First Week at UCA Sets Tone for Year

October 07, 2017 / Brisa Ramirez

The beginning of each school year is a defining time. At Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., the precedent has been set for Jesus to be the focus throughout the entire year.

Cancellation Creates Nepalese VBS in the Park

September 30, 2017 / Jennifer Wintermeyer

What would you do with an unexpected gift of time? This summer His Travelers Vacation Bible School taskforce workers had that gift given to them. Here is what they did with it. 

In the midst of their busy summer schedule one church canceled their VBS plans — “leaving in its wake a week’s ‘gift of time,’” explains Patty Marsh, Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) children’s ministries director.

Shine 104.9 Hosts New Outreach

September 28, 2017 / Kathy Marson

Shine 104.9 FM radio hosted its first ever ShineFest in Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane, Wash., Aug. 20, 2017. About 4,500 listeners showed up for an afternoon and evening of testimonies and music from local bands as well as recording artists Matthew West, MercyMe, Matt Maher and Jordan Feliz.

Water for Life Reaches Milestone

September 27, 2017

Water for Life (WFL) International is happy to announce the completion of 100 wells serving people in remote villages of northwest Guatemala. This milestone was passed at the end of the drilling season in April 2017. This means nearly 30,000 people are drinking water every day as a result of the efforts of this charity based in Spokane, Wash.

Clarkston Holds VBS 26 Years in the Making

August 15, 2017 / Morleen Flerchinger

God sparked a fire that led to flames and spread like wildfire. It’s been 26 years since Vacation Bible School happened at the Clarkston Church in Washington. That longtime tradition was broken June 26, 2017, when VBS opened at 5:30 p.m. Cactusville was up and ready for business.

Wild West Comes to the Spokane Valley Church

August 12, 2017 / Mindi Vetter

Ninety-one children, ages 3–12, traveled to Cactusville, a small mining town in the Wild West, during the Spokane Valley Church’s Vacation Bible School, held July 17–21. Throughout the week, they discovered they were all called by God to be different, to be faithful, to forgive, to serve and to give.

Moses Lake Hosts Free Dental Clinic

August 10, 2017 / Linda Morgan

Moses Lake?! Why did you choose Moses Lake, Wash., to live is a question may residents are asked by their friends or relatives. On a clear day we can see Mount Rainier in the distance. We see wonderful sunrises and sunsets almost every day. Our county, Grant, is the largest potato producing county in the world. Do you want me to continue, or do you want to start planning to move here now?

North Idaho Members Find Unity in Diversity

August 07, 2017 / Beth Duffey

On June 24, 2017, two Adventist churches experienced a rare joint event, a gathering on the lawn of a church member’s home in Clark Fork, Idaho. Clark Fork and Spirit Lake church members, plus a few from Newport and Rathdrum, united for a Sabbath afternoon and evening of special fellowship. Intended as a way to get better acquainted and support one another, 65 young and old participated.

'Journey to the Cross' Changes Lives

July 16, 2017 / Mindi Vetter

This past April marked the 10th year for the Spokane Valley Adventist Church’s production of Journey to the Cross — an amazing walk-through experience portraying Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.

With a cast of more than 250 people from multiple denominations joining together to tell His story, Journey to the Cross has become a tradition that keeps people coming back year after year. This year, about 3,400 people attended — some for the first time and some for the second, fifth or 10th time.

30-Hour 'Famine' Raises Money and Awareness

July 13, 2017 / Terry McLeod

Living in the Pacific Northwest is a special treat. We’re surrounded by beautiful countryside, have a strong economic environment and enjoy a relatively peaceful political climate. But for 30 hours on April 28–29, teenagers at Summit Northwest Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho, experienced a little bit of the challenges that many people face in other parts of the world.