Portugal Engages in Missionary Book Distribution
by Almir Marroni | Publishing Ministries Director, General Conference
The Portuguese Union of Churches is one of the most active unions when it comes to distributing the Missionary Book of the Year. Every year each church orders the amount of books they will distribute before they are printed by the publishing house. Impact Day is not only a regular day of literature distribution, but the main missionary day on the church calendar.
Almost every church has developed programs to reach out to the community that involve every church department, including children, Adventurers, youth through Pathfinders, and others.
To help keep the project in the minds of all church members, every church counts on a Missionary Book coordinator who, along with the local pastor, comes up with strategies to involve church members and makes a distribution plan by territory. One example of this synergy is at the Setúbal Seventh-day Adventist Church, located 50 kilometers from Lisbon. About 200 Adventists distributed 104,000 books since the church started promoting the Missionary Book project in 2010. Church members at Setúbal, a city with no more than 50,000 inhabitants, have so far distributed an average of two books per inhabitant.
In 2019 the church in Portugal decided to distribute a special edition of the Bible in the version translated by João Ferreira de Almeida, which will be celebrating its 200 year anniversary. This missionary Bible will be produced in partnership with the Portuguese Bible Society.
For the launching of this project, Almir Marroni, General Conference Publishing Ministries director, visited Portugal from September 29 to October 2. Marroni participated in a series of meetings with pastors, literature evangelists, and Missionary Book coordinators at the Portuguese Publishing House (Publicadora Servir) in Porto, one hour away from Lisbon.
Let’s pray for our church in Portugal.