Rogue Valley's Living Stones Reveal Eternal Choices

December 01, 2010 | Grace Emori

You'll see the Rock Pile as soon as you drive onto the Rogue Valley Adventist Academy’s campus in Medford, Ore. Surrounded by a bench, it is much more than it appears. According to the engraved plaque situated at the site, each stone represents a moment in time when a student made a decision to follow Jesus Christ.

Spearheaded by Allison Cool, Student Association president, and Randy Hill, pastor, the Rock Pile was modeled after a similar rock pile at the Washington Family Ranch, where the Oregon Conference holds its annual Bible conference. It was funded by the SA and RVAA’s class of 2010 and dedicated in the spring of 2010. Cool, now a student at Southern Adventist University in Tennessee, says, “It is a place of comfort that draws students to pray, talk about God and just hang out.” She hopes as the years go by, students will seize the opportunity to be a part of this memorial, and that rocks from all over the campus will be added to the pile.

A life that is yielded to Christ and dedicated to Him is described in 1 Peter 2:5 as “… living stones that God is building into His spiritual temple.” This is the goal of Christian education at RVAA.