Rick and Cindy Wilson of Grants Pass, Ore., have a “growing” ministry. Each year they prepare a large garden that feeds their family, their church and their community.
The Wilsons begin by removing the old plants and cleaning the garden space for the next season. With the help of family and friends, the pair are able to plant, weed, water, grow and harvest an abundance of vegetables. They till the soil, remove the rocks, readjust the watering system, make new rows, lay weed barriers, install stakes with twine for trellises and prepare the greenhouse for the starter plants.
Puget Sound Adventist Academy (PSAA) students celebrated the start to the 2015–2016 school year in traditional style with a three-day trip up to Walla Walla University’s Rosario Marine Station.
This annual extravaganza began with a unique service experience the morning before departure — in teams, students headed into Seattle to interact with the homeless, chatting with them about their stories and sharing socks, toiletries and prayer. Making these connections in their community was a moving and fitting way to kick off a retreat dedicated to unity.
At Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Ore., modern medical technology paired with a whole-person approach to health is saving patients' toes, feet, legs and hands — every day.
Adventist Health’s limb preservation team offers the only comprehensive program of its kind in the Portland metro area that is equipped to save someone’s foot or hand due to diabetes. Among the hundreds of patients who have already benefited from the team’s expertise, 82 percent have diabetes.
Adventist Christian education is alive and well in Eagle. The Eagle Adventist Christian School and Preschool have a combined enrollment of 41, with 21 in preschool and kindergarten. The school has strong support from the church. Each Sabbath, a student is featured during the announcement period, and the congregation is encouraged to remember that student and his or her family in prayer during the week. Volunteers come at least once a week to take the elementary students outside, weather permitting, for fresh air and exercise by walking or running laps around the field.
Flames leaped from tree tops sending a huge column of smoke billowing from the ridge just south of Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek on July 30. The Stouts Creek Fire, which was first reported at 1 p.m., grew to 200 acres in the first three hours. Students and staff gathered in the parking lot to watch, wondering what would happen to their school.
“I run to stay healthy,” says Gary Rittenbach, Walla Walla University (WWU) academic computing director. “People think our bodies are like cars, but they’re not. They don’t break down the more you use them. The more you use it, the stronger you become.”
When Rittenbach crossed the finish line of the London Marathon last April, he became one of only 428 runners worldwide to be named a Six Star Finisher of the Abbot World Marathon Majors. This title is awarded only to runners who have completed the big six marathons: New York, Chicago, Berlin, Boston, Tokyo and London.
It was a simple Facebook post this summer: “Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) registration opens tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. There are TWENTY kids who are on the 'Waiting for a Miracle' list. Total financial miracle needed is $65,000 that must be committed before they can move into the dorm. Two families are waiting by the phone to see if we get the funds ... several are coming on faith and waiting outside the business office to be told if they can register ... .”
“The best event of this sort I’ve ever attended.”
“Every session has been so helpful.”
These were just a couple of the comments overheard during this year’s North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) Children’s Leadership Conference, held Sept. 24–27 in Portland, Ore. More than 300 individuals active in children’s Sabbath School ministries and the Adventurers program came from around the Northwest to take part in a packed agenda.