Participants: By Design Science, Holbrook School, Maranatha One Day Church, New Beginnings DVD project, Ted Wilson (short talk)
Series Code: 14ASIC
Program Code: 14ASIC000010A
00:19 Good morning and happy Sabbath, ASI.
00:22 Happy Sabbath.
00:23 Isn't it a blessing to be here today?
00:26 Yes. Yes, it is.
00:28 And you know when you see me
00:30 what am I gonna be talking about?
00:32 The offering and projects that the offering will support.
00:37 And so today is no different,
00:39 we want to bring before you some projects and highlight
00:42 how God is going to bless us through the offering.
00:46 With me is Dr. Larry Blackmer and he's the vice president
00:50 with the North American Division, education department
00:54 and Ed Zinke who is a businessman with ASI.
00:58 And so he is on several General Conference committees
01:01 and as a consultant with By Design Science.
01:06 Dr. Blackmer, tell us about the project
01:09 By Design Science and how it began.
01:13 A number of years ago,
01:14 when the curriculum committee brought a recommendation
01:18 to the union directors of education
01:21 to put a secular science textbook on the kitchen table
01:26 of every Adventist home in Adventist education.
01:30 We really struggled with that decision.
01:33 There were no other Christian textbooks available
01:36 so in faith the directors of education
01:40 and the office of education North American Division
01:43 voted to develop a distinctly Seventh-day Adventist science,
01:48 elementary science series grades one through eight.
01:53 That's just-- that's a pheno--
01:55 Isn't that's phenomenal?
01:57 I know that when I was growing up,
02:00 I was learning about science
02:01 but it was from a different perspective
02:03 and I was grateful to have Christian parents
02:05 and Christian teachers
02:06 to tell me what the Bible said about creation.
02:09 You have some pictures that you would like to share with us
02:11 that gives us some idea what they're gonna look like.
02:15 Yeah, you can see here on the pictures,
02:17 this is the grade one to four.
02:21 On the right you will see all of the scope in sequence.
02:25 We really setout rigorous science
02:28 develop within the worldview of the Adventist church.
02:31 So every grade level has a science,
02:35 a journal as a teacher's edition
02:38 and it has a student edition.
02:43 There's also included with this are e-text books,
02:47 so we began from the very beginning.
02:49 When we designed this curriculum,
02:52 we said that we wanted to have e-text books,
02:55 high technology, rigorous science developed
02:58 for not only our classrooms but for multi-grade classrooms.
03:04 We had a committee that worked on home schooling
03:07 to make sure that these textbooks
03:08 were available for home schools and it was interesting
03:13 because we had to raise about $6 million
03:16 to do this textbook series.
03:18 And the first half million dollars
03:21 came from a publishing company of Catholics,
03:25 that said we can longer put a secular textbook
03:29 on our Catholic kitchen tables.
03:32 And we want to put your Adventist textbook,
03:35 we will give you the first half million dollars
03:37 if we can put your Adventist textbook
03:40 on our Catholic kitchen tables.
03:47 Now we'll take a inside look at layout.
03:51 The next picture, you can see
03:53 that the layouts are very colorful.
03:55 They have scripture, lessons, all the way through the text,
04:02 they are well done, they're--
04:05 it's an inquiry base science program.
04:08 So it's not a lecture program.
04:10 We actually lead the students through to love science
04:14 and to learn about the Adventist worldview.
04:17 And this covers all of the grades.
04:19 Grades one through eight. Grades one through eight.
04:20 So that's in the next picture.
04:22 Yes, the next picture are the covers
04:24 for all of the textbooks.
04:26 You can see this is the eighth grade textbook
04:29 and all the other textbook covers are there.
04:31 Now interestingly you have a grid
04:32 with all the theories of evolution, so help me.
04:35 This is in the eighth grade textbook.
04:38 We believe that our students need to understand
04:41 the theory of evolution, the theory of evolution
04:46 and so we talk about evolution in our textbooks,
04:49 but we always bring them back to an Adventist worldview.
04:53 So it is very-- we cover it very clearly,
04:57 we talk about evolution and we don't hide the fact
05:01 that many people believe in that.
05:02 And I understand,
05:04 you're actually developing a high school text.
05:06 Right now, we're in the process of developing
05:09 a nine and twelve-- ninth and tenth grade
05:13 biology textbook that would be a By Design,
05:17 Dr. Tim Standish is going to be our editor from GRI,
05:21 and here is the cover that you can see,
05:23 what we're working on for By Design.
05:26 Now for whom will this text be available?
05:27 I already hear that there are Catholic,
05:30 the Catholic denomination is interested,
05:32 obviously for Seventh-day Adventist
05:33 or there are others that might be interested?
05:35 Sure, we make this available, they're e-textbooks,
05:39 the printed textbooks are available
05:41 for home schoolers,
05:43 for Griggs University and International Academy,
05:46 we're partners in this process to make sure that,
05:50 that they have access to the books,
05:53 so it's available to anyone.
05:55 Excellent, excellent.
05:56 And tell me, you know,
05:58 I think back and I see where this is something
06:00 where the time has come for this to happen but why now?
06:05 Well, that's a good question.
06:07 And actually I guess my question is,
06:10 why not 60 years ago?
06:11 I would have loved to have this set of textbooks
06:14 when I went through.
06:16 And I would like to thank Larry for the wonderful vision
06:20 that has pulled this together.
06:22 It's not an easy task to write a textbook.
