December 20, 2014

In Colombia, Adventists Point to Sabbath With a 7-Float Parade

Church members launch an evangelistic series with floats representing each of the seven days of creation.

Posted July 3, 2014

Here’s a novel way to share the Sabbath: create a city parade with seven floats, each representing a day of creation week.

That’s what Adventist church members did in the Colombian city of Cucuta, just across the border from Venezuela, to showcase the Sabbath, a creation expo, and the launch of an evangelistic campaign.

Dubbed “Creation Caravan,” the seven colorfully decorated floats on trucks rolled through the main streets of the Cucuta for the two-hour event on Sabbath, June 7. Many participants, both on the floats and on accompanying motorcycles, wore T-shirts with the message “Sabbath Is My Day.” Volunteers handed out hundreds of flyers.

“Traffic would go at the rhythm of our caravan activity, and we could see people’s surprised looks,” said church member Eliana Pedrozo. “They began to ask us questions.”

<strong>CREATION CARAVAN:</strong> Adventists showcasing the sixth day of creation during a parade in Cucuta, Colombia, on June 7, 2014. Photo credit: Northeast Colombia Conference
<strong>SEVENTH DAY:</strong> A float representing the Sabbath. Photo credit: Northeast Colombia Conference
<strong>FASHION STATEMENT:</strong> Participants wearing T-shirts with the message “Sabbath Is My Day.” Photo credit: Northeast Colombia Conference
<strong>CREATION RIDERS:</strong> Bicycles decorated with messages about creation being riden through the streets of the neighboring city of La Libertad. Photo credit: Northeast Colombia Conference
<strong>CREATON EXPO:</strong> People visiting a creation expo at the town’s main pier, Plaza de Banderas, on June 8, 2014. Photo credit: Northeast Colombia Conference

Onlookers were invited to meet the next day at the town’s main pier, Plaza de Banderas, for a creation expo and later at the Libertad Adventist School for the evangelistic series.

In addition, some 30 bicycles decorated with messages about creation rode through the streets of the neighboring city of La Libertad.

Church leaders said that the event also provided an opportunity for church members throughout Colombia’s northeast region to share their faith in the neighboring Venezuelan city of Ureña.

On June 8, the floats’ decorations resurfaced at Cucuta’s main pier for the creation expo.

“Everyone who came by the pier was invited to participate in Expo-Creation,” said Raul Torra, communication director for the Northeast Colombia Conference. “Many of them were so impressed when they heard the story of creation highlighting the Sabbath as the day of hope.”


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Northeast Colombia Conference article with photo gallery (in Spanish)

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