Communication

ATCU Represented at Global Adventist Internet Network Conference 2016

ATCU Represented at Global Adventist Internet Network Conference 2016

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This year's Global Adventist Internet Network (GAiN) convention took place at the General Conference Headquarters in Maryland, February 24-28, 2016. The Inter-American Delegation was one of the largest with close to 50 communicators and technologists who traveled from Guadeloupe, Martinique, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico and from the IAD headquarters located in Miami.
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Representing the Atlantic Caribbean Union was John Garcia, IT/Media Coordinator who also assisted in translation services for the Spanish-speaking attendees.

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ATCU Prepares for HC Inter-America

ATCU Prepares for HC Inter-America
By John Garcia, ATCU

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The communication department of the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (IAD) hosted its first Hope Channel (HC) Advisory in Miami, Florida during March 4 and 5, 2015 as it unveiled plans to establish Hope Channel Inter-America comprised of three satellite HC channels, broadcasting in English, French, and Spanish. Pastor Leon Wellington, IAD communication director, explained that each of the three channels will air programs in a different language in order to present the gospel in a culturally relative context.

While HC is the official television network of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, offering programs on wholistic Christian living, Brad Thorp, president of HC, emphasized that HC is not a church.

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“The objective of the programming is not to encourage people to forgo attending church and church activities and stay home and watch HC, but to lead them to a local Seventh-day Adventist church.”

Pastor Thorp further explained that there is work that the local pastors, leaders, and congregations do which HC cannot and will not attempt to substitute.

At the advisory, the union representatives from the media houses throughout the twenty-
three territories of the IAD received guidelines and ideas for program production and submission. They also were challenged and inspired to create quality, relevant content that would enable viewers around the IAD territory to grow spiritually, mentally, physically, and most importantly, to make a commitment to Christ and become baptized, practicing Adventists.


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HC has committed to supporting the media houses in the various fields, through the communication department of IAD, with all that they possibly can in order to see HC Inter-America fulfill its mission within the territory and beyond.

Attending from the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) were Pastor Andrew Burrows, communication director, and John Garcia, IT and media coordinator.

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At its last executive committee meeting, ATCU voted to adopt HC as the official television station for the union, and it can be viewed throughout most of the territory. On March 2, 2015, HC was included in the basic cable TV package offered by Cable Bahamas in The Bahamas. To view HC on a computer or mobile device and for further information, go to
http://www.hopetv.org

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Hope TV Moves to Channel 53
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During the recent year-end meetings of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU), the executive committee of the union voted to adopt Hope Channel TV, the official channel of the Seventh-day Adventist world church, as ATCU’s official channel.

Consequently, as of January 1, 2015, the Three Angels Broadcasting Network (3ABN) will be replaced by Hope TV on channel 53 in the basic package offered by the Cable Bahamas Network. According to Pastor Andrew Burrows, communication director for ATCU, this shift will allow more members and viewers to access Hope TV’s wide variety of programs on wholistic Christian living as it focuses on faith, health, relationships, and community.

Pastor Burrows also stated that with this change, viewers will now access the programs of 3ABN, the 24-hour Christian television and radio network, on channel 653 instead of channel 53 on the Cable Bahamas Network.

One Million Reasons

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Reaching the great cities with the gospel continues to be a challenge all around the world and for this reason, the church has made great efforts to implement communication strategies to carry out massive impact in big cities like Mexico City. This was the main emphasis during Inter-America’ annual program coined as Vision One Million, which seeks to bring one million visitors during one Sabbath in the year and which will result in at least one million new members into the church at the end of the quinquennium.
The program this year was held from Arena Ciudad de Mexico where more than 18,000 people gathered to witness the program produced for television and transmitted live through Esperanza TV, Hope Channel, 3ABN and 3ABN Latino, thanks to the participation of the Division’s communication department, Mexico’s Inter-Oceanic and Central Unions and Montemorelos University.
Each person who attended an Adventist Church for the first time, who attended the different auditoriums in Mexico and in other countries, and each person who viewed the live program on television or through the Internet, are reasons to invest in evangelism and in communication.
There are one million reasons and more.
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Building The Future Online: GAiN 2014

Building The Future Online: GAiN 2014
Communication Department, ATCU
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"Ideas are worthless if you don’t have methodology," admonished Dr. Martha Gabriel, best selling author, MBA professor, and keynote speaker at the tenth annual Global Adventist Internet Network (GAiN) forum held in Baltimore, Maryland during February 12 - 16, 2014. 

