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The Columbia Union Conference coordinates the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s work in the Mid-Atlantic United States, where 140,000 members worship in 843 congregations. We provide administrative support to eight conferences; two healthcare networks; 100 early childhood, elementary and secondary schools; a liberal arts university; a health sciences college; a dozen community services centers; 5 book and health food stores and a radio station.

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God is love, power, and splendor—and God is a mystery. His ways are far beyond us, but He still reaches out to us. God is infinite yet intimate, three yet one,
all-knowing yet all-forgiving.

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We are living through an unprecedented time, and while we are not immune to the impact of the coronavirus, we know that we serve an almighty God who sees, who cares and who is an ever-present help in times of trouble. As we journey this crisis together, we are in contact with the leaders of our conferences and institutions, and we are united in our commitment to do all we can to reduce the spread of the virus and help people in our communities. Please join us in praying for an end to COVID-19, and for the health care givers, first responders and other frontline workers who are working tirelessly to save lives.

At this time, our office remains closed to the public, until further notice. Please reach out to members of our administrative and ministry teams, and we will respond as quickly as possible.

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President Dave Weigley
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“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’” (John 14:6, NKJV).

I have always believed that logical thinking, risk analysis and dealing with life in a sensible and realistic way would guarantee success. I used to consider myself pragmatic, focusing on the processes behind any task, initiative or goal.

When you are pragmatic, you are practical. You follow the rules and expect to be rewarded. You are usually successful, but are often still searching for “the answer.” You may attend church, but a true understanding of the Bible eludes you; it stays hidden.

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“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jer. 29:11, NKJV).

This verse has impacted me greatly because it reminds me that I am not alone. Whatever it is that you are going through in life, God will always be by your side. If it’s school, friends, future decisions or anything else, God will help you prosper. He wants us to succeed and to get far in life.

Now that I am a senior in high school and I will be going to college soon, I am not 100 percent sure what I want to do with my life. I have been praying constantly for God to show me what His will is and to reveal His plans for me.

Historia de V. Michelle Bernard

Este verano, Emmanuel Asiedu, tesorero de la Unión de Columbia, y su esposa, Annette, organizaron seminarios de evangelización y salud en Kumasi, Ghana, que dieron como resultado 10 bautismos, 50 estudios bíblicos y muchas respuestas a las oraciones.

Antes de que comenzaran las reuniones en la iglesia de Atwima Maakro, los Asiedus oraron para que Dios contuviera la lluvia que siempre llega en esta época del año, algo que hace que los caminos no sean navegables. “Nunca experimentamos lluvia”, informa Asiedu. “Llovió en la siguiente ciudad, pero no en nuestra ciudad, lo que permitió que la gente asistiera a las reuniones”.

Después de la última reunión, empezó a llover.

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Historia de V. Michelle Bernard

¿Podría la reciente decisión de la Corte Suprema a favor de las organizaciones benéficas católicas que se niegan a adoptar niños de familias homosexuales afectar los derechos civiles de la Iglesia Adventista del Séptimo Día? Recientemente, nos sentamos con la vicepresidenta y asesora legal general de la Union de Columbia, Lisa Saveikis Burrow, y otros expertos legales para aprender más sobre este y los próximos casos que podrían afectar la libertad religiosa.

Más muy pronto.