Thirty-seven projects were chosen to receive grants from the special offering gathered at the 2012 ASI International Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. Each project will receive a designated amount, and two will additionally receive half of the offering overflow. All combined, the projects represent a significant worldwide impact. The offering goal was around $1.2 million, but the actual offering gathered topped $1.7 million. It’s not too late to give. An online donation link is posted below.
1. Advent Home Learning Center
AHLC operates a live-in accredited program providing education, counseling, care, and treatment for young men ages 12-18 years old, typically with ADHD, or learning and behavioral problems. It also conducts lifestyle seminars in the local community. Because the school’s 5 wells have failed or are failing, project funds will be used to gain access to an outside water supply from the local water district, necessitating an under-river pipeline.*
Since 1966, Amazing Facts has been an innovative leader in Christian radio and television, moving extensively into Internet evangelism in the past decade and reaching more than 500,000 unique online visitors each month. To reach a younger audience that watches Christian programming primarily online, Amazing Facts is developing the first interactive online Bible-based prophecy timeline, outlining every major Bible character, prophecy, event, and kingdom in chronological order, with Bible texts, detailed articles, and pictures, from creation to the last days. Project funds will be used to further develop and promote this powerful online resource.
ARME Ministries primarily conducts ARME Bible Camps—5-day intensive Bible training programs designed for all ages and all walks of life. The purpose is to “ARM” and “Equip” God’s people with practical tools for deeper Bible study, a more powerful prayer life, and more effective witnessing. For young children ages 4-12, ARME offer a children’s program called “Heir-Force,” which teaches kids about God’s character through activities, Bible study, prayer, and songs. ARME plans to make its programs available through live streaming, in DVD format, and through on-demand Internet programming for those who cannot afford onsite programs. Project funds will provide for the professional recording and media development of ARME Bible Camps.
Black Hills Health & Education Center has continually operated a wellness center and a health and evangelism training program since 1979. BHHEC also offers programs in massage therapy, personal training, and agriculture. Project funds will go toward the purchase of a pellet mill and bagging machine for use in harvesting heat energy in the form of waste wood and native grasses, thereby reducing heating costs.*
Children’s Bible Lessons International Inc. facilitates the translation of My Bible First lessons into other languages to be used around the world. The organization’s vision is to meet growing requests from people in foreign countries who do not have access to children’s Bible lessons in their own language. It is currently in the process of facilitating translation of the lessons into Chinese, French, Spanish and Vietnamese languages.
In 1970, DSAA was established on 450 acres in Castle Valley, Utah, through the cooperative efforts of two Adventist brothers, both physicians, and Wildwood. The school is largely funded by tuition and farm crops. Its students are known locally for their community service projects and farm produce in nearby Moab. All students undergo practical training such as sewing, baking, healthful cooking, natural remedies, farm skills, auto mechanics, and health expos. DSAA partners with the local church in evangelism efforts. Project funds will be used to purchase and install a self-suppressed ventilation hood for the cafeteria so that the kitchen may be used for commercial purposes, including as a bakery.*
EASEA organized in 2002 as a private school accrediting association recognized by the Tennessee State Board of Education. Additionally, it provides teacher certification, staff development, technical counsel and liaison services to the state, the church, and other agencies. It provides accreditation to Advent Home Learning Center, Ouachita Hills College and Academy, Fletcher Academy, Harbert Hills Academy, Heritage Academy, Laurelbrook Academy, and Miracle Meadows School Inc. Project funds will help replace a regular source of funding that was recently lost.
EVI began operations in 1961 near Loveland, Colorado, as a short-term adult missionary training center with a nursing home and assisted living center. Eventually, it established a lifestyle center, organic farm, and country store. EVI plans to re-establish a mission training course to assist mission operations in Mexico, Tanzania, India, Japan, and the Caribbean. Project funds will go toward the purchase of furniture and equipment for a new lifestyle center that will include 20 patient rooms, a living room and common areas, a library, and a kitchen.*
The Ellen G. White Estate is responsible for managing the writings of Ellen White as an integral part of Adventist church operations. The organization’s on-going goal is to digitize all of her translated books, making them freely available to read online or to download in major formats. The Estate operates a website that contains many of Ellen White’s writings in more than fifty languages. Project funds will go toward digitizing and posting more Spirit of Prophecy books in translated languages.
