Northwest Hosts National Church-Planting Conference

November 01, 2002

More than 100 church planters from North America and beyond gathered for SPROUT 2002 meetings at the Seattle Center, Sept. 25-28.

Coordinated by Ron Gladden and Lavelle Whitehouse of the North Pacific Union Conference church planting department, SPROUT is designed annually for individuals already actively involved in church planting leadership.

A “SEEDS” convocation, held each year at Andrews University, targets those not yet active in church planting.

First Award

November 01, 2002

During the first day of SPROUT meetings, Ron Gladden, right, North Pacific Union Conference church planting director, presented Max Torkelsen II, Upper Columbia Conference president, with the first-ever “Courageous Administrator Award.”

Torkelsen, Conference president since 1997, has led the Conference’s recent push to include church planting in its strategic plan for project fundraising development.


November 01, 2002

Hair on End

As I read about the “Miraculous Encounter” of sisters Heather and Heidi and Elder Venden, my spirit tingled with praise and thanksgiving. What an awesome God we serve! He truly is in control, despite what the world may scream. He is in the “still small voice” of miracles like this. May we all proclaim the daily blessings and miracles of God in our lives. What food for a Christian’s soul. I was so encouraged all my hair felt as if it was standing straight out.

Touching Lives Changing Destinies

October 01, 2002 / Jere Patzer

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference—a smile from a stranger, a whispered prayer, or an unexpected kindness. Often it’s a series of small events that changes the world, not one monumental effort. And undoubtedly it’s people that make institutions great, not bricks and mortar.

For nearly 20 years, I’ve been blessed to be able to serve on Adventist Health’s Board of Directors, and throughout my tenure I’ve witnessed countless little things that, added up, have melted hearts, touched lives, and changed destinies.

Did You Know

October 01, 2002


• 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.

Diggin’ Dirt

October 01, 2002

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’s “Gospel Angels” Wing Salvation to Frontiers

October 01, 2002 / Melchizedek Ponniah

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.

Palmer Camp Meeting Attracts Audience from Across Alaska

October 01, 2002 / John Kriegelstein

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.