06:25 I didn't realize that till I had the privilege
06:27 of having a very small part in it,
06:30 but there has been many resources from a publisher
06:35 that's capable of handling textbooks to people
06:38 that know what's required for every stage,
06:40 so that the textbook will pass
06:42 all the requirements to scholars,
06:45 to Adventist scholars, to Adventist worldview,
06:48 Adventist philosophy and theology,
06:52 as well as testing it on various levels
06:54 and getting input from teachers
06:56 and finally revising again based upon that.
06:59 So it's a huge task and, Larry, I appreciate it.
07:02 And to connect the dots for us.
07:04 Why is it important for us
07:06 to teach our children about creation?
07:08 Well, you know, the theory of evolution
07:12 is the contemporary God of our society.
07:15 And it really denies the role of the Bible
07:19 in understanding the world.
07:22 Most of evolution actually denies the existence of God,
07:26 and where it does accept the existence of God,
07:30 it dramatically reinterprets God
07:32 from the biblical perspective.
07:34 But evolution is a way of looking at the universe,
07:38 a way of looking at the world, way of understanding ourselves,
07:42 it's made it into almost every discipline,
07:45 sociology, psychology, business, education,
07:50 all the sciences, and so on and so forth
07:53 and so basically when our children are taught evolution
07:57 or theistic evolution, they're taught a worldview
08:00 that is completely foreign to the Bible.
08:05 And I think probably the most tragic thing
08:09 is they're not taught about the God of the love
08:13 but God of love of the Bible
08:15 and given the opportunity to enter
08:17 a personal relationship with Him.
08:19 Gentlemen, thank you so much.
08:20 We are thrilled about this project
08:23 and happened to be in partnership to support it.
08:25 Thank you very much. Thank you very much.
08:28 And now we'll have a very inspiring report
08:31 about our New Beginnings DVD Project.
08:34 Thank you, Debbie.
08:35 You know today, Grand Rapids is a very historical spot
08:39 because brothers and sisters,
08:41 14 years ago we're in Grand Rapids
08:44 and we introduced this product,
08:45 this program called the New Beginnings DVD Project
08:48 and it was right here.
08:49 And because of your generosity and support,
08:51 we could tell stories,
08:53 Norman, I could spend the whole convention telling stories
08:56 about what has happened with this program
08:59 through the last 14 years.
09:00 But today we're only gonna talk about two of them.
09:02 And, Norm, what has happened
09:04 with DVD Project since we started?
09:06 Well, I believe that thousands of training sessions
09:12 have been held, hundreds of thousands have been trained
09:14 and millions have been impacted for the gospel.
09:18 We're gonna talk about Angola first, last year--
09:20 Did you all hear that?
09:22 There is been millions of people
09:23 that have heard this gospel through this program.
09:25 Millions, I tell you we're so blessed.
09:29 Last year, Angola was the featured target country
09:33 in the South African Indian Ocean Division for evangelism.
09:36 Every pastor, every lay evangelist,
09:38 every church worker was asked to go to Angola
09:42 and hold the meeting.
09:43 We have brethren here from Angola.
09:45 Can you wave to us today?
09:46 There are approximately 60 Angolans over here,
09:49 I see the hands.
09:55 They also invited international ministries.
09:58 They invited Maranatha to build churches.
10:01 They invited Remnant Publications
10:02 that provided 100,000 Bibles.
10:04 They invited Lightbearers Ministries
10:06 that sent them container loads of literature
10:09 and they invited ASI to do DVD training.
10:13 And we responded
10:15 because you have given generously in the past.
10:17 We had money in our fund,
10:18 we were able to provide 4,000 Portuguese language DVDs.
10:24 We were able to provide 4,000 Abundant Living,
10:27 Portuguese language DVDs
10:30 and we printed 8,000 manuals in the Ukraine
10:34 and aero freighted them from Kiev, Ukraine to Luanda.
10:39 This was only possible because we were organized,
10:43 we've done this funding and this program was ongoing
10:46 and we could respond to the invitation.
10:50 If you think about it, we train 4,000 laypeople.
10:52 Now, this is unique
10:53 because the one of the requirements of this
10:56 is that they had to been baptized last year.
10:59 So these were all brand new Adventists
11:02 that we trained in the-- it was a sandy area,
11:05 it was very difficult situation,
11:07 very hot but the laypeople,
11:09 the people that were excited about telling others
11:11 about Jesus came to the meeting and we trained 4,000 laypeople,
11:15 brand new laypeople to share the gospel.
11:18 Number one, the reason why they did that
11:20 is because number one
11:21 is they don't know they can't do it,
11:23 because they are new Adventists.
11:26 Number two is you can't teach what you don't know.
11:30 And number three is that they are--
11:32 they have non-Adventist friends
11:35 that they can bring to the meetings
11:37 and tell them about Jesus.
11:38 And they are using these players
11:40 and these materials over and over again.
11:42 And I wrote down the number but so far today,
11:45 now this is been since September of last year,
11:47 so hasn't been a full year yet.
11:50 And these new Adventists have brought
11:53 in 5,437 souls into the kingdom.
11:59 Amen. Amen.
12:04 Now when you think about that and you think
12:07 about the opportunity of sharing Jesus
12:10 around the world and you've been
12:11 so blessed and generous to give of your means
12:15 to be able to help fund this project
12:17 and we got more and more exciting things
12:19 that are happening around the world,
12:21 and Angola, we please pray
12:23 for our brothers and sisters in Angola,
12:25 because we know that they have a opportunity
12:28 to tell others about our soon coming Savior.
12:31 Thank you. Sure.
12:32 But now second place that I want to talk about,
12:34 that we want to talk about today is Manila.
