News for June 2015

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.”

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.

Churches Partner for Evangelism Ministry

June 16, 2015 / Alexander Bolotnikov

Three churches partnered in evangelism to expand their reach to more than 10,000 around the world.

Israel Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, presented by Jewish Adventist Alexander Bolotnikov, was a combined outreach effort between the Beit Shalom Balevav (The House of Peace in the Heart) Adventist Jewish congregation, a company newly formed by the Oregon Conference; Living Word Russian Church in Portland; and the Whipple Creek Church in Ridgefield, Wash. 

CAA Teacher Inspires Scientific Excellence

June 12, 2015 / Andrea Jackson

When entering Larry Hiday's classroom at Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA), in Battle Ground, Wash., one is immediately drawn into the world of science. There are live snakes, fish and a terrapin. Rocks, feathers and other pieces of nature provide snapshots into science. Above all of this is a large research poster entitled "Monkeying Around With Ovaries: Long Live the Follicle." In this classroom, science is not just a thing of the past to be studied only in textbooks; science is explored constantly through experiments, experience and research.

PAES Sixth-Graders Take Stand for Character

June 09, 2015 / Stan Hatkoff

Realizing that what is lacking in today’s society are people of character, Linda Waagen, sixth-grade teacher at Portland Adventist Elementary School in Gresham, Ore., decided to do something unique even to a Christian school emphasizing character.

Eight students chose to memorize a character poem that highlighted the qualities of character important in society but lacking to a great degree, such as honesty, courage, standing firm for your beliefs, bravery, kindness and faith.

Sunnyside Helps Member Move Forward

June 02, 2015 / Warren Rushold

Imagine this: You have just graduated from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn., with a bachelor’s degree in social work in 2013. You are enrolled to start studies in the fall toward your master’s in social work. While bicycling with a friend, you crash, fracturing your cervical spine (C3/C4). Lying on the ground in pain, unable to move, life seems to be over.

Well, only if you give up. And Alex Buchanan is not giving up.