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Members Develop Ministerial Skills at Ohio Conference’s ACS Symposium

Story by Monte Sahlin
Published 8/9/2012

Disaster Response (DR) coordinators (in yellow) and community service directors from Ohio and beyond flank symposium attendees who completed the DR track and received a Donations Operations certificate of completion. 

More than 50 men and women from across Ohio and neighboring states spent a weekend at Ohio Conference’s Worthington church developing their skills for ministry, hoping to learn how to better meet needs in their local communities. Each participant could select to attend one of the following three seminars: “Tutoring Underprivileged Children,” taught by Sandra Brown, specialist for the North American Division (NAD) Adventist Community Services; “Community Development” led by Gaspar Colon, PhD, dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Md.; and “Disaster Response Projects,” taught by Joe Watts, NAD Disaster Response coordinator.

A group of young adults from the Ebenezer Haitian church in Columbus took the tutoring seminar. As a result, they are now planning to organize a tutoring/mentoring program for children in their neighborhood, most of whom live under the poverty line and have single parents. Andrew Clark, who recently relocated to Ohio to lead the four-church Youngstown district, and some of his members also attended. Clark shared his hopes and dreams for making a real impact in Youngstown, a metropolitan area with the highest level of human need.

At least 10 other Ohio Conference churches sent one or more members to the training event. Several have already started community projects, while others are thinking of doing so in the future.

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