~~• Illinois Conference Community Services has been called to Washington, Illinois, where a disaster response team is setting up a warehouse today in response to this week’s tornado damage. Three trucks of supplies will be arriving soon.
~~• See live video footage from Washington, Illinois, HERE.
~~• ACS-Training and Certification Class — Be equipped to help with the tornado relief effort within the warehouse. Take the Donations Operation Class. Training for running the warehouse in Washington, Illinois, will be hosted at the Peoria Adventist Church (4019 N Knoxville Ave., Peoria) Sunday, Dec 15, 9 AM‒4 PM. Bring a sack lunch. There is a fee of $11. Fee cost covers book and ID card, which allows entry into most disaster areas. (Must be cash or check.) Instructor will be Clyde Liston, ACS Southern Illinois director. RSVP by 1 PM, Sabbath, Dec. 14, by email HERE or phone 815-566-9079, or 217-450-1839. If you have already received the training and would like to renew your ID card, you do not need to re-take the class. Just bring $5. A new picture and paperwork will be issued.
~~• Bulletin inserts regarding the ACS response to recent Illinois’ tornadoes have been sent to all Illinois churches. For contributions toward this relief effort in Illinois, the notation on checks and offering envelopes needs to be “ACS Disaster Response.” At this time, there is no offering code. Help and supplies are needed. However, please don’t arrive as an unsolicited volunteer. Arrive with a designated group or church organization which has already made arrangements. To know how to volunteer or what items are needed, contact Robert Bradley, Adventist Community Service’s (ACS) interim director, at 618-214-7548, or Clyde Liston, ACS Southern Illinois director, at 217-450-1839.
~~• Here is one member’s account of the storm:
After arriving home yesterday afternoon, I saw the destruction on the news and more completely today. I am amazed that we were not in the path of any of those tornadoes. God worked a miracle indeed! I was very concerned during the meeting. The Washington twister touched down only 12 miles away from our meeting. I have had firsthand experience with tornadoes and knew we were very much at risk. I was shooting prayers heavenward as the sky darkened. I hated to interrupt the meeting but I firmly believe we witnessed a miracle. There was only a single person that lost their life in Washington. Was it because we stopped and prayed on their behalf? I believe it was!
I know Donna said her brother was in the path of one of them and was apparently unscathed.
My wife and I took a week of vacation to assist in Joplin and worked a warehouse with ACS. The destruction in Washington looks eerily similar to Joplin. God clearly put His protective hand over His children.
Please let us know in the south what we can do. We are equipped in the southern part of the state to deal with this kind of disaster. The need is just being assessed but the people are already mobilized. God is awesome and his people will be there to do the right thing.
‒ Jay Ellington, Illinois Elder
|Philippines’ Relief Effort — Illinois Conference administration expresses deep sympathy for those affected by the Philippines’ disaster. We are grieved by this crisis, yet we are comforted that Jesus’ return draws more imminent each day.
To help with typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines, please remember it is more efficient for funds to go to a central source. Please give directly through the Illinois Conference, by marking your church offering envelopes with either of the following two codes: 81.3751 (to be sent to the Division for relief for Seventh-day Adventist members); 81.2121 (to be sent to ADRA for general relief efforts).
Read the latest Illinois Focus online HERE
Read a prior Illinois Focus online HERE
GO AND TELL the Video — Have you seen GO AND TELL the video? Catch a passion for home missions. Click the link HERE then hit "download" and then select "HD."
|Youth Winter Retreat — This annual youth event will be held at Camp Kidwell (near Bloomingdale Mich.), Jan. 17–20. Come for worship, fellowship, and fun winter activities (skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, and snow tubing). The featured speaker this year is Pastor Tony Hunter, Illinois Conference associate for young Adult Ministries. For more information and a poster, contact the Youth Department at 630-856-2857.
Just Claim it! 4th NAD World Youth Prayer Congress — Will be held Feb.19-23, 2014, at the Double Tree Hilton (Miami Airport Convention Center). For more information, click HERE.
Adventist China Trip — See China for the low price of nearly $3,000. This includes flights, hotels, breakfasts, dinners, a fulltime tour guide and all the travel prep done for you. To view details and itinerary, go HERE. Click the price tab in the middle of the page. To enroll, click on green enroll button and/or call Lori Aguilera at 707-338-4757.