God has blessed the endeavors of Home Health Education Service (HHES), the publishing ministry within the Southern Union. According to Tim Leffew, publishing director for the Georgia-Cumberland Conference, “Last year Georgia-Cumberland had the best year ever, with $1.83 million in sales and literature evangelism baptisms averaging close to one per week.”
It’s a thrilling example of growth borne out of adversity. About two years ago, the Southern Union decided to return its publishing ministry to the local conferences. In response, the Georgia-Cumberland Conference executive committee voted to
keep supporting the publishing ministry, as did many other conferences in the South. Next, HHES formed a board of officers from all of the participating conferences, including Kentucky-Tennessee, Carolina, Gulf States, and Georgia-Cumberland. This board provides full disclosure on finances and opportunities for growth.
Leslie D. Louis, president of the Carolina Conference, says of the partnership: “Together we have forged a heaven-blessed path of success in the faithful labors of our literature evangelists, our dedicated teams of Magabook workers, and the engagement of every church member as a witnesses through the widespread sharing of GLOW tracts.”
“My heart is convinced that the printed word—blessed and guided by the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit—has the power to transform a life with God’s amazing grace,” added Louis. “I am a Seventh-day Adventist follower of Jesus today because my grandparents’ and parents’ lives were forever changed by the publishing ministry.”
Another challenge for the publishing ministry was that when the Review and Herald Publishing Association closed in
2014, literature evangelists lost a longtime network and source of materials and support. To meet this need, the team created Family Home Christian Books, an online portal for literature evangelists that provides wholesale materials, support, and
training materials to equip representatives from 30 states, the United Kingdom, and a few islands in the Caribbean.
Among the new materials that HHES strives to make available for those seeking Jesus is a book series named Children’s Century Classics, a seven-volume Bible story set for kids. Leffew said, “Amazing things have happened. Georgia-Cumberland sales have gone up, and we are reaching many more people in their homes.” He adds that the Children’s Century Classics set shows parents where information from the children’s series is drawn from the Conflict of the Ages series for adults, which makes it more family- friendly. Introduction of this new product has increased the sale of Ellen G. White books by almost 500 percent.
Rocky Davis, Sr., publishing director for the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference, says: “Our products are readily accepted by the consumer, and we now have a much higher percentage of our LEs selling and qualifying for the top bonuses.”
Literature evangelists are looking for new avenues to reach people. They can often be seen at public events, fairs, and festivals as their marketing booths travel around the nation.
“We are grateful to God for His special blessing on this work. We can truly say it is not by our might or power but by His Spirit that this work is going forward,” says Leffew. “We are simply are doing our very best to get the truth into every home.”
by Tamara Wolcott Fisher, communication director