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OCTOBER 11 2012

VIBRANT Revival. RELEVANT Evangelism. HEALTHY Community. PASSIONATE Youth.

Women’s Ministry Fall Retreat 2012

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PLUS:

COMING EVENTS (pages 2-14) HEALTH (pages 15-17) Festival of Thanksgiving (page 19) Back to Light (page 20) Summer in Ethiopia (page 21)

SIGNUP FOR THE ELECTRONIC VERSION AT http://www.bcadventist.com/article/10/bcalive


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COMING TO ABBOTSFORD!

SPONSORED by the Abbotsford Seventh-day Adventist Church October 11-14, 2012 1921 Griffiths Road Abbotsford, BC 604-853-9703 Presentations by: Pastor Justis St. Hilaire Thursday 7-9 PM: PM "Messiah's Methods of Interpretation" Friday 7-9 PM: "Finding the Facts" Sabbath 9:30-12 AM: “Paul's Personal Practice" Sabbath 2-3:30 PM: "Setting the Sabbath at Rest" Sabbath 3:45-5:30 PM: "Sabbath, Shadows, & Saviour" Sabbath 6:00 PM - Keepers of the Faith Concert Sunday 10:00-12 Noon: "The Sabbath, Sign of Shalom"

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QUESTIONS FOR GOD SEMINAR For more information, call Greg Wellman, Pastor for Penticton Seventh-day Adventist Church, 250.492.3135 10/3/12 3:29 PM Page 1

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What would you ask God…

if you had His undivided attention for one hour? Questions for God Seminar - Oct. 12 to 20

It is my goal that, by the end of this seminar, you will have experienced God in a powerful way,

and understood how easily the Bible explains things in this world, and in the next.

Seminar Schedule Fri. Oct. 12 - 7pm

❏ How to hear the voice of God (introduction to seminar)

Sat. Oct. 13 - 7pm

❏ Two Christianities (Ah! That explains it!)

Sun. Oct. 14 - 6:30pm and 7:30pm

❏ God, how can you help me become more successful (with help from Pixar)? ❏ How could a loving God allow suffering?

Mon. Oct. 15 - 7pm

❏ Ancient wisdom for today (how to hear the voice of God - Part 2)

Tue. Oct. 16 - 7pm

❏ What really happens when I die? (the supernatural made simple)

Wed. Oct. 17 - 7pm

❏ Hell! (God, are you really going to burn me in never-ending hellfire just for 80 years of badness?)

Thu. Oct. 18 - 7pm

❏ Reasons for believing

Fri. Oct. 19 - 7pm

❏ Bible prophecy and world affairs (what does the future hold?)

Sat. Oct. 20 - 11am and 7pm

❏ Issues surrounding the mark of the Beast ❏ A brief history of eternity

Questions people are asking…

– Ern Brake

Why? Why is so much violence done in your name? Why is the world so messed up? Why don’t you ever show up? Why does it have to hurt so much?

How? How can I hear your voice? If you created the universe who created you? How can you help me to be more successful? How can you allow so much suffering?

What? What really happens when I die? What does the future hold? What evidence is there that the Bible is true? What if I don’t believe?

Seminar Presenter, Dr. Ern Brake, a former atheist, shares his spiritual journey and his discoveries in a power-packed series of presentations that will build your faith, and address your questions about God. Using multi-media and creative diagrams, Ern speaks to the mind and heart. Each presentation will be followed by refreshments and a time for Q&A. Ern is currently the ministerial director of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in British Columbia.

Free Seminar: Penticton Adventist Church 290 Warren Ave. W. For more info or to leave a question contact Ern Brake at 604-302-0055 or ernbrake@gmail.com

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SALMON ARM SDA CHURCH Depression Recovery Seminar begins on October 15th at the Salmon Arm SDA Church. The program will conclude with a banquet on December 10th. Everyone welcome to sign up. Please contact the person in charge, Malcolm Pedlar @ 250-675-3679 or Pastor Nelu Nedelea @ 250-833-1081

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CAWSTON, BC Revelation of Hope' Evangelism in Cawston with Justis St. Hilaire. November 2 to November 24. For more information, contact: Greg Wellman, Pastor for Penticton Seventh-day Adventist Church, 250.492.3135

