Thirty-eight projects were chosen to receive grants from the special offering gathered at the 2013 ASI International Convention in Orlando, Florida. Each project will receive a designated amount, and two will additionally receive a portion of the offering overflow. The offering goal is $1,184,000. Use the online donation link above to support these and previous years’ projects.
1. Advent Home Learning Center
Advent Home Learning Center operates a category II boarding school for students wtih ADHD, ADD, academic, and behavior challenges. Most Advent Home students have been dismissed or have been on the verge of being dismissed from private and public schools. Advent Home provides counseling support, tutoring, advanced and accelerated classes, social skills training, outdoor education, parent education, character development, community service, youth leadership, placement, and follow-up. Because the founders and directors of the ministry are planning to retire, Advent Home is conducting a succession plan for its key leaders, managers, and staff that will lead to considerable changes in ministry leadership and management, including a less centralized and more delegated structure. To prepare for these changes, Advent Home needs to provide its staff with effective research-based training.
ASAP Ministries works to spread the gospel through evangelistic, education, and humanitarian projects in the countries of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Thailand, along with assisting refugees from those countries. ASAP works to meet the needs of people while the Holy Spirit reaches their hearts. ASI funds will help launch a microloan project to help marginalized women and their children in Cambodia. Funds will go towards initial loans for women who are eligible for this program and toward managing the project.
3. Adventist Youth For Christ
Adventist Youth for Christ (AYC) is a burgeoning local-church based youth movement pioneered in 2006 by Gateway Adventist Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Focusing strongly on training and mobilizing youth for evangelism, AYC aims to model and encourage Australian youth to cultivate a lifestyle of evangelism in their own backyards. To that end, AYC’s three-year re:mobilise initiative will culminate in the iMPACT 2014 project that will facilitate simultaneous multi-site evangelistic series in August and September of 2014. Funding will specifically support pre-event training and operational costs for youth preachers and site coordinators across the country.
Amazing Facts has been making an eternal impact around the globe since 1966. In India, where 97 percent of 1.2 billion people don’t know Christ, the AFCOE intensive evangelism training program equips pastors and laypersons to effectively share the three angels’ messages. Before graduating, students receive on-the-job training on how to present their own full-scale evangelistic series that will have an exponential impact in their own communities and villages, with increased potential for baptisms each year.
Amazon Lifesavers Ministry is made up of volunteers with many different skills who seek to meet the physical and spiritual needs of those living in the remotest corners of the Amazon. Inspiring, equipping, and sending out medical missionaries, the ministry seeks to reach the unreached with the gospel message. Amazon Lifesavers is modeled after the legendary Luzeiro (Light Bearer) boat launch mission begun in the 1930s by Seventh-day Adventist missionary couple Leo and Jessie Halliwell. Project funds will help to support Bible workers and to build a new school.
AudioVerse has produced thousands of hours of religious content using its arsenal of video and audio recording equipment. The ministry relies almost entirely on volunteers for media production. Age, wear, and tear have rendered much of the equipment unreliable and/or incompatible with new technologies. Project funds will help the ministry purchase ministry computers, high definition video cameras, and audio recorders for continued production work.
Better Living Ministry (Mieux Vivre), based in Quebec, is expanding its studio and adding to its line-up of French-language programming. The ministry has been running out of a two-car garage since it was established, but will soon expand to a larger facility, making it easier to reach around the world with Christ-centered and health-conscious programming. A new series based on Dr. Neil Nedley’s depression recovery program is also in development. Translation of the materials has already been completed, and production will begin shortly after the studios are relocated.
8. Centro Misionero de Salud
Centro Misionero de Salud has been operating for 18 years in a beautiful valley in Mexico’s Sierra Madre mountain range, evangelizing locally and abroad through health and education programs that have blessed many. The CMS outreach includes a health zone in the town of Galeana that includes a vegetarian restaurant, health food store, bakery, natural treatments, and publication distribution all under one roof, promoting a healthy lifestyle to members of the community. The ministry needs a new water system to improve services for staff and visitors.
