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 May 2019                                                                      
 Vol. 2, No. 3
June 9-15, 2019
Indiana Camp Meeting
Indiana Academy Campus
Cicero, Indiana

 
Indiana Conference has a new website with new directories and bright visuals.  Thanks to Trisha Thompson, our new webmaster, we have software that allows more visual options and video streaming capabilities for camp meeting and other evangelistic meetings.  The team that helped with this transition was President Vic Van Schaik, Colleen Kelly, Beth Bartlett, and Kathy Griffin.  Check it out at:
www.indysda.org .
Trail Building at TRC

April 28 was an exciting day at Timber Ridge Camp (TRC).  Pathfinder clubs from around our conference showed up with rakes, shovels, hatchets and chainsaws (operated by adults!) and completed over half of the 8/10th's mile of trail.  This trail will be named:  Pathfinder Trail.  The names of the clubs who participate in the trail blazing will be posted at the trail entrance.

The trail is designed for both hikers as well as mountain bikers.  It starts right below Deer Lodge through some of the most beautiful woodlands that TRC has to offer.  Some of the rock formations and caves that are on our camp are also highlighted.  This will bring our total trail network up to more than 5.5 miles.  We hope to continue to grow our trail system in the upcoming years, using volunteers and Pathfinders.

Our Indiana Association recently voted to make mountain biking an outreach ministry of Timber Ridge Camp.  We are moving towards inviting mountain bikers from the surrounding area to ride our trails.  This will help to foster a positive image of TRC in our community.

There is more work to do to finish this trail.  We are looking for volunteers to help as well as more Pathfinder clubs who are looking for community service projects.


Trail photo:
Pathfinders hard at work!

Group photo:
Pathfinder clubs from Bedford, Indy Hispanic Central, Brownsburg, Muncie, Fort Wayne, Cicero and Evansville Hispanic.  Great  trail builders!
District Lay Bible Trainings

The Cicero and Carmel Seventh-day Adventist Churches recently hosted an evangelism training. Participants were given practical instructions in a group setting and then went door-to-door with Bible study invitations. The groups were given surveys designed to interact and open up conversations with those in our communities who might be seeking Jesus. After a very short amount of time there were a total of 8 homes interested in studying the Bible. The studies received will be collected each week and the next study given. This will be repeated until the series is completed. The ultimate goal for this summer outreach is for these interests to attend fall evangelistic meetings and make decisions for Jesus. 

This experience is just the beginning of what each member can do! Sharing our love of Jesus and why we are Seventh-day Adventist Christians is what Ignite Indiana is all about. Many of these members had never received Bible study/door-to-door training and are now confident to go forward in their own neighborhoods. If you would like to begin your own network of Bible studies, please contact the Ignite Indiana Coordinator in your church. We have materials and additional trainings in the conference that are available to everyone. As this world is winding down, we must be ready to confidently go out and reach those who are searching for the God of love who wants to desperately save everyone.

Upcoming Trainings:

May 24-25 at Irvington SDA Church 
June 10-14 at Camp Meeting  
July 7-13 Summer Salt 



 
Combined evangelistic meetings and follow-up Bible studies were held between Michigan City and LaPorte churches in April.  Several attendees are requesting baptism.  
Pastor Joseph Quiles held ongoing Health Seminars at the Jeffersonville Public Library - 3rd Thursday of the month.

Goodie bags for the homeless around Jeffersonville were distributed and provided by the Madison Church.
South Bend First SDA Church News
by Pastor Throstur Thordarson

It was simply a trip to the hair salon. She stood by the strip mall and was debating which of two salons to go to. She chose one and asked for a hair cut. As she was seated in the chair, the stylist began to talk and discussion ended up on Adventism and church. The stylist had grown up in the South Bend SDA Church and was thinking about coming back.  This became the regular place for haircuts, and in short time, the stylist was asking for Bible studies. As time went on, her husband joined in Bible studies. Now they are both active members in the church along with five other relatives, some who began attending after participating in a health seminar.
 
Evangelism takes many forms. Every Sabbath Service is evangelistic in South Bend, with the following motto steering our services: ‘Christ-centered, Bible-Based, visitor friendly – Always”. As a result, members are delighted to bring friends with them to church, and God continues to bring people to church that we had no idea of their interest.

