Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | December 7, 2021

The 5511 Initiative

A Christian teenager gave me a paperback copy of the New Testament on February 19, 1973. I was a junior in high school at the time and had never read the Bible. Little did I realize that my friend’s simple act of kindness would change my life.

I took that New Testament home and began to read it that night. As I read through the New Testament I was fascinated by the life and ministry of Jesus, by the commitment of those who courageously shared His message, and by the practical instruction contained throughout the New Testament.

The Psalmist (119:130) declared that the entrance of God’s Word give light. I found this to be true. The light of God’s Word enabled me to see what I otherwise had been unable to see. The more I read, the more convicted I became that something was missing in my life.

Within a matter of weeks I heard a presentation of the gospel message. For the first time in my life I understood my sinful condition and my need for Jesus Christ. The words I had read in my paperback New Testament suddenly became real.

I repented of my sins and placed my faith in Jesus Christ alone for my salvation. God had used the kindness of a Christian teenager to get my attention and eventually lead me to faith in Christ.

My story illustrates the truth of Isaiah 55:11 where God declared that His Word would not return to Him empty or without succeeding in the matter for which He sent it.

Over the next year we are challenging the people of Kingsland as well as our domestic and international partners to distribute more than 150,000 copies of God’s Word to those who have never owned or read a Bible. We trust that by doing so God will open doors for us to have spiritual conversations or to at least encourage others to read the story of Jesus.

Several of our international partners have already started their distribution of Bibles funded by our missions ministry. We are already hearing stories of people coming to faith in Christ as a result. Over the coming months our others partners will distribute copies of the Scripture in locations all over the globe.

Our Kingsland distribution starts this month. We have challenged every member of the Kingsland family to share “Hope for Your Home.” This is a special edition of Luke’s Gospel that we have produced. We are encouraging the recipients to read the story of Jesus throughout the month of December. And we are trusting that God’s Word will lead many to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.


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  1. The girl who gave you the New Testament did not know who was being born that day. You are one of my heroes Omar!!! God bless you your path!!!

    • Thanks for your kind words, Carlos. Grateful for your friendship and our partnership in the gospel. Miss you and all of our friends in El Salvador.


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