Archive for January, 2011
shared by Joel Honore, West Palm Beach Pastor
The West Palm Beach Seventh-day Adventist Church operates a Community Food Pantry which has been lacking in contributions and may need to shut down.
The situation got the attention of WPTV Channel 5 News which featured the ministry in a recent broadcast. The story is available on the WPTV web site.
by Jorge Mayer
Southern Union Conference recently coordinated a meeting for Hispanic church elders from Florida and Southeastern Conferences at Greater Miami Adventist Academy in Miami, Fla. The two conferences worked together in planning the program, facilitating the promotion, registration, sharing the cost of meals, and miscellaneous expenses.
The purpose of the meeting was to train and motivate elders in their role as spiritual leaders. Elder Alejandro Bullón, international evangelist, spoke about the organizational styles of churches and the evangelistic role of church elders.
“The prevailing feeling from the meeting was very positive,” says Jorge Mayer, Southern Union Hispanic Ministries Director. “Elder Bullón has a magical and powerful touch with the audience, and people love to listen to him. He is human and spiritual, and everyone I spoke with was uplifted.”
This was the first such meeting organized by Mayer for Hispanic church elders, and plans are underway to have meetings in 2011 and 2012. In addition to these events, there will also be a Festival de laicos 2011 de la Unión del Sur (Festival of the Laity) for Florida and Southeastern Conference constituents in February 2011 at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center, Leesburg, Fla. For further information or registration, please contact Ximena Rivera at Florida Conference: (407) 644-5000 x259.
by Ximena Rivera
The second annual health fair held by Gainesville Spanish Church included events for everyone to enjoy—from health education for adults to fun activities for children.
Institutions and professionals that participated in the day included: the Blood Bank, United Way, Hunter’s Chiropractic, Healthy Start of North Central Florida, and a Medical Clinic from the University of Florida.
Booths representing Spanish countries in the Caribbean, Inter-America, and South America offered healthy samples of their food specialties. Clowns were on hand to entertain the children, as well as face painting and an inflatable jumping house.
by Gladys Neigel with Denis Sand
“Our call [overseas] has been and continues to be a miracle,” says Pastor Denis Sand from Westchester Spanish Church in Miami, Fla., “and knowing that, we are moving forward trusting that the One who has called us will also equip us for this challenge.”
Speaking fluent Spanish and English, one would expect Sand to accept a call to a place where these languages are spoken. Instead, he has started learning Russian even as he awaits departure for Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan in the Euro-Asia Division (ESD) where he will direct the School of Pioneers.
Here, Sand will train tentmakers (self-supporting missionaries) who, in turn, will be challenged to plant churches among indigenous people of five countries: Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. The school’s goal is to train 140 tentmakers over the next seven years. Sand has also been asked to direct the School of Evangelism for Southern Union Conference of ESD where he will train and inspire pastors to organize small groups to reach their communities, especially among indigenous people.
Sand relates that in the past few years, “the Lord has led us at Westchester Spanish Church to develop a program to train youth as small group leaders and reach their friends for Christ.” The program began with one Growth Group in August 2008, and multiplied into three by October. By January 2009, there were six groups, and in September 2009, a birthday party was celebrated for twelve groups. “By the grace of God, we now have 21 groups with each being led by two trained leaders,” says Sand.
The training program for group leaders basically covers what they need to know, be, and do. Sand also covers the practical side as trainees practice and lead in all parts of regular group life and meetings.
In 2009 and 2010, Southern Union Conference of ESD invited Sand to teach two classes at the School of Pioneers: the first was Seventh-day Adventist Church history, and the other covered small groups. He was also the Conference’s main speaker for an evangelism congress this past May. The delegates were excited about the Growth Groups program and how it could help reach people in the region known as the 10/40 Window.
“Stretching from North Africa, through the Middle East, and into East Asia, the 10/40 Window is home to more than two-thirds of the earth’s population, many of the world’s major religions, the largest and fastest growing cities, some of the world’s poorest people, and the fewest Christians.” *
Sand will be joined in this new ministry adventure by his wife, Ingrid, and his sons, Adriel, four; Mattias, two; and newborn baby (October 28), Josiah. The family has made a commitment to serve five years in Kyrgyzstan and are awaiting their departure date from the General Conference.
* “A Dream on the Brink of Coming True,” www.adventistmissionary.org