We are excited to welcome Brandon O’Neal as our new principal at Portland Adventist Elementary School (PAES). He is joining our school family for the 2017–2018 school year all the way from Texas. Here is what he shared with us recently:
One little church with an average membership of about 15 regular members in Townsend, Mont., had a big dream: to bring free vision care to a small community in central Montana that lacks an optometrist. With a few months of planning, a lot of prayers and help from Merlin Knowles, Montana Conference president, that dream became a reality April 14–15, 2017.
As we neared the end of our mission trip to Guatemala in March 2016, members of my church in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, were already asking, “What are we doing next year? Where are we going on our next mission trip?”
This was exciting to me since it had been one of the results of this trip I had hoped for. But what came next was completely unexpected and entirely foreign to me.
“I realized it was time. It is time to do away with the old man and become a new one in Jesus Christ,” Cliff shared with the congregation on the morning of his baptism. "It was time."
Cliff and his wife, Candy, had grown up in the town of Port Orchard, Wash. They fell in love and got married not long after high school. Candy and her extended family remained active in the church, while Cliff had little interest in spiritual things. But Candy was praying for Cliff … for 42 years.
On March 30, 2017, the joy of young people serving the Lord was on display at the Grants Pass Church in Grants Pass, Ore., during Pathfinder Sabbath.
Pathfinder Sabbath included the processional, Scripture and prayer, praise music, and drama. Enthusiastic young people communicated God’s love. Highlights of the past year were shared, which included community outreach and evangelism.
Eric Wagner was called to be director late in the Pathfinder year. His leadership skills and rich experience with Pathfinders have made him an ideal choice to fill this position.
Students from Upper Columbia Academy in Spangle, Wash., traveled to Africa during their spring break to hold medical and dental clinics in the villages around the Masai Mara. They also distributed much-needed shoes to Kenyan children and adults who are in need.
They brought shoes that expand by five sizes, designed by a young man out of Caldwell, Idaho. The 31 UCA students were joined by two doctors, two dentists and two nurses.
During their spring break, students from Tappahannock Junior Academy in Tappahannock, Va., and Columbia Adventist Academy in Battle Ground, Wash., gave up their valuable week off from schoolwork to converge on southcentral Alaska’s Camp Tukuskoya (Camp Tuk) near Big Lake.
Camp Tuk is located about two hours north of Anchorage and is off the road system. Since 1956, junior, teen and even multiaged blind campers have enjoyed the boat ride across Flat Lake to this remote camp.
“Seek the peace and prosperity of the city … pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” Jer. 29:7
On a drizzly Sabbath morning in March, the youth from Washington's Gig Harbor Adventist Fellowship (GHAF) traded the warmth and comfort of their regular meeting room for a wet and chilly walk through downtown Gig Harbor.
Instead of their regular Bible study class, they picked up trash from the sidewalks and street gutters, stopping several places along the way to pray for the city.
“This week has been stressful,” says Ally Anunciado, a Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) senior. “I have a test that is really worrying me. But I’ve been planning a hike with friends and thinking about it reminds me that soon I’ll get to be in God’s creation. That’s why I drew this.” She shows a simple but beautiful drawing featuring a quote from John Muir about retreating to the mountains.