Thirty-one participants from the Inter-American Division (IAD) joined hundreds of other workers in the communication department of the Adventist church from around the world. Among them were John Garcia, media and IT manager for the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) and Pastor Danhaugh Gordon, communication director for the South Bahamas Conference.
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During the conference, ideas were shared on how the internet, technology, and even games could be used as evangelistic tools. One such idea was showcased by a group of Adventist pastors who developed a game called Heroes. The game sparks one’s interest in learning more about biblical heroes such as Abraham, David, and Esther as well as getting the player to be acquainted with various Bible truths. It can be downloaded from the App store for mobile devices such as phones, ipads, and tablets.

"This is not just about gaming,” said Pastor Sam Neves, executive member of the Heroes team. "It is an evangelistic tool. I was born to evangelize; therefore, I would not be a part of it if it was just for entrainment."
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Pastor Ted Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, was also present at the congress, where he presented the Net Award to Dr. Milton Soldani Alfonzo, a 92-year-old Brazilian businessman who started out from humble beginnings and was later able to sponsor over 7000 students in Brazil and finance the construction of churches, the development of radio and television stations, and the helping of the less fortunate around the world.
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The conference concluded with a testimonial by recently freed pastor, Antonio Monteiro. He spoke about his unjust imprisonment in the African country of Togo and the opportunity he had to witness and strengthen his faith as well as the privilege of having the support of the Adventist world church, which eventually led to his release.   
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The (GAiN) forum is organized by the communication department of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, which is headed by Williams Costa Jr.
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ATCU is Now Connected

ATCU is Now Connected
Communication Department, ATCU

ATCU Tests Connectivity
“It is called the pathway to permanent communication," said Osmond Langa, director of network and telephony at the Inter-American Division (IAD), describing “Connectivity,” the IAD’s communication platform that links the various entities within the division.  

Mr. Langa recently visited the headquarters of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas to install the platform which consists of a virtual (video) and a distributed (telecommunication) system that allows permanent communication in the IAD territory.

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Once the installation was completed, the official test of the system was performed on Thursday, January 23, 2014, by Mr. Langa and John Garcia, media manager for ATCU.     During the test, the administrators and personnel at ATCU were able to connect in real time with two of the unions in the IAD, the Jamaican Union and Caribbean Union, and two fields within ATCU, the Cayman Islands Conference and the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission.   

Pastor Andrew Burrows, communication director of ATCU, noted that the system allows for efficient, clear, and instant communication with the division and other unions and helps to keep travel costs down.    In addition, the union can host online meetings with the fields within its territory and participate with other unions during division meetings and events.    

The goal, according to Langa, is to have all the unions within the IAD as a part of the platform very soon.

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ATCU's Stewardship Congress Begins

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Communication Department, ATCU


Dr. Erika Puni, stewardship director for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, presented a dynamic message on God’s faithfulness during the opening of the Atlantic Caribbean Union’s stewardship congress. The congress began on Wednesday, August 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the Living Faith Seventh-day Adventist Church, Old Trail Road, Nassau, Bahamas. Using the title “Living as a Steward,” Elder Puni presented a case study on the life of Job. He extricated seven stewardship principles from the Biblical account of the patriarch’s life:

• Being right with God is more important than being rich.
• The giving of offerings is a normal part of one’s relationship with God.
• In this world, even the righteous will experience loss, pain, and death.
• God permits certain things to happen; but God is not responsible for death.
• There is a powerful God who is in control of the affairs of His people.
• God owns everything; and human beings are stewards of His resources.
• Even in the midst of personal loss, God is still worthy of worship.

Pastor Javier Mejia, stewardship director of the Inter-American Division brought greetings during the opening night. The meetings continue on Thursday, August 29, 2013, at 8:15 a.m. with workshops for pastors at the union’s headquarters on Gladstone Road, New Providence, Bahamas. On Sabbath, August 31, Elders Puni and Javier will be speaking at the 11:00 a.m. service at the Grants’ Town and Living Faith Seventh-day Adventist Churches respectively.

The meetings conclude on Sabbath, August 31 at 5:00 p.m. at the Grant’s Town Church. The theme for the congress is “Great is Thy Faithfulness.”

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By: Zhivago McPhee/ATCU

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By: Zhivago McPhee/Communications Department

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Communication Directors Attend IAD Comm Summit 2012

By: Andrew Burrows/Communications Dept.

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