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Islanders Catch Vision for Local Publishing

- 07/13/15   Islanders Catch Vision for Local Publishing

Fiji: Islanders Catch Vision for Local Publishing

"Freeing knowledge to free people" is the vision of the new MagiMagi Publishers in Fiji. Its goal is making the Bible and Christian literature available, accessible and relevant to ordinary people scattered across Fiji’s 110 inhabited islands in the South Pacific.

Prior to MagiMagi’s launch last year, no other book publishing existed for the nearly 1 million people in this former British colony. The print-on-demand service is producing titles for local Christians, including the first locally-written Fijian books.
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"Our horizons were lifted and we were freshly motivated," wrote editor and Trustee Martin Manser after the European Forum, organized by MAI-Europe. The April 7 to 11 regional training conference gathered 55 Christian writers, editors and publishers, many from central and eastern Europe, at High Leigh Conference Centre in Hoddesdon, England.

"We did not shrink from difficult issues, such as digital publishing and the effect of translations on identity," he said. Please pray for lasting effects of the Forum in Europe.

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Countdown to LittWorld 2015

By John D. Maust
We are in "countdown mode" for  LittWorld 2015, November 1 to 6, in Singapore.   

Some 200 Christian publishing staff and writers from 50 countries are expected at the triennial conference, which is a big undertaking for our staff of four and the Singapore host team. Yet the months of hard work are fully compensated by the exciting outcomes.

Jean-Pasteur Katavo of embattled Democratic Republic of Congo said LittWorld 2012 gave him "good friends who pray for me and have ministered to my needs in a time of hopelessness due to war."

Since then Jean-Pasteur has helped start a teen magazine and began a program to form libraries in local churches. He has also edited, translated, co-writtten or authored a total of 14 books. (Read more from Jean-Pasteur)
Maggie Gathuku
Similarly, Maggie Gathuku of Kenya told us recently,  "At LittWorld 2012, I got the inspiration and the challenge to publish my book—a discipleship manual that is being used in six universities so far." 

Many "Maggies" and "Jean-Pasteurs" need scholarship assistance to attend LittWorld 2015. Would you invest in their training through a LittWorld scholarship gift? (Donate online here)

Above all, pray that LittWorld ignites an explosion of quality books and articles around the world. Thank you!