Brazil Previews The Great Hope Book Effort
Hundreds of South American Seventh-day Adventist leaders and their spouses spent a late 2011 Saturday morning distributing copies of The Great Hope.
HERE’S “HOPE”: An Adventist pastor hands a copy of The Great Hope to a convenience store employee in Brazil. Adventist leaders in South America distributed thousands of copies of the missionary sharing book on October 29, 2011.The missionary sharing book is a modern-language version of Adventist Church cofounder Ellen G. White’s The Great Controversy, which traces God’s leading throughout history and provides answers for today’s unsettled world.
Adventists worldwide have pledged to share millions of copies of the book with friends and neighbors in 2012 as part of the world church’s Revival and Reformation initiative. In the church’s South American Division alone, leaders plan to distribute 52 million copies of the book. The region is known for wide-scale literature distribution campaigns.
The October 29, 2011, distribution was a preview of the main distribution, which is set to begin in March 2012, church leaders there said. In one region of Brazil alone, more than 120 pastors and their spouses handed out 5,000 copies of The Great Hope. Similar distributions were conducted in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina, Chile and Brazil.
One recipient, restaurant owner Rosa Maria Dantas Ferreira, welcomed the copy of The Great Hope she received. She told church leaders that the book was the motivation she needed to seek God.
Erton Kohler, Adventist Church president for South America, said the distribution comes at a time that people worldwide are looking for answers. The Great Hope offers a balanced Biblical perspective on the world’s final events, he said.