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This issue of OUTLOOK is filled with stories of Adventists who are connecting with people in positive ways and showing value for others who are not like themselves. In the following pages you will find stories of listening to and helping homeless individuals, special needs infants, tornado victims and those suffering from depression.


Whether as clowns or police chaplains, our members are finding creative and meaningful ways to engage their communities and share the love of God. Colorado teenagers are even tackling the huge blight of sex trafficking.

Princess Sightings Bring Joy to Families

Your calling may not be to design an emoji for an unrepresented population or stand on a roundabout and wave to commuters. You might not win a Nobel Peace Prize like Malala Yousafzai. But if you choose to join the peace building movement and live in the love of Christ every day, you will win the prize of hearing the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant … Enter into the joy of your Lord” (Matt. 25:21).

Intercessory Prayer: Biblical Concept and Contemporary Interpretation

ON THE COVER This year's Kansas-Nebraska Conference mission trip included working with BridgeTown Ministries to serve the homeless population in Portland, Oregon. More on p. 6 Photo by Timothy Floyd



OUTLOOK (ISSN 0887-977X) May 2017, Volume 38, Number 5. OUTLOOK is published monthly (10 months per year) by the MidAmerica Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, 8307 Pine Lake Road, Lincoln, NE 68516. Printed at Pacific Press Publishing Association, Periodical postage paid at Lincoln, NE and additional offices. USPS number 006-245. Free for Mid-America church members and $10 per year for subscribers. ©2017 Mid-America Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Unless otherwise credited, all images are iStock. Adventist® and Seventh-day Adventist® are registered trademarks of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Contact us by email: or phone: 402.484.3000.







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aybe you never heard of Johnny Barnes before, but he’s very famous in Bermuda. Johnny was known as Mr. Happy Man and had a unique ministry on his island nation. From 1986 through December 2015, nearly every work day—rain or shine— Johnny was at the Crow Lane roundabout where a large number of commuters from the western and southern areas of the island passed during rush hour. As a matter of fact, he was so regular that people would call into the GARY THURBER is president of the Mid-America Union.



radio programs if Johnny wasn’t there because they were concerned about him. He was known for saying “I love you; God loves you!” to all the passing commuters. Johnny passed away in July 2016 at age 93, but his positive impact will forever be remembered in Bermuda. A few years ago, several businessmen commissioned a statue of Johnny costing over $70,000 that has been erected only a few yards away from where he stood for up to six hours a day greeting everyone who came by. Several documentaries have been filmed about his life and his unpretentious method of caring for people. In Mr. Happy Man, filmed in 2011, Johnny identified himself as a Seventh-day Adventist who “was motivated to share God’s love for everyone.” What greater motivation could you have than “God’s love for everyone” to draw you into blessing others? Here’s a simple question. What are you doing to bless the citizens where you live? We are not all wired to

Johnny Barnes, also known as Mr. Happy Man, faithfully stood on the Crow Lane roundabout in Bermuda for 29 years waving to passersby and telling them God loves them. witness the way Johnny did, but each of us has something we can do to show God’s love to those in our communities. This, by the way, is how the apostle John says we will be identified as Christ’s disciples: by our love (John 13:33-35).

love to the people among whom he dwelt. Enoch’s walk with God was not in a trance or a vision, but in all the duties of his daily life. He did not become a hermit, shutting himself entirely from the world; for he had a work to do for God in the world. In the Unfathomable love family and in his intercourse with men, as a husband and As a generation looking father, a friend, a citizen, he to be translated when Jesus was the steadfast, unwavering comes, we should take a page servant of the Lord. . . . And out of Enoch’s story, since he this holy walk was continued was one of only two in biblical for three hundred years” (p. history to be taken to heaven 84-85). without seeing death. How This issue of OUTLOOK did Enoch live his life? What focuses on connecting with was his passion? and building peace in our In Patriarchs and Prophets, communities. I pray for that Ellen White says this about peace for each of us so, like Enoch: “The infinite, unfathEnoch and Johnny, our ability omable love of God through to love will always abound. Christ became the subject of his meditation day and night; Gary Thurber is president of the Mid-America Union. and with all the fervor of his soul he sought to reveal that


People of Peace Each month in 2017 OUTLOOK is featuring individuals who are actively involved in peacemaking with their families, friends and communities. The following interview focuses on Yary Jimenez.

What does it mean to be a person of peace? A person of peace to me is someone who follows the character of Jesus. Someone who seeks for the good of the people around them. A kind and loving person who is truly concerned for the well-being of others, with no exceptions. How do you try to make peace at home or work? The way I try to make peace is by giving people reassurance about their value. Words of encouragement, acts of kindness and learning how to practice active listening are all important. I show people they matter by telling them how much I care for them and want to listen to their stories.

we have together. We make the best of it by saying how much we love and value the moments we spend as a family. I think peacemaking starts at home, and it feels good to make the people you love feel better.

