Presidential Blessing: February 3, 2018

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Presidential Blessing: February 3, 2018

When We have Jesus, We have Everything!


Greetings from Burman University (BU), our Canadian Seventh-day Adventist University in Lacombe, AB! I have been here attending different meetings for nearly a week. We will conclude the BU Board of Trustees meeting tomorrow. Please keep us in your prayers and especially the BU students, professors, and staff. We should be proud of our great university!


I heard a touching story from Pastor Daniel Stojanovic (SDACC VP for Administration) about his recent Mission Trip to Haiti. He was with a group that was helping with a project to benefit many children, whilst they were sharing God’s love with all the people. Then, he met an eleven-year-old girl who was initially very shy but mature for her age. While talking with other people, he discovered that she had lost all her family members during that devastating earthquake that shook Haiti a few years ago, but she had a smile in her face. The local Adventist church gave her a school uniform and she was very excited about it. She finally possessed the same clothes that all the other children had.


Daniel would interact with that girl and buy her an ice cream from time to time. Then, she kept asking him “what will you give me before you go back home?” One day he asked her what she would like to get. Her answer expressed the anguish of her soul. “You can give me anything you want because I have nothing.” That touched his heart and all the other volunteer workers’ as they heard her words. Together, they promised to give her something special before they would leave Haiti. The day came that they had gathered many clothes and other things and brought them to her in the presence of the person who was taking care of her. She was initially disappointed because she did not get many of the things she wanted. Daniel explained to her the importance of what she was receiving because she needed those things. Then, she made another profound statement: “The things we need are more important than the things we want.”


Isn’t that the same for us? Sometimes we do not realize how fortunate we are to have most of the material things that we want, especially here in North America… However, how important is for us the things that we really need? Yes, we need Jesus! He is the most important “asset” that any person can ever have! When the crippled beggar at the Beautiful gate asked Peter for money he replied “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk… He jumped to his feet and began to walk.” Acts 3:6, 8 (NIV)


I pray that we recognize the importance of having Jesus in our lives and sharing His love with others, every moment. At the end, when we have Jesus, we have everything! (I John 5:12)


Happy Sabbath!


In His Service,


Wesley Torres

Wesley Torres, D.Min.