June 2004

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Bridges of the Columbia River

The Columbia River runs 746 miles within the borders of the North Pacific Union Conference and is one of the geological features that defines the Northwest. Spanning the...



Cynical About Evangelism

If you’ve grown a bit tired of or even a bit cynical about traditional public evangelism, read on because I can certainly relate. It was not until I had been in ministry...


Fresh Start

Friendship 101

I would have strangled me. I certainly deserved it. But lucky for me, Dave is not that kind of friend.

I met Dave at Pacific Lutheran...


North Pacific Union

Olson Named NPUC Disaster Response Coordinator

Dennis Olson was recently elected as the North Pacific Union disaster response coordinator. As an unsalaried volunteer, Olson is accountable to the elected officers of...


Canals Becomes NPUC Hispanic Coordinator

Ramon Canals has joined the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) as assistant to the president for Hispanic ministries. Canals, who most recently filled a similar role...



Adventist Medical Center Among the Best Places to Work in Oregon

Adventist Medical Center in Portland ranks among the "100 Best Places to Work" in Oregon, according to a survey published in the March 2004 issue of Oregon Business magazine. More than 200... More

Wedding Pauses for Baptism of Friend

James Cazort and Lynda Malmberg had been contemplating marriage for a number of months. In fact, they had often been asked, “When are you guys going to get married?” During that same period, Randy... More

Ketchikan Opens "Wee Blessings"

The Ketchikan Church recently opened the Wee Blessings Redistribution Center, which offers free clothing, shoes, food and household goods to Ketchikan residents in need. The center is also looking... More

Groundbreaking for New School

Spirits were high at the Mat-Valley Adventist School as students and others participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of their new school. Phase 1 will create a 17,000-square-... More

Gem State Students Ring Message of God's Love

Hands flashed and bells sounded as an eight-person team of Gem State Adventist Academy (GSAA) students regaled their audience with another fine performance. “Playing five octaves of bells and three... More

Eighth Grader Receives Awards

Eighth Grader Receives Awards Janelle Dunton, an eighth grader at Boise Valley Adventist School (BVAS), was honored with the Mayors’ Award to Youth on April 29. The award is a salute from the... More

Payette Haircuts Create Gifts of Love

Payette Haircuts Create Gifts of Love Recently two young ladies in the Payette (Idaho) Church made sacrificial and enduring gifts of love when they had their long hair cut and donated to Locks of... More

Boise Valley Breaks Ground for New Gymnasium

You can't argue with a kid on a mission: "I’m going to sell candy to give money for the gym. Half I’ll keep, half I’ll give to Jesus and half will be for the new gym." This kindergartner brought... More

Ft. Peck Enjoys Revival and Growth

Thanks to two seminars, the Ft. Peck Reservation Company in Poplar, Mont., is enjoying a fresh sense of revival and growth.The first seminar, held by Brian and Denise Bechthold, featured music, Bible... More

Mt. Ellis Adds Videography into Curriculum

Visitors to Mt. Ellis Academy (MEA) are likely to see groups of students toting video cameras, setting up scenes, directing actors and editing video as part of an exciting new videography program.MEA... More

Olson Named NPUC Disaster Response Coordinator

Dennis Olson was recently elected as the North Pacific Union disaster response coordinator. As an unsalaried volunteer, Olson is accountable to the elected officers of the North Pacific Union... More

Canals Becomes NPUC Hispanic Coordinator

Ramon Canals has joined the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) as assistant to the president for Hispanic ministries. Canals, who most recently filled a similar role for the Oregon Conference,... More

Principal Inspires Mid-Columbia Baptisms

Dale Milam, Mid-Columbia Jr. Academy principal, announced about a year ago that he would be willing to stay after school to teach additional Bible studies to anyone interested. The two boys who... More

Mission to Guatemala Milo Students Help Prepare for New Hospital

There is possibly no greater satisfaction than helping someone in need. The students at Milo Adventist Academy learn this every year when they participate in the mission trips that the school offers... More

Mission to Mazatlan Milo and Emerald Students Serve Together

Thirty-five students from Milo Adventist Academy and Emerald Christian Academy (Pleasant Hill, Ore.) survived a 49-hour drive to Mazatlan, Mexico, to spend their spring break building a church,... More

CAA Mission Helps Children in Mexican Orphanage

A group of 47 Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) students, staff and sponsors spent spring break at El Oasis, a village for orphaned and abandoned children in Baja, Mexico, run by International... More

Gym Becomes Chinatown for LAA Auction

Gym Becomes Chinatown for LAA Auction Livingstone Adventist Academy held its second annual Starry Night Auction to raise money for the new high school complex, which opened this spring. More than... More

PAA Athlete Gives Thanks Even in Defeat

Trent Wade, a Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) junior and basketball point guard, was one of the players affected by the Oregon State Board of Education’s recent ruling that it is not necessary for... More

Young Boy's Desire Reminds Pastor of Samuel

At just three years of age, Justin Wier began coming to Sabbath School with his grandmother, Donna McQuown, after she became acquainted with the church through the Springfield (Ore.) Church's... More

Negative Publicity Brings Positive Results for Astoria Seminar

When Steve and Alberta Cook, Oregon Conference evangelists, came to Astoria, Ore., to hold a prophecy seminar at a local middle school, they didn’t know they would get front-page coverage in The... More

