Winter WCAS Wrap-up

Holly Joers

Vol 3, No.4

Another World Church Affirmation Sabbath event has concluded, with nine events in five states focusing on Christ's imminent return in three topics: “There Shall be Shaking,” “Neither Cold nor Hot (Laodicean message) and “Receiving the Seal.” Many were blessed: some by attending, others by watching the live-streamed feed, and lay speakers, by their study and preparation to present the above topics. All sites received cases of The Great Controversy for attendees to give to non-Seventh-day Adventist contacts after WCAS.
 
In Upper Columbia Conference, three WCAS events used alternative venues, out of respect to the misinformed UCC's ban. Homemade signs, social media and tell-a-friend advertising brought eager attendees in the usual numbers.
 
Washington Conference held its first home WCAS. This is a new, viable option for those who do not have access to a local, supportive congregation.
 
A California site was delayed due to weather. An Oregon site waited a full month to avoid interrupting an evangelistic effort. Arkansas  continued as usual, with two speakers providing handouts for further study.
 
In Northern California Conference, facilitators were thrilled when 18-year-old Eden Sunshine Carr, a homeschooled, recent high-school graduate, agreed to speak for her local WCAS. She chose the topic, “Neither Cold Nor Hot,” because she is interested in prophecy and wanted to learn more about this subject.
 
Eden did her homework well and gave an excellent, well-received presentation. We can learn much from our young people:  enthusiasm, energy, willingness to accept difficult tasks and especially, their eagerness to learn. WCAS exists to encourage SDA laity in Bible study. Studying, sharing and teaching expand our Bible knowledge and strengthen our Christian experience. 
 
Ellen G. White  stated, “Many of those who profess the truth have received it because someone else did, and for their life they could not give the reason of their faith. This is why they are so unstable.” (CBTH 56.4) 
 
Eden was born into a Seventh-day Adventist family. Her father was a pastor and her mother a stay-at-home mom. She has a younger brother. She was baptized at age 15 but then “started to veer away.”
 
“I chose to interact with influences that were not for the best, such as friends and technology,” she explained. At 16 she joined her younger brother at 
Young Disciple Youth Bible Camp. There she became thrilled with the process of studying the Bible, praying, learning how to bring others to Christ, and evangelism. Her newfound joy in learning how to work through God's love prompted her to become a camp counselor, to help other young people.
 
Eden is active in her local church, working with other youth in handing out literature, leading out in Sabbath school and in music ministry. She is a fine violinist and even started teaching the violin until the Paradise Camp Fire caused her student to move out of the area. 
 
Thanks for your prayers for Eden, and for Adventist laity of various states and countries who comprise World Church Affirmation Sabbath. God has told us, “In the last solemn work few great men will be engaged. They are self-sufficient, independent of God, and He cannot use them. The Lord has faithful servants, who in the shaking, testing time will be disclosed to view….”(ChS 49.2). 
 
Plan now to participate in our 
May 4 event. Contact us at affirmationsabbath.org for details.