July 2006

Did You Know?

Birds of the Northwest

These birds are commonly seen in the Northwestern United States. How many can you identify? Photographs by Roger Windemuth of Brush Prairie, Washington. Answers on page??.


Is There an Adventist Advantage?

For many decades, we have marketed our Adventist schools by quoting statistics and test scores. We talk about the more than 85 percent of our students who attend college...


Fresh Start

Educational Directions

Interstate 495, the beltway around Washington, D.C., was clogged. I sat in my Avis rental car thinking about how nice it is to live in Walla Walla (where the only...


Let's Talk

The Moral Minority

Karl Marx has been credited with the observation that capitalism is destructive since freedom of choice inevitably leads to wrong. Are trends in America, the bastion of...


Next Month Constituency Sessions—Does Your Opinion Really Count?

With more than 90,000 members throughout the Northwest, how can a church member be heard in the union or local conference process of visioning and decision-making? Who...


Northwest Pioneers of Faith

Alonzo T. Jones From Indian Fighter to Adventist Preacher

At the age of 20, Alonzo T. Jones left his home in Rockhill, Ohio, and enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served in the Southwest before being transferred to Fort Vancouver in the Northwest. In...



We Can Trust the Church In the Hands of the Next Generation

In the Hands of the Next Generation

This is my 18th year teaching in an Adventist boarding high school, dealing daily with teenagers....


How I Became a Seventh-day Adventist Christian

I was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. My dad was an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service and was assigned to the World Health Organization malaria eradication...



New Program Gives Tangible Meaning to TCGH’s Mission

When you’re ill, nothing seems quite as comforting as a soft, warm blanket—even more so when it’s a handmade gift from someone who has lovingly connected each stitch to create something more... More

Student Prayer Warriors

I’ve always known that our Lord loves to hear what our kids have to say. And He loves to watch as their faith grows from their conversations with Him! During recent years, it has been a huge blessing... More

Auburn Academy's Sylvan Chorale Tours Alaska

The 31 members of the Sylvan Chorale from Auburn Adventist Academy toured Alaska for a week in mid-April 2006, singing at churches and schools from the Matsu Valley to the Kenai. Led by director John... More

Idaho Youth Fulfill a Miracle Mission Trip to Lima, Peru

Each evening the small group of Adventist believers in the community of Nueva Esperanza in Lima, Peru, gathered to level the ground, by hand, for their very own church building—one they could not... More

Benefit Pie Auction has Sweet Results

Auctioneer Dan Beckner and second-grader Sadie Washman along with other members of the La Grande Church gathered in their school’s fellowship hall for a fundraiser pie auction April 1. Guest “... More

Caldwell Students Take Classes Outside

Every year, the sixth-grade classes of the Idaho Conference ship off to Bend, Ore., to attend Cascade Science School (CSS), which is operated by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). At... More

GSAA Wins National Business Competition Is Named First Runner-up

Starting an international company may seem like an impossible task, but not to a group of Gem State Adventist Academy business students who spent time this year in Cambodia doing just that.“Launching... More

Handbells The Tradition at GSAA Continues

For more than 25 years Gem State Adventist Academy has taught and played handbells. The program continues to expand under the direction of music director Ben Purvis. “We still teach handbells and... More

A Higher Standard

God calls His children to a higher standard than what is promoted in our world today. We have adopted this “Higher Standard” of excellence as our school motto at Caldwell Adventist Elementary School... More

Super Stuart Spotted on Mt. Ellis Campus

He scales buildings with a harness and thin rope. He crops photos late into the night. He climbs trees in snowstorms to get the perfect shot. He sets up explosions for eager students and hunts birds... More

La Esperanza es Jesus [The Hope is Jesus] in Santa Cruz, Bolivia

The wheels of the plane bumped along the airstrip, announcing our arrival to Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Our long journey had finally ended, but in a sense it was just beginning as we stepped into the... More

A Place To Grow Milo Graduates Accomplish the Mission

Academic excellence. Christlike character. A safe, nurturing environment. These are the things that the 2006 graduates of Milo Adventist Academy have found here.Forty-six students received diplomas... More

PAA Student Displays Passion for Service in Senior Project

It is not every day that a school assignment can ignite a lifelong passion. While working on her senior project, Jesica Hernandez of Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) was touched by her teacher’s... More

