Adventists Visit, Rally, and Move
in New York City
Posted October 17, 2012
BY EDNOR A. P. DAVISON
, assistant to the president for communication, Atlantic Union Conference
eventh-day Adventists in and around New York City spent a recent weekend preparing for NY2013, a mass evangelism effort next year aimed at reaching America’s largest and most important urban area. At the same time, church leaders met briefly with a senior advisor to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, sharing information about the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s health message and the events planned for New York City, and to show support for the mayor’s initiative to cut back on sugary drinks in his fight against obesity.
MASS TURNOUT: Large crowds were present for the satellite evangelism and prayer rally on the weekend of Sept. 21-22, 2012, held in advance of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s NY13 campaign. PHOTO: Dawin Rodriguez.
On Friday evening Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders joined members from local congregations at the North Bronx church for a satellite evangelism and prayer rally to kick off the Revelation of Hope evangelistic meetings scheduled for next year.
Five programs were presented in two days, including one in Spanish. The Greater New York Conference, with Gerson Santos, the conference’s executive secretary, hosted the rally. Throughout the programs time was allotted for prayer and short interviews about NY2013.
“In the Greater New York Conference we have 25,000 members. We are training Bible workers and health ministries leaders who will go out and touch the lives of people,” said G. Earl Knight, Greater New York Conference president.
Daniel Honoré, Northeastern Conference president, added, “We have 52,000 members, 35,000 who live in New York City. We accept the challenge of our world church president to reach the masses. Our churches will conduct 200 meetings.”
Donald King, Atlantic Union Conference president and chair of the NY2013 Steering Committee, sounded an optimistic note for his entire region: “We plan to conduct more than 400 campaigns that will take place at churches in New York, northern New Jersey, and southern Connecticut. This initiative involves five conferences (Greater New York, Northeastern, Southern New England, Allegheny East, and New Jersey). This year  will be a banner year for our church.”
PERSONAL EVANGELISM: Ted N. C. Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (left); Donnieval Walker, North Bronx church pastor; and Donald King, Atlantic Union Conference president, visited various establishments in the neighborhood to pray with individuals and distribute The Great Hope. PHOTO: Rohann Wellington
Carlton Byrd, Breath of Life Ministries speaker/director; Ted N. C. Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists; Robert Costa, General Conference Ministerial Association associate secretary; and Abraham Jules, Mount Vernon church pastor, presented messages. The programs were broadcast live on Hope Channel, Hope Church Channel, and Esperanza TV, and streamed on the Internet on auam.tv and praizevision.com. 3ABN carried a delayed broadcast of the programs. The online audience was engaged using social media on the NY13.org Facebook page.
Rallying the crowd with the Friday-night message, Byrd said, “The work of God cannot be stopped. The gospel will go forth. Souls will be saved with or without you. . . . Let’s take New York by storm!”
On Sabbath morning Wilson, who wants to reach 650 cities around the world, New York being the first, said, “I am absolutely amazed that so many divisions have caught the vision of reaching the millions in the cities and are making serious plans.
This just thrills my heart because it’s a fulfillment of what God has intended for a long time. Much work has been done in the cities; yet there’s so much more to be done. The Lord says that when we do it according to His plan, there will be a mighty movement in these huge metropolitan areas.”
At the end of the morning service a team that included Wilson, King, Knight, Honoré, and Whitford Shaw, Southern New England Conference executive secretary, went door to door in the neighborhood distributing The Great Hope
and praying with people in the community.
In his message during the closing program on Sabbath evening Jules said, “We will not know what is going on in the community if we go to church once a week. We must meet people at their point of need, not at our point of need.
. . . We must be a ‘going’ church if we are to be a growing church.”
LET’S MOVE: Nearly 1,000 people participate in the Let’s Move Day annual event in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York, on Sunday, September 23, 2012. The park was home to the 1939 and 1964 New York World’s Fairs. PHOTO: Rohann Wellington
In the final event for the weekend nearly 1,000 participants and volunteers gathered on Sunday morning in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, one of many sites participating in the annual Let’s Move Day, to promote physical activity for people of all ages. This event is part of the Adventists InStep for Life initiative that aims to curb childhood obesity by promoting exercise and better nutrition.
Katia Reinert, North American Division health ministries director, said, “As a church we have long talked about the importance of not just healthy minds and hearts but also healthy bodies. Our culture is coming to grips with its health crisis, and we have a message for our times.” Everyone finished the 5K run/walk, including a 103-year-old who walked to the finish line and praised God for His gift of life and health.
More information about the New York metropolitan area outreach can be found online at www.ny13.org