GYC is a lay organization of young people committed to the Adventist Church and its end-time message of Christ’s soon return. The organization aims to motivate young people to action by providing workshops, training, Bible studies, and inspirational messages at its annual conference. It also seeks to foster Christian fellowship, create networking opportunities, and encourage young people to assume leadership responsibility. Project funds will support the upcoming GYC conference to be held this year in Seattle, Washington.*
11. God’s Helping Hands Inc.
GHH, based in Loma Linda, California, has been providing medical care to needy people in Guatemala since 2002. It operates with combined permanent and short-term medical staff. GHH has established an 8,000-square-foot clinic and a lifestyle center, as well as dormitories for men and women and a large evangelistic center. Volunteer groups typically conduct evangelistic series during their stay. With increased operations, GHH has developed the need for stable electrical power during medical, dental, and surgical procedures, as local electricity is unreliable. Project funds will go toward the purchase of a new generator and the construction of a generator shed.
HHA operates a boarding academy, a highly respected nursing home, and a 24/7 radio ministry in Savannah, Tennessee. Over the years, hundreds of lives have been impacted. Enrollment has doubled in recent years under the leadership of well-trained, Christian faculty. Project funds are needed to upgrade the the boys’ dormitory, as well as the school’s heating, air conditioning, and sewage systems.*
Heritage Academy in Monterey, Tennessee, was organized in 1994 and is a successor to Little Creek Academy. For the past four years, HA has operated a mission aviation program as an integral part of the academy’s ministry focus. Student interest and demand for aviation training currently exceeds capacity. The school plans to add a Cessna 172 trainer and anticipates the need for a second flight instructor and a post-secondary summer aviation program to meet the demand. Project funds will be used to construct an onsite aircraft hangar and grass runway.
International Children’s Care is a lay ministry rescuing orphaned and abandoned children in 16 countries around the world. ICC’s philosophy is that each child should grow up in a “real home” environment. With this idea in mind, ICC creates children’s villages with individual homes, each one managed by an Adventist couple from within the country. Typically, each village has a farm, a church, a school, and campus industries that give the children an opportunity for learning and provide much needed resources for the village. Project funds will be used to complete an EU-certified commercial bakery at the ICC children’s village in Romania.
amily Development International operates a lay pastor training school and supports lay missionaries serving in Tanzania. FDI partners with REACH in Switzerland to accomplish its evangelism goals. It also works in cooperation with the Tanzanian Union to distribute Adventist books and literature. FDI ministry activities are partly supported by its agriculture program, which currently provides training to more than 40 students. Project funds will go toward expanding FDI’s avocado plantation and upgrading its irrigation system.
LIGHT has worked to unify, strengthen, and develop medical missionary training schools in over 50 countries during the past four years—helping to train over 4,000 soul-winners. After receiving training, missionaries go forth to teach short courses in new districts, working to engage the local church in their communities with the right helping hand of the gospel. Standardized course curriculum is being translated in over a dozen languages. Support goes to assist missionary teachers that provide training in new districts while pioneering new projects. These new projects have the goal of becoming financially self-supporting through industry/business within three years.
LLM has conducted multi-media seminars pertaining to the dangers of the entertainment industry since 2008. Their goal is to produce fresh, innovative media of all types to spread the gospel. They involve Adventist high school students as part-time workers, getting them involved in producing programs and sharing them in their local churches and schools. LLM also provides media services to other Adventist ministries. Project funds will be used to replace an outgrown production stage, provide green screen cability, and construct sound and edit stages and administrative office space.
18. Madison College Alumni Association (The Layman Foundation)
MCAA was formed in 1960 out of Madison College in Madison, Tennessee, which was originally established in 1904 under the direction of Ellen White, E.A. Sutherland, and Percy Megan. It trained workers to support themselves while engaging in health evangelism and spreading the gospel. Madison alumni have established schools, health centers, vegetarian restaurants, nursing homes, and other institutions after the Madison model. The college closed in 1964, but its records and documents have been preserved and must be digitized if they are not to be lost. Project funds will go toward archiving the extensive collection of historical documents that trace the story of Madison College and the self-supporting movement that continues to serve as a model for successful outreach today.*
MOS is a nonprofit civic association in the Czech Republic led by ASI Missions Inc. Board member Radim Passer. MOS exists to motivate Adventist church members to involve their youth in evangelistic endeavors. It has been involved in children’s ministries, health and science evangelism, publishing, and humanitarian aid. It will use project funds to sponsor a Youth for Jesus program to reach the primarily secular populace of the Czech Republic, motivating passive members and youth to a new vision, relationship with God, and clear identity as Adventists, as well recruiting their involvement in mission work.
