The AIIAS Story
The ceiling fan in my guest apartment spun almost as rapidly as my thoughts.
There was little sleep my first night at AIIAS, half a world and 12 time zones away from my usual bed. As the designated speaker for the school’s August 2008 Week of Prayer, I knew the formal features of the week that lay ahead of me: at least a dozen sermons, several classroom lectures, many private conversations with students and faculty.
But as the fan blades turned and the geckoes “sang” in the night, I wondered to myself: What does Adventism look like in this warm, rich landscape? What kind of a faith community is this place of learning?
Nine days later as I left for the airport, also in the middle of the night, I had answers, exceedingly, abundantly, more than I could ask or think.
At AIIAS, I met a community of Adventist scholars—faculty and students—focused on advancing the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church with great clarity and fervor.
In counseling sessions and circles of prayer, I discovered a depth of spiritual maturity across the campus that I would love to see replicated on every one of the church’s nearly 100 colleges and universities worldwide.
As we sang together morning and evening, I reveled in the remarkable harmony of so many diverse cultures living alongside each other, learning together, worshipping together.
The week I spent at AIIAS built my confidence in the future God is preparing for His remnant church. As I met the men and women who will be the teachers and pastors and business managers for this worldwide movement, I grew certain that every peso and euro and dollar and yen committed to financing Adventist education will one day prove the soundest investment of all.
By Bill Knott, editor and executive publisher of Adventist World.Each January the AIIAS community sets aside a couple of days to celebrate the “Mini-Olympics,” where teams made up of a cross section of students, faculty, and staff participate in a variety of sports. Connected with the Mini-Olympics is the International Food Festival, where one can enjoy authentic delicacies from Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America—all at the same time.