SPECIAL ISSUE: Nearly 300,000 copies of a special issue of Signs of the Times will be printed to reach World Cup attendees in Johannesburg, South Africa.Seventh-day Adventist husband- and-wife duo is gearing up to touch a world of football (soccer) fans during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, scheduled to begin June 11 and conclude about one month later.
EDITORS: Ruth and Eric Webster, South African Adventists who are each in their 80s, produced the magazine’s special issue, as they have with every issue throughout the past 20 years.However, the special Signs issue is not a strictly secular enterprise. Along with the game-related content are articles designed to present the Seventh-day Adventist Church and its message to readers, Webster noted.
UNION SUPPORT: Gift Mweemba, publishing and personal ministries director for the Southern Africa Union Conference, has helped support the massive publication and contributed a guest editorial to the magazine’s special issue.Asked about the surprises he encountered in preparing the special issue, Webster noted several incidents of God’s leading in finding contributors, such as church member Jack Mwewa, from Zambia, “who wrote articles on four of the African countries and helped me with much of the soccer/football information. He is an editor of one of the Zambian newspapers and was formerly a sports journalist and editor.”