You Reach More Than You Think With a Drop of Ink
Explorers Magazine has been sent to children in hundreds of isolated schoolrooms every month for more than twenty-five years.
“Send me five. Home school my children; no church to attend.” That’s a mother on a remote station on the Gunbarrel Highway in Western Australia.
“We’re moving from Camooweal. Add our new address; keep them coming to both.” That’s a bush missionary.
“When the phone rings each week, I hear a dozen voices saying the verses, singing the Gospel song and answering the quizzes. Easier to learn of Jesus with Explorers in front of them.” That’s Gwenda at Orange who teaches a class by phone.
“Getting better,” writes a pastor.
“I trusted in Jesus at 8 when a Patrol came. Gave me Explorers; been coming since. Nearing 30 I couldn’t do without it in Sunday school.” That’s Tanya formerly from Andamooka.
“Offer it to inmates. Reveals a lot when they accept or reject it. Hard ones are like a drowning man refusing a life-line. Others use it in group studies together. Better than handing out Bibles. Even the hard ones come around from curiosity.” That’s warden at a Territory prison.
“My children want the next patrol now; read about GoodNews and Quizworx and Chysalis. Can’t want that long.” That’s a one-room school teacher outback.
“Mine go for puzzles and quizzes. Finish first day. Rest of the month, it’s the daily Bible verses to learn.” A mother of four.
“Our patients are too sick to go home, but not sick enough to RFDS evacuate. Back copies get a going over, even me. Keep new ones coming.” That’s a nurse in a 4-bed bush hospital.
“Surprised at the oldies. Eat it up better than daily food. My relief valve; owe you for saving my bacon.” An aged home manager.
“You’ll never know how it’s been my lifeline. Children eagerly wait for the Scripture hour to pray The Lord’s Prayer. Gives me a wonderful break.” Another one-room school teacher.
John and Joslyn prayed their table grace from Explorers for years, even with a drunken dad complaining, but a supporting Mum.
“My children love the knock-knock jokes back and forth. Opens them up for the Bible story too.”
“They learned the Lord’s Prayer from Explorers,” another phone class.
So, Explorers Magazine has surprisingly penetrated unexpected and unreachable places, made lots of friends, revealed enemies, but keeps turning thousands of heads toward the Lord Jesus Christ anyway. Approved by the State Department of Education for teaching Scripture. It’s what Outback Patrol does.