Blessings and Miracles Experienced In Cancun

The Livingstone Adventist Academy (LAA) senior class landed in Cancun, Mexico, on April 25 for their senior class trip. This was not the sort of senior trip that you might expect. Most tourists only... More

World Awareness at CVCS

This year Central Valley Christian School (CVCS) put an emphasis on world awareness. Every week, students were given clues about a different country. The first to guess the correct location received... More

We Are Family McMinnville School Comes to a Family's Aid

Being an Adventist means belonging to a family. When one family member is happy, the rest are rejoicing. When one family member suffers, the rest do their best to comfort. At least that’s what... More

You Can Make a Difference

Youth Education Scholarships (YES!) make it possible for students with financial needs to attend one of the four Oregon Conference senior academies: Columbia, Livingstone, Milo and Portland.Since... More

Strengthening our Schools

Several Adventist Christian schools in the greater Portland/Vancouver area have caught the vision of working together in order to strengthen their educational programs. These schools are part of a... More

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher appreciation at Cascade Christian Academy (CCA) was the week of May 7–13. The CCA Home & School Association along with the Wenatchee Church were busy recognizing the fact that all our... More

God’s Call A Perspective

God’s Call A Perspective I had mixed feelings about going on a mission trip to Fiji. I had to get numerous shots, and it was beyond my imagination that we were going that far. I was scared. Fiji is... More

CCA Mission Trip to Fiji

The Cascade Christian Academy (CCA) bus pulled out of the church parking lot in Wenatchee, Wash., on Tuesday morning, March 28, loaded with clothes, gear, tools and 22 people headed to Fiji to build... More

Harris Junior Academy Volunteers A Vital Part of our Program

The cooperation and hard work of volunteers at Harris Junior Academy in Pendleton, Ore., is what makes our high-quality educational program possible each year. Built in the 1970s, the school serves... More

St. Maries Christian School In its Second Year

St. Maries Christian School has completed its second year of operation. It has been another year of fun activities and financial challenges.The kids enjoyed Jana Gardner and her teddy bear CPR class... More

Hermiston Junior Academy Mission Trip Eighth-grade Class Serves Others in Ensenada, Mexico

Hermiston Junior Academy's eighth-grade students spent an awesome week down in Ensenada, Mexico, March 13–19. They were working with Y.U.G.O. (Youth Unlimited Gospel Outreach) Ministries in an effort... More

Mission 101 The Basics of Ministry

The gospel commission is a call to ministry and is the reason Walla Walla Valley Academy (WWVA) started its Mission 101 class, taught by Gayle Norton. The purpose of the class is to cover the basics... More

Annual Marine Biology Trip Shows Students More of God

This spring, students from Upper Columbia Academy’s (UCA) marine biology class headed out on a four-day field trip in Western Washington.Making their headquarters at Rosario (the Walla Walla College... More

A Hand of God The Wilma Hepker School of Social Work and Sociology

It’s been a long, sometimes bumpy, road for the social work program at Walla Walla College (WWC), but God’s hand has been firmly steering it along the way. Just ask Wilma Hepker, School of Social... More

Community Members Add to the Rich Fabric of Academic Life

Ken Atkins, master carpenter and former apprentice with the National Historical Preservation Trust, wasn’t in his typical surroundings. Instead of being at his shop, he was in the classroom,... More

Blueprints and Boats Students Design Boats for Science Project

The crowd goes wild with excitement as the boats speed through the water until the paddle control unwinds.Seventh- and eighth-graders at Buena Vista Adventist School spent many hours with teacher... More

Research Physics Field Trip AAA Students Get Hands-on Look at Medicine

Twelve students from Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA) recently got a firsthand look at modern medicine and its connections to physics. As part of the school's Research Physics class, a five-day field... More

Small Enough for Big Activities Extracurricular Programs Enhance Academics at PSAA

Small Enough for Big Activities Extracurricular Programs Enhance Academics at PSAA With just under 100 students at Puget Sound Adventist Academy (PSAA), there are a lot of big opportunities for this... More

A Page from a Principal's Diary Three Powerful Responses to Education Sabbath

For 10 years, the Cypress School has presented Sabbath services for our constituent churches. Today we were at the Edmonds (Wash.) Church.The K-2 choir sang, the bell choir followed with two pieces,... More

Did You Know? School Year Snapshots

Washington Conference students participated in an Art, Prose and Poetry contest this spring. Their creative work reflected the theme “Blessings” in artwork and “To give is better than to receive” in... More