Presidential Blessing: October 22

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Presidential Blessing: October 22

Greetings from Abbotsford! Yesterday, I had an amazing experience as I interacted with many of our students, teachers, and parents from different BC Conference schools at the Kelowna Sports field during the Football Tournament. We are blessed to have an excellent school system that provides opportunities like that to our children. I witnessed the contagious excitement, energy, good games, and the friendship among the whole group.
It rained heavily while I was driving back and some small accidents made the traffic nearly unbearable by the time I reached the Lower Mainland yesterday. I was frustrated with that as I had mentally organized all my plans for the rest of the afternoon and evening. Instead, I got stuck in a rainy and a heavy traffic - I was disappointed…
Today is October 22… and this is good news to me. I celebrate the anniversary of my baptism when I surrendered my life to Christ as a teenager on this date in 1977. What a day to remember: a new life in Christ, from a troubled teenager to someone the Lord was working on (and still is) to make me a better person!
This date brings me good memories, but it was not a joyful occasion for the early “Adventists”, back on October 22, 1844. They prepared themselves for the return of Christ, based on a “nearly” completely right interpretation of the prophecy of Daniel 8:14. The interpretation itself was correct, except their understanding of the location for the fulfillment of the prophecy. They expected our Savior’s return to this earth to take His faithful children home on that day… and He did not come, as they had anticipated it. What a disappointment! The harvest was left unpicked in the fields and their hearts were full of happiness as they expected Jesus to come in the morning… at noon… by the end of the day… and nothing… Nonetheless, many of them remained faithful and they studied the Word prayerfully and deeper. They eventually clearly understood the real place for the fulfillment of that prophecy and its meaning - the unique theological doctrine so distinctive to us as Adventists and this was (is) not a disappointment… That situation brought God’s children to their knees as they “received” a Great Commission as described in Revelation 10: 8-11; 14: 6-12. Instead of a disappointment, this becomes a blessing to recognize that although we are not in heaven yet, there is a work that was entrusted to us to share with everyone and to be “God’s spokespeople” with a message of hope to a world that is dying… Many times, “disappointments” are God’s blessings in disguise to bring us to our knees… Yesterday, I was frustrated with the heavy rain and the changes that it brought to my plans, but this morning, yesterday’s disappointment helped me to remember the one God’s people endured 172 years ago and as it sparkled in them (us) the desire to remain faithful and depend on God alone - Jesus is coming again, sooner than we even imagine!
My prayer today is for the Lord to give us the sacrificial spirit of our pioneers to conduct God’s work and the same passion for the lost souls as theirs, as we do our part in this Great Commission. I kindly ask all of us to pray for Let’s Move Vancouver Reaping Campaign with Pastor David Asscherick this weekend, for our Board of Directors Meeting tomorrow, and for the 120 Days of Prayer and Working Together to Reach 150 Souls for Christ by December 31.
Happy Sabbath!
In His Service,

Wesley Torres, D.Min.