Presidential Blessing: May 21

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Greetings from HOME! It is a delight just to be home… However, my wife and I are by ourselves as our daughter is in Loma Linda and the two boys are at the BC Conference Pathfinders’ Camporee.

Although my family is not “all together today,” it will be a sweet experience to sit by my wife’s side at the Westminster Church during the Sabbath Morning Services. In the afternoon, Pastor Brake and I will take part in another step of the process for selecting the new pastor for/with that congregation. Please keep all of us in your prayers.
Yesterday afternoon, I took my sons to the Camporee at Camp Hope. Our Camp is looking great and getting ready for Camp Meeting! Bill Gerber and his team are doing an amazing job again to prepare the Camp for the biggest spiritual event in our Conference. I also had the opportunity to greet some of our Korean members who were arriving at the Lodge for their Spiritual Retreat in that beautiful place. What a great experience! I could see the happy faces as both groups were thrilled to enjoy their “spiritual experiences.”
I saw the tents being put up and the excitement of the children and adults getting ready for their camp. According to Brian Wahl, nearly 400 people will participate in this Camporee. What an army of children and leaders! Also, despite of the language barrier, how wonderful it was to connect with our Korean members and witness (firsthand) their joy for being part of the Adventist Family. We are blessed. Diversity for some is a threat, for us it is a blessing!

Our rich diversity helps and motivates us to learn from each other and to collaborate to fulfill the Great Commission, together. After all, before God we are all the same: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you [we] are all one in Christ Jesus.” Gal. 3:28 NIV. Age, gender, ethnicity, cultural background, etc, should be elements to inspire us to love and accept each other as God’s children - we are stronger, TOGETHER!

We have a combined mission: For our children – to instruct them to love and serve the Lord, by word and example! (Prov. 22:6). For us, adults – to support, encourage, and pray for one other! (I Thess. 5:11).

This requires acceptance and humility to value and learn from each other. God’s plan is for us to become an army of believers to change the world for better. “If Christians were to act in concert, moving forward as one, under the direction of one Power, for the accomplishment of one purpose, they would move the world.” EGW, 9T, 221.

Can we imagine the “explosion” that will take place in BC, when we fully understand that strength, as we work closely – together? I pray that Acts 2 be repeated among us, soon!
May God bless you and yours richly.
Happy Sabbath!
In His Service,  
Wesley Torres, President