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(English) Relief Project: Crossway Pastors Book Set

The Event

In June of 2014, women from all across the United States and quite a few countries descended upon the Orlando Hilton for 3 days of worship, Gospel-centered teaching, and rich fellowship at the 2014 TGC Women's Conference. In the midst of this great event, TGC International Outreach held what we called “The Empty Bookshelves Project.” Within 48 hours, these ladies rallied to raise $20,000 for Theological Famine Relief. Women eagerly assembled the book sets and wrote anonymous encouragements to the leaders who will receive them. 

For this project, we partnered with Crossway to create 2,000 book sets for church leaders around the world who are able to use English. You might think it rather limiting to do this in English, but you would be surprised at how widespread English is globally. That said, we still maintain a high priority on translation projects alongside those in English. 

The Resources

The Language

While the majority of the world speaks and communicates in local languages, globalization has created one major stream of communication—English. It is the official language of 53 nations (one-fourth of the world), and it is estimated that another billion people speak it as their second language. Nearly 1,742,600,000 are able to access, read, and comprehend resources in the English language. That’s more than 1 out of 5 people in the world!

While we continue to pursue translation into key languages, many times it is more cost effective to make English resources available to pastors, seminaries, and those who train church leaders. Global English is vital for equipping Christian leaders with selected biblical works. 

Geography of the Language

Global—All Continents
50+ Countries Use English

Global English Demographics

11% First Language English Speakers
24% Comprehend, Read and have Access to English
99% Literacy Rate
6.89% English-Proficient Protestants

(Ethnologue, Joshua Project)


Project Details

Resource Titles: 
You Can Change, Chester
Expositional Preaching, Helms
Church Elders, Rinne
What Is a Healthy Church?, Dever
The Sheherd Leader at Home, Witmer

Language: English
Format: Soft & Hard Cover Books
Print Run: 2,000 sets (10,000 books total)
Funding Goal: $20,000 ($10 sponsors 1 set)

NOTE: These cases are located in the United States and are for shipment in-country only.


Crossway is a not-for-profit Christian ministry that exists to proclaim the gospel through publishing in order to, by God's grace: Assist individual Christians and the church in growing in knowledge and understanding of the Christian life.