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00:35 Their chains were fastened tight down at the jail that night.
00:43 Still Paul and Silas would not be dismayed.
00:49 They said, It's time to lift our voice
00:54 and sing praises to the Lord.
00:58 Let's prove that we can trust Him come what may.
01:06 God wants to hear you sing when the waves are crashing round you
01:13 when the fiery darts surround you,
01:16 when despair is all you see.
01:20 God wants to hear your voice when the wisest man has spoken.
01:27 He says your circumstance is as hopeless as can be.
01:34 That's when God wants to hear you sing.
01:50 He loves to hear our praise on our cheerful days when the
01:57 pleasant times outweigh the bad by far.
02:04 When suffering comes along and we still sing Him these songs
02:12 that is when we bless the Father's heart.
02:19 God wants to hear you sing when the waves are crashing round you
02:25 and when the fiery darts surround you,
02:29 when despair is all you see.
02:33 God wants to hear your voice when the wisest man has spoken.
02:40 He says your circumstance is as hopeless as can be.
02:47 That's when God wants to hear you sing.
02:54 God, God, God, God wants to hear you sing
03:01 when the waves are crashing round you,
03:04 and when the fiery darts surround you,
03:07 when despair is all you see.
03:12 God wants to hear your voice when the wisest man has spoken.
03:19 He says the circumstance is as hopeless as can be.
03:26 That's when God wants to hear you sing.
03:33 That's when God wants to hear you sing. You sing!
03:55 Good evening ASI! We're happy to see each one of you here this
04:00 evening, and we're looking forward to the blessing that
04:03 God is going to give us.
04:04 I have with me this evening Bill Knott, and he's the Executive
04:09 Editor of Adventist Review and Adventist World.
04:12 And I also have Jared Thurman with me who is Marketing
04:14 Director for Adventist Review, and Director of Strategy
04:17 and Animation for something called ARtv.
04:20 So we're going to find out a little bit more
04:22 of what all that's about.
04:23 And ASI enjoys a long relationship working together
04:27 with Adventist Review with Bill Knott, with Jared.
04:30 We're thankful for the privilege of having
04:32 them here this evening.
04:34 Well, you know, I know that things are getting
04:36 smaller these days.
04:37 You know, the Adventist Review went from a larger format
04:41 down to a smaller format, and then suddenly we just
04:44 have a little card.
04:45 Is this the new format for the Adventist Review?
04:47 No, there's no microchip buried in here, or in your hand.
04:51 This, in reality, this is just illustrating something about how
04:56 this ministry has been growing so rapidly
04:58 in the last two years.
05:00 We're a family of products now, not just one.
05:02 We're called Adventist Review Ministries, but we publish
05:06 Adventist World magazine, which all of you get in your homes,
05:09 Kids View, our product for kids.
05:11 We have large websites, social media options.
05:16 We are now a family that's the oldest thing in the church,
05:20 and also the newest thing in the church.
05:21 Okay, so what we can see then is that you're actually
05:25 partnering with all different other ministries as well.
05:29 I often tell our team we did not build this organization.
05:33 Tithe and the faithfulness of church members built
05:36 Adventist Review Ministries.
05:37 So it's our job to shine a spotlight on partner ministries
05:41 like ASI, and help other people discover what they're doing,
05:44 and how the Lord is working through them.
05:45 Okay, wonderful. Well, Jared, it seems like your title is
05:49 actually a little bit different than it was last year
05:51 when you were here.
05:52 Can you tell us what the changes are?
05:54 Yeah. Well, we've got something exciting,
05:57 and it's not just one thing.
05:59 It's really a thought of what does tomorrow look like?
06:02 And how do you serve the church, and those that we love around us
06:07 through the content of the Adventist Review
06:09 and all the things we're working on?
06:11 So I have the privilege and joy of agitating and rattling
06:16 Bill's cage, and finding ways in which we can better serve
06:21 our church and those around us.
06:23 So one of those things is ARtv.
06:25 Okay. ARtv is, I could say it's inspired somewhat by
06:31 Christ's Object Lessons.
06:33 Jesus says, or Ellen White says of Jesus in His day,
06:37 that the reason He spoke in parables was because it was
06:41 the most popular form of story telling,
06:43 especially with the Greeks.
06:46 Okay. Well, what we know from the data today is,
06:50 by the year 2020 eight out of ten people will be using the
06:54 Internet, and eight of those people, of the ten,
06:58 will be using it on their mobile device, watching a video called
07:03 Short Form Content.
07:04 So ARtv is really how do we deliver this timeless message
07:09 in video format, mobile first, and find ways in which we can
07:14 easily share it with those around us?
07:16 And we are very excited that that launch is this October.
07:21 Okay. That sounds exciting.
07:22 We're looking forward to it.
07:24 Why don't you tell us, Jared, a little bit about the booth
07:26 and why people should go by the Adventist Review booth.
07:29 Yeah. We've very excited.
07:30 We have recently finished a production and project with
07:34 ADRA, where we sent a team over there to film
07:37 in virtual reality.
07:39 And if you'll come by our booth, or you can go by ADRA's booth,
07:44 you'll be able to put some of these VR goggles on and immerse
07:48 yourself in the audio, and the visuals of a village drilling
07:54 a well, and being in that experience.
07:57 Virtual reality has an impact where they're finding
08:00 psychologically you actually believe you were there.
08:04 So I just want to invite you.
08:05 Come by our booth and experience what that's like.
08:08 Okay, sounds exciting.
08:10 Well, Bill, I know that we traditionally have thought of
08:13 Adventist Review, or Adventist World as being a way that we
08:17 get media out through print.
08:18 But could you tell us a little bit how Adventist Review is
08:22 changing, and how it's progressive?
08:23 You know, many times people think that if you're leaning
08:29 forward toward new technologies somehow you're leaning away
08:33 from Biblical truth.
08:35 We've taken it as a founding principle of what we're doing
08:38 that we're conservative when it comes to truth,
08:41 but we're progressive when it comes to methodology.
08:43 We've got to find the ways to deliver to audiences the
08:47 timeless truths of Scripture in a way that they will understand
08:50 and will change their thinking.
08:52 So we're not only print-centric now,
08:55 we're developing audio podcasts.
08:58 We're working, as Jared has said,
08:59 in short form on demand video.
09:02 Our social media program is exploding.
09:04 We continue to publish the most widely spread magazines in the
09:09 Adventist church, but it's a range of things;
09:11 it's a family of things.
