Atlantic Caribbean Union

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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