April 2005

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Editorial

I Saw the "Latter Rain"

For years I’ve heard, preached, and believed that just before Christ’s return the "latter rain" would fall. This would be a time, as we understand it, when God’s Spirit...

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Fresh Start

Lost

I have done some very stupid things in my life.

Need an example? Very well.

I was in Porto Allegre,...

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North Pacific Union

A Declaration and Appeal

Editor's note: The following statement on marriage was drafted at the urging of the Northwest Religious Liberty Association in Executive Session: Oct. 6, 2004. It was amended and approved by...

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News

Called to Serve

She still can’t tell the story without crying.The middle-aged man had been brought, unconscious, to Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH) in the grip of a severe heart attack, and Rebecca Bissell, R.N... More

God Rewards 40 Days of Fasting and Prayer

As the school year began, the Dillingham Adventist School board realized that they were facing a financial crisis which would leave the small school with a significant cash deficit at the end of the... More

Idaho Conference Camp Meeting People with a Purpose

Idaho Camp Meeting 2005June 14–18Gem State Adventist AcademyPeople with a PurposeCome to camp meeting and refocus on what God’s purpose is for your life!Featured SpeakerClifford Goldstein, editor of... More

KTSY Sends Valentines to Idaho Soldiers in Iraq

Staff members of radio station KTSY 89.5 FM, spent much of the month of February touring Southwest Idaho with five huge Valentine cards. The cards were actually 10-foot banners that said things like... More

Jerry Harris Baptized in Enterprise

Jerry Harris of Joseph, Ore., was baptized by Steve Gilmore, Enterprise Church pastor, in a beautiful pond at the home of Gary and Glenda Underhill on Sabbath, Oct. 9. The morning began with... More

Ski the Summit Montana Conference Offers Adventurous Youth Ministry

Ski the Summit Montana Conference Offers Adventurous Youth Ministry Almost 100 students from around the Northwest flocked to Mount Ellis Academy (MEA) for their annual Ski the Summit youth ministry... More

A Declaration and Appeal

Editor's note: The following statement on marriage was drafted at the urging of the Northwest Religious Liberty Association in Executive Session: Oct. 6, 2004. It was amended and approved by the... More

Livingstone Holds Missions-Themed Week of Prayer

The year’s first week of prayer at Oregon's newest academy, Livingstone Adventist Academy (LAA), inspired students with stories of mission work. Each day staff members told of their mission... More

Maranatha Spanish Achieves New Status

Celebrating the dreams and honoring the perseverance of many, the Maranatha Spanish Company, Medford, Ore., was officially recognized as a church on Sabbath, Feb. 5, 2005.The Maranatha Spanish Group... More

Mighty Men and Women of God Honored

Recently, the Fall Creek Church family honored 10 of its long-time senior members for their 263 cumulative years of unselfish dedication and outstanding service to the Fall Creek Church. During a... More

Adventist Woman Completes Honolulu Marathon First in Her Division

Gladys Burrill, 86, made history on Dec. 12, 2004, as the oldest woman to ever complete the Honolulu Marathon. In just over nine hours after crossing the starting line she finished first in her... More

NW 2A league interest in PAA student athletes

At the most recent meeting of the secondary school principals of the Northwest 2-A league of the Oregon State Athletic Association (OSAA) attended by Portland Adventist Academy ’s principal, Gale... More

Oregon Conference Hosts NAD Adventurer Leadership Convention

"Heaven: The Ultimate Adventure” was the theme for the 15th annual North American Division Adventurer Ministries Convention held Feb. 24–27 at the Thunderbird Hotel in Jantzen Beach, Ore. More than... More

TurningPoint Community Group Creates Warm, Caring Atmosphere

After much searching, Tim Davis found a church home for his family. Two years ago he was invited to work with the audio/visual (A/V) crew at TurningPoint Community Group, the new church plant in... More

Rivergate Students Share Smiles and Songs

First- and second-graders from Ken Smith's class at Rivergate Adventist School share songs in English, Spanish, and Sign Language at the March 1 luncheon for the Retired Workers' Fellowship. These... More

Health Fair at Multnomah Falls

Teen Pathfinders from the Oregon Conference Teen Leadership Training Convention held in Corbett, Ore., spent Sabbath afternoon, Jan. 30, hosting a health fair at Multnomah Falls. Ed Hoover from... More

PJ's Place

Q. I am not married and I have had sex. Am I going to hell?A. One of the greatest tools that the devil uses is guilt. When we sin by making poor choices or following our own desires instead of what... More

