Thousands Pack ASI
Opening Night in Orlando
‘Look A Little Higher’ is Fournier’s sermon topic (Posted August 8, 2013)
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BY MARK A. KELLNER
, News Editor
hat appeared to be most, if not all, of the 2,000 registered for the 2013 Adventist-laymen’s Services and Industries (ASI) convention packed a large hall in Orlando, Florida, Wednesday night, August 7, to kick off the group’s annual convocation.
The ASI Convention, which runs through after-Sabbath hours on August 10, emphasizes the participation of lay Seventh-day Adventist Church members in “sharing Christ in the marketplace,” and the 2013 event promises to be no exception.
Alistair Huong, executive director of AudioVerse.org, a supporting ministry that shares sermon audios online free of charge, told the convention audience the group has more than 3 million downloads annually, with 30,000 unique online visitors monthly.
LOOK A LITTLE HIGHER: Frank Fournier, re-elected Aug. 7 as president of Adventist-laymen's Services & Industries (ASI), speaks to delegates at the group's 2013 convention in Orlando, Florida. [PHOTO: Gerry Chudleigh/ASI]
Asked why the group didn’t ask even a nominal charge for its recordings, Huong said, “Most of our downloads come from countries outside of the United States, and a large number of our users simply cannot pay. Our purpose is to get the Word out to the world.”
James Hartley, director and president of the Lay Institute for Global Health Training (LIGHT) in Wildwood, Georgia, remarked that “nowhere is the Gospel and the [Adventist] health message spreading faster than in Latin America. We’ve trained over 100 medical missionaries in Cuba, and 32 are [receiving] stipends as full time Bible workers.”
According to Frank Fournier, just re-elected as ASI president, Seventh-day Adventist Christians need to “look a little higher,” as he said in the meeting’s opening sermon.
“By beholding Jesus, we become changed. And we need to do a lot more beholding than we do,” he said.
Fournier related the first prophetic vision of Ellen G. White, in which the Adventist Church co-founder “was lifted up, far above the Earth. When up there, she decided to look for the Advent people, but she [could not] find God's people on the Earth. An angel said, ‘look a little higher,’ and then she saw a path to the celestial city” and the Advent people on that path.
“God's people are meant to be different ... to have higher standards (and) a higher calling,” Fournier said.
The convention includes slightly more than 200 exhibitors, including Adventist Review
magazine. Five tracks of seminars on various outreach topics are scheduled, including speakers such as It Is Written
’s John Bradshaw and Southern Adventist University archaeologist Michael Hasel.
Information about ASI can be found online at http://www.asiministries.org/