Today is the final day of General Conference. Now that the business sessions are completely over, the focus for the weekend is on fellowship and worship.
The highlight today for me-and I suspect, most people-is “The Parade of Nations.” That is when a representative of each of the 215 or so countries where we have a Seventh-day Adventist presence, comes across the stage in their native custom.
At the Parade of Nations in Atlanta in 2010, the Southern Union was asked to provide the representative for North America. The Southern Union, in turn, asked the South Central Conference have the honor of providing the representative. We asked one of our delegates, Mrs. Queen Robinson, who was then Principal of F.H. Jenkins SDA School in Nashville and now, the Associate Superintendent of Education, to be the representative for the North American Division. She walked across the stage carrying the United States flag. I still remember how the place erupted when the announcer said “The United States of America!”
What is special about The Parade of Nations for me is that it shows the worldwide nature of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Secretary of the General Conference, Dr. G T Ng, told us in his report that the United Nations recognize 237 countries in the world. Of those 237 countries, there is a Seventh-day Adventist work in 215 of them.
Lately, you will hear and read a lot of criticism about the Seventh-day Adventist Church-most of which comes from Seventh-day Adventists. Some of that criticism is justified. There are a number of things that we need to do better. One of the sobering and humbling things of which I remind myself, about myself, is that in addition to all of the […]