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South Peru Union Holds Colporcamp  

Many years ago a literature evangelist (LE) working in the United States visited a house. The woman in the house told the LE, “Your books look very interesting, but I don’t buy anything without consulting my husband. Why don’t you come back next Sunday and present the books to him?”

The following Sunday the couple purchased the book The Great Controversy from the LE and started studying the Bible. After becoming Adventists the couple wrote to Ellen G. White, asking to be sent as missionaries to the most difficult place of the world. She answered, stating that the most difficult place was in the mountain villages of Peru. She also wrote that the church didn’t have enough funds to send missionaries there.

However, months later Fernando and Ana Stahl, the couple who wrote to Ellen White, were sent to Peru and they became pioneers of the Seventh-day Adventist church in that country. Today the church in Peru is growing strong in many areas.

Earlier this year we had the opportunity to visit the country and attend a special event that takes place every year in the South Peru Union: the Literature Evangelist Colporcamp.

What is Colporcamp?
Years ago, Saul Fernandez Cotera, union Publishing Ministries director, engaged in a new approach. With the support of union president, Enzo Chavez, Colporcamp, a weekend camp for recruiting and training future LEs, was created.

Months before the camp, conference presidents and pastors start recruiting future LEs and students to participate in the program. Colporcamp always takes place in rural areas where participants can enjoy a quiet and beautiful stay, and at the same time be inspired and trained.

This year, 260 candidates attended the event. Around 20 percent of the group accepted the call to became literature evangelists, others decided to be part of the Think Big program.

Adilson Moraes, South American Division Publishing Ministries director and coordinator of the Think Big program, was there to inspire and support the attendees.

Colporcamp is a great initiative. With the help and involvement of administrators, publishing leaders, and local pastors, they recruit new literature evangelists and new participants to the Think Big program in a weekend. What a blessing! Praise the Lord for Colporcamp.

Central Brazil Union LE Convention 

Earlier this year the Central Brazil Union (CBU) held its union-wide Literature Evangelist Convention with more than 450 participants. The event was coordinated by Marco Aurelio Pinho, CBU Publishing Ministries director.

Central Brazil Union literature evangelists work in the state of São Paulo, the most developed region of the country, and one of the most challenging for conventional door-to-door work. Despite these challenges, CBU canvassers have developed methods to reach customers and distribute thousands of books each year. A special highlight was the presence of union and conference officers and other church leaders. Alejandro Bullón, well-known evangelist and writer, was the main speaker of the event. Also present was Arautos do Rei (Kings Heralds), the official quartet of the church in Brazil, and Almir Marroni, General Conference Publishing Ministries director.

Tri-Division Meetings Held in Spain 

More than 60 Publishing Ministries leaders from three divisions (Euro-Asia Division [ESD], Inter-European Division [EUD], and Trans-European Division [TED]) came together in Madrid, Spain, for a Publishing Ministries workshop. The four-day event was held May 14-17.
 
The workshop highlighted the challenges faced by Publishing Ministries in twenty-first century Europe, and proposed new methods and ideas that can be used to reach the population with the gospel through literature. The focus was placed on service, rather than the product.
 
Publishing Ministries directors of the three divisions represented were in attendance: Pavel Liberanskiy, ESD; Ioan Campian, EUD; and Victor Hulbert, TED. Facilitators from the General Conference included Billy Biaggi, a general vice president; Almir Marroni, Publishing Ministries director; and Wilmar Hirle and Stephen Apola, Publishing associate directors. Other attendees included union Publishing Ministries directors, various publishing house managers, and Adventist Book Center managers.

Botswana Students on Fire for Publishing  

More than 50 young people from the University of Botswana (UB) in Gaborone, a public institution, decided to join the literature ministry through the student program. The institution, together with other tertiary institutions in Gaborone, is home to more than 300 Adventist students.  
 
A weekend rally held at the university earlier this year was attended by 170 students. The rally included local Publishing Ministries leaders; Priscilla Ben, Botswana Union Publishing director; Botswana Union officers; North and South Botswana Conference officers; Super Moesi, Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division Publishing Ministries director; and Stephen Apola, General Conference Publishing associate director. 
 
The government of Botswana provides not only free education from elementary to university level, but also a stipend while the students’ are in college. The students, from various disciplines including medicine and engineering, engage in and have a passion for mission and evangelism, but had never engaged in literature ministry. Most student literature evangelists are foreigners. We praise God for their enthusiasm! 

Student literature evangelists from Botswana sing and praise God.
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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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Almir Marroni

Associate Directors
Stephen Apola
Wilmar Hirle

Editor and Graphic Designer
Viviene Martinelli

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