ASI Southwest Chapter Newsletter
September 27, 2017

Dear ASI Family and Friends,
 
We pray that you are doing well and remain in God's keeping. Uppermost in our thoughts and prayers are those that have been affected by the various hurricanes and storms during August and September, locally, nationally, and abroad. Many of our Southwestern Union members have been affected and have also been involved in the relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Harvey.  At this time, we are able to assist with some small needs that members of our union may have. Please feel free to reach out to us with specific requests for assistance, and we will do our best to help where we can and to generate support among our membership.

Considering all that has occurred since then, it seems m uch longer than almost seven weeks since the annual ASI convention was held in Houston, Texas. Many of you were able to attend, some for the very first time. It was a very Spirit-filled meeting where evidence of the Lord's presence was abundant. There were a total of more than 1,800 people in attendance from all over the world. As always, inspiring seminars were held and we were blessed to hear Shawn Boonstra deliver a powerful message on Sabbath morning during divine worship service.  During the offering appeal, a total of 42 ministries received more than two million dollars to support their projects.
In addition, the book Madison: God's Beautiful Country was also distributed to convention attendees. This book describes the inspiring story of how ASI was formed and how the Lord, through the counsel of Ellen White, organized the institution of the self-supporting schools.  If you would like a copy of this book, you may contact the national ASI office at 443-391-7237.  Also note that the National ASI office has a new address:  Adventist-Laymen's Services & Industries (ASI),  9705 Patuxent Woods Drive , Columbia, MD 21046.

Friends, it is evident that the Lord's return is very near and the enemy is fiercely battling for souls. This fact makes the work of saving souls more vital and critical than ever. We encourage you to take heart, stand strong, and be the hands and feet of Jesus as you do your part to finish the work.

ASI Health Expo

For the first time, a health expo preceded the event. Local and out-of-town volunteers assisted in presenting NEWSTART information to approximately 150 attendees. A wonderful array of services were offered. In addition to the traditional expo stations, attendees also received free haircuts, healthy smoothie demonstrations and samples, oral and vision health screenings, and free pelvic floor muscle biofeedback assessments. Participants also had opportunities for individual counseling and prayer by participating chaplains. 
 
Volunteers at ASI's Houston Health Expo, held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, conducted blood sugar screenings in addition to providing a variety of other services.


Business Meeting

At the annual business meeting this year, many important issues were addressed.  Steve Dickman was re-elected as national president and we are excited about the continuation of his wonderful leadership. Other issues included new membership categories, which opens up membership eligibility to more individuals. The categories of membership have been expanded to include all of the following: Organizational, Executive Professional, Sole Proprietor, Personal, Honorary, Retired Business or Professional, Appointed, Associate, Associate International, and Young Professional. For a membership application, and more details regarding membership eligibility, the application process, and dues, visit www.asiministries.org or contact the national ASI office at 443-391-7237. If you know of people who are mission-minded and have an interest in joining ASI, please invite them to explore the possibilities for membership.

Southwest Chapter Luncheon

Attendance at our chapter luncheon was one of the largest ever, with more than 100 people in attendance. Pastor Ron Woolsey and his team from Coming Out Ministries shared stories of how the power of God has transformed the lives of people who once embraced the LBGT lifestyle. A trailer of the ministry's newly-released film, Journey Interrupted, was also shown. Additionally, Elgina Parilla of God Will Provide Ministries, shared an inspiring report and video of their "Mission Is Possible 2017" excursion to the Philippines, where a group of 24 adults and young people from the U.S. conducted evangelistic meetings and medical mission work, and more than 500 people were baptized. Lester Sto Niño of the HIMIG male chorus of South Texas, provided beautiful saxophone music for our luncheon program.

The ASI chapter luncheon held at convention each year provides a wonderful opportunity to fellowship and network with other chapter members and to hear about their outreach activities. We hope that you will make plans to attend next year's ASI convention in Orlando, Florida, and also our chapter luncheon, which is traditionally held on Thursday at noon during the convention. We will share vital details as the time approaches.

Southwest Chapter Membership

We are pleased to share that our chapter has grown by eight new member organizations this year and approximately 10 new applications are currently in progress! We extend a warm welcome to our newest members, who are listed below. Going forward, you will be able to "meet" our new members through bi-monthly communications. If you or someone you know has not yet joined ASI, please consider partnering with this wonderful organization that will inspire you to do great things in ministry.  To join, you may log on to asiministries.org or contact Russ Lorenz, VP of Recruitment at rblorenz@aol.com. We welcome our newest members:

HIMIG Foundation, Inc.
His Will, Inc.
Lake Jackson Endoscopy Center
Online Christian Services
Pastorsline
Precious Life Home Health
Shabach
Wellness Secrets

Newest Board Members

We are also pleased to announce our newest board members, brothers Doug and Michael Mitchell of Joshua, Texas, who will lead as co-vice-presidents of evangelism. The Mitchell brothers are passionate about evangelism and are a wonderful addition to our team. In the upcoming months, they will be coordinating New Beginnings evangelism trainings, as well as introducing and supporting other methods to encourage churches and individuals to get involved in personal evangelism. Our chapter is planning several exciting evangelistic activities and we are delighted that Doug and Michael will be assisting us as we encourage others to Share Christ in the Marketplace.

Members In Action

C arlos and Kathryn Irizarry have retired from their medical practices in Minden, Louisiana, and have moved to Ouachita Hills Academy in Amity, Arkansas. God has blessed the continuation of their medical ministry with the establishment of a lifestyle center on the Ouachita Hills campus, which is currently under development and scheduled to open in the near future. Be on the lookout for updates about this ministry.

If you have news of how God is blessing your ministry to Share Christ in the Marketplace, we would love to hear about it so that we can share the info with our chapter members and friends. Please e-mail any news stories and pictures for inclusion in our next newsletter to asisouthwest@swuc.org.

Outreach

Your local ASI chapter will be coordinating and participating in various health outreach activities within the next six months to a year. We believe that the health work is essential and relevant for this time and we will utilize opportunities to share the love of Jesus in this way.  "Our Lord Jesus Christ came to this world as the unwearied servant of man's necessity. He 'took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses,' (Matthew 8:17) that He might minister to every need of humanity. The burden of disease and wretchedness and sin He came to remove" ( The Ministry of Healing, p. 17).  Please prayerfully consider joining us as we coordinate these activities. You may obtain information about upcoming events by checking our website after October 15.

As we prepare for an exciting year ahead, your participation, prayers, and tax-deductible donations are welcome. Please log in to our website at asisw.org, if you would like to donate to your local ASI chapter.

Spring Convention

Our next Spring Convention will be held March 15-18, 2018.
Information about the venue and program will be coming in the next few weeks. Please plan to attend, if possible.  Those who would like to be considered for next year's project offering will need to get their applications in by December 31, 2017. Applications may be made in the form of a letter describing your ministry and how you plan to use the funds. E-mail your request to asisouthwest@swuc.org .

Prayer Requests

Please continue to pray for the many victims who have been affected by this year's storms as well as those who are involved in the massive recovery efforts.  Please take courage in the days ahead and trust that the Lord is faithful and will keep us through these times. Pray also for the work of ASI and our upcoming chapter events and community outreach activities, as well as the individual ministries of each of our members.  May the Lord richly bless you as you work and wait upon Him.
 
Dawn Lewis,
President, ASI Southwest Chapter