For two years running, SU Amatola has actively promoted the Closer to God devotional (as well as other SU bible reading notes for children and teens) in local churches in East London. It has been a fantastic team effort and incredibly successful on many levels. A team of ‘SU Representatives’ drawn from our staff, Regional Executive as well as a handful of loyal supporters/prayer friends, have done short promotions in their own churches or visited a church on behalf of SU.
Our bestseller is Closer to God and we distributed 166 at the end of 2017. For our region, the funds raised by these sales are much needed. But – aside from numbers/money, the experience has been so fruitful. As a new associate staff worker in 2016, I found the idea of doing a church visit intimidating. Now I feel differently! Two examples were: I had an unexpected meeting with a youth pastor (stuck on sound duty that particular morning) who didn’t know there was a book resource full of game ideas for use in his area of ministry; and I met an elderly woman who was so ecstatic to hear about WordSpace – perfect for her granddaughter soon to travel overseas.
In my personal experience, it has been encouraging to visit different churches and see the diversity and love amongst God’s people. And finally, as a book lover myself, I think of each book sold that will take its new owner on a journey that we all hope will draw them closer to God and encourage them.
SU Amatola Administrator