Why do you use the name News Service 2000?
- News Service 2000 was a radio ministry passing on information about missions around the world. News Service 2000 merged with another radio ministry taking on a new name and leaving Dr. Pat as the only remaining officer of News Service. A new board of directors was elected with Dr. Pat as the President and began functioning as a ministry to Persecuted Christians in 1992.
How often do you travel?
- Dr. Pat and Brother Dave travels as often as necessary to meet with the
Persecuted Church to bring encouragement and to oversee (the continuation of)
Bible distribution and other projects. This usually involves at least
three trips a year between us, visiting multiple countries with each trip.
Why do you encourage the persecuted Christians to stay in their countries rather than emigrate?
- Christians who are persecuted for their faith are very much
like us. They suffer from discouragement and have families that they struggle
to protect. Immigration to a country with religious freedom is very tempting
for them. For example, 80% of the Christians in the Middle East have left their
countries. There are precious few who remain to reach the non-Christians with
the Gospel. These are a committed remnant that we encourage through visits,
Bible distribution and support to remain in their native lands. They are well
equipped to reach their fellow countrymen with the Gospel because they know the
language and the culture. Most importantly, they are committed to Jesus
Christ and, in obedience, are used by Him to bring Good News to the nations.
What countries does News Service 2000 work in?
- In the past 35 years Dr. Pat has worked with Christians in China, Cuba, Grenada, Nicaragua, Czechoslovakia, French Guiana, Guyana, Ethiopia, and Suriname. For the last 16 years, she and News Service 2000 teams have ministered in Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa. They have brought encouragement and Bibles to Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Egypt and Sudan.
- Brother Dave came on in 2016 and has been to many of the same countries. He has also had the privilege of meeting believers in Mauritania, and Tunisia.
How do you gather the information that you put in your Prayer Letters?
- Most of the information that we disseminate is gathered by
Dr. Pat, Brother Dave and their resources as they visit with those who are persecuted for their faith. Occasionally, the information is sent to us by Christians who are
undergoing persecution and by Christian news agencies.
How do you find Christians in these restricted nations?
- God calls us to go, so we go. He has always opened the doors
for us to meet Christians who are persecuted. Dr. Pat has said that she doesn't
seek them out, but God has brought the Christians to her even when she enters a
country for the first time and knows no one. She also says that "we can
make plans, but almost always, my plans are changed by God. And, His plans are
always better than mine."
Besides Bible deliveries, what else does News Service 2000 do in countries overseas?
- We bring encouragement to those Christians who are persecuted for their faith by being there and by praying with them. With the donations of fellow Believers, we are able to support local pastors who are persecuted but continue to bring the Gospel and Bibles to their communities. News Service provides Christian training materials, and sponsors Christian conferences.
What do the persecuted Christians ask for?
- The second thing they ask for is Bibles. Many Christians
have never owned a Bible and it is our privilege to provide Bibles for them. It
is estimated that for every Bible that we deliver, it is passed around and read
by 10 people. So, if a Bible cost $8 and ten people read it, then we can reach
one person with the Word of God for a little as 80 cents.
Why do you have to smuggle Bibles?
- Whenever possible, News Service 2000 goes through legal channels to distribute Bibles as we work with the local governments and the Bible Societies. However, when Bibles are needed and the religious or governmental agencies will not allow importation, "creative" ways have to be implemented. Christians living in these restricted countries choose to risk their lives to receive and distribute the Bibles. We deliver only what is requested by the local Believers.
- We do not go in "blind" to a restricted country and pass out Bibles on street corners. We meet with our Persecuted Brethren and determine their needs and preferences. Our foremost concern is for the safety of our Brothers and Sisters who live in these countries.
Has there been a time when you've really been afraid for your life?
- There is little danger for Dr. Pat, Brother Dave, or their team members.
However, there is a real threat to those we minister to because our
persecuted brethren are under the scrutiny of their government. They can face
imprisonment, torture, and even death for their Christian activities.
If God calls you to go then it is up to God to provide all the necessities for the trip. God has always provided Christians who know English and the local language to act as translators.
How can we help the persecuted Christians?
Is News Service 2000 affiliated with a particular denomination?
- (We are classified by the IRS as a 501-C3, a
non-profit organization and all donation are tax deductible)