Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Southeast Youth Conference

For all those interested. The Southeast Youth Conference is happening this weekend at Southern Adventist University. I am very excited and anxious about this weekend. I have been part of the leadership team ever since the idea was started after the General Youth Conference in Ann Arbor, MI. This is our second conference and it should be very powerful. The three main sessions with Pastor Finley will be on 3ABN on Friday night, Sabbath morning, and Sabbath evening. I would ask you to keep it in your prayers as we continue to pray for the revival and reformation among the young people in this church. Things are going well at AFCOE. Learning lots of good things and I gave my second Bible study this past Sunday. Hope all is well with everyone and take care.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

6 weeks in

I have been wanting to write a more extensive post of what is going on here at AFCOE and I will try to fill you in on some of the information. To start with, I fully believe that the Lord has placed me here and I am tremendously blessed to be here. I will give you some details of the general schedule. A week at AFCOE is pretty much as follows; Sunday is our first day and we have a short class and preperation from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. then we go on outreach and knock on doors giving surveys hoping to generate Bible study interests. We are in the field until about 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday we are in class from 8:45 to 5 p.m. with an hour and half lunch break. On Thursday we are in class all morning and then we do outreach again in the afternoon. Friday we have off and Sabbath we attend the West Sacramento SDA church 3 weeks out of the month because that is where our evangelistic meetings will be held starting on April 21. The outreach portion has probably been the most challenging for me thus far. You knock on doors giving surveys and there is a lot of rejection. Although it is challenging it can be very rewarding. I have given one Bible study and I have a couple of more lined up. There needs to be alot of prayer involved and the Lord is willing to pour out his blessings while you are out there. It has been very exciting to see people who actually are interested in studying the Bible. I am anxious to see what is ahead for Bible studies because as of right now I have only given one. The classroom setting has been very good here at AFCOE. We are getting so many tools to equip us for building our relationship with the Lord and then being able to share this with others. The first couple of weeks was all about personal preperation and making sure your heart is right with the Lord and also for people you are giving Bible studies to get to their heart and find out their needs. This was done by Annie Morgan (used to be Kjaer) and it was powerful to see the needs that everyone has. She was our first guest speaker, we have also had James Rafferty come in discussing on how to study the Bible. We have had Shelly Quinn and talk about prayer and we have had Herbert Douglass come in who has given a presentation on Ellen White. Then we have our main classes taught by the main teachers. We have a studies in Revelation class with Jean Ross which has been very good. We are also taking Romans with Allen Parker and he is also teaching a class called Mission and Message and preperation for the ministry. We have a Bible doctrines class with Richard Calderon and then we have outreach classes with Ethelene Brady. We also have a preaching class and then emphasis tracks which include Lay Pastoral, Bible worker, Public Evangelism, and Youth Evangelism. I am in the Youth evangelism track which meets every Tuesday afternoon. I know this has been long but this is kind of the format of what is happpening here. It is truly a special place to be and I am thankful that the Lord has brought me here. For all those who are reading, I hope all is well with you and I hope I did not bore you with too much information. I promise that my later posts will be shorter.