Yary Jimenez Photos: Courtesy Yary Jimenez

What is a quote about peace that you like? “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” —Mahatma Gandhi What is a Bible verse about peace that is meaningful to you? “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 NIV

Yary Jimenez works in communication at AdventSource in Lincoln, Nebraska. She grew up in El Salvador and came to the U.S. to attend Union College, where she recently graduated with a degree in communication with an emphasis in public relations.

Can you recommend a good book about peacemaking? I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai is the story of a Pakistani schoolgirl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban in an assassination attempt. Malala is the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Can you share a specific example? One example of this is the relationship I have with my dad and my brother. When things get difficult, instead of turning against each other, we talk to each other. We aren’t afraid to say how much we care for one another. Living far away from each other has made us learn how to appreciate the little time

Download the free PDF version of I Am Malala at IAmMalalaPDF.

From Bullets to Textbooks Read the amazing story of how Yary escaped violence and came to study in the United States at from-bullets-to-textbooks.


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Connecting the Community in Portland


ortland, Oregon, has one of the largest homeless populations in the U.S., many of whom are not on drugs, do have jobs and are not suffering from a mental illness. Many of the stereotypes that prevent us from seeing a fellow human on the corner are simply rooted in misinformed fear. The Kansas-Nebraska Conference sponsored a mission trip to Portland this year to assist BridgeTown Ministries in their mission of helping the local community. For the last 14 years, BridgeTown has cared for the city’s homeless and disadvantaged, exemplifying their motto “Loving people, because people matter.” Because of their history, it was a privilege to learn from

BridgeTown’s established program and develop a stronger sense of compassion and empathy. We began by walking around the city with the simple goal of having conversations and learning names. We met amazing people with stories that broke our hearts. We prayed for city leaders, those who protect the city and those who provide for people’s needs. One homeless gentleman had two job interviews the next day and asked us if we would pray for him. He told us it is very hard to get a job without an address. However, in order to have enough money to afford an apartment, he needed a job. So we prayed for him. He cried and thanked us for our kindness. Then we went on Photos: Timothy Floyd

In March, the KansasNebraska Conference sponsored a mission trip to Portland, Oregon, where participants teamed up with BridgeTown Ministries to offer assistance to and gain a better understanding of the local homeless population. 6


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to the next block, looking for others. For a day we participated in simulated homelessness, viewing the city through the eyes of the homeless population by walking the streets with no other purpose than to listen and learn from them. We ate with them at shelters, we sat on the stoops of businesses until we were told to leave and we talked to people and listened to their stories. Most people we encountered were more than willing to share cautionary tales of how to make better choices in life.

dry them with her hair. Some of Jesus’ followers fussed over the wasted resources, which lead to Jesus’ famous rebuke found in Matthew 26. This rebuke carries a loaded message for us today. I especially appreciate the way the Message Bible phrases it. “When Jesus realized what was going on, he intervened. Why are you giving this woman a hard time? She has just done something wonderfully significant for me. You will have the poor with you every day for the rest of your lives, but not me. Pouring out Jesus’ When she poured this love perfume on my body, what she really did was annoint Toward the end of Jesus’ me for burial. You can be ministry on earth a woman sure that wherever in the came to anoint His feet whole world the Message with costly perfume and is preached, what she


people, because people matter

has done is going to be remembered and admired” Matt. 26:10-13. This story teaches an important lesson about the poor. It strikes me that Jesus said there will always be poor with us. This should not be seen as an excuse to ignore the poor and disadvantaged. If anything, it is a command to try again tomorrow. Because there will always be poor and disadvantaged individuals in my life, I will always have work to do in their lives. Because Jesus said I will always have someone to pour His love onto, I have no excuse. This trip was an amazing opportunity to pour out Jesus’ love on the needy. It was an opportunity for us to step out of our comfort zones and be challenged to

A group stops to pray during a walkabout intended to help them become acquainted with the city and the needs of the people.

see people differently. It is one thing to know we are all created in God’s image, but to be confronted with that image is humbling. There is tremendous need for love, compassion and human response to our fellow creations. This is good news, because there will always be someone with whom to share God’s love. Timothy Floyd is youth director for the Kansas-Nebraska Conference.

Volunteers make their way to help with the Portland Night Strike program. BridgeTown Ministries has gathered every week under the Burnside street bridge for the last 14 years to provide clothing, hair cuts, food and more to the homeless. This service involves over 200 volunteers and 150-350 guests.


