Beacon of Truth spreads the Word from small printing ministry here
Like a lighthouse sending out its beacon of light, Beacon of Truth Baptist Ministries is send out the “light of truth” to the world. This small printing operation off Palmetto Road in Florence is sending the Word of God around the globe. Beacon of Truth has been printing bibles and gospel tracts in Florence for 12 years. God led Dr. Dan Hummel to establish this printing ministry in 1992 after he noticed the lack of God’s Word while on a mission trip to Romania.
At the time he was pastoring a church in Pennsylvania. He bought a printing press and began printing gospel tracts in a Sunday School classroom. In 2003, he relocated to Florence to pastor a church and moved his printing ministry here. Since that time, the ministry has grown from black and white gospel tracts to full color pamphlets, scripture booklets and bibles. To date, they have published $1.2 million copies of the book of Romans, as well as thousands of bibles in many different languages. Those languages include Samoan, Portuguese, Swahili, Baslama and Chichewa (Africa).
These bibles and other gospel literature are not sold. They are given to missionaries serving all over the world. Missionaries contact the Beacon of Truth requesting bibles or gospel tracts in the language where they are serving and Dr. Hummel organizes the project. He raises the printing costs through churches and individuals, and then sends the literature to the missionaries. He only asks the missionaries to raise the funds to cover the cost of shipment. Hummel is also a missionary. He and his wife, Dee, have given their lives to serve the Lord and reach the lost for Christ.
Their sending church is Dry Run Independent Baptist Church in Duncansville, PA. Two other missionaries serve this ministry as full-time employees. They are Doug Hummel and Chris Paugh. Their wives also support the ministry as volunteers. Doug, the founder’s son, is the assistant director of the ministry. He and his wife and four daughters live in Florence. Chris has served at Beacon to Truth for four years. He and his wife Vicky are missionaries from Eglon, WV, and are sponsored by Mountain Lake Independent Baptist Church of Oakland, Md.
The bulk of the printing work is done by dedicated volunteers, commented Chris. “Our volunteers do about everything,” he said. About 35 regular volunteers assist with the printing. Added to list are church groups who sometimes volunteer. Last weekend, Victory Baptist Church of Hartsville sent their youth group to help. There are two male volunteers who help run the double-webb press. Others separate the printed pages and collate them after they come off the press. The pages go through a trimming and gluing process where they are bound and attached to the cover.
After the glue dries, the books are put through a cutting machine that leaves them with a smooth cut on tops, bottoms and sides. From that machine they come off a conveyor belt ready to be packed in boxes and shipped. One of the long-time volunteers is an 85 year-old man. His first day working in the facility, he told Chris, “I just can’t believe I can serve the Lord like this at my age.” Donna Snell, a relatively new volunteer, says working with this ministry is overwhelming. She has participated in many mission trips abroad which opened her eyes to how precious the Word of God is in remote areas. “It is overwhelming that this could be here in Florence and you can be a part of it. It is very convicting.”
The ministry is always looking for volunteers who may work as much or as little as they want, said Chris, explaining that “Many hands make light work.” One lady who previously worked nearby came on her lunch hour to help with the printing. Currently, Beacon of Truth is printing Spanish language bibles. They are working on a order for 20,000 copies and were half-way there last week. Beacon of Truth also does custom printing for churches, including stationary, bulletins and tithing envelopes.
This ministry is planning to publish a bible in Vietnamese next year. Churches can get involved with the great commission by hosting a Scripture Assembly Project. Volunteers provide the labor to assemble scriptures that will be sent to mission fields around the world. To volunteer or assist with this ministry, call the Beacon of Truth office at 843-393-5065.