On Tuesday, Sept. 22, Illinois Conference President Ron Aguilera shared a message of comfort and hope at AMITA Health Medical Center Hinsdale. The occasion was a special memorial service remembering those who, over the last six months, have lost their lives to COVID. Hinsdale and La Grange CEO, Adam Maycock, also presented a message, and staff members shared stories of joy and tears.
Aguilera told the hospital staff: "In difficult times, times when we feel downcast, discouraged and in despair, God has not forsaken us. He is with us. We must choose to hang on to God. He is our Rock and we can cling to the promise that one day, all things will be set right."
On Sabbath September 12, about 50 people gathered at Camp Wakonda to celebrate the baptism of eight new members into the Milwaukee Madison Hmong congregation.
Among the group baptized by Wisconin Lay Pastor Chanchai Kiatyanyong and Wisconsin Conference President Mike Edge was a former witch doctor, Pa Chia.
Educators in the Lake Union have embarked on an unprecedented challenge: a full year of instruction in the age of COVID. Teachers have welcomed their students back with classrooms rearranged and masks at the ready, while conference. Education superintendents have worked to ensure safety for both staff and students.
We are deeply distressed about what happened in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In just one week, we witnessed the horrific police shooting of Jacob Blake and violent unrest devolving into mayhem, including the tragic shooting resulting in the death of two men during a protest. hose of us who love this country are pained to see the racial fractures splitting our
nation and the increased tensions in our communities. As Seventh-day Adventists, we long to see inequities addressed and we long to see the Bible teaching “loving your neighbor as yourself" lived out, as the overriding guiding principle in our society.