GoodSeed is continually developing new resources to make the message of the Bible known. As such, we are constantly in need of assistance (prayer and financial) to complete these projects in order to get them out to people who will use them to share the Good News with others. As you browse through the following projects, one or two may grab your attention. We encourage you to ask the Lord if He would have you partner with us to bring a project closer to completion.
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Tools for the GoodSeed Staff: The Lord has brought a number of new staff to the ministry this year, which is wonderful. However, we have not been able to afford new computers for them, so they are currently working with old computers that we had previously deemed too old or slow to be of much use. We have an immediate need for about $10,000 worth of equipment for them and this is a top priority.
This is also an ongoing need, as computers and software are always needing to be upgraded, and as the ministry grows, more computers will be needed. But it is harder to get funding for equipment than for translation projects. These are the primary tools we use to create the tools or resources for the ministry. The harvest is great and the laborers are few, but with good tools, the laborers can get a lot more work done.
If you'd like to give to this project, you may donate in a number of ways. Find out how on our Make a Donation page (reference Project 900001: The Equipment Fund).
GoodSeed was invited to the Congo by a group of churches. This is an amazing opportunity, but it is also not open-ended. We must act quickly to take advantage of the open door. Listen here to Richard Flemming present the invitation and why the need is so critical (7 Minutes).
For GoodSeed, our first hurdle was winning the approval of the church leaders. Africa is a culture led by "chiefs." We did not need the leaders "clapping loudly" at our involvement in their churches, but we did need them "clapping."
We met with the top leaders representing 25 million evangelical Protestants. To explain the work of GoodSeed, we presented our work, giving a 1 1/2 hour Creation to Christ gospel message using visual aids. After another 30 minutes of Q and A, the "Chief of the chiefs" for these churches extended us an open invitation to work within their churches teaching and equipping them. This was a significant answer to prayer. The doors to the churches could have been closed. As it is, the doors are wide, wide open.
We needed to know if our tools could be brought into the country. Watch the video below to see how God provided a solution to the following needs:
All these needs were met.
The leadership approval represents 25 million people. If we were to get a book into the hands of just a fraction of these people, the cost would be a million dollars. That is our desire, and If you wish to participate in this project, a donation can be made here.
Evangelism and Discipleship Training is never simple. As a result of the survey, we were able to narrow down our options as to how we can help in this area. GoodSeed has a French division with qualified teachers. Please pray for us as we make plans to return and proceed with further efforts in bringing the Gospel to the Congolese.
Financially. If you'd like to give to this project, you may donate in a number of ways. Find out how on our Make a Donation page (reference Project 011: Africa - An Open Door in the Congo).
As a growing ministry, we need partners to help us with our International office operational expenses. We are looking for 200 people to give $25 a month toward our operations. Could you be one of those 200?
Int'l Office Operations Fund Needs: 200 people to give $25/month
As the GoodSeed committee has prayed about our present situation and this future opportunity, they believe the Lord would have us move ahead by faith. In financial terms, we need $5,000 per month to cover expenses. We have presented this in the form of 200 committed Bible believers giving $25 monthly for no less than one year. To date we have 68 partners committed. We need 132 more to cover the remaining $3,300.
Will you please pray about partnering with us? If you would like more information, contact Gary at 1-800-442-7333 (within Canada) or 1-403-556-9955. If in the USA, please contact Faith at 1-888-654-7333.
"This is a ministry that has touched my life. I am getting behind it to make this happen. I know GoodSeed has touched many other lives and I pray that they will do the same thing." - Robert Rudd, CEO, Alter Air
Financially. If you'd like to give to the GoodSeed International Operations Fund, you may donate in a number of ways. Find out how on our Make a Donation page (reference Project 002: International Office Operations (200 x 25)).
Designed for today’s media-oriented society, these DVDs will help equip the believer to share God’s message of salvation in today’s changing world.
Projected Development Cost: $3,000
Facing hurdles that have never been encountered, Christians are finding that the traditional worldviews of Catholicism and Protestantism are undergoing dramatic changes. At the same time, the influx of new cultures with unfamiliar belief systems signifies that God is bringing new mission fields to our doorstep.
So, how do we respond? How do we communicate the unchanging truth of God’s Word in a changing world? How do we get our world to rethink their worldview from a biblical perspective?
The WVRT training DVDs begin by helping us identify and understand the needs of these new spiritual realities. This is so very necessary if we, as believers, are going to be effective in bridging the gap of understanding.
These DVDs then go on to introduce a unique curriculum designed for the needs of today’s world. Emphasizing that the power of the Gospel is directly related to having a clear understanding of the Gospel, believers from diverse walks of life share how they have utilized this curriculum to reach their communities with the Good News of Christ.
These WVRT training DVDs include much of what one would normally get in a TERM Seminar. In addition, raw video footage, shot over the past several months, is currently being edited in order to give a firsthand perspective from those who are actually “doing it.”
