April 1, 2020 | Miami, Florida, United States | Libna Stevens, Inter-American Division News
As thousands of Seventh-day Adventist churches remained closed for worship services in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, online services and Bible study groups have multiplied like never before. Throughout the church in the Inter-American Division (IAD), the efforts to encourage the membership to rely on God, remain faithful, and to get involved in sharing the message of the gospel have been unprecedented, church leaders said.
“The fact that people are not able to congregate in buildings because of the physical distancing requirements has led to an implementation of online worship options never seen before,” said Abel Márquez, communication director for the church in Inter-America.
“It seems incredible how so many churches and schools are closed, that’s thousands of buildings not serving their purpose right now, so we have been forced to use such simple tools like our cell phones to minister online,” said Márquez.
It’s not only about the program options out there, but more about persons expecting more relevant content in digital platforms, he added.
Providing relevant content to the church and the public is at the heart of the mission of the communication department, said Márquez. That’s been possible through Hope Channel in its traditional television methods, as well as new platforms and new practical programs that share hope.