Twelfth General Conference Session
Brazil, October 19November 4, 1975. Forty-six
delegates present. Unions and Fields represented:
23. Total membership reported: over 14,000.
Brasilia, Brazil, 1975.
Indonesian Union was accepted as a new member
of the General Conference.
different committees, especially the Plans Committee,
seemed to have more to do this time than during
previous delegation sessions.
consideration was given to the Ministerial Guide
and the Church Officers Guide, then under
plan for a more efficient development of our
workentitled "Our Aims"was
adopted by the delegation.
could clearly see once more that the work which
has been entrusted to us seems more than we
are able to accomplish (The Great Controversy,
p. 609). There is only one hope: When we feel
our utter human helplessness and begin to rely
entirely on the Lord, then more help from above
of the resolutions adopted by the GC delegation
was a pledge which reads as follows:
believe that the time has come when due to the
increase of diseases in the animal world, the
use of milk and eggs is today a growing danger
the diet reform be progressive. Let the people
be taught how to prepare food without the use
of milk or butter. Tell them that the time will
soon come when there will be no safety in using
eggs, milk, cream, or butter, because disease
in animals is increasing in proportion to the
increase of wickedness among men. The time is
near when, because of the iniquity of the fallen
race, the whole animal creation will groan under
the diseases that curse our earth (Counsels
on Diet and Foods, p. 356).
hereby pledge myself to give due regard to the
counsel given in the Spirit of Prophecy on this
subject by taking a forward step in putting
less and less dependence on these foods and
intelligently educating our members away from
delegation, twelfth session, Brasilia,
the new term, F. Devai was elected president,
W. Volpp vice president, and A. Balbach secretary.
to the expansion of the work, it was decided
to increase the number of regional secretaries
from 2 to 6.
Thirteenth General Conference Session
this session, 54 delegates came together at
Bushkill, Pennsylvania, USA, September 1226,
1979. In that year, the work was being promoted
in 26 Unions and Fields. Membership reported:
delegation, thirteenth session, Bushkill,
Pennsylvania, USA, 1979.
development of the different departments established
at the GC level and how to make them more effective
was one of the major points of discussion.
the Working Policies an important provision
was made in behalf of the restricted countries
which are unable to send their delegates to
the GC session. The provision reads:
person(s) in other countries having experience
and/or knowledge of and/or close contacts with
believers in countries unable to send regular
delegates, and in good and regular standing
in their local church, but no more than two
immediate relatives, may be nominated by the
committee or members in such restricted countries,
with the concurrence of the GC Regional Secretary
for the area, to represent them and have a vote,
and such shall be seated as regular delegates
when recognized by a majority vote of the credentialed
delegates already seated."
of the resolutions adopted by the delegation,
which should be of special interest to all our
members and friends, reads:
Bible workers, and church officers will be requested
to pledge themselves that they, together with
their families, will place greater emphasis
on uplifting the standards by taking a higher
stand in Christian living and by closing the
door against worldliness; and it is expected
that, by the help of God, they will seek to
bring the same result in the homes of others.
. . ."
in session, 1979.
Council elected in 1979.
officers elected: W. Volpp, president; F. Devai,
1st vice president; C. Palazzolo, 2nd vice president;
A. C. Sas, 3rd vice president; A. Balbach, secretary.
he was overloaded with other duties, A. Balbach
resigned his office as secretary in 1980, and
A. N. Macdonald took over with the agreement
of the GC Executive Committee.