We have been admonished by Ellen White to exploit technology to spread the gospel.She states , "Let the workers for God manifest tact and talent, and originate devices by which to communicate light to those who are near and to those who are afar off." VSS p. 282.
Southeastern began broadcasting portions of its camp meeting services four years ago. However, W.L. Taylor had a desire to do more than just broadcast camp meeting. His vision was to conduct camp meeting conference wide. To that end the 2007 camp meeting services were broadcast nightly.
"Camp Meeting Conference-wide is not just a slogan." Stated W.L. Taylor, president of the Southeastern. "It is an opportunity for the entire Southeastern Conference to synergistically incorporate our Lord’s Commission and reap where we have sown."
Mark Finley Vice President of the General Conference and Randy Stafford, a pastor in the South Central Conference, were the featured speakers for camp meeting. Other speakers included Nicole Brise, SEC Women and Prayer Ministries Director, and Roger Alverez, SEC Spanish Ministries Coordinator.
A key component of the camp meeting conference wide initiative was a conference wide baptismal service. On each Sabbath Pastor William Byrd (Miami Bethany) and Pastor Barry Bonner (Tampa/Progress Village and Westside) led out from the pavilion baptistery while at the same time ministers and elders in local churches conducted their own baptismal services. The initiative resulted in the baptism of 160 precious souls for the kingdom.
The services had impact beyond the walls of the Southeastern Conference. A mother and her teen age daughter were impressed to watch the services on Hope TV after they learned that Mark Finely would be speaking. The daughter was scheduled to undergo abortion procedures on that following Monday.
The mother had been praying that daughter would change her mind and keep the fetus. During the broadcast Pastor Clarence Wright interviewed Moses Brown, who was the result of a rape. Brown shared how he was greateful that his mother decided to have him. Brown was adopted by an Adventist family and is now an accomplished vocalist and lay evangelist. After viewing the interview the teenager was moved to keep the fetus.
In addition to being broadcast on Hope TV and the Internet via streaming video, the services were also streamed by way of the Southeastern Conference Internet Radio. Viewers from South America, Jamaica, Canada, and North America also had the opportunity to participate in the nightly broadcast as they submitted e-mails that were read on air. You can view the camp meeting services and the Moses Brown interview at www.secsda.org.