“In the Lord’s full-time service the publication work is the top area because the publications are long lasting and widespread, able to touch people, and convey a deep impression.”
(CWWL, 1984, vol. 5, p. 224)
Currently, there are four entities in Africa under the service of the Africa Ministry Depot (AMD) that carry out the burden of spreading the ministry, including two publication centers in the east and two in the west.
Ethiopia has more than 118 million people, seventy percent of whom are young people. Amharic is the most widely-spoken language and is also a working language. Oromo is the second most widely-spoken language, which more than forty million people speak. Currently, Amana Ethiopia Printing and Publishing is finalizing the translation and editing of two books: The All-inclusive Christ (into Amharic and Oromo) and The Knowledge of Life (into Amharic). Compared with the hunger of the young people in the country, these books will be just a crumb. We are anticipating that the Lord will gain many through these publications.
In addition, Amana Ethiopia has two social media pages and messaging groups, one for Amharic speakers and one for Oromo speakers. Each week we post a short video message in both languages as well as some daily nourishment. Currently, the posts are reaching thousands of people. Thus far, 296 people from the Amharic social media page and 200 from the Oromo page have given us their contact information for further fellowship.
Ghana Gospel Bookroom (GGB) bears the burden to distribute and promote ministry books in Ghana. We have a gospel studio and a library. We also use social media and the GGB website to promote and make the ministry books available to seekers, pastors, and the general public.
In December 2019 we received a shipment of over 300,000 books from LSM, which were sorted, counted, and made available for sale and free distribution to the saints and hungry ones in Ghana. In October 2021 a little over 80,000 books were transferred from AMD Ghana to Nigeria for the spread of the ministry across West Africa.
In August 2019 AMD started printing The Holy Word for Morning Revival. In addition, Ministry Digest (vol. 1, nos. 1 and 2), The Overcoming Life, and The Breaking of the Outer Man and the Release of the Spirit were printed in 2019 and 2020.
Due to the restrictions of the pandemic, GGB started promoting ministry books online via social media beginning in April 2020. This is an excellent means to reach Christians and seekers in Ghana.
In March 2020 over 150,000 books were distributed to the seeking students and teachers in the senior high schools and universities in twelve cities across six regions in southern Ghana. To meet the need for shepherding the contacts, several serving ones moved to Jasikan and Cape Coast for propagation and increase. On October 17, 2021, the church in Jasikan was established, and on October 24, 2021, we witnessed the establishment of the church in Cape Coast. Praise the Lord!
GGB participated in the 18th Ghana International Book Fair from August 26 through August 29, 2021, at the Accra National Theatre. We contacted a good number of people and gave them the ministry. Over 500 people passed by our booth, with some stopping to make inquiries and to purchase books.
High Peak Truths Publishers Kenya Limited (HPTP) was registered in March 2021 for the literature service of the ministry in Kenya. Living Stream Ministry has granted permission to translate and publish the seven Rhema books. We have started translating Basic Elements of the Christian Life and hope the translation of all seven books will be completed by the end of 2021.
We currently have ninety-six hymns translated into Swahili, one of the official languages of Kenya and a common language spoken in south-central and southeastern Africa. Our target is to translate a total of 200 hymns into Swahili for the saints’ enjoyment.
Amana Literature Ministry (ALM) is a registered non-governmental organization in Nigeria for the publication and distribution of the ministry. The name has been approved by the government. A 40-foot container full of ministry books is now being transferred from Accra to Lagos for distribution at the end of October 2021.