July Southern Tidings

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PERSONAL MINISTRIES: EQUIPPING MEMBERS WITH TOOLS TO WIN SOULS, RETRIEVE STRAY SHEEP

He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him,” Psalm 126:6 NKJV.

It’s a situation we all have likely encountered at one time or another: someone who has drifted away from the Church. While we might mean well in our attempt to win that person back, we may not go about it the right way. As a matter of fact, we could push the person further away. >Read More!

2022 ADVENTIST ROBOTICS CHAMPIONSHIP

Extreme excitement was in the air as rookie and veteran robotics teams filled Forest Lake Academy (FLA) gymnasium in Apopka, Florida, on May 1, 2022, for the Adventist Robotics Championship sponsored by the North American Division Office of Education and Florida Conference. Thirty-three teams attended from across the United States. Since COVID shut everything down in March of 2020, students and their coaches/mentors have had to either compete virtually or not at all, so it was great to see the number of teams that traveled to Florida to compete in the tournament. The Drum Corps from Winter Park Florida Spanish Pathfinder Club set the excitement level for the competition by starting the opening ceremonies and presenting the colors for the National Anthem.

Teams competed in one of two tournaments, the FIRST LEGO League Challenge (FLL) for grades 4-8, and the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) for grades 7-12. Both tournaments occurred simultaneously in the FLA gymnasium, and were live-streamed over the Adventist Robotics YouTube channel with the help of the Allegheny East Conference Media Ministry. >Read More!

BENEFITS OF EVANGELISM MULTIPLY FOLLOWING FIELD SCHOOL

During the month of May, 10 churches in the Knoxville, Tenn., area held evangelistic meetings as part of the Southern Union Field School of Evangelism. At first look, many people think of evangelism as reaping a harvest of souls. It’s the picture of the pastor in the baptistry and a new convert’s story of being saved by God’s amazing grace.

While that is most often celebrated and reported, there are many other incredible and vitally important benefits to a local church participating in evangelism. Through a planned process of preparing the church, planting seeds, praying for the Holy Spirit, and preaching the everlasting Gospel, evangelism can have multiplied benefits for members and friends of the church. >Read More!

SABBATH SCHOOL CLASS DONATES WATER BOREHOLE

The Helping Hands Sabbath School class of the Riverside Chapel Church in Nashville, Tenn., took on the project to provide funds for a water borehole for the town of Lonto in the Kpandai district in the northern region of Ghana.

Lonto has a population of about 10,000 people, and struggles with the quest to get water from dugout wells dried up between November and May each year. Lack of portable water compels school children to trek several kilometers to Lake Volta to fetch water. This has resulted in school absenteeism and dropouts. The situation has also caused an increase in typhoid cases in the region. >Read More!