Miami, Florida, United States | Libna Stevens/IAD
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Inter-America concluded its first business meetings of the year by praising the work of thousands of pastors, church elders, and laypersons in expanding the membership throughout the territory.
Dozens of executive committee members from the Inter-American Division (IAD) and its 24 union administrative offices met in Miami, Florida, on May 1, to a approve initiatives, activities and policies, and commit to nurturing the spiritual health of its constituents and motivate them to spread the gospel.
Honoring church elders
The IAD Mid-Year Committee honored three of the top church elders representing thousands more church elders in the English, Spanish and French territory. Elder Armando Hernández was honored for his 62 years of service in North Mexico, Elder Joseph Griffin for his 59 years of service in the Caribbean Union, and Elder Wilmer Bastien for his 45 years in Haiti.
“We want to recognize you for your outstanding and faithful work as church elders,” said Pastor Israel Leito, president of the church in Inter-America. “We recognize your hard work in serving to lead in spiritual matters under the direction of church pastors.”