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Potomac Evangelists Host Meetings in El Salvador

By Beth Michaels

Recently 28 Potomac Conference members of the Adventist Philanthropic Educational & Evangelistic Center (APEEC) joined efforts with 32 medical professionals from Loma Linda University (LLU) in California to host evangelistic meetings at each of the 24 districts of the East Salvadorian Conference. Potomac pastor Raul Rodriguez coordinated the mission trip.

Potomac members first organized the APEEC in 2005 with the purpose of helping the evangelistic effort in El Salvador and assisting low-income Seventh-day Adventist children receive a Christian education. However, this group, directed by Wilfredo Sorto, is now reaching out to other countries in Central America.

Of the 24 meetings in El Salvador, Potomac’s lay speakers led 17, where many guests attended. As a result of the crusade, more than 2,000 were baptized by the meetings’ end.

Throughout the week, the LLU medical professionals assisted more than 1,600 patients in pediatrics, gynecology, and general medicine. Each one donated part of their time and service, and, when faced with a lack of medicinal support, donated thousands of dollars in medicine to be distributed among their new patients. Sofia Puerto, MD, who coordinated the medical effort from LLU, also held training sessions for nearly 70 medical professionals from the East Salvador Conference.

In addition to the meetings, the missionaries distributed 1,614 boxes of food to the most needy families in the districts. The food was a collective effort between the two visiting groups and the local conference. Lastly 140 scholarships were awarded to low-income children with funds raised by the APEEC members. The scholarships will give the children an opportunity to attend the Adventist school in their area.

“By the grace of God, these communities were impacted by the generosity of the Adventist church and its interest in contributing to those in need,” comments Rubén Ramos, Multilingual Ministries director for the Columbia Union Conference, and a speaker for the El Salvador meetings. “As I witnessed the wonderful volunteer work being done by lay members and pastors, I was able to feel the presence of God and was reminded of His soon coming. In the words of sister E.G. White, ‘The work of God in this earth can never be finished until the men and women comprising our church membership rally to the work, and unite their efforts with those of ministers and church officers” (Gospel Workers, p. 352).