A resident of Austin, Texas, has agreed to write a check to fund delivery of copies of the Gospel of John, an eyewitness account to Jesus’ life, to every home in his city, according to an online organization that arranges such deliveries.
The Gospel of John Project is set up by Sermonaudio.com in cooperation with Trinitarian Bible Society, and raises funds for and coordinates the printing of copies of the New Testament book to deliver to Americans.
Dozens of cities already have had limited deliveries, often 10,000 or 15,000 copies at a time.
But officials told WND that their newest project, which will address the need for the truth in the city of Austin, is different.
“In the 11th largest city in America there stands a building that once dominated the skyline. It is now simply known as ‘The Tower.’ On its façade is an inscription carved in giant letters of stone that has for 77 silent years proclaimed to the city words first spoken over 2,000 years ago. ‘Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free,’” the project explains.
It’s from the Gospel of John.
“In an effort to re-introduce this historical eyewitness account of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ to people all over America, SermonAudio.com has partnered with the Trinitarian Bible Society in what it calls the Gospel of John Project. Through the collective support of hundreds of like-minded churches and individuals from around the world, the Gospel of John Project has steadily moved from one city to the next with the goal of printing and mailing as many copies of this unique book to as many homes across the country as is possible. Starting with just 13,000 copies printed and mailed to homes in New York City in 2008 the project has grown to include 21 cities with just over quarter of a million Gospels delivered.”
But Austin will be different.
“Austin will be the 22nd city to be targeted, but what makes the Austin campaign so unique is that every single home in the entire city will be reached due to the heart desire of a single generous donor. Having lived more than 50 years of his life in Austin, he would now like to introduce its citizens to those immortal words from John’s Gospel and the One that spoke them once again,” the site confirms.
A spokesman, Bill Noonkesser, told WND that the donor, who wishes to be anonymous, is a 95-year-old man who is using his savings to distribute the biblical text to some 435,000 homes, about 840,000 people, in Austin.
“We are in the process of preparing the print run now and should have these in the mail destined for Austin hopefully by sometime in January,” he said.
“We want to get the word out about this in an effort to encourage people to join with us in prayer. There is nothing that needs to be done as all the funding is in place and the project is going forward but we do covet the prayers of God’s people for the success of this project,” he said.
Other cities where projects have been conducted include Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Charleston, Birmingham and Long Island. But nowhere before has the project been big enough to include every home, officials said.