Online archive for Record issues from November 2004 to December 2009.
For more recent issues, visit www.swurecord.org or view flip-through versions of available issues.
The Year of Evangelism — Cover story
What an amazing year this has been for evangelism in the Southwestern Union. The union office has been directly involved in organizing and conducting 111 meetings, both at home and abroad, resulting in more than 3,200 baptisms. Some of our speakers were experienced preachers. Some did not know if they could or think they should preach, but what life-changing experiences took place!
There was the young Southwestern Adventist University student who shared, “I will never be the same.” And the SWUC Executive Committee member who was terrified before preaching, but who excitedly proclaimed after the event, “This has been the best experience of my life!” Read it!
The Gift of Evangelism — Editorial
As the Year of Evangelism draws to a close, we have many blessings to count. The Southwestern Union has experienced more growth this year than in any other single year ever. Almost every congregation in our union has been involved in evangelistic efforts, and the reports of baptisms are still pouring in. What a wondrous gift.
But this is not the end. It’s just the beginning. Evangelism is not a one-time event but a way of life. It’s an ongoing process of sharing and growing—and then sharing some more.
When you receive salvation, it’s a gift you can’t keep to yourself. You have to share it with others. Read it!
And the gift goes on... — Feature
Examples of sharing the gift
A word from the editors: The stories that follow are just a few examples of how church members from around the Southwestern Union have been willing to share their gifts. Our prayer is that you will be blessed as you read these stories, and that you will also feel a sense of personal conviction to share the gift that keeps on giving.
Stories include Bonnie Shepperd: Sharing and Sharing Again; Melinda Prater: God Gave Me the Words to Share; Karen and Brandon Van Meter: A Welder Forms an Everlasting Bond; and John Mathews: Turning a Motorcycle Into a Church. Read it!
A “Year of Evangelism” for ASI — Feature
The year 2009 has been busy with evangelism activities in ASI’s Southwest chapter. Starting off with an evangelism boot camp in south Texas in February, and the chapter meeting later that month in Cleburne, Tex., the momentum continued throughout the year as the Southwest chapter helped to provide laypersons with witnessing opportunities and training, as well as opportunities to unite with pastors and administrators in the work of evangelism. The boot camp in south Texas was followed by evangelistic meetings held in March. In April, Floyd Courtney, the Southwestern Union ASI chapter president, and Duane McKey, vice president for evangelism at the Southwestern Union, along with his wife Kathy, held an evangelism boot camp in Oklahoma City. Another evangelism boot camp combining ShareHim and the New Beginnings training took place in Houston the weekend of November 14 in preparation for evangelistic meetings to be held in the Houston area. And later this month, from December 27 to January 4, chapter members and friends will participate in a mission trip to Nicaragua to help rebuild deteriorating mission buildings on the east coast, as well as conduct a child evangelism series. Read it!
First ever union-wide pastors’ wives retreat is a success
Southwestern Union — “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...
Southwestern Adventist University — Ashley Gonzales, Sean Amos, and Thomas Moosey don’t claim to have chosen Christian education. What they do claim, however, is that the Christian education they’re receiving at Southwestern Adventist University is fulfilling, inspirational, challenging, and above all, led by God. Read more...
Austin Alpha — Gabriel George is an extraordinary 10-year-old who was born with Sickle Cell Disease and has been a “crusader” for the disease since he was two years old. Sickle Cell Disease affects the red blood cells’ ability to get oxygen to the different parts of the body. This results in excruciating pain and can even lead to death. Read more...