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Great Hope Distribution Begins at Chesapeake Camp Meeting

Story by Kim Peckham
Published 6/19/12

Mark Thomas (right), president of the Review and Herald, shares a copy of The Great Hope with Marc Gamerman, who had been out for an afternoon run in his neighborhood when he met an outreach team.
A nationwide effort to distribute millions of copies of The Great Hope, a condensed, easy-to-read version of The Great Controversy, began last week in Hagerstown, Md., during the Chesapeake Conference Camp Meeting.

The first copies of the 96-page book had just come off the presses of the nearby Review and Herald Publishing Association when Gary Gibbs, the conference’s director of ministries development, organized several teams of camp meeting attendees to hit the streets around the Hagerstown church. In 90 minutes, they knocked on hundreds of doors and delivered about 530 copies of the book.

Team members prayed with the people they met and answered questions about upcoming church events. “These are seeds sown. I know that the Lord will certainly bless,” said Chris Holland, Hagerstown church pastor. The Hagerstown church ordered 38,000 copies of The Great Hope—enough to put one in every home in the city. Sharing the book will be a special emphasis in the North American Division during 2012 and 2013.

Jennifer Calhoun from the Williamsport (Md.) church, talks to a man about an upcoming vacation Bible school program after giving him a copy of The Great Hope.

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