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Presidential Blessing: October 28, 2017

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Presidential Blessing: October 28, 2017
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Greetings from Columbia, MD! I am attending the 2017 NAD Year-End Meeting which started this past Thursday following the Grand Opening Ceremony for the new NAD Office. God has blessed His church tremendously. Please keep us in your prayers as the meetings continue until Tuesday, Oct 31.

The first reports of the NAD Year-End Meeting have been very encouraging. However, the affirmation of Adventist Christian education by Elder Dan Jackson on his report presented on Thursday afternoon and the positive Youth Dept. report (yesterday afternoon) captivated my attention. We often hear that a major percentage of our youth is leaving the church. This is indeed very concerning. Nonetheless, when we concentrate only on the negative, many times we forget to give glory to God and do not celebrate the positive things happening in His church. Yes, we thank God for our educational system that assists our homes by providing a Christian environment conducive for the academic growth but also one that promotes and encourages our children on their spiritual walk with Jesus. Then, how about our youth? I believe in our youth! As a Pastor, I have noticed that as we support, motivate, accept, offer them opportunities, and allow them to be active not always “in our way” – not expecting them to have the same experience that we have acquired over the years, many times after falling and making our own mistakes, too – then, we will set the tone for their growth.

I still remember Elder Robert Folkenberg Sir challenging the world church on this topic during his inauguration speech as the GC President in Indianapolis in 1990. He said: “Give the young people a piece of the pie and maybe they will stay for dinner!” The Apostle John also believed in the youth: “I write to you, young men (and women), because you are strong, and the Word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.” I John 2:14 (ESV) Even on the human level it is easier to build stronger children and young people than to fix broken mature men and women. We need to dedicate more time and efforts -- praying and valuing more those precious ones. The Lord expects us to assist to make their path smoother in their relationship with God, and for the Holy Spirit to transform their lives, just like He did (still doing) to ours!

Please, continue to pray for the upcoming Retreats at Camp Hope (online registration available):
 
  • Sage BC – this weekend
  • Youth Retreat - Nov 9-12 (poster attached)

Also, for the BC Conference Board of Directors Meeting, next Sunday, November 5. 

Happy Sabbath!

In His Service,

Wesley Torres, D.Min.
President