Largest convention hosted by San Antonio comes to a close

Seventh-day Adventist conference wraps up Saturday

SAN ANTONIO – It's the largest convention hosted by the city of San Antonio and it's wrapping up on Saturday.

Seventh-day Adventist Church General Convention Session which started July 2 has brought in more than 70,000 people from around the world.

Jonathan Morris, who made the trip from Liberia, said he likes San Antonio.

"Texas is a great state," said Morris. "It's hot, like Liberia. The temperature is normal for us. Many people complain, but I don't complain because that's the kind of weather I'm used to in Africa."

Most attendees arrived at the beginning of the month, but some people are just getting to San Antonio for the final prayer session.

"We just got here," said Flor Salinas of Houston. "We left at 7 a.m., but traffic was horrible. But God made it possible for even us to find a parking space not too far away."

Karen Azvdo from Brazil said the final prayer session is what most participants look forward to when they come to the conference.

"This is a meeting that happens every five years," said Azvdo. "And we can see our church in other parts of the world and it's nice because we are different, but we are the same people."

According to the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau, the economic impact the conference brings to the city is estimated at $40.5 million.

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