News for June 2015

Prayer Makes Friends in St. Maries

June 26, 2015 / Cathy Law

The St. Maries Christian School meets in the Shadowy River Mall in St. Maries, Idaho. This means they are neighbors with the other businesses. One day at prayer time, Mark Law, teacher, and the students discussed praying for their mall neighbors. They decided they would pray each week that God would bless one of the business proprietors.

The door slowly opened one day after school, and Angela shyly came in. Her parents operate the radio station in the mall. She had something in her hand.

Encounter: A Fresh Approach to Bible Curriculum

June 26, 2015

More than a century ago, Ellen White encouraged us to apply the “freshest thought,” “best methods” and “most earnest effort” toward teaching the Scriptures to students. The new Encounter series of Bible lessons is a bold step forward with this counsel in mind. It has already been piloted in several schools and will be introduced in ninth-grade Bible classes throughout the Northwest this fall.

Milo Students Take Mission Trip to Panama

June 24, 2015 / Kathy Hernandez

During Spring Break, March 12–25, 20 students and six adult volunteers, staff and parents from Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek traveled to Panama for their 2015 mission project with Maranatha Volunteers International.

Their first project was preparing the ground, which included digging 16 holes and filling them with cement, and building a One-Day Church at La Alameda. “The One-Day Church actually took us two days," explains Dustin Portra, a Milo senior. "We worked on it on Friday and Sunday. We put the trusses on, and the local kids would come and watch us work.”

Bellevue/Kirkland Sojourners Take First Place at Pathfinder Bible Experience

June 24, 2015 / Teresa Joy

After nearly a year of studying the book of Matthew, memorization and grueling team practice, five Bellevue/Kirkland Sojourners Pathfinders team members score a first place at the North American Division (NAD) finals for Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE), held in Keene, Texas.

“It was a lot of work but all of it was fun,” says 10-year-old Brian Rojas, a fifth-grader and the youngest team member who was competing in the event for the first time. “The only thing I missed was a little homework." He plans to stay with the Sojourners club and compete over the next four years. 

10 Things You May Not Know About Walla Walla University

June 22, 2015 / Kim Strobel

1. “The opening of Walla Walla College marked the first time that a Seventh-day Adventist college had offered a strictly vegetarian diet to its students,” according to Bold Venture: A History of Walla Walla College. At the time, Ellen White recommended a vegetarian diet, but only a few followed her suggestion.

2. During the 2014–2015 school year, 64 student missionaries from Walla Walla University (WWU) volunteered in 23 locations outside the United States.

UCA Students Enrich Their Community

June 22, 2015 / Tamara Michalenko Terry

For more than 20 years, Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) has been providing HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) to the Spokane, Wash., area. Linnea Torkelsen, UCA alumni and development director, was the first HOPE coordinator. Her assignment was to develop opportunities for students to engage in the community.

Caldwell Students Experience Life in 'Reality Town'

June 21, 2015 / Bonny Smith

The Caldwell Adventist Elementary School (CAES) held a Reality Town event in April to help students in grades six through 10 experience a taste of adult reality and financial responsibility. Reality Town is a two-hour simulation program that assigns students a personalized pay stub, spouse information, child information, career and salary. 

Anonymous Donor Helps Emerald Christian Academy

June 21, 2015 / Serena Liu

For Emerald Christian Academy (ECA), the annual Emerald Expo held special meaning this year. School staff, students, families and church families gathered on the last Thursday evening of April to hear the news: The school debt of $178,000 had been paid off by an anonymous donor.