ECD Continues to Advance
The East-Central Africa Division (ECD) had a unique experience when the Publishing Administrative Seminar and Union Evaluation were conducted earlier this month. The meetings were held in the unions of Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Uganda. Afterward, almost everyone agreed that the publishing work will never again be the same.
In Rwanda, all the union leaders led conference administrators in pledging their renewed support for the Publishing Ministry. The Rwanda Union Mission is integrating literature evangelism into its overall outreach work. Most of its baptisms are direct results of the work done by literature evangelists. One of the leaders promised to continue taking the role of the publishing work seriously and promote it in all parts of his union. Rwanda, a country that was ravaged by genocide some years ago, is rebuilding its history and the message of hope through literature evangelism. This ministry has played an important role in the healing process.
In Ethiopia, a land mentioned numerous times in the Bible, the Publishing Ministry that was once vibrant is now struggling. As a result of the Publishing Administrative Seminar, there is a great reawakening of the ministry. Leaders are impressed, and they have pledged overwhelming support and commitment to the cause of God. Ethiopia is highly challenged with bringing books from outside the country. But now is the promise of developing books in the country in local languages.
Uganda is a beautiful country, often described as the pearl of Africa. But the publishing work has been weak. However, after the meetings, leaders who attended the meetings not only promised their unswerving support, but also reported that the gathering was useful and informative. One of the most important parts of the meetings was the evaluation, which disclosed important information regarding the three countries. It revealed weaknesses of the publishing work and made important recommendations to each union.
We have now redoubled the commitment from all union and conference leaders to support the Publishing Ministry.
We expect unprecedented circulation of literature in these countries. Our appreciation to Howard F. Faigao, General Conference (GC) Publishing Ministries director, who conducted the meetings in an appealing and captivating manner. Here are two reports from the unions:
Rwanda Union Mission Report:
Our thanks to GC and ECD publishing leaders for the good seminar. Administrators were so inspired that upon their return, the East Central Rwanda Association voted to appoint one additional publishing leader to enhance the work of literature evangelists in Rwanda. The union evaluations were very important and provided us guidance for the progress of the Publishing Ministry.–Jonathan Bizirema, Publishing Director
Ethiopian Union Mission Report:
The visit of the GC and division publishing directors brought special revival to the publishing work in our country. Leaders from all over Ethiopia have understood the importance of the Publishing Ministry. The excellent approach of the seminar presenters touched and influenced administrators. It was an eye-opening experience. The evaluation process showed what areas of the publishing work have to improve.The overall experience was a great blessing to the Ethiopian Union Mission.–Lukas Adde, Publishing Director
Philip Gai, Publishing Director
East-Central Africa Division