GALA FOR REFUGEES RAISES $12K
Last weekend in San Diego, the Paradise Valley Church hosted their first ever “Friendships for Hope Gala” to support refugee ministries. The event was organized by Will James, Pastor of Paradise Valley Church and CEO of Friendships for Hope, Inc., and drew a crowd of 250. At the end of the evening, the free-will offering and silent art auction raised over $12,000 to fund the church ESL program and other services for refugees.
Chef Amilcar Marrima, who prepared the Gala dinner, volunteered over 90 hours of his time in preparation for the event. “I always look for opportunities to help,” Marrima said. “I am a former refugee myself, so it was natural to get involved.” Marrima came to San Diego as a war refugee from Mozambique and believes in the ministry of Friendships for Hope, Inc. Additional help preparing for the Gala came from the Pathfinder clubs from Paradise Valley Church and the El Cajon SDA Church.
More details about the Friendships for Hope refugee ministry can be found at: http://www.friendshipsforhope.org/
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SPECIAL ISSUE OF RECORDER COMING IN APRIL
A special issue of the Recorder will come out in April that highlights education in the Pacific Union. We’re excited to share the stories, pictures
and updates from all 120 of our schools.
With 11,399 students, we have the largest enrollment in our schools of any of the Unions in North America. We invite you to join us in praying for all of our students and our schools and to be faithful in letting our staff and faculty know how much we appreciate and love them, too.
Read the Recorder online at: https://issuu.com/pacificunionrecorder
HISTORY OF CHARLES KINNY, FIRST BLACK ADVENTIST ORDAINED IN SDA CHURCH
Charles Kinny, the first Black ordained SDA minister, was born as a slave in 1855. As a young man, he worked his way west until ending up in Reno, Nevada. One evening in 1878, Kinny was walking home when he passed by an evangelistic meeting held by J. N. Loughborough. He started attending the meetings and in September of that year, he joined the Seventh-day Adventist church. From that point on, Kinny began working in leadership roles for his church. In 1889, he was ordained as a minister. Pastor Charles Kinny was a great Adventist pioneer whose journey to prominence in ministry started here in the Pacific Union.
Learn more about Charles Kinny and his ministry at: http://www.blacksdahistory.org/charles-kinny.html
“Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything.
Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
If you do this, you will experience God’s peace,
Which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.
His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”