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LEADERSHIP RETREAT Pathfinder/Adventurer Leadership Retreat at Camp Hope - October 19-21. The deadline for registration is October 11. We need to know how many will be coming so we can plan the program and the FOOD.  Also note that the price is $79.00 this year not $75.00. For more information, call 604.853.5451 x 413 or email: slewis@bcadventist.ca

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LOVE FOR A LIFETIME Treat yourself & your spouse with an unforgettable weekend that will enhance your marital life forever... "Many waters cannot quench love, Nor will rivers overflow it; If a man were to give all the riches of his house for love, It would be utterly despised." Song of Solomon 8:7 NAS If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13 (NASV) CAMP HOPE October 19-21 Camp Hope, 61855 Lougheed Highway, Hope, BC

October 19-21, 2012 Camp Hope, BC

October 19-21, 2012 Camp Hope, BC

Register: www.bcadventist.ca Phone: 604.853.5451 ext. 305 (Mary Pillai) Email: mpillai@bcadventist.ca

Register: www.bcadventist.ca Phone: 604.853.5451 ext. 305 (Mary Pillai) Email: mpillai@bcadventist.ca Drs. Claudio & Pamela Consuegra Directors North American Division Family Life Ministries

BC Conference Family Life Ministries Presents

LOVE for a LIFETIME

Drs. Claudio & Pamela Consuegra Directors North American Division Family Life Ministries

BC Conference Family Life Ministries Presents

LOVE for a LIFETIME

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NEW LIFE & RICHMOND SDA CHURCH Health, Hope and Healing! With Dr. Thomas Jackson at Simon Fraser University, Surrey Campus. October 20 November 10. Download the beautiful brochure by clicking on this link.

Special

FEATURES

DATES & TIMES October 20th through November 10, 2012

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Visit: www.newlifesda-bc.org Or call: (604) 507-0313

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DATES & TIMES October 20th - November 10, 2012

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM 5 evenings a week: Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday

5441 125A Street Surrey, BC V3X 1W4

Tel: (604) 507-0313 Email: hhh@newlifeadventist.ca

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OCTOBER 11 | 2012 Men of Hope 2012

Men of Hope 2012

+RETREAT SCHEDULE

+GUEST KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Friday 6:00 " p.m. " "

Supper

7:00 " p.m. " " " " "

THE MEASURE OF A MAN Winston Hurlock

Pastor Winston Hurlock is an ordained minister who has been a spiritual and dedicated pastor within the Ontario Conference for 24 years. He has served as the senior pastor at the Scarborough Seventh day Adventist church for the past 10 years. 

Sabbath 7:30 " a.m. " "

Breakfast

9:30 " a.m. " "

Sabbath School

11:00 "a.m. " " " " "

WHEN MEN FAIL; SOCIETY FALLS Winston Hurlock

12:30 "p.m. " "

Lunch

1:30 " p.m. " "

Free Time

4:00 " p.m. " " " " "

SEMINAR ON STRESS - PART 1 Cameron Johnson

6:00 " p.m. " "

Supper

7:00 " p.m. " " " " "

CONCERT featuring Winston Hurlock

Pastor Cameron Johnston is an ordained minister, author, international speaker and stress fitness coach.

8:30 " p.m. " "

Volleyball & games

Sunday 8:00 " a.m. " "

He is a burn-out survivor who has helped tens of thousands of people across Canada, U.S. and Australia manage modern stress better.

Breakfast

9:00 " a.m. " "

Winston Hurlock

He will be presenting the seminar Cooling Down the Stress Soup a unique and fun seminar where participants master eight stress resilience secrets that everyone in our fast-paced and busy world needs to know.

9:45 " a.m. " " " " "

SEMINAR ON STRESS - PART 2 Cameron Johnson

He holds a B. A. in music and theology from Oakwood College, and an M.A in music and theology from Andrews University. Additional certification was earned at the prestigious Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.  Some of his accomplishments include serving as a Music Coordinator, over a fourteen-year period, for Camp Meetings organized by the Ontario Conference, and travelling as a soloist with a team for the ‘It Is Written’ telecasts. He has travelled extensively preaching, and lecturing on different subjects that helps to enhance the spiritual lives of humanity. He has also spent many years researching and studying contemporary issues pertaining to music and worship, notably those deemed critical to the Church. His passion is to inform, educate, and help resolve key generational concerns among church members, with the purpose of facilitating a healthy, dynamic, spiritual environment. Most recently he was awarded The Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee medal for his contribution to the community and to Canada at large.

