrick and her sister Marty are carrying uniforms and books and audio messages by Bill and BJ to an orphanage they established in Uganda. Amiee Matthews, and others from New Life Baptist Church who are going on a mission trip to Kenya, are carrying sports apparel and Bill and BJ’s books in their suitcases to Building of Hope in Kenya. The books from Bill Rudge Ministries are intended to establish Lending Libraries.Below Photos (left to right:) Ann Ore processes soccer and sports apparel at BRM for orphanages in Liberia, Kenya, Uganda and Haiti. Bruce Adams prepares audio messages for U.S. and overseas. Anneka and Moriah Rudge pack huge boxes for the Karen Rudge Foundation orphanage in Liberia.
Photos below: (left to right) Lucas Rudge busy packing soccer shirts for the orphanage; youth at the orphanage show off their new yellow soccer shirts; at the Karen Rudge Foundation in Liberia, the youth celebrate the receipt of clothes and tracts, then distributed requested copies of Bill Rudge’s testimony at a soccer tournament and to the surrounding community.