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Presidential Blessing: June 16, 2018

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Presidential Blessing: June 16, 2018
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Thank you BC Conference Local Church Elders!
 
I will be on my way to Camp Hope shortly for the Local Church Elders Training this weekend. We are blessed to have Elder Nick Satelmajer with us and by the attendance of nearly seventy Church Elders from our Conference. We are certain of the Lord’s blessings upon this training event and value the ministry of the Church Elder as an extremely important one. Please pray for the spiritual success of this training and for those who will be equipped for a better service to God’s Church.
 
Sometimes, it is a bit challenging to log on the net at Camp Hope because our current internet is not strong there. I am happy I could set some time aside this afternoon to prepare this message before heading to Camp Hope. However, I have good news to share with all of you. During the last Board of Directors Meeting it was voted to bring fiber internet to our Camp Hope Lodge and from there to expand the service and upgrade it throughout the Camp, as much as possible. We thank God for a special earmarked donation to upgrade the internet service in our camp. This will eventually enable us to offer a much better-quality livestream of our spiritual programs at Camp Hope - i.e. Camp Meeting, seminars, training events, etc. God is good and His children are generous! We will share more about this with you, soon.
 
I was reading about the ministry of a Local Church Elder and found some beautiful quotations: “…Moses was careful to select, as his helpers, men possessing dignity, sound judgment, and experience. In his charge to these elders at the time of their ordination, he outlined some of the qualifications that fit a man to be a wise ruler in the church. "Hear the causes between your brethren," said Moses, "and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him. Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God's. Deut. 1:16, 17.” (AA, 94)
 
“As spiritual leaders, elders are responsible for encouraging members to develop a personal relationship with Jesus by strengthening their habits of personal Bible study and prayer. Elders should model a commitment to Bible study and prayer. An effective personal prayer life of every member, supporting all ministries and programs of the local church, will enhance the church’s mission” (Seventh-day Adventist Church Manual, p. 75)
 
Today, on behalf of the British Columbia Conference, I would like to express our appreciation and say a big THANK YOU to all our committed Church Elders who serve in our congregations. Your task is not an easy one, but God has promised His blessings, through His prophet Azariah, to all of those who serve Him faithfully: “But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.” II Chronicles 15:7 ESV
 
Happy Sabbath!
 
In His Service,
 
Wesley Torres
D.Min.
President