EDITOR'S NOTE: The following statement was jointly issued by the undersigned student leaders of Seventh-day Adventist universities, colleges and other associations throughout North America who attended the North American Division Year-End Meeting as representatives. It is their response to the document approved on Oct. 14, 2018, by the General Conference executive committee entitled: Regard For and Practice of General Conference Session and General Conference Executive Committee Actions.
Brothers and Sisters,
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following statement represents the majority view of the North Pacific Union Conference executive committee, which voted 34-2 for approval at its regular meeting on November 14, 2018, in College Place, Washington.
Our prayerful mission is for each member within the North Pacific Union Conference to be empowered to share the distinctive Christ-centered, Seventh-day Adventist message of hope and wholeness with their communities. We embrace this mission and the scriptural truth of our Seventh-day Adventist fundamental beliefs.
Wycliffe Bible Translators sent two young linguists, David and Mitzi Shinen, to Gambell in 1959. There, they learned the language for a few years and started to translate the New Testament of the Bible thereafter. It wasn’t such an easy task because they had to be very careful and accurate translating from the Greek translation following Matt. 24:35. It took them all 59 years to complete the translation from the book of Matthew to Revelation.
A unique evangelistic series, Living in the Final Week, was presented last fall (Sept. 15–Oct. 14, 2017) by Tim Rumsey at the Hayden Lake (Idaho) Church. Each night featured an engaging story illustration from modern times that drew listeners into Bible truth.
Throughout childhood, I suffered guilt and despair despite sincerity of spiritual caregivers. Church school teachers warned that only perfectly Christlike children qualify for heaven. While God also loves imperfect people, they would be lost in heaven’s investigative judgment — which any moment could determine our doom. "But if you pray every day,” pastors added hopefully, “Jesus will come into your heart and cleanse you from all sin.”
Somehow sanctification didn’t happen as advertised.
This was not my plan for today.
May 18–20, 2018, marked the third young adult Digging Deeper Retreat at Camp MiVoden in Hayden, Idaho, and the sixth retreat in Upper Columbia Conference. It was truly a spiritually and socially rich weekend for young adults in the 20–40 age group as we came together for a special time of worship and fellowship. The retreat had a total of 209 attendees, which included 155 adults and 54 children representing 36 churches from around the Northwest. When classified in terms of family units, the group was comprised of 31 families with kids, 11 couples and 54 singles.
As Auburn Adventist Academy embarks on its 100th academic year, there are some familiar and new faculty faces on campus.
Alumni Brandon Richards, ’03, and Kilikina (Vega) Richards, ’02, are returning to campus this time as faculty. Brandon Richards is teaching physical education classes and working in the growth and development department. Kilikina teaches English literature and media literacy classes, a role that her mentor-teacher Mary Kobberstad filled for 30 years until her retirement last school year.