Financial Services Trip To Colombia

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On August 4, 2014, Elder Roderick Sands, Treasurer of the Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission, along with auditors from across the territory, travelled to Medellin, Colombia for auditing training administered by the Inter-American Division (IAD) in association with the General Conference Auditing Services (GCAS). In attendance were over 150 auditors, conference/union treasures, and personnel from IAD and GCAS, including Robert E. Lemon, General Conference Treasurer, Paul Douglas, Director of GCAS, and Pastor Filiberto Verduzco, IAD Treasurer. During the four-day conclave, the financial services sector of IAD fellowshipped and received training in a new level of financial services.

New Financial Service
The IAD in partnership with GCAS have developed a new level of financial service to accompany financial audits, financial reviews, and local church audits. This new level, called Financial Inspection, will aid in helping with some of the financial service difficulties within the division. Though it is not an audit or review, it will allow local field auditors to inspect the 300+ small entities in the IAD (outside of the local churches), and it will allow auditors of GCAS to assist in the auditing of very large churches. This platform is still in its introductory stage, and being tested in the various fields within IAD.

Fellowship
Outside of extensive training, the attendees were able to get away for several hours to see parts of Colombia. During the exploration they visited Colombia Adventist University, where they received a tour of the campus and got acquainted with the brethren in that region. It was amazing to see how God is using our brothers in different parts of the world to spread The Word through the ministry of education. The Colombia Adventist University is currently seeking relocation due to the excessive property taxation. They are encouraging Adventists around the world to pray for them as they embark on this new venture.

We are very excited with this new level of financial services, and we solicit your prayers for the Colombia Adventist University, and for the financial team as we seek to strengthen the financial services in the IAD.

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