Subject: A Healthy Business Starts With You

March 12, 2020 ◊ Issue 17
A Healthy Business 
Starts With You
The connection between business ownership and health may seem obvious: “If you are not healthy, your business will suffer,” says H. Jean Wright II, who holds a doctorate in clinical and forensic psychology.
However, behavioral health, which encompasses mental health, is something many Adventists are uncomfortable discussing, says Wright, director of Behavioral Health and Justice-Related Services for the City of Philadelphia. “Sometimes we like to think it doesn’t affect us; we are not susceptible to the same challenges as people in the world.”
From his work at his own private practice for the past 18 years, which focuses on people of faith, particularly clergy, and his professional research he knows that’s not true. Wright believes as a community that knows so much about physical health, like eating right and exercising, behavioral health is an area we can no longer ignore.
That’s why he’ll be talking about a holistic approach to health at ASI Columbia Union’s Spring Convention on April 24-25. The discussion will range from understanding the impact of unresolved trauma and stress to making decisions for the mind, body and spirit to improve wellness. 
Wright is the author of Find Strength In Your Struggle: Discover the Miracle in You.
His workshops will be among several offerings at the convention to be held at Living Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church in Haymarket, Va. The keynote speaker is Pastor Mark Finley. Bonita Shields, North American Division vice president for Ministries, will present strategies for whole-life management. Teenie Finley, a healthy lifestyle advocate, will offer cooking lessons to help physical health. Pastor Richard Martin will offer daily devotionals.

Register for Columbia Union ASI's "Lord Give Us This Mountain" convention at Living Hope Church in Haymarket, VA, today at
Mark Finley
Teenie Finley
Richard Martin
Bonita Shields
— Michele Joseph, managing editor, ASI Columbia Union newsletter
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As the year moves swiftly forward, we are so blessed to know that our Heavenly Father has a plan and a purpose for our lives. With each rising of the sun we can have the calm assurance that every element of our lives is part of God’s grand plan to prepare for the coming of Jesus. Each of us has also been uniquely gifted by God and strategically placed by Him in our ministries, work and community to reach specific individuals. What an honor!

It is for this reason that we have chosen the theme and focus of our spring convention – “Lord Give Us This Mountain.”  As we position ourselves to do great things for the Lord in these final days of earth’s history, it is the knowledge of our strategic placement, our unique gifting and our tailor-made assignment that creates an aura of significance to our everyday activities. So, the question is, "What will be our response to this privilege?" The backstory for this theme is found in Joshua 14. My prayer is that as we navigate 2020 and beyond, we will have the experience of Caleb. As the year progresses, may we not grow weary but instead may our faithful service and obedience to God only strengthen our resolve, increase our faith, reinforce our dedication, and intensify our efforts to do the will of God. Then we all can say with anticipation, "Lord, give us this mountain, let me do more and more for you."

I invite you to rally with us at Living Hope Church as we encourage one another, receive valuable instruction, and be empowered to conquer our assigned mountains for the kingdom of God.  Go to our website,, and register.  Also watch out for additional updates on our Columbia Union ASI Facebook page.

Oh, before I go, we have a need for the convention. If you would like to share how God is using you in your ministry or in the workplace, please send me an email and we may be able to spotlight your experience in one of our ‘Ministry In Action’ segments.

Looking forward to seeing you all on April 24-25.  Blessings on you all.

Your fellow servant,
Mark A. Brown, ASI Columbia Union President
Through your ministry (whether a business, nonprofit or in the workplace), you are touching the lives of the people around you. We want to hear about it. Our goal is to launch a Ministry In Action series at our April 24-25 convention. Let's shine a spotlight on how God is working and encourage each other in our unique ministries for God. Send your testimonies to
“And Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance, and thy children's for ever, because thou hast wholly followed the Lord my God. ... Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day ... if so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said.
— Joshua 14:9, 12King James Version
This month we are praying for:
ASI Columbia Union
executive team as we plan and prepare for the April 2020 convention.

Spring 2020 convention
and all the speakers, musicians and attendees who will participate in ASI Columbia Union's event on April 24-25.

Praying for Power Ministry's
September 2020 prayer summit, themed "Keeping It Real."

To share a prayer request, email us at

Call 570-354-0272 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. to pray with Sharon Pruitt, CUASI vice president for spiritual development, and other CUASI members.
April 24-25, 2020 — ASI Columbia Union Spring Convention, Living Hope SDA Church, Haymarket, VA.  
July 29-Aug. 1, 2020 — ASI International Convention, Orlando, FL. For details, visit ASI's website.
Our mission is to obey the Holy Spirit’s call to encourage, empower and equip Adventist members of Columbia Union to work together to finish God’s work in these times in harmony with the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
ASI Columbia Union Board: Mark A. Brown, president; Zubin David, vice president for membership; Sharon Pruitt, vice president for spiritual development; and Daniel Reed, vice president for projects, missions and evangelism
ASI Columbia Union Staff: Nicole Labiche, administrative assistant
Sponsor: Celeste Ryan Blyden, vice president, Columbia Union Conference
Newsletter Managing Editor: Michele Joseph

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