WWU Students Incur Less Student Loan Debt Than National Average

August 15, 2017

Walla Walla University encourages students to reduce their student loan debt, and statistics show it is working. In 2012, 81 percent of WWU graduating seniors had student loans. By 2016, that number had decreased to 68 percent. Of thousands of private colleges and universities surveyed, WWU ranked 36th for students with the least amount of private student loan debt as of May 2017.

Clarkston Holds VBS 26 Years in the Making

August 15, 2017 / Morleen Flerchinger

God sparked a fire that led to flames and spread like wildfire. It’s been 26 years since Vacation Bible School happened at the Clarkston Church in Washington. That longtime tradition was broken June 26, 2017, when VBS opened at 5:30 p.m. Cactusville was up and ready for business.

Adventist Church in North America Responds to Hate, Violence in Charlottesville

August 14, 2017

The North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (NAD) issued the following statement in response to the hate and violence in Charlottesville, Va. The North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists affirms these thoughts and encourages Northwest members to lift the character and values of Jesus up to a world that needs Him more than ever before.

Pastors Whitehead, Wilson, Bryan Ordained

August 14, 2017 / Heidi Baumgartner

This summer, Washington Conference ordained three pastors: Ryan Whitehead in June, Ryan Wilson in July and Don Bryan in August.

For Whitehead, ministry started by assisting his parents with ministry activities at church, summer camp and Pathfinders.

“I have a heart for ministry because it was modeled for me,” Whitehead says. “Ministry was always and still is a way of life.”

Sunny Day Smiles on Sunnyside's Sunny City

August 13, 2017 / Warren Rushold

Sunday, July 2, 2017, dawned bright and clear. It promised to be a beautiful day in Portland, Ore. After a several-years' hiatus the community fair known as Sunny City was back.

Sunny City is an interactive cityscape designed especially for kids; each “building” (canopy) is something you might find in a real city. The purpose is to create a positive connection between our neighbors, community organizations and the local church. In some cases this is the first positive interaction with a church the children and families have ever had.

VBS Programs Make Connections

August 13, 2017 / Katie Henderson

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.

AHA Holds 35th Annual Cowboy Camp Meeting

August 12, 2017 / Cherelyn Strickland

Every Fourth of July horse lovers and friends from the West Coast gather for camp meeting under a big tent out in God’s second book, nature. This year Cowboy Camp Meeting, hosted by the Adventist Horseman's Association (AHA), was held at Mount Adams Horse Camp in Washington, where there is a beautiful view of the mountain. Campers (and those who came just for Sabbath) enjoyed Eric Brown’s daily messages on the topic of salvation. Brown is the senior pastor of the Coeur d'Alene Church in Idaho.