+SEMINAR PRESENTER

Pastor Johnston pastors the Cariboo Central and 100 Mile House Seventh-day Adventist Churches.

+MEN OF HOPE | Registration Form Name _____________________________________________________ Date ____________________ Email _____________________________________________________ Phone ___________________ Home Church _______________________________________________________________________ Roomate(s) Name ____________________________________________________________________

+Weekend Costs

(Last day to Register, October 29. Cancellation Fee: $10)

Please check: (costs include room, board and registration fee) ____ 1/room!

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$180

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$130 each

____ Dorm room (up to 9 in a room)!

$95 each (must bring towels and bedding)

____ Sabbath Only*!

$40 (This includes Registration fee and two meals for Sabbath)

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*note: Sabbath only registrants must register by October 29 also.

Total Due _______ Method of Payment (Please circle) CASH CHEQUE CREDIT CARD (VISA) (MC) Name on Card _______________________________________________________________________ Card Number _______________________________________________________________________

For more information call Pastor Tom Glatts at 604.866.6912 To Register call Sylvia at 604.853.5451 ext. 300 or email Sylvia at sculmore@bcadventist.ca or fill this form and mail to Men’s Ministries Box 1000 Abbotsford BC V2S 4P5

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YOUTH RALLY

SERI USLY

RIDICULOUS 1  CORINTHIANS  1:23-­25 November 9 – 12, 2012 All Youth ages 13 and up REGISTER NOW! Early Bird: $99 After October 29: $115 For more information & registration Call Shelley: 604.853.5451 x 413 e-mail Shelley: Shelley slewis@bcadventist.ca www.bcyouth.ca

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2012 Youth Retreat (Age 13+) November 9 – 12 “Seriously Ridiculous” Last Name

First Name

Age/Adult

Address

Phone Number

City

Prov

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Male/Female

PC

E-mail

Cost is $115.00. There is an Early Bird price of $99.00 IF your application with full payment is received by October 29, 2012. Price includes meals from Sabbath breakfast to Monday brunch and accommodations. Bring your own bedding and towels. Bring a sack supper for Friday night. (Note: Our Retreat this year will run from Friday evening to Monday morning) If your application cannot arrive in our office by November 5, please call us at 604-853-5451 ext 413. Please be sure the financial work sheet is filled out correctly. If requesting an invoice to your church or school, you must have the Pastor, Treasurer or Principal sign for approval. Invoiced applications will be billed after the Youth Retreat. The Early Bird price is available until October 29 only. Applications received after October 29 will be subject to the full $115.00.

FINANCIAL WORKSHEET

$ 99.00 Total cost if payment/application is received after October 29, 2012……………………………..$115.00 Total cost of the Retreat if payment/application paid in full by October 29, 2012…………..

Enclosed MO/CK#

OR Visa

MC

Invoice

$

(A)

$

(B)

(1st payment can be the full amount of $99.00 (must be paid in full by Oct 29) or the $50.00 minimum (non-refundable). If  your  church  is  paying  a  portion  or  all  of  the  fees,  please  check  “Invoice”  and  indicate  the  amount  to  be  billed  on  line  A)

Visa/Master Card #

Exp Date

Signature

Enclosed MO/CK#

OR Visa

MC

(2nd payment for the balance owing. Use this line only if full payment was not made on line A or your church Is paying the portion of your fees (Line A). You can still claim the Early Bird price if your application and remaining Balance is received by October 29)

Visa/Master Card #

Exp Date

$ Signature

(Total Fees)

I wish to apply as an Adult Leader (must be willing to mentor 7 youth attending). Free if approved by Brian Wahl.

Invoice Request (Amount from Line A) Please invoice the

church/school the amount from line A

Pastor, Treasurer or Principal –must sign for invoice

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NEW CHIP promo video! Check it out! http://vimeo.com/50801761 http://www.chiphealth.com/chipvideo/

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HEALTH MINISTRIES

October 2012 Newsletter — www.adventisthealthbc.ca — “Our Lord Jesus Christ came to this world as the unwearied servant of man’s necessity. He “took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses,” that he might minister to every need of humanity. Matt 8:17. The burden of disease and wretchedness and sin He came to remove. It was His mission to bring to men complete restoration; He came to give them health and peace and perfection of character.” — Ministry of Healing 17

HEALTH MINISTRIES STORIES FROM CHURCHES IN BC & THE YUKON: Kelowna Lifestyle Center – Larry Shipowick reports that things are busy at the Kelowna Lifestyle Centre in the Kelowna SDA Church: • The Newstart Program starts Oct 2 and runs every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 PM till October 25th. • A vegetarian cooking school will be held November 5th and December 3rd. • Neil Nedley’s Depression Recovery program starts Jan. 10th, 2013. • The New CHIP program will commence on March 3rd, 2013 If you want more information about any of these programs, please call 250-764-8638 or 250-861-3186.

