Emmanuel Church Gives Commissioner Desire of Ages
Every year Southern Union and the North American Division church
members invite civic leaders to their churches to thank them for their tireless service to their communities.
While it is customary to honor these individuals by giving them an award of some sort, Clarence Richardson, pastor of Emmanuel Church, and his team, Anne Richardson, Loraine Griffith, and Thelma Percy, had a desire to impact the lives of those visitors in a different way.
Richardson decided to give each honored guest a plaque and a copy of the Desire of Ages. Richardson, who worked in the publishing industry for more than 24 years, served as publishing director for Northeastern Conference, marketing representative for Message magazine at Review & Herald Publishing Association,and Southeastern Conference publishing director, knows the power that Adventist literature has to win individuals for the kingdom.
“It is not enough to just invite people to our Church. We must make sure we take advantage of every opportunity to expose them to the Gospel,” stated Richardson.
Ellen White spoke of exposing such individuals
to the Adventist message: “The Gospel is to be proclaimed in our cities. Men
of learning and influence are to hear the message.” Honored individuals include
Willie Bright, Deland, Fla., City Commissioner; Joyce Cusack, Florida State
Representative, District 27; and Cynthia Tolbert, attorney and professor. Each
visitor received copies of the Ten Commandments.