Lake Union President Maurice Valentine (left) and G. Alexander Bryant, executive secretary of the North American Division tell of the various evangelism meetings being held next year, in advance of the General Conference Session.
The 2020 General Conference Session will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana. G. Alexander Bryant, executive secretary of the North American Division and Maurice Valentine II, president of the Lake Union, offered an update on plans for this intense quinquennial event.
The union has determined they will be doing a public evangelism project during the session focusing on health. This will include health clinics and screenings, which will be followed up with invitations to Bible studies.
“We believe in public evangelism in North America, but we also believe it needs to be done using the methods of Christ,” Bryant said. “We believe God is going to do something special in Indianapolis, and His spirit will be poured out.”
Valentine shared the story of procuring Lucas Oil Stadium for the mega health clinic. Owned not by the city, but by an individual, the stadium was originally priced beyond their budget, so the committee gathered and fasted with prayer for two weeks. They asked God not just to bring the cost within their budget, but to simply make their use of the stadium of no cost to the church.
“I finally decided that it just wasn’t going to happen,” Valentine admitted. “Two days later, the call came in. The stadium owner had decided to offer the stadium to us free of charge.”
The room filled with “Amens!” and applause, as church representatives from around the world gave thanks to God for answering prayer yet again.
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Volunteers are needed -- some 3,000 -- for the health clinic coming to Indianapolis, April 8-10, 2020. For more information, please visit www.pathwaytohealthvolunteer.org.
Adventist politician key player
Joseph Simpson, councilman for Indianapolis' District 7, was at a meeting between church officials and organizers of the health ministry, Your Best Pathway to Health when discussion turned to the difficulty they were having reaching the mayor of Indianapolis.
Your Best Pathway to Health is a ministry which has operated several of these clinics in other large cities -- such as Los Angeles, San Antonio, San Francisco -- where they provided free health care to thousands of residents.
As he listened to the conversation, Simpson chimed in, "I can get you a meeting."
A subsequent meeting was set up with Mayor Joe Hogsett. At the meeting this summer, a video was played showcasing the success of past mega clinics, and immediately after the mayor exclaimed, "Joe, this is unbelievable!" The mayor didn't need any further convincing. He turned to the CEO and founder of Your Best Pathways to Health ministry, Lela Gilbert Lewis, and asked, what does the city need to do to make this event happen.