January 4, 2012 

Worldwide Prayer Emphasis Begins Today

Leaders at every level of the Seventh-day Adventist Church are urging members around the world to begin 2012 in prayer. General Conference leaders are promoting a 10-day prayer initiative called Operation Global Rain (OGR). Born out of a grassroots prayer movement that started in California and spread to 1,800 churches worldwide, OGR invites individuals, groups and churches to pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit January 4-14. Register and download materials at revivalandreformation.org.

For their part, the North American Division published a prayer calendar that calls for members to lift up one or two conferences each week throughout 2012. Columbia Union Conference leaders are supporting both efforts. “The entire world church will pray together in one accord, and I want us to be a part of it,” says Dave Weigley, Columbia Union president, who is pictured conducting an evangelism series in Summersville, W.Va. Read his prayer list for 2012 on page 3 of the January Visitor.—Story by Celeste Ryan Blyden; photo by Howie McCormick


Washington Adventist University Completes Music Building

The first new building in 40 years at Washington Adventist University is now complete. The building—the Leroy and Lois Peters Music Center—was declared finished December 5.

“It is with great pleasure that I confirm the completion of the music building. We sincerely hope that your administration, the Board of Trustees, alumni, students and the entire Washington Adventist University family are proud of the project,” wrote Larry E. Walker, principal for the construction company, in a letter to president Weymouth Spence, EdD. “We are certainly proud of being a part of your team and providing you with this state-of-the-art, sustainable project.”

The building features cutting-edge technology, multiple practice rooms, libraries, SMART classrooms, recital rooms and teaching studios and is expected to add enormously to the timber of university life, in general, and to the richness of its fine arts programs. A formal grand opening of the building is planned for Alumni Weekend, April 13-15.—Story by WAU Staff; photo by Kevin Manuel


Home Secured for Pennsylvania Youth Outreach Ministry

Pennsylvania Conference mission interns recently moved into their new home on 68th Street (pictured) in Philadelphia and hosted a group of young people for an afternoon of praise and testimony. This home is designed to be a a place where young people will grow in relationship with Christ through the Chestnut Hill church’s REACH Philadelphia ministry.

REACH is focused on raising up a new, Seventh-day Adventist congregation in Philadelphia, as well as raising up a new generation of leaders in the church who are actively involved in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and His soon return. This home and an apartment in Philadelphia will be home for the interns serving and reaching young professionals and young people on the more than 90 colleges and university campuses in Philadelphia. For more information on the ministry, contact Jennifer Schwirzer at (215) 233-1286, Jennifer@jenniferjill.org or visit reachphiladelphia.org.—Story by Tamyra Horst


Shenandoah Campus Surprises Principal

Shenandoah Valley Academy’s students, faculty and staff spent several weeks planning Principal’s Appreciation Day for their beloved leader, Spencer Hannah. On a Tuesday morning, the entire campus crowded the foyer to shout, “We love you, Mr. Hannah!” The students displayed a giant banner, dropped balloons and cheered as he stood speechless by the scene.

That evening everyone gathered outside the Student Center for a “chuck wagon supper.” A bluegrass band led by New Market (Va.) church pastor Buz Menhardt serenaded them as they ate Western goodies. Festivities concluded with a special video featuring students and parents expressing their gratitude for Hannah. Click here to view the video..—Story by Mary Long

Indian Ambassador Thanks Medics for Saving Sligo Member

On October 9, while at the baggage pick-up at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., Sunny Wycliffe had a very severe allergic reaction to almonds he touched on his flight from New York. “I was unable to breathe. All the veins were swollen within a few minutes. Without any anesthesia, three medics had to drill two holes below my left knee and inject the medication into the bone marrow to save my life,” he shared. “I was ‘dead,’ but God used these three medics who revived me.”

Wycliffe (pictured far right with his wife, Tresa), a member of Potomac Conference’s Sligo church in Takoma Park, Md., shared his story with his friend Nirupama Rao (pictured center), the Indian ambassador to the United States. After hearing Wycliffe’s story, she invited the medics and their wives to her Christmas celebrations at the embassy, where she publicly thanked them for their swift response.

Help Reclaim Your Former Adventist Friends

“Reclaim Your Faith,” a four-part series by Doug Batchelor, president of Amazing Facts, will air January 13-15, 7:30 p.m., live from the General Conference in Silver Spring, Md. The Hope Channel and DirecTV will carry the program. “Reclaim Your Faith” is aimed at former members of the Adventist Church to help them reaffirm their faith in the Bible and provide a strong foundation in Jesus for a lifetime of spiritual growth.

To learn more, visit faithreclaimed.com. It is being planned as a lead-in to It Is Written’s upcoming four-week evangelistic series “Revelation Today.” The 90-minute presentations will include special music, testimonies of reclaimed members and preaching by Pastor Batchelor (pictured). Reclaim Your Faith will be marketed heavily with an extensive campaign on Facebook, Google Adwords, television and radio. It will also be available as a DVD shortly after the series concludes.  You are invited to see the program live at the General Conference, which is located at 12501 Old Columbia Pike in Silver Spring, Md.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.—Story by NAD Newspoints

Get Your 2012 Visitor Calendar

If you are like Martha Murphy from Grafton, W.Va., then you should have received your 2012 issue of the Visitor Calendar featuring healthy recipes. Murphy was so excited about trying all the recipes that she left us a voicemail message. “I’m so excited because there’s wonderful recipes for every day of the month,” she said. Click here to listen to the message.

