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Historia de V. Michelle Bernard

Después de servir 10 años como Directora Asociada de Educación y Cuidado de la Primera Infancia (ECEC) en la Oficina de Educación de la Unión de Columbia, y siete años como Superintendente Asociada de Escuelas en la Conferencia de Potomac, Evelyn Sullivan está dejando su puesto en la Unión. El 1 de marzo comenzó su nuevo rol como directora de Educación de la Primera Infancia en la División Norteamericana. 

Lucy Byard

Image of Lucy Byard by Xavier Barera VargasStory by Benjamin Baker /Illustration by Xavier Cabrera Vargas

Lucy Byard is one of the most pivotal figures in the history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Yet many have never heard of her, or have just heard her name in passing as the casualty of a tragic event somewhere in the safely distant past.The details surrounding her death have become so muddled and murky that even otherwise trustworthy historians have repeated major inaccuracies about it.

Byard and the narrative surrounding her last days have been cloaked in mystery and misinformation for much too long. Here is what really happened.


The Pisgah Scorpians from the Bryan's Road church in Maryland participate in the Allegheny East Conference Pathfinder Bible Experience

This winter Pathfinders from participating clubs around the Columbia Union Conference studied and memorized the Book of Luke for the Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE). Teams participated in local, then conference events to test their knowledge.

After the Ohio Conference and Mountain View Conference PBE March 2, the next event will be the union level event on March 16.

Below is a list of the teams that have advanced to the union event:


Interview by Anna Bartlett

“A lot of the time we think blessings are only those things that make us feel good, but the key to walkng with God is to understand that the blessing comes in whatever God sends our way that draws us closer to Him,” says Charles Tapp, senior pastor of Potomac Conference’s Sligo church in Takoma Park, Md. He shares similar practical applications in Keys to Practical Living, a CD of short messages from Sligo’s radio ministry, Simple Truths for Life, on WGTS 91.9.

Read our interview with Pastor Tapp below:

Visitor: What was your inspiration for creating Keys to Practical Christian Living Vol 1?

Interview by Anna Bartlett

Written to meet perhaps one of today’s strongest felt needs, Hope for Today’s Families is the 2019 sharing book for the Seventh-day Adventist world church.

We interviewed authors Willie and Elaine Oliver, director and associate director of the Family Ministries Department at the General Conference to learn more about the book and biggest challenges facing families today.

 Read our interview below:

Visitor: What do you think are some of the biggest challenges facing families today?

Story by Kayla Ewert

Following the popular My Story, My Mission film contest for college students comes the #FollowHim film contest exclusively for young people aged 18 years old and younger. Adventist Mission invites youth around the world to creatively express, in one minute or less, what it means to follow Christ in a mission-focused life.

This contest is for youth who meet the age requirements and self-identify as Adventist or attend Adventist-affiliated schools. To ensure eligibility, entrants are asked to refer to the entry rules. Films must be submitted online at by March 31, 2019.

Jonathan Duffy

Story by Kimi-Roux James

Today the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) announced a new global advocacy campaign, “Every Child. Everywhere. In School.” The campaign is an urgent call to leaders around the world that all children, regardless of race, age, nationality, gender, religion or origin, have a right to earn and complete an education, and that being in school is a recognition of the value and potential of each individual child. 

Image by Michael Coghlan from FlickrEditorial by Elaine Buchanan/ Image by Michael Coghlan on Flickr

When I became a Seventh-day Adventist several years ago, one element of the church struck me as really strange: prayer. Little did I know how much prayer would impact my life over the next 20 years.

A few years ago, my pastor/husband and I were transferred to our third district in the Mountain View Conference. I began looking online for houses, but we couldn’t agree on many of them. We made a trip to our new district, got in touch with a realtor and sent him our list of about 15 homes. He scheduled a four-hour time slot for us.