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LITITZ, Penn., April 27 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Pocket Testament League, an evangelism ministry launched in 1893 as the vision of a teenage girl, has created an online "virtual museum" outlining the history of the ministry, which can be viewed with any web browser. Exhibits include an article about the League from a 1917 edition of the Ladies Home Journal with statements supporting the Bible from Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt and General Pershing. Also included in the museum are letters of endorsement for the work of the League from five U.S. presidents beginning with Dwight Eisenhower in 1953, a letter from General Douglas MacArthur penned in 1949, and a personal testimony from Japanese Captain Mitsuo Fuchida, the man who led the attack on Pearl Harbor and later became a dedicated Christian through the efforts of Pocket Testament League members.
Board member Sam Wagner remembers the role his father, Glenn Wagner, played in the ministry during his years as its foreign secretary. "Dad encouraged leaders throughout the world to influence their nations for Christ by putting the Word of God into people's hands," he explains. "Great results followed: General Douglas MacArthur asked the League to 'make it 10 million' when they offered to deliver a million copies of the Gospel of John, free of charge, into Japan after World War II. Korean president Syngman Rhee welcomed the League, opening up facilities for evangelism and Scripture distribution. President Kwame Nkrumah did the same for Ghana, offering his support for the efforts of The Pocket Testament League."
The Virtual Museum is organized by decades through 1999, and then by year. Many exhibits have been scanned for detailed viewing. The upper half of each web page shows League activities, while the lower portion shows world events, illustrating how evangelism efforts of League members mirrored the concerns, events and issues facing our culture.
The Pocket Testament League, funded entirely through donations, is dedicated to motivating Christians to read, carry and share the Word of God. Membership is free. Members can order 30 Gospels of John at no cost each month. League members are encouraged to put a Gospel in their pocket each morning and give it away before the end of the day.
More information about The Pocket Testament League Christian evangelism ministry is available on their web site at www.pocketpower.org