by Mark Reams
Mark Reams, pastor for youth ministries at Forest Lake Church, Apopka, presented this message during the June 22 worship service. “What a down-to-earth description of discipleship,” said one listener in attendance. “The heart of his message should be shared with Florida Conference members.” A condensed version of the sermon is below. You can also watch or listen to Mark’s sermon on the Forest Lake Church web site.
If you auditioned to become one of Jesus’ disciples, what would the criteria look like? If I, personally, had to stand before Jesus and audition for a disciple position, would I have what it takes based on His qualifications?
Luke 14:33 gives us a start in knowing what this looks like. This is Jesus speaking: “In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” Now, that’s radical! Everything!
In case you think Jesus is just talking about stuff, let’s back up in Luke 14 to verse 26. Again, Jesus is talking: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters, even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross,” carry his torture device on his back, “and follow me, cannot be my disciple.”
To follow Jesus takes complete priority over all earthly relationships and all earthly possessions. He said, “You can’t call yourself a follower of mine if you’re not willing to give up all these things.”
That’s crazy, right? I’m curious how your audition is going now, because we’re going to get a little bit more uncomfortable.
Let’s turn a few chapters to Luke 9. This chapter has a subheading, “The cost of following Christ.” Look at verse 57. Crowds are following Jesus. “As they were walking along the road, a man said to Him, ‘I will follow you.’”
Hey, an eager beaver. “I will follow you wherever you go. I will follow you.” And Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes, birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
Jesus is saying, “If you want to follow me, it requires complete dependence on me. There is no guarantee of comfort.” We find out, in Matthew 8, this eager guy is actually a religious leader.
Jesus warns about these guys in Mark 12, because they would attach themselves to some form of a religious teacher in order to promote or enhance their position, their status, or their career—to climb the ladder, so to speak. And here you’ve got a guy who wants to follow Jesus as a means to an end.
So many times I’ve heard Christian language that portrays Jesus as a means to an end. “Come to Jesus so that you can get forgiveness. Come to Jesus so that you can get your best life. Come to Jesus so that you can get heaven.”
You don’t come to Jesus to get anything else. You come to Jesus, and you get Him. He’s the end. He’s not a means to anything. He is everything.
Jesus tells this guy, “I don’t have a roof over my head. If you follow me, I’m all you’ve got.” Do you want that kind of Jesus? If you answer, “Yes, Lord, I will follow you wherever you go,” you have to ask yourself, “Do I want comfort or do I want the cross?” Because that’s where Jesus is going.
Let’s get a little bit more uncomfortable by reading Luke 9:59 where Jesus is talking to another man. “Follow me,” He says. The man replied, “Lord, first let me go bury my father,” and Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
Isn’t that amazing? It seems as if Jesus is trying to talk this man out of following Him. Jesus says, “Don’t even go back to pay your respects.”
Now, there are scholars who debate this whole deal. Some people believe this man’s dad had just a couple days to live, and he wanted to spend those last couple days with his father and then give him a proper burial, which is obviously something he would want to do.
But even more than that, there’s a deeper religious obligation that a son honor his father in such a way. Others believe his dad had just died, and once he buried his father, he would come and follow Jesus.
We all celebrated Father’s Day last Sunday. I hope you celebrated yours, because I am privileged that mine is still alive. I know some of you have already lost your father. I was happy to spend some time with my dad. I could not imagine if my father was either on his death bed or already dead, and Jesus telling me, “Let someone else go bury your dad. You go proclaim the kingdom of God.”
Ouch! That seems cold, doesn’t it? Let’s be honest. That’s harsh. What is Jesus saying here? What is He doing?
He’s saying there is a responsibility and an obligation which supersede every other responsibility and every other obligation in this world, even the thing you would most want to do or need to do. Jesus says, “No, you go proclaim the kingdom of God. It’s far more important.”
The Church, individuals, and families will always face two options: maintenance or mission, status quo/business as usual or radical abandonment to proclaiming the kingdom of God. And if you answer Jesus and say, “Ah, yes, I will follow you wherever you go,” you have to answer yourself, “Will I choose maintenance or mission? Do I want comfort or do I want the cross?”