God Works Church Miracle in His Time

The Bend (Ore.) Church celebrated Easter weekend with a mortgage burning ceremony for the payoff of their new church property. Don Livesay, president, and Al Reimke, vice president, came from Oregon... More

Child Speaks at Philippines Crusade

Global Evangelism is a program that sends speakers, trained or not, on mission trips. I went with my dad, Dan Serns, on the metro Manila, Phillipines, program to sing for his meetings.After a couple... More

UCA Gymnastics Team Tours Alaska

During a whirlwind tour in the Alaska Conference, Upper Columbia Academy’s gymnastics team spent their April home leave sharing Christ and promoting Christian education. They put on eight shows for... More

SJA Alumni Gather and Support New School Building

SJA Alumni Gather and Support New School Building Spokane Jr. Academy (SJA) welcomed 255 alumni and friends to its alumni homecoming weekend in March. Growing up an Adventist at SJA led Charles... More

Easter Drama Creates Unforgettable Impression

Easter Drama Creates Unforgettable Impression The Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) Church performed the drama Face to Face with the Passion of Christ in celebration of Easter in April. Set against the Garden... More

Pastors Attend Seminar on Abuse

Ministers of the Upper Columbia Conference were required to attend an all-day seminar on domestic violence and child abuse at the conference office in Spokane on April 5 . They listened to a number... More

UCA Students Travel the Globe for Three Separate Missions

In keeping with annual tradition, nearly 80 Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) students and a dozen staff spent their spring vacations sharing Christ's love in three very different parts of the world.One... More

Wenatchee Members and Students Minister and Heal in Kenya

I looked at Katelyn, my partner in triage crime, as we asked the young woman sitting in front of us, "And how long have you been having headaches?""Her temp is normal, heart rate is 80 and... More

WWC Engineering Students Give Award-winning Presentations

WWC Engineering Students Give Award-winning Presentations Last fall, Tom Duffy asked his brother, egineering student Tyler Duffy, to solve a problem. Tom, who owns a drilling company in Montana,... More

Auburn Students Leave Classrooms to Learn on Global Missions

Sweat, cinder blocks, mortar, grout, rebar, sweat, bugs, cold showers, great food, big smiles, close friends, sweat, smelly mosquito nets, hard cement-floor "beds," long days, sweat, old hammocks,... More

Auburn Creates Project Impact to Thank Community

How do you repay the countless members of a community who so warmly embraced an entire student body through a devastating tragedy? One way is to do something that will benefit the entire community.In... More

Sunset Lake Named Camp of the Year

Sunset Lake Camp was voted the Association of Adventist Camp Professionals (AACP) camp of the year at the AACP annual retreat. This award recognizes outstanding achievement in camping ministry and... More

Auburn Breaks Ground for New Dorm

Standing in front of the ruins of the burned ladies dormitory in Auburn, Wash., Keith Hallam, Auburn Adventist Academy principal, spoke to a crowd of alumni, students and friends, thanking them for... More

Women Open Special Gifts at Spring Day Event

Recently 480 women from the Washington Conference attended the annual Spring Day Event on April 17. The attendees looked at the theme of God's special gifts. Gifts are never left unopened when they... More

Auburn City Hosts Benefit Auction and Breakfast

A silent auction to benefit the work of Auburn City Church women's ministries began with a combined women's and men's ministries prayer breakfast on Sunday morning, March 7. Doug and Wilma Bing... More

Arlington Purchases Mobile Disaster Unit

The Arlington Adventist Community Services (AACS), in conjunction with the Snohomish Community Services Federation, recently purchased a seven-by-14-foot Interstate Cargo trailer for use as a mobile... More

Congreso de Jovenes 2004

"El Amor Triunfa," the triumphant love of God, was the theme for the Washington Conference Spanish Youth Congress April 30–May 2. During the weekend, the Puget Sound Adventist Academy gym was filled... More

Revelation Now! Concludes with 31 Baptized, More to Follow

Revelation Now! Concludes with 31 Baptized, More to Follow North Pacific Union Conference evangelist Jac Colon and his wife, 'dena, began their Revelation Now! meetings at Riverside High School... More

Poulsbo Celebrates 100 Years with School Groundbreaking

The Poulsbo Church recently celebrated 100 years of the Lord leading in the life of their church. Part of that celebration was the groundbreaking for a brand new school that will be housed on their... More

Panorama of Prophecy CD-ROM Sales Top 330,000

More than 330,000 “digital discs of divine direction” are now in circulation around the world.“We praise God for His direction in this inspired project. Individuals and churches continue to stock up... More

Health Radio Program Available

The new edition of Lifelines, a public service radio program, has been produced and mailed to 1,000 public and Christian radio stations across North America. The new CD includes 54 spots—one for... More

It Is Written Adds Speaker Boonstra to Share Ministry with Finley

Shawn Boonstra has accepted an invitation from the It Is Written executive committee to become It Is Written International Television’s new associate speaker."I am overjoyed that Shawn is joining our... More

Bahonda’s Quest

Bahonda’s Quest Bahonda Sandrine is a 23-year-old woman living in Pointe Noir, Republic of Congo, in West Africa. For years she suffered terrible headaches, at times so severe that she could not... More