November 4, 2016

Adventist Church Inaugurates New Headquarters in El Salvador

Libna Stevens, Inter-American Division

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in El Salvador celebrated the inauguration of the church’s new headquarters during a special ceremony in the capital, San Salvador.

“You have this beautiful great office now, so may everyone who comes to this building see the glory of God shining through you,” Tim Aka, associate treasurer for the Adventist world church, told a crowd of hundreds of people, including leaders from the Adventist world church and the Inter-American Division, local church members, and neighbors.

Aka congratulated church leaders in El Salvador for their work in the Central American country and encouraged all to share the love of Jesus in every plan, activity, and event to further the mission of the church.

Furthering the work of the church has had a lot to do with the 12 staff members in the El Salvador Union Mission and the leaders of its five conference fields, said Abel Pacheco, president of the church in El Salvador.

“We praise God for having such a great dedicated unified team and for God’s many blessings,” Pacheco said.

Government and city leaders praised the work of the Adventist Church in contributing to a better society.

District pastors and laypersons reaffirmed their commitment to spreading the gospel as a celebration of music and thanksgiving set the tone for the inaugural celebration.

The one-story facility was remodeled from a large home and includes 10 offices, a conference room that can house 90 persons, a small gym and a remodeled pool that will be used for baptismal ceremonies. The building was re-designed by architect Cintia Rivera, a church member, and is located near San Salvador's business district.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in El Salvador was reorganized in 2011 and has nearly 199,000 members worshipping in 979 churches and congregations. The church operates dozens of schools, two radio stations, and a literacy program in the country.