Historical Profile of the Arizona Conference—
Their population is seven million; Spanish explorers first arrived there in the 1530s; their capital is not only the hottest city in the U.S. but also the only state capital with a population of more than a million; and it is “the Grand Canyon state.” This week in All God’s People, we’re highlighting ministry in the Arizona Conference.
The beginnings of Adventist work in Arizona were not clearly recorded. Certainly, there were Adventists in Arizona by the 1880s, and A.J. Potts indicates that the Phoenix church began in 1887 and was organized in 1890. In 1889, the California Conference took the responsibility for the largely un-entered territories of Utah and Arizona. In 1895, Arizona was taken over as a General Conference mission, but in 1901 it was added to the territory of the newly created Pacific Union Conference. Learn more about the work of Marcial Serna, the founding of Holbrook Indian School, and more in this week’s episode!
Arizona Conference: https://www.azconference.org/
Thunderbird Adventist Academy Celebrates 100 Years; Hosts Annual Festival of Praise Virtually—
This year, Thunderbird Adventist Academy celebrates 100 years of Adventist education in Arizona. Since their beginning in 1920, music has been an integral part of their culture—a thread that connects each generation. One musical tradition is hosting the annual Festival of Praise. Over the summer, Music Director Talea Shupe began preparing for the concert, choosing music that focuses on the powerful and timely message of trusting in God and following His leading in our lives. Because Thunderbird Adventist Academy had opened in August with in-person classes, hopes were high to invite the community on campus for the first concert of the year. As the October date approached and COVID-19 restrictions continued, the concert format changed from on-campus to virtual. Over the span of a week, Ms. Shupe and her students worked diligently to record the entire concert and post it on the Thunderbird Adventist Academy YouTube channel on the original concert date, October 17. Sharing this virtual concert allowed family, friends, and alumni from anywhere to share in the blessing of music and to celebrate the talents of the students.
Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xXLOHyJB6k
Virtual Arizona Adventurer Family Camp Brings Adventures Home—
Arizona’s Adventurer Family Camp went virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Arizona Adventurer Coordinators and Leaders decided that the Family Camp should not be canceled. So they worked together to develop a virtual camp that included camping, outdoor cooking, crafts, games, worship, and dynamic messages by Rich Aguilera, “The Mud Guy.” It was exciting to see the Adventurers camping in their backyards, in their living rooms, or in their bedrooms. The worship was done via livestream on Facebook and YouTube. During the weekend, between 800-1200 viewers tuned in to the program. Under the theme “God Works in Me,” the program included singing, fun activities, prayer, special music provided by Adventurers, and a live Bible Trivia game using Kahoot, in which Adventurers could participate from their homes using a smartphone. The livestream was hosted by Pastor Melanie Cruz and “A.Z.” an Adventurer puppet. Rich Aguilera invited the Adventurers and their families to participate by doing various tasks. Using #azcamp2020, Adventurer parents flooded their social media platforms with pictures of the various activities. Saturday night, as the virtual camp came to an end, dozens of viewers commented on the livestream that they didn’t want it to end. A great time was had by all—and it was a huge blessing to the Adventurers and their families!
Watch the Recap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICIGdwQpDmE&feature=youtu.be
Arizona Conference Nears 12th Anniversary of Good News Television Ministry—
The Arizona Conference stepped out in faith almost 12 years ago to start a brand-new television ministry called Good News TV to reach Phoenix with Jesus’ love and Scriptural truth, through both an English channel and a Spanish channel. The ministry has been very effective at reaching souls for heaven. Good News TV has expanded to broadcast in a total of seven communities, including Prescott, Payson, Flagstaff, Yuma, Verde Valley, and Tucson, now covering about 90% of the population of Arizona. They have also recently started a new children’s channel to reach young families. The ministry is uniquely designed with several local elements, such as phone numbers, worship services, and promotions, as well as a broad variety of programs. Good News TV is widely recognized as one of Arizona’s premiere evangelistic tools.
Watch Online: https://www.mygoodnewstv.com/
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“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’”
– Isaiah 52:7