Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists

June 2018

Like many Americans, Sylvia Urrutia and Anissa Pérez, members of Potomac Conference’s Arise Hispanic-American Company in Silver Spring, Md., felt emotionally drained the past few weeks, watching families be torn apart on the U.S./Mexico border while trying to enter the country. Now they are doing something.

Potomac Conference Prison Ministries leaders Moises Escalera, Hispanic Affairs coordinator; Ryland Holmes, Family, Re-entry and Video Conferencing coordinator; Hector Cruz, senior coordinator; and John Carmouche, coordinator, stand in a video-conferencing room that allows families and inmates to communicate.

The Potomac Conference Alexandria Spanish and Fredericksburg congregations in Virginia are currently connected to 18 Virginia Department of Corrections prisons, offering what possibly no other Adventist church in the world does—video conferencing to unite inmates with their loved ones.