Signs Publishing staff in Warburton, Victoria, Australia, kicked off 2020 with a flurry of activity, preparing 200,000 Pacific edition Signs of the Times magazines that are intended for use during this year’s “Papua New Guinea for Christ” evangelistic effort.
“We ran a night shift to finish this job on the press,” said Helen Sandbach, Signs Publishing’s production supervisor. “It’s a good challenge to have. We are pleased to be able to support the large outreach and discipleship efforts in Papua New Guinea this year. Ultimately, this is what Signs is for — we support, resource, and work with the church to make a difference in people's lives. We look forward to receiving reports of how church members in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific use and share these resources."
The special edition of the magazine is believed to be the first full-length Signs developed especially for the Pacific islands. Written mostly by Pacific authors, the magazine deals with current issues in the region, including deforestation, church-state relations, and Type 2 diabetes. Distinctive Adventist Bible teaching is also featured, including the Sabbath, wholistic health, and the signs of Jesus’ second coming.
Along with the 200,000 Pacific Signs magazines, Adventists around Papua New Guinea will use World Changers Bibles and other resources to connect with friends, neighbors, and workmates in the lead-up to May’s Papua New Guinea for Christ public meetings, slated for 2,000 locations across the nation.
Given that 440,000 Adventists live in the South Pacific islands, the 200,000 Pacific Signs magazines are only the beginning, leaders said. Signs ministry is looking for financial supporters who can help reach the goal of printing one million Pacific Signs over the next few years, they said.