12:38 And we had the privilege of going to Manila.
12:40 Now what's special about two of these--
12:42 these two gentlemen that are before us,
12:44 Benny Moore and Duane Mckey
12:45 as they were from the very beginning, started the idea.
12:50 They were one of the main people that came around,
12:52 came to us, to came up with the idea
12:54 for the New Beginnings of getting laypeople involve
12:57 with sharing Christ in this dramatic way.
12:59 And, Benny, what did we do?
13:00 We went to the Manila, didn't we in this year?
13:03 What did we do?
13:04 Well as I recall, I had a suitcase full of DVDs.
13:09 I think we took 2,000 DVDs to be used in training.
13:13 There is something I've learned in working
13:14 in evangelism through the years and that is that empty seats
13:18 don't respond too well to the gospel.
13:21 And the only way the seats can be full
13:23 is when our members are involved
13:25 and bring their friends and family.
13:27 And so with the DVD training,
13:29 we were able to help give them tools
13:32 that they could use and actually beginning
13:35 the study process with their friends and family.
13:38 And then bring them to the meetings.
13:40 And it really made the success for the meetings.
13:42 And, Duane, what happened after that?
13:45 Absolutely exciting.
13:46 It was back, just in May we were there.
13:49 That's right. This May, that's right.
13:51 We had almost-- well, you tell us later,
13:54 Elder Wilson said how many baptisms?
13:56 But can you imagine a swimming pool
13:57 with thousands of people being baptized.
13:59 We had ASI people there,
14:01 we had-- we had Adventist World Radio.
14:04 We had 3ABN. That's right.
14:07 And the North American Division president,
14:09 a secretary Elder Wilson, he had the major meeting.
14:11 It was thrilling, 75 meetings in all.
14:14 Amen. Amen.
14:15 The youngest speaker?
14:16 The younger speaker was 16 and the oldest.
14:18 I think was 85, is that right? Seventy five.
14:20 Seventy five. Seventy five that is great.
14:23 And tell us the results of what happened after that?
14:27 Well, by the end of the meetings May 17,
14:32 there were 9,558 baptisms.
14:37 But soon after that because of the follow ups,
14:41 it went past 10,000.
14:44 So we're very thankful for the Lord's guidance
14:46 and certainly we are thankful to you,
14:49 ASI, for the help that you have given us
14:51 and on behalf of North Pacific Union Conference,
14:54 please allow me to express this to you.
14:56 Say also thank you to ShareHim to all of you
14:59 and also yes to Elder Wilson for coming over
15:03 and being our main speaker there.
15:05 Thank you.
15:06 Thank you very much. Thank you very much.
15:07 You know, it's amazing how that when we take our ministries,
15:10 when we work together what happens?
15:12 The Lord never adds,
15:13 He multiplies when we work together for Him.
15:16 And that's what so exciting about
15:18 being in these churches by working together,
15:21 all bringing, all these ministries together.
15:23 We're able to do way more than we could ever do by ourselves.
15:26 Thank you, gentlemen for your contribution
15:29 and it's exciting to see what the Lord is doing.
15:33 Shall we mention about Harare, Zimbabwe?
15:35 Oh, please, real quick. Yes, oh, yeah, please.
15:37 Yes. Yes.
15:38 We have DVD trainings going on in Harare, Zimbabwe
15:41 another 2,000 people will be trained in December.
15:45 And the next May, the middle two weeks of May,
15:47 we need 100 speakers.
15:48 I already had 30
15:49 from the Arkansas-Louisiana Conference.
15:51 I need 30 young people.
15:52 I need another 70 preachers from here.
15:55 This group of people could come for 70.
15:58 You know, Denzel, if you only deal
16:00 with the gifts of God has given you.
16:03 You don't really need God's blessings
16:05 but if you get out of the boat,
16:07 like Peter and you start to sink,
16:09 when you're preaching the evangelistic series,
16:11 you need God's blessings.
16:12 If you want to experience a special experience,
16:13 come and preach in Harare, Zimbabwe.
16:16 So those of you that would love to go to Harare,
16:17 please see Duane and we would love to have you come
16:19 and participate in the joy of telling others about Jesus.
16:23 But you can also do it in your own home as well.
16:25 You don't have to go to Harare
16:27 but we'd love for you to come as well.
16:29 Thank you very much.
16:31 Now one of the-- one of the advantages
16:33 of being in ASI and being involved in leadership
16:36 is a fact of admiring people
16:38 that really that inspire us to lead.
16:41 And I'm just so blessed to have Elder Wilson here,
16:44 who has not only-- he's so busy
16:46 but he's actually taking his own time
16:48 and holding evangelistic meetings himself.
16:51 And, Elder Wilson, thank you for your leadership
16:54 and the inspiration that you are giving us
16:56 to do our part to hasten the Lord's return.
16:59 Thank you.
17:01 I just want to praise God
17:02 for the incredible evangelistic emphasis
17:06 that ASI has in everything that they do.
17:11 Thank you for your personal involvement
17:14 and thank you for your corporate attention.
17:18 Everything from Youth for Jesus,
17:22 last night we saw incredible display of that
17:25 of what's happened here in Grand Rapids
17:28 to the one day church, to evangelistic activities
17:32 all over this world
17:34 and what you've just heard about.
17:36 This exhibit hall is filled with people
17:39 who have evangelism as a passion.
17:44 One of those aspects
17:46 that ASI has been very heavily involved with an--
17:50 in which they have helped the 2014
17:56 Hope Manila iCare evangelistic effort,
18:02 which covered scores and scores of locations
18:06 is the New Beginnings Bible studies
18:10 and evangelistic outreach.