Each month of the calendar features a vegetarian or vegan recipe that will get you off to a healthy start and keep you eating well throughout the year. Watch Clara Iuliano, the principal contributor of the calendar, cook yummy peanut noodles. For extra copies to share, email bweigley@columbiaunion.net or call (888) 4-VISITOR, ext. 4.

January Visitor Highlight

Emely Umaña, a freshman at Northern Virginia Community College, grew up going to Adventist schools and planned to go to Andrews University (Mich.) until right before her graduation from Shenandoah Valley Academy in New Market, Va. God had other plans for her she said.

Umaña spent last summer in the ANEW canvassing program. ANEW is one of several outreach ministries that prepare Adventists on secular campuses to interact with people from other faiths and backgrounds. Umaña said she left the program with a "mission mindset," ready to impact her new school. Read more about Umaña and other college students in your January Visitor. Click here to see the video from the ANEW conference. The video has already surpassed 300 views. Find out why!—Story by V. Michelle Bernard

Sección Especial del Visitor: ANEW une y prepara estudiantes para el ministerio en el campus

Emely Umaña, una estudiante de primer año en Northern Virginia Community College, creció asistiendo a escuelas adventistas y con planes de ir a la Universidad de Andrews (Mich.) hasta justo antes de su graduación de la Academia Shenandoah Valley en New Market, Va. Dios tenía otros planes para ella, dijo ella.

Umaña pasó el verano pasado en el programa de colportaje ANEW. Este programa es uno de varios ministerios de alcance misionero que prepara a adventistas de los campuses seculares para interactuar con personas de otras creencias y trasfondos. Umaña dijo que “salió del programa con una mentalidad de misión”, lista para influir en su nueva escuela. Haga clic aquí para lea más acerca de Umaña y otros estudiantesHistoria por V. Michelle Bernard



January 5-6: Dial-in and participate in an all-night Prayer Teleconference sponsored by the North American Division (NAD) to focus on prayer for the NAD Prayer Summit (January 12-15), the Adventist Ministries Convention (January 15-18) and for our children. Join the teleconference anytime between 10 p.m. Thursday, January 5, and 5 a.m. Friday, January 6. To join, call (712) 432-0031, and at the prompt enter access code 435650#.

January 7: The NAD Day of Prayer. What better way to begin the New Year than to join fellow members in prayer for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on churches and members of the North American Division. For resources, visit nadprayerministries.org.

January 21: Restoration Praise Center is hosting a Religious Liberty Day under the theme "Religious Liberty: It’s Political and Global Impact and What it Means to You.” The featured speaker for the divine hour will be presidential appointee Orlan Johnson, chairman of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation. There will also be a panel discussion with guests Paul Monteiro, associate director, White House Office of Public Engagement; Melissa Reid, associate director, Liberty magazine; Jennifer Mason, deputy chief of staff for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management; and Michelle Chin, PhD, legislative assistant to Senator John Cornyn (R-TX). The church is located at 10411 Greenbelt Road in Lanham, Md. For more information, visit rpcsda.org.

January 29: The Pennsylvania Conference Youth and Young Adult Ministries Family Ski Trip will be held at Jack Frost Big Boulder in White Haven, Pa. The price is $48 for the snow pass, lesson and rental. The lessons are for ages 8 and over. Helmet rentals are $10 additional. Tickets must be purchased by January 16, 2012. Pre-paid ticket pick-up will be at the Jack Frost Lodge, 8 a.m.-12 noon. For more information, contact the conference’s Youth Ministries Department at (607) 374-8331, ext. 212 or at pa-youth@paconference.org.

February 2: Spencerville Adventist Academy invites all eighth graders and other high school students to attend their Academy Day from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Visiting students will get the opportunity to meet teachers and students, hear and see the school’s touring groups perform, compete for scholarships, play against basketball teams and check out the new school. To RSVP, contact Heidi Wetmore at (301) 421-9101 or hwetmore@spencerville.org.

February 17-19: The “Love for a Lifetime” Marriage Enrichment Retreat will be held at the Dunes Manor Hotel in Ocean City, Md. The registration fee of $299 per couple includes two nights at Dunes Manor Hotel, brunch, tea, dinner on Saturday and brunch on Sunday. For more information, e-mail MarriageEnrichment@comcast.net, or contact Mark and Peggy Lee at (301) 317-5428 or Jeff and Sandy Hartz at (443) 864-6328. The Triadelphia church and Maranatha Adventist Fellowship are among the churches sponsoring the retreat.

February 24-26: Chesapeake Conference’s high school students will want to attend the Generation Rain Spiritual Retreat at Mount Aetna Camp and Retreat Center in Hagerstown, Md. Themed “The Call,” the weekend features speakers from Insight magazine: Duane Esmond, editor; Tom Fraga, associate editor; and Tiffany Taylor-Mduba, columnist. For details, call Ann Reynolds at (410) 995-1910, or email areynolds@ccosda.org.

March 24-26, 2012: Pennsylvania Conference’s marriage retreat themed “Love on the Farm,” will feature Claudio and Pamela Consuegra, North American Division Family Ministries directors. It will be held at the the Best Western Premier Contral Hotel and Conference Center in Harrisburg, Pa. To register online visit, www.paconference.org, go to the Ministries page and click on Family Ministries. For more information, contact Jeanne Hartwell at jhartwell@paconference.org, or (610) 374-8331.

For more news and up-to-date information from the Columbia Union Conference, visit columbiaunion.org

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