Between 2016 to 2018, donations to the Association’s Global Seeding Fund supported book fairs in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Costa Rica, and a Spanish book fair in Miami, Florida USA. Latin American students have been present at book fairs for many years now and the amount of people who have come into contact with The Urantia Book because of these events is remarkable.
In 2018 alone at the book fair in Bogotá, Colombia, over 500,000 people attended, 43 students of The Urantia Book volunteered in the booth, over 50,000 handouts were distributed, 70 books were sold, and around 70 people from the public attended educational workshops about the book. And this seeding of the revelation in Latin American will continue year after year with your support.
The history of participation in the International Book Fair of Bogotá (Feria Internacional del Libro de Bogotá or FILBO) is particularly inspiring. FILBO is a huge event, held in two massive pavilions each year. Members of the Local Urantia Association of Bogotá have been displaying The Urantia Book there since 2001. When they began they could only afford to share a small space inside the booth of another vendor and only needed a few volunteers. It wasn’t until 2014 that the Bogota Association hosted its own booth where more volunteers from the reader community gained experience sharing the revelation. Each year since, their booth has become bigger until it doubled in size in 2016 and over 40 volunteers participated in 2018. In 2019 they anticipate having two booths, one in each building.
Here is the Bogotá story in pictures:
The Global Seeding Fund was created to help sustain dissemination efforts like book fairs. Please help us reach our goal of $10,000 by donating to this fund today.
So far we have raised $1,753! Thank you for your support.