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The Columbia Union Conference coordinates the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s work in the Mid-Atlantic United States, where 140,000 members worship in 843 congregations. We provide administrative support to eight conferences; two healthcare networks; 100 early childhood, elementary and secondary schools; a liberal arts university; a health sciences college; a dozen community services centers; 5 book and health food stores and a radio station.

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God is love, power, and splendor—and God is a mystery. His ways are far beyond us, but He still reaches out to us. God is infinite yet intimate, three yet one,
all-knowing yet all-forgiving.

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We are living through an unprecedented time, and while we are not immune to the impact of the coronavirus, we know that we serve an almighty God who sees, who cares and who is an ever-present help in times of trouble. As we journey this crisis together, we are in contact with the leaders of our conferences and institutions, and we are united in our commitment to do all we can to reduce the spread of the virus and help people in our communities. Please join us in praying for an end to COVID-19, and for the health care givers, first responders and other frontline workers who are working tirelessly to save lives.

At this time, our office remains closed to the public, until further notice. Please reach out to members of our administrative and ministry teams, and we will respond as quickly as possible.

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President Dave Weigley

Pedro Simpson, director de ministerios hispanos de Ohio Conference y cuatro Iglesias hispanas en el área de Cleveland, propuso a sus líderes y miembros llevar a cabo campañas evangelísticas simultáneamente. Aunque al principio las congregaciones dudaron, al final la fe prevaleció.

Los feligreses distribuyeron cientos de estudios bíblicos con invitaciones a amigos y familiares. Cada grupo pequeño fue anfitrión de su propia pre-campaña, algunos de ellos divididos en parejas misioneras. Los líderes colocaron anuncios locales, y los feligreses promovieron la asistencia “mayormente por medio del contacto a personas, cada uno trayendo uno”, dice Simpson.

Al terminar los pastores invitados de predicar en las cuatro iglesias, se unieron todos en celebración en la iglesia Ebenezer Spanish, donde 29 personas se decidieron por Cristo. A continuación Simpson impartió un programa de cinco semanas de capacitación para nuevos conversos y nos comparte que todos están involucrados en la misión.

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Read and share these stories from the September 2015 Visitor:

La Unión auspicia capacitación del Ministerio de Salud

Historia por Carolina Ramos

Columbia Union Conference será anfitriona de “Creating a Vibrant Health Ministry” [creando un ministerio de salud vibrante] del 2 al 4 de octubre en Allegheny East Conference Center en Pine Forge, Pa. La capacitación completa abarcará la filosofía adventista de la salud y su ministerio, enfoques metodológicos y conocimientos básicos de salud para ser compartidos en las congregaciones y comunidades. Obtenga más detalles del anuncio en la página 14.

Pastor Trevor Kinlock gives these tips to those who want to start a mentoring ministry:

  1.  Gauge the need within your church and community.
  2.  Pray for and seek committed leaders with a passion for youth.
  3.  Organize a curriculum that ministers to the social, spiritual, cultural and educational enrichment of teens.
  4.  Plan trips and activities that broaden the mentees’ worldview.
  5.  Provide vision and the resources will come.
  6.  Identify your target group and launch the ministry.

Read and share these stories from the September 2015 Visitor:

Teaching Boys to Trust Again

Story by Tompaul Wheeler

Pennsylvania Conference’s Grace Outlet church has taken on its own challenge—fostering connections with the male residents of the Children’s Home of Reading. Grace Outlet chose the center as a way to meet one of their main missions, to “connect the disconnected.” Church volunteers have a very simple goal, to spend quality time with teens that have lost their ability to trust and interact in healthy ways with adults.

Some leaders and members of the CROP program. Photograph by Hayne Photography

Bringing up Boys

Story by Tompaul Wheeler

As many as 24 million children in the United States live in a fatherless home.* Without present or involved dads, boys especially are less likely to graduate high school and more likely to use drugs, be incarcerated and commit suicide, and generally struggle to succeed. Who can offer these youth a more promising future? Positive, Christian, male role models—and the Columbia Union has some you should meet: