Learn more about how mentors at Allegheny East Conference’s (AEC) Calvary church in Newport News, Va.,  do their part to inspire and uplift young men in their church and community in our September Visitor cover story. Watch an AEC video spotlight of the group below.

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Read and share these stories from the September 2015 Visitor:

Is it possible to forgive your child’s murderer? In A Time to Forgive, Darold Bigger explores the closure only God could bring after the slaying of his daughter, Shannon Marie Bigger, a young intern at Washington Adventist Hospital in Silver Spring, Md. Bigger resides in Walla Walla, Washington where he attends Walla Walla University Church.

Interview by Dawna-gene Milton

Visitor: What made you want to share such a personal experience?

Dr. H. Jean Wright II has written Find Strength In Your Struggle: Discover The Miracle In You to help readers learn you can overcome any situation with power from God. Wright is a member of Pennsylvania Conference's Chestnut Hill church in Philadelphia.

Interview by Dawna-gene Milton

Visitor: What was the motivation behind writing Find Strength In Your Struggle: Discover The Miracle In You?

I am humbled to be asked to lead our education family here in Ohio,” says Ken Knudsen, newly appointed superintendent of education. “The number-one goal of Adventist education is to share the love of Jesus with our children.”

Story by Heidi Shoemaker, Ohio Conference

This summer Charleston, S.C., has been in the news because of the racially motivated massacre of nine African-Americans attending a Bible study and prayer service at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. A young, white man entered the house of worship and, after an hour, pulled out a gun and began his murderous rampage.  

Editorial by Rick Remmers, Chesapeake Conference president   

Words seem to fail in describing and condemning the horror of such racist and violent actions. While news outlets have covered many aspects of this disturbing story, there is a perspective from the Bible that needs to be considered.

The first angel’s message reads, “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the Earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people” (Rev. 14:6).

The Creation Debate: Why Does it Matter if it Happened in Six Literal Days?

Story by Edwin Manuel Garcia

A decades-old dispute within Seventh-day Adventism about when and how the Earth was developed may have been settled to the liking of the church’s top officials and a majority of its worldwide delegates this summer at the 60th General Conference (GC) Session in San Antonio. However, the intra-denominational conflict doesn’t look like it’s about to cease.