On November 7, pastors, church leaders, and members from 44 churches in the Greater Boston area gathered at the Waymark Seventh-day Adventist Church for a Compassion Boston Rally—the first joint Rally for this initiative between both the Northeastern and Southern New England Conferences.
Attendees joined in singing to open the Rally, and were welcomed by local Waymark pastor Cornell Miller. Short vision statements were given by Atlantic Union President Donald King, Northeastern Conference President Daniel Honore, and Southern New England Conference President David Dennis.
Speaking of the Advent message which Compassion Boston aims to spread in the city, King said, “This message is eternal, this message is celestial, and yes, it’s even everlast-ial.”
The main address was given via video by It Is Written Speaker/Director John Bradshaw, who also appeared live for a few minutes via Skype, offering one more word of support and encouragement to the Boston churches.
These messages were followed by several practical appeals for attendees to become involved in Compassion Boston: Alina Terzi promoted the NETS Evangelism Training Program and called for Bible Workers; Elders Honore and Dennis played a video introducing Your Best Pathway to Health, calling for medical professionals to volunteer for the big event next fall; and Olivia Ruiz-Knott presented the Winter Warmth Campaign.
The evening closed with a dedication prayer offered by Elder John Amoah, committing the Boston-area pastors and churches to working to spread Christ’s love in the city.
“Jesus is coming soon,” said a paragraph printed in the program. “The people of Boston need to hear the gospel with the distinctive last day emphasis of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Our Lord has brought us all together to share the hope of His return.”
By the end of the evening, 132 attendees had volunteered for either Bible Work, Your Best Pathway to Health, or signed up to be a general Compassion Boston Volunteer.