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Publishing Leaders Academy Held in Philippines 

by Almir Marroni  | Publishing Ministries Director, General Conference
More than 200 Publishing Ministries leaders from the three Philippine unions joined the National Publishing Leaders Academy held in the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, from August 21–25. The meetings were coordinated by Rey Cabañero, the Southern Asia-Pacific Division Publishing director, and the Publishing directors from the three Philippine unions. 

The purpose of the meetings was to equip conference Publishing directors and assistants to inspire literature evangelists (LEs), who continue to work during these challenging times and who are eagerly searching for people in need of receiving the three angels' messages.

Along with other presenters, Almir Marroni, General Conference Publishing Ministries director, imparted instructions on the essence of being a publishing leader, with ideas to handle the challenges of recruiting, selecting, training, motivating, evaluating, and maintaining the LE force.

Historic LE Congress Held in Curaçao  

by France Chambers  |  News Staff, Inter-American Division

Nearly 200 literature evangelists (LEs) from across Jamaica, the English Caribbean, and the Netherlands Antilles met recently for the first joint Literature Evangelist Congress in Willemstad, Curaçao. The event was designed to strengthen literature evangelism in the Inter-American Division (IAD) by facilitating testimonies, sharing experiences, and learning new skills.

Themed “Cast Deeper,” the four-day congress, held August 21–24, was the first of its kind held by three of the longest established literature evangelism ministries among the English speaking unions in the Inter-American Division, said Erwin González, Publishing Ministries director for the church in Inter-America.

“It was very inspiring to see how dynamic and strong these unions are in their publishing ministry,” said González. “It is mainly because of the support from administrators and Publishing Ministries directors at every level of the church organization there.”

Stephen Apola, Publishing Ministries associate director at the General Conference (center), challenged LEs to share the gospel not only with local citizens, but also with those who visit their countries.

“You get a lot of tourists here,” said Apola. “They come from countries that face difficulties in preaching the gospel, so why not preach to them here? The Caribbean still provides allowance for sharing the gospel, whereas it is becoming more difficult to do the same in other parts of the world.”

Judith Smith, Publishing director for the Caribbean Union and one of the main organizers of the event, expressed her satisfaction with the fulfillment of this long anticipated joint venture.

“This week is really a fulfillment of many years of planning, as we seek to empower our directors and our literature evangelists to cast deeper,” said Smith. “We realize that literature evangelism is, and will continue to be, God’s anointed means of meeting people…with the printed page,” she said. 

Smith reported that last year the active 240 literature evangelists in the Caribbean Union delivered books and literature valued at US$387,531, and are aiming to reach more by the end of 2019.

“We are happy to be a part of this event, where our literature evangelists can continue to be motivated to be champions, because with Christ, they are champions,” said Dudley Hosin, Jamaica Union Publishing Ministries director.

Hosin reported that the Jamaica Union, with 287 enrolled LEs, sold approximately US$500,000 worth of literature, resulting in 386 baptisms. “We are happy to remind them of their high calling of being literature evangelists, to let them know that God is with them, because they are doing a work that is second to none,” said Hosin.

Leadership Commitment  

“As a result of this congress, I am more committed to this ministry and want to use my time and resources to support this critical work in the Jamaica Union,” said Everett Brown, president of the church in Jamaica.  

“The congress has been a source of inspiration for me" Brown said. "Not only is it a historic event—bringing two major English-speaking unions together, but the information that leadership and literature evangelists received has inspired and motivated us to cast deeper, as the theme suggests, to recognize the value and importance of this ministry as we seek to share the love of Jesus Christ with men and women everywhere.” 

Local organizers sought to bring a more balanced perspective on the issue of literature evangelists' sales versus the primary mission of winning souls.  

“The reason we chose the theme cast deeper is because colporteurs [or literature evangelists], are sometimes focused on the sale,” said Renisca Mutueel, Publishing Ministries director of the Curaçao Conference. “Literature evangelists are not just book sellers, they are soul winners. That’s why we used the term cast deeper, because literature evangelists have to cast deeper to go out, and seek souls,” she explained. “The sales they get is the blessing that comes from looking for souls,” explains Mutueel.  

Literature evangelists distributed missionary books throughout communities in Curaçao. The congress was attended by leaders and presenters from Inter-America, North America, and South Africa.

Literature Evangelist Convention Held in Switzerland 

by Almir Marroni | Publishing Ministries Director, General Conference

In a small village in the beautiful region of in Hölzlisberg, Switzerland, a vibrant group of 25 literature evangelists (LEs) and their families attended the Swiss and Austrian Literature Evangelist Convention.

The event, organized by the Austrian Publishing House and Adventist Publishers (the Adventist publishing house in Switzerland), featured a health training session. The highlight was listening to literature evangelists share inspiring testimonies about God’s blessings upon their ministry as they share books with Austrian and Swiss families.

Pictured below is Annelies Spitzlei, 86, who has been canvassing for 60 years and shows extraordinary commitment to the publishing mission. Christian and Claudia are LEs from Switzerland. In the last 15 months they reached 1,000 clients just by selling Life and Health magazine subscriptions. They are true champions! May God continue using them to spread His Word.


Literature Evangelists Equipped in the ECD  

by Jonathan Bizirema | Publishing Ministries Director, East-Central Africa Division

Almir Marroni, General Conference Publishing Ministries director, had the opportunity to visit two countries in the East-Central Africa Division (ECD) from July 28 to August 5. 

Jonathan Bizirema, Publishing director for the ECD, organized meetings in Nairobi, Kenya, as well as in Arusha and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

In Nairobi they met with literature evangelists (LEs) at the union Literature Ministry Seminary, where Marroni gave them a message of motivation and encouragement. 

In Tanzania, more than 60 student LEs from the Northern Tanzania Union were trained at The [Adventist] University of Arusha. Then another large group of student LEs were trained and encouraged in Dar Es Salaam.

The Northern Tanzania Union established the Think Big Project, and has actively recruited Adventist youth from our churches to canvass with the objective of earning scholarships to attend the Adventist university. Last year 17 youth enrolled at the university because of Think Big. This year 23 students will enroll. Think Big is one of the best strategies to engage young people in the literature evangelism work, and equip them to pursue academics.

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