Waiyego Pearson had a two-part vision for Vacation Bible School this year: Whe wanted to encourage children in the knowledge that God cares for them and wants to be part of their life, and she wanted the community to be more involved in the programming.
A brand-new Adventist who joined the church two years ago, she worked with the leadership team at Auburn City Church to specifically encourage a better relationship with the local community.
Far in the mountains of Bukidnon, Mindanao, lies the small mountain village of Paiwaig in the Philippines, where members of the Highline Church from Des Moines, Wash., sponsored a two-week evangelistic seminar and Vacation Bible School and held a medical clinic day.
What started out as a whim has turned into an inspirational community lifeline for families in need.
When Port Orchard Church member Claudia Arends asked her Facebook friends in October 2015 what they thought about the idea of a free clothing outlet for struggling families, she didn't know what to expect.
Washington Conference introduced two new vice presidents during camp meeting this year. Craig Carr will serve as vice president for administration, and Craig Mattson will serve as vice president for education.
"Camp meeting time is a good ministry boot camp," says Carr. "I heard many great stories of how God is working in and through the ministries of western Washington."
Just 10 minutes before the Rise Against Hunger and Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) service project at Washington Adventist Camp Meeting, only 25 volunteers had shown up and signed in.
“We ended up having 175 people here helping us pack 20,000 meals,” says Jodi Iwankiw, local project coordinator.
When Washington's Bellingham Church family sold its facility last year to move onto the same property as Baker View Adventist Christian School, they knew one thing for sure: The members wanted to be actively involved in the building process.
Church members along with Maranatha volunteers have done 90 percent of the work so far on the 16,000-square-foot facility, report church leaders.
Contractor Dale Mundy says the support of the Bellingham Church community has been extraordinary.
Ferndale Adventist Church partnered with Mercy Missions of the Northwest to offer a two-day Mobile Dental Clinic in May. The church also used the fellowship hall for a triage and simple medical services area.
Once registered, each patient had their blood pressure checked and had the opportunity to have their blood sugar tested as well. They were then escorted to the triage area and then on to the dental van where dentists Michael Sacro and Emilynda Quinones cared for various dental needs.
North Cascade Adventist Church in Burlington, Wash., dedicated its church service on April 29 to celebrating the grand opening of the new "Radio of Life" church ministry: Skagit Valley Family Radio, 104.7 KTFJ-FM. KTFJ stands for Keep The Faith of Jesus.