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Charles Ed Aguilar Accepts Call to Serve ADRA Uganda

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On August 28, Charles Ed II Aguilar ended a four-year ministry as Communication Director of the British Columbia Conference to serve as the new Country Director for ADRA Uganda. Charles will begin at ADRA Uganda on September 27, 2016, where his main responsibilities will encompass strategizing—vision, planning and design, resource management and people development.
Joining Charles on this journey will be his wife of 16 years, Elizabeth, and their three children. Elizabeth, a Registered Dental Hygienist, will serve the Uganda Union of Seventh-day Adventists as a Technical Assistant for Health; and Jewel, a 9th grader, Jade, a 6th grader and Onyx, a 4th grader, will continue their education via West Coast Adventist School, the British Columbia Conference’s Distance Learning School.

Charles can be described as a Renaissance man, with a unique background—including a BA in Theology and a Diploma in Digital Design from Vancouver Film School—that has taken him places he never imagined. “I never dreamed of working for the British Columbia Conference Office, much more as Communication Director. I worked as a Bible worker, youth pastor, school chaplain, church planter and church pastor [in the Conference] before accepting [the communications role].” 
Each experience proved valuable as he helped various departments set and guide a communication strategy through the use of the web, print, video, social media, radio and newsletters. He also facilitated communication workshops for colleagues and churches on topics as wide-ranging as branding and marketing, fundraising, evangelism and community outreach, live-streaming, website maintenance, video production and photography.
Wayne Culmore, recently retired British Columbia Conference President, notes that in 2012, the BC Conference’s Board of Directors voted to hire a Communication Director “who had a skill set that could help the Conference leadership communicate [a clearly defined] vision throughout the territory.” He asserts, “[Over] the past four years, Charles has helped present in a clear and concise manner the vision of the Conference [and every Conference department] to constituents. He had a way of making us all look good. His commitment to quality work and his creative skills will be greatly missed.”  
For his part, Charles is grateful for many of the unique projects he was involved in as the BC Conference’s Communication Director. He cites his most outstanding memory as when the Board of Directors convened at Camp Hope to chart a tangible initiative for the Conference’s local churches and schools—“To REACH British Columbia & Yukon with a Christ-centred message of HOPE and WHOLENESS.” Charles thoroughly enjoyed being part of the process “from inception to conception to witnessing the growth and application of REACH in the local churches and schools.” He also loved his work on the frontlines with pastors, helping them with various projects and workshops, and equipping them with relevant media and communication tools.
Charles' coworkers leave no doubt that he will continue to be a first-rate example in his ministry, carrying lessons learned and skills gained from the BC Conference to his work at ADRA Uganda. Wesley Torres, current BC Conference President, states, “The members of the BC Conference were really blessed by the spiritual, committed, efficient, creative and fruitful ministry of Charles for the last 11 years. He set an example of a faithful, friendly and hard-working servant as he ministered to God’s people as a church pastor and for the last four years as an excellent Communication Director.”

British Columbia Conference staff farewell lunch for Aguilar family.

Michael Wixwat, former BC Conference Treasurer now serving in MENA Union, adds, “Charles is a visionary leader who inspires his team to be creative, work hard and be productive. Charles and his team will get the job done!  Charles is opportunistic when he sees community challenges and is ready to assist using his God-given skills and talents to make a difference.  I know ADRA Uganda will benefit greatly [from] his leadership, skills and enthusiasm.”
But while it’s not easy to say goodbye, Charles is happy to expand his horizons. “Working for ADRA has been a dream of mine since college years. I am looking forward to the challenge of sharing the loving, just and merciful character of God in situations and places with very limited resources.” He is inspired by this quote: “In sympathy and compassion we are to minister to those in need of help, seeking with unselfish earnestness to lighten the woes of suffering humanity.” Ministry of Healing, p. 104.
And Charles' new colleagues are eagerly awaiting this servant leader. Korey Dowling, Vice-President for Human Resources, ADRA International, concludes, “We are delighted to have Charles Ed II Aguilar and family join the ADRA network as he [becomes the] Country Director for ADRA Uganda. ADRA Uganda has been serving the local population since 1987 and is looking forward to Charles’ leadership as they continue to impact local Ugandans through their programs in food security, WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene), HIV/AIDS, malaria, advocacy and capacity building. Please continue to support the Aguilar family in your prayers as they embark on this adventure.”
About ADRA
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is the global humanitarian organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Through an international network, ADRA delivers relief and development assistance to individuals in more than 130 countries—regardless of their ethnicity, political affiliation, or religious association. By partnering with communities, organizations and governments, ADRA is able to improve the quality of life of millions through 9 impact areas. 
About the British Columbia Conference
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in British Columbia and the Yukon is comprised of approximately 11,300 members in 101 churches and operates 15 schools. Their mission is to REACH people with a Christ-centered message of hope and wholeness using revival and transformation, education for discipleship, alignment within the church, community outreach and evangelism and healthy leadership and management. 

By Karen Hemrich  
Secretary, Communications Department
British Columbia Conference

Karen Hemrich, Charles Ed Aguilar and Bill Gerber.