09:12 Because our goal isn't just to reach readers, it's viewers,
09:16 readers, listeners, anyone who we can put the
09:19 good news in front of.
09:21 Amen! It's a blessing to be here every year with
09:24 Adventist Review in this partnership.
09:25 I know that we've had the privilege of partnering for
09:28 a number of years now.
09:29 And I'd like to ask you, Jared, Why do you come every year?
09:33 How is the ASI Convention a blessing to you
09:36 and to Adventist Review?
09:37 I have found over the last ten years coming to ASI,
09:41 and now with our Adventist Review team,
09:44 we come here for the best ideas.
09:46 We come here to inspire people, and we come here to be inspired.
09:51 What the seminars give us is a blessing.
09:54 What is done on this stage is a blessing.
09:57 But I often find it's those short conversations in the
10:00 halls, and at lunch, and at dinner that make me want to say,
10:04 I want to be an Adventist this week, this year.
10:08 I want to be on fire for the Lord, and I want to come back
10:10 next year and experience that again.
10:12 So that's why we come.
10:14 We get amazing stories from here; people walking the halls
10:17 who stop and say, Could I talk to you for a moment?
10:19 And suddenly unfolds a story that we want to
10:22 tell the world about.
10:23 It's a story of faith, or courage, sometimes challenge
10:27 with daunting circumstances.
10:29 Those are stories that inspire believers literally around the
10:32 world that come out of this convention every year.
10:34 And that's one of the big reasons we're here.
10:36 Amen! I want to thank both of you for partnering with ASI.
10:40 We're so happy for the relationship with Adventist
10:42 Review, Adventist World, and ARtv and everything
10:44 that's moving forward.
10:46 Thank you. God bless.
11:09 What this dying world could use is a willing man of God who
11:15 dares to go against the grain, and works without applause.
11:23 A man who'll raise the shield of faith protecting what is pure,
11:30 whose love is tough yet gentle; a man whose word is sure.
11:38 God doesn't need an orator who knows just what to say;
11:46 He doesn't need authorities to reason Him away;
11:53 He doesn't need an army to guarantee a win;
11:59 He just needs a few good men.
12:06 Men full of compassion, who laugh and love and cry-
12:13 Men who'll face eternity and aren't afraid to die-
12:20 Men who'll fight for freedom and honor once again-
12:27 He just needs a few good men.
12:33 He calls the broken derelict whose life has been renewed;
12:39 He calls the one who has the strength to stand up for the
12:47 truth. Enlistment lines are open and He wants you to come in-
12:54 He just needs a few good men.
13:01 Men full of compassion, who laugh and love and cry-
13:08 Men who'll face eternity and not afraid to die-
13:15 Men who'll fight for freedom and honor once again-
13:21 He just needs a few good men.
13:28 Men full of compassion, who laugh and love and cry-
13:34 Men who'll face eternity and aren't afraid to die-
13:43 Men who'll fight for freedom and honor once again-
13:50 He just needs a few good men.
13:57 He just needs a few good men.
14:19 Hello, ASI family members.
14:21 I love coming to ASI.
14:24 So many of us have amazing stories, don't we?
14:29 You go down through the exhibit hall;
14:30 it's one story after another.
14:32 And tonight is Members In Action.
14:36 We're going to hear some of those stories, and get to know
14:38 some of our wonderful ASI members.
14:40 And the closest one to me is Dr. Brian Schwartz,
14:44 who is from Dayton, Ohio.
14:46 He's a physician at Kettering Hospital.
14:49 I understand that you pray with all of your patients.
14:53 How in the world did you start doing that?
14:57 Well, thank you, Esther.
14:59 So that was a big change in my thinking.
15:02 So when I started off in medicine after going to an
15:06 Adventist medical school, I was not personally comfortable
15:09 praying with patients.
15:10 But around 2004, 2005 there was a group that formed one of the
15:15 ministries of ASI called AMEN, the Adventist Medical
15:18 Evangelism Network.
15:19 We were challenged by Pastor Mark Finley to just start having
15:23 a spiritual conversation with our patients.
15:25 And I came back from that meeting convicted, and changed,
15:30 and realized that I needed to start doing that.
15:32 And so I would pick out a patient here and there and start
15:34 praying with them, but I wasn't...
15:36 I was picking out the ones I thought would respond at first.
15:39 But after a while I become convinced that I needed to pray
15:42 with every single patient.
15:44 That is something we all can do, right?
15:46 No matter what it is, whether we're a physician,
15:49 or a fire chief, or a police officer, we can always
15:54 pray with somebody.
15:56 And so tell me... You were telling me about a fire chief,
15:59 and some prayers that you had with him.
16:01 So having started praying with my patients,
16:05 this just revolutionized my practice.
16:07 It used to be that I would go to work; that was where I worked.
16:12 I would do Sabbath School, and help out at church,
16:15 I'd go on mission trips.
16:16 But this has changed my practice into a ministry.
16:19 And I realized that I have people from all walks of life
16:22 that come to my office.
16:24 I don't have to go out there to pass out literature,
16:26 I don't have to go out there to meet them.
16:27 They're coming to me.
16:29 And so one of them is the Chief of the Fire Department
16:32 in one of our area cities.
16:34 He needed heart surgery.
16:36 And, as my habit is, we made the visit,
16:41 we got the right referrals.
16:42 And then I said, By the way, one of the things I offer to do
16:44 with all my patients is to have a prayer.
16:46 Would you like to have a prayer?
16:47 And he got tears in his eyes, and just held my hand,
16:49 and when we got done praying he said, Can you just
16:51 pray one more time?
16:53 And he just really was touched by it and appreciated that.
16:57 And then it seemed like that was it.
16:59 But what I'm convinced that this does is it opens the door for
17:03 them to realize that I am a safe person to have a
17:05 Spiritual conversation with.
17:07 And so two years later, after he's recovered from surgery
17:10 he comes in, he's got probably the third patient from the end,
17:14 and he's like, Doc, you're a spiritual person.
17:17 Can I ask you a question?
17:19 And all of a sudden he asked me, How do you know
17:21 that the Bible is true?
17:23 And that turned in from a 10 to 15 minute visit to a
17:26 45 minute visit, where my nurse had to come knock on the door,
17:29 and say, Doc, you've got a couple more patients to see.
17:31 And I prayed with him again, and he thanked me,
17:34 and he just had an interest in the Bible for the first time.