If you'd like to give to this project, you may donate in a number of ways. Find out how on our Make a Donation page (reference Project 005: Worldview Rethink Training DVDs).
Music is a powerful means of communication. We are developing a musical built around an adult version of The Lamb, which could be used in conjunction with the booklet, What are Christmas and Easter all about?
Projected Development Cost: $39,600
In 2004, James Janzen, then Director for the Prairie Bible College music department, approached John Cross and suggested that thought be given to creating a musical based on The Lamb children’s book. In July of 2009, James and John met with musicians Allan Ellingsgaard and Stephen Walter to rough in the details of such a musical. Definite plans are now underway. We hope to build a template, using the English production, whereby people with other languages can follow with similar performances in their own cultures.
The Lamb Musical is to be based on the 80-page book titled, What are Christmas and Easter all about?. This is a book written in EasyEnglish and can be used for adults as well as children. The content of the book is somewhat broader than “The Lamb” children’s book. The thought is that the musical could be performed during either season, and the booklet could be passed out as an outreach tool to all the attendees.
It is our goal to produce the following final package with the end result being that all are web-based and fully downloadable.
To Use as Outreach:
Besides the expertise mentioned in the first paragraph, we have at our disposal an experienced 20-voice choir to help in the production. We feel we have all the initial major talent in place.
This project is going to be quite expensive to produce. Our initial estimate comes in at $39,600.00. A more thorough cost analysis is being undertaken. We have given a lot of thought to this need and feel it is a worthwhile investment with huge potential. Nothing speaks to the heart like music, and when it is blended with meaningful narration, we feel the gospel message can shine through in all its clarity.
If you'd like to give to this project, you may donate in a number of ways. Find out how on our Make a Donation page (reference Project 008: The Lamb Musical).
It is our goal to get high-quality evangelism & discipleship resources into the hands of people around the globe—in their own language! To do that, we need your help! See below for our translations nearing completion.
Initial Print Needs: Approximately $18,000 for each translation
If you'd like to give to the translations fund, you may donate in a number of ways. Find out how on our Make a Donation page (reference Project 009: Translations Fund).
For years, GoodSeed has desired to reach Jews with the powerful message of the gospel of Christ, and we are happy to announce that a Hebrew translation of By this Name is now underway.
Project Needs: Funded and being translated
Over the past several months, GoodSeed has been discussing the possibility of a Hebrew translation of By this Name. Here is a letter from the Director of the Bible Society in Israel:
Well, we can say now that we are working with Victor and a translation team in Israel to bring this Hebrew translation to fruition. But, we cannot accomplish this goal without the help of you, the body of Christ.
In order to complete the translation and get the first run of books printed, it will require an initial investment of $24,000 USD. Though it is a hurdle, we trust that the Lord will accomplish His purposes through His followers. If you sense the Lord's leading to give to this Hebrew translation, you may donate in a number of ways. Find out how on our Make a Donation page (reference Project 010: Hebrew Translation of By this Name).
Your gift can help 60,000 Asian Christians who have made it their goal to reach 1 million of their own family and neighbors for Christ. (NOTE: Right now your gift towards this project will be doubled with a matching grant–details below.)
From the rice fields of Vietnam and Laos, to the crowds of Bangkok, Thailand, to the beautiful coastal villages of Cambodia, South East Asia is a region of the world which is going through massive social and economic change. But in the midst of these challenges, Christians have stepped up to make an eternal difference.
60,000 Asian Believers have put their names on a list stating that, together, they would like to reach 1 million of their own friends, family and neighbors with the Gospel of Jesus Christ - all within the next three years! This is not a "GoodSeed" list, but we none-the-less can have an active role in equipping them. We have every reason to believe that with the Lord's enabling they will reach their goal!
Recently a group of donors became excited about the SE Asia project and they want to invite many more Christians to get involved. So they stepped forward with this 2-for-1 matching offer: Between now and May 30th, 2012, every $1 you give towards the SE Asia Evangelism & Discipleship Project will be matched with an additional $2 up to $50,000. So it is possible for the combined gifts to become $75,000!
UPDATE: Thankfully, all $25,000 was raised, that put the matching 2-for-1 grant into effect. If you'd like to give to this project, you may donate in a number of ways. Find out how on our Make a Donation page (reference Project 012: Southeast Asia Tools & Training). All financial contributions will go towards providing tools and training in SE Asia.
How can one effectively utilize principles of communicating the Bible’s message in the spiritual vacuum of today’s world? The Answer: A comprehensive and biblical Leader’s Guide.
Initial Print Needs: $25,000
The WVRT Curriculum is a comprehensive package made up of several resources that allows for considerable latitude as to how the course can be taught.
If you'd like to give to this project, you may donate in a number of ways. Find out how on our Make a Donation page (reference Project 006: Worldview Rethink Leader's Guide).
