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Capitol Hill Members Start Adventist Group on Public Campus

By Taashi Rowe

Courtney Thompson, a member of Restoration Praise Center in Bowie, Md., and Natasha Carter, a member of Capitol Hill church in Washington, D.C., recently founded a Bible study group on the campus of Bowie State University in Bowie, Md.

Natasha Carter remembers August 8, 2009 as a particularly special day. It was the day she was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church. She had known about the church through family members for some time, but became a serious and committed member after attending a series of prophecy meetings at Allegheny East Conference’s Capitol Hill church in Washington, D.C., last summer.

“Before becoming an Adventist I felt like my life was in bondage and in sin and felt like I had no freedom. Becoming an Adventist has changed that,” she explains.

A senior psychology major at Bowie State University in Bowie, Md., Carter knew she wanted to share the new Bible knowledge that she had gained with others at the university. Her sisters, Afeisha and Trisha, who are also new Adventists, felt the same way. After talking with Courtney Thompson, a resident director on campus and a member of the Restoration Praise Center in Bowie, they worked to start the BSU Adventist Fellowship last fall.

“Because we go to a public university that is not focused around God we are trying to get God’s message out to a campus that wouldn’t be thinking of it anyway,” Carter explains.

“We want to share God with those who don’t know him, but we also want to encourage each other,” Thompson says of the group of some 10 regular members.

The group meets on campus every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Alex Haley residence hall to study the Bible, share praises or concerns and to pray for each other.

The Restoration Praise Center, which is some eight minutes from the school, will be holding its April 3 Sabbath services on campus.

Click here to hear an interview with group members.