Ingathering Time: An Opportunity to Share Christ

Ingathering Time: An Opportunity to Share Christ Andrew Burrows, Communication Director, ATCU
Often, the question is asked, “What is the Adventist church doing to address the various social ills in our country and to assist the persons who are burdened with challenges in our communities?” While it is not published on a daily basis, the Adventist church touches many lives each day through ministries such as Adventist Community Services, Education, Youth, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), and many others. The humanitarian efforts of these ministries are highlighted during the Adventist church’s annual Ingathering program.
What is Ingathering? According to the Adventist History Library, found at
http://adventisthistory.wordpress.com, in 1903, Jasper Wayne, a Seventh-day Adventist nurseryman ordered 50 copies of the magazine “Signs of the Times” which was devoted to the issue of capital and labour. As he opened the parcel in the post office and gave out the copies, he mentioned that any monies the recipient cared to give would be used for the mission of the church.
Within one hour, he depleted his supplies and in return received four dollars ($4.00) to be used for the work of the gospel. Out of this experience, emerged the Ingathering program which soon became standard in all countries in which Seventh-day Adventists developed an organized work.
It should be noted that Ingathering is not begging as some have expressed. Rather, it provides the church with two key opportunities. First, it provides for each member the unique opportunity to share Christ with the public by highlighting what the church is doing to uplift the human condition. Secondly, it affords each member the privilege to invite their friends, neighbours, and family members to partner with the church in providing the financial means to carry out the mission that Christ assigned to His church. Psalms 24:1 reminds us that the earth belongs to God and the fullness thereof. God has an abundance of resources in our world, and He has placed His resources in the hands of all.
The Adventist church in the Atlantic Caribbean region launched its annual ingathering campaign in October. As we go out “ingathering,” let’s remember that we are sharing the love of Christ and extending the invitation for others to experience His Love.

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