This basic kit immediately puts “the answer” into the hands of those who appreciate the impact of the use of visual aids but feel unable to duplicate these tools for themselves.
Projected Production Cost: $20,000
Inherent in GoodSeed’s approach to Bible teaching is the use of visual aids to help enhance the student’s learning experience. We all know from firsthand experience how visuals improve our memory retention—acting as a type of “Velcro on the brain.” Equally important is the reinforcement that visual aids provide the learner in clarifying the meaning of what is being taught and personalizing the application.
Drawing inspiration from Jesus, the Master Teacher himself, the WVRT Curriculum package includes a “toolbox” of basic visual aids to help launch the would-be teacher on the road to more effective communication.
This basic visual aid kit will include some 35 “punch-out” forms that would then be assembled by the teacher. The box will be approximately the size of a typical board game.
If you'd like to give to this project, you may donate in a number of ways. Find out how on our Make a Donation page (reference Project 007: Worldview Rethink Visual Aids).
There have been many requests for this valuable tool, and we look forward to having it for our own use! An essential companion to By this Name, this WorkBook will provide an easy way to review the material being studied.
Status: Printed and In Stock (Buy Now)
If a point in the book is not clear after studying the book, you will find out through the use of the WorkBook. Each chapter corresponds with the chapters in By this Name, asking questions aimed at solidifying the key points as well as providing extra assignments to get the student into the Bible itself. Question formats include multiple choice, true or false, and fill in the blank (answers provided in the back of the book). This is an ideal resource for a home Bible study, Sunday School class, or Bible Camp.
Creating a good WorkBook is not easy. We have been field-testing this product in Canada, USA, Guyana, Singapore, and India. Julie Lundy and John Cook wrote the first editions. Along the way it collected the input of others. Lately, David Cross and Paul Beazley have been fine-tuning the manuscript. As we complete the final stages of editing, it will be passed off to Rachel Bader for formatting.
If you'd like to give to this project, you may donate in a number of ways. Find out how on our Make a Donation page (reference Project 001: By this Name WorkBook).
A fully illustrated 80-page book written in EasyEnglish that will be priced very low so it can be given away in large numbers in your community. We've completed it and would like to have it in stock by October '09.
Status: Printed and In Stock (Buy Now)
In January of 2006, John and Janice Cross were visiting a ministry supporter who was in his 93rd year of life. Still active, this man had a real heart for those living in his community. On his own initiative, he purchased a quantity of small children’s books that described the gospel message. Going door to door, he passed out over 100 booklets. He explained that this booklet would help one understand “what Christmas and Easter were all about.” The books were well received; none were refused.
John left this man’s home with the vision to create a booklet tailor-made for such an outreach. Taking the children’s book, The Lamb, John adapted it to a broader audience using material from By this Name. Then Beth Wiens translated it into EasyEnglish, using the criteria and software provided by Wycliffe Associates UK. The final product was formatted by Rachel Bader. The product has been handed off to John Krajec to secure print quotes.
We now have completed an 80-page book, written in EasyEnglish, that can be used with adults as well as children. Fully illustrated, the content of the book is somewhat broader than The Lamb children’s book. The book is designed so it can be easily translated into other languages.
We feel this is a powerful tool that can be used during two seasons to reach people in their homes. One could insert this in a plastic bag along with information from the local church and hang it on doors. Whole neighbourhoods can be canvassed. We feel the applications are many.
A large print edition of “The Stranger” has been on request for a long time. With the Baby Boom passing into retirement and a greater portion of the population having older eyes, the need for such an edition is quite obvious.
Status: Printed and In Stock (Buy Now)
Millions of people worldwide suffer vision loss. That’s precisely why GoodSeed has adapted the popular book, The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus, into a Large Print Edition.
If you or someone you know has some level of visual impairment, reading most things can be quite difficult. To make matters worse, your local library may only have a few quality resources available in large print. We believe that everyone should be able to see, hear, and understand the message of the Bible for themselves. And that’s precisely why GoodSeed created The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus Large Print Edition. It’s ideal for anyone who finds it a challenge to read standard text. The larger type size, the clear illustrations, and the spacious layout combine to make its reading quite comfortable. Almost anyone will enjoy reading this popular book and, in the process, they will see, hear and understand the message of the Bible for themselves.
This fully illustrated, 576-page, large print edition of The Stranger is written for adults and teens who know little or nothing about the Bible. It explains in a straightforward way the greatest theme of the Bible, step by step creating an understanding of sin, substitution and atonement.
Title: The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus
Medium: Large Print
Dimensions: 7" x 9" (18cm x 23 cm)
Page Count: 576 (including endnotes, etc.)
Font Size: 16 point
We have now completed the Large Print edition and are happy to offer it for the same price as the other edition of The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus. Click here to buy it.