God Illustrates Lives at Auburn Adventist Academy

July 01, 2008 | Jondelle McGhee

Class vespers, Sabbath School small groups, the Washington Conference youth rally, Journey to Bethlehem, Bible conferences, mission trips, and weeks of prayer all provide a canvas for illustrating student’s lives transformed by God at Auburn Adventist Academy.

"The time I spent at Auburn has made me more confident with my faith in Christ,” says Kaylah Niemann, graduating senior. “I’ve learned to not be shy with my faith and to take a stand for Jesus.”

"Being a part of worship in the maintenance department every morning has helped me grow spiritually," says Eric Bing, junior student from Lake Tapps, Wash. "It opened my eyes to some of the realities of life and gave me further backing for my personal beliefs."

In addition to weekly spiritual activities, a group of students decided after fall week of prayer to learn about peer counseling and spiritual leadership skills so they could become better leaders among their peers.

"It was quite unexpected how it came about," says Katelyn Campbell, Associated Student Body spiritual vice president. "We felt compelled to become spiritual leaders on campus. A group of us have been meeting once a week ever since." Mark Weir, campus chaplain, has been mentoring the group of 15 teens.

Several seniors also provided a week of prayer for elementary students at Buena Vista Seventh-day Adventist School this year, providing an opportunity to share testimonies and encourage students to choose God’s team.

Melissa McCormick, four-year senior, sums up the results of the campus’ spiritual atmosphere best by saying, “Jesus is the most important thing in my life. I know He is always there for me. I lean on Him everyday to make it through, and He gives me strength."