September 2017



“Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.” — David Augsburger, Caring Enough to Hear and Be Heard




AHA Holds 35th Annual Cowboy Camp Meeting

Every Fourth of July horse lovers and friends from the West Coast gather for camp meeting under a big tent out in God’s second book, nature. This year Cowboy Camp Meeting, hosted by the Adventist...


Just Like Jesus

When I Was 35

When I was 35 years old I was an ordained Seventh-day Adventist pastor and an academy principal.

When our son was 35 he was the chief marketing officer for three incredibly successful...



Along Came a Spider, Part 1

Shortly after Angela, Madeline and I moved to Omaha, we experienced a season of horror in our new house. The otherwise pleasant parsonage housing our new little pastoral family took a turn for the...


Is the Church Going Through?

"No matter what, the Seventh‑day Adventist Church is going straight through to the kingdom," a veteran leader declared. "Even if the General Conference president and I are the only ones left in...


You Said It

My Teenage Testimony

My name is Jenna Fishburn. I feel compelled by God to share my testimony with other youth to whom God is speaking like He did to me. I am 16 years old, and while I attended church every week with...



Compartir Amor Con la Salud

“Amado, yo deseo que tengas salud” (3 Juan 2). El domingo 23 de julio de 2017 había llegado. La Iglesia Adventista de Nampa, Idaho, se había preparado por más... More

Adventist Health Expands Services in Oregon

Adventist Health has expanded its mission to provide health care services to the community of Vernonia, Ore. Located between the Portland metropolitan area and the northern Oregon Coast Range,... More

Alaska Adventists Host Annual Blood Drive

Each July, constituents gather at the Southcentral Alaska Camp Meeting in Palmer, Alaska. Although one of several camp meetings throughout the state, the July gathering is the largest, with... More

Camp Tukuskoya Dedicates New Cabin

On the eve of the arrival of the season’s first junior campers, Camp Tukuskoya near Big Lake, Alaska, hosted a ribbon-cutting and dedication for a new cabin. The Cowen and Koliadko families... More

Camp Meeting Sees Video Miracle

Just before the final meeting of camp meeting with Alex Rodriguez from Voice of Prophecy, Ryan McCoy and the video support team began to go through routine video equipment checks. When McCoy... More

Montana Pastors Attend Living Hope School of Evangelism

Several Montana Conference pastors had the opportunity to attend Mark and Ernestine Finley's Living Hope School of Evangelism for one week in April. The trip was sponsored by the ministerial... More

Miles City Hosts Evangelism Weekend

The Miles City Church in Montana hosted Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism (AFCOE) on the weekend of April 21–22. More than 80 people attended the program as Chuck Holtry, AFCOE director,... More

A Camp Meeting Miracle

As always, this year’s camp meeting was a time of joyful fellowship, intense prayers, and genuine and amazing miracles. A week after camp meeting, Barb Karge, shared a camp meeting miracle... More

Volunteers for Jesus Reach Kids at Camp Meeting

As a child, growing up in South Africa, I remember singing the words, "Volunteers, volunteers, how I love the name. Volunteers, volunteers, Jesus to proclaim." You probably did too, if you... More

PAA Remembers Mrs. Winter

Thelma Winter, Portland Adventist Academy (PAA, formerly Portland Union Academy/PUA) teacher for 31 years and a pillar in Adventist education, passed away peacefully on July 6, 2017, just shy of her... More

Gladstone Camp Meeting Celebrates Kids, Reformation

Camp meeting is marked by planning, anticipation, exertion, exhaustion and spiritual uplift. Planning for the next year begins right after camp meeting is over. Camp meeting week itself is both... More

Volunteers Bless Milo Academy

Troy Epperly, a retiree and home builder from Port Orchard, Wash., and his wife, Dorothy, are the latest in a long stream of volunteers who have blessed Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore.,... More

Sunny Day Smiles on Sunnyside's Sunny City

Sunday, July 2, 2017, dawned bright and clear. It promised to be a beautiful day in Portland, Ore. After a several-years' hiatus the community fair known as Sunny City was back. Sunny City is... More

Sweet Home Celebrates a Rededication

On Sabbath, June 10, 2017, about 170 people joined together to celebrate the rededication of Oregon's Sweet Home Church. Dan Linrud, Oregon Conference president, was the guest speaker. Former... More

Seaside Breaks Ground on Sanctuary Addition

The Seaside Church in Seaside, Ore., decided to step out in faith to build the sanctuary addition that had been the plan when the Sabbath School wing was originally built in the 1960s. In... More

Clarkston Holds VBS 26 Years in the Making

God sparked a fire that led to flames and spread like wildfire. It’s been 26 years since Vacation Bible School happened at the Clarkston Church in Washington. That longtime tradition was broken... More

Wild West Comes to the Spokane Valley Church

Ninety-one children, ages 3–12, traveled to Cactusville, a small mining town in the Wild West, during the Spokane Valley Church’s Vacation Bible School, held July 17–21. Throughout... More

Moses Lake Hosts Free Dental Clinic

Moses Lake?! Why did you choose Moses Lake, Wash., to live is a question may residents are asked by their friends or relatives. On a clear day we can see Mount Rainier in the distance... More

North Idaho Members Find Unity in Diversity

On June 24, 2017, two Adventist churches experienced a rare joint event, a gathering on the lawn of a church member’s home in Clark Fork, Idaho. Clark Fork and Spirit Lake church members, plus... More

Dybdahl Book Explores Adventists' Relationship to World Religions

A new book, Before We Call Them Strangers: What Adventists Ought to Know About Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus, by Paul Dybdahl, Walla Walla University (WWU) professor of mission and New Testament,... More

WWU Students Incur Less Student Loan Debt Than National Average

Walla Walla University encourages students to reduce their student loan debt, and statistics show it is working. In 2012, 81 percent of WWU graduating seniors had student loans. By 2016, that number... More

Pastors Whitehead, Wilson, Bryan Ordained

This summer, Washington Conference ordained three pastors: Ryan Whitehead in June, Ryan Wilson in July and Don Bryan in August. For Whitehead, ministry started by assisting his parents with... More

VBS Programs Make Connections

Waiyego Pearson had a two-part vision for Vacation Bible School this year: Whe wanted to encourage children in the knowledge that God cares for them and wants to be part of their life, and she wanted... More

Highline Helps Another Highline

Far in the mountains of Bukidnon, Mindanao, lies the small mountain village of Paiwaig in the Philippines, where members of the Highline Church from Des Moines, Wash., sponsored a two-week... More

Kids Kloset Makes a Difference in Port Orchard

What started out as a whim has turned into an inspirational community lifeline for families in need. When Port Orchard Church member Claudia Arends asked her Facebook friends in October 2015 what... More