The Columbia Union Conference is putting forward significant funding to help prove that mission trips don’t require church members to cross oceans or enter foreign lands. Over the past five years, the union has donated $1 million toward its Homeland Mission Initiative. These monies go back to local Seventh-day Adventist churches to fund creative ministries programs, outreach projects and mission schools—all designed to share the gospel message right outside their front doors.
The 2016 Columbia Union Calendar features pictures that illustrate some of the ways members in the Columbia Union share messages of love, ministries of grace and seeds of hope.
“In each Visitor, we feature stories of how God is working in and through people in the Columbia Union to make life better for others, as Jesus did,” says Celeste Ryan Blyden, vice president for communication and public relations. “This calendar captures some of those memorable moments from our conferences, schools and ministries.”
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Maryland Health Care Commission Approves New Washington Adventist Hospital
Story by Lydia Parris
The Maryland Health Care Commission has granted formal approval for Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital to develop a replacement hospital in the White Oak section of Montgomery County. The project is part of the hospital’s longstanding plan to expand access to care in the region and includes keeping healthcare services on its current Takoma Park campus.
The Caravan of Hope, an evangelistic campaign featuring international evangelist Alejandro Bullón and involving more than 100 churches across the Columbia Union, has already celebrated more than 300 baptisms.
Story by V. Michelle Bernard
The caravan has stopped in eight spots in New Jersey and Ohio, and welcomed 272 new members in New Jersey. Jorge Aguero, coordinator of the Caravan of Hope in New Jersey and the New Jersey Conference personal ministries director, says they expect more baptisms this weekend.