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Annual ASI Convention Raises $1.6 Million
By Judy A. Thomsen
Louisville, Ky., was the scene of the ASI International Convention August 1-4, 2007. ASI (Adventist-laymen’s Services and Industries) marked its 60th anniversary this year. Devotionals, prayer time, stirring messages, testimonies, and music are important parts of every ASI convention. The 20 seminars, covering topics from health to education, and 18 additional subjects provided excellent learning experiences. Complete programs for children and youth, including community outreach, were provided. And the ever-popular exhibit hall had more than 300 exhibits showcasing ministries and witnessing opportunities.
The ASI annual Sabbath offering has supported hundreds of ventures through the years. The $1.6 million in offerings and pledges given this year will support 40 projects. The overflow offering, monies in excess of the $1,269,000 goal, will go to fund the Train Them Now initiative, a joint effort of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church and ASI to utilize lay members to train and equip others to conduct evangelistic meetings using the multiple translations of the New Beginnings DVDs.
For the ninth year ASI’s Youth for Jesus program took place prior to convention. Over 40 youth worked at locations in the Louisville area, leading out in Revelation Speaks. There were a total of 149 decisions for baptism. At the time of convention, 77 had been baptized with more preparing to take the step.
Michael Ryan, a World Church vice president, dialogued with several about missions and the DVD program. Literally thousands of people have been touched by the good news of salvation through these endeavors. “Active, committed lay people telling the gospel story have affected the whole world!” Ryan stated. ASI is all about people telling the world—and telling them now!
For more information about ASI and the 2008 convention in Tampa, Fla., visit www.asiministries.org.