VBS Retreat

Authentic music, activities, and snacks immersed participants in whole-learning experiences during the Oregon Conference Vacation Bible School retreat, Feb. 19–20, at Gladstone Park Conference Center... More

Donor’s Gift Makes New Computer Equipment Available

Donor’s Gift Makes New Computer Equipment Available An anonymous donor has made it possible for Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) to significantly upgrade its computer laboratory, replacing four-year... More

If It Is His Will, There Is a Way

"I am sorry, sir, but the freeway won’t open until 9 o’clock. We are still cleaning up the wreckage from last night’s accidents.”We were all very disappointed when we heard what the road worker told... More

Miracles Witnessed at Prayer Quest

Miracles—like in biblical times—happened at Prayer Quest, sponsored by the Oregon Conference women’s ministries and ministerial departments this February, when 140 women and men gathered to pray,... More

You Must Tell the People That I Am Coming Very Soon

José Luis Pérez got up one morning several years ago while he and his family were living in Brewster, Wash. After breakfast and feeling very sleepy he took a short nap. While sleeping he had a dream... More

UCA Sponsors "Change Your World" Jars to Help Tsunami Victims

Along with the rest of the world, Upper Columbia Academy students were compelled to do something that would make a difference for the victims of the Christmas Day tsunami. From the HOPE Task Force... More

KETL-LP Radio to Bring 3ABN to Republic

The Republic (Wash.) Church members watched a 95-foot radio tower go up on a hill 900 feet above and 6,000 feet east of their church on Nov. 22, 2004. The $30,000 tower, purchased for $3,000 and... More

UCA Hosts UCC Choral Clinic

Upper Columbia Academy’s 105-member choir recently doubled for a few days when more than 100 seventh- through tenth-graders, representing 10 schools from the Upper Columbia Conference, joined them on... More

Brothers Become Sixth-generation Adventists

Shortly after Jeff Crain came to pastor the Omak (Wash.) Church, Sherrie Sype and Daryl Jacobson requested Bible study materials on baptism for their two sons, Kurt, 15, and Brent, l2. They had been... More

Rallies Focus on Sharing Jesus

This spring Jim Kilmer, Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) church-growth director, organized soul-winning rallies at four locations throughout the inland Northwest. The purpose of these area-wide... More

Retreat Speaker Challenges Men

It was approaching sunset on Friday evening, Jan. 21. The trumpet call of Canada geese seemed to herald the close of another work week. Ducks gliding across Hayden Lake's mirrored surface echoed the... More

A Quiet Honor

A Quiet Honor Learning new things is what Adventurer clubs are all about. The Spokane Valley club undertook earning the challenging honor of sign language. Melodie DeVaney, a member of the Spokane... More

New Fitness Center Honors Teri Kuhlman's Memory

The new Teri Kuhlman Fitness Center at Walla Walla College will be dedicated during alumni homecoming weekend 2005. The event will be held Sabbath, April 23, at 4 p.m.The center, located in the... More

A Smart Start at Walla Walla College

Students beginning their educational experience at Walla Walla College should be aware of the Smart Start Summer Scholarship program. Any undergraduate student enrolling in WWC who has not previously... More

A Week of Compassion Sponsors Needy Children

"A Week of Compassion,” Positive Life Radio’s (PLR) recent fund raiser for Compassion International, concluded with sponsorship for 202 needy children. Sponsors pledged $32 per month to help a child... More

Puget Sound Alumni Weekend

Alumni returned to celebrate Puget Sound Adventist Academy’s sixth annual alumni weekend Feb. 25–26, in conjunction with senior recognition. The church service was held on the PSAA campus and... More

Olympia Holds Revival Meetings

The Holy Spirit was certainly present in the Olympia Church which hosted David and Gaylene Wolkwitz for a series of revival meetings. Wolkwitz serves in the Washington Conference as the trust... More

AAA's New Weather Station

Most people rely on their local television weather forecaster to find out what the weather forecast will be—not Auburn Adventist Academy! This year our Intro to Engineering class has successfully... More

Pathfinder Teen Retreat at Sunset Lake

"Overcoming the Odds” was the theme of this year’s Washington Conference Pathfinder teen retreat. More than 140 Pathfinders and staff from across the state gathered at Sunset Lake Camp on Feb. 4–6 to... More

More than 70 Women Train for Service

More than 70 Women Train for Service Did you know that on a worldwide basis, the average church congregation is composed of at least 65 percent women? In many local churches, the percentage is even... More