Congratulations for the article from Pastor Jan Paulsen about teenagers and young people, “Why Do They Walk Away?” (October 2009). He could write more about this, even prepare a seminar about the theme with discussion and strategies for church, parents, and professors.
From Claude Richli’s interview with Sylvain Romain, “Adventism in Post-Communist Albania,” could come a little book about faith and martyrs from the Adventist Church (we have many). I am talking about the story of the young Albanian who became an Adventist and decided to return to his country to spread the good news about Jesus, knowing he would face persecution.
May God bless the magazine and the people who prepare it.
Sileide France Turan Salvador
Curituba, Paraná, Brazil
Thank you for a timely article, “Why Do They Walk Away?” As I look back on the years I have been blessed to work in youth ministry, I am sad to say there are many young people I have encountered who chose that church is not for them. On my Facebook friends list I can see several former students who used to perform music that lifted the spirit to God, who composed songs, who took part in the church life through creative ministries. It seems it is often the musically inclined people who leave our church.
I have a song imprinted on my mind, “Take Me to the Cross,” sung by one of the girls in my Bible class. The song came so strongly from her heart—she sang as though it described her own story. Tears came down the cheeks of the church members, as if this was a moment of truth, honesty, and deep conviction.
Now all I can do is try to keep in touch and pray that the message in that song will come back to her, and many other young adults’ hearts. God wants them to come back. My prayer is for the church to have open arms and warm, loving hearts to keep seeking those who no longer see themselves in the church.
Don’t Forget Us
There is a lot of work being done in Ethiopia, but I haven’t read a single article about it. There are many untold stories which could make an amazing article in Adventist World. God is everywhere and works in mysterious ways.
I want to wish you well on behalf of all the Adventist brothers and sisters in Ethiopia. I personally want to add my gratitude because your magazine gives me the motivation to read the Bible more and more.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Youth at Work
I was happy to read about the Elijah Project (Adventist World, March 2009). It is wonderful to know that the youth of our church are talking about Jesus in the world. I would like you to know that here in the northeast of Brazil there is a similar initiative. It is Mission Caleb.
During the holidays in January and June the youth are fully dedicated to evangelism, leaving their homes and going to places near and far, obeying the world and preach the gospel.” The results are many baptisms and young people with a renewed spirit to await the return of Jesus.
Fires, Paraíba, Brazil
Like the Leaves of Autumn
It gives me pleasure to write this letter to you for the first time since the Lord called me to His service. We are preaching the gospel to our friends to know the real Jesus and His salvation to this lost world. We are preaching here in Malawi and also in Mozambique. People are receiving Jesus as their Lord. We want this gospel to be preached in all areas.
We prayed to the Lord to give us guidelines. We did this for three days. On the fourth day we saw a paper lying on the road—it was Adventist World, pages 29 and 30 from June 2006.
Our prayer was to ask the Lord to give us friends to help us in preaching the gospel. That is how the Lord opened our eyes to you (Ps. 143:8). We request you to pray for us for the door to be opened. We also request Adventist World magazine. Include us on your mailing list. We need to hear from you.
Mulomga, Phalombe, Malawi
A cordial greeting in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thanks for Adventist World magazine, for the message of peace and inspiration for our brotherhood. It is a journal that is used much.
I am enclosing photographs of a missionary activity done by our union called Puerto Rican Day Goodness.
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
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