20. Miracle Meadows School Inc.
Miracle Meadows School (MMS) is an alternative school enrolling boys and girls, ages 6 to 18, with troubled behaviors. Recently, enrollment of children ages 6 to 12 has increased, and MMS was cited by two national networks as the only known boarding school east of the Mississippi for children who have experienced trauma and abuse before the age of three. The MMS board voted to move towards separating the younger students under twelve from the older students, which gives rise to the need to hire, train, and house more staff. Project funds will assist in the completion of staff housing projects.
MAP began when ASI members had a vision to provide financial support for individuals and families who leave their homes to serve as missionaries in undeveloped countries. The program has been supporting individuals from all over the world, including the United States, Switzerland, Romania, Norway, Belgium, Germany, France, and South Africa. These individuals have embraced a life of service far from home, some for more than 20 years, serving OCI ministries in countries like Zambia, Tanzania, Brazil, Indonesia, Peru, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The program is funded by ASI donations and managed by Outpost Centers International.
NAPS is a multi-faced, mission-driven youth ministry headquartered at Oakwood University. It is driven by the commission in Isaiah 58 to alleviate hunger, poverty, and disease, and to improve education and food security among suffering people regardless of race, religion, or nationality, and to lead them to Jesus. In partnership with ASI, NAPS is building a Good Life Wellness Center™ in Southern Alabama, bringing health care to a region that leads the nation in poverty, poor health, and substandard education. In many counties, there is no Adventist presence. The center will also train youth to be self-supporting medical missionaries to evangelize in the Black belt and other unentered mission fields.
ASI’s New Beginnings DVD Evangelism training program has had a tremendous impact around the world. ASI distributed more than 10,000 DVDs at the 2010 General Conference Session in Atlanta alone. Project funds will support efforts to update the DVDs and to partner with the General Conference and LIGHT to train 15,000+ lay people in DVD evangelism.*
24. Omega-Sante Madagascar
Omega Sante has operated a primary school, lay adult medical missionary school, medical clinic, farm, and print ministry on the island of Madagascar under the name Fanantenana. Political unrest caused the directors to relocate to Mauritius Island, where they established a new branch, supervising operations at the former site from afar. Project funds will provide financial support for 9 secondary teachers for two years at the school.*
The One-Day Structure Project is a joint effort between ASI and Maranatha Volunteers International. Thousands of structures have been built—primarily in Africa—but an estimated 100,000 more are needed, with requests coming in from new regions and countries every day. Project funds will support this ongoing church and school construction project.*
PVC operates a Community Service Center in San Diego, California, that gave away more than 400,000 pounds of food and more than 25,000 articles of clothing in 2011. They also operate a Refugee Assimilation Project (RAP), offering ESL classes 5 days a week and a job skills training program. They operate a thrift store that doubles as a job training site and generates income to maintain their refugee ministries. In 2012 they opened a community garden and are expanding RAP to further serve the needs of the more than 90,000 refugees in San Diego County. They have refugees from Iraq, Rwanda, Chad, Ukraine, Columbia, Bhutan, and Nepal attending church each Sabbath, and their efforts have resulted in well over 100 baptisms in the past 24 months.
QHM is a nonprofit ministry that began operations in 1937. Located in Redlands, California, its media, international evangelism, mission trip, and mission support projects are completely donor-funded. Despite the impact of the economy on operations, QHM continues to reach more than 100,000 people around the world each year, with approximately 175,000 reached in 2011 alone. As part of a larger Vietnam project, QHM is partnering with the Adventist Church in Vietnam to build house churches that will benefit more than 300 believers.
