3rd February 2017

"Why has literature evangelism dwindled in the United Kingdom?" This was one of the poignant questions posed by Trevor Harewood, SEC Publishing sponsor in his opening presentation on Friday evening at Denham Grove, near Slough where trainee and potential literature evangelists gathered together for training, support and encouragement over the weekend of 27-29 January 2017.

Many such unanswered questions were asked and there was much time for reflection on the way forward for the work of the Literature Evangelists in the UK. However, the highlight of the weekend was in the in-depth training and nurture that the attendees received from retired pastor, Peter Sayers, as well as the Publishing sponsors. Noah Naylor, NEC Publishing sponsor, in his sermon on Sabbath morning spoke from the book of Ephesians and Philippians, urging those present to "put on the whole armour of God" (Ephesians 6:10) when they were engaged in the work of evangelism assuring them that "My God shall supply all your needs" for those discouraging and 'dry' times. Using the story of Desmond Doss, drawn from the recently released, Hacksaw Ridge film, noahNoah spoke about the crazy faith of a believer that still works.

As this weekend was part of the formal literature evangelism training curriculum, Sunday morning was delivered by Elizabeth Sanguesa, General Manager of the Stanborough Press and Carlos Thorpe, Marketing director of the same organisation, who spoke about Salesmanship and Business Administration. Introduced to the group was Trevor Johnson, of the Edmonton church and the recently appointed, ABC Manager and Assistant General Manager. "It is a blessing to see how our members are eager to engage in evangelism and one more specifically by sharing literature. I invite everyone to come and give it a try", said Elizabeth in her closing remarks.

"It was an informative and spiritually uplifting weekend", mused one of the attendees from London, "I feel more able to sell literature than I did previously." Eglan Brooks, BUC Evangelism director, speaking at the end of the event, stated, "This is the second session in the annual literature evangelism training programme. I am pleased that we are able to join with the Stanborough Press in order to offer this training to members who are interested in becoming Literature Evangelists."

The next training session is to be held from 24-26March at Denham Grove. For further information and to book a place, please contact Kerrine Guthrie at the BUC on 01923 672251 or email

[Catherine Boldeau]

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