18:13 It was a tremendous blessing to this enormous outreach
18:18 to the Greater Manila Area.
18:21 And I want to thank ASI, thank Denzel,
18:24 thank so many others who personally invested
18:28 time and effort into laying an incredible foundation
18:33 for the reaping that took place in Manila.
18:38 Without the involvement of our laypeople,
18:42 our church members involved in carefully sowing the seed,
18:48 public evangelism would reap hardly anything.
18:53 But it is the combined effort of everyone working together
18:56 including the tremendous outreach of New Beginnings.
19:01 And we're looking forward to the same thing
19:03 happening in Harare, Zimbabwe as has been mentioned
19:07 and it can happen everywhere.
19:10 Don't just rely on those who are publicly involved,
19:15 be involved with evangelism on a personally basis.
19:19 God will bless you for it.
19:21 Its part of God's great plan for the loud cry,
19:25 the latter rain is coming, be a part of God's great work
19:30 as we look forward to Jesus soon coming.
19:38 And now we have a very interesting interview
19:43 about a project
19:45 the Holbrook Seventh-day Adventist Indian School.
19:49 And with me here at the podium is Jovannah Poor Bear-Adams.
19:54 She is the vice principal and the principal Pedro Ojeda.
19:59 And I want to start first, Jovannah,
20:03 to have you share a little bit
20:04 of what you were sharing with me
20:06 about your childhood and teen experience?
20:08 All right.
20:10 Well, I'm in Oglala Lakota Sioux,
20:12 from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
20:16 And with that comes a lot of beauty,
20:18 a lot of culture and a lot of pain.
20:25 Before I went into my teen years
20:29 'cause you said childhood and teen,
20:32 I was sexually abused by my step dad for two years
20:36 before I had the courage to tell my mom.
20:38 And the reason I was afraid to tell her
20:40 was because I was afraid she was gonna be mad at me.
20:43 I know she was on her--
20:44 she had been married three times right now
20:46 and my step dad.
20:48 When we-- when I finally
20:49 had the courage to tell,
20:51 we went to court and they--
20:54 we got a restraining order out of it
20:56 and that's the most that happened with it.
21:00 During that time I was raped by one of my cousins,
21:04 you know, when he was supposed
21:05 to be watching us at our house.
21:07 The first time I had alcohol,
21:09 I was about six or seven years old.
21:11 The first time I had a cigarette
21:13 was around the same time.
21:17 When after my mom had divorced my step dad,
21:20 she left us at my grandma's house
21:21 and she abandoned us there and moved to the city.
21:24 And it was at my grandma's house
21:26 where I experienced
21:29 what it felt like to really be hungry.
21:32 They were times, my grandma was bipolar,
21:36 she has diabetes and she was almost blind.
21:40 So she--
21:41 we tried to take care of her in her wheelchair,
21:44 cleaning her feet and we lived off a food stamps.
21:49 And something about the food stamps
21:50 'cause you're thinking you know,
21:52 you got taking care of-- you got food stamps.
21:54 But the way that we shopped, we bought Doritos,
21:58 soda we drank soda like it was water.
22:01 We ate frozen pizzas.
22:04 You know, pork chops, bacon, just junk food.
22:09 And we would eat you know, like we were kings
22:12 for about a week and a half.
22:14 Now through this whole childhood experience,
22:16 I get the pictures just very difficult
22:19 and you didn't have a lot of positive family support
22:22 or role models.
22:23 Then you came to a point in your teen years
22:25 where you decided, you wanted to do something different.
22:28 You thought that you could beat this
22:30 and be someone different.
22:32 You know, I thought that I was going to be
22:36 different from everybody on the reservation that,
22:40 you know, they think that, you know, we're just drunks.
22:42 You know, the people we lived just off the reservation
22:45 and I thought I'm gonna be different from them.
22:47 But nobody noticed, no one noticed
22:50 that I was trying to be different
22:51 and I was rejected by my friends,
22:53 by people in the town that I lived in just assuming
22:56 that I was like every other, you know,
22:58 person who came off the reservation.
23:00 And I decided I didn't care anymore.
23:03 You know, I-- you think I'm gonna--
23:05 you think I'm a drunk, I'm gonna be a drunk.
23:07 And I was 14 years old, you know, 13, 14
23:11 and I started drinking more like a lot.
23:14 I started getting high marijuana,
23:17 started smoking, going to parties.
23:19 I dated a different guy every week.
23:21 And my sister told me my younger sister,
23:25 she told me that she hated me.
23:27 And she just wished you know-- that I wasn't--
23:29 I wouldn't be around her anymore.
23:31 So then what happened?
23:32 Your sister said, I wish you would leave.
23:34 So you left?
23:36 Yeah, I did leave.
23:38 I looked at myself and I became disgusted with who I was.
23:41 You know, I was exactly what I told myself
23:44 I wasn't gonna be.
23:45 And so you got on the truck,
23:47 kind of through an invitation you're going with your friend
23:49 and you ended up at Holbrook.
23:51 So tell us now what happened at Holbrook
23:54 that started to turn this around?
23:57 I had a family there,
23:59 I had people at Holbrook Indian school who,
24:03 they didn't even know me
24:04 and they got me birthday presents,
24:07 they took me on their family vacations over home leave
24:11 because I couldn't have go back home.
24:13 I knew Christ and I you know, I didn't want to know Christ
24:18 but I started to know Christ
24:19 like I didn't understand any kind of love to be.
