July 2016


Encounter Jesus, Experience Excellence

I have been to many Adventist academies in recent years for school evaluation visits. The highlight of every visit is a group interview with randomly selected students. We want to know what they,...



Letters to the Editor

Generational Translators?

Silliness abounds in our labels of people groups. Now it’s something called “generational translators” [May 2016, "Leaders Learn to be Generational Translators...


Pflugrad to Join NPUC Education Team

Golda Pflugrad has accepted the invitation to serve the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) as a full-time coordinator for early childhood education and care (ECEC) and K–12 education projects....


Let's Talk


A few years ago, I did the unlikely improbable impossibility. That's descriptive, not redundant.

My military style of golf — left, right, left, right — is more akin to the parable of the...


North Pacific Union

Reckless But Right

Editor's Note: This article was written recently by Michael Jensen, Walla Walla University student, while he was finishing a year in Hong Kong as a student missionary.

A student...



Four Things Church Members Do ... That Would Get Them Fired at Work

I debated on placing a lot of qualifications on this article. You know, things like, “just because you do this doesn’t make you a bad person” or “this may describe you, but Jesus still loves you”...


Circus of Grace

Rule No. 1 for law enforcement chaplains is to never interfere with an arrest. But one time I did. It was before I knew better, predating my volunteer ministry as a chaplain.

The year was...


You Said It

Should I Go Back to Church?

I’m asked this question frequently by those who are not active in a church. In case you or someone you know is among them, my response is: "It’s probably a good idea to find a church home if you...



Vivid: La Nueva Iglesia Multietnica de la Conferencia de Oregon

Presentar a un Dios REAL, en una iglesia RELEVANTE, con personas RELACIONABLES son los fundamentos sobre los cuales la nueva Iglesia Adventista llamada Vivid fue lanzada. Desde agosto del 2015,... More

WWGH Welcomes Medical Students

Northwest Adventists have a long history of providing quality higher education in southeast Washington. Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH) has joined that educational legacy by providing clinical... More

Prophecy Seminar Makes Alaskans Fishers of Men

Alaska’s Bristol Bay supports the world’s largest salmon fishing runs, which attract fisherman from all over the world. Many flood the small town of Dillingham during the summer months to... More

Tok Officially Becomes Church

It was a celebratory high Sabbath for the members of the Tok Church when Ken Crawford, Alaska Conference president, and several friends from other interior Alaska church groups came to organize ... More

Amazing Grace Academy Goes to Panama

Spring break seems to be the right time to take a mission trip. That is doubly true when the mission trip participants are from Alaska. After a long, cold winter, it is a blessing to... More

Nampa Church Hosts Discover Prophecy Seminar

From Feb. 20 to March 12, the Nampa Church hosted the Discover Prophecy Seminar with speaker Brian McMahon and his wife, Heidi, who shared her gift of music with attendees most nights.... More

Vision Improves at BVAS

Neither bifocals nor a prescription have been needed to improve the vision of Boise Valley Adventist School (BVAS). All that was needed was a concept and a passionate school board. The vision in... More

TrueWind Leadership Class Spreads to MEA

During the reign of King Saul in Israel, Samuel secretly anointed David while his father and seven older brothers looked on in bewilderment. I imagine that the red faces of the slighted older... More

Montana Prayer Ministries Hold 2016 Conference

The Montana Conference prayer ministry coordinator, Donna Wagner, organized the 2016 Prayer Conference, themed “Unprecedented” and held May 6–7 at Mount Ellis Elementary School in... More

Reckless But Right

Editor's Note: This article was written recently by Michael Jensen, Walla Walla University student, while he was finishing a year in Hong Kong as a student missionary. A student missionary... More

PAA Students Excel at AAPPL Exams, Language Proficiency

“I want to change the conversation from grades to proficiency,” says Rita Barrett, Portland Adventist Academy teacher. Barrett, who has grown PAA’s language department from... More

Grants Pass Students Challenged to 'Be Like Jesus'

Ninth-grade students at the Grants Pass Seventh-day Adventist School accepted a challenge to “be like Jesus.” They gave several days of service in the San Francisco Bay Area recently.... More

Sunnyside Youth Reach Out in Los Angeles

From the day his mother enrolled him in Little Dribblers basketball at age 4, the sport was the first love for Colby Maier of Kelowna, British Columbia (B.C.), Canada. While attending... More

Tualatin Valley Academy Integrates STEAM

Integrating science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) in school curriculum has generated a lot of interest recently. Tualatin Valley Academy (TVA) in Hillsboro is steadily working toward... More

