By John Maust “I have a dollar bill that I’m going to give to one of you,” Mr. Sechrist told us kids, suddenly alert, at summer vacation Bible School. This was nearly 60 years ago, a time when five cents could get you a soft drink at the local soda fountain, a pack of baseball
We are pleased to announce LittWorld 2021 will take place near Budapest, Hungary, October 24 to 29, next year. “This will be the first LittWorld held in continental Europe,” said MAI President John Maust, noting that celebrated author Philip Yancey is confirmed as keynote speaker. “We feel privileged to host Littworld 2021 in Hungary,” said
The coronavirus pandemic’s impact on global publishing and bookselling has been severe, but authors and publishers are seeking creative means to reach online readers and develop new strategies to stay afloat. Christian publishing leaders from seven nations, including China and Italy, gave updates and prayed for each other in MAI’s online “Global Townhall Prayer Meeting”
On Sunday my extended family tried to organize a first-time group video call. It took us a while to find a platform for everyone: Would it be Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp, Google Hangout, mobile phone or something else? One family member couldn’t attend but sent a note that everything was okay. But in the end our
By John Maust Just before some borders were closed to control the spread of the coronavirus, MAI held a series of productive trainings in West Africa. Staff member Ramon Rocha III co-led MAI-Africa workshops for Christian publishers and writers in Nigeria, Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire in early March. Some 52 Christian booksellers and publishers attended
Tribute to Alina Wieja, founder of Poland’s Inspiracje magazine By John Maust, MAI President Alina Wieja passed away in December after a brief battle with cancer. John wrote this article for the March issue of Inspiracje magazine, which gave tribute to Alina, its founder. I first met Alina Wieja a year before the start of
“LittWorld provides me a global family of Christian writers and publishers,” said journalist Lekan Otufodunrin of Nigeria. “I came back better equipped for ministry to Christian journalists and other publishers in my own country and beyond.” Lekan, online editor of The Nation newspaper in Lagos, was one of 250 publishing staff and writers from 52
By John Maust, MAI President “Living in fear is a disgusting thing,” a young man we’ll call Rashad wrote to my publisher friend in the Middle East. Rashad’s abusive father regularly beat him, his mother and two sisters. “I cried in my bed many nights and prayed that God would take away my fears,” he
By Dan Elliott, MAI Board Chair On Saturday, May 12, the MAI Board held our annual meeting at the Awana Headquarters in Chicagoland. The evening’s schedule called for a relaxed time as we said goodbye to departing member Keila Ochoa Harris and welcomed incoming member Jay Link. What MAI President John Maust did not know
By John Maust, MAI President Nigerian author Pusonnam Yiri lowered his voice in the noisy room. His listeners around the table leaned forward, not to miss a word. “I compare the LittWorld conference to a big family Christmas dinner with family members attending from around the world,” he said intently. “I met people from many
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