World Evangelist Emilio Knechtle Dies at 83
milio B. Knechtle, a former General Conference (GC) world evangelist and revivalist, died on March 16 at age 83 in his home in New Canaan, Connecticut.
Knechtle joined the GC in 1982, and preached in many countries throughout the world until he retired from church service in December 1990. He worked for the Greater New York Conference and New York’s Metro Ministries from 1971 until 1982, preaching in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Mexico. Beginning in 1975, he also worked closely with American Cassettes Ministries, a supporting ministry of the Adventist church based in Pennsylvania, which produced and circulated his sermons worldwide.
Knechtle was born in Switzerland in 1922 and was raised as a Catholic, the religion of his father. His mother, however, converted to Adventism as a result of the witness of an Adventist woman who helped restore the 3-year-old Knechtle to health through prayer and natural remedies, when he contracted a rare blood disorder. After graduating from college, Knechtle eventually moved to New York and worked as a banker. It was while on a business trip to the Dominican Republic that Knechtle was converted to Christianity through the influence of his wife and a Methodist missionary. Eventually, at his mother’s urging and through studying with Charles Sohlman, an Adventist minister in the Greater New York Conference, Knechtle joined the Adventist Church.
“Emilio Knechtle was a spiritual giant in pointing thousands of people to Christ and His righteousness,” says General Conference vice president Ted N. C. Wilson, who worked with Knechtle in New York. “His public ministry included writing, preaching, and pastoral activities, but he was most well-known for his strong focus on having a personal relationship with Christ and His righteousness, resulting in revival and reformation.”
Knechtle is survived by his wife, Ann, and six children. —AR/American Cassette Ministries.
MARYLAND: Networking Opportunity for Radio Broadcasters
Adventist World Radio (AWR) has established a new opportunity for voluntary networking among Adventist radio broadcasters. One of the primary functions of the Adventist Radio Consortium (ARC) will be to recognize radio stations, producers, and studios that are collaborating with the Adventist Church in its world mission.
“This undertaking will initially be focused on broadcasters in North America,” says AWR president Benjamin D. Schoun, “but eventually we hope to extend this consortium to all Adventist radio broadcasting agencies around the world.”
A database is envisioned that will list all stations, studios, and producers, which will be a reference for interaction and sharing of resources. “In addition,” Schoun says, “this will help us to assess the degree of coverage of the world field by radio as we plan for reaching every person with the gospel.”
For radio stations in the North American Division, membership in ARC will become a step in the approval process for inclusion in insurance benefits from the church. Eventually, other activities and resources that would benefit ARC members may be implemented, depending upon the interest and need.
While ARC has been organized by AWR, membership is voluntary and AWR has no administrative roles relating to the members.
For an application or further information, go to www.adventistradio.org, or call 301-680-6291.
—Adventist World Radio/AR.
American Bible Society Recognizes Adventist Partnership
To recognize the General Conference (GC) and the North American Division (NAD) for their support in Bible distribution, the American Bible Society (ABS) presented world church and NAD presidents Jan Paulsen and Don Schneider with ABS Globe Awards during a GC worship service on March 9. The award is part of a recognition program called Nations of Light, to thank ABS partners for “helping to bring the light of the gospel to a world that can be very dark.”
Through Nations of Light, ABS says it is celebrating the importance of those who foster the ongoing work of providing people with God’s Word, in a language that speaks to them and that changes their lives.
“The Seventh-day Adventist Church, as our partners, has enabled the Bible Society to pursue the mission of reaching all people everywhere so that everyone will have the opportunity to experience the life-changing message of the Bible,” says Paul G. Irwin, ABS president.
Chris Thyberg, director of ABS’s Church Partner Development, presented the award to the Adventist Church leaders. “It is a privilege and joy to express our gratitude for your generous and faithful support over the years,” Thyberg said at the morning worship program. “May God bless and multiply the work of Adventists worldwide.”
Thyberg added, “Adventists know how important the Word of God is to those who read and hear it. We thank you for the honor of working so closely with you in this vital plan to ‘fill the earth with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord.’”
The recipients each received a gold leaf onyx globe that sits on an inscribed granite base designed to emphasize the worldwide impact of the partnership. On two faces of the base is found the ABS logo with the words “Nations of Light” and the Bible text 1 Peter 2:9.
The American Bible Society was formed in 1816. For more information, go to www.americanbible.org.
—American Bible Society/AR.
Turn It Off!
BY BONITA JOYNER SHIELDS
The week of April 24-30, 2006, has been set aside as TV Turnoff Week. During this week, families across the nation will unplug not only their televisions, to see what kinds of fun things they are missing, but many will unplug all of their technology—meaning anything that has a monitor, such as a computer, a Game Boy, a video game, etc.
No! Not my computer! How will I keep in touch with my friends?
No! Not my video games! What will I do after school? (kids) What will I do for a little “down
No! Not my Game Boy! How will I survive listening to my sister (or children) for an entire week?
Your nervousness at the prospect of no TV, computer, Game Boy, etc., is understandable. Inside the March issue of KidsView (located inside the March AnchorPoints edition of the Adventist Review) you can read about how three kids and their families turned off their TVs, computers, Game Boys, and video games for an entire week. It wasn’t easy for them, but you’ll see how they handled it.
Why do we even want to turn off our TVs and other technology for an entire week? Let us give you a few good reasons to do it:
- On average, children in the United States will spend more time in front of the television (1,023 hours) than in school this year (900 hours). One second grader who turned off his TV for a week said, “I really didn’t like TV Turnoff Week except that I did notice that my grades went up and I was in a good mood all week.”1
- U. S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher tells us, “We are raising the most overweight generation of youngsters in American history. . . . This week is about saving lives.”2 Getting out and doing things other than watching TV, says Satcher, helps all of us be more active and healthy.
Come on, parents and kids . . . be adventurous! There’s no time like the present to be turned on to TV Turnoff Week!