Pocket Testament League

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The Pocket Testament League is a Christian organization which distributes printed copies of the Gospels. The Pocket Testament League is a relatively small non-profit organization serving hundreds of thousands of members from various denominational backgrounds. A small team runs the ministry, and it is managed by a 15-person Board of Trustees. Members of The Pocket Testament League have shared[when?] over 110 million[citation needed] Gospels.


The Pocket Testament League was founded in 1893 by a teenage girl named Helen Cadbury, as a means of winning her classmates to Christ. In 1904, Helen married American evangelist Charles McCallon Alexander, who officially organized the League with Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman in Philadelphia, in March 1908.[1] Alexander had been associated with the prominent evangelist Dwight L. Moody and his experience in worldwide evangelism gave huge impetus to the League. In 1914, The Pocket Testament League opened an office in London, England, and began sharing Gospels as part of its First World War outreach. In October, a campaign gave out 400,000 New Testaments to soldiers on Salisbury Plain.

During the Great Depression, members of the League shared Gospels through the Civilian Conservation Corps in the South and throughout New England. The Corps was a government-organized effort to put jobless men to work on public projects. Billy Graham was a great encouragement to the League, commenting that "I am completely sold on the work of The Pocket Testament League, and continue to pray for those associated with it."[citation needed]

After the Second World War, the league started its missionary work in foreign countries. With the support of General George Marshall and Chiang Kai-shek, bibles were distributed among Chinese soldiers fighting in the Chinese Civil War.[2]


PTL evangelism outreach in Nigeria. Watch historic videos of historical documentation. Muslim students are given the Bible. https://vimeo.com/71231276


The League has over 450,000 members, and a staff of 5 full-time people that work from virtual offices. The League has members from all 50 states and 140 countries.

Today The League still prints small, pocket-sized Gospels of John in languages, such as English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Russian, German, Spanish and Portuguese. The League partners with local Bible Societies for accurate Bible translations, and ships from several locations around the world. The League offers a wide range of cover designs featuring original artwork, hobby-related imagery, sports, military, patriotic and more.

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  1. ^ Archie R. Crouch (ed.), Christianity in China : a scholars' guide to resources in the libraries and archives of the United States, New York 1989, p. 226.
  2. ^ Archie R. Crouch (ed.), Christianity in China : a scholars' guide to resources in the libraries and archives of the United States, New York 1989, p. 226.

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