More than 100,000 people will have received Signs magazines in Australia and New Zealand by the end of August.
Some 50,000 Signs have been letterboxed and given away by church members in all but two conferences of the Australian Union Conference in June and July, with another 50,000 to be handed out in New Zealand during the Rugby World Cup in September.
One Signs found its way into a regional prison and an inmate has already sent for a copy of Great Controversy.
Church members from Mt Barker church in Western Australia hand-delivered and posted more than 5000 Signs to the farms and homes across seven rural towns.
“For two years, the Mt Barker church has had the vision to put an Adventist book in every home in Mt Barker, Narrikup, Tenterden, Rocky Gully, Kendenup, Frankland, Cranbrook and Katanning,” said Pastor Aymond Burdett, minister of the Mt Barker and Katanning churches.
“With Signs this became a reality and I praise God that we were able to make it happen. One Signs found its way into a regional prison and an inmate has already sent for a copy of Great Controversy (part of a Signs offer).”
Nearer Perth, thousands more Signs were delivered in Ellenbrook by Bible worker Fay Zenetti, who decided to do the job herself despite the offer of a commercial delivery.
|Katanning church members holding empty boxes after distributing Signs.|
Northern Australian Conference youth leader Dana Howard organised the youth at a camp meeting to distribute 1000, from which free book subscription enquiries have been received.
In Tasmania, at the expense of a member, some 1200 have been posted to isolated homes and towns on the state’s west coast. Almost 7000 have gone to rural towns, including 700 to Currie on King Island.
“People are excited about using Signs,” Signs Ministry manager Lee Dunstan said. “In the past year our earth has been disturbed by natural and man-made disasters and people are worrying more about the future. I’ve seen interest in using Signs and our other print products at a higher level than ever before. Church members purchased an unprecedented 80,000 of the ‘Why?’ flyer for example.
“The next big thing is to distribute more than 50,000 Signs in New Zealand during the Rugby World Cup. There are just over 100 churches there, so that’s about 500 each. I hope New Zealanders are up to the challenge.*
“New Zealand has taken a battering, in Christchurch especially, and I sense despondency. Signs is stepping up to help. The New Zealand distribution—what we’ve called ‘Try for Jesus’—is a coordinated one, and includes an invitation (in the Signs) to attend a prophecy seminar in either Wellington, Auckland or Dunedin.”—Melody Tan
* Details on how to access the Try for Jesus Signs to give away will appear in the August 20 RECORD or go to Facebook and search for Try for Jesus.
More @ <www.signsofthetimes.org.au>.