Seventh-day Adventist Church Uses New Technology to say Goodbye to Long-Time Leader

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At the farewell reception for the current Speaker-Director of the radio ministry 'Voice of Prophecy', anyone with a Web cam and an internet connection will be able to upload a farewell video.

SDALink provides an online trusted social networking site for the Seventh-day Adventist global church

The Seventh-day Adventist church announces new technology to enhance communication among members. At the farewell reception for 'Voice of Prophecy' Speaker-Director, Lonnie Melashanko, anyone with a Web cam and an internet connection will be able to upload a farewell video to him. "We're so excited about using this new safe social networking site to post messages and tributes instantly," said Fred Kinsey, Assistant to the President of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.

E. Lonnie Melashenko is leaving the 'Voice of Prophecy' after 17 years at its helm to work as the Vice President of Spiritual Services and Missions at the Kettering Health Network in Ohio. The North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is hosting a farewell reception for Lonnie and Jeannie Melashenko on Sept. 11, at the Adventist Media Center in Simi Valley, Calif. The international radio ministry of 'Voice of Prophecy' is housed at the Adventist Media Center and the farewell reception will be the first time SDALink will be utilized at an event hosted by the church.

"SDALink provides an online trusted social networking site for the Seventh-day Adventist global church," said Kyle Borg, President and Co-Founder of BiggyTV. BiggySafe Social Networking is the technology platform for SDALink. "It's the first move for online social networking that caters to communities with specific values and beliefs, and it provides the Adventist community with a trusted environment," said Borg.

"Pastor Lonnie Melashenko has provided strong leadership as Speaker-Director of 'Voice of Prophecy' for the last 17 years. We wanted to find a way to let his friends and colleagues in our global community say goodbye. It's not feasible for everyone to come to Simi Valley for the farewell event, so SDALink provides a safe social networking platform that not only meets our needs for this event, but also helps us meet our online evangelistic goals," said Kinsey.

BiggyTV launched The Adventist Channel for the Seventh-day Adventists over 18 months ago. It is the first online video distribution platform that not only delivers videos on demand from multiple Adventist video ministries, but also delivers that content to other sites.

"When BiggyTV introduced SDALink we immediately knew this was a great opportunity to once again jump online with a trusted partner to provide the global Adventist community with a product that addresses our need for a safe social platform," said Kinsey.

Any individual or church group can go to SDALink Lonnie and post a farewell message for Lonnie and Jeannie Melashenko. Because BiggySafe is a customizable platform that provides a 'closed' networking site, the messages on the SDAlink site will be uploaded and monitored by the community. Many video tributes and farewell messages for the Melashenko farewell that are posted on SDALink will be played at the event on Sept. 11, at the Adventist Media Center in Simi Valley, Calif.

Established by the Seventh-day Adventist church, 'Voice of Prophecy' pioneered the use of radio to deliver the message of the gospel 80 years ago and it continues to touch the lives of many around world. The 'Voice of Prophecy' radio program, Bible school and evangelistic ministry has its international headquarters at the Adventist Media Center in Simi Valley, California.

The Adventist Media Center houses five television and radio ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist Church: 'Breath of Life', 'Faith for Today', 'It is Written', 'La Voz de la Esperanza' and 'Voice of Prophecy'. Programs from each of these ministries can be seen on The Adventist Channel at http://www.theadventistchannel.org.

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