Accompanying me on this historic trip was Elder Jeff Jordan, a pastor who is deaf, serving in the GA-Cumberland Conference and serving as the (Honorary) General Conference Associate Director for Adventist Deaf Ministries International. His interpreter, Elder Thompson Kay, a professor at South Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska.
We are indeed grateful for the support of the division President, Elder Samuel Sawhill, who attended most of the advisory. We so appreciated the work of Vice President for Special Needs Ministries, Elder Johnny Lubis. It would be a terrible oversight if we did not mention the superb organizational work of Virgie Baloyo, the administrative assistant!
Attending the training advisory were representatives of 7 unions (including 2 union presidents) and 2 attached missions. In total, 10 countries were represented. Also pictured is one of the two Sabbath services conducted in the Pasay church - approximately 1,000 attended. Special Needs Ministries conventions will follow next year in the Philippines and in Indonesia. Once again we were reminded of how important it is for division and union leadership to lend their support to this ministry. We could not ask for more support than what the division leadership in this division showed. The global "movement" continues!!
(Below are images taken during the trip. Each image below can be clicked on to view an enlargement in a new tab)