Note: If you would like to have information about your health programs in this newsletter, please send info to ckiefiuk@shaw.ca.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION: Adventist Recovery Ministries © publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, ‘Journey to Life’ available online in four languages (English, French, Spanish, Russian). Each edition features a personal testimony, an editorial about recovery, insights regarding one of the 12-Steps, a timely message from Katia Reinert, NAD Health Ministries Director and more. See the following website: http://www.adventistrecovery.org/article/44/resources/journey-to-life-newsletter ANNOUNCEMENTS: Newsletter Articles: If you have information about your church’s Health Ministry programs that you would like to share, please contact Connie at 250-496-5966 or email: ckiefiuk@shaw.ca. We would love to hear your story and publish it in future newsletters! PAGE 16


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Health Resources: There may be churches in this Conference that would be interested in sharing with each other their resources for various health programs (such as Breathe Free, Depression Recovery, etc). The Health Committee is building a databank of churches and their health resources. If your church would like to share your resources with other churches, please send us your information via email and we will publish it in this newsletter. In this way, you could connect with churches for resources that your own church may not have and this would allow you to borrow, or rent, or share costs, etc. Possible Health Programs for Your Church (with contact names) : 1.) Adventist Recovery Ministries: Betty Campbell Ph. 604-852-6195! email: bettyc94@yahoo.com 2.) C.H.I.P. (Complete Health Improvement Program): ! ! ! ! Larry Shipowick Ph. 250-764-8638 ! ! email: larryshipowick@yahoo.ca ! ! ! ! Connie Kiefiuk Ph. 250-496-5966 !! email: ckiefiuk@shaw.ca 3.) Good Grief Seminars: ! Al and Elizabeth Kurtz Ph. 250-767-2271 ! email: ae.quailhaven@shaw.ca 4.) Native New Health: ! To order DVD series go to www.nativenewhealth.ca 5.) Neil Nedley’s Depression Recovery — The Way Out : ! ! ! ! Rita Corbett Ph. 250-392-6598 and 250-392-0143! email: ritakc123@gmail.com 6.) Silver Hills Guesthouse:! Phil Brewer Ph. 888-547-9456! ! ! email: phil@silverhills.ca ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! or Info@silverhillsontheroad.com 7.) Stress Management Seminars and Training: ! ! ! ! Cameron Johnston Ph. 250-392-1905 ! email:cameron@caribooadventist.ca

CHIP Summit: November 15-18, 2012, in Cohutta Springs, GA Pre-Summit Basic Leadership Training & Introduction to CHIP+ Training: November 14-15, 2012

CHIP+ Unveiled—The Future is Now! The Adventist CHIP Association of Lifestyle Medicine Institute invites you to the 2012 CHIP Summit where the new CHIP+ program will be unveiled. Learn to implement the new program and enjoy scientific presentations, fellowship, inspiration, and fine music. If you have an interest in health ministry, you will be equipped, energized and inspired by this Summit.  Cohutta Springs Conference Center is owned by the Seventh-day Adventist church and is situated on a quiet lake surrounded by forests. In the fall, the leaves turn color and the nights are cool. You’ll hear the hoot of an owl at evening and be glad to warm yourself by the cozy fireside in the lodge. Visit this inviting place at www.cohuttasprings.com Mark your calendar, arrange your travel schedule, and plan to join us for the annual Summit beginning on Thursday, November 15. Or come a day early to attend the Pre-Summit Leadership Training workshop that prepares individuals and teams to conduct CHIP in the Church. See the schedule for details. To register and to learn more about the Summit, contact the website above or the following address: Summit Location Cohutta Springs Conference Center 1175 Cohutta Springs Road Crandall, GA 30711 706-695-9093 3 John 2: “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”

