STUMBLING BLOCKS OR STEPPING STONES
T. Pierce Brown
As plans were being made for the second phase of the ONE NATION UNDER GOD program, this problem arose with reference to the shortage of workers inEastern Europe(and almost every other place) to reply to the tens of thousands of responses that come in when we offer a Bible Correspondence Course. I have about 3000 students inAfrica, and there is no way I could keep up with them if I did not have the answers, comments and records computerized. So it was suggested that we go one step beyond that in our efforts to coordinate and assist in the works that are already in progress in other nations.
When the correspondence Bible course lessons are being prepared, the answer sheet can be so arranged that a person can simply mark the appropriate spot in multiple choice answers. Then a scanner can be passed over the sheet and a printer can print out the appropriate comments for each wrong answer. The values of this are fantastic. Not only will it save thousands of man-hours of time, but it will enable those on mission fields who have that technology available to enlist the help of hundreds of persons who do not know enough about the Bible to give any kind of proper response, but can let the computer give the Bible answer which is already programmed into it. Any non-Christian who may be used in that kind of work is a natural prospect for personal evangelism.
This is just one of the ways that thousands of stumbling blocks can be turned into stepping stones, provided brethren are willing to cooperate properly, laying aside all pride and selfish concern for their own interests. Hundreds of times we have seen examples of man’s problems becoming God’s opportunity. We have the technology. If we only have the faith and will to use our abilities properly, God will bless us “exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think” (Eph.3:20). In fact, He already has.
Those who are already engaged in correspondence Bible course work in any intensive way and think you can help with the implementation of the plan to coordinate all possible efforts to get maximum advantage of any available technology should call 1-800-767-9889 or 1-800-251-6871 and offer such help. Imagine what could happen if we could multiply our effectiveness by 1000 in all the mission areas where we are already having correspondence Bible course, but a limited number of persons to grade the papers!