24:24 That's phenomenal. That's wonderful.
24:26 Now you did that
24:28 and obviously now you're vice principle at Holbrook,
24:32 so tell me how that happened?
24:37 Well, I went to Union College and you know,
24:41 I wanted to make more,
24:42 I knew that I was going to help native American people,
24:45 I knew that you know, the people who--
24:48 the stuff that I went through God wouldn't have allowed it,
24:51 unless He was gonna make me strong enough
24:53 to be able to help other people like me.
24:56 And so I went to Union College,
24:57 got my degree in English education
24:59 and that wasn't easy,
25:01 you know that wasn't an easy thing to do.
25:03 I struggled through college.
25:04 I struggled, my grandma died, my sister became homeless
25:08 and I wanted to go back and be with her.
25:10 But I fought through college and I stayed and you know,
25:14 I had a job offer in Lincoln, Nebraska
25:18 to be able to start working there immediately afterward
25:21 but I told them, I said,
25:22 if Holbrook will have me that's where I'm going first.
25:24 Amen. Amen.
25:26 So Holbrook saved you of sorts and you wanted to go back
25:31 and give back so that you could help save others.
25:35 Pedro, I want to ask you is Jovannah's experience
25:40 different from the kids that come to Holbrook?
25:43 Well, thanks for asking that question, Debbie,
25:46 and the unfortunate answer is, no.
25:50 Many of our students go through similar circumstances.
25:54 And what is Holbrook doing to address
25:57 that issue with the kids?
26:00 We're doing everything that we can
26:02 but that sounds really general,
26:05 program that we started a year ago
26:07 is called the New Year Health Initiative.
26:10 New stands for nutrition, exercise and wellness
26:14 and it covers the whole child.
26:16 Wellness includes counseling.
26:19 We're setting out
26:20 the quality counseling program at our school.
26:23 And one of the particular
26:28 aspects of this program
26:30 is what we called our garden-to-plate program.
26:34 And for that we need to restart our agricultural program,
26:38 our greenhouses and our garden.
26:41 They're in a little bit of disrepair
26:42 because they haven't been used in a few years.
26:45 And so we need help with that.
26:47 And that's where ASI through the offering
26:50 will provide some assistance for this program.
26:52 Very much so. Okay.
26:53 And tell me why is this program so essential to the students?
26:58 It is essential because it deals
27:01 with the basic needs that students have.
27:05 Without those basic needs been met Debbie,
27:09 our students cannot function, especially academically
27:14 and the public is figuring this out.
27:17 If you read the articles by ASCD and CDC
27:21 they're figuring this out now.
27:23 I want to ask, Jovannah,
27:25 if there is one thing that you want to tell
27:27 the ASI audience that you want them
27:29 to know about students at Holbrook
27:32 and how they can help or--
27:34 what would you want to say to them?
27:36 All right, hello, ASI.
27:39 One thing that I would want you to know is I've heard,
27:42 I've heard a lot of controversy about giving to a place
27:46 like Holbrook Indian School.
27:47 People who come from this kind of poverty,
27:50 this kind of abuse that even though we're giving to this,
27:53 they come to our school, it's not making a difference.
27:57 There are kids who leave our school
27:59 and they go back to their lifestyle
28:00 or they go to college and they get called home
28:02 and they actually go home
28:04 and they don't go back to school.
28:06 But every now and then and there is somebody
28:09 who comes out of it, there is somebody like me
28:13 who comes out of it and they go back
28:15 and they help people and there is more
28:18 and that I see kids in our school right now
28:21 who are going to do that, I just know it.
28:25 And how much is one life worth?
28:29 Thank you very much, Jovannah.
28:32 Now we have a project that we're familiar
28:36 with the One-Day Church project.
28:39 Thank you.
28:43 And we want you to take in the information
28:46 to understand how One-Day Church
28:48 is actually helping children just like Jovannah.
28:52 No kids.
28:55 Good morning, ASI.
28:56 Good morning.
28:58 You know, when I think of ASI,
29:01 I think you make the difference--
29:04 that ASI makes such a difference here.
29:08 I think back just on a few projects
29:10 and we had big projects, small projects.
29:13 I remember the picture rolls,
29:15 120,000 picture rolls around the world.
29:21 And you know as I go out into some of the villages,
29:24 I see them, they have around their neck
29:26 and they're preaching with them
29:28 and they're just as good today
29:29 as they were when we send them out.
29:31 It's incredible.
29:33 I think of Myanmar, Burma,
29:35 365 churches and schools in one year.
29:40 And I think of roofs over Africa.
29:42 You remember we had
29:43 the building over here to our left,
29:47 and sat there all week with no roof.
29:49 Then we had the roof program
29:51 and the roof came down and sat on there.
29:55 As a result 11,000 roofs were put
30:00 on large and small churches through out Africa.
30:03 ASI, that's making a difference.
30:05 But then I think of this special place,
30:09 Grand Rapids, 14 years ago.
30:13 Evangelism in India had just started.
30:16 Now since then as a result of ASI
30:19 and Maranatha it's been over
30:21 one million members in India, the growth.
30:25 Yes, ASI, you make a difference,
30:27 but I think of one special little girl,
30:31 some of you old timers remember Laxmi,
30:34 the little girl that we carried out on the stage,
30:37 the girl that our effort would lay on her stomach
30:40 and pedal her bike there, Laxmi now has grown.
30:44 She is been rehabilitated somewhat,
30:47 and she walks with sticks.
30:49 She is been through Spicer College
30:51 and she is now a teacher.