Congo Frontline Missions is a supporting ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its mission is to bring a message of hope and salvation to the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through preaching, teaching, and medical missionary work. Congo Frontline Missions’ FM radio station is now the most listened to radio station among the 3.5 million people who can receive the signal. ASI project funds will help CFM to produce high quality programming in three languages, not only for its own station but also for other Adventist stations across Africa.
DayStar Adventist Academy is a small boarding academy in Castle Valley, Utah. It is an ASI member and OCI supporting ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The academy’s core values are strong academics, work education, and character development. DayStar is completing a landscaping and irrigation project surrounding the girl’s dormitory. This will make the campus more attractive to students and visitors, and will also curtail mud and erosion issues on campus.
The E. A. Sutherland Education Association (EASEA) will use project funds to continue the improvement of lay operated member schools by providing accreditation services, professional development programs, and teacher certification services. EASEA also fosters service learning opportunities for the students in member schools. ASI project funds will help EASEA continue its mission of providing support to member schools.
The Ellen G. White Estate is the department of the Seventh-day Adventist Church charged with oversight of the writings of Ellen White. Currently, the White Estate is working to digitize all of her books that have been translated and printed in non-English languages. To date, more than 700 books have been scanned digitized, tagged, imported to the database, edited, and made available online. There has been significant online response to those books already posted. The White Estate’s goal is to make all of Ellen White books freely available in every language.
Fountainview Academy, located in rural British Columbia, is an Adventist boarding school for grades 10 through 12. Its goal is to lead students to Christ using biblical methods, and to train them in academic excellence and practical work experience. The school is partly supported by an organic carrot farm. Over the past several years, Fountainview has endeavored to share the gospel through music and testimonies based on books like Steps to Christ and Help in Daily Living. Project funds will be used toward The Great Controversy Project, filmed with host John Bradshaw at key Reformation sites in Europe. Sacred music, historical nuggets, and applicable testimonies will portray the march of truth, from the entrance of Paul into the City of Rome, to some of the key reformers in central Europe, to signs of Christ’s soon coming.
GYC is a lay organization of young people committed to the Seventh-day 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 seeks to foster Christian fellowship, create networking opportunities, and encourage young people to assume leadership responsibility. GYC also works with local Adventist conferences each year to organize outreach activities involving thousands of young people in the city where the annual conference is held. Project funds will help support this year’s afternoon outreach day in Orlando.
15. Heritage Academy
Heritage Academy in Monterey, Tennessee, strives to prepare young people to be leaders in every circumstance. From sharing their faith to sharing their plate, they are immersed in situations that teach them the value of self-sacrificing service to others. Students are empowered to do their best at the academy and beyond. Part of that mission includes training and involving students in the academy’s disaster response ministry. The academy will use project funds to purchase a food truck and kitchen equipment that will enable its disaster relief team to respond quickly and efficiently when called to duty.
Visit the Heritage Academy website.
International Caring Hands Project exists to provide “dental treatment for the world and to arrest dental disease while connecting people to Jesus Christ.” The ministry’s vision is to connect the “hand” of medical missionary work to the “arm” of the gospel ministry in accordance with the metaphor coined by Ellen G. White. The project works closely with ADRA, Maranatha Volunteers International, Riverside Farm Institute, and the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Africa to provide free dental care in conjunction with evangelistic efforts.
Kibidula is engaged in lay-Bible worker and health evangelism training, bush evangelism, a book distribution ministry, farm operations, and One-Day Church construction in Tanzania, Africa. It supports 34 lay missionaries working in previously unentered areas where many new churches have been established. In 2004, Kibidula started an agriculture training program to help local villagers. Currently, the program has 46 agriculture students. During its eight years of operation, many of the program’s agriculture students have been baptized. In recent years, Kibidula has established a sheep and cattle herd that now numbers 1,400 head and utilizes all the buildings allocated for it. Manure from the herd is used to fertilize the ministry’s avocado orchards. Funds are needed to construct additional buildings so the ministry can achieve optimum use of its 4,776 acres and prevent loss of some of its acreage to the local government.
LIGHT has worked to unify, strengthen, and develop medical missionary training in more than 70 countries during the past five years—helping to train more than 6,500 soul-winners. Standardized curriculum is being translated into more than a dozen languages. After training, missionaries go forth to teach short courses in new districts, working to engage local churches with the right hand of the gospel. Support goes to assist these missionary teachers while they pioneer new projects. The goal is for the new projects to become financially self-supporting within three years through industry/business. Eighteen new medical missionary schools have been firmly established through the help of LIGHT and ASI in recent years, with dozens of requests for more schools on every continent.