In Luke 9:61, we read about another eager person who was in the crowd who opened his mouth and said, “Oh, Jesus, I will follow you, but first let me go back and say goodbye to my mom and dad and my family. I will follow you, but let me go say goodbye.” And Jesus’ response to that was, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
Jesus was way ahead of His time. He said, “No texting and driving.” It will just mess up something. You can’t do that. Don’t even go say goodbye to Momma. Ooooo! That’s hard for some moms to hear.
Can’t you sense the indecision here on the part of this man? When Jesus tells us to obey, at least in my personal experience, I go through a series of justifying questions that may talk me out of it. Is it safe? Is it wise? Is it best for my family? Is it best for my career? Is it the right time? What will people think? How will this look? How can I even pull it off?
When Jesus says it, His follower does it. Period! Anything else is disobedient. Indecision hampers us from obedience to Christ.
What scares me is the implication of Luke 9. None of these three guys followed Jesus. What scares me even more is what we have done with what it means to follow Christ today. I wonder if Jesus would move right past us, and we’d still be standing there staring at His back walking away from us. That haunts me.
Am I a follower of Jesus? What does Jesus expect of us? What is expected of a Christian who lives in Florida? Sadly, not a lot really, not a lot. The bar is pretty low.
What is expected of a follower of Christ in Luke 9? Everything. What is expected of a follower of Christ in Luke 14? Everything. One hundred percent focus on Jesus. One hundred percent allegiance to Him. One hundred percent dependence. One hundred percent trust. One hundred percent undivided. Jesus is not willing to compromise for anything less. That’s what He wants. That’s what He requires.
Our hearts are like a pie chart where there are sections cut out to represent certain percentages for my career, certain percentages for my social life, certain percentages for the church thing, and God. See, God does not want a piece of your pie. He wants the whole pie, everything, undivided attention, and focus on what He calls us to do.
So, if you answer, “Yes,” and say, “Yes, Jesus, I will follow you wherever you go,” you have to ask yourself, “Will I be indecisive or undivided? Will I choose maintenance over mission? Will I choose comfort or the cross?”
These are the questions everyone must struggle with. When Jesus calls us to follow Him, He calls us to radical dependence on Him. He never promises this choice will be easy or comfortable. He never does.
What does He guarantee? There will be danger. There will be heartache. There will be loneliness and suffering. There will be confusion. There will be questioning and even doubt. And through all of that, Jesus says, “I will be with you even to the very end of the age. My presence is there. I am there with you.” To give up everything to follow Jesus regardless of earthly consequences requires absolute dependence on Him.
To live the gospel, you must first be a disciple. To be a disciple, you must hang on to Jesus for dear life, regardless of the consequences, because there will be unknowns that take place. There will be danger that makes you one hundred percent dependent upon Him.
Go through the questions once again, “Will I choose comfort or the cross? Will I choose maintenance or mission? Will I be indecisive or undivided?”
Could you imagine this Church—this body of Christ—moving in the same direction and saying with conviction, “We are true followers of Jesus Christ willing to surrender all.”
Are you willing?
Allan Andino Named Conference Auditor
Allan Andino was appointed to serve as auditor by the Executive Committee on August 22, 2013. His first official day was August 26, though he has been helping with auditing since October 2012 as an independent contractor.
Allan started his auditing career at Ernst & Young as a staff auditor. He then served for ten years with Adventist Health System in various accounting positions.
He loves to travel and study history, and Pathfindering is his number one non-work activity. He ministers to many young people as director of the Florida Hospital Church Pathfinder Club.
His wife, Leanne, is a CPA working for Shores, Tagman, Butler & Company, P.A. They have two children: Maurie, 13, and Adonna, 10, who attend Orlando Junior Academy.
Allan says, “I look forward to the challenge of helping our treasurers and churches by supporting them in their great work for God.”
Walter Castro Named Lay Pastor Coordinator
Walter Castro was voted as Lay Pastor Coordinator by the Executive Committee on April 30, 2013. He began his work with Florida Conference in July 2013 after coming from Allegheny West Conference where he has served as Multilingual Ministries and Church Planting Director for the past four years. More than ten churches were planted under his tutelage.
Walter immigrated from Argentina to the United States in 1995 and began his ministry in Potomac Conference where he served at multiple churches for 12 years.
