Students, teachers, and principals from schools in the Atlantic Union Conference shared inspiring stories of God’s goodness and provision during a special testimony session on May 14, hosted by the Atlantic Union Conference Office of Education and Adventist Youth Ministries (AYM) departments. AUAM (Atlantic Union Adventist Media) streamed the program live on its Facebook page and website (auam.tv).
Both public and parochial schools across the country suspended classes inside their physical buildings and on campuses in March 2020 in response to slowing the spread of COVID-19. Within 24-72 hours after schools closed, many Adventist schools in the Atlantic Union Conference provided online learning or educational packages to their students to support learning at home. (See “Adventist Education Continues in Spite of the Crisis,” in the May 2020 Gleaner.) The online testimony session provided a way to hear stories of how God helped students and teachers through this crisis and how He continues to work in the lives of the students, as well as their families.
Representatives from the Office of Education, Jerrell Gilkeson, director; Marlene Alvarez, associate director; and Lileth Coke, assistant director; and David McKenzie, AYM director, co-hosted the program. G. Earl Knight, Atlantic Union Conference president, and Arne Nielsen, North American Division vice president for education, brought special greetings and words of encouragement. Education superintendents (or their representative) from all six conferences—Bermuda, Greater New York, New York, Northeastern, Northern New England, and Southern New England—introduced the segment focusing on how God was working on behalf of students, teachers, and schools in their territory during the coronavirus pandemic. Gilkeson also gave an overview of what the “new normal” of Adventist education in the Atlantic Union Conference may look like post COVID-19.
To view the video, visit facebook.com/auam.tv/videos/302323060774901.