The Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD) of Seventh-day Adventists celebrated a historic milestone on November 7, 2023, by officially inaugurating its Adventist Heritage Center during the SSD Year-End Meetings, held at the Life Hope Center in Silang, Cavite, Philippines.
In a testament to the commitment of the SSD to preserve and showcase its rich history and heritage, the center opened its doors as a dedicated space for historical documents, artifacts, and memorabilia. This repository highlights the growth, contributions, and milestones of the Adventist community in the region.
Pastor Edgar Bryan Tolentino, Spirit of Prophecy coordinator and director for the Ellen G. White Research Center for the SSD, emphasized the significance of the Adventist Heritage Center, stating, "This center is not just a collection of artifacts; it is a living testimony of our journey as a church. It serves as a source of inspiration for our current members and a window for others to understand our mission and values."
During the inauguration ceremony, Pastor Gerson Santos, associate executive secretary of the General Conference, offered a special dedicatory prayer. Pastor Santos underscored the importance of preserving the Adventist legacy and encouraged the Adventist community to use the center as a tool for outreach and education.
The Adventist Heritage Center actively showcases the history and journey of the Adventist Church worldwide and within the Southern Asia-Pacific region. Highlights include historical video presentations of the Adventist timeline, featuring the "Christ the Narrow Way" painting by Elfred Lee. This visual journey includes a narration of Ellen White's vision and the prophecy that forms an integral part of the Adventist Church's identity worldwide.
Within the center, the SSD Library houses a diverse collection of literature supporting individuals on their spiritual journey toward a deeper understanding of Christ and the Adventist faith.
As the Adventist Heritage Center opens its doors, it actively becomes a beacon for both the local Adventist community and the wider public, fostering a sense of esteem and connection while actively sharing the timeless story of faith, service, and community engagement.
If you want to schedule a visit to the Adventist Heritage Center, feel free to send an email to [email protected].