Perspectives: What Did You Gain From Attending the International ASI Convention?
Approximately 150 Columbia Union members traveled to Grand Rapids, Mich., last month to attend the annual international Adventist Laymen’s Services & Industries (ASI) convention themed “Lift Him Up.” Here are three responses:
ASI meetings always inspire me to hear how God is using dedicated lay people in ministry. This year it thrilled my heart as the leaders of Adventist World Radio shared with me some confidential stories of miraculous openings among Muslim leaders, especially in deeply Muslim countries, for the Adventist message. Some said angels have appeared to them and directed them to seek out the “people of the Book.”—Ray Hartwell is Pennsylvania Conference president
It was amazing to see how much good ASI has been doing and continues to do. It was nice to meet othersfrom all over the world and to hear how God is using everyone in different ways to serve His purpose. To be able to share our blessings, obstacles and experiences with each other was both comforting and encouraging.—Shalini David co-founded the nonprofit Chrystalis (christalis.org) and is a member of Potomac Conference’s Southern Asian church in Silver Spring, Md.
A lot of people grow up in the church, and they know that God has given us important truths as a denomination, but they wonder if their walk with Christ in the church really makes a difference. ASI offers Adventists a resounding, “Yes!” It was really encouraging to be with other Adventists who are really “all in” for the mission, and to share that passion with each other and with the youth that were there.—Emanuel Pelote is the Columbia Union ASI president