April 2018


Beyond the Veneer

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness … it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair … .”



Just Like Jesus

What Will You Do With Jesus?

“Write two pages about what you did last summer.”

It was the worst assignment of the year. We fretted about it from the day school dismissed in June. Some wrote sample essays, memorized...



Is Easter for Adventists?

Some Seventh-day Adventists pointedly ignore Easter because of its ancient roots in paganism. But many others skip this annual opportunity to celebrate Christ’s resurrection for another reason:...


Rage Flu

When Billy Graham’s death made it onto social media, I sifted through a variety of passionate responses — not all of them pleasant. While some praised the evangelist’s incredible legacy of...



¿Hacia Dónde Vamos?

La ciudad de Salem es la capital del estado de Oregon, y viven alrededor de 38,506 hispanos. La Iglesia Adventista Hispana de Salem es una congregación que tiene alrededor de 20 años de... More

Providing Hope to a Community — of Inmates

“I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me” (Matt. 25:36). One day in the Tillamook County Jail on the Oregon... More

Three Churches Collaborate for 'Storms of Life' Revival

The Wasilla (Alaska) Church conducted a three-church revival Nov. 4–8, 2017, as an evangelistic outreach to the local community. With support from the Palmer and Anchorage Samoan churches, the... More

Nome, St. Lawrence Island Churches Receive Practical Blessings

Alaska's Nome Church was blessed during 2017 to have a volunteer construction crew from the Rivers Edge Church in McMinnville, Ore., come to install new windows and siding for the parsonage.... More

New Members Care About People, Evangelism

Carol and Samantha came to Idaho's Middleton Church for the first time Sept. 20, 2016, after they received a postcard from an It Is Written mailing. They asked for Bible studies and studied with... More

Conference Plans to 'Grow Montana'

The Montana Conference held its annual pastors’ meeting Jan. 14–17, 2018, in Bozeman, Mont., where strategic planning took place with a focus on revival and transformation. “It is... More

Grants Pass Hosts NEWSTART Lifestyle Program

Enthusiastic conversation echoed through the Grants Pass (Ore.) Church Better Living Center. It was the day after Valentine’s Day and the concluding session of the NEWSTART (Nutrition, Exercise... More

Central Valley Christian School Celebrates 60 Years

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, marked a milestone at Central Valley Christian School in Tangent, Ore., as the community celebrated 60 years of ministering to the Corvallis, Albany, Lebanon and Sweet... More

Northwest Young Adults Enjoy Winter Retreat

The Oregon Young Adults and former Big Lake Youth Camp (BLYC) staff members gathered in January for a time of fellowship and fun at the central Oregon camp. Arriving on a chilly Friday evening,... More

Hearts Break Over Sudden Loss of Milo Matriarch

The Milo Adventist Academy family in Days Creek, Ore., is stunned and heartbroken as we grieve the loss of our Milo matriarch, Cheryl Andrieux. More than 300 people attended her funeral on Feb. 10,... More

More Than a Painting Dedicated in Upper Columbia Conference Lobby

More than new artwork was dedicated in the Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) office lobby at the past conference executive committee (CEC) on Feb. 22, 2018. Paul Hoover gathered members of... More

Camp MiVoden Changes Lives

"Pastor Jeff, I have always wanted to work at Camp MiVoden. I have been going to Camp MiVoden for a long time, family camps as well as youth camps, and now I am finally old enough to be a part... More

Big God, Not Big Bang, Big Hit With Teens

The last weekend in January, nearly 200 teen Pathfinders and their staff descended on Camp MiVoden in Hayden, Idaho, for a fun-filled weekend known as Pathfinder Teen Retreat. Teens came from all... More

Hayden Lake Hosts Feast to Remember

Community and church members gathered Nov. 19, 2017, to give thanks and enjoy a Thanksgiving feast at the Hayden Lake Church in Hayden, Idaho. This annual event is hosted by the church’s... More

WWU Offering Restructured Program For Special Education Teachers

The Walla Walla University (WWU) School of Education and Psychology is offering a new master’s program in special education and an undergraduate minor with an endorsement in special... More

Chehalis Church Members Become 'Bag Ladies'

“We should all go to lunch!” This phrase sent the ladies of a Sabbath School class from the Chehalis (Wash.) Church to lunch in October 2017. While lunching they decided to find a project... More

Ethiopian Adventists Persist in God’s Calling

As you drive across East Union Street toward Lake Washington adjacent to Seattle, Wash., you will find a Lutheran church open on a Saturday morning and a faithful group of Seventh-day Adventists... More

New Curriculum Invites Students to Encounter Jesus

The primary writer of a new Bible curriculum came to Washington in February for a two-day learning session with Washington Conference educators. Curriculum developer Lanelle Cobbin spent the last... More

Students Learn Service Melodies

From one end of Auburn Adventist Academy to Rainier Auditorium, the sound of music could be heard as more than 400 students rehearsed during the Washington Conference Music Festival in late February... More

Pathfinders Increase in Knowledge

The sound of more than 170 Pathfinders filled Sunset Lake Camp in Wilkeson, Wash., in early February with laughter and fun as teenagers were greeted by a stage full of emoji faces at the Pathfinder... More