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Women in Berrien Springs

This week, I am attending the 2012 Women Clergy Conference in Berrien Springs, Mich. There are approximately 107 women serving as pastors in the North American Division. They scattered across 34 conferences. Plus there are women who serve as chaplains in hospitals, jails, the military, and on university campuses. The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America is grateful for the role these women are contributing to the mission of our Church.

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This week at the Adventist Media Center

Good morning friends,

This week (April 2-5), I have the esteemed privilege to meet at the Adventist Media Center in Simi Valley, Calif. for its Board Meeting and several executive committee meetings of some of our media ministries.

Warren Judd
Interim Manager

The Adventist Media Center is owned and operated by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. Its mission is to use media to take people on a spiritual journey that culminates with their decision to make a commitment to follow Jesus Christ.

Mike Tucker
Speaker/Director

Faith For Today is a television ministry committed to sharing God’s grace with the world through broadcast media. Founded in 1950, Faith For Today launched its live inspirational television drama on ABC from New York City. That was more than 60 years ago making it the oldest religious television broadcast in the world! Today, Faith For Today produces a family of programs, including Lifestyle Magazine, The Evidence, Faith For Today, and McDougall, MD, as well as an Internet ministry, live seminars, a mobile device channel, and community concert events as well.

John Bradshaw
Speaker/Director

It Is Written is an international Christian television ministry dedicated to sharing insights from God’s Word with people around the world. Founded in 1956 by George Vandeman, the theme of this ministry can be found in Matthew 4:4: “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'”

Frank Gonzalez
Speaker/Director

Back when the Second World War was bringing uncertainty and death to millions, and hope itself was under siege, La Voz de la Esperanza (The Voice of Hope) was launched for the benefit of the Spanish-speaking people throughout the world.  It has been broadcasting God’s Hope en Español for over 65 years to the more than 400 million Spanish-speaking people around the world.  It does so through radio, television, its Bible School, the Internet, and its various worldwide evangelism activities.

Fred Kinsey
Speaker/Director

The Voice of Prophecy is a long-running religious radio broadcast founded in 1929 by H.M.S. Richards, Sr.. Initially aired on a single radio station in Los Angeles it has since grown to numerous stations throughout the United States and Canada.

Please pray for these leaders as they continue to lead others to making decisions to follow Christ.

I Wish I Were Dead

This morning I was able to speak to approximately 1,000 youth at the Just Claim It 3 World Youth Prayer Conference in Greensboro, NC. Donna and I have been here during the week observing and participating with the youth and young adults that are involved with various ministries across our North America territory.

My message this morning was titled “I Wish I Were Dead” taken from Jonah 4:9. Jonah probably led one of the most successful evangelistic campaigns ever with the city of Nineveh. But of course he didn’t want to follow God’s leading – at first. Have you ever tried to run from God? Jonah couldn’t understand why he was called to serve in Nineveh.

One huge lesson out of Jonah’s story that we can learn is that you can’t draw a geographical circle or a circle of convenience around where you will serve God.

I pray today that you will be open to wherever God leads you.

Pictures by Kenn Dixon

Reflections of the Guam-Micronesia Islands Trip

As I reflect on the past two weeks I can’t help but to think that this is the beginning of a very bright and exciting future for the North American Division. God is, once again, calling on His people in our North America territory to reach out to the world to complete His task on earth. The people of the Guam-Micronesia territory are calling. We must carefully listen to their call and respond.

A kind, hospitable, generous heart

Many words describe my new friend, Steve Kasperbauer. Let me share a few of them: kind, hospitable, generous, and God-fearing. I met Steve for the first time last November and renewed the acquaintance when we arrived in Guam on this past Friday. We’ve gotten a chance to get to know each other a little for the three days I’ve been here.

Steve has an awesome story and one day when I get the chance I will share with you. Here is the short version. When he got baptized, he was convicted to close his business, Alupang Beach Club, on the Sabbath. Steve’s business is a major attraction here in Guam as it is the biggest marine sports center on the island. Steve thought that when he decided to close he would loose business and would eventually have to close down. We all know the rest of the story – when we honor God, He blesses us! Steve’s business is doing better – even being closed on the day that most people believe is the biggest day for consumers – the Sabbath. When asked why he closed, Steve is not shy from telling his story and how God continues to bless him for his decision.

Today, Steve took us out and allowed us to enjoy the activities of of the beach club. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 reminds me of Steve. We didn’t ask Steve to do any of these things for us today. He did them out of the kindness of his heart. Thank you Steve for your kindness, hospitality, and generosity! I enjoyed my last day here in Guam before heading back home tomorrow.

Alex and I enjoying a parasail ride. We got dunked in the water twice!

I had fun riding the jet ski. George Johnson wet me up one time by zooming by on his jet ski.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you Steve for an enjoyable day!

Last stop, Guam! Homeward bound!

Today was a great Sabbath day. All of the members of the team got to visit all the churches of the island of Guam – at total of eight congregations. This evening I had the opportunity to preach at an island-wide convocation at the Guam Adventist Academy. We also got a chance to hear the Bell choir perform and music from the Judd Family. During the evening message, I shared with the congregation that “we need to be known as the people of the Book. However, we also need to be known as the people who believe in and advocate Jesus and are Christ-centered in everything we say and do.”

The last two weeks, we have been so overwhelmed by the love hospitality shown by all of the Micronesian  islands we visited. We thank all of those involved in the logistics of our trip: Louis Torres, Remenster Jano, Charles Reel, and many others that were behind the scenes.

Thank you God for this wonderful opportunity to serve in this area of Your vineyard!

A glimpse of Saipan and Tinian

Here are a few things we were able to experience while at Saipan and Tinian for the past two days. Tomorrow we will be in Guam for the last leg of our trip:

A huge welcome was given at the airport from the students of the Saipan Seventh-day Adventist School.

The Saipan Seventh-day Adventist Clinic is a dental officie that is located next to the Saipan Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is operated by Dr. Ken Pierson.

A patient having work done at the Saipan Seventh-day Adventist Clinic.

Dr. Ken Pierson speaks to one of his patients.

The Saipan Central Church is home to about 70 members.

Larry Blackmer, Debra Brill, Carlos Sotomayor (pastor of the Saipan Church), Dan Jackson, and Michael Martin (pastor of the Kagman Group).

The Kagman SDA Group is home to approximately 30 members. It also operates a satellite dental clinic for the Saipan SDA Clinic.

Combined Wednesday night prayer meeting with the Saipan and Kagman churches.

Students of the Saipan SDA School participate in morning worship.

Michael Berglund, principal of the Saipan SDA School, leads out in morning workship

Grades 1 and 2 of the Saipan SDA School

A little recess - First and second grade students of the Saipan School put together a puzzle

Hard at work - a student of the Saipan SDA School

Yadira Sanchez is a student missionary in the kindergarten class of the Saipan SDA School.

Young Sun Han (second left) is pastor of the Saipan Korean Company. He and his wife also operate an ESL program out of the church. The Company is located on the second level of an apartment building.

Tinian SDA Company

NAD workers with a few members of the Tinian Company