On a personal level, he finds relaxation in doing mission work and playing soccer and tennis. His wife, Katty, is kept busy homeschooling their two children, Kevin (9) and Keyla (6).
“My dream,” says Walter, “is to see people from all nations throughout the Florida Conference territory growing as modern disciples of Jesus Christ.”
Henoc Paulicin Named Ministerial Field Secretary, Southern District
Henoc Paulicin was voted as Ministerial Field Secretary for the Southern District on May 19, 2013, by the Executive Committee. Since June 1, he has served in this capacity while continuing as pastor of Ambassador Church in Lauderdale Lakes where he has been since January 1, 2007.
During his time at Ambassador Church, he helped establish three new fellowships. Prior to receiving a call to Florida, he pastored in Northeastern Conference.
Henoc’s wife, Belinda, M.D., LCSW, is Director of Clinical Programs at the Advocate Program in Miami. They have three grown children: Chantel, Martine, and Henoc Jr. Henoc loves writing and music: piano, bass guitar, and singing.
“I believe my position is one of service to the pastors and churches in the southern district, ministerial team, Florida Conference leadership and staff, and, most of all God, who orders my path.”
Luis Reyes Named Planned Giving Field Representative
Luis Reyes was voted as a Field Representative for Planned Giving and Trust Services by the Executive Committee on July 30. His first day in this position was September 30, but he is not new to Florida Conference. Luis has been a pastor in Florida since 1992 with his most recent pastorate at South Orlando Spanish, Poinciana Spanish, and Haines City Spanish Churches.
His hobbies are international evangelism, singing, and playing tennis for recreation. His wife, Marcela, is Director of the Patient’s Experience Department at Florida Hospital. They have two sons: Nathanael (23) and Nicholas (19) who are both studying medicine at River Plate Adventist University in Argentina.
As Luis looks forward to his new position, he says, “It is my desire to be able to help advance Florida Conference’s vision about making disciples through the ministry of Planned Giving and Trust Services.”
Kristen Rodriguez Named Assistant Adventist Book Center Manager
Kristen Rodriguez was advanced to the position of Assistant Manager of the Adventist Book Center (ABC) by the Administrative Committee on July 1, 2013. She began working at the Camp Kulaqua General Store while in high school and was promoted to ABC Branch Manager in 2008.
In addition to her duties as Operations Manager at the Winter Park location, she will continue to manage the Camp Kulaqua ABC. “I feel I have the best of both worlds as I am in the Winter Park ABC Monday-Thursday and at Kulaqua on the weekends.”
Her husband, Carlos, has spent the last ten years in law enforcement. They have four pets that they refer to as their four-legged kids: two horses and two dogs. She enjoys spending time with her family and being outside with her animals.
“I want to keep the ABC relevant,” says Kristen. “This calls for us to be creative and stay on top of the fast-changing market.”
The Florida Conference family is shocked and saddened by the news of the death of Yesenia Suarez and her children, Thalia Otto and Michael Otto, members of Deltona Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church, which is part of the Florida Conference sisterhood of churches. According to news reports, police have concluded Yesenia and her children are dead, although the search for their bodies continues at this time.
Our prayers as a church family are with all involved familes as they go through this tremendously difficult time. We are thankful for the expressions of love and compassion that have already been poured out.
Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is a mainstream Protestant denomination with more than 61,500 members. We are Bible-believing Christians who base our faith, hope, and future in Jesus Christ.
I was recently energized by two experiences. The first was several weeks ago in celebrating the organization of Lighthouse Ministries into a church mission group. It was so inspiring to witness this group of young adults who have committed themselves to become agents for transforming lives through the gospel.
In addition, I was especially encouraged that the Florida Living congregation was the sponsoring entity. To see these older members who love the Lord and His church so much, committed to encourage, mentor, and pray for these younger missionaries, was a wonderful experience. Only in the Church would you ever see folks from a previous generation in such solidarity with a group of younger people around a common, glorious cause—spreading the gospel and good news that Jesus is coming again!
The second experience was on the heels of that Sabbath. The following week, I embarked on a short-term mission trip to Guam to hold evangelistic meetings. The Guam-Micronesia Mission was recently made a part of North American Division. Several administrators from North America converged on this field to hold evangelistic efforts across the islands as a gesture of welcome to the Division. I was privileged to take part through an outside donation.
