Many people wonder why SOULS students are required to do literature evangelism as part of their training. Here are a few of the many reasons literature evangelism is such an integral part of the SOULS experience.
1. Our goal is that all our students will graduate debt free. Most students who participate in Youth Rush programs before, between and after the two year program as well as the literature evangelism programs during the school year will graduate with little or no debt. As well as helping our students be financial sound, this also helps SOULS Northwest as we are funded entirely from student tuition.
2. Literature evangelism reaches people that would not otherwise be reached by other methods of outreach.
"The Lord calls for workers to enter the canvassing field that the books containing the light of present truth may be circulated.... The third angel’s message is to be proclaimed with a loud voice. Tremendous issues are before us. We have no time to lose.... With these books, humble, faithful men are to go forth as colporteur evangelists, bearing the truth to many who otherwise would never be enlightened." ~ Manuscript 76, 1901
3. Not very many people are doing this very important work—we need to revive this door-to-door ministry in North America.
"There is much to be done to advance the work of God. I have been instructed that the canvassing work is to be revived, and that it is to be carried forward with increasing success." ~ Review and Herald, Jan. 20, 1903
4. Our students learn valuable lessons they will transfer to other ministry efforts: lessons such as persistence, patience, professionalism, leadership, and how to help others make godly decisions.
"Those who give evidence that they are truly converted, and who take up the canvassing work, will see that it is the best preparation for other lines of missionary labor." ~ Colporteur Ministry, p 57
Most graduates of SOULS Northwest will have knocked on the doors of over 10,000 homes, and experienced over 2,200 hours of practical ministry training including many other forms of outreach evangelism such as health ministries, Bible work, public evangelism and other integrated evangelism efforts.
We would love for our students to graduate and decide to begin a career in literature evangelism, but this is not the sole focus or even the main goal of SOULS Northwest. Our students will enter several different career options including but certainly not limited to:
Graduates of the SOULS program have gone into many other lines of ministry and other careers, often after additional education:
While our primary goal is to train full-time gospel workers SOULS Northwest is a solid foundation for anyone who wants outreach evangelism to be their primary mission in life—no matter what career they choose to pursue.