The Pocket Testament League has, since 1893, motivated Christians to read, carry and share the Word of God. Started as the vision of a teenage girl named Helen Cadbury, The Pocket Testament League provides resources to help believers develop a lifestyle of biblical discipline and personal evangelism. The ministry also encourages people to support others who are sharing their faith, through a unique sponsorship program in which sponsors actually receive feedback from those they sponsor showing how lives are being changed.
Our members have shared more than 110 million Gospels during the history of this Christian outreach ministry, forever changing millions of lives around the world. The ministry is designed to equip Christians who are serious about sharing their faith with others.
In the UK we operate under the name Bridge-Builders, reflecting our desire to help Christians across the UK become more active in building relationship bridges to friends, family, neighbours and colleagues. One-to-one friendships are, more than ever, an essential precursor to evangelism. Friends who begin to “read” our lives are much more likely to begin to want to read God’s Word too, and to discover for themselves its power to change us.
(Note that while our business name is now “Bridge-Builders”, our official registered charity name, and our bank account name are both still “The Pocket Testament League Ltd.”)
An active programme of church visiting and scripture distribution is carried out by the faithful team under the leadership of the Field Director Stephen Downie.
Supporters of the League in Australia are also passionately committed to supporting the work of TPTL Thailand. Funds are raised for Thai gospels, and short term teams are sent from Australia, to work alongside the Thai evangelist. Through this link a new opportunity has opened into Myanmar and gospels are now being produced for the country formerly known as Burma.
For more information, see PTL Australia’s website.
The mission of PTL Canada is to bring a new found enthusiasm to their members to truly fulfil the pledge to “carry, read and share” the Gospel of John under the new leadership of their Chairman Peter Ruttimann. They encourage members to distribute gospels through organised events such as Valentine’s Breakfast and Spring Festival and Concert.
There is also a league in France that distribute free gospels. For more information, see Ligue du Testament de Poche.
The Zak Bijbel Bond (ZBB) encourages Dutch Christians to keep Christian literature available to give away to their neighbours. It works in partnership with like minded organisation ‘Gospels for Guests’, and together they provide pocket gospels and other literature in many different languages. For more information, see Zak Bijbel Bond.
Numerically PTL India is the largest of all the PTL teams worldwide. Under the leadership of PC Alexander a team of over 240 are involved in evangelism and church planting. This is mainly in the North, Harayana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, with a smaller team in Tamil Nadu in the South.
Team members are prepared for ministry through theological and practical training offered by their own Institute of Mission Studies. Alice Alexander leads a ladies Prayer Ministry team that meets daily to pray not only for their work in India but all of the League family around the world and their supporters.
For more info, see PTL India’s website.
PTL in Serbia operates from the KES Centre in Backi Petrovac, 1 hour north of Belgrade. The centre has been home for the relief work to refugees in the area, which has been heavily supported by Oak Hall Ministries. The KES (Christian Education Centre) is also home to a radio outreach ministry and work amongst local children and young people.
With the change in the political situation and various changes in the use of the buildings the team under the leadership of Ondrej Franka and Vladimir Majersky are looking to God for guidance in the next step of their ministry.
Under the leadership of PTL Evangelist Esther Rodriquez the Liga Do Testamento de Bolso (LTB) works mainly among children and young people. Esther began the ministry of the ‘Evangelistic Olympics’ some years ago, an idea which has been copied around the world. Teams of children from churches all over Spain gather together to compete and a Christian athlete presents the prizes. These are held twice a year, with Barcelona and Madrid the planned venues for 2006.
During the summer a large team of young people join Esther to bring a holiday club to different towns and villages, working alongside the local church. Throughout the rest of the year LTB support children’s outreach in different churches.
The PTL evangelists are Somchai and Saengthong Soonthornturasuk. Based in Bangkok they have a ministry not only to students and residents in the city, but also to the hill tribes in the North near Chang-Mai. From Christmas into the New Year they hold a regular outreach campaign and work in partnership with teams from Australia.
PTL USA are recruiting thousands of Christians from all over the States to carry pocket gospels and release the ‘power in their pocket’ by praying for an opportunity to share their faith and give it away.
They then share their stories by e-mail and these are posted onto the website for the mutual encouragement of others.
For more information, see PTL USA’s website.
Daniel Rezende leads the work of PTL in Portugal, running active ministry through men’s groups, women’s groups and outreach to teenagers. More news soon.