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What Hath God Wrought?

May 15, 2015
Michael and Debi Pearl young family

(Or, What Have We Done in the Last 20 Years?)

It has been 20 years since the very first issue of the No Greater Joy magazine. I can still remember sitting at our kitchen table, hand-addressing each one! Twenty years is a long time, and so much has changed over that time—including us! But through it all, God has proved himself faithful. Like the first telegraph message by Samuel Morse, we can only look back in wonder and awe at “what God hath wrought.”

So what has happened over the past two decades? It all actually started before 1995…


  • Mike and Debi Pearl married (August 22)


  • Moved to Cane Creek


  • To Train Up a Child published (August)—cost is $3.89 per book!
  • Tom & Kathy Slayman and daughters worked as volunteers in the office and mailroom


  • Published first issue of No Greater Joy magazine—800 copies (May 1995)
  • Second issue of No Greater Joy—1,800 copies (June 1995)
  • Rebekah Pearl went to Papua New Guinea to translate the language
  • J. went to SE Asia (October 1995)


  • Published No Greater Joy Volume 1
  • Published Rebekah’s Diary
  • Steve Schnell went on mission trip to Cambodia
  • Office buildings built


  • Published By Divine Design
  • Hugh Godwin started work for NGJ (April 1998)


  • Published No Greater Joy Volume 2
  • First website established (October 20, 1999)


  • Published Repentance
  • Rebekah Pearl Married (July 3, 2000)
  • Tom & Kathy Slayman went to Bangkok, Thailand as missionaries (April 2000)


  • Published No Greater Joy Volume 3
  • Published Romans Commentary
  • Published To Betroth or Not to Betroth
  • August-September issue of No Greater Joy magazine—cover printed in color for first time
  • Published Pornography: Road to Hell booklet
  • No Greater Joy Ministries, Inc.—initial filing with state of TN (March 29, 2001)
  • Hugh and accountant submit tax-exempt filing to IRS (Late 2001)
  • Russian orphans live with Mike and Debi for the next few summers
  • Nathan Pearl Married


  • Published Spanish To Train Up a Child
  • Published Holy Sex
  • IRS approves NGJ tax-exempt status 501(c)(3) (March 18, 2002)
  • Shalom Pearl Married
  • Slaymans returned home from Thailand because Tom had cancer (October 2002)


  • Published Baptism in Jesus’ Name
  • Mike’s first heart attack (February 14, 2003)
  • Hired Kathy Slayman—finally on payroll (November 2003)


  • Published Debi’s first book, Created to Be His Help Meet
  • Shoshanna Pearl Married


  • Back offices built—first expansion of warehouse
  • No Greater Joy printed on glossy paper for first time (September-October issue)


  • Hired Mel Cohen (February 2006)
  • Published Good and Evil in English (black-and-white printing) (June 2006)
  • Published Eight Kingdoms
  • Produced Knife and Tomahawk Throwing for Fun DVD
  • Published Spanish Created to Be His Help Meet
  • Launched Distributorship Program (July 15)
  • New offices built


  • Published Good and Evil in Spanish (black-and-white printing)
  • Published Jumping Ship
  • Published The Help Meet’s Journey
  • September-October issue of No Greater Joy printed in current 6″×10″ size
  • First Licensing Agreements established, for Good and Evil in Afrikaans and Tswana (October 2007)
  • Published Good and Evil Comics—6 in English and 5 in Spanish
  • Published Good and Evil Coloring Books


  • Published Good and Evil in full color in both English and Spanish
  • Published Holy Sex in Spanish
  • Published The Gap Fact booklet
  • Hired Chuck Joyner (September 2008)
  • Mike’s second heart attack—treated at St. Thomas Hospital (February 10, 2008)


  • Produced Jumping Ship DVD
  • Published The Vision
  • Published Listen to My Dream
  • Produced Movers and Shakers DVD
  • Produced The Balanced Patriarch DVD
  • Produced Child Training 101 DVD
  • Completed and printed many translations of Good and Evil, including: Afrikaans, Bahasa Malaysia, Bontoc (Finuntuk), Polish, Chichewa, Falam Chin, French, Maka, Norwegian, Hawa Naga, and Hindi


  • Published Preparing to Be a Help Meet in English and Spanish
  • Published Samuel Learns to Yell & Tell and Sara Sue Learns to Yell & Tell
  • Mike’s arm pierced by 2×4 (October 20, 2010)
  • Completed and printed more translations of Good and Evil: Chinese (Simplified)(color), Japanese, Rawang, and Russian (color)


  • Produced Preparing to Be a Help Meet Audio Book
  • Produced Fifty Questions/Fifty Answers DVD
  • Produced Becoming Tempered Steel DVD
  • Published Training Children to Be Strong in Spirit
  • More Good and Evil translations completed and printed: Czech, Punjabi, Tagalog, Tok Pisin, and Tswana


  • Mike wins 2012 Knife Throwing World Championship
  • Big Texas Shindig (September 2012)
  • Published Created to Need a Help Meet
  • More Good and Evil translations completed and printed: Lahu, Kekchi, and Kyrgyz


  • Published In Search of a Help Meet
  • Produced Good and Evil Dramatized Audio
  • Hired Bobbie Sue (March 2013)
  • Hired Steve Bailey (September 2013)
  • Ozark Mountain Shindig (September 2013)


  • Jared Rowe launches iMissionaries
  • Debi’s neck surgery—no more pain!
  • Mike’s angiogram—no signs of heart disease found!
  • Published The Big Book of Homeschooling
  • Smoky Mountain Shindig (September 2014)
  • Produced Science of Addiction and the Brain DVD
  • 50th Licensing Agreement established


  • Published Great White Throne Gospel Tract

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