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Peru Celebrates 11 Years of Missionary Books  

by Ted N. C. Wilson | President, General Conference
On Sabbath, May 4, Ted N. C. Wilson joined thousands of Seventh-day Adventists in distributing 2 million copies of the 2019 missionary book, Hope for Today’s Families, as part of the Impact Hope initiative in Lima, Peru.

"I’m so excited about 'Peru Reads,' as our T-shirts say, an initiative to distribute 2 million missionary books in Lima," said President Wilson. 

To celebrate 11 years of missionary books in the South American Division, 52,000 Seventh-day Adventists gathered at a stadium after many had shared 2 million copies of Hope for Today’s Families

"You don’t need to be a preacher to preach," said Wilson. "Yes, God uses preachers and evangelists, but we all need to work together. God is calling you today to preach the message. Jesus has sent you to tell others about His soon coming. Will you promise today to invite someone else to be ready for Jesus’ coming?"

BPH Employees Distribute 15,000 Books  

by Almir Marroni | Publishing Ministries Director, General Conference
On April 29, a Hope for Today's Families missionary book dedication program was held at the Brazil Publishing House (BPH) in Tatuí, São Paulo. In attendance were Adventist Church leaders: Ted N. C. Wilson, General Conference (GC) president; Magdiel Perez, GC assistant to the president; and Erton Köhler, South American Division president. A couple reached by the 2015 missionary book, Health and Wellness, was baptized during the program.

After the dedication program, 500 publishing house employees went to the nearby city of Tietê and distributed 15,000 books. About 200 bikers from the Adventist Motorcycle Ministry escorted Wilson and other leaders to distribute books in the city and for a visit with Tietê's mayor, Vlamir Sandei, who received a copy of Hope for Today's Families and other books.


Literature Evangelist Council Held in the SAD

by Stephen Apola | Publishing Ministries Associate Director, General Conference

More than 2,500 people attended the South American Division's (SAD) second Literature Evangelist Council in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, April 24-27. All unions in the SAD were represented, and the event drew church leaders and participants from several regions of the world. The theme, Até que Ele Venha (Until He Comes), focused on what literature evangelists can do until Jesus returns. 

A highlight of the event was the unveiling of a new brand, Instituto Vida (Life Institute), which is replacing Home Health Education Services. Tercio Marques, SAD Publishing Ministries director, explained that the launch is the culmination of years of planning and initiating new ideas to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. Instituto Vida comprehensively embraces consultancy, specialization of specific market approaches, and integrates other church ministries and institutions as one large whole to benefit clients from the large pool of Adventist systems. 

During the event, Osvaldino Bomfim, former SAD Publishing director, was honored with a medallion for his great contribution to the Publishing Ministries work in the South American Division. He is credited with leadership development, revitalization, and Publishing Ministries growth in the SAD.  Pastor Bomfim credits Ellen White for his inspiration: “Publications must be multiplied, and scattered like the leaves of autumn. These silent messengers are enlightening and molding the minds of thousands in every country and in every clime” (The Review and Herald, Nov. 21, 1878).

Erton Köhler, South American Division president, presented the message on Friday evening. He emphasized how literature ministry was key in spreading the Adventist message in South America. On Sabbath, Ted N. C. Wilson, GC president, spoke during the service, encouraging literature evangelists to keep trusting and serving God until Jesus' Second Coming.

Sabbath afternoon was marked by the official launch of Mark Finley’s book, Hope's End-Time Secrets. The book will be distributed by literature evangelists around the world. 

See more photos of the event below, which included the dedication of a Missionary Bible, baptisms, a heavenly sanctuary experience, and an afternoon of distributing Hope for Today's Families to city dwellers.



2020 Missionary Book of the Year Revealed 

by Stephen Apola | Publishing Ministries Associate Director, General Conference

On April 10, a new Missionary Book of the Year authored by Mark Finley, Hope Beyond Tomorrow, was presented during the 2019 Spring Meeting at the General Conference. 
The book was introduced by Guilhermo Biaggi, a General Conference (GC) vice president and Publishing Ministries advisor, and Stephen Apola, GC Publishing associate director. Ted N. C. Wilson, GC president, offered a prayer of dedication. 

Hope Beyond Tomorrow focuses on giving hope to a world filled with pain and uncertainty about the future. Thousands of copies of the book will be distributed during the 2020 General Conference Session in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. 

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