An Open Letter from VBP Director Jim Fellure
And he [Jesus] said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
We have no trouble believing that the Great Commission, or the command to preach the gospel to every creature on earth, is for every true believer, but the task is so monumental that we often feel overwhelmed. And rather than staying focused on the field, the command, and the One who gave the command, we look at what some other group is doing—a good thing if we take the good works or generous giving of others as an example of what can be done and allow it to encourage us to do more toward fulfilling the command of the Christ who gave it. But if we think matching their good works is satisfactory, or that we merit bragging rights if we exceed what others are doing, we have deceived ourselves into believing that partial obedience is good enough for Jesus. In 2 Corinthians 10:12 the Apostle Paul said, “For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”
Can the Great Commission of reaching every creature on planet earth with the glorious, soul-saving, life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ become a reality? If it cannot be done, then Christ gave an impossible command, and we know that He did not.
How can it be done?
There must be a strategy, or a plan, and all plans have a beginning. When Jesus gave His disciples the Great Commission, it’s very clear that He meant for them to begin at Jerusalem. (See Luke 24:47—“And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem,” and Acts 1:8—“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”)
The both in the verse indicates that the gospel was to be preached in many different places at the same time and that it was to be preached to every creature in each of those places, with a particular starting place (Jerusalem).
It’s obvious that the disciples intended to follow the pattern given in the last words of Christ before He ascended back to heaven, because just four chapters later, the church had already begun to suffer persecution, and the charge against the disciples was, “Ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine” (Acts 5:28), and then in Acts 8:1 & 4 we read, “And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.… Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.”
While we continue to have mission conferences, send missionaries to foreign fields, preach in public places, pass out gospel tracts, etc., gated and restricted civilian residential areas, military bases or military retirement villages, high-rise apartment complexes or assisted living facilities, etc.—many times within the shadow of the steeple—are either closing their gates or erecting signs that say “keep out,” “do not enter,” or “no soliciting.” However, those signs and barriers by no means exclude those behind the gate from being a part of the Great Commission. Until we get the gospel of Christ to those in the hard-to-reach places, regardless of how much we do for missions, we have only partially obeyed our Lord’s command.
As a definite answer to prayer for wisdom in reaching every creature, the good Lord directed our path
First, came a request from Missionary Tony Stark
The Cards with the Cross originated with this faithful missionary. After spending more than twenty years as a missionary in Uganda, Africa, Bro. Stark (in his seventies and laboring with some very serious health issues) caught the vision of reaching the entire neighboring country of Rwanda with the gospel. After coming to VBP with the request to print the cards, he extended his outreach to three other African countries—Sudan, Uganda, and the Congo. He also enlarged his request from one language to eight languages, so VBP printed one million eighty-five thousand of the cards with fourteen salvation verses of Scripture, that are being used in all four of those African countries.
Second, the Lord used the Covid-19 pandemic as a wake-up call
When the pandemic hit, we began to feel the limitations of reaching into many foreign countries, and at the same time we saw Covid-19, which has affected many millions of people in different ways, as a wake-up call for the American church. While we did all that we knew to do in sending the gospel to far-away places, many churches, including our own home church up until now, had not reached every creature in their own community. We then began to realize that if one missionary could use a simple pocket-sized card with only fourteen verses of Scripture to saturate a foreign country with the gospel of Christ, the same tactic would work in America. Victory Baptist Press then modified the cards and designed them for use in the US.
But how can a church get them to every creature in their community?
Third, the Lord led VBP to use MORDECAI’S METHOD
For a biblical example of “how to,” the Lord led us to the story of two letters, one with the death sentence and the other with a message of life, found in the book of Esther.
The story goes that when the Jew Mordecai would not bow to wicked Haman, Haman was so angered that his rage took him before King Ahasuerus to get permission to issue a death warrant for every Jew living in the 127 provinces of Persia. Haman made sure that the letter was written and translated in the language of every Jew living in the King’s domain; he then sent the letter of death by posts into the entire Persian empire.
In the meantime, Mordecai’s cousin Esther, whom he had raised as his own, had replaced Vashti as queen. When Mordecai and Esther heard of Haman’s plot to have all the Jews killed, Queen Esther put her life on the line and went before the King, requesting that the letter of death be reversed. The King granted the request, and the letter of life was written and translated into the language of every Jew in every province. Realizing the urgency of the matter, Mordecai then sent the letter of life by posts that were “pressed on by the King’s commandment.” The letter was delivered, and the Scripture says, “The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour. And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them” (Esther 8:16&17).
The letter of death is a type of Old Testament law which could never give life, and the letter of life typifies the New Testament containing the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ which brings life. Therefore, the posts (United Persian Postal System) would parallel our United States Postal System, so using the example of Bro. Stark using the cards with verses of Scripture and the example of Mordecai’s Method, our home church took the lead and mailed through the USPS EDDM service more than eighty thousand of the cards to every household address (including hard-to-reach people) in our entire county. They are now working to cover three more counties—Walton, Oklaloosa, and Escambia.
Several other churches are already using the plan to reach every creature in their community, and as long as the Lord provides the needed funds for printing and shipping, VBP will provide the cards at no cost to the churches using them. To be a part of Mordecai’s Method in getting the gospel within reach of every creature in your community, contact VBP and get the information about obtaining the cards. Together we can, by God’s grace, power, and provision, put the gospel of Christ within reach of every creature in your community, and if we can reach every creature in the US with the glorious gospel of Christ, we can reach the world.
For information, contact Grace Kendrick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Testimonial from Pastor J.R. Trammell
My name is J.R. Trammell, and I am the pastor of the Harvest Hill Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas.