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Photos: Courtesy Minnesota Conference

Global Youth Day Builds Community Relationships Making peace in our community starts with offering kindness, love and hope to those in need


n celebration of Global Youth Day last March themed “Be the Sermon,” Minnesota Conference youth director José Torres and his team planned an event that drew young people from throughout the conference and provided an opportunity for them to learn how community



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ministry should start. Over 300 youth attended the event headquartered at the Minnetonka Church that included multiple community outreach activities, beginning with a pancake breakfast to honor police officers who serve the Minnetonka community. Approximately 20

officers attended, many of them on-duty and in uniform. They were very appreciative of the breakfast and offered help with future community service events because they were happy to see so many youth involved. Additionally, groups of young people created

fleece tie-blankets by cutting short strips around the edges of a piece of fleece, laying two pieces on top of each other and tying the strips together. These warm, colorful blankets were given to women and children at a local shelter for homeless individuals. Participant Randy

Participants at Global Youth Day made pipe cleaner flowers with nursing home residents, fleece blankets for a local homeless shelter and food to be given out on the street.

Solorzano, age 17, said his favorite memory of the shelter was “when one of the moms saw a Ninja Turtles blanket and quickly asked for it, because her son was very fond of the well-known turtles. We even crafted some blankets of our own at the shelter and some of the ladies joined us to knot them.” Another memorable activity for Solorzano was visiting a nursing home with members of his church (Minneapolis Hispanic). “I was nervous about the experience because I had never worked with the elderly,” he said. “We arrived and all the ladies were sitting around the tables. We met the facility coordinator and she told us we were going to make pipe cleaner flowers with the residents.

Most of the women were thrilled to help make them and add them to the plant pots they had recently painted. I sat down next to a lady who had glitter on her eyes and a wacky hairdo. After we made the flowers, Pastor Jim Cook joined us and we all sang from the hymnal.” The Red Cross conducted a blood drive as well. They told Torres they’d like to come and do more blood drives for the group because the percentage of people able to give was much higher than average. This presented an opportunity to explain the Adventist health message. Gilead Tarus, age 13, attended Global Youth Day with fellow Pathfinders from the Andover Church. He found it ironic that he received a T-shirt

with the words Be The Sermon when he had just preached his first sermon at Andover that morning. Tarus spent time volunteering at Feed My Starving Children, a nonprofit organization that provides balanced, nutritious meals to children throughout the world. Volunteers pack the food that is purchased through sponsorships and donations. When volunteers arrive, they are taught about global hunger and invited to offer a helping hand, knowing they are making a difference in a child’s life.

Others shared how surprising it was to see so many people without homes. Another told a story about how his son was upset when the group ran out of food, because there were so many people left hungry. Later Tarus and his friends washed dishes. “I enjoyed the spirit of teamwork that we had,” he commented. “I saw God moving in this work, and people had joy in service. I find joy in serving God and in helping the needy, and I want to Be The Sermon for those I come in contact with every day.” What this group experiMeeting needs, find- enced shows how importing joy ant it is to serve others in the community. They “I am glad to have recognized both the physiparticipated in the Global cal and emotional needs of Youth Day event,” said those around them. Many Tarus, who also helped in of the youth wanted to do the kitchen preparing food more, to help more. for homeless people. “I was For one day, the young happy to help make tortipeople were able to make llas. I am not an expert in an impact on the lives of making them, but I helped those in the community. by flipping them. I think For one day, they made we were supposed to make the elderly smile. For one about 200.” moment, the people who The food Tarus helped received food felt full. prepare was given out And for that moment, both on the street and in a those people felt peace. shelter. One attendee said it amazed her how quickly Savannah Carlson is communication director for the the food disappeared. Minnesota Conference.


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Zimmerman's Connection Center Baptizes Three Free internet video calls bring souls to Christ


he Connection Center Seventh-day Adventist Church in Zimmerman, Minnesota, celebrated a wondrous event on March 25 as three of its attendees made their love for Jesus Christ and their devotion to follow Him public by being baptized. Linda Wermerskirchen, Jill Delaney and Shirley Newport each have a unique journey in their respective spiritual walks, but they share a common thread—all three have been part of the Connection Center’s Skype ministry, which has spread to include callers from all over the United States and around the globe. Although the world moves quickly, its inhabitants are not always able to match pace. Therefore, it is paramount that the church body find ways to accommodate those who may feel left behind or disconnected. One way of connecting with those who are not able to attend weekly has been the use of Skype to allow people to still interact in the church service.

