When Nadia Diaz was a freshman at Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA), she heard about the Committee of 100 that funds special academic projects.
“I saw joining as an opportunity for me to learn what goes on within the committee,” says Diaz, who is now a sophomore in college. “It was a chance for me to advocate for the classes that may not have extra funding, like the art classes.”
The lights flicker for attention. Conversation continues. Leaders motion for attention repeatedly. Forty people in the room finally settle down. Church begins with a familiar ebb and flow.
And yet something is significantly and powerfully different: There is no extra sound in the room beyond an interpreter keeping the hearing portion of the audience informed.
This is Big Deaf Day at Washington's Puyallup Church, the second such event of the year, which drew an audience from Washington, Oregon, Tennessee and parts of Canada.
What is your favorite thing about outdoor school? If you were to ask a student, many of them would say they loved fishing, the lake, interacting with the horses, or even getting to touch an alligator or snake!
This year, Washington Conference outdoor school had a new component. In partnership with Pathfinders and Adventurers ministries, 190 fifth- and sixth-grade students had the opportunity to earn Pathfinder honors in horses, mammals, animal tracks, rocks and minerals, and canoeing.
Fifty-five public high school students spent a late October weekend at the first public high school retreat in several years at Sunset Lake Camp in Wilkeson, Wash. Between retreat activities, Will Ramos, "The Ghetto Preacher," delivered a series of powerful messages, encouraging the youth to keep going because they're worthy of God's love and the blood of Jesus.
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.
“Jesus on the main line … . You can call Him up and tell Him want you want.”
It’s praise singing time at the Pacific Northwest Samoan Camp Meeting. Adults, teenagers and children alike joined in enthusiastically singing and adding hand motions to the lyrics. It was a special bonding moment the first weekend of September as a multigenerational program began about blending culture and faith.
“The church needs youth to bring energy and elders to bring wisdom,” says Fred Toailoa, Samoan district pastor in Washington Conference. “The church needs both.”
Andreas Beccai never envisioned himself becoming a pastor, even though the Holy Spirit kept nudging him in that direction.
Born in Accra, Ghana, Beccai moved to Reading, England, at age 7 with his family. Intending to go into a different career field, he earned a law and business undergraduate degree from Keele University in Staffordshire. After graduation, Beccai visited with a Christian entrepreneur he had known, and the man told him how he’d always envisioned Beccai as a pastor. Those words rekindled the Holy Spirit's prompts.
How are you using your individual talents for ministry? More than 400 Pathfinders at the Washington Conference Camporee held at Sunset Lake Camp in Wilkeson were challenged to explore how they can use their individual talents for ministry. Camporee coincided with the World Pathfinder Day and 68th anniversary of Pathfinders.