Sharper vision and skills were among the key takeaways of 277 talented men and women who attended our global publishing conference, LittWorld 2015, in Singapore, November 1 to 6.
Gökhan Talas (center) enjoys meeting publishers and writers from around the world, including Michael Collie (right) and Kelly Norman of Sparklit in Australia. Photo courtesy of Karen Crespo.
Gökhan: A visionary publisher
“In situations of persecution, books, magazines and other publishing ministries can reach people,” said Gökhan Talas (center in photo), co-founder of Turkey’s first and only Christian magazine. He was inspired at LittWorld to create a simple digital version of Miras magazine to connect with more readers. Miras aims to build bridges between Turkey’s estimated 6,000 believers, their churches and denominations.
Before launching the magazine in 2012, Gökhan and his wife were planting a church until Muslim terrorists killed three of their teammates. “But we live the risk in Turkey every day,” he says. This year MAI is planning a writer workshop with Gökhan’s team. (Watch a 2-minute video of Gökhan at LittWorld)
Daniela, front left, enjoys a workshop discussion. Photo courtesy of Jeam Wong, Singapore.
Daniela: A strengthened leader
“I love encouraging young Argentines to read. When they do, they ask for more. Books can give them a new perspective on the Bible and their lives,” says Daniela Ortiz (front left). She manages Christian publisher and bookseller Certeza in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where Certeza faces increasingly difficult political and economic challenges.
At LittWorld Daniela gained strategic leadership and marketing skills. “I returned with renewed strength,” she said. (Watch a 2-minute video of Daniela at LittWorld)
Josil: A dedicated writer
Filipino Josil Gonzales serves the persecuted church as country manager for two South Asian nations. “I have decided to embrace my calling as a Christian writer,” Josil said, inspired by best-selling author Davis Bunn’s writing track.
After LittWorld, Josil and another writer became accountability partners, to “prod us to more writing.” He even named his new laptop “MAI,” for “pointing me in the WRITE direction.”
Pray that our author and publishing friends go forward in creating excellent books and articles for readers in challenging contexts.
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