I was assigned to conduct reaping meetings at a newly planted church mission group in the northern part of this island that is only 35 miles long. Night after night, I saw the Holy Spirit work to change lives and see people come to Jesus. The smiles of joy and satisfaction on the faces of men, women, and teenagers linger vividly in my mind. It was a beautiful experience when we saw 35 people baptized in the Pacific Ocean on Sabbath, September 14,
Two church plants—one in Central Florida and the other in Guam—are both about seeing God change lives. This is our purpose. This is the reason that God called the Seventh-day Adventist Church into existence.
Beginning in 2014, Florida Conference is launching an initiative called Mission To the Cities. The focus will center on a section of the Conference each year for five years to help pastors and congregations with their mission and support the planting of new churches. The regions we will target are:
- 2014: Miami
- 2015: West Palm Beach/Fort Lauderdale
- 2016: Tampa/Naples
- 2017: North Florida
- 2018: Central Florida
Facilitating the work of evangelism and church planting is the reason that Conferences were organized at the beginning of the Adventist movement and, by the grace of God, what we will re-embrace as our focus. May God bless us as we keep our vision focused upon the heart of our movement and calling.
A Once-in-a-lifetime Opportunity
Florida Conference will relocate from Winter Park to Altamonte Springs in early 2014. Relocating provides us with a unique opportunity to ensure our urgent Adventist message is clearly depicted for all to see.
Special representations to be installed in the new office—such as Christ’s soon return, the seven-day creation week, and Jesus as the Water of Life—will be funded by the Light On a Hill project.
When you donate to the Light On a Hill project, you will receive the life-long benefit of having your name, organization, or name of a loved one on a brick (or bricks) that will be used to pave the covered driveway to our new building. In addition to supporting this project, 50% of the proceeds received will benefit a Florida Conference church, school, or organization of your choice.
Please be a part of making our new Conference office a bright Light On a Hill while creating a legacy for those you love and making a contribution to your own local church, school, or organization by ordering your brick(s) today.
Participation starts at just $100 with special bricks available in acknowledgment of greater contributions as well as larger bricks for corporate and professional sponsorships.
Hurry, a limited number of bricks are available. Orders must be placed by
December 1, 2013 extended to December 31, 2013. Place your order at http://www.floridaconference.com/lightonahill/
More information: (407) 644-5000 x251
by Iris Hillmon, Melvin Liwag, Eric Stillwell
Eight years ago, Cheeko Cotta, then Florida Conference Pathfinder Director, challenged a Pathfinder Administrative Council subcommittee to design a new shoulder patch for the Pathfinder uniform. Little did anyone know to what heights this project would reach.
The Uniform Committee invited all Florida Conference Pathfinder clubs to submit ideas, drawings, and suggestions for the new patch. Within a short time, 34 designs were in hand, and the clear-cut winner was among them.
The original sketch, submitted by long-time Florida Pathfinder Iris Hillmon, was fine-tuned 15 times before God revealed His will for the final draft. In keeping with Florida Pathfinder tradition, the patch would have a caption. Considering 36 written ideas, committee members Eric Stillwell and Melvin Liwag met one evening to make a final decision.
While the two were in prayer, Melvin felt impressed to open his Pathfinder Bible. There in front of him were the words, “To All the World In This Generation.”
They would look no further. This phrase on a simple patch would soon witness for the Lord around the world!
Thinking of ways to expand this witnessing project beyond the borders of Florida, Stillwell and Liwag decided to try having the new patch flown aboard a Space Shuttle mission, thus fulfilling the commission caption of “To All the World.” The request was eventually approved by the Johnson Space Center, only to be rescinded several days later due to the religious foundation of the patch.
A letter was then written to each astronaut of the 12 remaining missions, requesting them to carry the patch into orbit. Only negative responses returned. When the last three missions were announced, the likelihood of the patch being included on a Shuttle flight was not positive. But, with God, all things are possible!