30:53 Wow, what a wonderful thing.
31:01 Think how heaven will be to Laxmi
31:04 when she can walk with Jesus.
31:08 Now I've had the opportunity to be involved
31:10 with many churches all over the world.
31:15 Work in many, many countries and many of these countries,
31:19 I have worked with Maranatha and self supporting ministry.
31:23 Then we sold our business
31:26 and I thought well, maybe retirement.
31:31 Well, that lasted about a day and half,
31:35 it's not for me I can tell you that.
31:39 And I just felt there is more God wanted me to do,
31:44 He had something big in mind
31:48 and I wasn't-- I just wasn't comfortable.
31:53 Now at the same time, we had explosive growth in the church.
31:57 The church was growing several a day.
32:02 And one weekend Maranatha
32:04 was at our church having a weekend rally.
32:09 It was about 11 o'clock at night,
32:11 it's dark and then Don Noble,
32:12 and I remember he was sitting on our couch,
32:15 he put his head in his hands and he says,
32:17 Garwin, I don't know what we're gonna do.
32:19 We had these thousands and thousands of requests
32:23 and we just can't take care of them,
32:25 we can't build them fasten enough, it's growing faster.
32:29 And I had a thought and I believe
32:32 the One-Day Church was God ordained.
32:35 I said, Don, have you ever thought about building it
32:39 from the roof down?
32:41 Now with the roofs over Africa,
32:43 they put the sides up and then we roofed it.
32:45 But the weather and so forth,
32:47 it was, it holds some challenges.
32:50 And that's how the One-Day Church started.
32:54 Monday morning we went to work
32:55 with our first One-Day Church and it's improved.
32:58 Since then we have built dormitories,
33:00 greenhouses, housing units,
33:02 complete hospital complex at Chad,
33:09 and the list goes on.
33:11 We built and sent containers to Zimbabwe,
33:14 Mozambique, Malawi, Ghana well,
33:17 that it's a big long list most of the world.
33:21 Now here is the important thing ASI,
33:23 to date we have manufactured 5,700 One-Day Church
33:29 and over one million of your brothers and sisters
33:33 are meeting today in a one day structure.
33:35 ASI, that's making a difference.
33:39 That's making a difference.
33:44 Now we can manufacture them,
33:45 but we need the supporting ministries to erect them.
33:50 And that is where the ultimate example of ASI
33:56 and self supporting ministries working together
33:59 in a partnership is the one day program.
34:03 We have many partners
34:05 but two of our partners are here today.
34:08 One, Alan Knowles of Riverside Farms.
34:11 Lot of people know Riverside Farms.
34:14 And Don Noble of Maranatha Volunteers.
34:18 Now I'm gonna ask Alan.
34:20 I've known Alan, we've worked together building churches
34:24 since 1985 I believe, Alan.
34:27 Alan, tell us what is it like
34:29 when you put a One-Day Church in a bush?
34:31 You know, Garwin, I got a phone call
34:34 the other day on Sunday morning.
34:36 Well, Luca Mionde called me, said,
34:38 Mr. Alan, Mr. Alan, we have a problem.
34:41 Well, we were going to camp meeting on Sabbath,
34:43 somebody burnt our grass roof down on our church
34:47 and it knocked the walls down, we were waiting for a roof.
34:50 And I said, Luca, we're gonna have a solution for you.
34:53 And we got-- changed our schedule
34:55 a little bit and we drove in there about 1,000 kilometers
35:00 from Riverside out in a very rural areas
35:05 and it's just amazing to see in the poverty areas
35:11 the energy that was put out to help us build that church.
35:16 On the first picture we have,
35:19 it's a picture of the joy that happens Garwin,
35:23 when we start that building.
35:25 And as we start putting the roof on,
35:27 the ladies put down their cooking sticks,
35:31 put down their pots and they start marching
35:37 and clapping their hands and singing praises,
35:40 praises to their God in heaven
35:43 who has given them a miracle today.
35:47 And at the end of that song,
35:50 they say thank you and they say thank you so loud,
35:53 if you listen carefully,
35:55 I believe it's about three or four times a day,
35:58 Garwin, now that you'll hear a thank you
36:00 from all over the world
36:02 for a One-Day Church that goes up.
36:04 If you listen carefully,
36:05 you'll hear them singing thank you, God.
36:08 Thank you for the brothers and sisters in North America
36:11 who have sacrificed
36:13 that we can have this miracle today.
36:15 And they worship under that permanent roof,
36:18 now probably only one in miles around in their villages.
36:22 And they just want to say thank you to ASI.
36:26 Thank you for that.
36:27 Thank you, Alan. But, folks, there's more.
36:34 Don Noble of Maranatha Volunteers.
36:37 Maranatha Volunteers is known throughout the world
36:40 and Don has been the president for a number of years.
36:43 Don, tell us what's happening.
36:47 You've heard about the Angola DVD.
36:51 Tell us about Angola and the One-Day Church?
36:54 Thank you, Garwin.
36:56 Good morning, ASI. It's great to be here.
37:00 And, you know, the one day church and school
37:02 is working well in many places around the world
37:05 but one place that it's a really, really great fit
37:08 is the country of Angola.
37:10 If you're not familiar with Angola,
37:12 it's a country in Western Africa,
37:15 about 20 million people, Portuguese speaking.
37:18 They are rich in resources, oil, diamonds but unfortunately
37:23 most of the people are extremely poor.
37:26 In fact, I want to show you a picture of where--
37:29 this is a typical street where your fellow
37:34 Seventh-day Adventist church members walk
37:36 when they go to church.
