July 1, 2018 | Miami, Florida, United States | Libna Stevens/IAD

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Inter-America will be holding its Festival of Cross-Cultural Missions next month in an effort to better equip ministers and laypersons to reach the growing multi-cultural groups spread throughout the vast territory. Hundreds are expected to attend the event which is scheduled to take place August 8-11, 2018, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

Themed “Celebrating the Past, Reaching All People for Christ,” the four-day event will seek to qualify pastors and mission leaders to better engage with unreached people groups in cities and rural communities, said Pastor Samuel Telemaque, Adventist Mission director in Inter-America and main organizer of the event.

“We want to expose leaders to the transforming power of lay involvement in evangelism and inspire them to continue sharing Christ within different contexts in the neighboring communities,” said Telemaque.

The reality is that people from different cultures, ethnicities, and languages are now living in close proximity to each other,” says Telemaque, “This is something the church is confronting and we must appropriately share Christ in neighborhoods made up of different cultures.”

More than 500 mission leaders and laypeople from across the 24 unions and institutions in the Inter-American Division (IAD) will gather for multiple sessions and seminars on church planting in the cities and rural areas, how to fund and operate centers of influences to reach different people groups, how design relevant ministries for urban dwellers, becoming involved in mission service, and more.

The event will also include hundreds of active lay preachers from the English Caribbean territory for a Festival of the Laity, held on the campus of the church’s University of Southern Caribbean.

To register for the event, please contact your local union office.

For additional information, visit us at interamerica.org

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