AWR Asia/Pacific convenes in Bangkok for Advisory and Training

August 3, 2022 • in News & Events

More than 250 participants representing the four Adventist Church divisions and one attached union logged in for the first Adventist World Radio (AWR) Asia/Pacific advisory on July 19-23 at the Hilton Hotel and Double Tree by Hilton in Bangkok, Thailand.

During the two-year lockdown due to the pandemic, the Adventist Church saw and experienced the rapid advent of digital evangelism on various social media platforms.

The theme, “Digital Evangelism Reaching the World for Christ,” stood aground as everyone in the plenary hall and breakout sessions presented and spoke of the endless possibilities in reaching the world through digital platforms, which is AWR’s slogan–No Walls. No Borders. No Limits!

“If we want to conquer the world, we must invest in new technologies,” emphasized Pr. Sam Neves, associate director of Communication for the worldwide Adventist Church. “Don’t be like King Saul, who was comfortable in his tent clad in his armor! Instead, we need to be like David, who was, with a new weapon, fought the giant!”

Meanwhile, Pr. Arnel Gabin, newly-elected Vice President of the Adventist Church in the southern Asia-Pacific region, challenged everyone to do the mission together– “It is not your educational attainment or how much money you have in your bank. But, what have you done to serve the Church better and support its programs?”

AWR president Pr. Duane McKey reported and shared how people whose lives were questioned and doubted in the communities, however, are now fully reconciled with the Lord through the ministries of AWR.

Before the Advisory, the Davao Mission (DM) delegation, led by Mr. Rhoen Catolico, drove 3-4 hours to Muak Lek in Saraburi Province, where the Hope Channel Southeast Asia (HCSEA) studio was. Another interesting place was the visit to the Southeastern Asia Union Mission headquarters, located in the same province. Both buildings are within reach of the Asia-Pacific International University, a tertiary educational institution of the Adventist Church in this part of the work and the world.

The Advisory ended with the ordination into the Gospel service of Timothy Saxton, the new AWR Asia/Pacific region director.

The Advisory has also become a reunion of colleagues in the ministry where the pandemic has hold-off physical meetings in the last two years.

In Davao, AWR HopeRadio 104.3 DXMA-FM broadcasts from 5:00 in the morning ’til 10:00 in the evening, Sundays to Saturdays, on a 10,000-watt stereo power.

AWR is the radio arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and broadcasts the Advent hope in Christ through the most effective media to the people of the world, in their languages.

(Bjezrel Labajo/DM Communication)

Photos:

The Southern Asia Division participants

The Advisory participants

Greg Sereda, Director of Bible Flock Box.

Ordination of Pr. Timothy Saxton

Advisory plenary hall

at the Hope Channel Southeast Asia studio

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