Sharon Bible School has supplied three Audio Bibles to Pastor John Suarez and his team of indigenous missionaries in southern Philippines, who are evangelizing tribal communities that live deep in the mountains of the Agusan and Bukidnon provinces. Most of these tribal people are illiterate, so Bibles, tracts and lessons cannot help. But an Audio Bible can read aloud any chapter of the Bible, and is solar-powered,
making it useful in the remote mountains where electricity is not available.
Because these Audio Bibles have been so effective, other tribal villages want them, so we are shipping ten more. We had to ship them in two boxes because there is a limit of six devices with Lithium-ion batteries per package. This time, we have a tracking number, so we have been tracking the shipment from Cedar Grove to Kearny to Newark in New Jersey, and to Indianapolis to Anchorage in the USA, then to Sennen-Shi, Japan. When it got to Japan, we expected that it would go next to Manila, Philippines. But no, the boxes were routed to Guangzhou, China, then to Panay City, Philippines, a Manila suburb near the airport.
Now the shipping status is "clearance delay"!
Well, it's understandable that they would be cautious about any packages arriving from China, but it also seems the delay could have been anticipated, and the boxes routed directly from Japan to the Philippines. The total distance would be nearly the same, but less handling.
Well, God doesn't need tracking numbers to know where his Word, in digital format, is located. We are trusting Isaiah 55:11, where God says:
"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Final destination: Cagayan de Oro, Philippines.
The total cost of the Audio Bibles was $679.90 and the shipping cost is $274.50,
29% of the total cost! The total cost is the cost of about 122,000 tracts, or the average number of SBS tracts printed in about 42 days. If you would like to contribute to this ministry, you can donate at https://paypal.me/SharonBibleSchool . To see more about the ministry of Pastor John Suarez to the mountain tribes of southern Philippines, see his Mountain Tribes Outreach page on Facebook.