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.
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.”
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.
The Great Adventurer
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.
In February Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore., hosted “CROSS Training,” a high school worship conference focused on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus in an age of uncertainty. Students came from Grants Pass, Klamath Falls, McMinnville and Salem to join Milo students for the weekend.
“Go faster to finish in 20 minutes!” exclaims Ryan McCutcheon, principal and head teacher at Alaska's Sitka Adventist School, exuberantly, as students pedal briskly to reach their goal. Their goal is located across town in Mexico City, a place they might never travel in their lives, and it is simple: bike 2 miles within 20 minutes.
“Adentro afuera arriba abajo siempre estoy feliz.”
These Spanish lyrics to a classic Adventist children’s song float down the hallways at school and even into the homes of Rogers Adventist School (RAS) students in College Place, Wash., and the surrounding area.
This is the fourth year RAS has invited Spanish teachers to share their language and culture with students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Teachers have come from Ecuador, Spain and Costa Rica.