August 28, 2012

Nine Academy Students Recognized for Their “Caring Hearts”

Each year the Columbia Union Conference Office of Education recognizes one senior or junior from each senior academy who has made an impact on the lives of those within their community with the Caring Heart Award. Why were these students selected? Staff members of Spencerville Adventist Academy in Spencerville, Md., describe Josué Hernández, as “a positively delightful young man with a loving heart for all people.” One of Taylor Bartram’s former teachers at Spring Valley Academy in Centerville, Ohio, said about him: “Taylor loves the Lord and shows it. He is a gentleman and takes the time to be courteous and helpful.” Teachers at Takoma Academy spoke highly of graduating senior Adrian Dixon. “We are proud to have him as an ambassador of Takoma Academy,” said David Daniels, former principal of the Takoma Park, Md., school.—Compiled by Visitor Staff

WAU Mission Trip Yields 900 Baptisms in Tanzania

In hopes of helping students build a strong and caring view of the world, Washington Adventist University’s ministry department recently led a mission trip to Tanzania. “It is important to take students beyond books and classrooms to places outside their comfort zones,” said Baraka Muganda, vice president for ministry. “We want to teach them how to serve … and grow closer to God, as well as to each other.”
This 13-member team left their Takoma Park, Md., campus and traveled to Dar Es Salaam, the largest city in the East African country of Tanzania. Students led Vacation Bible School, while Muganda took charge of evangelistic meetings. More than 5,000 people attended the evangelism meetings each day, while on Sabbath, an estimated 40,000 either attended in person or tuned in over the radio or the television. Before the trip was over, almost 900 people were baptized.—Story by Grace Virtue

At 93, Mountain View Conference Member Still Serves the Lord

Being 93 years old does not slow down Mildred Isabel (Green) Lee, a member of Mountain View Conference’s Point Pleasant (W.Va.) church. Lee (pictured with Pastor Justin Howard) is presently serving her church as the Personal Ministries director and loves her church and church family. “Every morning and every night I thank God for giving His Son to die for me. If I didn’t have Jesus, there would be no eternal life,” she says.
Born and raised in the Gallipolis, Ohio-area, Lee faithfully witnessed for the Lord to her family and friends. She grew up attending the local Baptist church, and as an adult she was busily involved in teaching both children and adult Bible study classes. It was during that time that she began to question the truth about Sunday and Saturday worship. The Lord soon brought the answer right to her door.—Story by Peggy Snyder


New Jersey Conference Secures New School Building in Vineland

Through the miraculous leading of the Lord, the New Jersey Conference was able to purchase the First Baptist Church and School property in Vineland. The church originally listed the property for $1.6 million, which includes six acres of land. However, this was beyond the financial reach of the Vineland Regional Adventist School and its constituent churches. After some discussions with the Baptist church, conference leaders offered $750,000, which they accepted. The property has a church building, which seats 150, and a separate two-story school building with 14 classrooms and a kitchen.
The Vineland Regional Adventist School, which had been meeting in the basement of the Vineland Spanish church, recently moved into this new facility. With the larger space and growing enrollment, the school is changing its name to Vine Haven Adventist School and will expand to three full-time teachers, including Yolanda Acosta and Erica Santiago. Cathy Tomlinson, former principal of the Cohansey School, will serve as principal/teacher.

Willard Spanish Group Worships in Nature

The small congregation of Hispanic believers in Willard, Ohio, a little town 70 miles west from the city of Cleveland, recently enjoyed a special Sabbath. The brethren decided to leave their regular worship space and spend the Sabbath in nature at the edge of a peaceful lake. They joyously celebrated a fellowship day that ended with a baptismal ceremony in which five gave their lives to Jesus. Peter M. Simpson (pictured center), pastor of Ohio Conference’s three-church Hispanic district in Cleveland, says the Willard members are very committed to work hard to become an organized church.

Grupo Hispano de Willard tiene servicio de iglesia en la naturaleza

Una congregación pequeña de hispanos en Willard, Ohio, un pueblito unas 70 millas de Cleveland, recientemente disfruto de un Sábado especial. Los miembros decidieron dejar su templo por el dio y tener un servicio en un campo en la naturaleza. Terminaron la celebración con un servicio de bautismo en el lago, donde 5 personas entregaron sus vidas a Dios. Peter M. Simpson, pastor de las 3 iglesias del área de Cleveland de la Conferencia de Ohio, dice que los miembros de Willard están dispuestos a trabajar fuerte para convertirse en una iglesia muy pronto.