17:38 The next year he came back.
17:40 Doc, you're a smart person.
17:42 You believe in creation; tell me why.
17:44 And so it just opened the door for him to see that I was
17:48 somebody in the community that he could go to and ask those
17:51 kind of questions when he was searching in his own heart.
17:56 It's simple, isn't it?
17:57 Just gaining trust.
17:58 Now you pray with all of your patients?
18:01 Does that mean that you don't have any patients that are,
18:04 people who don't believe in God?
18:07 So, yeah, that's a very good question.
18:08 And so at first I selected a few.
18:12 Pretty soon I started offering to all my patients,
18:14 because if I missed one that I had prayed with before,
18:17 they got really upset the next time.
18:19 And literally in the last ten years I've had maybe a dozen
18:22 patients say, No, I don't want a prayer.
18:24 We'll make a little NP on the chart so I don't keep nagging
18:27 them over and over.
18:28 But I've prayed with a Jewish Rabbi.
18:34 In fact real quick I'll tell that story.
18:36 He needed a pacemaker.
18:38 He was in his 80's.
18:40 He decided, you know what, I'm not having any more
18:42 procedures; I'm just going to die.
18:44 Just let me go to hospice.
18:46 But my partner said, Well, just talk to Dr. Schwartz about it.
18:49 And I came in and talked to him about it.
18:50 He wasn't having it.
18:52 He was just like, No, I don't want to have
18:53 anything to do with it.
18:55 So I got done, I said, By the way, one of the things I offer
18:56 to do is have a prayer.
18:58 Would you mind if I had a prayer with you?
19:00 And I prayed the way I pray a Christian prayer.
19:03 And when he got all done he had tears in his eyes,
19:06 and he said, You know, I'll go ahead and have that pacemaker.
19:10 And we've gotten to be friends over the years,
19:12 and he then confided in my wife later that when I walked
19:15 in the room he's like, There's no way I'm
19:17 having that pacemaker.
19:19 When I prayed with him the thought that went through his
19:21 brain was, Praise God, I've found a doctor who
19:23 doesn't think he's God!
19:25 And it really transformed our relationship, and he was wide
19:29 open to having spiritual conversations.
19:32 Well, that's wonderful.
19:34 And there's another story you wanted to share.
19:36 We have a couple of minutes left, or less.
19:38 Would you like to tell us about a Muslim person that you...
19:41 Yeah, so this isn't directly related to Share Him with
19:44 patients, but at Kettering Medical Center we have a
19:46 fellowship program, so we train doctors who have finished their
19:50 residency in Internal Medicine, and then go on and
19:52 specialize in cardiology.
19:53 And then in an additional year past that is an
19:55 Interventional Cardiologist.
19:57 And I'm the Director of the Interventional
19:58 Cardiology Fellowship.
20:00 So my Fellows just see me interacting with
20:02 patients before every case.
20:04 Before a procedure I'll offer to pray with them.
20:06 Mohammed is Muslim, and very devout, very kindhearted.
20:11 And I just got to really appreciate him through the year.
20:14 But one of my partners, Dr. Hahn, and myself decided
20:17 part way through the year last year that we'd start
20:19 a Bible study group.
20:20 And we were going to show The Thunder in the Holy Land
20:22 video series, invite our patients to come to the
20:25 hospital, to a room that we had to do these.
20:27 And Mohammed, being just a really helpful guy,
20:30 saw me rolling the television and the video machine down to
20:34 the room, and he said, Oh, Dr. Schwartz,
20:35 let me get that for you.
20:37 Let me get that for you.
20:38 I'll set it up. And he didn't know what we were doing.
20:40 But he came and he set it up.
20:41 I just said, Oh, Mohammed, you're welcome to stay.
20:42 We're having a Bible study.
20:44 And he stayed, and he watched the video,
20:46 and then we talked about it.
20:47 And week, after week, after week he came; he sat it up.
20:51 Pretty soon it turned into a discussion where, This is what
20:54 we believe as Christians.
20:55 What do you think about that?
20:56 And we had this back and forth dialogue where he
20:58 was very, very open.
21:00 And I was able to give him a copy of the Great Controversy,
21:01 and he really appreciated it.
21:03 And by the time that he graduated a year later,
21:05 and he's now practicing in a nearby town, he said,
21:08 Dr. Schwartz, I just want to thank you
21:11 for sharing Jesus with me.
21:13 He said, I believe that Jesus is the Messiah,
21:16 that He is coming back soon.
21:17 And when He comes back I'm going to be ready.
21:19 And so just a few months ago...
21:22 He's off in a practice.
21:24 He's very respected in his community.
21:28 ...He sent me a check; blank in the line.
21:32 But he sent me a check for $3,000.00 and said,
21:34 Dr. Schwartz, please just send this to that ministry you talked
21:38 about where physicians go overseas and help people:
21:40 the Adventist Medical Evangelism Network.
21:42 And so he's funding our ministries.
21:44 He's been touched by just the fact that I took the time to
21:47 pray with patients, and then took the time to just almost
21:50 nonchalantly just share Jesus with him.
21:53 And it's had a huge impact.
21:54 Amen! Isn't that wonderful?
21:57 That's something that each one of us can do, is it not?
21:59 For just a few seconds, when you pray with somebody,
22:01 they are looking to God.
22:03 That's very powerful.
22:05 So we have this physician here.
22:06 We also have another couple of physicians.
22:09 Tell us a little bit about yourself.
22:10 Tell us your names.
22:12 I'm Carlos Irizarry.
22:14 This is my wife Kathy Irizarry.
22:16 We're both family practice physicians.
22:19 We worked in Puerto Rico in a mission term for about six
22:22 years, then moved to Minden, Louisiana where we
22:25 practiced private practice for almost twenty-five years.
22:29 And we retired recently in this past December.
22:33 Oh, you're retired. Ha ha!
22:36 That means you're picking up some new hobbies,
22:39 you're going on vacation, spending some time with
22:42 grandchildren, right?
22:43 Well, that's obviously what we were wondering about.
22:47 What are we going to do when we retire?
22:49 And there were two things that crossed our minds;
22:52 two considerations.
22:53 One was we wanted to be near an Adventist college to benefit
22:57 from the energy of the young people, and the programming
23:02 that they would have there.
23:03 Also we wanted to have a home that would have enough room
23:07 so that we could invite guests who were...
23:10 and accommodate guests who were interested in learning to
23:12 live a healthy lifestyle.
