Atlantic Caribbean Union

ATCU shares in Vision One Million and Mission to the Cities

By: Communication Department, ATCU

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In 2012, the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists adopted an evangelistic initiative called Mission to the Cities. The objective is for each division to identify and plan a series of meetings in one of the major cities in their territory.
In addition, the Inter-American Division has also embraced “Vision Million” as its evangelist thrust. According to the IAD’s web-site, “Vision One Million is the principal soul winning plan for the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists for 2011-2015. The objective is to recruit and enlist one million members throughout the Division to become passionate disciples, actively involved as lay preachers, Bible instructors, small group leaders, intercessors, Bible Workers and Lay witnesses”

In this regard, blending “Mission to the Cities” and “Vision One Million”, the Inter-American Division held a series of evangelistic meetings in the city of Bogotá, Colombia, from April 26 to May 05, 2013. During this week, over two hundred evangelists from across IAD heralded the good news of the gospel throughout the city of Bogota. These included Pastor Al Powell, Personal Ministries Director for ATCU and Pastor Keith Anson Albury from the South Bahamas Conference.

During the weeklong campaign, in the mornings these evangelists, along with the local host gathered together for training and strategic planning for more effective evangelism. On Sabbath May 4th, 2013, more than 12,000 persons meet at the G12 Convention Center in Bogotá for Sabbath worship. Pastor Israel Leito, president of Inter-American Division opened the meetings and Pastor Ted Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists sent greetings on behalf of the world church. Dr. Orville Parchment, a general field secretary of the General Conference and assistant to the president preached the sermon. The event was streamed live on Hope Channel, Hope Esperanza, and 3ABN.

According to Pastor AL Powell, a total of some 3750 were baptized in city of Bogota during the weeklong event. Further, in our union, the personal ministries directors from throughout the fields report that on Sabbath May 4, simultaneously with the event in Bogotá, some 24 precious souls surrendered to the Lord, Jesus Christ and were baptized. In addition, on the same Sabbath, over 500 visitors worshipped at Seventh-day Adventist churches across ATCU. To God be the glory! Let us continue to pray that we can be effective instruments in God’s hands to illuminate those who are still in darkness.