by Victor Hulbert, Trans-European Division
When you have been inspired you need to visit. That was the case for Pastor Ted Wilson during his visit to the European Pastors’ Council in Belgrade, Serbia, 28 August – 2 September 2018. He specifically asked to visit the nearby ADRA Community Centre for refugees.
“What I’ve seen is just a tremendous blessing for these people,” Wilson reflected in a video interview recorded during a tour of the facilities.
As president of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, Wilson had already taken a personal interest in the recent World Refugee Sabbath on 16 June. While not physically present during live programming streamed worldwide from the ADRA Belgrade Community Centre, Wilson nevertheless spoke to camera, expressing his passion and commitment to a caring church that looks after the dispossessed. Now he got the chance to visit the center itself.
Together with Raafat Kamal, TED president, and João Martins, ADRA Europe director, Wilson took time out of his schedule to visit the Društveni center, meeting refugees, and experiencing first-hand the work ADRA and its partners are doing in education, skills training, women’s empowerment, legal issues, social integration and sport or craft activities.