“I’ve vowed that when these meetings are over I will be be just as tired as each pastor. What we are doing here is the core reason for our ministry. We all have many things that are distractions. Just yesterday I had to meet with some attorneys on a painful issue–a distraction. But then I was able to go to the Boonstra meeting and be a part of mission–it was a great balancing experience. As the distractions come, let’s keep our focus on the main thing. The real reason for our ministry is working with people to lead them to Jesus and this church.”
— Don Livesay, President of the Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (second from left in picture) to the Portland Area Pastors during a prayer and planning session for the February 2008 “Revelation Speaks Peace” evangelistic meetings by Shawn Boonstra at the Portland Convention Center.