37:39 Another one that you can see is,
37:42 this is about what you would see
37:43 if you flew in on an airplane into Luanda, the capital.
37:48 It looks like that for miles but it's interesting to me
37:54 to think of 400,000 Seventh-day Adventists baptized right now
38:00 in the county of Luanda out of 20 million members.
38:05 It's good news?
38:07 I got better news.
38:09 How many do you think meet on Sabbath morning
38:12 with 400,000 members?
38:16 Any idea? Less than 400,000?
38:20 One and half million.
38:22 One and half million people meet on Sabbath morning.
38:30 And I want to show you some of the places that they meet,
38:34 just a couple of quick pictures.
38:37 This is one of many pictures that we took,
38:40 here's another one that-- yes,
38:43 that is a church and when you look at that picture,
38:47 you can think about when you're looking
38:50 for a Seventh-day Adventist on Sabbath morning,
38:52 how would you spot one in the city of Luanda?
38:55 What would you think you would look for?
38:58 Carrying a Bible?
39:01 Dressed as good as you could possibly hope for?
39:05 The thing you look for is an umbrella,
39:09 on a sunny day because that's the roof
39:12 to their church, is an umbrella.
39:15 So when we provide them a church,
39:17 it's very exciting for them.
39:19 In fact, I've a picture of a crew building
39:23 a One-Day Church in Luanda.
39:24 Last week Garwin,
39:26 we just finished 100 churches, One-Day Church.
39:31 Yeah, and some of them are extra long
39:33 and just in the Luanda area.
39:36 So you saw the crowds in the earlier pictures,
39:40 you know that they need churches in that country,
39:42 so it's exciting to be able to part of that.
39:46 Another picture that you actually already saw
39:49 and the reason I wanted to show it again
39:51 is because this particular church
39:54 was finished by the women.
39:57 I don't know where the men were but the women stepped up
40:01 and they actually bought the property,
40:03 went out and bought the blocks and they did the physical work
40:07 and that church is the result of the women in that area
40:13 deciding that they wanted a good place to worship God.
40:15 So praise the Lord for that.
40:22 One of the things that actually came
40:24 a little after the One-Day Church
40:26 is the One-Day School and that has really gone well.
40:30 And here's the place, Angola is the perfect place for it.
40:34 Here's a country that years ago used to have the largest
40:40 and perhaps the best education system in the country.
40:44 Many of the government officials
40:46 currently went to primary school
40:48 in the Adventist system before the war.
40:50 They had 40 years of war in that country
40:53 and it's almost devastated the country
40:56 but those leaders have--
40:59 now they're looking to Seventh-day Adventists
41:00 to come back and build those campuses again,
41:02 200 campuses were destroyed during the war.
41:06 And now Garwin, I got the final number
41:08 yesterday of the requests
41:11 for actual classrooms, one day classrooms
41:14 in the country of Angola, it's 5,402.
41:19 Yeah, it's real. It's a real big request.
41:24 Today, we're only asking for your help with 200,
41:28 the first 200 and that's quite a few but the first 200 and--
41:34 Ten thousand kids.
41:36 Yeah, we figure about 50 in a classroom,
41:39 they normally put 70 to 90
41:41 but we're gonna make a little more spacious,
41:43 put 50 in so that's 10,000 young people
41:49 as a result of the offerings this morning, Garwin.
41:52 And if we want to see God's work expand in Angola
41:55 which we do, great place,
41:57 we got to start with Christian education.
41:59 Thank you.
42:01 ASI, you're making a difference.
42:03 Angola, 1,000 churches.
42:07 And, you know, all those churches in Angola,
42:09 they're 27 foot wide
42:11 and they're an extra three bays.
42:13 So these are big churches, these are churches,
42:16 church schools, Christian education,
42:19 the genius of the Seventh-day Adventist church.
42:24 We have 40,000 children
42:30 in One-Day Church schools today.
42:33 Forty thousand, that's making a difference
42:35 and with Angola, that will be 50,000.
42:39 Fifty thousand people or children
42:42 getting Christian education.
42:44 ASI, you make a difference.
42:49 And I would not be here today
42:51 if it wasn't for Christian education.
42:53 I believe in it with all my heart.
42:57 The one day program truly equals souls for eternity.
43:03 One day soon the heavens will open.
43:06 One day soon Jesus will return.
43:08 One day soon thousands and thousands of men,
43:12 women, boys and girls will meet their Savior.
43:16 They will meet their Savior
43:18 because of the One-Day Church and school.
43:22 Thank you.
43:29 And, ASI, aren't we looking forward to that day
43:33 when Jesus will come?
43:36 Throughout this convention,
43:38 we have attempted to bring to you
43:40 and highlight projects from individuals
43:43 and from ministries to let you know
43:46 how we are trying to reach the world for Jesus.
43:49 We so desperately want to go home.
43:51 I was remarking to someone in the back just today
43:54 that when I think back when I was last here
43:56 in Grand Rapids at an ASI Convention,
43:59 that was 14 years ago, 14 years.
44:03 I don't want to be here another 14 years.
44:07 We heard this morning,
44:09 Elder Wilson who said one of the best investments
44:12 we can make is in our young people, in our youth.
44:17 This is the time, this is now.
44:20 We heard this morning about the science books,
44:24 so that we can educate our young people
44:26 about the Christian-- the creation story
44:29 and so they can understand that God is the one
44:32 who created this world.
44:34 We heard from Jovannah that the Holbrook
44:37 Seventh-day Adventist school made a difference in her life.
