This article was written by Chenoa Vil Franc and originally published in the Southern New England Conference Newsletter; reposted here by permission.
Many who attended the rally on February 13th can testify to the rousing message of love and service delivered by John Bradshaw, Speaker/Director for It Is Written, on the stage of Chevalier Theater in Medford, MA. After the introduction of the local Bible Work team, presentations about church initiatives, and the announcement that Your Best Pathway to Health will be coming to Boston in the fall of this year, Elder Bradshaw encouraged every rally attendee to join in the work of spreading the gospel in this city. Soon to be the largest evangelistic initiative led by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Boston’s history, Compassion Boston is a ministry of the Northeastern, Southern New England, and Atlantic Union Conferences, seeking to show Christ’s love in our city through systematic community service in preparation for the 2016 evangelistic meetings to be held in partnership with It Is Written.
In response, local churches have already begun to provide programs and services that can be enjoyed by our communities as the year progresses. The culmination of this work will be two major health and evangelistic dates scheduled to take place in the fall of 2016: Your Best Pathway to Health will be in Boston on September 14-17, followed by a major evangelistic campaign conducted by It Is Written October 7-29. It will be a time of godly love and intentional effort as members of our church and volunteers unite with the community to effect positive change throughout our city. Our local leaders and pastors enthusiastically shared their reactions to the rally and evangelistic work beginning to take place through Compassion Boston:
“The rally was a great moment to connect churches with the Compassion Boston initiative. John Bradshaw's message brought purpose and energy to something great that is happening both within the Southern New England and Northeastern Conferences.” —Pastor Kleber Hernandez
“Based on my experience at General Conference, I am most excited about Your Best Pathway to Health being here. I believe it will be a huge part of helping us connect with the people of the city—when we can show what we can do to help them through their personal struggles.” —Pastor Henry
“We need more of these meetings where members can see the reality of what the conferences are facing and doing in terms of evangelism in the big cities, and the need for members to join in and help on this.” —Pastor Julio Pagan
Under the leadership of Pastor Perozo at the Stoneham Memorial Church, the community can look forward to taking part in an upcoming Cooking School and Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace Seminar in the spring. They will also host a Health Expo and evangelistic series in the fall. Everett, Boston, and Lowell Portuguese churches, where Kleber Hernandes is the pastor, have also begun the work of Compassion Boston by providing free support to individuals in the community through their Food Bank, which currently serves over 120 people weekly each Thursday. “Through the food bank we let individuals around our church know who we are and that we are here to help the community,” commented Pastor Hernandes.
This is only the beginning of the life-changing relief and hope our collective efforts can bring to our city. To find out more about the work of Compassion Boston and to volunteer, visit www.compassionboston.org.
One important announcement at the February 13 Rally was the revelation of the Compassion Boston Church Plan: an outline for how churches in the Boston area can actively be involved in this initiative. You can see the full Church Plan here. Elder David Dennis, President of the Southern New England Conference, produced the video below to be shown in churches to explain the Church Plan.