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Editorial by Jim Greene

According to Webster’s Dictionary, “hope” has several connotations based on the way you approach the usage of the word. We can “hope” that something will happen—“I hope I can win a new car in the drawing.” Or, we can state with assurance that our “hope” is based on trust and reliance that something will happen—“Jesus is coming again!” The hymn, “We Have This Hope,” is a strong affirmation of our faith and hope in the coming of the Lord, based on the promises found in God’s Word. Every time I sing this song, my spirits are lifted, and I am inspired to share the good news that Jesus is coming again!

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Story by V. Michelle Bernard

Do you have a talent you’d like to share at Chosen, the 2019 International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wis., August 12–17, 2019?

Event organizers are now looking for musicians to appear onstage, submit theme song entries, teach honor classes, lead activities and more! Visit for details and deadlines.

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Story by Kim Luste Maran/NAD Communication

For members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, giving tithes and offerings on digital platforms recently got much easier with the launch of the Adventist Giving mobile apps for both Apple (iOS) and Android devices.

Gordon Harty, NAD web application developer, explained that members can search “Adventist Giving” in the respective application stores to find the apps. “The mobile apps allow for all the same donation services that are provided on the website,” he says.

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Story by Valerie Morikone

A Children’s Health Expo is an avenue to gain access to children in the community. While sometimes it may be difficult to speak about Jesus, church members can portray Christ living in and through them to children and staff in public schools.

Sendry O. Pittman, Sr. (center), his wife, Doris, and Lieutenant Colonel Vincent B. Myers, commander of the McDonald Army Health Center, celebrate the newly named volunteer program.

Story by LaTasha Hewitt

The U.S. Army recently recognized Sendry O. Pittman, Sr., a deacon at the Mt. Calvary church in Williamsburg, Va., for his dedication to volunteering. In recognition of his 30-plus years of serving his community, the Red Cross Volunteer Program was renamed the Sendry Pittman Volunteer Program. The ceremony took place at the U.S. Army Transportation Museum on the grounds of Fort Eustis, Va.

Class of 2021 students Heidi Davis, Allison Erdelyi, Annicka Hoffman and Hope Griseto take a break during Physics class.

Laura Hoffman, mother of Annicka (’21), a musician, home educator and principal of Boulevard Adventist Academy in Charleston, W.Va., shares her perspective on how Potomac Conference's Shenandoah Valley Academy (SVA) is positively impacting students:

Harmony, a gospel quartet known for their a cappella harmonious sound, began their full-time music ministry in 2008, when they were only teenagers.

Story by Bryant Smith

Harmony is a gospel quartet, known for their a cappella harmonious sound. Their goal is to captivate audiences by singing the message of Jesus Christ. “Saving souls one note at a time,” is Harmony’s motto, made up of singers (pictured clockwise) Haven James, Tirzah Hawley, Chris Upchurch and Samara Orr.

Story by Visitor Staff

Members of the Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee (some pictured above) traveled to Columbus, Ohio, last month for their third quarter meeting at the Allegheny West Conference’s newly opened headquarters.

At the news that tithe rose by $6 million or 9.09 percent above the previous year, the committee paused for a prayer of thanksgiving. “This would not be possible without the faithfulness of our members,” said Treasurer Emmanuel Asiedu.

They also rejoiced when Frank Bondurant, vice president for Ministries Development, announced that 55 churches have been planted unionwide this year.