Ground Broken at Livingstone

Ground has broken at Livingstone Adventist Academy as a new building project takes shape. Excavators, bulldozers and rollers are busy making noise and moving dirt and gravel. The first... More

Sharing God Makes the Difference for RVAA Girls' Team

The basketball season for high school starts way before the school year begins. There are summer practices, summer basketball camp, and maybe even a tournament or two to keep the players... More

Discipleship Students Bring Solidarity Wall to U of O

It's called the Solidarity Wall. "The point of the project is to allow students to openly express healing words of encouragement to victims of sexual assault and outrage against the... More

Milo Develops Organic Agriculture Program

An all-organic and non-GMO agriculture program is being developed at Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore. The two primary goals of the new program are to give the students an experience... More

Team Terabyte Discovers Technical Success

It has been an amazing year for Team Terabyte from Omak Adventist Christian School in Omak, Wash. This is their third year working on a robot and challenge for First Lego League (FLL). After... More

Retired Teacher Continues to Inspire

When Paula Oltman retired, she had a dream of sharing her love for violin with the students of Hermiston Junior Academy in northeast Oregon. She wanted to teach violin and develop the... More

UCAES Students Use 3-D Printer to Give a Helping Hand

It’s so neat to see how God works “for the good” (Rom. 8:28) and “makes everything beautiful in its time.” (Eccl. 3:11) For almost a year now, my students and I have... More

YACS Continues Steadfast Mission

In a world of change and adversity, Yakima Adventist Christian School (YACS) in Yakima, Wash., offers a steadfast mission to teach students about Christ and His will in their lives. Our mission is,... More

Grandmas Support Brewster Readers

Brewster Adventist Christian School, a small prekindergarten to eighth-grade school with a familylike atmosphere in central Washington, has recently been blessed by the volunteer time of four... More

Palisades Christian Academy Sends Students to the Dominican Republic

“I will never again doubt that I am very privileged,” says Abigail Pedersen, a student at Palisades Christian Academy (PCA) in Spokane, Wash. “I knew the people in that country... More

Tri-City Undergoes Transformations

Tri-City Adventist School (TCAS) in Pasco, Wash., has undergone and is undergoing some significant transformations. The halls and walls have been given a face-lift with new paint and carpet. The... More

MSAS Brings Learning to Life

Parents and friends flocked to the Milton-Stateline Adventist School (MSAS) gymnasium on a Thursday evening in April while students dabbed their final makeup and practiced the lines of speeches. The... More

Music Offers Lifelong Blessing to UCA Students

The gift of music is a powerful tool to reach hearts and minds in ways the spoken word cannot. The music program at Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., encourages students to develop... More

Students Experience Passover

Beacon Christian School in Lewiston, Idaho, celebrates a tradition each spring, and this year was no different. Students in grades three through eight attended an agape feast to... More

Walla Walla University: A Place to Believe, Belong, Become

Walla Walla College opened its doors for the first day of classes in 1892 with 80 students in one building that stood tall against the backdrop of the Blue Mountains. Enrollment had increased to 101... More

Big Picture of Ministry

Legendary physics, engineering and woodworking teacher Tom Allen is retiring from Auburn Adventist Academy after 32 years. His Research Physics class, with a field trip to Loma Linda University,... More

AAA Seniors Demonstrate Dedication, Determination

Yutong "Kevin" Tan arrived from Beijing, China, with a determination that would allow him to have a great experience at Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA). After studying for nearly two years... More

PSAA Students Show Character

There are myriad options when it comes to receiving an education these days. One of those options, of course, is our own Seventh-day Adventist school system. Begun in the 1870s, it has grown to ... More

Skagit Students Study History’s Call to Service

Two large black and red trunks arrived at Skagit Adventist Academy’s history classes in Burlington last winter, and the students were curious. What was in them? They soon found out.... More

Grays Harbor Students Dig Up Time Capsule

My name is Emily Cushing. I am 17 years old now. I went to Grays Harbor Adventist Christian School from my fifth grade year through eighth grade. In February of 2013, my sister Allison and my... More

OCS Podcasts Highlight Student Life

“Thanks for listening, and thanks for supporting OCS.” That’s the sign-off for Olympia Christian School’s biweekly podcast recorded by the students in grades six through eight... More

Cypress Mileage Club Logs 1,500 Miles

Common sense dictates there is a connection between exercise and better health, and educators are very aware of the positive correlation between exercise and student performance. Ten years ago,... More

Buena Vista Elementary Likes to Give

During their recent history tour to Seattle, Wash., Buena Vista Elementary School eighth-graders had an opportunity to be Jesus’ hands and feet. Inspired by the book I Like Giving,... More