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Tri-Division Meetings Held In Mexico  

by Almir Marroni | Publishing Ministries Director, General Conference

From August 27 to 30, the American Tri-Division Publishing Workshop was held in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Publishing leaders, publishing house presidents, and administrators from the Inter-American, North American, and South American Divisions were present.

Nineteen union presidents from the Inter-American Division, which hosted the event, attended the meetings.

The workshop aimed to revive the Publishing Ministries vision, exchange work ideas and strategies, and promote unity.

Division reports presented strategies for strengthening the student literature evangelist (LE) program, recruiting regular LEs, and growing the distribution of the Missionary Book of the Year. Publishing houses also presented reports on missionary books, books for LEs, and books for church members.

The three divisions from the Americas account for about 47 percent of literature evangelists and 70 percent of canvassing sales worldwide.

(1) From left to right: Bill Krick, Literature Ministries director from the Pacific Union Conference, Erwin Gonzalez, Publishing Ministries director from the Inter-American Division; Tercio Marques, Publishing director from the South American Division; Wilmar Hirle, Publishing associate director from the General Conference (GC); Almir Marroni, GC Publishing director; and Stephen Apola, GC Publishing associate director. (2) More than 100 Publishing leaders and administrators attended the publishing workshop. (3) Guillermo E. Biaggi, a GC vice president and Publishing Ministries advisor, was among those who made presentations. (4) Erton Kohler, South American Division president, prays with Inter-American Division president Elie Henry.

Michigan Youth Rush a Success 

by Kamil Metz | Publishing Ministries Director, Michigan Conference
Eighty-five high school and college-aged young people participated in Michigan Youth Rush, an evangelistic canvassing initiative, from early June through mid-August, 2018. Throughout the 10-week event, young people distributed 32,000 large books and 20,000 small books. The Great Controversy was the best-seller!

Additionally, they distributed 200,000 GLOW tracts advertising Bible studies. While a major emphasis was placed on connecting interested individuals with local churches, an equally strong emphasis was placed on discipling youth. Watch the video testimony below to see how the program benefits communities and our youth.  
(Photo) Youth Rush participants share their testimonies during the Michigan Conference camp meeting. (Video) Jemima Klingbeil shares an experience she had while canvassing in the Michigan Youth Rush program.

Asian Tri-Division Meetings Held in Hong Kong

by Stephen Apola | Publishing Ministries Associate Director, General Conference

Division and union Publishing Ministries directors, HHES managers, and publishing house leaders from the Northern Asia-Pacific (NSD), Southern Asia (SUD), and Southern Asia-Pacific (SSD) Divisions gathered by the graveside of Abram LaRue for a solemn dedication service on August 18, 2018. The Sabbath afternoon service was the culmination of the week-long Asian Tri-Division Publishing Directors Workshop in Hong Kong.

The theme of the dedication service was relentless commitment to missions despite daunting challenges in Asian countries. LaRue, the first Adventist missionary to Asia, despite being advanced in age, persisted over many years without a single baptism. 
The workshop, which took place August 13-17, provided opportunities for seven publishing houses in Asia to showcase their books, achievements, and motivate each other with new ideas. 

Publishing leaders had the opportunity to focus on efforts to grow literature ministry throughout their territories despite many different challenges in Asia, ranging from secularism to punitive government policies and religious persecution.
Facilitators included Almir Marroni, General Conference (GC) Publishing Ministries director, and Wilmar Hirle and Stephen Apola, GC Publishing Ministries associate directors. 

The meetings were graced briefly by the presence of NSD president, Si Young Kim, and GC executive secretary, G.T. Ng.

(1) Publishing leaders and administrators from the three divisions in Asia gather for a picture by the grave of Abram LaRue, the first literature evangelist to reach Asia. (2) Publishing leaders attended church at Hong Kong Adventist Hospital after a week-long series of meetings. (3) Seven publishing houses showcased some of their materials during the Asian Tri-Division Publishing Workshop. (4) G.T. Ng, GC executive secretary, spoke to Publishing leaders during meetings in Hong Kong. (Video below) Publishing leaders from the Philippines sing a hymn in their native tongue to welcome the Sabbath during the meetings in Hong Kong. 

"Can he please come in and play a song?"

by Bill Krick | Literature Ministries Director, Pacific Union Conference
“You have the wrong place! I’m not interested.” 

Inside, Nathan could see a five-year-old boy and a piano. As the door was slamming shut, Nathan said: “Oh, I play the piano too!” 

The little boy shouted: “Daddy, can he please come in and play a song?” 

The man looked at his little boy’s pleading eyes and said: “All right, but only one song. Then he needs to leave.” 

Nathan played a beautiful song. Surprisingly, the man asked if Nathan could teach his boy to play the piano. The next day Nathan came and taught piano to the boy. 

After a few weeks, they shared a meal together. Then the man—whose name is Rob—asked: “Were you going to tell me something about the Bible?” Nathan offered to study the Bible with him, and Rob received a copy of Steps to Christ.

After several studies, an evangelistic series, and church attendance, Rob was baptized! He now helps lead outreach for his church, and helps in the Adventurer club where his son is enrolled.
God helped 290 young people in the Youth Rush program in four states this year. Their 12 groups distributed 171,000 books. Nearly 1,000 young people gathered at the end of the summer for an iShare Convention in Visalia, California. They shared and heard stories about God using young people in evangelism.
(1) Nathan, who taught piano to the young boy and studied the Bible with Rob. (2) Nearly 1,000 young people gathered at the iShare Convention in California. 
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Publishing Digest aims to communicate literature evangelism news with Adventists around the world.
Its target audience is church administrators, publishing leaders, literature evangelists, and other readers. 

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Associate Directors
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