Academy Bible Conference 2004
The 2004 Academy Bible Conference was held at Camp MiVoden, Hayden Lake, Idaho. This annual event draws students from all of our academies and public high schools across the Northwest.
This is an exciting time for these students. It gives them an opportunity to enter into deep spiritual fellowship and make new friends with the students from the other academies, public high schools, and the home-schooled.
The theme for the weekend, “Jesus up Close and Personal,” was echoed throughout the weekend by Ron Pollard, Southern California Conference youth director. Workshop presenters were Jeff Deming, Oregon Conference associate youth director, and Shelley Fry, Portland Adventist Academy Bible and history teacher.
Adding to the mix was a variety of praise music and contemporary rap by Minister Fred, a youth specialist from New Orleans, and Andrew Perrin and his group, Words Few, from Walla Walla College.
Another addition was an outstanding drama presentation by Second Wind from the Tri-Cities area in Washington.
During Sabbath morning worship, Pastor Ron made an appeal to the students to give all of their fears and sinful habits over to Jesus and to make a new start with Him. At the conclusion of the service, two students came forward requesting to be baptized after the vespers service that evening. The indoor swimming pool at MiVoden was converted into a large baptismal pool, and 20 students requested immediate baptism and re-baptism.
The students were baptized by Pollard and their Bible counselors. This special service capped off the 2004 Academy Bible Conference.