News for March 2017

Blemishes

March 29, 2017 / Steve Vistaunet

For years now, mirrors have been telling my story with increasing honesty. The supple skin of yesteryear is rapidly developing the patina of age.

This patina is not the graceful kind. There’s no hint at the artful brush strokes of a Rubens or Rembrandt. Blemishes once faint are now promenading in bold relief. They confirm the prophetic word of those old black-and-white Reader’s Digest ads, which bemoaned “Those Horrid Age Spots.” Big deal, I thought as a kid. Yet now prophecy has been fulfilled. My decades-old skin proves it. And, frankly, I suppose it is no big deal.

Letters

March 25, 2017

Thanks for 'Let's Talk' Memories

I was sorry to read that you will not be writing "Let's Talk" in the Gleaner in the future. Just wanted you to know that you will be missed. I always look forward to your column every time I receive an issue. While I know your replacement and look forward to reading his thoughts, I have really enjoyed your pieces because they are always based on some very practical and down-to-earth ideas. Thank you for making the Gleaner a great publication.

Myron Whiting, College Place, Wash.

UCA Student Athletes Share Christ

March 23, 2017 / Eric Johnson

At 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 26, a bus full of student athletes from Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., began their trip to Walla Walla University to compete in the annual Friendship Basketball Tournament. Coach Rob Gettys set the tone for the trip by sharing with the students how important it was for us to represent Christ well both on and off the court and for the team to look for ways they could demonstrate the love of Christ while on this trip.

Auburn Students Explore Servant Leadership Topics

March 23, 2017 / McKenna Butler

Student week of prayer is typically a spiritual highlight for an academy campus, and the same is true for Washington's Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA).

“We see the spiritual significance of week of prayer in a very specific way that reminds us of the greater spiritual battles we are in,” says John Soulé, AAA principal. “Any week of prayer is a call for us to continually pray for a spiritual hedge of protection for our students, staff, campus and school families.”

Northwest Pathfinders Test Their Bible Knowledge in College Place

March 22, 2017 / Jay Wintermeyer

Pathfinders from 11 clubs across the Pacific Northwest gathered in the Walla Walla University Church in College Place, Wash., on March 11 to test their knowledge of the Bible.

The regionwide gathering of Pathfinders was part of the Pathfinder Bible Experience, a team challenge that focuses on immersion in the Word of God. Four levels of play each year culminate in an official North American Pathfinder event held on the third Sabbath of April. This year’s division event was held in Chicago, Ill.

Project-Minded Cambridge Church Supports Community, Missions

March 22, 2017 / Carolyn Wesner

Sometimes mission projects are difficult for small church congregations. How can only a few people make a difference? The Cambridge (Idaho) Church, with its average attendance of 15, has a heart for serving those in need, so they chose an ambitious project for 2016. The church family decided to raise $5,000 for an item in the ADRA Really Useful Gift Catalog: a water source to transform a village.

SAGE Sees Miracles en Route to India

March 21, 2017 / Heidi Baumgartner

Two weeks before the SAGE (Seniors in Action for God with Excellence) India trip, someone asked Bob Grady, SAGE president, how were things going. "Great," he replied. "Everything is well-oiled and ready to go."

And then he thought, "Things are just going too smoothly. By experience I know the devil hates mission trips."

Mission trips are a key time to see modern-day miracles, as 34 SAGE members from Washington, Oregon and Colorado recently experienced en route to India. This is SAGE’s 18th mission trip with Maranatha Volunteers International in 20 years.