During the past century, the growth of Christianity has exploded in numbers. Interestingly, the demographic center has also shifted south, with 75% now living in the Global South: Africa, Asia, and South America. This is great cause to give thanks, but the growth of the church has outpaced the supply of pastors and elders equipped to lead congregations. An estimated 85% of the 2.2 million evangelical churches worldwide are led by pastors with insufficient training.
Imagine that you are an indigenous pastor of a local church in South America trying to shepherd a small congregation, with little to no access to formal education. Your understanding of the basic truths of the Bible is greatly lacking. You own only a couple books and those are of questionable value. Internet access is not reliable. And yet you are responsible for feeding and leading your local church. You and your congregation are struggling to experience the life-changing power of the Gospel.
Our Mission: Theological Famine Relief
Since 2006, International Outreach has been engaged in a mission of Theological Famine Relief for the Global Church. It joined TGC in 2012. We are partnering with translators, publishers, and missions networks to provide new access to biblical resources in digital and physical formats. Our goal is to strengthen thousands of congregations by helping to equip the pastors and elders called to shepherd them.
Our goal is to see pastors in the Global South receive access to good theological content through our resources which are distributed in the context of our partners working in the field, whether expatriate or indigenous, providing training and mentoring. We hope church leaders will be personally impacted by the power of the gospel and, in turn, shepherd their congregations well—resulting in widespread gospel renewal, all for the praise of His glorious grace.
Since 2006, TGC International Outreach has distributed almost 600,000 resources to help equip pastors and church leaders in more than 130 countries across Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe.
How You Can Help
Donate: Help us create resources…
Our Relief Projects are executed by our global team of translators, publishers, mission networks, and volunteers to provide indigenous pa
stors in more than 130 countries with free gospel-centered books translated into their own languages—and our cost of delivery is on average less than $3 per resource. Many of our Relief Projects are the result of individuals or churches with a burden for a particular language or region of the world. It’s a great way to enhance your missions strategy. Email us to find out whether we have existing or potential relief projects that would align with your foreign missions strategies.
Deliver: Help us send resources (they’re free)…
Packing Hope is your opportunity to obtain theological resources to enhance your mission in the field. Whether you’re traveling for missions, business, or even vacation, you can help us serve the global church. We'll send you full cases of books to check as luggage for your overseas flights. Place an online order for resources to be shipped within the U.S. to your location of departure, or within your destination country.
Join Us: Become a Friend of TGC…
TGC is sustained by individuals, churches, and organizations who help promote the gospel for all of life and spread gospel-centered content and resources around the globe. Learn more about how you can support this effort by becoming a Friend of TGC.
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