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WOMEN’S MINISTRIES Another power packed weekend drew women from all over BC, and even Washington State (including 15 non members and nearly 30 for their first time) to our Women’s Ministries Retreat. Our featured speaker, Dr. Mable Dunbar, presented our ladies with an amazing testimony, tools for healing, spiritual growth and empowerment to fulfill God’s purpose for us. Many said that this was the best Women’s retreat yet. Devotional speaker Tara Emmons challenged the ladies with her forthright testimony and spiritual insights. Our youngest speaker, a senior at FVAA, Jennica Santomin impressed us all with her Biblical wisdom and presentation. Sabbath School presentations by various ladies using their gifts of singing, testimony, and drama were incredible and such a blessing! We were privileged to have Beverly Logan, marketing director for Pacific Press, give her seminar presentation which showed us that we are not alone in not having the “perfect” life and how God works in these situations. One of the highlights of the retreat was the makeovers done by professional hair dresser/stylist Wendy Fong and a team of helpers. Two lucky ladies were chosen Saturday night and revealed on Sunday. Transformations were met by a whole roomful of ladies standing, clapping and exclaiming about how terrific the ladies looked. I would like to give Glory to God for the progress of Women’s Ministry and how women are getting acquainted with Jesus and knowing about him for the first time, please remember them in your prays our non members. Look out for upcoming information about our next Retreat in the Spring. You won’t want to miss it!!! By: Linda Naidoo, Women’s Ministries Coordinator

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TUMBLE RIDGE SDA CHURCH Festival of Thanksgiving On Sabbath, October 6, the church members in Tumbler Ridge participated in a Sabbath School entitled “Festival of Thanksgiving.” Each member expressed gratitude in some way for the way God has lead in their life. The motto of the church, “Here Bring Your Wounded Heart,” was mentioned in Jere’s testimony about being thankful that God makes healing possible. June, who always relates to life by singing a song about daily situations, was thankful for having proved true our opening song, (God Will Take Care of You, led by Michelle and Shannan) in her own life and the life of her husband, Wes, who is still alive after years of proving the doctor’s wrong. Wes said that he was thankful for June and verified that God has always been there for them in very time of need. Loretta expressed thanks for being raised in a home with parents who believed in the Bible because, if she had not read the end of the Book, she might have been tempted to give up. Ellis, was especially thankful for Psalms and Proverbs, where so much is written about praise and Thanksgiving. Visitors Amy and Evelyn also participated; Amy is thankful for online class she recently discovered about proof of the Bible from historical data, and Evelyn was thankful for her late husband’s positive influence upon her life. The Sabbath School closed with the reading of a story about a man in a prison camp who made the best of every situation, written by his granddaughter who praised her grandfather for the positive outlook she learned from him. It was decided that, no matter what life brings, there is always something for which to be thankful. The arrangement of fruits, grains, nuts and vegetables (from Jere and Linda Franklin’s garden) on the piano testified to God’s goodness in providing a bountiful harvest. Much of the food at the TR Church Thanksgiving Day feast was from church member’s gardens; the mashed potatoes, sliced tomatoes, beet salad, and apple pie. By: Linda Franklin, Assistant Communications Secretary

