2017 Gem State Adventist Academy Homecoming
Alumni, former students, staff and faculty will converge on the campus of Gem State Adventist Academy (GSAA) in Caldwell, Idaho, March 31–April 2, 2017, to celebrate homecoming. Make your plans to be there.
Featured speaker for Sabbath morning is Darold Bigger, author of the book A Time to Forgive, a chronicle of the experience shared by Darold and his wife, Barbara, following the death of their daughter, Shannon. After college, the Biggers joined Glen and Barbara Aufderhar as the Idaho evangelism team. They held meetings in the Treasure Valley and eastern Oregon and spent time supporting camps at Camp Ida-Haven in McCall, Idaho, and youth meetings at camp meetings. They presented a week of prayer at GSAA and pastored in eastern Oregon before and after seminary at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. They remain loyal to their Idaho Conference friends.
Their daughter, Shannon, came to camp meeting with her parents when she was 1 week old. Years later, she was hired by GSAA to coordinate alumni and development activities, but was killed two weeks before she was to begin. A plaque remembering her is located on the west side of the Administration Building.
Darold Bigger will share “Panic or Polish the Silverware.” Rochelle Hauser, class of 1967, will share her life experience on Friday evening. Dan Matthews will host the Missionary Showcase, a program that recognizes the positive impact GSAA graduates have made both here and around the world to bring Christ’s love to thousands.
The roll call of classes, military appreciation, Family Loyalty Award and afternoon sharing are staples of homecoming. Stay by for the annual basketball game on Saturday night and the Soles for Heaven Fun Run 5K on Sunday morning.
Terry Mace, GSAA alumni association president