The D. R. Congo Container II has arrived on Wednesday, April 15th, was cleared through Customs, and was in the process of being unloaded by Saturday, April 18th!
The Customs officials who were responsible for clearing the shipment were amazed that the container was full of Christian books, and nothing else. However, their amazement didn’t stop them from trying extort an exorbitant amount of Customs duty. Their attempt was rebuffed as they were told that the believers did not have that kind of money and that they would have to take their payment in the form of books. They quickly reverted to a more reasonable (and legal) amount because, as they said, “We don’t know anything about selling Christian books!” They were each given a free book which we trust will result in great blessing in their lives.
The next step is the distribution of the 97,929 French and Swahili books. This is being managed by capable brethren with staff and facilities made available through Shalom University. The contents of the last container took just three weeks to be distributed and it is likely that once again, demand will exceed supply. Please pray for an equitable and efficient distribution of these books and for continued patience and grace for those who find themselves waiting just a little bit longer for their turn to read these long-awaited books. The brethren in Congo are very hungry and have been very patient as they waited for this spiritual food.
While we do not yet know if another Congo Container is in His plan for EPI, He has kept us quite busy as He opened the doors for Everyday Publications to print and send more than 18,000 books to Zambia (via ACCTS container), Kenya, and Malawi during the first four months of 2009. Praise the Lord for these opportunities! The numbers are encouraging but the real excitement comes from seeing God open a door, enable His servants, and build up His church through the use of the printed page. To Him be all the glory!