Lately, we have emphasized the importance of using one's hobby and interest in building friendship and sharing our love for Jesus. Because of that, disc golf has become a featured outreach. Every year, we host a tournament with 30 disc golf enthusiasts coming to our church property, and then using our gym as their winter venue for practicing and playing putt-putt style disc golf.
 
Others use their interest in needle work, crochet, and scrap booking to build friendships and provide opportunities to share God’s love. The young people started a Gaming outreach as they would go and join other gamers and play and share Jesus.
 
Currently, churches from the greater South Bend area have come together and are planning a major evangelistic outreach for April 2020, that we will continue repeating every three years in cooperation with NADEI and seminarians.  Niles West Side church (Michigan Conference), Berean and Praise Fellowship Churches (Regional Conference) and South Bend First along with its two church plants, Grace Place and Korean Church (Indiana Conference) are the participating churches.
 
Our plans are for fun fellowship at a lake this summer; joint worship and praise services; joint community service outreach projects; and inviting community folks to study the Bible. 120,000 Bible study cards will be mailed out this fall, and a dental clinic is planned for the spring, before our meetings begin.
 
A unique feature of the spring meetings, is that instead of a single big name evangelist, six pastors will join hands and share the stage, preaching a series of short TED like talks along with table conversations. Our goal is to share our love for Jesus and how our faith can Build Kingdom Relationships Beyond Boundaries. It is through the Cross of Christ that real community is created, that love is experienced, and unity is realized.
 
We can only begin to imagine what God can and wants to do in our communities.
Pastor Eric Freking, conference evangelist,  reports:

Pastor David Tenold had 8 more baptisms in April from the Martinsville seminar this past August.  
These eleven in the photo were baptized last year.  

Pastor Thomas Clark, from Fort Wayne, had 4 baptisms in April, two of which were from meetings we held this past fall.  

Also, April 26 we begin the Southside series at the Holiday Inn near the Indianapolis Southside SDA Church.
Pastor Joseph Quiles from Madison/Scottsburg/and Jeffersonville churches baptized Paul Mahoney February 23 at Madison SDA Church.

Elizabeth Combs was baptized November 24th, 2018, at Madison Church.

District Week of Prayer with Pastor Harvey Kornegay April 22-27, 2019.  
Adrian Dean, the young man with the teal shirt, made the decision to get baptized on Sabbath, the 27th, the last day of the Week of Prayer.  
 
Jeremiah 29: 11 & 12   New International Version (NIV)

For I know the plans I have for you.
Declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future."
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me,
And I will listen to you.  

 
Most Heavenly Father,

In your wisdom, you have carefully mapped-out my life-path--and that makes me rejoice.  

You are a caring, and just God who protects His children.

Therefore, no matter what the future holds, my hope is in you, Lord.

What a joy to know that when I call upon you in prayer, you listen to your child.

Lord, I praise you and thank you for your abundant, loving, kindness.

Amen.
May 24-26             IA Graduation Weekend-IA
May 31                  Last day of school       

June

June 9-15              INDIANA CAMP MEETING-IA
June 15                 Teacher Commissioning Service-IA
June 15                 Hispanic Fellowship Day-Cicero
June 16-23            National Camps for the Blind-TRC
June 20-23            Single Moms’ Camp-TRC
June 23-30            Cub Camp-TRC
June 30-July 7       Junior Camp-TRC


August

August 12-17         OSH KOSH - Camporee
August 18              IA School Begins
August 21              Elementary School Begins

August 23-25         HISPANIC CAMP MEETING-TRC

 
3ABN STATION LAUNCHES IN MICHIGAN AND INDIANA
Comcast customers in Indiana and Michigan can now watch Three Angels Broadcasting Network (3ABN). The expanded coverage creates the potential to reach 1.2 million viewers, including the large metro cities of Detroit and Indianapolis. It is aired on (Xfinity) Comcast CH 1677.

Hope for Life TV broadens its coverage with a return to WHMB Channel 40.1. Distributed on cable channels statewide and reaching a potential 1.5 million viewers, the broadcast airs on Tuesdays, 9:00-9:30 p.m., Fridays, 7:30-8:00 a.m., and Saturdays, 8:00-8:30 p.m. You can watch online at www.hfl.tv and (Xfinity) Comcast CH 1040.

WYLJ, 107.5 FM, radio station in Terre Haute, continues to broadcast 3ABN programming along with the Indiana Conference Hope for the Heartland series. 
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