The President’s Desk |Dr. R. Clifford Jones

The president’s desk is an opportunity for our President, Dr. R. Clifford Jones to share thoughts on the strategic plan voted in by the Lake Region Conference Executive Committee. In these posts the president will address & highlight the areas that will continue to lead our conference forward and break ground into new areas of ministry and mission.
 

IN APPRECIATION OF OUR PASTORS

“The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching” (1 Tim. 5:17, NIV)

One of the fondest memories I have of my childhood is that of our pastor coming to visit my family at home.   Even now, I can see him in my mind’s eye pulling up outside our humble home, getting out of his car and walking up to the front door, his Bible tucked under his arm.   He never seemed rushed, often spending at least half an hour talking with us about our walk with God and our needs before praying for the entire family.   We very much appreciated the visits of our pastor, a devoted servant of God who we believed cared deeply and loved his members.


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1619-2019: 400 YEARS OF STRUGGLE AND SURVIVAL

August 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first African slaves on American soil. Unlike other racial and ethnic groups who came to America voluntarily pursuing dreams of prosperity and progress, the first Africans brought to Virginia in August 1619 had been captured and delivered to America against their wills to work and live under unconscionable and inhumane conditions. For hundreds of years, the slave trade brought millions of Africans to America, and when the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1865, there were approximately four million slaves in the United States of America.

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IMPACT INDIANA: TRANSFORMING LIVES

Every five years, Seventh-day Adventists convene a General Conference Session to conduct the business of the church. Delegates from around the world converge on a host city for the 10-day event of information, instruction, and inspiration, which usually attracts upwards of 100,000 people. In 2020, the General Conference Session will take place in Indianapolis, the “Circle City” in the center of Indiana, the state that calls itself the “Crossroads of America.” Indianapolis, the capital of the state of Indiana, is a fascinating mid-western city of moderate winters and bearable summers, and has hosted a General Conference Session before.

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STEWARDSHIP OF LIFE

The City Temple SDA Church has lost an icon. The Lake Region Conference has lost a pioneer. The North American Division has lost a trailblazer. The Seventh-day Adventist denomination has lost a pillar. The Psalmist declares, “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off and we fly away” (Psalm 90:10).

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A TRANSATLANTIC FAMILY REUNION

History was made in April 2019, when a delegation of Regional Conference presidents traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, for a summit with Adventist church leaders of the East-Central Africa (ECD)and West Africa Divisions (WAD), and the vice-chancellor (President) of Adventist University of Africa (AUA).   The delegation included the Executive Secretary of the North American Division, the Regional Affairs Director of the Pacific Union, and three Regional Conference, treasurers.

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