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A “Year of Evangelism” for ASI

The year 2009 has been busy with evangelism activities in ASI’s Southwest chapter. Starting off with an evangelism boot camp in south Texas in February, and the chapter meeting later that month in Cleburne, Tex., the momentum continued throughout the year as the Southwest chapter helped to provide laypersons with witnessing opportunities and training, as well as opportunities to unite with pastors and administrators in the work of evangelism. The boot camp in south Texas was followed by evangelistic meetings held in March. In April, Floyd Courtney, the Southwestern Union ASI chapter president, and Duane McKey, vice president for evangelism at the Southwestern Union, along with his wife Kathy, held an evangelism boot camp in Oklahoma City. Another evangelism boot camp combining ShareHim and the New Beginnings training took place in Houston the weekend of November 14 in preparation for evangelistic meetings to be held in the Houston area. And later this month, from December 27 to January 4, chapter members and friends will participate in a mission trip to Nicaragua to help rebuild deteriorating mission buildings on the east coast, as well as conduct a child evangelism series.

Our 2010 chapter meeting will take place February 11 to 14 at Ozark Academy in Gentry, Ark. The meeting will begin on Thursday evening and conclude with a prayer breakfast on Sunday morning. Pastor Steve Wohlberg is the main speaker for the general sessions, and three special seminars will be held on Friday, covering important current issues for Seventh-day Adventists, including a seminar on Creation by Attorney David Read, author of the recently-published book, Dinosaurs, An Adventist View. Carlos Japas, M.D., will present a seminar entitled “The Effects of Music from a Medical Standpoint,” and on the topic of finances, John Mathews, director of the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department at the Southwestern Union, will discuss “Finances in a Post-modern Culture,” a seminar based on recent findings.

If you’ve never attended an ASI meeting before (or even if you have!), we invite you to “taste and see” how exciting it can be to fellowship with others who have a passion for evangelism and finishing God’s work. Come and feel the passion, enjoy uplifting music, and be inspired by stirring and informative messages and workshops. For more information, or to register, please contact Rene Patterson at Ozark Academy at 479.736.2221, ext. 1105, or Kase Vunileva at 479.736.2221, ext. 3001, or via cellular phone at 479.233.9218. For information on area hotels, go to www.ozarkacademy.org.

Floyd Courtney, ASI Southwest chapter president
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