No dream is ever out of reach—with God’s help. For years, people in the Philippines dreamed of the revival of Kasama ni Jesus, the Tagalog edition of The Upper Room daily devotional guide. When it went out of print in 2007 due to economic reasons, the demand still existed. In fact, the need was so great that four Spirit-led women took action and turned this dream into reality.
Initially conceived to be a print product, Kasama ni Jesus made its debut instead on social media, a strategic decision made in the wake of the global pandemic and lockdown. “Rolling out the daily devotional on social media yielded amazing results and led to enthusiastic responses,” says editor Phebe Gamata Crismo. During the first week, the devotional’s followers on Facebook more than tripled. “We praise God for the wonders of technology,” says project coordinator, Mary Joyce Villanueva.
When the lockdown lifted, the Tagalog team was able to produce and distribute the first print issue. It sold out in less than two weeks. The team increased the printing of the second issue, but its 3,000 copies quickly sold out too.
And the dream continues: “Our dream is to put The Upper Room in every home,” says Phebe. What a wonderful possibility—to put an encouraging word from God into the hands of every Filipino household.
You can play a role in turning this dream into reality. Like many of The Upper Room’s language editions, the Tagalog edition depends on the generosity of donors to support the local staff in their translation, production, and distribution of the magazine. Without this valuable partnership with our donors, most of our international publishing partners would not have access to the resources they need to make the daily devotional available in their native language.
When you give to the international editions of The Upper Room, you serve as a holy dream maker, working hand in hand with God to make dreams come true. There are 36 language editions of The Upper Room distributed in over 100 countries, and the demand for new editions only grows. Give today to help your brothers and sisters around the world connect to God in their native languages. It’s a gift that keeps on giving—for generations to come.
When you give to the international editions of The Upper Room, you help your brothers and sisters worldwide connect to God in their own language—a priceless gift.
Nicole Curtis serves as The Upper Room’s communications manager.
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