AUGUST 22, 2020

Enditnow® Emphasis Day

An initiative to stop violence

enditnow® is a global initiative to raise awareness and advocate for the end of violence around the world. It aims to mobilize Seventh-day Adventists around the world and invites other community groups to join in to resolve this worldwide issue. 

Although it is an uncomfortable subject for many people, it has become more and more obvious that abuse is a serious problem for Christians, for Seventh-day Adventists. Abuse in any form deforms the body of Christ—for the victim, for the perpetrator, and for the church that is left with the hurting members.

This initiative, which extends to more than 200 countries and territories, was launched in October 2009 in partnership between the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)-a prominent humanitarian organization-and the Department of Women’s Ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, two entities that are representative of the Adventist Church.

enditnow® is the most important stand the Seventh-day Adventist Church has ever taken regarding violence against men, women and children. Through this campaign, more than 15 million Adventist church members-men, women, and children-are expected to create a global movement that will be mobilized within their own communities, where each person will actively work to create awareness and share solutions on ways to end this global problem.

enditnow® builds on the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s long tradition of responding to the needs of all human beings, namely to stand up in favor of human rights, tolerance, the well-being of children, freedom of expression and conscience, and the protection and integrity of families. It is a call to action for all Adventists and supporters to stand up and put into practice those principles we hold true.

enditnow® seeks to extend God’s vision of love and compassion for all His children.

Domestic violence has been documented as a major issue within the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Incidences of abuse follow trends documented in non-Adventist populations. This is why enditnow® seeks to increase personal awareness, responsibility, and involvement to effectively help end violence in every family and community.

Sponsoring Departments
In 2016, after ADRA ceased involvement with enditnow®, six additional departments of the Seventh-day Adventist Church joined Women’s Ministries as co-sponsors of the initiative: Children’s Ministries, Department of Education, Family Ministries, Health Ministries, Ministerial Association, and Youth Ministries. Each of the sponsoring entities are committed to developing and sharing resources that address many expressions of abuse against women, children, and men.

Visit the enditnow® official website.

Seventh-day adventists affirm the dignity and worth of each human being and decry all forms of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.


ENDITNOW® EMPHASIS DAY 

FOURTH SABBATH OF AUGUST

enditnow® Emphasis Day, the fourth Sabbath of August, provides an annual opportunity for local churches to address this issue, to educate church members and leadership, to facilitate awareness in their communities, and to let victims know that their church cares about them. 

Pastor Anthony Kent preaches his sermon, “When Jesus Ended It”, specially prepared for August 22, 2020, enditnow® Emphasis Day Sabbath services.


AUGUST 22, 2020

WHEN JESUS ENDED IT

Resource Packet

The General Conference Ministerial Association contributed for the first time to the enditnow® Emphasis Day resource packet for 2020. The sermon, “When Jesus Ended It,” written and presented on video by Pastor Anthony Kent, associate director of General Conference Ministerial Association, comes with a PPT slide presentation.

The seminar, “The Wounds of Abuse,” is a PPT slide presentation originally published in Ministry® International Journal for Pastors, November 2018. The script of the presentation is in the packet Word document.

The Dynamics of Domestic Violence, is a PDF booklet written by Dr. Mable Dunbar. It was published in 2016 by North American Division Women’s Ministries. Our accompanying PPT presentation “Individual and Community Response to Domestic Violence are PPT slides to work with the checklist from the booklet. Note that the printable checklist handout is included in the packet’s Word document file.

Unpacking the packet

The Word document file in the sermon packet contains an outline of divine service suggestion, a children’s story, the sermon script, the seminar script, and the checklist handout. The three PowerPoint files include presentations for the sermon, seminar, and checklist. The booklet PDF is not included in the Romanian and Russian packets.

You may print and reproduce the packet if you’d like to share it with others. We encourage you to use it in your church’s 2020 enditnow® Emphasis Day program.

Resource Packets by Language (Zip files)

English

2020 Sermon—When Jesus Ended It by Pastor Anthony Kent

2020 SeminarWounds of Abuse by Dr. Katia Reinert

BookletThe Dynamics of Domestic Violence by Dr. Mable Dunbar


French

2020 SermonWhen Jesus Ended It by Pastor Anthony Kent
Quand Jésus Y Mit Fin

2020 SeminarThe Wounds of Abuse by Dr. Katia Reinert
Les Blessures de L’Abus

BookletThe Dynamics of Domestic Violence by Dr. Mable Dunbar


German

2020 SermonWhen Jesus Ended It by Pastor Anthony Kent
Als Jesus Ein Ende Setzte

2020 SeminarThe Wounds of Abuse by Dr. Katia Reinert
Die Folgen Der Gewalt

BookletThe Dynamics of Domestic Violence by Dr. Mable Dunbar
Die_Dynamik_der_Häuslichen_Gewalt

PresentationIndividual and Community Response to Domestic Violence. Häusliche Gewalt – Wie Reagiert Man Persönlich Und Als Gemeinschaft?


Portuguese

2020 SermonWhen Jesus Ended It by Pastor Anthony Kent 
Quando Jesus Pôs Fim

2020 SeminarWounds of Abuse by Dr. Katia Reinert 
As Feridas do Abuso 

BookletThe Dynamics of Domestic Violence by Dr. Mable Dunbar 
Dinâmica da Violência Doméstica

PresentationIndividual and Community Response to Domestic Violence. Reposta Individual e Comunitária


Romanian

2020 SermonWhen Jesus Ended It by Pastor Anthony Kent 
Când-Isus-a-pus-capat-suferintei

2020 SeminarWounds of Abuse by Dr. Katia Reinert 
Rănile Abuzului:Putem Face Mai Mult? 

PresentationIndividual and Community Response to Domestic Violence. Răspunsul Individual ȘiComunitar La ViolențaDomestică


Russian

Проповедь:—”День профилактики насилия enditnow” (DOC)

Проповедь:— “День профилактики насилия” (PPT)

Семинар:—”День профилактики насилия” (PPT)

Раздаточный материал:—”День профилактики насилия” (PPT)


Spanish

2020 SermonWhen Jesus Ended It by Pastor Anthony Kent 
Cuando Jesús le puso fin

2020 SeminarWounds of Abuse by Dr. Katia Reinert 
Las Heridas del abuso 

BookletThe Dynamics of Domestic Violence by Dr. Mable Dunbar 
Dinámicas de la Violencia Doméstica

PresentationIndividual and Community Response to Domestic Violence. Respuesta Individual y de la Comunidad

BrochureBreaking the Silence. Rompiendo el Silencio

Infographic—Enditnow Decision Tree. Comenzar Aquí

enditnow® co-sponsoring departments