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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.

(1) Pastors and literature evangelists at the Portuguese Publishing House. (2) Setúbal Seventh-day Adventist Church. (3) Portuguese pastors and church leaders gathered in the city of Porto. (4) Portuguese Publishing House. 

Replica Publishing Office Inaugurated 

by Stephen Apola | Publishing Ministries Associate Director, General Conference

Almir Marroni, together with other world church leaders, cut the ribbon to officially inaugurate a building that contains a replica of an old printing press and other publishing artifacts in Battle Creek, Michigan, on October 11, 2018. The ceremony was part of the Lead Conference celebrations titled, “The Past with A Future: Looking Back to Move Forward.”

(1) Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders cut the ribbon to inaugurate the Publishing Office replica. Among the leaders are Ted N. C. Wilson, General Conference president; Daniel Jackson, North American Division president; James Nix, White Estate director; and Almir Marroni, General Conference Publishing Ministries director. (2) A replica of an early printing press sits in the newly inaugurated publishing office. 

Publishing Houses Recognized at Annual Council  

by Almir Marroni  | Publishing Ministries Director, General Conference

During the 2018 Annual Council in Battle Creek, Michigan, General Conference Publishing Ministries held a ceremony to congratulate and recognize Adventist publishing houses from around the world that have been printing books by Ellen G. White.

Ellen White's books are printed and distributed in more than 160 languages and have been an important instrument in bringing many people to the truth, starting with the very first book that was printed in 1851. During the ceremony many Ellen White books were placed on a table to dedicate them to God.

Books by Ellen White, the most widely-translated female American author, have played a major role in the publishing work around the globe. This impact has been made possible through the work of Adventist publishing houses.

Another highlight from Annual Council was getting to know the Weavers, an Amish Seventh-day Adventist family from West Salem, Ohio. The Weavers are founding members of the Adventist movement among the Amish community. Both Andy and Naomi converted to Adventism despite resistance from their family members. After reading the Bible and The Great Controversy by Ellen White, they were convinced to follow the dictates of their hearts.  
To read their full story:
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(1) Almir Marroni leads a ceremony of recognition for publishing houses that print books by Ellen G. White. (2) Andy Weaver, his wife Naomi, and their eight children, share their story of conversion into Adventism during the 2018 Annual Council in Battle Creek, Michigan.  
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Its target audience is church administrators, publishing leaders, literature evangelists, and other readers. 

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