23:14 I need to define a healthy lifestyle.
23:18 Ellen White delineates that very well, the components of that
23:22 in her book, Ministry of Healing, Page 127, where she
23:26 says, Pure air, sunlight, abstemiousness, exercise,
23:32 rest, proper diet, water, trust in divine power.
23:36 These are the true remedies.
23:38 Now we've tried to teach these to our patients, and have been
23:42 extremely gratified to see significant benefits in those,
23:46 the relatively few who have listened,
23:49 and made changes in their lives.
23:51 Now we want to take this to the next level and invite people
23:56 into our home so that we can better help them to internalize
24:01 these concepts by actually putting them in...
24:04 getting their hands into it, so to speak.
24:07 So rather than just listening to lectures, we want to have
24:12 them actually practice shopping for the food.
24:15 They will prepare many of the meals, and they will learn
24:20 what it means to make time in their day for
24:22 exercise and devotionals.
24:24 Okay, so home? Ah Kathy, he's talking about inviting
24:29 people into your home?
24:30 What does that look like?
24:32 It looks like fun. Alright!
24:35 You know, it's really interesting.
24:37 Our home/Washita Healthy Living Center, it's just an
24:45 amazing thing that it's coming around,
24:47 and I don't know if it's not...
24:48 There it is on the screen.
24:49 This is a work of the Lord.
24:52 He planned our retirement.
24:54 He's given more than we could ask or think in providing for us
25:00 a place where we will live, and be able to also have this plan
25:07 of a Healthy Living Center.
25:09 It has been constructed, and is getting finished, with the
25:15 partnership of Washita Hills.
25:18 Many hours of labor go into the construction.
25:22 We've been in Louisiana for a good part of that time.
25:25 And it's just interesting to me, that so many hands
25:31 have been involved.
25:32 I think just about every academy student, every college student
25:37 has been involved in the building of this place.
25:40 And the staff; they've all been involved.
25:42 But not only that, Brother Steve Dickman,
25:46 brought a team of young people.
25:48 I think they represented several academies.
25:50 And they came and labored; put up sheetrock.
25:53 That was wonderful.
25:55 So we have this. Now it's located on property
25:59 belonging to Washita Hills.
26:01 And I think some people may not know what Washita Hills is.
26:04 So this is a school that has both an academy and college.
26:09 It's located in a beautiful spot in Arkansas,
26:15 close to Amity, Arkansas.
26:17 And you can look that up on your map.
26:19 So this is our plan.
26:21 And the Center, it's nearing completion,
26:23 but not quite there yet.
26:25 We want to have people living in the home with us.
26:29 We have a large common area.
26:31 The picture's down, but the large common area has very
26:35 ample kitchen counters and stuff.
26:38 So people can be really involved in a large open living
26:42 room where we can have instruction given.
26:45 So instead of going to a class where they learn about healthy
26:49 living, whether it be a cooking class, or just...
26:52 You know, there's a lot of different healthy living
26:54 programs that are out there right now.
26:56 So you're talking about putting people in a home setting,
26:58 so that way they can practice cooking,
27:00 they can practice sleeping.
27:02 For somebody like me that could be a
27:03 struggle; getting that rest.
27:05 But, you know, you're putting them outside.
27:07 And you mentioned that there was a garden in the backyard,
27:09 so they can go outside and get that sunshine, fresh air,
27:11 and a little exercise, and learn how to garden.
27:13 That garden is not there yet, but we want
27:17 there to be a garden.
27:18 And we hope to be able to include all of these phases
27:21 that will include the eight natural remedies, that they will
27:26 live that lifestyle with us for the time that they stay in our
27:30 home, which would be maybe a week session.
27:32 But I wanted to say one other thing.
27:34 In addition to being able to enjoy this opportunity in our
27:38 retirement, we will also be able to teach on the campus.
27:41 And that gives us more exposure to these wonderful young people.
27:44 which is just such a thrill, and enjoy all the
27:48 programs on the campus.
27:49 Right. So now when do you plan to have your first session?
27:53 You said it's not finished yet.
27:55 It's not quite finished yet.
27:57 It's getting there.
27:58 We also still have to give further work to
28:01 preparing for the sessions.
28:03 So right now our target date is to have our first session
28:07 somewhere in early 2018.
28:10 Okay, wonderful! So how can these people that are here,
28:14 or watching on 3ABN, how can they get more
28:17 information from you?
28:18 Just come to the Washita Hills booth.
28:22 That's number 706... It's number 607.
28:25 Excuse me, 607, 607. Washita Hills booth 607.
28:29 Okay, wonderful. You need to visit them and find out
28:32 a little bit more about it.
28:33 Now I want to go to Mindy.
28:35 Now we were just talking about opening up your home for,
28:38 you know, to do this healthy living instruction.
28:41 But what if there isn't a home?
28:43 What if you're living in a tent?
28:45 And so we're going to be hearing from Mindy Thygeson,
28:49 who is with Impact Hope.
28:51 And let's go ahead and play the video right now so they can
28:54 see what we're talking about.
28:55 My name is Lee Anne.
28:57 My parents go to Africa a lot.
28:59 There was a war that made people have to run away from their own
29:04 homes and live in another country.
29:06 People who have to leave their homes have been living in
29:13 Rwanda Refugee Camps for over twenty years.
29:18 They even have only enough money for one meal a day.
29:24 They have to climb to get water, and there are no lights,
29:31 and no showers. They can only go to school until ninth
29:35 grade in the camps.
29:39 When my Mom and Dad heard about these people they were sad,
29:44 because most of the people are Seventh-day Adventist's like us.
29:57 Can you raise your hand?
29:58 Ha ha, all of them! Most of them.
30:02 My Mom and Dad started something called Impacto.
30:06 They are trying to raise money to send kids to go to school on
30:10 so they can get jobs, so they can take care of their families.
30:45 There are a lots more kids who want to go to school.
30:49 Will you help us?
30:55 Okay, now we're talking about refugees from Congo,
31:01 and Rwanda, correct?
31:03 Okay, let me ask you, can...
31:05 The video talked about this, but how many people
31:07 are we talking about?
31:09 There's approximately 80,000 people who are living in the
31:13 Congolese Refugee Camps in Rwanda.
31:16 But the thing that got our attention is... Well, we knew
31:22 about the genocide that happened in Rwanda in 1994, but we didn't
31:26 realize what happened next.
