GG uide Magazine has produced "Death’s Doom," a 16-page outreach magazine for readers ages 10–14 that uses Guide’s famous storytelling technique, along with related sidebars to help kids understand the biblical view of death and the hope we have in a future resurrection. This interactive issue includes an issue-wide puzzle and access to a website (which will go live on October 31, 2020) with additional resources that reach young and old alike. In upcoming special issues, Guide will focus on Adventist distinctive beliefs.
A Timely Message for an Unchurched Audience
According to Barna Research, 30% of the world’s population is under the age of 15, and 70% of children are born into non-Christian homes. Forty million children in North America haven’t heard the gospel, and 85% of all Christians accept Christ before the age of 14.
“The challenges and opportunities represented by these numbers give us a clear mandate to invest in children's evangelism,” says Carl McRoy, Literature Ministries Director of the North American Division. “Helping children deal with painful and confusing situations through compelling, Bible-based storytelling has been more effective in building up the kingdom than apologetics directed at adults.”
Guide editor Lori Futcher says, “We planned 'Death’s Doom' before the pandemic and feel this message is desperately needed. Children aren’t confronted with the reality of death as often as adults, but the pandemic and recent catastrophes have brought death closer to home. Because it will be ready in time for Halloween, it provides a perfect witnessing opportunity.”
In upcoming special issues, Guide will focus on Adventist distinctive beliefs, Futcher says.
A Spiritual Battle
“The devil made sure we knew that he doesn’t want us to share 'Death’s Doom,'” says Guide managing editor Laura Sámano. “His attempts to discourage us didn’t surprise us, because 'Death’s Doom' tells readers that Jesus killed death at the cross.”
Despite the spiritual battle that was waged in order to produce this magazine, Pacific Press had received preorders for 60,000 of the 100,000 printed.
Adventist Church Involvement
Pastor Chris Evenson, who serves at the Nampa Seventh-day Adventist Church, a congregation that has already bought magazines for the church, says, “The stories in this edition are right on point! Topics covered are those in the forefront of the minds of people today. They are handled in a biblically-based fashion and bring hope for humanity! This is a great magazine to share with friends and neighbors.”
Churches, schools, Pathfinder clubs, and families may order "Death’s Doom" for zip code mailings, to include it in care packages, distribute at Halloween, or share one-on-one with kids and adults. “Death’s Doom” is now available in all Adventist Book Centers across the North American Division and can be ordered online at AdventistBookCenter.com or (800) 765-6955.