May 2016


Joy in the Journey

I have the pleasure of working with church members who have discovered the joy of giving, and it never ceases to amaze me how joyful these folks are. While attending a recent seminar, I learned...



NPUC Pathfinder Bible Experience 2016

There’s no question the 11 Northwest Pathfinder teams who qualified for the union-level Pathfinder Bible Experience on March 12 worked hard preparing for a Bible quiz on the book of Exodus and the...


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"The fearful are caught as often as the bold.” Helen Keller

The dim shape hunched threateningly near the closet door. Across the darkened bedroom, I waited under tightly pulled...



Eight 'Secrets' to Health

During my first West Coast pastorate, my son came down with a stubborn rash. Perplexed, our family physician referred us to Sang Lee as as “the best allergist in Orange County.”



Little Sparrows

In two weeks, 6-year-old Noah Alexander Russell accomplished more for the kingdom of God than most people who live to be 100. For my wife and I, the story began with texts and calls in the wee...


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Stepping Over the Barbed Wire

We came upon an empty house, broken and chipping, sitting behind a barbed-wire fence. The sign on the fence read "Posted: No Trespassing," resting at the top of a hill in the Blue Mountains of...



La Verdadera Misión de la Iglesia

Una de las épocas más emocionantes de la biblia que me gustan es el periodo después del pentecostés, donde el trabajo intenso no era en la iglesia sino en la comunidad, en... More

PrayerWorks in the Pacific Northwest

Each week, a group of Adventist Health chaplains and volunteers in Portland comes together to pray aloud for community prayer requests, one by one. It’s all part of Adventist Health’s... More

Nome Hosts Arctic Camp Meeting

The Nome Arctic Camp Meeting began Thursday, Feb. 25, with the whole community invited to join in. In preparation, “Uncle Dan” (Chet Damron) from Your Story Hour, with his wife... More

Change Comes to Idaho Conference Camp Meeting!

For the first time, at least in recent history, the evening speaker for both the Anglo and Hispanic camp meetings is the same person. The catch — both camp meetings are held at the same time,... More

Impact ’16 Calls Youth to Be the Sermon

On Friday evening, March 4, 2016, more than 40 Hispanic young people and adult sponsors met in the chapel of the south dorm at Gem State Adventist Academy in Caldwell. The reason? To learn why... More

Idaho Pathfinders and Adventurers Challenged to Learn Ten Commandments

How many of you know the Ten Commandments word for word as it is written in the New King James version of the Bible? To get Idaho Conference Pathfinders and Adventurers to study their Bibles... More

Eureka Baptisms

Eureka Church members welcomed 11 people into their congregation through baptism on Sabbath, March 5. The Eureka Church held an evangelistic series on Sept. 11, 2015, hosted by David Steward... More

Oregon Women's Ministries Retreat

Forty-nine dedicated Oregon Conference women’s ministries leaders came together in at the Village Green Resort and Gardens in Cottage Grove, Ore., March 4–6 for training and networking... More

Southern Oregon Plans a Great Harvest

The Grants Pass Church has 678 members, or "laborers," as Christian Martin, Grants Pass Church pastor, described in a recent sermon series of Luke's passage on the "Lord of... More

Milo Shares Music in Roseburg

Milo Adventist Academy’s music department performed “Lenten Meditations in Music” on Feb. 19 during a special Friday service at First Presbyterian Church in Roseburg, Ore. The... More

CAA Sports Fantastic Coaches and Players

Often the only factor used to determine the success of a team is the number in the “wins” column. At Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA), however, there are two other factors that loom... More

Sharon Church Lifts Every Voice in Music

"Take me back to where I first received you." Those were the words of the late Andrae Crouch, who some describe as the father of modern gospel music. Do you remember the first time you felt... More

Big Lake Holds Snow School

Snow School is a fun, educational field trip opportunity operated by the Oregon Conference through its Big Lake Youth Camp in central Oregon. This program is intended to give children... More

PAA Students Explore Professional Cadaver Lab

Portland Adventist Academy teacher Linda Johnson recently took her honors anatomy and physiology class to learn in a cadaver lab at Pacific University in Forest Grove. Sheryl Sanders, who has... More

Widows, Women Alone Celebrated on Valentine's Day

Nearly 60 women attended the fourth annual Widows and Women Alone event on Sunday, Feb. 14, organized by Take Heart Ministry and held at the Albany Golf and Event Center banquet hall. More than four... More

Meadow Glade Student Excels in Geographic Bee

Sarah Kimitsuka, a sixth-grade student at Meadow Glade Adventist Elementary School (MGAES) in Battle Ground, Wash., won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 8 and ... More

UCA Teaches Complete Package

Reading, writing and arithmetic are staples at most schools, but for Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., the most important core ingredient is a spiritual one. “It is... More

UCC Makes Children a Priority

Upper Columbia Conference hosted a children's leadership workshop on Sunday, March 6, in Spokane, Wash. The one-day event highlighted what members can do to engage children and their... More

Men’s Summit Connects to God

The Upper Columbia Conference Men’s Summit, held March 4–6 at Camp MiVoden in Hayden Lake, Idaho, brought Christian men together from across the Northwest. The event, which... More

Teen Pathfinders Minister During Spring Break

“Why are you here?” This is the question asked of 77 teen Pathfinders and their staff members on the night of their arrival at Teen Pathfinder Mission Adventure (TPMA) 2016,... More

Journey to the Cross Impacts Cast, Crew

What brings a cast together each year to dramatically tell the story of Jesus at Washington's Spokane Valley Church? Meet Reece Dobson, who played the groom in the wedding at Cana, where Jesus... More

A Look Into the Ministry of Katie Palumbo

Dorm elevators are not typically seen as ideal locales for ministry. However, for the Walla Walla University assistant chaplain intern, the Foreman Hall elevator is one of many locations where the... More

Students Work in Concert at Music Festival

Faith Jordan remembers two times as an elementary student when she attended the Washington Conference Music Festival at Auburn Adventist Academy. Now, however, she is an academy freshman. “... More

Big Picture of Ministry

Journey to the Cross, an Easter musical by Auburn Adventist Academy Church and its ministry partners, shared the story of the redemptive life of Jesus and the Great Controversy (from the war in... More

Schools Partner for Eternity

Nathan Murcia, a student at Kirkland Seventh-day Adventist School (KSDA), couldn't make his appointment one day to meet with his senior partner. He told his mother (and the school vice... More

SAGE Builds Blessings in Brazil

"I’ve been praying for a church for four years every morning at 4 o’clock,” declared Otimar da Silva with a radiant smile on her face as she hugged and kissed the SAGE (Seniors... More

Leaders Learn to Be Generational Translators

From the platform at the Youth and Young Adult Conference, a baby boomer proclaimed how every church needed a roster of youth and young adults. Several graying heads in the audience nodded in... More