Our History

How It All Began:


How It All Began

Enos Washington Crawford began colporteur work in northwest Arkansas in 1883. Photo courtesy of the Advent Review and Sabbath Herald.

Welcome to the Arkansas-Louisiana Seventh-day Adventist History online. Our story is rooted in the early Adventists who had the vision and commitment to spread the Seventh-day Adventist message throughout Arkansas and Louisiana. It is a story of heeding the commission to “go and make disciples” in hopeful anticipation of our Savior’s soon return. The story began when Adventists began sending tracts and pamphlets to friends and neighbors in our territory. Many of our churches and schools started because a family moved to a community with no other Adventists, but faithfully invited their friends and neighbors to study the Bible with them. And of course no Adventist story is complete without our colporteurs, Bible workers, and evangelists. Every one of these people played a significant role in spreading the three angels’ message throughout the two states that constitute our conference.

Remember the days of long ago.
Think about what the Lord did through those many years.
Ask your father. He will tell you.
Ask your elders. They’ll explain it to you.

- Deut. 32:7 NIRV

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