44:41 We want these schools to make a difference
44:43 in other children's life just like our children.
44:47 The New Beginnings DVD training,
44:49 setting the stage for the difference
44:51 that can be made by training thousands of people
44:54 to take the word to the world.
44:57 Then finally the one day schools
45:00 and the opportunity for us
45:03 to partner with one day so that 10,000 to start,
45:08 10,000 children can learn about Jesus.
45:11 And while look at these children behind me,
45:14 I think about I just look at one of them,
45:17 there is probably about
45:19 100 kids coming up here behind me,
45:22 each one of them representing 100 children in Angola.
45:28 So 10,000 children are represented visually here
45:33 before you and I ask you which of these children
45:38 would you not want to see in heaven.
45:41 Which of the children in Angola do we not want to go there?
45:45 Which of the children in around the world
45:49 do we not want to learn about Jesus,
45:51 the Creator of the universe?
45:53 I don't think there's a correct answer to that other than none.
45:58 We want all of our children and all of us
46:01 and as many as we can reach to go to heaven.
46:05 And I tell you, I talk to the children and I said,
46:08 I want you to come and join me so that we can ask
46:12 all of your parents and all of your friends
46:14 to please put as much forward in the offering
46:18 so that we can tell other children like you about Jesus.
46:23 And they were so excited.
46:25 They had so many questions,
46:27 they want to know what they could do and I said,
46:30 you know what, children,
46:31 all you need to do is to thank ASI.
46:34 And so I asked them and I ask them now.
46:38 Children, what do you want to say to ASI?
46:41 Thank you, ASI!
46:45 So they are thrilled and they are looking forward
46:48 to your offerings to support the projects
46:52 listed in your program so that we can reach out
46:55 and tell the world about Jesus.
46:57 Children, thank you for coming and helping me
47:00 collect the offering for ASI
47:02 and to support all of these projects
47:05 that we want to tell Jesus that other children
47:08 around the world have a wonderful time
47:12 and you can go back to your classrooms.
47:14 They're having fun with these balloons
47:16 and I tell you I can't wait to see
47:20 10,000s of 10,000s of children around the tree of life
47:25 when we get to heaven.
47:26 And it'll all be because of partly
47:30 because of the offerings that you give today
47:33 in the ASI offering.
47:35 As the deacons come forward to collect the offering,
47:38 I just want to review with you
47:39 and have you take out your offering envelopes
47:45 and I want you to be prayerful as you place in the envelope,
47:51 as you consider what would God have you give,
47:54 what would God have you pledge,
47:56 just complete the information on the left,
47:59 you can just check off a box or add in the information
48:02 for the donation you would like to give
48:04 and or the pledge amount
48:06 as well as your contact information there on the left.
48:10 So we would ask you to do that just now.
48:13 You may have already completed it
48:15 and feel moved that you need to do more,
48:17 just scratch it out and do what God tells you to do.
48:21 So I'm gonna ask the deacons if they would go ahead
48:24 and lift the offering at this time.
48:26 And while they do, would you pray with me?
48:30 Jesus, we thank You so much for giving us the opportunity
48:34 and the privilege to work with You,
48:38 to ready people for Your second coming.
48:41 We ask the Lord that You would help us
48:42 that we might be obedient
48:44 to the leading of Your Holy Spirit,
48:46 that You would help us to see,
48:47 what it is that we can do to make this a reality.
48:51 We thank You, Lord, for the means
48:52 that You have provided and that You have entrusted us
48:56 with the ability to store the resources
48:59 You've given to us and that You have trusted us
49:02 to be channels of blessing to others.
49:06 So be with us now and might we bless others
49:09 so that You can come quickly.
49:11 We thank You in Jesus' name.
49:24 It's my privilege to address our ASI audience on 3ABN.
49:29 And I want to thank you for joining and watching
49:31 the program this morning
49:33 and also participating in our offering.
49:35 I want to say a special thank you
49:37 to all of those individuals who maybe ASI members
49:39 that are not here this year, we miss you.
49:41 We want you to know that we're pleased
49:43 you're receiving the ASI blessing with us
49:45 via the 3ABN television network.
49:47 And those of you who maybe 3ABN viewers
49:49 that just happen to stumble on to ASI,
49:51 we want to welcome you here as well.
49:53 Hope you received a fantastic blessing.
49:56 If any of you, ASI members as well as other 3ABN members
50:00 would like to participate in this offering,
50:03 we just wanted to give you that privilege and tell you
50:05 how you could do that.
50:06 There are three ways that you can give.
50:08 One way is you can see
50:10 an address on the screen momentarily,
50:11 that is the address of our ASI organization
50:13 in Silver Spring, Maryland, just write out checks,
50:15 send that in, mark it ASI offering.
50:19 And for those of you who may be having a cell phone,
50:21 there's a text address as well,
50:24 if you want to text a pledge in,
50:25 you can feel free to do that.
50:26 As well if you want to go online to ASIministries.org.
50:31 There's a big red button right there that says donate
50:34 and you are welcome to just hit that button
50:37 and follow the directions
50:38 and you can participate in this offering as well.
50:40 I want to thank you all for your generous support
50:44 and for being a part of our ASI Convention
50:46 here in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
50:48 Now there's also a telephone number up
50:50 on the screen for our office in Silver Spring.
50:52 If for any reason any of you would like to call
50:54 and talk with someone there,
50:55 one of our team members about the ASI organization
50:59 or if you would like to talk to someone about a gift
51:01 that you want to make to this offering,
51:03 feel free to call that number.
51:04 God bless you and have a wonderful Sabbath.