June 2017



I will drive miles out of my way to avoid stop-and-go traffic. Life is too short, I reason, to spend valuable moments gazing up someone’s tailpipe. It’s exhausting.

But sometimes this...



Fresh Direction for ASI Northwest

The melting pot of Adventist members and mission is nowhere more evident than at an Adventist-laymen’s Services and Industries (ASI) convention. That diversity, coupled with a common passion for...


Just Like Jesus


“If I go to heaven immediately when I die, why stay alive?”

It’s a question I’ve heard numerous times in my ministry. Usually asked by someone who is on hospice care, whose cancer has just...



Life Markers

At the time of this column I am wrapping up my second year of Ph.D. studies (and, no, I am not almost done). This semester’s final torture came in the way of a qualitative study involving...


First-Degree Grace

Football all-pro Aaron Hernandez had everything to live for, seemingly. His starring Super Bowl performance earned him a $41 million contract extension. He had it made!

Then weeks later he...



Inauguración de la Iglesia Hispana Madre de la Upper Columbia Conference: Granger, Wash.

En la década de los 80, Dios decidió que era necesario establecer una iglesia adventista del séptimo día en la ciudad de Granger, Wash. El Pastor José Arias fue... More

The Heart and Soul of Sacred Work

Since she was a child, Jessica Lee envisioned one day entering a profession that involved caring for small children. She especially sensed her special connection with babies. Infants, in turn,... More

Why We Do Camp

Camp is one of the best evangelistic tools the church has for reaching young people with the message of Jesus. Camp is a place where we combine our faith, fun and friendships in such a way that... More

Camp Tuk Gets Facelift

During their spring break, students from Tappahannock Junior Academy in Tappahannock, Va., and Columbia Adventist Academy in Battle Ground, Wash., gave up their valuable week off from schoolwork to... More

AMEN Free Health Clinic Impacts Boise

On April 18–20, Adventist Medical Evangelism Network (AMEN) held its first free Impact Your Health clinic in Boise, Idaho. The health event, held at Expo Idaho, provided 1,300 patients with... More

Bonhoeffer Film Draws Community Together

Slack season in a ski resort town. Monday night after Easter weekend. Not a good time to schedule a new event, especially one that has to do with a World War II Christian martyr. But the Wood... More

GSAA Students, Faculty Volunteer at AMEN Boise Clinic

Amid the bustling of dentists, hygienists, medical personnel, optometrists, chiropractors, massage therapists and lifestyle coordinators, our group of Gem State Adventist Academy students and staff... More

Townsend Sees Jesus Through Free Glasses

One little church with an average membership of about 15 regular members in Townsend, Mont., had a big dream: to bring free vision care to a small community in central Montana that lacks an... More

New Group Plans to 'Gather and Scatter' God's Love

It was the sunny Sabbath afternoon before Easter and had been a year in the making. Ten leaders from the Remix Church had been meeting for over a year, dreaming and planning the launch of a new... More

Milo Staff Focus on Discipleship

Staff at Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore., have been praying this year for God to use them to make a difference in the lives of their students. Chad Reisig, Milo Academy Church pastor,... More

PAA Students Share Jesus in Cuba

Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) students from Portland, Ore., were honored to join Andrews University (AU), located in Berrien Springs, Mich., for evangelistic outreach to Cuba to help... More

Grants Pass Pathfinders Welcome New Leader

On March 30, 2017, the joy of young people serving the Lord was on display at the Grants Pass Church in Grants Pass, Ore., during Pathfinder Sabbath. Pathfinder Sabbath included the processional,... More

Oregon Conference Executive Committee Votes to Fill Roles, Restructure Department

On April 27, in a follow-up to the transition of Dan Linrud from the position of assistant to the president to that of Oregon Conference president, the Oregon Conference executive committee voted the... More

Touchet Adventist Church Marks Century of Service

Members from Touchet Church in southeast Washington celebrated their church’s 100th anniversary on Sabbath, April 1, 2017.  In a simple service led by Paul Hoover, Upper... More

Granger Spanish Celebrates New Church

Members from the Granger Spanish Church in Granger, Wash., gathered Sabbath, April 15, 2017, to celebrate the grand opening of their newly purchased church building. The morning of the special day... More

Teen Mission Adventure 2017 Builds Bridges

What happens when teens and adults partner to serve people and communities right here in our own conference territory? Bridges of appreciation and curiosity are built. Just a few days after Teen... More

Members Give Blood, Give Life

When board member John Keighley mentioned holding a blood drive for Summit Northwest Ministries Church in Post Falls, Idaho, Ron Hessel, senior pastor, challenged him to make it happen.... More

Beacon Christian School Holds Science Fair

Beacon Christian School in Lewiston, Idaho, held a fantastic science fair on March 16. Every student in the school worked on a project. They used the scientific method to answer their burning... More

'Can We Go To Cuba?'

As we neared the end of our mission trip to Guatemala in March 2016, members of my church in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, were already asking, “What are we doing next year? Where are we... More

UCA Students Help Feed the People of Naikara

Students from Upper Columbia Academy in Spangle, Wash., traveled to Africa during their spring break to hold medical and dental clinics in the villages around the Masai Mara. They also distributed... More

Engineering Professor Returns From Winter Project in Guam

While members of the Walla Walla University (WWU) community struggled their way through mounds of snow and subzero temperatures last winter, Rob Frohne, professor of engineering, enjoyed the tropical... More

Evangelism Partnership Unites South Sound Members

It almost didn’t happen. A couple years ago, Washington Conference and Voice of Prophecy began discussing a regionwide evangelism partnership. One of the prequalifying factors? A venue that... More

Blessings Given, Received in Fiji

Full of anticipation, a group of Puget Sound Adventist Academy (PSAA) juniors, seniors, staff and parents departed from Kirkland, Wash., in March for an epic journey to Fiji. As is PSAA’s... More

Husband Baptized Because Wife Never Gave Up

“I realized it was time. It is time to do away with the old man and become a new one in Jesus Christ,” Cliff shared with the congregation on the morning of his baptism. "It was time... More

Gig Harbor Youth Serve, Pray for Their City

“Seek the peace and prosperity of the city … pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” Jer. 29:7 On a drizzly Sabbath morning in March, the youth... More