The Oriental Watchman Publishing House (OWPH) is one of the 63 publishing houses belonging to the Seventh-day Adventist Church worldwide. OWPH is situated in the SDA mission campus at Salisbury Park in Pune, the ninth most populous city in India, which is 560 meters above sea level and known also as the cultural capital of Maharashtra. Before moving to Pune in 1922, it was born in Calcutta in the year 1903 as an answer to the prayer of early believers who in 1898 started publishing work in Southern Asia without owning a printing press. They prayed for one own printing facility to print and publish literature in every language of Southern Asia, to proclaim the everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to carry the message of healthy living. It grew steadily and was relocated to Karmatar in 1905 and then to Lucknow in 1909. OWPH is presently manned by a 65 member strong team of dedicated leaders, full time editors and workers known to be resourceful. It publishes literature for church nurture, health and Gospel outreach. Presently, Oriental Watchman Publishing House is one of the best 5 Adventist Publishing Houses around the globe.
Southern Asia Division of Seventh-day Adventists with membership of 1,527,238 covering 3,473,465 square kilometres(1,341,112 Sq miles) of land area holding the nations of India, Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan and their subjects of around 1.3 billion people of different languages have one dedicated facility for printing health and gospel literature—the Oriental Watchman Publishing House. “A strong Publishing House makes a powerful Church”
The mission of Oriental Watchman Publishing House is to print and publish Literature in the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed in His life, death, resurrection and heavenly ministry.
To help a growing relationship with God by providing periodicals and books to help people grow spiritually, mentally, physically and socially as we near Christ’s Second Coming.
To prepare Literature in every language of Southern Asia Division for people to understand the love of Jesus.
Anticipating the soon coming of Christ, the vision of Oriental Watchman Publishing House is to assist the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Southern Asia Division, to fulfil the Gospel Commission of proclaiming the Three Angels’ Message. And to this end, we visualize:
- That by Divine grace and blessings, and the presence of the Holy Spirit, and inspired by the printed page, our employees live out the life of Jesus Christ.
- That Divine presence fosters their professional growth, and sees them through the production process.
- That continuous growth be accomplished by developing a healthy financial base, through prudent use of resources.
- That all employees be treated with dignity, equality, impartiality, and periodical gestures of appreciation.
Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we publish the end time message without compromise, as represented by the acronym P O W E R
P Prayer gets you the power you need to plan, print and promote the mission of our Lord.
O Obedience keeps you in constant communication, and helps you follow rules binding on employees.
W Work has dignity; it’s your best privilege to do the best for your family, friends, OWPH, the church, and the Lord.
E Evangelism is paramount, as “the work of other angel who comes down from Heaven with great power and who lightens the earth with His Glory” (PM 50) is to be accomplished through our Publishing House.
R Restoration of their Maker’s image in humankind is what Oriental Watchman Publishing House is aiming at, and the printed page is a mighty tool as we march to the goal.
We help you reach the unreached! One seventh of the population of the world or 96% of the Indian people could be covered if we print in 23 major languages spoken in India. OWPH is proud to have the ability to co-ordinate translations to these languages: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kashmiri, Kannada, Konkani, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Maithili and Santhali.
Our publications can go to places where evangelistic meetings cannot be held. “In such places the faithful evangelistic canvasser [Literature Evangelist] takes the place of the living preacher. By the canvassing work the truth is presented to thousands who otherwise would never hear it” (Ellen G. White, Review and Herald, October 7, 1902).
At Mount Sinai, God started the Publishing Ministry. First He spoke to Moses, and then He wrote the Ten Commandments. Therefore the Spoken Word and the Written Word must go together (Exodus 31:18). At Mount Sinai . . . God spoke . . . and then God wrote! And so today we have. . . The Spoken Word – Preaching (2 Timothy 4:2) & The Written Word – Literature (John 5:39)
Arise! Shine! Our Lord Is Coming! Yes, OWPH is ready to rise to the challenge to publish every word needed to save the world. We are willing to print in any language, any design on any paper to prepare His people for the Lord’s coming. Amen.
MMM = More, more, more…
More literature in more languages in more numbers. OWPH plans to increase the number of books and magazines published every month. Our desire is to have them in as many languages as possible. We have set higher target to reach so that we will print more copies of them. Herald of Health & Nalwazhi : Target 1,00,000 Subscriptions.
Our Times: Target 75,000 Subscriptions