June 20 is World Refugee Day when the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) joins the United Nations and the world to commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees, and show support for families forced to leave their homes due to persecution or conflict. 

ADRA remains committed to supporting and protecting refugees and other displaced children, women, and men, providing food, shelter, safe water, hygiene goods, psychosocial support and other services to thousands of refugees internally displaced and stateless persons in around 40 countries. 

Surrounded by church members Annabel Murphy and Sue Walter, Naomi Tricomi, pastoral assistant for the Weirton/Wheeling, W.Va., district, together display an advertising banner for a Single Mom’s Ministries event.

Story by Valerie Morikone

Naomi Tricomi has a fascinating story to share of her experience as a Bible worker in the Mountain View Conference (MVC):

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Editorial by Ann Reynolds

Most of us have read the book of Genesis and the story of creation many times, but have you ever “read between the lines”? Have you taken the time to pause after each verse to contemplate the magnitude of what our Creator did for us and how He did it? He spoke, and it was created—incredible!

God’s voice is heard in His creation. The first book He gave us was on nature.

Ellen White writes, “We need no fanciful teaching regarding the personality of God. What God desires us to know of Him is revealed in His word and His works. The beautiful things of nature reveal His character and His power as Creator” (Life Sketches of Ellen G. White, p. 94).

Story by Nestor Bruno

Pastors, chaplains, and other caregivers spend their time helping people learn how to care for themselves in areas such as resiliency, depression, burnout, loss, use of medications for emotional illness, and nutrition and mental health. Those professionals who wish to expand their knowledge will soon have a unique learning opportunity. The annual George T. Harding IV Conference on Mental Health and the Faith Community will be offered September 29–October 1 in Dayton, Ohio. Co-sponsored by Kettering Adventist HealthCare, the Harding-Buller Foundation of Worthington, and Ministry Care Services, the event will feature presentations by experienced mental health professionals featuring dynamic experiential learning modules.

Willow Grove church member Rosemarie Webster takes blood pressure from frequent visitor Dornell LaVant during the Community Outreach Day.

Story by LaTasha Hewitt

Allegheny East Conference's Willow Grove (Pa.) church recently launched the grand opening of their soup kitchen at the Grace Center of Hope building, located across from the church. They held this event in conjunction with their Community Outreach Day. More than 40 community residents and seven police officers from the Abington Police Department (Pa.) attended.

WGTS Staff

Story by WGTS Staff

A large and wonderful group of board members, staff, Adventist pastors, supporters and volunteers gathered in April to pray together and request God’s presence and blessing on WGTS’ new ministry center in Rockville. “It was an incredible experience to dedicate the space and all involved to the work God has called us to,” says General Manager Kevin Krueger. Greg Scott, Associate Director at Adventist Review Ministries, says, “It was an honor to participate … I am excited to see what God is going to do with and through this new facility.”

Amy Thomas, a student at Temple University, tutors third-grader Jodi Glenn as part of the REACH Success after-school program.

Story by LeShawn Browne

Logan is a second-grader who struggled with reading. He lacked confidence in his ability and was way behind other students in his class. Then his mom discovered the REACH Success tutoring program, launched by the REACH Philadelphia church in 2014, which partners volunteers with students who need help with their schoolwork.

Wilbur Davis, a Shiloh church community attendee and recovering addict, celebrates God with Shiloh member Rick Howard.

Story by Allegheny West Conference Staff

Birthday parties, retirement goodbyes, anniversary celebrations and many other occasions are reasons worthy to come together and celebrate, but has anyone ever thrown a party for God? Wilbur Davis, an individual who regularly attends the Shiloh Cincinnati church, decided to do just that.

Edward Marton, Ohio Conference’s Youth Ministries director, leads prayer with high school students and youth pastors during the “ReCharge” event at the Worthington church.

Story by Heidi Shoemaker

How do I find Christ again?” This was one of the authentic and heartfelt questions asked by high school youth during the recent “ReCharge” gathering at the Worthington church, says Edward Marton, Ohio Conference’s Youth Ministries director.

Honors Chorus students participate in a master class during the Music for All National Festival.

Story by Heidi Wetmore

The Spencerville Adventist Academy (SAA) Honors Chorus was one of the 71 select musical ensembles recently invited to perform at the 28th annual Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha in Indianapolis. The festival showcased America’s finest middle- and high-school student musicians and music ensembles, hailing from 22 states and Puerto Rico.