Cassandra Lemke participated in the first blood drive at Rivergate Adventist Elementary School, Gladstone, Ore. on Feb. 28. Cassie, who turned 17 just a few days before, was so excited that she was finally old enough to give blood. A 2000 graduate of Rivergate, Cassie is now a junior at PAA. “I would do it again,” Cassie says. •
• Since 1997, PAA has awarded $1,425,000.00 in personal scholarships to help students needing financial assistance.
• For the student week of prayer, student speakers shared experiences from their personal walk with the Lord. They can be booked for speaking appointments in churches by contacting chaplain Les Zollbrecht at (503) 255-8372.
• Of the 30 students studying for baptism, Brittany Martin and Svetlana Danilich have already been baptized. More students are planning for baptism.
The Upper Columbia Conference Kids Educational/Endowment/Scholarship Program (KEEP) committee continues to balance the rising cost of church school tuition with a growing number of students who desire a Christian education.
Nearly 90 Upper Columbia Academy students spent spring break serving the Lord on overseas mission trips. Through the tremendous donations from 1,000 people totaling $82,000, 59 students went on school-sponsored trips to Belize.
As wind played havoc with existing shingles, Irrigon members talked of the need to put a new roof on the church. The funds were available, but there were not enough hands to complete the job in a short time. The problem was presented to Seniors in Action for God with Excellence, who arranged to help. Ted Lutts, SAGE project manager, viewed the project a few days before SAGE arrived, and he and church member Joel Stahl replaced the well house roof.
Touching the hearts of your neighbors in a relevant way can be a real challenge. Doing so in a new way each month adds a layer of complication that the Zillah Community church overcame by focusing on parts of modern society that always need attention.
Forty-seven students and adults from Spokane and from as far away as Georgia and Canada took a mission trip in March to Borneo. They arrived in the remote jungle village of Mentu to construct a church, hold evangelistic meetings, and provide dental and medical services to the area.
Tropical rainstorms, flooding and high humidity were just a few of the aspects that made the Puget Sound Adventist Academy (PSAA) mission trip to Baatan, Costa Rica, so memorable. Thirty-five students and 22 adults spent Thanksgiving vacation building a 40 ft. x 80 ft. concrete block addition, onto an existing church for three schoolrooms. The project included exterior and interior walls, wiring, a metal roof, and painting.