Story by Alisi Potauaine / Originally Published by the Potomac Conference

Sifa Potauaine, associate pastor of Potomac Conference’s Beltsville (Md.) church, believes innovation is an essential key to life. “We have to adjust to circumstances that are outside of our control—like this pandemic,” he says. “When we cannot actively participate in an act of service, we have to think differently. The Beltsville church is committed to help people in whatever way we can can in whatever circumstances we face.”

By Heidi Shoemaker

Despite several delays due to travel and social distancing restrictions amidst the Covid-19 crisis, members of the Ohio Conference Presidential Selection Committee voted overwhelmingly to extend a call to Bob Cundiff to be president of the Ohio Conference.

“I’m excited for Ohio in calling Bob Cundiff. He brings a deep passion for soul-winning and engaging young adults in the mission of the church,” says Dave Weigley, Columbia Union president and chairman of the Selection Committee.

Listening to a group of middle- to high school-aged girls talking in the potluck line,  Jeanene Medley, a member of Potomac Conference's Capital Memorial church in Washington, D.C., heard a small voice ask, “Who is taking these girls under their wing?” It was in this moment that Medley felt called to develop a mentorship program built on the pillars of faith, empowerment, love and sisterhood.

Story by the Visitor Staff

How is the coronavirus impacting life, mission and ministry? How are Seventh-day Adventist members, pastors and leaders in the Columbia Union Conference coping with the disruption and uncertainty? And, despite this crisis, how many are continuing to experience the mission of sharing Christ’s message of hope and wholeness around the union?

These questions will be the subject of a new series of conversations themed “Coping in the Time of Covid-19,” beginning Thursday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m., and can be viewed at

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Historia por Jorge Agüero

La Gran Comisión de Jesús en Mateo 28:18–20 destaca tres verbos importantes: id, haced (discípulos) y enseñar.

Sin embargo, id, haced y enseñar requiere pasos preliminares para cumplir con éxito el mandato de Dios. Jesús no incluyó estos tres pasos en su mandato porque estaba implícito que, al final de su ministerio de tres años, sus discípulos ya los conocían:

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Editorial by Jorgue Aguero

The Great Commission of Jesus in Matthew 28:18–20 highlights three important verbs: go, make (disciples) and teach. However, to go, make and teach requires preliminary steps to successfully fulfill God’s command.

Jesus did not include these three steps in his mandate because it was implicit that, by the end of His three-year ministry, His disciples were well-acquainted with them:

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Editorial by Terry Forde

This week I’ve been thinking about heroes.

My earliest heroes were not people from TV or even storybooks; they were Bible characters like David, Daniel, Esther, and the “Three Worthies” who were thrown into the burning fiery furnace—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego!

I loved the stories about these heroes and what they stood for. It seemed as if there was nothing that they were afraid of. In today’s environment, I find myself thinking about them again and again.