I hope this letter finds you safe and well in God's care and keeping. This New Year has started out with many blessings and many challenges. In all of this, it is reassuring to know that the Lord remains faithful toward us.
This year ASI Southwest Chapter has several exciting plans. It is our desire to move forward with creating a chapter that is sensitive to the needs of its members and continues to work effectively in supporting the mission of ASI and the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Our Southwest Chapter Spring Convention will be held March 16-19 at the Hoblitzelle Camp and Conference Center in Midlothian, Texas. The theme this year is Called, Chosen, Committed. We are very excited to bring you a program presented by sprit-filled speakers and accompanied by inspiring music. Our speaker lineup will include Emanuel Baek, Paul Coneff, Scott Ritsema, and Karl Tsatalbasidis.
The Hoblitzelle Camp and Conference Center is a very attractive family camp and offers many activities, including hiking, trail rides, and longhorn feeding. Be sure to take advantage of some of these activities during your stay.
As always, our ASI members are encouraged to continue seeking ways to "Share Christ in the Marketplace" through active personal witnessing and through your various businesses and ministries. Because your testimonies may inspire other members in their ministries, we invite you to tell us how you are sharing Christ in your marketplace. You may forward testimonies to
ASI's evangelism tool, New Beginnings, is now available on a USB thumb drive that contains PowerPoints and other tools, enabling you to give Bible studies to your friends, neighbors, and business contacts. The USB drive also contains many videos and other materials that will help you in your ministry. Your ASI VP of Evangelism, Mark Fox, will be working with ASI National to coordinate trainings at churches within our union for those who desire to learn to use these resources effectively. Please e-mail us at
if you would like your church to be a part of a scheduled evangelism training.
Many of you participated in our chapter's health outreach program, Jumpstart Free Health Clinic, held last July in Killeen, Texas. The event was truly a blessing and plans are in the works to hold another large event in 2018. Meanwhile, plans for this year include partnering with churches to hold smaller events around our union. Floyd Courtney, Jumpstart director, is working to coordinate these efforts. It is exciting to note that the ASI ministry, AMEN (Adventist Medical Evangelism Network), is working with Texas Conference churches to hold six clinics throughout Texas this year. Those desiring to volunteer can access information on the AMEN website.
His Will, Inc., is a non-profit ministry located in Norman, Arkansas, headed by Len Doughty, RN. Five years ago, Brother Doughty was inspired to start a low-power FM station which would broadcast Life Talk Radio to an area that lacks a Christian radio voice. The station's target region encompassed four counties, including Montgomery County, home to Mount Ida Seventh-day Adventist Church. Just a few months ago, Brother Doughty was faced with an urgent need for $25,000 in order to get on the air by the deadline of January 24, 2017. Through much prayer and nothing short of a miracle, funds were raised and the station is set to launch this month. Please keep the station, His Will Ministries, and the members of the Mount Ida SDA Church in your prayers as they step out in faith to present Christ to their community.
If you would like to have your ministry spotlighted in a future newsletter, please e-mail us at
A recruitment luncheon will be held in the Keene, Texas, area on Sunday, February 5th. If you know of any eligible professional, business owner, or supporting ministry leader who would have an interest in joining ASI, please forward their contact information to us at
. To review eligibility criteria, visit
Spring Retreat Ministry Project Funding
As part of our Spring Retreat, the Southwest Chapter of ASI will fund approved and eligible ministries to partner with us in sharing Christ throughout communities. If you have or know of a ministry that would like to be considered for funding, please notify us at
by February 7, and the application will be made available for submission.
Two Major Events in the Southwestern Territory
The Southwestern Union is blessed to be the venue for two national ministry meetings within a year:
Just a few weeks ago GYC held their annual meeting in Houston, Texas, from December 28, 2016-January 1, 2017. Approximately 3,300 participants registered for the five-day event, and approximately 4,300 attended on Sabbath. The meeting included exhibitors, morning and evening plenaries, workshops designed to motivate and equip audiences for ministry, and a United Prayer room. Individuals gathered in the prayer room on New Year's Eve seeking to end the old year and begin the new year with prayer. Coming Out Ministries also debuted their powerful feature film, Journey Interrupted, at the sessions. Many youth and young adults committed and recommitted their lives to Christ and to ministry during GYC.