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SGM Lifewords’ Annual Review 2011

PULL-OUT

A Harvest of Dreams

“Some seed fell on good earth, and produced a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.” Matthew 13:8, The Message


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DREAMING OF SHARING THE BIBLE’S LIFE WORDS BEYOND BORDERS

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Thanks to your support, in 2011 we launched our Global Bible Resources programme – a new initiative to offer Bible literature in major trade languages freely all around the world, via online ordering. Many people receiving material are opportunity-rich, but cash-poor – getting Bible resources free of charge means so much for their ministries. “SGM Lifewords resources are easy to read, and the gospel message is delivered in a simple way that’s easy to understand. The people we meet like the booklets, and many have accepted the Lord Jesus.” – evangelist, Ivory Coast 1 “I have received your parcel with 250 booklets … It has been a great blessing for us here in Pakistan … It is a great evangelism tool. I thank you from the fathoms of my heart.” – pastor, Pakistan 2

not teach Choose Life without making a personal commitment to the Lord. After that I have become a weapon fighting against poor behaviour in the school” – teacher, DRC 3 “I was an angry lion, but now I am like a happy princess, thanks to Pavement Project” – Amanda, Brazil 4

DREAMING OF MAKING JESUS KNOWN IN MANY LANGUAGES In 2011 we brought you new ways to share the Bible’s life words with Witness: Easter Voices, You Are Here, and some evangelistic Christmas cards. Our mostordered resource was the new booklet Jesus: An Introduction – telling stories from the gospels of transforming encounters with Jesus. We translated it into 10 languages, and you took and used tens of thousands of copies. 5

DREAMING OF SHARING GOD’S STORY IN INDONESIA 4

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DREAMING OF A BETTER FUTURE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE In 2011, our Pavement Project and Choose Life Bible programmes reached thousands of young people with the good news of God’s love, and the hope that comes with life in him. Pavement Project was used for the first time in DRC, as well as in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Uruguay, and India. Choose Life was taught in Kenya and in 83 schools in eastern Congo in 2011 – with great results. “The lessons began with me … I began to appreciate that I could

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In 2011 we trained and resourced more mission workers in Indonesia to share the gospel in urban slums and rural villages, using the outreach resource The Visible Story. We showed you footage of young evangelists like Vera and Yos, sharing the Bible for the first time with their own communities. The Visible Story is helping them bring the Bible to life for people who can’t read. 6

You have helped us dream big this year – now God is providing the harvest. Thank you!


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THE YEAR IN NUMBERS BIBLE RESOURCES

13.3 million 1 million downloads and daily Scripture emails

print resources distributed in

70 COUNTRIES

14 million 26 60 LANGUAGES TOTAL OF

Bible resources distributed in

BRAND NEW Bible resources published in

+ 200 COUNTRIES 13

DIFFERENT LANGUAGES

BIBLE PROGRAMMES

80 90

200

EVANGELISTS resourced to share the gospel in Indonesia through The Visible Story

% OF CHILDREN C H I L D R E N made a profession of FAITH through Pavement Project

completing Pavement Project showed an improvement in their SELF-WORTH

2,755 166 CHILDREN-AT-RISK received God’s Word for their lives through Pavement Project, in

12 COUNTRIES

TEACHERS + COMMUNITY WORKERS trained and equipped to use CHOOSE LIFE for the first time

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YEARS, a total of

20,000 children reached through

PAVEMENT PROJECT


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FINANCIAL REVIEW Your giving made all this possible – thank you. INCOME

TOTAL £1,461,821

Legacies £542,127

6%

Investments and other £82,853

37%

Donations and grants £836,841

57%

RESOURCES EXPENDED

TOTAL £ 1,281,791 Cost of generating funds £183,355

Governance costs £37,552

3%

14% 4%

Enabling programme for communities in need £349,935

Strengthening capacity of branches & partners £40,769

27%

52%

These figures have been taken from the full UK (audited) annual accounts, copies of which can be obtained on request from SGM Lifewords in the UK.

Providing Bible Resources £670,180


A Harvest of Dreams - 2011 Annual Review