Produce from Jere and Linda Franklin’s garden. Photo by Linda Franklin

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DUNCAN SDA CHURCH Back to the Light “And we know that all things work together for good for them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 Noah Coleman knows that all things work together for good for those that love the Lord. He has witnessed God’s miraculous work in his life, and he knows he can trust God to care for him in the future. As far back as Noah can remember, he always knew there was a God. As he grew up, though, he didn’t always follow Him as he knew he should. When he was a young adult, he was part of the Rastafari movement and was taught that Haile Selassie, the Emperor of Ethiopia in the mid-twentieth century, was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. After reading the Bible, though, he knew it wasn’t true. So he continued to search for truth. A few years later, after Noah met and married his wife and had two children, he saw an ad in the paper for the Seventh-day Adventist church. His family was struggling financially, and because Noah was vegetarian, he decided to call the church to ask for some food. A friendly woman brought him some food and also invited them to church. It took a while, but his wife decided they should attend. Noah and his wife studied the Bible and Noah decided to get baptized. They went church for a while, but at some point, Noah got discouraged, separated from his wife and stopped attending church. “I basically walked away from God for 20 to 25 years, but I always had that prick in my conscience. I never forgot anything I had learned,” explains Noah. And God didn’t forget about him either. Many years later, Noah moved to Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island. God started speaking to him in his dreams and reminding him that he needed to come back to the Light. At the same time, he started to have serious problems with his landlord and realized that only God could help him with his struggles. “I was into Buddism and had an alter with deities. I took them all down and put them in a box,” says Noah. Then, at the beginning of 2012, he called the Duncan Seventh-day Adventist church and asked for a ride to church on Sabbath. Church member Marj Rooke got the call and came to pick Noah up. He started attending regularly and soon after, with the help of members, relocated to Duncan. God gave Noah the strength to make a lot of changes, but he was still “straddling the fence.” Then he started reading the book To Know God: A Five Day Plan and knew he had to make a commitment to God because the evil forces started to attack him. “One night while I was sleeping, something came right on top of me and pinned me down. I could feel the grip holding onto my shoulder blades. And there was a disgusting smell.” The evil forces harassed him for a couple of weeks until one night Noah told the demons to leave in the name of Jesus. Instead of fear, he felt peace, knowing that they could do nothing to him. He knew he had been bought with a price, and he belonged to Jesus. “The more Satan tormented me, the more I knew that God loved me,” says Noah Since then Noah has had health problems that have caused him to be hospitalized. He has also been diagnosed with kidney failure and diabetes, and he lost the hearing in his right ear, but he continues to trust God to heal and guide him. On September 29, there was rejoicing in heaven and in the Duncan SDA Church as Noah was baptized. And he knows that, in spite of his daily struggles, God is with him. “I feel peace like a river – like I’ve never felt before in my life.” By: Linda Wilkinson, Field Journalist for the Messenger

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SUMMER IN ETHIOPIA Five people from the BC Conference spent three weeks in Africa this summer, but instead of heat, they found cold and torrential rains. Steve and Mary Marshall from Smithers and Sheila Javorsky and Heinz and Elfriede Volk from Summerland signed up to do ShareHim campaigns in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Steve preached in a church, Mary in a church under construction, Heinz in the auditorium of an academy, Elfriede alternated between an orphanage and a village school, while Sheila was under a tarp in someone’s yard. When this collapsed under the weight of the rain, she moved her equipment and audience into the humble home. In preparation for the trip, the three people from Summerland held a Mother’s Day yard sale in the parking lot of the Penticton Seventh-day Adventist church to raise money for Bibles for new believers. But the sale yielded more than anticipated, so that they could also make donations to the Hamlin Fistula Hospital, the L’Esperance Orphanage and Children’s Village, as well as Prison Ministries. In Ethiopia alone, up to 7,000 women, some only girls, suffer loss of bladder and bowel control because of injuries suffered through prolonged labor in childbirth. As a result they become social outcasts. One woman, in a futile attempt to control seepage, had even lost use of her legs. The fistula hospital not only performs 4,000 reconstructive surgeries per year, free of charge, but also offers education, midwifery training, physiotherapy, and occupational therapy. After touring the Fistula Hospital and purchasing handicrafts made by the patients, the Summerland trio left a sizeable donation. Founded 27 years ago, the L’Esperance Orphanage and Children’s Village also received a monetary donation, as well as items made and collected at home. It is the only orphanage in the country that allows religious education. Home to more than 1,000 children, the institution seeks to be self-sufficient. A herd of dairy cattle and fields of vegetables ensure that the children get a healthy diet. Any excess is sold to raise money for other needs. In addition to providing basic furniture, an on-site factory also gives occupational training to the older boys. Not all children at the Village are total orphans, but all are in need of care. Further donations helped finish a baptistery in Mary’s church and bought Bibles for Prison Ministries. The proceeds of the Mother’s Day sale also provided reading glasses for school children and shoes for barefoot youngsters in mud-hut villages. Before returning home, the speakers visited Axum, home of the world’s largest monolith and the ruins of the Queen of Sheba’s palace, as well as Lalibella, with its underground churches carved from stone. By: Elfriede Volk, Communications Secretary, Penticton Seventh-day Adventist Church

Happiness is a pair of shoes. Elfriede Volk with some of the children from the mud hut village where she worked.

Sheila Javorsky and the Volks with the director and principal of the L’Esperance Orphanage and Children’s Village. At the left is a suitcase filled with sweaters knitted by a Penticton senior, while at the right is a sack of dehydrated apples, as well as toothbrushes and toothpaste donated by a Penticton dentist. Mrs. Javorsky is holding one of many dresses she sewed from pillowcases obtained from the Summerland Thrift Store.

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