Pennsylvania Cool Camp Reaches 500 Kids

Two kids in Clearfield, Pa., arrived at Cool Camp proclaiming that they didn’t believe in God. By the end of the week they told staff, “We think God brought us here.” In Pottstown, Pa., God impacted the children and also reached a mom. “I never really thought much about God,” she told Christine Ivankina, a team leader, “but after meeting you, I feel God drawing me to Him.”
Through Pennsylvania Conference’s Cool Camp, three teams of young people worked in 14 communities across the state to reveal Jesus to children and their families. By the end of the summer, more than 500 kids learned that God loves them and is on their side. Angel Rodriquez, a Cool Camp staff member, is pictured spending time with campers at the Mountain View Christian School in Williamsport.—Story by Tamyra Horst

Community Children Fill Farmville Church’s VBS Program

Although they are an older congregation with few youngsters, that didn’t stop Potomac Conference’s  Farmville (Va.) church from getting a good turn out at their second Vacation Bible School. Nearly 35 community children attended the three-day program, which the church based on 3ABN’s “Adventures With Paul” manual.

Farmville members rallied together to make the event a success, including those who volunteered to transport the children from the community each day. At the completion ceremony, held during the divine service on Sabbath, the church presented certificates of completion to the participating children while many of their parents or guardians watched.

“[The adults] enjoyed the worship hour and luncheon afterwards,” reports member Lena Greaves. “And, members formed new friendships with the community. VBS provided a bridge to mutual respect and understanding, which by God’s grace will have eternal consequences for good.”—Story by Beth Michaels

150 Attend Allegheny East Church’s Health Fair

Allegheny East Conference’s First church of Coatesville in Coatesville, Pa., recently drew 150 attendees to their second annual health fair. The festivities opened with a prayer by Geraldine Weathers, Health Ministries leader, and a salute to the troops and their fallen comrades by Pastor E. Earl Blackwell. Throughout the day, there were health screenings for hearing, vision, cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes. They also offered haircuts, massages and acupuncture (pictured). There were two prayer stations situated under the tent and a farmer’s market with fresh produce provided at no cost to “shoppers.” The church also included a table of information and literature from 35 area vendors.
Attendees could also select from a roster of activities that included volleyball, soccer, tag, gardening and origami. Pastor Juan José Silva of the Coatesville Spanish church gave a bilingual puppet presentation in full chef’s attire. Several encouraged church members to have the fair more often. “Once a year is not enough,” one attendee remarked.—Story by Karol Williamson

Click here for a complete listing of upcoming events around the Columbia Union Conference.

September 8-16:
Messiah’s Mansion is a full-scale model of the wilderness temple built by Moses and the Israelites as instructed by God after He led them out of Egypt. Free tours will take place in Hagerstown, Md., between 1 and 7 p.m. During the tour, you will learn many things about the historical temples of old, as well as the meanings of the symbols shown to us throughout the sanctuary and what they mean to us today. The mansion will be located on the grounds of the Review and Herald Publishing Association at 55 W. Oak Ridge Drive in Hagerstown, Md. For more information, call (301) 733-4411.
September 16: The Wayne (N.J.) church’s second annual "Let's Move!" Day 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for September 16 beginning at 8 a.m. Early registration ends September 1 with a fee of $15. Regular and race day registration is $20. Click here to register. If you register with two other people who are not Wayne church members, you are eligible to receive a technical shirt. The church is located at 218 Ratzer Road.
September 22, 2012: The Ohio Conference is hosting a gathering at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington featuring Elizabeth Talbot. Talbot has been an associate speaker for Voice of Prophecy broadcasts, is the founder of the Jesus 101 Biblical Institute and has authored numerous books. The daylong service, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. is themed “A New Song: The Mega Joy of the Redeemed Heart.” The program will feature inspirational praise and worship music, four sessions on the Gospel of Luke, a gift copy of Elizabeth Talbot's book, Luke: Salvation for All and dynamic age-appropriate programs for children. This program will have strong appeal to your friends and family who are not Adventists. Registered for your free lunch online at or call (740) 397-4665, ext. 111 by September 13. 

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