SELF-RELIANCE STRESSED:George Egwakhe, an associate treasurer for the Adventist world church, addresses church leaders in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Monday, November 9, 2009. He and other church leaders are urging a more deliberate focus on local church regions becoming self-reliant.His comments came during an interview over lunch at the church’s West-Central Africa divisional headquarters, where church leaders held 2009 year-end business meetings.
Following the morning’s treasurer’s report, several delegates asked for an increase in appropriations for their regions. Both Egwakhe and the division president turned down that idea.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: West-Central Africa Division president Gilbert Wari delivers his keynote address at the 2009 year-end meeting in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, November 8, 2009.Still, the biggest challenge, Egwakhe said, is fighting against a mind-set that thinks money will always come from other world church regions.