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July 2009

We love Jesus—And we want to tell others!

Adventist school students share Jesus

At the beginning of 2009 Adventist members throughout North America were challenged to make this the Year of Evangelism. Here in the Southwestern Union, from the pulpit to the pew, many have eagerly responded to the challenge, and students in our schools are no exception. There are just too many stories to tell, but we’d like to share a few snippets of what K-12 students, with the help of their teachers and parents, are doing to tell others about Jesus. Read more...

March 2009

“Keeper of My Heart”

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First ever union-wide pastors’ wives retreat is a success

“There is only one word that describes this weekend: WOW!” said a pastor’s wife who attended the first-ever union-wide pastors’ wives retreat in the Southwestern Union. Another pastor’s wife said, “This weekend has been such a spiritual feast, an encouragement and an island in the busy river of life. Thank you for your vision.” Read more...

March 2009

Tap into your creativity

Stay tuned: More information to come shortly!

Do you consider yourself a creative person? Perhaps you have a penchant for photography, but you want to take better shots. Maybe you enjoy writing and want to hone your skills. Or maybe you want to learn how to build a church Web site so that you can provide downloadable sermons for friends and neighbors to access online. Whether you are the communication leader for your local church, or just enjoy technology, there is an event approaching that has been designed with you in mind. Read more...

November 2008

Southwestern Union ASI officers conduct meetings in Colombia

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Jaime Espinal, vice-president for evangelism for the Adventist-laymen’s Services and Industries (ASI) Southwestern Union chapter was in Medellin, Columbia, when he saw the need. He called Floyd Miller, a past president, and asked for his help in conducting reaping meetings. The two men had conducted meetings together in the Dominican Republic and in Mexico.  Read more...

October 2008

Your help is needed now!

Read this story: Your help is needed now!

How you can help PLUS list of needed items

To help with the relief efforts in the aftermath of recent hurricanes, place an offering in a tithe envelope (be sure to mark it “Disaster Response”) and turn it in at your local church, donate online at, call 800.381.7171, or you can send your donation directly to: Read more...

September 2008

Ministries convention empowers participants to serve

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“A Buffet of Ministries Training” dishes up inspiration

With more than 1,500 in attendance, the Southwestern Union Ministries Convention was a tremendous success. It truly was “A Buffet of Ministries Training” as attendees selected seminars and presentations that enriched the ministries programs and needs at their churches. All weekend long there was abundant evidence of God’s presence in the meeting rooms, in the hallways, and on the faces of attendees as they realized more of their dream to serve God effectively. Read more...

September 2008

“Collaboration for Compassion”

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Adventist Community Services national convention

“Collaboration for Compassion,” a national convention hosted recently by Adventist Community Services (ACS), helped train participants to serve in the following areas: disaster response, tutoring and mentoring, crisis care, community development, Youth Empowered to Serve (Y.E.2S.), and elder care. The convention, which was held from June 29 to July 5, brought more than 260 enthusiastic Adventist volunteers to Albuquerque, N.Mex., to be challenged to develop their community service skills. Read more...

July 2008

ACS DR responds to Hurricane Dolly

Keene, TX: Hurricane Dolly pounded the South Texas Coast relentlessly July 23, 2008, as a Category 2 hurricane. Dolly very slowly moved inland, and what the 100 mph wind didn't blow away, the up to 20 inches of rain drenched. Today there were 6,550 people in emergency shelters due to the flooding that has ensued. On Thursday, July 24, Maria Weber, Adventist Community Services Disaster Response Area Coordinator for the Rio Grande Valley, reported that the flood waters are still rising. One estimate is that there has been $750 million dollars would of damage. Read more...

July 2008

Affirming home education

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Home school leaders from across the Southwestern Union gathered at the union office on June 15-16 for the first annual Southwestern Union Home School Workshop. Featuring presentations by veteran home schoolers, such as Debbie Burghart from Little Rock, Ark., Suzanne Lutz from Albuquerque, N.Mex., and Kerrie Kimbrow and Karen Weber from the Keene, Tex., area, participants reviewed Seventh-day Adventist home school philosophy and practice as well as curriculum selection and development. Read more...

June 2008

Ray Turner, 1908-2008

Read this story: Ray Turner, 1908-2008

Ray Turner, beloved singing evangelist, died May 15, 2008, at the age of 99. Ray and Ouida, his wife of 75 years, have long been considered special treasures of the Southwestern Union and the Texas Conference. Read more...

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