Light Bearers is an evangelistic and edification ministry that reaches the world with the gospel through its powerful speakers, print outreach materials, and training program. Light Bearers is providing three containers of literature to Angola to support an evangelistic effort in Luanda, as well as providing follow-up support, with more than 250,000 Bible studies being distributed and 5,000 people already baptized. Light Bearers supports many such projects, with need to replenish funds and resources.
Little Light Ministries has conducted multi-media seminars pertaining to the dangers of the entertainment industry since 2008. The ministry’s goal is to produce fresh, innovative media of all types to spread the gospel. It involves Adventist high school students as part-time workers, getting them involved in producing programs and sharing 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 capability, and construct sound and edit stages and office space.
LSOM operates a midwifery training school in India. Every five minutes, a woman in India dies due to complications or improper care during childbirth. LSOM has already trained more than 70 midwives in the past five years and is building a new midwifery clinic. Project funds will be used to help support the midwifery program and complete construction of the clinic.
Loma Linda University offers the only doctoral programs in the world based on a biblical view of creation and geological history. LLU is sponsoring geological research designed to prepare students to teach biblically-based scientific views from a position of strength and credibility within the Adventist school system. The results of this research project witness to the world that work done by creationists is of the highest quality, and that a biblical view leads to insights often missed by other scientists. Quality equipment is essential to the success and accuracy of the research.
Maranatha o.s. 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 and Slovakia, 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.
24. Miracle Meadows School
For 25 years, Miracle Meadows School has served elementary and secondary students who exhibit at-risk behaviors. Enrollment of children 12 years and younger has significantly increased in recent years. Most have suffered abuse, neglect, and trauma before the age of 3. MMS is one of only a few facilities in the nation meeting the needs of this age group. Currently, elementary-age students at MMS share a dorm with the adolescent students, but a separate living facility is being constructed especially for children ages 6 to 12.
25. Mynmar Frontier Mission
Myanmar Frontier Missions is an evangelism and church-planting ministry in the Asian country of Myanmar. MFM came into existence in 1997 through the efforts of Clyde Morgan, then president of Adventist Frontier Missions. Over the years, MFM has established many lay missionary operations that have been turned over to the Adventist Church in Myanmar. Presently, the ministry operates ten nursery schools that generate income and provide opportunities for contact with local community members. This year, MFM has been planting churches in Meiktila and Pwintphyu, with plans to plant seven more churches in middle Myanmar over the next three years in locations where the ministry is already operating nursery schools. Ministry leaders also distribute religious literature, hold evangelistic meetings, and give Bible studies.
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. The materials have recently been updated to meet the demands of changing technology. Numerous lay evangelism training events are planned for the coming year.
The One-Day Structure Project is a joint effort between ASI and Maranatha Volunteers International. Thousands of church and school 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.
Education Assistance Plan began with the vision of three ASI members more than 20 years ago. With an initial investment of $100,000, they began providing funds to educate second-generation ministry leaders for OCI member ministries. The purpose of EAP is to financially assist in the training and education of OCI ministry staff and their children who are dedicated and committed to sharing the gospel in practical and relevant ways. Their educational loans are forgiven when they return to serve an OCI ministry for a specified period of time. Some applicants continue to work full- or part-time with OCI while obtaining their education.
The Missionary Assistance Plan (MAP) is a project funded by ASI donations and administered by Outpost Centers International (OCI). It provides financial support to missionaries serving around the world. This special project was started when ASI members discussed the need to assist individuals and families serving overseas. The members acknowledged the challenges missionaries face as they serve at OCI ministries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. MAP funds currently benefit 30 recipients, including Hanne Lise Vik, who has been serving in Tanzania, Africa, for seven years.
QuestLine Productions is dedicated to the hastening of Christ’s soon return through the production of dynamic Bible study tools, such as In Search of the Truth and the new Thunder in the Holy Land. This all-new, visually stunning, video Bible study series is shot in HD and features on-location reporters in the Middle East. Funds will support these and other media evangelism projects.