RADIO 74 constructs and operates radio stations in collaboration with local Adventist churches in Europe and North America, and provides Adventist programming and beautiful Christian music 24/7. The primary goal is reaching a secularized audience. Project funds will be used to establish a 25,000-watt FM station at Strasburg, Colorado, approximately 40 miles east of Denver. No Adventist radio or television station currently serves this area. Programming will be furnished by RADIO 74 Internationale-Americas, an Adventist satellite network of 52 FM affiliate stations.
Riverside Farm Institute operates an evangelism and medical missionary training center in Zambia. It provides training programs in agriculture, sewing, and pastoral ministry, as well as operating a lifestyle center, bush clinics, and extensive outreach programs. Project funds will be used to establish a campsite for local church groups, build a new administration block, and build six improved staff homes.*
Since 2000, when SAU received one of the largest archaeological collections, the university has operated The Institute of Archaeology, offering the only bachelor’s degree in archaeology available from an Adventist institution. Its annual excavations and museum have resulted in international media coverage. Current projects include new excavations in Israel to clarify the details about the reigns of David and Solomon and the early history of Judah. Project funds will be used to produce a popular book and three final report volumes printed in Hebrew and English on the Khirbet Qeiyafa project, which helps to provide new evidence for understanding the Bible.
SperantaTV is the Romanian church’s Hope Channel. It averages eight hours of new programming daily. Project funds will be used for the production of a series of thirteen 28-minute documentaries on OCI/ASI institutions in Europe. The episodes will first be shown on SperantaTV, a church-owned 24/7 television station reaching more than 70 percent of the households with television sets in Romania, as well as in many places where Romanians live and work across Europe. The footage and edited versions will also be made available to the featured organizations and to other stations that may be interested.
Springs of Life Foundation has made The Great Controversy available in inexpensive magabook and CD forms, undertaking a huge campaign to distribute the books across Poland. It plans a similar effort that will create a digital platform for distributing Adventist audio and e-books, including titles such as The Ministry of Healing, Steps to Christ, and more. Project funds will sustain this effort.
33. The Biblical World
The Biblical World is dedicated to uplifting Jesus by bring the pages of Scripture to life. Since 2004, Tony Moore, an ordained Adventist minister, has been producing compelling video programs that communicate the faith of Jesus to contemporary, unchurched people. TBW’s The Footsteps of Paulcontinues to be one of the most popular programs on Hope Channel, 3ABN, and Safe TV, as well as being used in outreach programs around the world. Project funds will be used to produce TBW’s series on the lives of Paul and Jesus in the Spanish language.*
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34. The Healing Place
The Healing Place is a Seventh-day Adventist self-supporting ministry dedicated to reaching downtown Denver for Christ through avenues of health outreach, Bible studies, and college campus work. It began almost five years ago as a ministry to the homeless, and plans are underway to reach those who live and work on college campuses and in the downtown area, including 30,000 students within a two-mile radius of the ministry headquarters. Adventist students will be recruited and trained to carry out the college campus Bible work.
3ABN is a lay-developed international media broadcasting network and a supporting ministry of the Adventist Church. It operates numerous specialty networks with worldwide broadcast coverage. 3ABN broadcasts the yearly ASI convention, as well as hundreds of programs featuring ASI members and ministries. Project funds will be used to convert 3ABN’s production from video tape to digital HD servers.*
Water for Life drills water wells in Guatemalan villeges while holding health clinics and evangelistic meetings. Stories featuring their ministry have appeared in well-drilling trade magazines and newspapers, and have inspired many non-Adventist well drillers to volunteer their services and equipment. Typically, they are onsite in Guatemala from January through April of each year, relying on help from volunteers who pay their own travel and lodging expenses. Project funds will help WFLI drill wells in two Guatemalan villages and provide materials for one year of post-drilling evangelism.*
Youth for Jesus is an annual youth evangelism program that is sponsored by ASI and run by leaders at LIFE (Lay Institute For Evangelism), ASI’s evangelism training school. Each year, approximately 40 young people gather from around the globe in the city where the ASI convention will be held. There they learn how to give Bible studies, present health lectures, do door-to-door evangelism, and preach public evangelistic meetings. This four-week evangelism program has been instrumental in changing the lives of hundreds of our precious young people.*