“As long as probation lasts, there will be an opportunity for the canvasser to work” (Testimonies for the Church 6:478).
Despite all the limitations they face, these literature evangelists (also known as canvassers or colporters) continue to carry out their activity empowered by God, prepared by their leaders, and motivated by their unwavering will.
In the San Andrés de Giles city of Buenos Aires state in Argentina, there’s a literature evangelist who embodies this approach. It’s a small city of about 25,000 inhabitants and is about 71 miles (115km) from the federal capital. Like so many interior cities in Argentina, it does not have an Adventist church. In fact, there is currently only one member there: Héctor Belucci, 57 years old.
A 30-year veteran of the real estate business received an Adventist missionary book in 2006, but did not read it immediately. Time passed, and circumstances changed. “Already in 2017, I felt a deep need for God,” he recalled. It was at that moment that church members gave him a Bible and the Faith of Jesus correspondence course, which would be the freshwater that his heart needed. As the Bible studies progressed, he promptly began meet with a small group of Adventists in San Antonio de Areco, 15 miles (25km) from his home. In September 2017, he was baptized at the Baradero Adventist Church. Thus began a new life for him, but the changes were just beginning.
The Adventist family who had given him the Bible encouraged him to get to know literature evangelism and accompanied him to presentation on the subject. Héctor liked it so much that he later participated in a weekend training for colporteurs. At the end of that instruction, he began canvassing. He was the first beneficiary since the books taught him how to live in a healthy way, enjoying its benefits in a personal way.