Every cent received by the quartet went for literature. When 1953 ended,
the newly incorporated Missionary Gospel Society had raised $392. Six
years later the project became the literature-funding outreach of the
Assemblies of God Mens Ministries Department and was renamed Light
for the Lost.
During 2000, almost $12.2 million was given to a spectrum of LFTL projects,
from sponsoring Full Life Study Bibles for pastors in Mainland China
to funding materials for hearing-impaired inmates at an Illinois prison.
LFTL also supplies literature to Assemblies of God missionaries in more
than 180 nations.
Among its domestic activities, LFTL partners with Youth Alive to furnish
materials for distribution on Americas high school campuses. Its
Key Bearers program provides approximately 11,000 copies of the Pentecostal
Evangel weekly to the incarcerated.
The work is an amazing tribute to one mans vision that has been
blessed by God, according to LFTL Coordinator Benny Ferguson.
Ferguson says, "Scripturally, were on firm footing to declare
that God wants to use all means possible through His instruments, which
are human beings, to reach those who have never heard the gospel."
Cochrans dream is now shared by nearly 10,300 LFTL councilmen
in churches throughout the United States. A councilman contributes $15
per month to cover administrative costs, allowing the ministry to maintain
its goal of using 100 percent of donations to purchase literature. To
raise LFTL funds, councilmen arrange services in their local churches
and help sponsor banquets.
Light for the Lost is completely funded by councilmen across the country,
both laymen and ministers. These councilmen are committed to winning
the lost. They dedicate their time, energies, finances and abilities
without expecting anything in return.
The monthly Spotlight newsletter is an informational tool for the ministry.
The video Carry the Torch helps prepare Royal Rangers to become junior
councilmen. LFTL also produces videos, bulletin inserts and brochures
to familiarize others with its purpose.