March 30, 2016 I Silver Spring, MD I NAD-OVM Staff
Coordinators and colleagues from Adventist Volunteer Service gathered at the Seventh-day Adventist General Conference in Silver Spring, Maryland for Advisory meetings on March 7-9, 2016. Coordinators came from various divisions around the world, including North American Division, South American Division, Inter-American Division, East-Central Africa Division, West-Central Africa Division, Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division, Middle East North Africa Union, Euro-Asia Division, Inter-European Division, Trans-European Division, Southern Asia-Pacific Division, Northern Asia-Pacific Division, Southern Asia Division, and the General Conference. Representatives from Guam-Micronesia Mission were also in attendance, along with several chaplains and student missions coordinators from Adventist universities in North America, and the facilitator for the Passport to Missions online mission training course for volunteers.
The Adventist Volunteer Service (AVS) Advisory meetings were led by John Thomas, the Director of AVS at the General Conference, as a breakout group from the Secretariat Advisory meetings. Guidelines and policies were reviewed and discussed together, and attendees were given the opportunity to share questions, concerns, and ideas.
“It was good to connect with the other coordinators,” said Pearly David, Short-Term Missions Coordinator at the North American Division Office of Volunteer Ministries. She felt that the meetings were helpful and informative, and the connections made were especially beneficial.
The Seventh-day Adventist General Conference hosts World Advisory Meetings for its various departments once every five years throughout the month of March.
Adventist Volunteer Service (AVS) is a function of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Office of Secretariat. Its mission is to assist the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the proclamation of the gospel to all peoples through the ministry of Adventist Volunteers, matching talents, gifts, resources and professional expertise with defined needs. The primary role of the North American Division Office of Volunteer Ministries is to process NAD volunteers for AVS positions around the world.