Subject: Join us for a special ASI Columbia Union Sabbath

Also, read how one ministry is growing and hear a personal testimony about how God makes no mistakes.

February 2022 • Issue 29

Let's Celebrate

ASI Columbia Union is hosting a special Sabbath celebration on Feb. 12 at Living Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church in Haymarket, Va.

“The recovery has begun and it is time to come together and collaborate in ministry again,” said Mark Brown, president of ASI Columbia Union.

The chapter continues in its three-fold mission to:

  1. Discover, highlight and support the ministries of our members

  2. Revive the missions offering in ASI Columbia Union

  3. Foster the growth and involvement of the ASI Young Professionals ministry.

The Feb. 12 event will allow colleagues to come together and hear what's ahead for the chapter. It is also a time for members to come and worship together. Living Hope will provide lunch.

The day begins with Sabbath School taught by Elder Ronald Goss, ASI Columbia Union member and president of Project Restore.

His nonprofit organization produces and distributes religious magazines.


In Person

9:30 a.m. Sabbath School

11 a.m. Worship Service

Living Hope SDA Church

5235 Merchants View Sq.
Haymarket, VA 20169



Living Hope will provide lunch. To secure a seat for lunch, please send an email stating the number of seats needed to

“God gave us forethought to step out in faith and order the paper for the printing of 5 million full-text Great Controversy paperback books,” Goss said of the organization's plans for 2022. “Once these are printed and distributed, the Lord will have blessed us with the printing and distribution of over 25 million books, all to God's glory.”

Brown will preach for the 11 a.m. worship service. His message will focus on the story of Nehemiah.

“Though laughed at and despised, even threatened with violence, for attempting to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, Nehemiah spoke confidently about what God's people would do,” Brown said. “Then each inspired ministry/business group repaired the section of the wall nearest them, until it was done. It is a biblical ASI story that will inspire us all.”

You can join ASI Columbia Union for the special Sabbath in person at Living Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church or you can watch live via Living Hope’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel. 

— Michele Joseph, managing editor, ASI Columbia Union newsletter


Have you ever done something by mistake? Jumped in car that looks just like yours only to discover it's not? Aren't you glad God never makes mistakes.

Watch as Carlos E. Charnichart, CFO and treasurer for the Pennsylvania Conference, shares his touching, personal testimony of how he discovered he was no mistake, he was God's child.


With the help of ASI Columbia Union, Back2Eden Lifestyle Ministry, which care for the sick, train medical missionaries, feed the hungry through our agricultural efforts, has been approved to receive support from Outpost Centers International

Back2Eden purchased land in Caldera, Panama, to create a lifestyle center, according to the Outpost website. "Once fully established we will provide shelter and useful labor for the poor and the needy, minister to the cities, and have a missionary training facility. Our mission is to promote God’s ideal for human beings, addressing Physical, Mental and Spiritual life."

Outpost Centers International nurtures Adventist ministries and offers "health and evangelism training programs, volunteer missionary job opportunities, and information and ways to support credible mission projects," according to its website.

We want to celebrate the outstanding ministries of our members. Would you like to have your ministry or business spotlighted in the ASI Columbia Union newsletter? If so, contact us at and tell us how God has been using you.


Experience the Mission


Would you like an opportunity to share the love of Jesus with those who need to see it in action? Volunteers of all kinds are needed for Pathway to Health's Indianapolis event. To find out more about Pathway to Health, please visit their website and watch this inspiring video. Interested volunteers should sign up by March 31, 2022. For instructions on how to register, click here.


Would you like to be an ASI Young Professionals mentor? ASI is looking for members to share their time in the following industries:

  • Healthcare

  • Tech/media

  • Food/agriculture

  • Entrepreneurial/non-profit

  • Real estate/Trades  

  • Business/Finance

  • Arts & Culture (publishing, music, etc.)

  • Education  

There are 2 commitment levels to choose from:

Masterclass (Med)

Join a quarterly virtual mentor panel with other ASI members answering questions and providing industry-specific insight/guidance to young professionals, up to four meetings/year (1/quarter).

One-on-one (High)

Mentees who graduate from the year of masterclass mentorship will have the option of applying for a year of one-on-one mentorship with an ASI mentor (starts 2023).

If you would like more details on the mentorship program or any of the commitment levels, contact Almarie at


Denise Hayden — The former president of ASI Columbia Union is in need of earnest prayer for healing.

ASI Columbia Union members and families — God would bless and keep each member and their families and guide them in their mission to spread the gospel throughout the union and around the world.


"I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come." — Ephesians 1:17-21 NIV


Call 570-354-0272 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. to pray with Sharon Pruitt, ASI Columbia Union vice president for spiritual development, and other ASI Columbia Union members.


Feb. 10, 2022 — ASI Columbia Union launches its new website. Stay tuned for details.

Feb. 12, 2022 — Sabbath Worship with ASI Columbia Union at Living Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5235 Merchants View Sq., Haymarket, Va., 20169. Members will host Sabbath School and the Divine Worship service. All are encouraged to join in person or to watch virtually via Living Hope's YouTube Channel or Facebook page.

3rd Thursdays — ASI Hour, 8 p.m. EST, a monthly meeting offering tools and training to encourage Sharing Christ in the Marketplace. Click here to register to join the virtual events or replay past meetings.

April 9, 2022 — ASI Columbia Union Spring Convention at Blue Mountain Academy, 2363 Mountain Rd, Hamburg, PA 19526. Speakers include Pennsylvania Conference President Gary Gibbs and Allegheny East Conference President Pete Palmer. Chapter elections also will be held to elect new officers for the next term. More details to come.

Aug. 3-6, 2022 — ASI International Convention in Orlando, Fla. For more details, visit

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; Sharon Pruitt, vice president for spiritual development; Daniel Reed, vice president for projects, missions and evangelism

Sponsor: Celeste Ryan Blyden, vice president, Columbia Union Conference

Newsletter Managing Editor: Michele Joseph

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