Brito Ordained to Gospel Ministry

September 21, 2018 / Heidi Baumgartner

Francisco Brito was a young boy in the Dominican Republic when he first met Jesus.

“From that day, Jesus and His love seized my heart and became the only and sufficient motivation for my ministry,” Brito recalls. “Meeting Jesus was an overwhelming experience that also gave me the privilege of associating with Him to spread the good news and the power of His love.”

AMEN Port Orchard Serves Community

September 20, 2018 / Katie Henderson

Adventist and community volunteers came out to support Kitsap Peninsula residents at the Adventist Medical Evangelism Network (AMEN) Port Orchard, Wash., clinic on Aug. 17 and 19, 2018. AMEN clinics help communities by providing residents who have limited or no insurance with free access to medical, dental and vision care that otherwise might be too expensive or too far.

Gary McLean, veteran and Port Orchard resident, says that, even though he has free access as a veteran to health care, the travel cost is too much for his monthly budget.

Everett Indonesian Members Witness at Fourth of July Parade

September 18, 2018 / Eddy Saerang

As Everett Indonesian Adventist Church members marched in a local Fourth of July parade, the nearly 40,000 people watching spotted bright blue shirts coming down the road. As the church group came closer, the words “Get Ready” on the T-shirt fronts caught people’s attention.

Amid music, songs and trumpets sounded by parade participants, the church members led by Julyamin Hutauruk, pastor, waited in the parade line for their number to be called. When their time came, they headed into the parade line with a banner that proudly displayed their church name.

Vacation Bible Schools Emphasize Service

September 12, 2018 / Katie Henderson

Every summer, churches host a Vacation Bible School filled with fun interactive activities for the youth in their community. This summer, Washington's Forest Park (Everett, Wash.) and Kent (Wash.) churches added service projects to their programs,

Forest Park partnered with Beautiful Soles, a local nonprofit committed to strengthening the community by providing socks and shoes to local youth in need.

The Forest Park VBS collected 70 pairs of shoes, surpassing their goal of 50, to donate to the children in Snohomish County who are in need as they begin school.

Poulsbo Pastor Ordained

August 27, 2018 / Katie Henderson

Family, friends, western Washington pastors and Washington Conference leaders filled the pews of the Poulsbo Church to support and celebrate the ordination of Ryan Rogers, Poulsbo Church pastor, on June 3, 2018.

Three Samoan Churches Host Youth Revival

August 26, 2018 / Marie Koreti Toilolo

Tacoma (Wash.) Samoa-Tokelau, Samoan Southside (Tacoma) and Des Moines (Wash.) Samoan church members gathered together for a two-week Youth Revival series, May 13–24, 2018, under the direction and leadership of Fred Toailoa, Tacoma Samoa-Tokelau Church pastor.

Nurturing the Camp Meeting Experience

August 23, 2018 / Heidi Baumgartner

The guest services phone line rang consistently before and during Washington Adventist Camp Meeting with requests for lodging and general camp meeting information. Days before camp meeting started, all but 85 reservation sites were claimed out of 668 possible sites — and those sites were going fast.

Sunset Lake Is a Summer Highlight for Blind Campers

July 18, 2018 / Katie Henderson

What if camp was the only place you could really reconnect with your friends? What if you made lifelong friends with your fellow campers during that one week of camp? This is what it’s like for 13 campers during a special week of blind camp at Sunset Lake Camp in Wilkeson, Wash.

A week of camp is one of the highlights of Alan Bridgeford's summer. The Bothell, Wash., native has been blind since he was very young, but that doesn't stop him from participating in some of his favorite activities with his friends, such as zip lining and playing the accordion during the talent show.