31:28 So the genocide spilled over into neighboring countries,
31:31 including Zaire, which is now the Congo.
31:34 The perpetrators of the genocide in Rwanda fled for their lives,
31:38 fearing that they, too, would be killed for what they had done.
31:42 And so they fled into Tanzania and Barundi.
31:45 But in Zaire, where they came, they came across a group of
31:49 people who were the same tribal system as those found in Rwanda.
31:52 And so when they saw the lush farmlands in the Congo,
31:59 and the herds of cattle, and these people were the ones who
32:03 were being killed in Rwanda, they began genocide again.
32:08 Well, this area that was targeted had been proselytized
32:12 by evangelists, Adventist evangelists in the early 1900's.
32:17 So this whole area was primarily Seventh-day
32:20 Adventist Christians.
32:22 So this led to an influx of refugees into Rwanda,
32:26 and at times there were around 100,000.
32:30 Currently there's 80,000 refugees, and around 80%,
32:35 and higher, and in some cases in some camps 100% of them
32:40 are Seventh-day Adventists.
32:41 So my husband and I, when we heard this we felt very
32:46 compelled to do something about it.
32:47 I'm a nurse and my husband's a businessman, but, you know,
32:52 we prayed to do something involving missions.
32:55 And we felt like God was calling us to take part in helping
33:00 in some way for these Adventist people,
33:03 our brothers and sisters.
33:04 Right. And then I think that that's a good point.
33:06 It's like, we're not talking about people.
33:09 We're talking about brothers and sisters.
33:12 And they're our family.
33:13 And when you were sharing the story with me,
33:15 it really touched my heart, because we are talking
33:17 about our brothers and sisters.
33:18 It could easily be any one of us here.
33:20 And so what are you doing?
33:24 Well, we found out, as we learned more about the
33:28 conditions in the camp, and the situations with the students,
33:31 and the young people, we found out that ADRA Rwanda is actually
33:35 in the camp, and they provide education up
33:37 through the ninth grade.
33:39 But after that there's no funding for further education.
33:42 And so my husband and I started an organization
33:46 called Impact Hope, and we're sending students from the camps
33:51 to grades ten through twelve, plus one year of technical
33:55 training to Adventist boarding schools in Rwanda.
33:58 So it's been a really great thing for the students,
34:03 and also to help the Adventist schools in Rwanda as well.
34:07 We have a picture up about this young lady with the mattress.
34:11 Can you tell us a little bit about that?
34:13 So for $600 a school year, we can take one refugee and put him
34:19 into an Adventist boarding school in Rwanda.
34:21 And they say you've taken us to Europe, because the contrast
34:25 between the camps and these humble Adventist boarding
34:28 schools is so extreme that they feel like they've really been
34:31 transported to a different country.
34:33 And we're just so happy because they have this confidence,
34:38 and they feel that their dreams have become true.
34:41 They dreamed that they never would have anticipated.
34:44 Actually, the fact that they're in an Adventist school
34:49 is especially great.
34:50 Well, the last picture that you saw was Aleene.
34:53 She is one of our shining stars, and she's in
34:56 technical school right now.
34:58 She graduated last year.
34:59 And now she's taking sewing.
35:01 And she sees a potential now.
35:03 She has a future, and she knows that she doesn't have to remain
35:07 in the refugee camps.
35:09 She doesn't have to continue this cycle.
35:11 And so she's just incredibly grateful for the opportunity
35:15 to earn money, to make a living, and to provide for not only
35:19 herself, but her future family.
35:22 So we're really excited about the impact, and I don't think
35:24 we'll really understand the full impact
35:27 until we go to heaven.
35:28 Absolutely, absolutely!
35:30 Because you're not giving them only hope, but you're also
35:32 helping them get a livelihood.
35:34 And you're putting them in the position where they can
35:37 actually do mission work.
35:38 And that's something that we need to remember, too.
35:40 Ah, so this has only been going on for about two years,
35:43 and you were telling me that about 410 students already have
35:47 been impacted. Is that correct?
35:48 That's right. We have 410 students,
35:51 and they're all sponsorship based.
35:52 So we're just, we would always encourage anyone who's
35:56 interested in taking part of this program,
35:59 and becoming a sponsor, to come to our booth at number 404.
36:05 It's called Impact Hope.
36:06 You can also find us on our website at Impact-Hope. org
36:11 and we'd love to grow the numbers, and help more of our
36:16 Adventist brothers and sisters for only $50 a month.
36:19 Thank you so much!
36:21 Thank you very much.
36:22 And so I really appreciate all of you sharing your stories
36:25 tonight, and I'm sure that many of us have been blessed.
36:27 And, hopefully, we can go home with some new ideas as to how
36:30 we can impact the community around us as well.
36:36 I remember when I went to my first ASI Convention.
36:39 I actually didn't have any idea what ASI even was.
36:44 I only went because I had a friend that was
36:46 going who invited me.
36:47 But when I went to ASI it opened my eyes to a world that I
36:53 didn't know existed.
36:54 To be honest, I didn't know that there were all these ministries,
36:58 all of these people just doing these different
37:00 things for the Lord.
37:02 And it made a strong impact on my life.
37:04 In fact I can trace my first desires to go into doing more
37:09 ministry for God to seeing that ASI.
37:13 And people that I met who were working with ASI,
37:16 working with the Youth for Jesus programs, and other things like
37:19 that that I would have had no idea about
37:22 had it not been for ASI.
37:25 I sense a need in our church for a way the people can come
37:31 together, for a place to belong in the church.
37:35 I feel like sometimes it gets portrayed like the epitome of
37:39 Adventism is going to church, and paying tithe,
37:42 and maybe participating in outreach sometime.
37:45 But in my personal experience it's so much more than that.
37:49 And there's so many of us that are striving in our daily lives
37:52 to do things for the Lord, but where do we fit?
37:55 Where do we come together?
37:56 I mean how do we get re-inspired, and networked,
38:00 and get the support that we need?
38:02 And I see that as a huge need.
38:06 I see that as something that if we could really form that
38:09 kind of network, and do this together, that all of us could
38:13 benefit, that all of us could grow and feel like
38:18 in the church; like we have a purpose,
38:20 we have a place in the church, and that God is going to really
38:25 be able to use, yeah, not just the pastors,
38:28 not just the elders, but those of us in everyday life
38:32 to do something for Him.
38:38 With me is Josh Marcoe.
38:40 He's the Technical Coordinator for the Ellen G. White Estate.
