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.
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.
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.
• 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.