When Adventist Medical Center (AMC) began looking for growth opportunities, all indicators pointed to Gresham, Ore. This booming community of 90,000 is the fourth largest city in the state and boasts an increasing amount of high-tech development.
"You should ask God about that,” says Elira Gjata, smiling. She is trying to explain how a girl from Albania ended up at Walla Walla College, getting her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in social work. Elira’s story begins when her mother, a new Seventh-day Adventist in post-communist Albania, told her Canadian pastor of her wish to send one of her children to America to study. At that point, the “heavenly dominoes” began to fall, one by one.
Walla Walla College mechanical engineering student Dustin Whipple recently won first place in a competition for engineers with his presentation, “A Finer Way for Spinal Distraction.” The graduating senior spoke before the Columbia Basin section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in the Old Guard Oral Presentation Contest held in Richland, Wash.
"Back Light,” a drawing by Martha Mason, professor of art at Walla Walla College, was recently one of 40 drawings selected from 300 submitted to the 10th biennial “Border to Border” National Drawing Competition at Austin Peay State University (APSU) in Clarksville, Tenn.
All 40 chosen drawings will become part of APSU’s permanent collection.The drawings, submitted from all over the country, went on display in APSU's Trahern Gallery in February.
The Puyallup Church recently held their first women’s mini retreat entitled, His Eye Is on the Sparrow. The retreat was open to all ladies age 16 and up. About 60 women participated, 10 of whom were visitors. The special guest speaker was Wilma Bing, Washington Conference women’s ministries director. Bings’ talks explored the various aspects of God’s loving watch care over us.
Every year on the first weekend in March, Sunset Lake Camp is alive with teenagers for Public High School Retreat. This year's theme focused on allowing Jesus to come in and be the light of your world, so that you can “shine” for God where you live. More than 160 young people from all over the conference were challenged to accept God’s high calling to be all they are meant to be—true lights for God.
The Washington Conference executive committee, after a nation-wide search, elected Joel Tompkins to be the new treasurer on March 8. Tompkins replaces Mark Remboldt who recently accepted a position at the North Pacific Union office.
The Greater Seattle Fil-Am Church baptized 25 people as a result of a six-week seminar, held at West Seattle Elementary School. The seminar was presented by Byron Corbett, a young, energetic Amazing Facts evangelist, assisted by Lowell Teves, Fil-Am Church pastor. Children had their own meetings while their parents attended the seminar.
Escaping from Seattle’s gray January skies, a 40-member SAGE team flew south to Lima, Peru, to build a Maranatha church for the Emaus congregation in the poverty-stricken northern section of the city.
Some 11 years earlier, the congregation had purchased a small lot on the sloping side of a rocky hill and spent eight years hacking out a level space with hand tools so they could put up a small building, made of bamboo and thatch. They covered the walls with old cardboard accounting folders.