Summertime often brings travel and fun, even when it is combined with work. On July 17-22, Esther and I traveled to Sunriver, Oregon, for the Adventist Health (AH) Strategic Summit. As the AH executive leadership gathered for spiritual renewal and strategic planning, the emphasis was on “love,” the core of Adventist Health’s mission statement: “Living God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness, and hope.” The dialogue was centered on these five points: Loving our Patients, Loving our Communities, Loving our Associates, Loving our Partners and Loving our God.
As I interact more with this health care organization, I see how the mission of our church is at its operational core. Obviously, to operate a multi-billion-dollar organization, it is necessary to watch the business side of it without losing the vision of carrying on the ministry of healing among the underserved population.
Last Sabbath was an exciting day: Pastor Branden Stoltz was ordained to the Gospel Ministry for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. For the first time in many years, the Hollywood church was full. Church members from the churches where Pastor Branden has served (Simi Valley, Hollywood, Burbank) came to support him. More than 20 of his colleagues in ministry within and outside of our conference participated in the “laying on of hands” service reaffirming his call from God to the ministry. (Wait for more details about him and his ministry in the Recorder in the near future.)
Have a blessed month.
Your fellow traveler,
Velino A. Salazar President Southern California Conference
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