Learning to Read the Word
New structure, methodology is explored for Partners in Mission adult literacy program.
It is estimated that 750 million people worldwide are illiterate. For nearly two decades the North American Division has sponsored adult literacy initiatives through its Partners in Mission program with sister divisions and mission fields. The partnerships have given more than 180,000 adults the gift of literacy.
Seventh-day Adventist advocates are working to protect this vital human right within a culture that has grown skeptical of many religious freedom claims.
The final morning business session of the North American Division 2019 Year-end Meeting (YEM) primarily focused on pension benefits provided to employees by the represented entities of the territory, including the division and all its unions, conferences, schools, mission fields and independent ministries. Delegates also heard numerous reports from various departments, entities, and ministries.
On Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, more than 500 community members, pastors, church officials, and workers gathered for the grand opening of the new It Is Written headquarters in Collegedale, Tennessee. The event was live-streamed on It Is Written’s Facebook page and featured a dedication, a ribbon cutting, ministry tours, giveaways, and refreshments.
Starting October 31, the 2018 NAD Year-End Meeting sessions will be streamed here. The first session started on Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. YEM runs through Nov. 5.
“A church that does not do outreach is not a church; it's a club. A congregation that doesn't look at its world and say, ‘We can find a niche, we can find a place where we can reach souls for Jesus Christ’ isn't a church,” said Daniel R. Jackson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, at the start of his annual report, during the second business session of the 2019 North American Division Year-End Meeting. Jackson gave his report on Nov. 1, 2019.
2019 YEM Day Two: Delegates Elect Leaders, Receive Reports on Refugee and Emerging Immigrant Ministries
The executive committee of the North American Division tapped three leaders to fill the following positions for the division, vice president for ministries, undertreasurer, and director of stewardship ministries. In addition, NAD Multi-lingual Ministries marks the 10th anniversary of Adventist Refugee and Immigrant Ministries.
During the divine worship service on Nov. 2, 2019, Daniel R. Jackson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America (NAD), said “When I think of the ongoing, never-ending debate in the church, all taking place within the context of human, natural and supernatural disasters, I am often shocked and disappointed in myself and in my church.” Jackson preached a sermon entitled “The Vision Fulfilled!” to the delegates, families, and guests attending the 2019 NAD Year-End Meeting Sabbath program.