38:44 And, Joshua, we're glad to have you here this morning to help us
38:47 understand how our offerings are being used to spread the
38:50 love of God, and the gospel around the world.
38:52 First tell us, catch us up a little bit.
38:54 We know that funding has been received in the past to
38:58 help with translations.
39:00 Where are we with that, and what the project for this year?
39:03 I'll just give you a little recap of what we did last year.
39:06 To give you an idea, we put 48 books up on our website,
39:13 and in our apps, and they are in 15 different languages.
39:17 I'll just read you through a few: Bulgarian, Chinese,
39:20 Estonian, French, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese,
39:25 and a number of others.
39:27 Well, that's wonderful!
39:28 So then this gives people an opportunity around the world
39:32 to actually access the writings of Ellen White.
39:34 Yeah, if you've appreciated reading books like
39:37 Great Controversy, or Steps to Christ, which actually this is
39:41 the 125th Anniversary of Steps to Christ, or other books like
39:45 that, you can appreciate that, but not everyone has those
39:49 books in their languages.
39:50 So this is what this offering is helping to do is take the
39:54 books that have been translated, put them into our apps,
39:58 on our website, and people around the world,
40:01 where ever they are; if they're in their home country,
40:03 or here in America, or somewhere else, they can get online,
40:07 and read those books in their language, and be blessed.
40:10 Amen! Amen! How many of you have your phone with you?
40:13 Do you have your phone?
40:15 Ah, I see lots of phones.
40:16 How many of you have the E. G. White app on your phone?
40:19 Ah, just as many! And the Bible.
40:22 So we've got the word of God, and the Spirit of Prophecy
40:25 right at our fingertips; literally to be able to
40:28 share the love of Jesus.
40:29 And so it's wonderful to know that other people around the
40:32 world can do the same.
40:34 So what kind of, what number of languages, or what kind of
40:37 languages are the target for this coming year?
40:40 Well, this coming year we've already accumulated enough books
40:44 to cover all the funding that ASI is going to give us.
40:48 So that's great! Amen!
40:49 And what we're concentrating on, not necessarily by design,
40:53 but just by what we have received, is primarily Central
40:57 Asia and also some in Central Africa.
41:00 So we're going to be doing books like in Tauch and Uzbek,
41:04 and Kazakh and Querkez, and some in Amharic, and Georgan,
41:09 Persian, or Farsi, Luo, Kenya, Urwanda, and Armenian.
41:15 Now did you say Kurgas?
41:16 Yes. Wow! Our next interviewees are actually from Kurdistan.
41:20 So then they will be able to access Ellen White writings
41:24 in their language, as a result of the offering for this year.
41:27 Absolutely! Ah, that's wonderful!
41:29 I'm sure that's really good news for them as well. Absolutely!
41:31 All right. Well, you know what?
41:33 Josh is there anything?
41:34 No, this is what I wanted to ask you.
41:36 In your mind why is this important?
41:38 Why is this important work?
41:40 This is a critical initiative for the Ellen White Estate.
41:43 Well, just something that just happened to me this week.
41:46 I was visiting with a friend, actually a relative of mine.
41:49 He speaks Malayalam.
41:51 He does not feel comfortable reading English. I'm sorry.
41:56 But he speaks Malayalam.
41:59 And we have books in Malayalam that are actually in the process
42:02 of being translated, and being put onto our website.
42:05 He will be able to read the Conflict of the Ages
42:07 series in his language.
42:09 That will be a blessing to him, and he may become an Adventist
42:12 as a result of that.
42:13 Amen! So it has personal resonance for you as well.
42:17 Great! Thank you very much Joshua.
42:18 We appreciate all that you, and the Ellen G.
42:20 White Estate is doing.
42:22 Thank you, and thank you ASI for your contribution and help.
42:25 And if you want more information, what booth should
42:27 they go to for... to know?
42:29 Come to booth 723.
42:31 723 for the E. G. White Estate.
42:33 Thank you very much Joshua.
42:35 Coming to join me at the podium now, as I mentioned before,
42:39 are individuals from Kurdistan.
42:41 They're from the Adventist school in Kurdistan.
42:44 And I'm really excited to have...
42:45 These are my new friends from Kurdistan.
42:48 I don't speak Russian, or any other language that they've got.
42:51 But I'm really happy that one of them at least speaks English.
42:54 So this is Christian Muller.
42:57 Christian Muller is the former Development
42:59 Director for the school.
43:00 And next to him is, I'll say Galina.
43:03 We'll just skip her last name.
43:06 She's a graduate from the school.
43:08 And coming from at the end is our President for the Adventist
43:12 school is Kurdistan.
43:14 So we want to learn a little bit more about Adventist school.
43:17 First of all tell us, Christian, where is it?
43:20 how many students? how many staff?
43:21 Give us kind of the lay of the land about the school.
43:24 Okay. Good morning ASI.
43:26 We are located in the 10/40 window in Kurdistan in the
43:31 Southern Union Mission in the Euro-Asia Division.
43:35 And the school has around 360 students right now,
43:40 and 70% of them are from Muslim families.
43:43 It is very interesting because even though the school name is
43:47 Christian school, their parents are bringing their kids because
43:52 of the high level of the location.
43:54 Oh, wonderful! Now I understand that this school has a very
43:59 interesting distinction in all of Central Asia.
44:02 Yes, actually it is the only Adventist school
44:04 in all Central Asia.
44:05 So some of the kids from the other stands that are having
44:10 problems with the Sabbath, and going to school on Sabbath,
44:14 because it's an obligation to do it, they are coming to our
44:17 school, to the boarding school so they can have a good
44:20 education and keep the Sabbath.
44:22 Now you said the other students from the other stands.
44:25 What are you talking about?
44:26 Well, the union, it's, the stands in the union are the
44:30 Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kajikistan, Kyrgyzstan,
44:35 Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan.
44:40 Okay, I'm impressed that you remember all of those stans!
44:42 The only Stan I know is Stan Smith. Oh, that's good.
44:45 But that's about it.
44:47 Okay, so what? Tell us a little bit about the curriculum.
44:51 And since this is a, you have mostly Muslim that are
44:55 attending the school, how do you infuse Christianity into
44:59 the life of the school there?
45:01 Yeah, even though we cannot put Bible as a part of the
45:05 curriculum, we have every day worship;
45:08 first with the teachers.
45:10 Not all of them are Christians, even Christians.
