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April 24, 2015
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A Lifestyle of Compassion is Real Evangelism

by Jose Cortes Jr.
 
Pastor Jose Cortes Jr.

People loved Jesus as He ministered on this earth! Men, women, and children of all walks of life, including some Pharisees, followed Him non-stop, forcing Him to find deserted places late at night to pray. He could not get away from them. Whenever Jesus was visible there were crowds around Him. People could not get enough of Him, they wanted to connect with Him, see Him, hear Him, and touch Him. In several occasions the disciples had to ask the question: what are we going to do with the crowd?

 

What caused people to love Jesus? What made people follow Him so intensely?

 

As I read the Gospels, I can see that:

 

Jesus was not loved because of His dress. The Bible does not say much about Jesus and dress, it mentions His clothing during the crucifixion, as the soldiers played at the foot of the cross for His garments, but not much more. 

 

Jesus was not followed because of His diet. Jesus was not a vegetarian. I am vegan, and by the way, this does not increase my odds for salvation, we are not saved by eating lettuce and tomatoes, we can only be saved by Jesus. Yet, getting back to the point, people did not follow Jesus because He was vegetarian.  

 

Jesus was not loved or followed because of His taste of music. Scripture does not elaborate much, at all, regarding Jesus and His taste of music. 

 

Jesus was not even followed and loved because of His perfection. After all, when was the last time that you told someone that you are better than him or her, and they continued to like you and stick around you?

 

Stories of Compassion and Transformational Evangelism Across North America

Take a look at what some of our churches and ministries are doing to bless and reach their communities through Compassion, which is Evangelism. 

 

Your Best Pathway to Health, San Antonio, Texas

 

About 1,700 volunteers served more than 6,000 people in San Antonio, Texas, giving away 20 Million dollars in health care services in 3 days at the Alamodome. This event was organized by Your Best Pathway to Health, a service of Adventist-Laymen's Services & Industries (ASI) in partnership with the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and Adventist Health Care, among other entities.

 

http://www.nadadventist.org/rssarticle.php?id=2099

 

Lady thanks Seventh-day Adventist Church for Blessing Her During Your Best Pathway to Health in San Antonio (Click on video).

 

 

Paradise Adventist Church, San Diego, California

 

Under the leadership of Pastor Will James and his wife Peggy, this church grows by blessing the community daily through individual and corporate lifestyle of Compassion. 

 

A Visit to San Diego
A Visit to San Diego

 

What is Your Church Doing for community Mothers on Mother's Day Weekend?

Moms everywhere need to be reminded, or told for the first time, in practical ways, that God loves them, that He sees them, and cares for them. God does that through us, His followers, and through His church.

 

Mother's Day Weekend (May 8-10, 2015) is a special time, in which people across the North American Division territory (United States, Canada, Bermuda, Guam and Micronesia) celebrate and honor mothers. It is a time that our church must use to show the Love of God and the Compassion of Jesus to the women who continually do so much to bless humanity. Don't let this weekend go by without doing something big for the mothers in the church, as well as for the mothers in the community outside the four walls of the church. Be creative showing them the Love of God and the Compassion of Jesus. This is Evangelism.

 

As you prepare to minister to mothers during Mother's Day, please keep in mind "The Wide Spectrum of Mothering"

 

 

Global Mission Report: $360,000.00 Distributed Among 50 New Church Plants

Our North American Division Global Mission Committee met on April 14 and approved the funding of 50 Church Plants across North America. The total amount of $360,000.00 ($260,000.00 from General Conference and $100,000.00 from North American Division) will be distributed among these 50 churches, in the upcoming weeks.

 

Our Global Mission - Church Planting Team will be receiving input from Church Planters, Church Planting Coordinators, and leaders across our Division, as we work on a Church Planting Vision for North America and revamp the funding process. The new info and application will be included in a future newsletter, as well as posted on our website: www.nadministerial.org 

 

The new church plant projects that will be receiving funds in 2015 are:

 

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North America Wants Your Articles, Photos, & Videos

In the months to come we would like to publish, celebrate, pray for, and spread what God is doing through you. North America would love to see your evangelism and outreach stories, photos, and videos.

 

Send us articles, photos, and videos of your Best Practices in Evangelism & Outreach (traditional & innovative): 

 

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New Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church Easter Play - A Story of Hope


 

Application and Guidelines for $120,000 Giveaway

Evangelism Shark Tank at the CALLED NAD Ministerial Convention

Application Deadline - May 28, 2015

A huge highlight of the Called Ministerial Convention in Austin is the Evangelism Shark Tank, which will take place at 9:00 PM every night of the Convention. During this late night program, Pastors from across North America, will be able to present their innovative Evangelism and Outreach initiatives for their churches, to a panel. A total of $120,000.00 will be awarded among for the top ideas and initiatives, as chosen by the panel. These funds will go to the churches for implementation of the initiatives presented by their Pastor at the Evangelism Shark Tank. 

For Guidelines and to fill out the application to participate in the Evangelism Shark Tank, please click here

 

One Million "El Centinela" Magazines to be Given Out on Sabbath, May 2

"El Centinela" is the official Spanish language missionary magazine for the Adventist Church in North America. In a few weeks, on Sabbath, May 2, the members of Hispanic Adventist churches will share 1 million copies of the magazine with their family, friends, and communities. "El Centinela" has been an evangelism tool, helping many to come to Christ and to the Adventist Church through the years. Every magazine will have a Bible Study Card Request inside.

 

 

 

REACH Columbia Union Urban Evangelism School

REACH Columbia Union Urban Evangelism School is a 12 month, college accredited program that offers immersive ministry training in the city of Philadelphia. Working incarnationally, in direct cooperation with a vibrant young adult church plant, this is a unique and exciting learning experience that you won't want to miss. For more info or to apply for the 2015-2016 Cohort, please visit: reachcolumbiaunion.org  

 

 

Transformational Evangelism Funds - Up to 50,000.00

Pastor Jose R. Escobar baptizing at the end of Holy Week Evangelism

 

Transformational Evangelism Funding is available for innovative, grace-oriented, and incarnational initiatives which take into account the needs of the community and involve ways to address them with the Compassion of Jesus. The funding is for initiatives proposing a sustainable cycle, and a tangible transformation of lives, rather than a one-time evangelism event. Project proposals will need to be submitted through the local Union. Applications will be accepted by NAD as long as funds are available. 

 

For more info on Transformational Evangelism and to access grant application, please click here:  Transformational Evangelism 

 

In This Issue
Deep Thoughts on Evangelism, God's Grace, Compassion & Leadership
 
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Best Practices for Adventist Evangelism is published by NAD Ministerial. 
Editor: José Cortés Jr.; Managing Editor:  Dave Gemmell

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