Steven Fonseca, youth pastor for the North Cascade Church in Burlington, Wash., attended the Seventh-day Adventist Global Youth Leaders Congress, held in Kassel, Germany, from July 31 to Aug. 4.
Parents and family members of college students are naturally curious about what goes on at “their” school. Each fall, Walla Walla College invites parents, grandparents, and siblings to experience a slice of campus life first-hand, during Family Weekend. Family Weekend this year begins Friday, Dec. 6.
“Take Your Parents to Class Day,” on Friday, offers parents the nostalgia of sitting in on classes, the first of a variety of the weekend’s social, academic, and spiritual opportunities.
Dealing with dozens of mothers who are often heartbreakingly under-aged and helplessly unprepared for the basics of motherhood would test most people’s faith.
For Bonnie Wicklund, however, such work is a daily reinforcement of her faith.
As a social worker at Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH), Wicklund works with the hospital’s Tot Spot program, designed to help parents improve their parenting skills.
Hundreds of Northwest members traveled to the former Soviet Union during the 1990s, sharing their faith, their talents, and their dollars.
Sometimes, through the inevitable absence of valid reports and rumors of attrition and apostasy, questions are raised as to the validity of these types of initiatives.
Recently, I was with Ivan Khiminets, president of the East-Russian Union Mission, at which time he followed up a previous email to me. Let me share a rough translation of that emailed letter.
In actions taken by the North Pacific Union Conference Executive Committee in September, Norman Klam was elected as treasurer and Dick Dower was approved as GLEANER editor.
Klam will fill the vacancy left by the departure of Benny Moore, who recently took a position at the Voice of Prophecy in Southern California. Klam, who was Oregon Conference treasurer from 1986 to 1992, is currently treasurer for the Lake Union Conference, with headquarters in Berrien Springs, Mich.
Her voice lacked its usual confidence. It was the end of the week, and I would have been happy if it had been a routine client request.
But as she talked, I could hear that something deeper was at stake. “Listen, DeLona,” the voice in my soul said. “She’s in a spiritual struggle.”
There I was, in one of the hundreds of moments of decision we all face every day. Would I respond to the prompting of the Spirit? Or would my own focus for the day prohibit me from listening—really listening—to a colleague who was deeply troubled?
Breath of Life
Regarding John Stevens, Sr.’s statement in the August “Letters” that the Bible plainly teaches that birth and breath begin life and personhood: Ellen White indicates that stillborn infants will not be included in the Kingdom to come, because they are not persons until the breath of life is given.
Some years ago in the Upper Columbia Conference, a youth group decided to test the friendliness of Adventist churches.
So one Sabbath, they dressed up like street kids— “punks”—and their adult sponsors drove them to some Adventist churches in the area.
Unannounced, they walked in. Without too severely taxing your imagination, you can guess that their receptions could have been better.
Malachi 3:3 says,
“He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.”
This verse puzzled some in a Bible study group. They wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.