The holy instructions of the great tzaddik, foundation of the world, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov were given three years before his departing, after he contracted tuberculosis. At that time, he revealed the amazing lesson in Likutey Moharan #61, which is like a last will and testament to his followers, where he speaks at length about "students making more students," and that his message must be preserved and transmitted to all future generations by disseminating his books. He said, "My fire will burn until the coming of the Mashiach."
The holy instructions of his main disciple, Rabbi Nathan, were given at noon on Erev Shabat, the Fast of the Tenth of Tevet, several hours before his passing. He said at the time, "Be strong with will, money and effort to disseminate the Rebbe's teachings." Indeed, in the years that followed, Breslov Chassidim guarded the ember, so that it never went out, doing whatever they could despite the difficulty of poverty and wars (including WWI and II). However, a time came when awareness of the Rebbe was almost completely forgotten from the world, until someone appeared to take upon himself this awesome task and began publicizing and announcing the great and brilliant light of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov to the world, so that everyone would know, acknowledge and understand his greatness and power.
Thus, R' Yisroel Dov of Odesser began spreading the word of Rebbe Nachman from his early years in all possible ways and actions, so that everyone, without exception, would know of Rebbe Nachman. He wrote to authors, to heads of government, spoke to the irreligious, and in his later years, traveled abroad to collect money to establish a printing press specifically for the Rebbe's books in the tens of thousands and in many languages. He toiled for this greatly, despite his advanced age (90 years old!), befriending many Jews to help him in this great project. In the instructions of this precious follower of Rebbe Nachman – R' Yisrael Dov of Odesser – he writes, "I leave all my possessions and all my money for the purpose of printing the Rebbe's books."
Indeed, he appointed three people – his grandson and two of his great-grandsons – to establish a fund and association, instructing them to devote themselves and all their powers to this, to publish and distribute the Rebbe's books without profit and for one purpose alone: "to fill the earth with knowledge," so that every Jewish household in the world would possess the Rebbe's books.
After R' Yisrael's passing, his grandson, R' Amram Horwitz, took upon himself this heavy burden and established the "Keren Rabbi Yisrael Dov Odesser", and began publishing Rebbe Nachman's books in beautiful formats of all sizes. He also acquired trucks and employed people for this purpose of disseminating Rebbe Nachman's teachings throughout the world. This holy project was thus on its way, and many more people became involved in it over time, many of them working for it selflessly, without any remuneration at all. Since then, over seven million books have been distributed throughout the world!
R' Amram added his own contribution to this project by establishing Talmudei Torah for young children throughout Israel based on the path of R' Yisrael and the Rebbe, hiring experienced and topnotch teachers so that even children from an early age would be able to be nurtured by the holy light of Rebbe Nachman.
After R' Amram's passing at a very young age, after serving as the Fund's manager for fourteen years, the members of the Fund and R' Amram's sons appointed as his successor R' Elimelekh Fakshar, who had been in ongoing contact with R' Amram for many years. R' Elimelekh took on this enormous task and he too decided to further improve the publishing and translation of all of the books into various languages in the most beautiful formats possible.
The books are distributed in all sorts of ways – even to soldiers at bases on the battlefields during war. The distribution is entirely free so that every soldier will be protected in dire times by the Rebbe's books, as well as in hospitals, schools, at traffic intersections, on sidewalks, and on the internet. May it be God's will that we be privileged to continue, with His help, in this holy project with ever-increasing energy and strength, in all ways and forms to fulfill the verse, "May your fountains spread outward," so that Rebbe Nachman's "fire will burn until the coming of the Mashiach."