ASI Southwest Chapter Newsletter
January 19, 2017

Greetings ASI members and friends,
 
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.


Spring Convention

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.

To register for the spring convention, go to www.asisw.org.

Evangelism

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 asisouthwest@swuc.org.  

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  asisouthwest@swuc.org if you would like your church to be a part of a scheduled evangelism training. 

Medical Ministry

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. 

Ministry Spotlight

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  asisouthwest@swuc.org

Recruitment Luncheon

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  asisouthwest@swuc.org. To review eligibility criteria, visit www.asiministries.org.
 
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 asisouthwest@swuc.org 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:

GYC Houston

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. 


GYC was held December 28, 2016 to January 1, 2017 at the George R. Brown 
Convention Center in Houston, Texas.-- Photo by Alden J. Ho
 
2017 ASI International Convention

The ASI International Convention will be held in Houston, Texas, August 2-5, 2017.  We are continuing the theme Called, Chosen, Committed, and a powerful program is promised that will ignite you for mission and equip you to help spread the last-day message to a world in need. More information will be available soon on the ASI national website at www.asiministries.org.

 
The 2016 ASI International Convention was held in Phoenix, Arizona. 
Houston, Texas is the venue for ASI's 2017 International Convention.

Finally, please keep ASI ministries in your prayers as your national and regional leaders continue to support efforts to spread the gospel and hasten the Lord's return. Be sure to register for the chapter meeting in March. I look forward to seeing you there!
 
Blessings,
Dawn A. Lewis
President, ASI Southwest Chapter