Riverside Farm Institute has operated medical and bush clinics in Zambia for many years, serving those who have little opportunity for other forms of health care. As a developing country, Zambia has a need for health care options for its affluent residents, as well as for those negatively impacted by Western lifestyle influences. The Riverside Farm Lifestyle Center has provided care to some of Zambia’s most influential leaders. During 2012, average occupancy in the lifestyle program was near capacity. The lifestyle center is a significant contributor to Riverside Farm’s self-sustaining bottom line, as well as a means of reaching some of Zambia’s leaders with the gospel and health message. Project funds will be used to expand lifestyle center guest capacity by four.
32. Shelter from the Storm
Shelter from the Storm began operations in 2001 and joined ASI in 2004. It provides a structured living environment for men and women recently released from prison. The program provides housing for up to six months, as well as assistance with finding employment and life-skills training. Most importantly, it gives parolees an opportunity to develop and strengthen their relationship with God through Bible studies, church attendance, and fellowship with other Christians. Presently, SFS operates three residential homes and a thrift store that provides employment for some residents. The ministry also operates a lawn service that provides employment and operating funds. One of the residential homes is in need of heating, air conditioning, floor repair, and painting.
Springs of Health publishes a lifestyle magazine that is distributed throughout Czech Republic and Slovakia. Its website attracts 1,000 visitors each day. Several times a year the ministry rents a hotel to host a NEWSTART program—with 250 guests per year. Various training course are offered, and many of the graduates become health missionaries. Recently, the staff worked closely with one of Prague’s largest hospitals to complete groundbreaking studies on diabetes. A newly opened community center in downtown Prague is being established to serve the needs of the urban community. Project funds are needed to help support one full-time missionary/manager for the center.
34. The Healing Place
The Healing Place is a self-supporting outreach ministry located in the heart of downtown Denver, Colorado. It provides meals, personal care items, and Bible studies to those in need every Friday evening, with about 20 attending regularly. In addition, the ministry reaches out with health programming initiatives to those who live and work in the downtown area. The Healing Place is in a prime location in a building that also houses a health club attended by thousands of young people each week. Funds will be used to target these individuals’ felt health needs and to build relationships that will lead to opportunities for sharing Christ.
3ABN is a lay-developed international media broadcasting network and a supporting ministry of the Seventh-day 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.
36. We Have This Hope Christian Radio
We Have This Hope began broadcasting in 2004 on a 100,000-watt station in Sebeka, Minnesota. Today, the radio network has stations scattered across Minnesota, ranging from 6,000 watts to 100,000 watts and including both AM and FM frequencies. Operating expenses are generally covered by listener donations and a base of loyal donors, with frequent reports on how programming is encouraging listeners. Project funds are needed to help relocate and expand station KOLJ in Warroad, Minnesota, from a 6,000-watt station to a 45,000-watt, 24/7 station. KOLJ was established in 2011 as a low power outlet, but in order to keep the frequency, the power must be increased to its full FCC authorization.
Weimar Institute is a center of higher learning located in the foothills of Northern California’s Sierra Nevadas. It grants four-year bachelor degrees in natural sciences (pre-med), theology, pastoral studies, and Christian education, with a focus on health, evangelism, manual labor, and a commitment to excellent academics. Weimar Institute is also the home of Weimar Academy, NEWSTART® Global, and the world famous NEWSTART® Lifestyle Program. The institute’s NEWSTART cooking school is in great need of updating. This high-use teaching space is an essential feature to many Weimar programs. Upon completion, the area will not only be used for guests of the NEWSTART program, but also to train medical missionaries in the proper preparation of healthy, tasty, plant-based cuisine.
ASI’s Youth For Jesus is the quintessential summer program for youth. It involves young participants from all over the globe in door-to-door outreach, Bible studies, evangelistic meetings, recreational activities, and more. The youth also receive solid, biblically-based training from Bible workers and evangelism instructors. Every YFJ participant has the opportunity to give “real in-home” Bible studies. Costs include bringing in instructors and hiring quality Bible workers to complete evangelism field work and to serve as YFJ mentors. Visit the Youth For Jesus website.