PAA Climbing Club Reaches New Heights

January 24, 2019 / Liesl Vistaunet / Education, climbing

Portland Adventist Academy teacher Mark Smith followed the passion of a small group of students who loved rock climbing and guided them in the organization of the school’s first climbing club in 1997.

Smith remembers few students participated but also recalls big support and enthusiasm. “We began with five or six students and a $1,000 anonymous donation," he says.

Grants Pass Adventist School Builds STREAMS

January 23, 2019 / Jennifer Burkes / Education, Grants Pass

Despite other professional involvements at the time, Marla Aaron was tapped to do still more. “God was bothering me,” she says. Enrollment was down at the Grants Pass (Ore.) Seventh-day Adventist School. Personal research indicated many were not aware of this “hidden gem” at the north end of Grants Pass.

Aaron's own children had benefited from quality Christian education. Many potential families in the community could also benefit. Aaron wanted to see this school not just succeed but also exceed. After making this a matter of prayer, she took action.

Central Valley Puts the Fun in Fundraising

What better way to enjoy a blustery fall evening than by spending it in the gym of Central Valley Christian School in Tangent, Ore.? That is what many people in the Central Valley community decided to do on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. The school hosted a Fall Festival fundraiser to raise money for various safety improvements around the campus. There were also booths supporting the robotics club at school and the local Pathfinder club in their fundraising for their upcoming Oshkosh (Wis.) trip for the international camporee.

Grupos Pequeños Saludables

January 22, 2019 / César De León / Hispanic

Hay pasajes Bíblicos que impactan todo el tiempo, uno de ellos que me a impresionado a través de muchos años de ministerio es el episodio donde dos futuros discípulos le preguntan a Jesús, “Maestro, ¿dónde moras?” Jesús responde a la pregunta con una invitación, “Ven y ve” (Juan 1:39). La historia culmina con una placentera estadía de estos dos discípulos con Jesús toda una tarde. Esa reunión llegó a ser la primera comunidad cristiana, el primer grupo pequeño.

In Their Shoes

January 21, 2019 / Kimberly Little / Youth, Pathfinders

Fifty teenagers squirmed nervously in their seats. Something was different, but none of them could put their finger on it just yet. Their adult leaders were being purposely vague about the events about to take place. The teens knew just one thing: This was not the annual Oregon Conference Pathfinders Teen Ministry Training Weekend they had grown accustomed to.

Diversity: Our Commitment in Action

January 21, 2019 / Jodi Wagner / Education, diversity

Walla Walla University (WWU) is on an important journey, one that brings focus to our mission statement, which affirms that “every person is created in the image of God as a being of inestimable value and worth.”

Last April, WWU president John McVay announced eight areas of diversity focus that the university would immediately pursue in keeping with its mission. Since then, students, faculty and staff have developed implementation steps and measurement opportunities for each of these areas: