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Inter-America Celebrates Adventist Volunteers Serving Around the World – Seventh-day Adventist Church


Ingrid Ordoñez, a volunteer from Panama serving in Australia, shares the many lessons she has learned working as a programmer for the radio station there.  She was among dozens of Adventist volunteers who were honored during a special online event to honor their efforts in the mission field, on May 9, 2020. [Photo: Inter-American Division]

May 20, 2020 | Miami, Florida, United States | Libna Stevens, Inter-American Division

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Inter-American Division (IAD) recently celebrated dozens of volunteers who are currently serving throughout the territory and around the world. Church leaders praised the commitment of the 74 volunteers  during a special zoom event to celebrate what has been coined as Adventist Volunteer Service Day.

Adventist Volunteer Service is an official program of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists that matches volunteer skills with opportunities all over the world.

“It was important to connect with volunteers to celebrate their mission efforts and let them know how much we appreciate their commitment and how we stand behind them,” said Janelle Scantlebury, coordinator of AVS in Inter-America and main organizer of the event. Scantlebury said that it was also a critical opportunity to cement relationships and bonds among the volunteer group.

Janelle Scantlebury, coordinator for the Adventist Volunteer Services in Inter-America, hosts the three hour online event on zoom video conference through different social media platforms. [Photo: Inter-American Division]

Currently, there are 49 Adventist volunteers serving outside of the IAD territory and 25 volunteers from around the world church serving in the IAD territory.

Adventist World Church President Pastor Ted N.C. Wilson thanked the Adventist volunteers for their dedicated work during the event. “Praise God for your ability to be part of the wonderful outreach of the Adventist Church,” said Pastor Wilson. “People are panicking.  There is chaos. All of you are to be anchors of stability and pillars of hope.”

Pastor Wilson reminded volunteers to trust in God, to take refuge, strength in Him. “Continue to spread the Word of God and continue sharing encouragement….take time to pray, study the Bible and be infused by the Holy Spirit every day.”

Adventist World Church President Pastor Ted N.C. Wilson, encourages Adventist volunteers to anchors of stability and pillars of hope where they serve. [Photo: Inter-American Division]

Pastor Elbert Kuhn, associate secretary for the Adventist world church in charge of AVS worldwide, praised the work of the volunteers who are making a difference in so many countries. “You as volunteers represent this passion, this willingness to serve, this willingness to make oneself available to be a blessing to others,” said Kuhn.  “I want you to know how pleased and proud I am for every single person serving within the division and outside of the division.”

Kuhn expressed that there is a huge unexplored potential throughout the IAD and encouraged the thousands of viewers to envision their multicultural and multi-language heritage as a blessing to reach out to others. “Praise God for your ministry and all the lives you are touching where,” he said.

Psychologist Ann Hamel spoke on coping strategies for crisis situations and maintaining a volunteer focus in troubling times.

Pastor Elbert Kuhn, associate secretary for the Adventist World Church in charge of Adventist Volunteer Services, praises the commitment of dozens of volunteers serving around the globe. [Photo: Inter-American Division]

Dr. Hamel urged those serving to maintain strong social connections, remember their purpose, be certain of the call from God to serve and keep themselves in good health.  Hamel answered questions from volunteers during a Q&A session.

Current Adventist volunteers shared their personal experience where they serve, praised with special music, featured videos of their ministry and participated in breakout groups to address questions that came up for the volunteers during the three-hour online program.

Lidia Ordoñez, a Panamanian serving in Australia, said her experience as a volunteer radio broadcaster has been an opportunity to learn to depend on God and spread messages of hope.  “It’s been hard here with the fires that have claimed lives, animals and displaced many people but our purpose is to share hope to all those persons who are now at home during the quarantine, spending more time looking for sources of hope,” said Ordoñez. She said has grown spiritually every day she has served and has seen God use her talents. “God is in control,” she said. “Things aren’t always easy but I have learned patience and perseverance.”

Psychologist Ann Hamel of the General Conference speaks on “Coping strategies for Crisis Situations,” during the online event. [Photo: Inter-American Division]

Ordoñez encouraged online viewers to take time to be missionaries, and not necessarily to travel abroad but start right where they are.

The online event also showcased opportunities at several universities and elementary schools currently requesting volunteers throughout Inter-America.

Arely Santos is from Mexico and a volunteer dentist in Angola, Central Africa. [Photo: Inter-American Division]

To learn more about signing up as a volunteer in the Inter-American Division and the Adventist world church, contact your local Union’s AVS coordinator, and visit adventistvolunteers.org

To view the online Adventist Volunteer Service program of May 9, 2020,

Click HERE for English

Click HERE for Spanish


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