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.
Do you ever look at successful people and wonder why they appear to be so lucky? Maybe it is that person who always seems to get promoted or perhaps the one who gets straight A’s.
Success doesn’t happen by chance. Jacob Craig, a senior at Skagit Adventist Academy (SAA) in Burlington, Wash., recently learned this firsthand.
Earlier this year, one of his teachers asked Craig to submit an application and essay to the Daughters of the American Revolution. The essay question asked, “What are the qualities that make you a good citizen?”
“Thank you for my beautiful clothes!”
“I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t found God’s Closet. My kids need new clothes so badly, and I just don’t have the money.”
Sentiments such as these are the very reason the Monroe Church in western Washington opened a chapter of God’s Closet clothing ministry. “When I saw a video on Facebook about God’s Closet, I knew immediately that we needed this ministry,” says Tracey Gaver, director of the program for Monroe. “The need in our community is so great.”
At Mission Creek Christian School in western Washington, the students are learning to live by their motto this year, which is “Bloom Where You’re Planted.” A recent outreach is rising to meet this challenge in unique ways.
These students have taken complete charge of an artisan bread-baking ministry, dubbed the Bread of Life. After much research and experimentation, the students have perfected cranberry walnut, wheat, raisin and other varieties of artisan bread.
All proceeds from the bread go to help the students on an upcoming mission trip to Iquitos, Peru.
This last winter a team of outreach coordinators — evangelism-trained individuals from SOULS Northwest, SOULS West, Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism (AFCOE), Costa Rica and even Egypt — stepped in to help fill a need in western Washington.
Washington Conference received 1,800 Bible study requests from residents in the South Sound region. Even with more than 200 volunteers assisting in the response, more help was needed. The outreach coordinators are helping 10 of the 19 partner churches who most need Bible study response assistance.
When Excellence in Ministry awards were distributed at the North American Division’s Adventist Ministries Convention in Tucson, Ariz., Byron Dulan’s name was among the recognized ministry leaders.
Dulan, who serves as Washington Conference outreach ministries director, was recognized for Excellence in Ministry in the “Adult Ministries — Personal Ministries" category.
Dulan is active in involving, equipping and empowering local leaders to minister for God by reaching their communities.
Cara Hilde had a customer come to the fuel station kiosk window to set a fuel prepay. Before he could say an amount, a group of five young people approached, said they were from the local Adventist church, explained they were sharing random acts of kindness and offered to pay for the customer’s gas.
“I had goose bumps from head to toe,” Hilde writes. She was so moved by the experience she wrote an email to Yelm Church.
“Even though it wasn’t for me, I just had to … tell them 'thank you,'” Hilde says. “Your group of five made my day so much brighter ... .”
Grades kindergarten through eighth at Kirkland (Wash.) Seventh-day Adventist School (KSDA) joined together this winter to gather donations for Hand in Hand, an organization that "provides critical care and support for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect … and are entering foster care."