On May 29, 2011, Eric Stillwell, Uniform Committee Chairperson, was overjoyed to receive an envelope containing the Pathfinder patch and a Certificate of Authenticity from Astronaut Nicole Stott who carried the patch aboard STS-133—the final mission of the Space Shuttle Discovery. The certificate read:
This patch was flown for Florida Pathfinders on the final mission of the Space Shuttle Discovery, STS-133. From her first launch August 30, 1984 until her final landing on March 9, 2011, Discovery has proudly flown over 148 million miles in 39 missions and logged a total of 365 days in orbit; the longest of any spaceship in history.
STS-133 total mission duration: 12 days, 19 hours, 3 minutes, 53 seconds, with 202 orbits around our beautiful planet and a total distance traveled of 5,304,140 miles.
No matter how impossible obstacles seem or how high goals are set, there is nothing God can’t do! Just keep believing in Him! God is out of this world!
by Les McCoy
“This summer was our best yet for the MagaBook program,” says Les McCoy, Florida Conference Youth Publishing Director. Highlights included:
- 60 student workers
- 13 leaders
- More than 300,000 people contacted
- $205,000 donations for scholarships
- $293,000 total donations
- $50,000 matching funds by various academies and universities
- 25,000 books distributed
Students and leaders were headquartered at Jacksonville Adventist Academy, Tallahassee First Church, Osceola Adventist Christian School in Kissimmee, and Sawgrass Adventist School in Plantation. These hosts went the second mile in extending kindness and support.
Team members encountered many opportunities for witnessing and praying with customers such as first-time canvasser Lauren McCoy. A senior at Walla Walla University, Lauren, met a woman who was not thrilled at first with a canvasser at the door. The women, however, warmed up to Lauren and purchased two books, one on health and one on knowing Jesus personally.
Then, Lauren and the woman prayed for each other. As Lauren was leaving, the woman said she was suffering from cancer. “I’m so glad you came,” she said. “I really needed your visit right now.”
We are so thankful to God for the experiences that impact both the students and the people they meet.
- Temple Adventiste de West Palm Beach Church, Temple Adventiste de Deerfield Beach Company, and Gethsémané Company
Born in Haiti, Sidney traveled in 1977 to Bronx in New York, N.Y., and eventually to Port Saint Lucie, Fla., where he helped plant a church. He saw a tremendous need in the Haitian community and tried to help by founding an association to educate young adults and beginning a weekly religious radio program called Bethel. He has a tender heart for the salvation of souls and always seeks for ways to share the love of God with others. He views each person as a prospective citizen of heaven and seeks to gain as many as possible for Jesus.
- Silver Springs Shores and Marion Oaks Churches
Born on the Island of Trinidad, Matthew’s dying grandfather advised him to read the Bible. From his reading, he discovered the Sabbath before he heard of an Adventist. He knew at an early age he was called to preach the gospel. He has been a pastor in Trinidad and Wisconsin, and a teacher in Illinois and Michigan. For many years he was a counseling psychologist and family life educator.
Matthew is passionate about preaching the gospel and nurturing and encouraging the members to be ready for the Kingdom of God, because he believes Jesus will come very soon.
- Lakeland Church
Bible studies with a literature evangelist led Ron to the Savior. He entered the literature work, and one of his Bible study interests was a young woman, Patty, who later became his wife. He has served in mission service and classroom ministry, and as a youth leader, a church planter, and a lay pastor.
The mantra for his ministry is found in 1 Peter 4:11 (NIV): “If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”
- Cooper City and Margate Churches
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Andrew-Craig grew up in St. Petersburg, Fla. He preached his first sermon on Josiah for Children’s Day while he was a preteen. He began college studying in the field of science when he sensed a calling to the ministry. Through the influence of a teacher, his parents, and several tests, the Lord showed him that the ministry was God’s will.
“I want to thank God for using me in spite of myself,” he says. His favorite Bible text is Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV): “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”
- Port Charlotte Church
God’s call to ministry became readily apparent shortly after Benjamin graduated from academy and began working as a student literature evangelist in the summer while attending college. He began to realize that God had a plan for him to share the Gospel in a dedicated manner as his life’s work, which he thought might be the full-time literature ministry. However, after another summer of canvassing, he began to realize that God was calling him to study pastoral ministry.
After seeing God’s hand leading the way through his education, he considered it a privilege to begin starting his ministry in Port Charlotte Church.