Early in 2020, it was apparent that we as a church had to start to think “outside the box” on how to continue to reach our area. The only way I know how to do this is through earnest prayer. I had for years tried to find an effective and efficient way to use the USPS to send the Gospel on post cards to reach places that we could not physically reach. I had a burden to reach every home in our county (700,000+).
In the past I had prayed and tried to use the USPS EDDM (Every Door Direct Mail) service. EDDM is taking your cards to the local post office and then the mail carrier puts one in every mailbox on his route, no addressing, at 19¢ each. Like every government agency, they make it difficult, requiring non-standard card sizes. That meant that we would have to pay extra for these custom cards. Early 2020, we had some standard post cards printed, and purchased a mailing list for our area at 35¢ each, and many cards returned. Not the best result, but better than doing nothing.
About that time, Victory Baptist Press contacted me to tell me about a new project (Mordecai’s Method). As I listened, my heart began to rejoice in the Lord for the answer to our prayers. They were printing cards for churches to be sent out through the EDDM service! The church just needed to have a clear salvation message on their website, and the card would have a QR code that linked that website.
We received our first batch of cards in October of 2020. Since the time of writing this, we have sent out over thirty thousand, and plan to prayerfully send at least ten thousand every month.
We know that we are in the last of the last days: our country needs to be reminded that there is a Holy God and that there is a judgment day coming soon.
America is truly in a great crisis, and it is a spiritual one, not a political, or even a medical crisis.
America is a nation that has forgotten God. I pray that the churches of America will join this project, reminding America of sin that they would seek the Saviour. The longsuffering of the Lord is almost finished.
I encourage every pastor to contact Victory Baptist Press to join them in reaching every mailbox in America.
Pastor Trammel's explanation of how to prepare EDDMs for shipping
- Go to usps.com and choose “Register/Sign in” from the menu at the top of the page. If you already have an online account, just sign in; if not, click “Sign Up Now” and follow the instructions. Free and simple to do.
- Once you are signed in, hover over “Business” in the menu near the top of the page, and choose “Every Door Direct Mail” from the drop-down menu that will appear. This will open the EDDM online tool.
- In the place above the map, type in the zip code that you want to reach.
- You need to select residential only from the map tool bar (unless you want business also).
- Zoom in and select routes that you want to cover or click “Show Table” for a list of all the routes and info of that zip code.
- There is a two hundred address minimum and five thousand address maximum per day per post office, unless a single route contains more than five thousand addresses.
- The order summary will show you routes selected, total delivery addresses, and the cost.
- If you need to find where to take the cards, click “Post Office Drop-offs” to verify which Post Offices you are to take your finished card to. They must be taken to the Post Office that is listed.
- Click “Continue”
- Select the drop-off day that you want. (Be sure to have enough time to prepare them for drop off. See below.)
- Select “Pay Online” or “Pay at the Post Office.” (That is what we do.)
- You will need to print the forms. The first page (Post Office Locations and Drop Information) will give the location of where you need to take them. (Some of our cards go out of an Annex PO. We have to drop them off at the Main PO.)
- Make card bundles of fifty or one hundred.
- Each bundle will need a “facing slip.” Make copies for each bundle. Example: If there are 834 mail pieces for one route number, and you divide your cards into bundles of 100, you will need 9 copies of the facing slip for that route number, and one of those bundles will be a bundle of 34.
- Fill out the facing slip for each, and rubber band it to each bundle.
- Fill out and take the bar code page and a sample card to the designated post office.
I do recommend the online method; many post offices may not be able to help you in person because may not have processed EDDM before.
Getting the EDDMs to the Post Office
My name is Joseph Bertram, and I have been privileged to work for the ministry of Victory Baptist Press for nearly two years. I have been involved in many worldwide projects over the course of these few years, but due to the lockdown caused by the Chinese flu, many of our opportunities around the globe have been forced to slow down exponentially.
It was around this time that our director, Bro. Jim Fellure, received the vision of using the EDDM process to share the gospel to every creature in “our Jerusalem” and abroad.
Since then, I have been blessed with working hands-on with this project. Thus far, we have sent nearly eighty thousand EDDM cards to our surrounding counties in the Panhandle of Northwest Florida. The idea of planting the seed of this great message in such an efficient way is an exciting concept to ponder.
I have been tasked with explaining the process of transporting the EDDM cards to the post office.
- Place the prepared bundles into letter trays which are provided by a local post office. These do not have to be organized in a particular order.
- Before leaving to deliver these materials, one must clarify which post office to take the letter trays to. (Certain zip codes will have more than one post office, but it will have one designated post office for this specific job).
- The easiest way to discover the designated post office for drop-offs is to look at the “Order Summary” where the routes were selected. There is an option to view the “Post Office Drop Offs”, which will give you the address for the post office. According to the routes that have been selected, that post office will be the accurate place to deliver the EDDM cards.
- After finding the correct post office for the specific zip code, prepare your materials to be taken to that location (EDDM cards, forms, and be sure to keep an extra EDDM card out for the post office to reference).
- The process is fairly simple after this. While delivering these materials, I found that dropping the letter trays off at the loading dock was more convenient for me and for the workers. Just inform the worker that helps you in the lobby of where you have set the letter trays and preferably how many letters trays there are.
- Since all of the documentation should be completed at this point, the post-office worker must collect your paperwork.
- If all is done correctly, the next step is to pay (Unless payment has been taken care of prior to the delivery).
- You will then receive a receipt and be ready for the next set of routes!