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Irrigon Members Rejoice as Membership Grows

August 01, 2002 / Norma Stahl

Members of the Irrigon, Ore., Church, a small-town congregation on the Columbia River, began praying last summer for six new members in the next 12 months.

Their prayers have been answered, with members to spare.

Mary Hajek

Mary Hajek had attended a Daniel seminar by Pastor Fred Christensen in fall of 1999, but she declined an invitation for further study.

Washington Introduces Executive Committee Members

August 01, 2002

At its recent quadrennial constituency session, Washington Conference delegates appointed members with a variety of skills, experience, and occupations from throughout the Conference to four-year terms on the Conference’s Executive Committee.

These individuals, with the Conference president, executive secretary, and treasurer, are the primary decision-makers for the Conference between constituency sessions.

A Redhead’s Reverie In New York

August 01, 2002 / Sydney Boyd

An alarm clock buzzed. Denying the morning, I threw my sleeping bag over my head. The clock continued to buzz.

Facing reality, I slowly poked my head from under my haven of darkness and groggily opened my eyes, halfway.

The blurry world that greeted me took a minute to register. I rolled over. The sound of cars’ horns, brakes screeching, and people yelling finally penetrated my sluggish mind. New York.

Suicide Leap Moves Students to Action

August 01, 2002 / Greg Reseck

Near the beginning of the school year, a woman who suffered from depression perched on the railing of the Ship Canal Bridge in Seattle.

Traffic stopped, while rescue teams attempted to persuade her not to jump. Some frustrated drivers close to the scene yelled, "Just jump so we can get to work," or "Just get it over with."

In desperation, she finally did jump. Emergency workers pulled her from the cold water and rushed her to a hospital, where she was treated for major injuries and survived.

Graduates Challenged To Light the World

August 01, 2002 / Bradley Nelson

The lieutenant governor of the state of Washington, Bradley Owen, on Sunday, June 9, delivered a message to Walla Walla College’s Class of 2002.

It included hope, poetry, and even a bit of song. “You are setting off,” he said, “on the single greatest adventure—life. How will you take what you have learned and apply it to make the world a better place?”

Other Awards

August 01, 2002

Commencement services on June 9 honored more than graduates. Awards also went to the following:

Michaelynn Paul, instructor in nursing, received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. It is Paul’s second year of teaching at WWC.

Terrie Aamodt, professor of English and history, received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship. Aamodt recently published a new, scholarly book, titled Righteous Armies, Holy Cause: Apocalyptic Imagery and the Civil War.

Whisper a Prayer in the Evening

August 01, 2002 / Pat Benton

It’s 10:45 p.m.

For Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH) nurse Becky Saranto, it’s almost routine. But for her patients—many of them in crisis—it’s anything but ordinary.

Tonight, as on hundreds of nights before, Becky visits each of her patients before she signs out, offering them something not found in most medical textbooks—a goodnight prayer.

Blaring Walls & Falling Trumpets?

August 01, 2002

My kindergarten/preschool students in the Sutherlin, Ore., Adventist School just got through marching around the “Walls of Jericho.”

They did it six silent times, then shouted. It’s a great Bible story we adults often regard as childish.

But as my kids marched those seven days, I began wondering what must have been going through the minds of the original marchers.