On this date, September 22, Florida Conference celebrates its 120th anniversary of its foundation in 1893. On that date, 13 delegates chosen by six churches gathered in the small community of Barberville (Flickr photoset link, ©Amanda Baird/BlackDoll Photography). At 3:00 p.m., the first of a series of meetings, September 22-25, was called to order. The first order of business was to organize the Seventh-day Adventists of Florida into a State Conference which was unanimously voted.
The new Conference began life with three ordained ministers, two licensed ministers, and 139 members, with a territory comprising all of Florida. (There were two territorial changes later: in 1908, seven northwestern counties were given to the Alabama Conference, and two others in 1922; a tenth was transferred in 1932 to the new Alabama-Mississippi Conference, known today as the Gulf States Conference). More history of the early work in Florida is available on the Florida Conference web site. Also, pages 12-13 of The [Advent] Review and [Sabbath] Herald (Adobe .PDF links) report on Florida Conference’s beginnings.
From the information we’ve been able to obtain, Florida Conference’s earliest decades operated out of a variety of temporary offices, possibly corresponding with Orlando churches. Then, the congregation known today as Orlando Central Church built a facility in 1917 on the corner of Rosalind and Robinson Avenues which was designed to also permanently house the Florida Conference offices. The Conference moved into its own building at some point between 1923 and 1928. The Orlando church continued to use the Rosalind/Robinson building until 1956. It no longer exists today.
In the 1920s, Florida Conference built its own separate office facility neighboring the former Orlando Central Church. At this time, the exact year is uncertain since some internal records, including the Centennial issue of Florida Focus (Adobe .PDF link), report 1923 as the move-in date; however, property records for Orange County claim the facility was built in 1928.
The former downtown Orlando headquarters location is still standing and, as of early 2012, was being used by an environmental/civil land surveying and consulting company.
The Rosalind Building sale was finalized before construction of the Rollins building was complete. So, from 1958-1960, Florida Conference operated out of a large old house on Hillcrest Ave., not far from the Rosalind Building. The house no longer exists.
The Rollins Building, completed in 1960, initially housed administration on the upper floor, the Adventist Book Center on the lower floor, and ministry departments on a split level (far right in this photo). The ABC later moved into an addition made on the building’s west side, and ministry departments expanded into the ABC’s former location on the bottom floor. More information about this new building can be read on page 10 of the November 25, 1959, Southern Tidings, and page 4 of the March 2, 1960, Southern Tidings (Adobe .PDF links).
After vacating the building in 1992, it was used for several years by Florida Hospital for the human resources office and other departments. It was demolished in 2005 to make room for the new Florida Hospital Ginsburg Tower. (Interestingly, the Ginsburg Tower Emergency Room entrance is now in almost the exact spot where the main south entrance to Florida Conference was located.)
The Wymore Road building stood vacant for a considerable time with no interior walls or features. After Florida Conference purchased the building, the interior was renovated to specification, including space for the Adventist Book Center in the entire north half of the ground floor. The building’s grand opening was in the summer of 1992.
The Wymore building and property were purchased by the Florida Department of Transportation on January 27, 2012, to make room for expansion on Interstate 4. Florida Conference is currently using the facility rent-free until its relocation in early 2014 to 351 S. State Rd. 434 in Altamonte Springs.
UPDATE: 9/16/13 1:00pm – We have received word that, of the patients who were transported to Lee Memorial Hospital, three have improved to fair condition. One remains in critical condition but is said to be improving.
Our hearts at Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists continue to be saddened from the news of two additional deaths as a result of the van accident that occurred yesterday.
Osee Elian, 22, and Gertha Petit-Frere, 62, died this afternoon from injuries sustained after the Maranatha French Church van crashed while transporting a group of church members from Lauderhill to Tampa for a Haitian Convention.
We continue our prayers for the families of the three victims who died and pray for God’s healing on those still recovering from the accident.
If you have any questions, you may direct them to Henoc Paulicin who is serving as spokesperson for the church and conference through this tragedy. In the mean time, we solicit your prayers on behalf of the families during this time of pain, and for the entire conference family.
Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is a mainstream Protestant denomination with more than 61,500 members. We are Bible-believing Christians who base our faith, hope, and future in Jesus Christ.