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.
We were excited about participating in the General Conference 10 Days of Prayer initiative during the middle of January, but we wanted to make it accessible to our families with children. The theme this year was praying through the sanctuary.
We started each evening with 10–15 minutes of hymns and choruses that prepared us for that night’s message. Then we asked our Sabbath School teachers to prepare a 15-minute children’s story that would help children understand the beautiful meaning symbolized in God’s sanctuary.
With Christmas carols in the background and happy voices in the foreground, our Nampa Women’s Christmas Brunch in Star, Idaho, was happening! Earlier, before the festivities began, the women’s ministries team had arrived and transformed the Heron River Clubhouse into a festive event hall.
With a theme of “Gift of Giving,” attendees entered, placing their gifts of personal care items by the door. These gifts were designated for the Nampa Women’s and Children’s Shelter. Women’s ministries has a desire to minister to others, thus our gift to the shelter.