Moving to streamline the church’s work at a time of rapid growth, delegates opened the General Conference session on Thursday by officially approving the addition of an unprecedented 35 new union conferences to the Adventist world church.
“Think you know South America, think again,” says Dr Brad Kemp, president of the New Zealand Pacific Union Conference. Dr Kemp was part of a small delegation from the South Pacific Division who went to Brazil to learn about the church growth there.
Southern Adventist University students witnessed the baptism of more than 1300 people, including members of the notoriously violent MS-13 street gang, while conducting evangelistic meetings in five countries of Central and South America.
Nearly 100,000 local evangelistic series across the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Inter-American Division last month marked the latest step in the implementation of the denomination’s Revival and Reformation initiative in the region.