March 11, 2017 / Steve Vistaunet

I wasn’t the only one. Countless children through the centuries had tried it and failed. I was ignorant of such odds.

As I recall, my mother had refused to grant some childish request, and I was as furious as a 4-year-old can be. But instead of throwing a useless tantrum, I stomped purposefully to my room and began to plan my escape from totalitarianism. Into a bag went several items of clothing, a harmonica and a stuffed animal.

“Where are you going?” asked my mother, who had quietly been watching from the doorway.

WWU Honor Band Allows UCA Musicians to Grow

March 10, 2017 / Timothy Kosaka

Fourteen students and staff from Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., joined musicians from 11 Adventist academies for a weekend of growing through music. Brandon Beck, Walla Walla University professor of music and band director, led this biennial event on the campus of Walla Walla University. An intensive audition process yielded some of the “finest musicians from the country," says Pam Cress, interim chair of the Walla Walla University (WWU) music department.

TSACS Holds Toothpick-Bridge Competition

March 10, 2017 / Becky Colvin

Fundraising for field trips is one of the challenges faced by small schools. In response, Maurita Crew has her fifth- through eighth-graders at Three Sisters Adventist Christian School in Bend, Ore., utilize their skills in science, geometry and engineering to accomplish a significant amount of fundraising for field trips all at once.

Mission Creek Students Minister Through Baking

March 09, 2017 / Michael Trethewey

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.

NPUC Literature Ministries to Refocus

March 09, 2017

SOULS Northwest, the Bible worker training and literature ministries program sponsored by the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) and local conferences within the union since 2012, will be phased out of operation this June with the completion of the current term.

Tea Party Celebrates God’s Princesses

March 06, 2017 / Jean Gobah

Many little girls like to pretend to be a princess. They enjoy dressing up in pretty dresses and sparkly things; it makes them feel special. Playing off that idea, a mother-daughter Princess Tea was held at Anchorage Junior Academy on Feb. 11 for more than 120 people, including 61 girls ages 4–12 and their mothers, grandmothers and adult friends.

Teens Reminded of God's Power

March 06, 2017 / Alicia Pope

Imagine a world where teens came together expecting a weekend of worship fun and desire to make Jesus a reality. Teen Retreat 2017 at Camp MiVoden in Hayden Lake, Idaho, was just that.

From all over the Upper Columbia Conference, teens gathered to be reminded of God's power by Dean Kravig, weekend speaker and the band teacher of Upper Columbia Academy in Spangle, Wash. His message was anything but blah. Jim Morgan, father of one of the teens, says, "His sermons have been right on."

Banquete Hispano Ministerial Navideño de la NPUC

March 06, 2017 / César De León

El martes 13 de diciembre del año pasado los pastores de la obra Hispana, sus cónyuges y sus hijos, fueron agasajados y honrados al ser invitados al primer banquete Hispano navideño de la Unión del Norte del Pacífico. Junto a mi esposa Carolann y Sandra Osorio asistente administrativa del departamento, se planeo cuidadosamente cada detalle del evento. El deseo era que nuestras familias ministeriales se sintieran apoyadas, amadas y apreciadas.