45:13 We have 30% around of them Adventist,
45:17 and the rest are Christians, and some of them are Muslims.
45:20 But anyways we get together, altogether,
45:22 to make worship every morning.
45:24 And every day also they have a worship with all the students.
45:29 As I was telling you, this morning part of the project,
45:32 and sorry I go in advance of that, it's the place where we
45:35 meet all together for worship every day.
45:37 Because we have a very small place, and for 360 students
45:42 we cannot gather them all.
45:43 So we do worship with first grade to fourth grade,
45:47 then to fifth to seventh.
45:48 And so we separate the classes so we can get
45:51 together for worship.
45:52 Okay. So then this project is to fund, or to help to fund
45:57 the raising up of a multi-purpose Center so that
46:01 you're able to do things like worship, and a variety
46:03 of other activities.
46:05 Yes, we have one big project in the school that is
46:07 Community Soccer School.
46:10 You know, I'm from Argentina, so we love soccer.
46:13 So we created Soccer School there with 120
46:16 kids that are coming.
46:18 We teach them values, not only sports.
46:21 But we mentor them, because kids are in the streets.
46:25 They play soccer, but without parents guard.
46:30 So we bring them together.
46:32 We take them to camp meetings, we teach them the Bible.
46:36 Now we have a small group with 20 of them studying the Bible;
46:39 kids from 15 to 16 years old.
46:41 Amen, Amen. Now you have some pictures that
46:43 you want to show us.
46:44 Yes, this is the multi-purpose building that we
46:48 already started in April.
46:51 And we hope to finish before the winter, because the biggest
46:55 problem there is the winter.
46:56 And we cannot the work with the kids during the winter.
47:00 So this is, we are constructing it right now.
47:04 And this is how we will finish the view.
47:07 How it will look. Wonderful!
47:08 And I think there are some pictures in advance of this
47:11 that showed a group of the children.
47:14 And tell us a little bit about...
47:16 Yes, it's very interesting because we have around 18
47:19 nationalities in our school.
47:22 So if you saw the pictures, you will see
47:25 different type of faces.
47:27 And it's very nice because we can reach many cultural people
47:35 that are already living in Kyrgyzstan.
47:37 So it's one nice part of this school.
47:39 And you will see also another picture of a building that
47:43 it's already done that is for 300 more kids.
47:46 Because we are rejecting around 40 to 50 kids per year,
47:50 because we don't have space for them.
47:52 So thanks to God, and the help of many people, and some of
47:57 them members of ASI, we were able to construct this building
48:02 for 300 more kids, and to expand the school to almost the amount
48:06 of members of the church in Kyrgyzstan.
48:08 We have 700 members in Kyrgyzstan; the whole country.
48:11 And if God's willing, we will fill up the new building.
48:14 We will reach almost 600 kids that will listen to the gospel.
48:18 So I just want to ask Constatine Campen, who's the President.
48:23 So I know that your English isn't good.
48:25 Well, my Russian's not good.
48:26 So we're good. So I, so let's see, so how does this work?
48:32 So if your English isn't very good,
48:33 and you rely on Christian to ah...
48:37 We divide our obligation.
48:40 She speaks, I work.
48:43 Okay, and so one of the things that you're wearing,
48:46 that you and Galina are wearing, is this common local dress in...
48:52 If you come on national holidays, you can see
48:56 people who wear this.
48:57 Okay, alright. So, and I understand that if you go to
48:59 their booth, you're able to actually take a picture with
49:02 them in their national garbs.
49:03 So that's wonderful. Welcome.
49:05 Okay, so let's talk to Galina a little bit.
49:09 Galina, so I understand that you're a graduate of
49:12 Adventist School Kyrgyzstan? Yes.
49:14 How is it that you came to go there?
49:16 Well, I started going there when I was outside of school,
49:20 in first grade, and my Mom put me there, not because it was
49:23 Christian, but because the school was the
49:25 best school in my town.
49:27 And public schools over there is like not really good,
49:32 because the teachers are not really caring about you.
49:34 They like just to caring if you give them presents,
49:36 or they give sometimes money, because like they are
49:39 not getting enough payment.
49:41 And also another reason my Mom put me there is that in
49:46 Kyrgyzstan it's really cold in the winter.
49:48 And in public schools in the winter, like inside of the
49:51 school it's really cold.
49:53 So all of the kids should wear like their coat and gloves,
49:56 and hat and everything.
49:57 So in my Adventist School it's warm inside in the winter.
50:01 So that's why my Mom put me there.
50:04 Safety and warmth first. Absolutely!
50:07 So how was it that you were introduced to
50:09 Jesus at the school?
50:11 Well, I was like kind of different from my family,
50:15 because I felt like I needed something.
50:17 I felt like it's something that I have to know,
50:20 like, but I didn't know what it was.
50:23 Then when I was in eighth grade I knew one,
50:28 actually it was Christian's sister,
50:30 she went there to be missionary,
50:34 and she gave us classes in English.
50:35 While there I got to know three other girls, and once I told
50:40 them, Hey, let's go to do something on Saturday.
50:42 Let's go to walk or something.
50:44 And they told me they can't do that, because they're going
50:47 to church on Saturday.
50:48 And for me it was like, if you want to think about,
50:52 and acting like excuse not to going with me,
50:53 to go like to work, because for me to going to
50:56 church, it's on Sunday.
50:58 And then they told me about the Adventist church.
51:01 And then I went there with them and I liked it.
51:04 Oh, that's wonderful!
51:06 So that, your introduction to Jesus, came from your
51:09 friends there at school.
51:10 Yeah, they actually weren't like school students,
51:14 but they were like just coming to an English class at
51:16 school, and this school.
51:18 Okay, wonderful, wonderful.
51:19 And we don't have a lot of time left, but tell me what it has
51:24 meant to actually have Jesus in your life as a result.
51:28 Well, as I knew Jesus, and I see like the, I finally found
51:32 what I was looking for like my life actually.
51:37 And I feel like there's nothing better than knowing Jesus,
51:42 and being in church.
51:43 And that everything I have now is because I know Jesus.
51:47 Amen! And now Galina is studying at Montemorelos.
51:50 She wants to become an English teacher. Amen!
51:53 Thank you very much.
51:54 Thank you for your offering, in advance, so that we can help
51:57 The Adventist School Kyrgyzstan teach others about Jesus.
52:01 Thank you. Amen!
52:07 Good to be at ASI, and to hear about what God is doing
52:09 around the world. Amen?
