GC President Visits Africa

Posted on August 6, 2011


It is a privilege to be a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  I love the fact that I can travel just about anywhere in the world and have family.  I have traveled to and worshiped with Adventists in Singapore, Indonesia, Philippians, Canada, Mexico, England, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, and border to border and coast to coast in the USA.  My travels have help develop an appreciation and love for the Adventist Church and mission.

As I have encounter Adventist politics and slow-moving bureaucracy, I have been tempted to consider planting an independent Adventist church… a church that would be free to focus more on local missions and being more prepared to reach the unchurched.  But as I consider our rich Adventist history and mission, I know that I must remain in the Church that God created for these end times.  

If we did not have our structure and organization, the Adventist Church would not be a world-wide movement.  Because of our unified work and family structure, our Church is growing in leaps and bounds around the world.  

When it comes to paying tithe, I have learned to give from the heart and trust that God knows best.  The minute I start withholding or redirecting God’s tithe, I am taking the place of God.  It is imperative that we worship God with our finances and know that God has the ability to police (take care of) His own Church.  This does not mean we sit by and allow corruption and apostasy to go unchecked.  As Adventists who care about others, it is our duty to hold our leaders accountable.

Instead of becoming bitter toward God’s end time Church, we need to be the positive change needed to reawake the Adventist Church family.  If a local church will not discover a healthy balance (not liberal or conservative), we need to prayerfully consider planting a new church.  New church plants are able to insert missions, acceptance, fellowship, and a solid Adventist identity into the DNA from day one.  

Enough said… 

Here is a short video clip of our GC President Ted Wilson visiting Africa (Northeast Angolan Union)  

Let us pray that God will give us a passion to share our wonderful Adventist, Biblical faith with our family, friends, and co-workers.  We need to remember that church is not only for us… church is a tool to be used to introduce people to Christ.  I want to challenge you to prayerfully invite 1-3 people to church each week.  

“And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then I said, Here am I; send me! And He said, Go, and tell this people…” Isaiah 6:8, 9


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