Restoration 2006 kicks off with an invitation to ‘find the Love of your life’
Ron du Preez, ThD, DMin, keeps his audience engaged as he ties in his valentine story with God’s love in the first evening Restoration meeting.
While most people spent Valentines Day going out to restaurants or movies, more than a hundred people spent the evening of February 14 listening to a message on finding the love of their life in God. Titled “Virtuous Valentine: the Love of Your Life,” Tuesday’s meeting was the first evening session of this year’s Restoration series.
“The aim of Restoration is ‘to restore in man the image of his Maker,’” says Restoration founder Timothy Arakawa, quoting a phrase from the first chapter of Education by Ellen G. White. Like the rest of Restoration’s organizers and leaders, Mr. Arakawa is a full-time student at Loma Linda University, where he is currently in the MD/PhD program.
“Restoration is run entirely by students,” remarks Gerald Winslow, PhD, vice president for spiritual life, Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center, who also gave the opening remarks for Tuesday’s meeting. “This is by students for students, and I think there is an appeal in that.”
Restoration is open to the community of Loma Linda, but is geared primarily to the students and faculty of Loma Linda.
“We have people from all ends of the spiritual spectrum here, but wherever we are, it never hurts for anyone to know God on a deeper level,” says Curtis Farnham, second-year medical student and director for Restoration 2006.
“Prepare Me” is the theme of Restoration 2006, and has ties to the popular “Messiah’s Mansion” sanctuary exhibit that came to the Loma Linda campus near the end of last year.
“The sanctuary is a living illustration of how we can find God,” says Mr. Farnham. “We want Restoration 2006 to help people find God and to prepare to be a ‘sanctuary’ for Him.”
The speaker for this fourth annual Restoration is Ron du Preez, ThD, DMin.
Having served as an educator in countries as widely varied as Korea, Peru, and Zimbabwe, Dr. du Preez currently pastors two churches near Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, where he now lives. Beside the Bible, Dr. du Preez’s other passions include marathon-running and humanitarian service.
“I’m a practical person,” laughs Dr. du Preez. “That’s why I want to make sure that every message in this series is Christ-centered, Bible-based, and appropriately applied.”
Restoration 2006 runs until March 4, and meets at noon (lunch is provided) and at 6:45 p.m. every day except Thursday and Sunday. Weekday meetings are held at Linda Hall, next to the Campus Hill Church, while Sabbath meetings are held at the Church on the Hill in Redlands. For more information, visit <www.restorationministry.net> or call (909) 478-5075.
By Hannah Ko, Contributing writer