ASI Europe Elects New Leaders, Renews Focus on Evangelism
BY ASI STAFF (Posted August 6, 2013)
uring the seventh annual Adventist-laymen’s Services and Industries (ASI) Europe Convention, held July 3-6, 2013, in Porto, Portugal, delegates from the 17 national chapters of ASI Europe elected new leaders and revisited the organization’s mission and purpose. The convention, held every other year, drew nearly 1,200 members and visitors.
This year’s theme was “Time to Wake Up Europe!” and John Bradshaw of It Is Written
and Justin Kim from the Michigan Conference challenged the audience in multiple presentations. Sixteen different workshops were also offered on topics ranging from personal evangelism to financing supporting ministries.
René Metz, the 44-year-old director of Maranatha, a supporting ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Czech Republic, was elected president of ASI Europe. Metz was born in Czechoslovakia and holds a degree in personal evangelism from Griggs University. He worked in the United States as a pastor for the Mountain View Conference, and as a youth publishing director for the Georgia-Cumberland Conference. Metz replaces Angel Duo, who served as president of ASI Europe for five years.
WAKE UP EUROPE: John Bradshaw, director/speaker of It Is Written, was the main speaker of this year’s ASI Europe Convention in Porto, Portugal, held from July 3-6. [PHOTO: Gerhard Padderatz]
Kim Busl, who works for a supporting health ministry in Portugal, was elected vice president for evangelism, as well as chairman of the Projects Selection Committee. Busl served as president of Outpost Centers International from 1998 to 2005. He replaces real-estate developer and supporting-ministry entrepreneur Radim Passer.
Other newly elected leaders include ASI Switzerland president Christiane Theiss, who was elected vice president for communication and growth, José Colaço of Portugal, who will serve as vice president for finance, and Remus Benta of Romania, vice president for special tasks. Markus Alt of Switzerland was reelected as executive secretary.
The new ASI leaders share a continuing commitment to spreading the gospel throughout Europe, a continent with a diverse population that remains largely secular. According to reports shared at the convention, various outreach efforts over the past two years by the more than 1,000 members in ASI Europe’s national chapters contributed to more than 750 baptisms in Europe and around the world.
There has been notable growth in satellite- and Internet-based television and radio ministries in Europe, most of them operated by young people. ASI Germany, the largest of the 17 chapters of ASI Europe, has nine media ministries proclaiming the three angels’ messages via regional broadcasts and the Internet. The $232,580 raised at the convention will go primarily toward training young people in evangelism.
The Fountainview Academy orchestra and choir traveled all the way from British Columbia, Canada, to perform throughout the convention, presenting a special concert on Sabbath evening. Other performers included an Adventist choir from Lisbon, Portugal. José Alves Dias, director of the Albufeira Conservatory in Portugal, gave a special violin performance.
Porto, a city with more than 1.3 million residents in its metropolitan area, is one of Europe’s oldest cities. Founded by the Greeks before the birth of Christ, its well-preserved “old part of town,” or Ribeira, with its many granite buildings, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
“After this convention Porto might become known as the site where a new chapter in the history of ASI Europe was begun,” says Gerhard Padderatz, president of ASI Germany.