December 16, 2019 | San Salvador, El Salvador | Fabricio Rivera/IAD News Staff
Azucena Quintanilla wanted to make a difference in her local Seventh-day Adventist Church. She wanted to engage more members in spreading hope in the community of Santa Tecla, a municipal district in La Libertad in San Salvador, El Salvador. Quintanilla, 21, wanted to have a free Adventist book dispenser placed in the middle of the town’s main park. It was as simple as anyone pressing a button for a free book or magazine. She brought her idea to the church board and the members so they could bring their new and good-as-new books and devotionals so they could share with anyone who wanted a free book.
Books and missionary magazines were collected and dispensed from a specially-made stand complete with a button, lights, sounds, and sign.
“The dispenser cost us just $40 dollars to build from materials recycled from a wooden airplane that was used during one of our vacation bible schools events,” said Quintanilla. A church member helped build it and another member, an electrician, worked on the button and lighting.
Church leaders spoke with the municipal leaders about the idea and arrangements were made to make the book dispenser available for three Saturday evenings on Nov. 16, 23, and 30. “The idea sparked so much interest among municipal leaders that they approved those three days for the activity,” local church organizers said.