The Columbia Union Conference is putting forward significant funding to help prove that mission trips don’t require church members to cross oceans or enter foreign lands. Over the past five years, the union has donated $1 million toward its Homeland Mission Initiative. These monies go back to local Seventh-day Adventist churches to fund creative ministries programs, outreach projects and mission schools—all designed to share the gospel message right outside their front doors.

2016 Columbia Union Conference Calendar

The 2016 Columbia Union Calendar features pictures that illustrate some of the ways members in the Columbia Union share messages of love, ministries of grace and seeds of hope.

“In each Visitor, we feature stories of how God is working in and through people in the Columbia Union to make life better for others, as Jesus did,” says Celeste Ryan Blyden, vice president for communication and public relations. “This calendar captures some of those memorable moments from our conferences, schools and ministries.”

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Maryland Health Care Commission Approves New Washington Adventist Hospital

Maryland Health Care Commission Approves New Washington Adventist Hospital

Story by Lydia Parris

The Maryland Health Care Commission has granted formal approval for Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital to develop a replacement hospital in the White Oak section of Montgomery County. The project is part of the hospital’s longstanding plan to expand access to care in the region and includes keeping healthcare services on its current Takoma Park campus.

Pastor Orlando Rosales prepares to baptize a Baltimore Spanish member

After 16 stops across the Columbia Union Conference and countless hours of prayer and preparation, 626 new members joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church during the Caravana de la Esperanza 2015: “Jesus, La Gran Esperanza” (Caravan of Hope: Jesus the Great Hope) event.

Story by V. Michelle Bernard

Baptismal Candidates waiting for their turn in Vineland, N.J.

The Caravan of Hope, an evangelistic campaign featuring international evangelist Alejandro Bullón and involving more than 100 churches across the Columbia Union, has already celebrated more than 300 baptisms.


Story by V. Michelle Bernard

The caravan has stopped in eight spots in New Jersey and Ohio, and welcomed 272 new members in New Jersey. Jorge Aguero, coordinator of the Caravan of Hope in New Jersey and the New Jersey Conference personal ministries director, says they expect more baptisms this weekend.

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We are attracted to things that are the largest, strongest and fastest. Every two years, the world turns its attention to the Olympics to determine who are the fastest and most skilled in numerous sports. Countries vie to boast the tallest building in the world, currently recognized as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai at 829.8 meters. Mountain climbers risk their lives to climb Mount Everest, the tallest mountain. The Guinness World Records organization exists to certify who should be recognized for a wide variety of feats.

At the Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee meeting today, Rob Vandeman, executive secretary of the Columbia Union, reported that as of June 30, membership in the Columbia Union is 144,207, an increase of .76 percent from March 31.

By Andrew McChesney, news editor, Adventist Review / Image by Photography by Dr Farouk on Flickr

The U.S. government is suing a privately owned hospital group in the state of Minnesota, accusing it of revoking a job offer in retaliation against a Seventh-day Adventist nurse who sought the Sabbath off.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a U.S. government agency, says North Memorial Health Care violated U.S. law on religious accommodation in the workplace by rescinding the job offer for Emily Sure-Ondara to work as a registered nurse.