Late-season snow drifted through the air as members of 13 Salem-area Adventist churches awoke to attend the Willamette Valley Mission Festival.
But by the time 1,000 to 1,500 attendees began gathering at the Dayspring Fellowship church in Keiser, Ore., the sun was shining brightly, a harbinger of warmth and fellowship to follow.
After a rousing song service, Don Livesay, Oregon Conference president, welcomed the audience.
Caring for Cuba
As Milo Adventist Academy (MAA) students learn to reflect Jesus, they discover the joy found in serving others.
Mission trips during spring vacation took two groups to Mexico; a smaller team stayed closer to home and shared with elementary students in Oregon.
Scappoose and Hood View
Staff and students at the Scappoose Adventist School and Hood View Junior Academy welcomed Milo’s Northwest mission team to their schools for mini-weeks of prayer.
A new Tillamook Adventist School building has been dedicated, debt-free, after an arson fire completely destroyed the school facility on April 26, 2000.
Milo Adventist Academy’s highest awards for academic excellence have been given to five students.
Those honored are incoming ninth-grader Sarah Sexton of Hood View Junior Academy; incoming 11th-graders Lyndsi Hersey of Rogue Valley Adventist School and Beth-Anne Laspe of Roseburg Junior Academy; and Milo juniors Tobi Foster and Launa Hulse. Each received merit awards of $1,000.
Some 80 sponsors and students of the Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) band, choir, and hand bell ensemble recently held eight concerts in six days, with performances at Hood View Junior Academy, Milo Adventist Academy, Ashland, Ore., Yreka, Calif., Coos Bay, Ore., Lincoln City, Ore., Tillamook, Ore., and Tualatin, Ore.
The lightning tour proved physically challenging, but tour members reported that the experience produced a bonding effect on their friendships.
Do mission projects pay? Ask Bruce and Norma Brunson, who this May made their sixth trip to Guatemala.
With them on their latest mission venture was Isaías Hernández, who they met 24 years ago in Guatemala during their first visit.
Hernández, then a 17-year-old student, became a special friend to the Brusons and went on to college in Argentina, where he met and married wife Graciela.
Blue Mountain Television, a Christian station serving the Walla Walla area of Eastern Washington, had been raising funds to buy three new Sony digital cameras, valued at $100,000.
A big surprise came in mid-May, however, in the form of an opportunity to save several thousands of dollars off the purchase price.
“Scars and Stripes Forever” was this year’s theme for the Upper Columbia Conference annual Camp Meeting, in College Place, Wash., June 12-15.
While pointing to the price Jesus paid to redeem the world from sin, the theme also encompassed a special veterans’ Sabbath program to remember those who paid the price for America’s religious freedom.