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:
• The human stomach needs to make a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will digest itself.
• A study of the Adventist lifestyle reveals that Adventists exercise an average of 50 percent more than their neighbors.
• According to a new study, people who said they had more positive views about aging lived an average of 7.6 years longer than those with negative views.
A big chunk of the Adventist health message centers on what we eat. That’s why I’m always interested in articles like the one in the Seattle Times that described an eating addiction of a woman in Mississippi.
According to the report, “Once Johnson tried hard to kick the habit. She took up smoking. She began eating laundry starch as a substitute. But the old craving still lingered.”
Her addiction? Dirt. Yep, that’s right, dirt.
Alaska, more than any other U.S. state, is an “unreached territory” with regard to the Third Angels’ Message.
Among Alaska’s 225 indigenous villages, only about 10 have received more than a passing encounter with Adventism. The challenging task ahead calls for reaching people of more then seven different native language groups.
Seventh-day Adventist church members from across Alaska gathered for the annual Palmer Camp Meeting, Aug. 6-10.
By its finale, Sabbath, attendance had grown to more than 800, nearly a quarter of total Alaska Conference membership. Guests from the lower-48 states joined members from far-away St. Lawrence Island, to the west, and Ketchikan, in southeast Alaska.
Gem State Adventist Academy, a grade 9-12 day and boarding high school outside of Caldwell, Idaho, began classes this school year with 142 students, from eight states and five foreign countries.
Japan, Korea, Africa, Mexico, and Taiwan are all represented on the student body, as are the US states of Idaho, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Tennessee, and Minnesota.
“To God be the Glory – Great Things He Hath Done!” The words of the hymn rang through the recently completed sanctuary, as more than 70 members and guests participated in the formal organization of the Garden Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church, north of Boise, Idaho.
With the help of Adventist Development and Relief Agency’s (ADRA’s) “Adventures for Kids” program, children this summer were able to tour the world at the North Valley Adventist Church’s vacation Bible school in Columbia Falls, Mont.
With their “tour guides” and “passports,” the children visited four daily travel stations, representing different nations.
Mt. Ellis Academy opened school this year on Aug. 18, with 78 students currently enrolled—representing an increase of several students from last year’s initial enrollment.