The large water bill shocked Japanese church leaders in Tokyo.
Astonished that the bill had doubled from the previous month, leaders of Amanuma Seventh-day Adventist Church contacted the water company and soon learned that an underground pipe had burst and was spewing water.
The waterpipe could not be repaired, and the water company advised the church to install an above-ground waterpipe. The cost: 7 million yen, or about U.S.$70,000.
The church didn’t have 7 million yen.
Brazilian pastors, leaders and officials of the Seventh-day Adventist Church met from May 2-5 to accompany the “Crescendo em Graça – Santa Convocação” project (Growing in Grace – Holy Convocation), a training initiative focused on spiritual renewal promoted by the Stewardship Ministries department of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Connected through the project site, YouTube and the official Adventist Church Facebook profiles in South America, participants followed the event in churches,...