52:10 Well, not far from the country of Kyrgyzstan is an area of the
52:14 world that is a particular challenge for evangelism.
52:17 And just a few years ago the General Conference organized,
52:21 reorganized the twenty countries in the Middle East to form the
52:25 Middle East and North Africa Union.
52:27 With 545 million people, it is one of the most challenging
52:31 areas of the world for evangelism.
52:32 And with me here today is Rick McEdward,
52:35 the President of MENA.
52:36 And, Rick, tell us, you have a guest with you as well.
52:38 Yeah, thanks Kyle. Yes, with me is Michael Eckert.
52:41 He is our Publishing Ministries Director in the Middle East
52:45 North Africa Union.
52:46 And it's fun to be here with the ASI group.
52:49 We love the enthusiasm that everybody shares here.
52:51 Amen! So Rick, you have quite a challenge on
52:54 your hands with MENA.
52:56 I think that's fair to say.
52:58 We have 20 countries, as Kyle mentioned.
53:01 545 million people, but 95% of those people come from a large
53:08 non-Christian religion that we hear about in the
53:11 news almost every day.
53:13 In our Union we have one Adventist to every
53:18 167 thousand people.
53:21 In North America it's one Adventist for every 294.
53:27 So if every Adventist in the whole Union was faithful
53:32 to share the gospel once every single day, all those 3,700
53:39 members, it would take us 410 years to complete the simple
53:44 gospel commission that Christ has given us.
53:46 Wow! So, Rick, last year, in light of this incredible
53:55 challenge, ASI sponsored a project as a part of the
53:58 offering to do something very special in MENA.
54:02 Tell us a little bit about that project.
54:04 Well, I'll let Michael explain the project, and how it makes
54:10 an impact in our Union.
54:12 As I already mentioned, we have a tremendous challenge,
54:15 and our 20 countries, we have have more than 7 languages
54:19 that are spoken in these 20 countries.
54:21 And Arabic, Farsi, and Turkish alone; these three languages,
54:26 over 500 million, which is half a billion people on the planet,
54:31 speak that language.
54:32 And Arabic alone is the liturgical language for
54:37 1.6 billion Muslims on this planet: Arabic.
54:42 And so our goal was, last year, to produce the
54:47 Conflict of the Ages series, which are the five major books
54:50 of Ellen White, Patriarchs and Prophets, Prophets and Kings,
54:54 The Great Controversy, Acts of the Apostles, Desire of Ages,
54:57 in these three languages, and be partnered with the
55:00 General Conference, the Ellen White Estate, and with ASI
55:03 to make that project possible.
55:06 Can I just interject here, for a moment, in concert with this
55:11 project an experience that we had recently.
55:15 There was a young man from one of our countries.
55:18 The country, I will not disclose here.
55:21 But he had moved away from his home, and was in Europe.
55:25 And as he was there in Europe working, in the night he got
55:29 a strong impression from God: You must go back
55:32 to your home country!
55:33 Three times in the night: You must go back
55:36 to your home country!
55:37 And he's like, Why would I go?
55:38 It's winter there, it's raining, and there's no
55:41 reason for me to go back.
55:42 But he obeyed the impression that he got from God.
55:47 When he went back he was walking along the street corner in one
55:52 of our largest cities in the Middle East North Africa Union.
55:55 And I mean it's a massive city.
55:58 And as he was walking he just happened to be between a ferry
56:03 terminal and a university where we have a
56:07 congregation that meets.
56:08 And along the streets near where that congregation meets we have
56:12 a nice literature rack.
56:14 And that literature rack has several well-known titles
56:18 to Seventh-day Adventists; it has Bibles, it has other things.
56:21 And because it's on a busy thoroughfare, that particular
56:25 corner gets thousands and thousands of people walking
56:30 by every single week.
56:32 So this guy stopped, picked up a book,
56:36 and started reading it.
56:38 As he read it his attention was totally captured
56:44 by what he was reading.
56:45 And that book was The Great Controversy. Amen!
56:48 Now, after that he said, I can't stop.
56:51 This is addictive! He was addicted to reading
56:53 The Great Controversy.
56:55 He sat down and read it in one weekend.
56:56 I don't know how many of you've tried that,
56:58 but that's not an easy task.
57:00 How many of you have read it in one weekend?
57:01 Okay, incredible! I don't see any hands.
57:03 But the reality was he came back and he says,
57:07 What else do you have?
57:08 And they gave him some more books.
57:10 And then he went to our head office and he said,
57:12 There has to be more.
57:14 And so they gave him some in English, because he
57:15 could speak English.
57:17 And little by little he became so consumed with reading
57:22 Ellen White, and knowing the Jesus that she promotes... Amen!
57:28 ...that his life was changed. Amen!
57:30 And today he is back there in that large city, at that same
57:36 group, and he is manning the booth at the literature rack,
57:39 and drawing people as they walk by into a new
57:43 relationship with Jesus.
57:44 We are giving away 200 Bibles every single week, Kyle.
57:48 Praise the Lord! And we are giving away 70 Ellen White
57:52 titles, whether one of the ones that we're working on or others.
57:56 As a result of that connection that he had,
58:01 that impression that he followed,
58:02 God is using it now to reach out to many.
58:05 And we are seeing the impact of the Spirit of Prophecy
58:09 in real time in our Union, when people are willing to stop
58:13 and read what they see.
58:14 So, Rick, you're telling me that because of what some of our
58:17 members gave last year here at the ASI offering,
58:19 there are people in MENA who will be able to read the
58:23 Spirit of Prophecy for the first time.
58:24 Absolutely! Amen!
58:25 Amen. There's nothing better than that.
58:27 Rick, how can, finally, how can our ASI members,
58:30 and those watching us on 3ABN, get involved with what
58:33 you're doing in MENA?
58:34 Well, first of all, you know, everybody can be involved,
58:37 because everybody can pray.
58:39 And in the Middle East North Africa Union we believe that
58:42 God is moving mountains by prayer, so please pray for us.
58:45 But I want to mention something else.
58:47 There is so much to do, and we have major cities of over
58:54 a million people that do not have one Seventh-day Adventist.
58:57 And we need people with a business background,
59:00 we need people who are professionals,
59:01 we need supporting ministries to come into our territory
59:05 to establish a lighthouse for God's kingdom, and to work with
59:08 us on how to start new fellowship groups throughout
59:11 the Middle East and North Africa Union.