A couple of years ago, Connection Center’s Pastor Gene Yocum reconnected with Mike Kimbler, a member who had not been attending for several years. After catching up, Mike mentioned he was part of a small 10


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Connecting through Skype Jill Delaney has journeyed far in life. Her home country is Ireland, and during the Daniel and Revelation seminars she was living in New Jersey. But today she can be found each Sabbath morning sharing her enthusiasm and bubbly spirit at the Connection Center Church in Minnesota. Linda Wermerskirchen was first baptized at the age of 12. Through the Skype ministry she rediscovered her youthful loyalty to God and rededicated her life to Christ four decades later. Despite living approximately two hours north of the church, Linda makes her way south every chance she gets. When commuting is not an option, her exuberant laughter and joy are present on Skype with other members who either could not make the drive or live outside the state. For Shirley Newport, the

Sabbath of March 25 carried extra significance. She desired to be baptized that day because it is also her birthday. As she so eloquently stated, “I wanted the day of my birth to also be the day of my rebirth, so that way I’ll never forget it.” Nowadays the group meets a little less frequently on Skype. Currently, they have prayer meetings on Wednesday and a women’s study call on Friday evenings, each taught by members who live in different states. And, of course, there are calls on Sabbath for both Sabbath school and church worship service. Even when there is a baptism at the local community pool, the Connection Center Church finds a way to include its entire

extended church family in the celebration. If you are unable to attend your local church service, or if you know of someone who might like to join additional weekly activities, remember that whenever you feel inclined, you can join an interactive Skype call with the Connection Center Church. Just call Pastor Yocum at 763.370.0011 or send a Skype contact request to ConnectionCenter777. Brent Jordan Yocum is a former Union College student and a graduate of the University of Minnesota. He spent several years in Ukraine teaching English, and has recently moved back to the Minneapolis area where he is a member at Connection Center Church in Zimmerman, Minnesota.

Linda Wermerskirchen, Jill Delaney and Shirley Newport were baptized March 25 as a result of the Connection Center Church's Skype ministry. Join this global ministry by calling 763.370.0011 or sending a contact request to ConnectionCenter777. Courtesy Central States Conference

Old friendship sparks new ministry

Bible study and prayer group that met on Skype. This small group was eager to learn, and they asked Pastor Gene to be part of the group and take them through an in-depth Daniel and Revelation study. He obliged and began the study. Soon the three-timesper-week Skype sessions had transformed into calls every night at 7:00.



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Camp High Point

July 16-23

Entrepreneurship Camp

July 26-30

MAUC Pathfinder Camporee

July 30-Aug 2 Ministers Family Retreat Aug 17-20

Men's Retreat

Aug 19

Seasoned Citizens (Senior) Day

Aug 26

Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day

Sept 2-4

CSC Young Adult Summit

Sept 15-17

RMAY Fall Federation

Sept 15-17

Singles Adult Retreat

Sept 22-24

GPAY Fall Federation

Give the Gift of Message The Message Magazine drive is in full stride for 2017. I truly appreciate all the churches that reached their goal for 2016. This year I believe each church in our conference can reach the Message goal. Not only do we want you to purchase subscriptions of Message Magazine for your friends, families, coworkers, neighbors and even your enemies, but there are men and women in the prison systems within Central States Conference’s territory who need to receive Message Magazine as well. By purchasing extra subscriptions of Message ($12.95 per subscription), you will provide someone within the prison system with information that could potentially change their life. Talk with your personal ministries leader or pastor to purchase Message Magazine. Let’s make 2017 a banner year for our conference. Remember, when Message Magazine goes out, souls come in. Pastor Gary Collins is Central States Conference Message Magazine director.

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Dakotas' Pastoral Chaplains Serve Their Communities Communication director Jacquie Biloff interviews Dakota pastors who serve as civilian chaplains for law enforcement, prisons and hospitals.

could answer that question, and we went from there. What kinds of chaplaincy programs are available?



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require the chaplain be an ordained minister of the denomination they serve. I have also attended several training sessions provided by the state.

Did you take special training beyond your pastoral degrees?

What are your current duties?

CR: For hospital service a person needs a CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education), which includes at least four classes of special education and lots of practicum working in hospitals. It takes approximately a year and is a separate course from the ministry. GS: To be part of the chaplain group with which I am affiliated, you have to be in a ministry position in your church and take a special twoday course entitled the Police Chaplain Program. MT: In North Dakota they

Pastor George Shaver, Aberdeen, South Dakota

CR: For the highway patrol, I offer moral support for officers as needed. A chaplain can be a confidential ear for the troopers, as we are not required to report personal conversations. I go along for death announcements providing support for the family of the deceased and may attend functions. GS: I ride along with the officers and get to know them and their families. When there are fatalities we become involved in death notifications. When there are suicides or other difficult situations where a chaplain can be of assistance

Pastor Michael Temple, Grand Forks, North Dakota Photos: Loren Nelson III

CR: There are different aspects of career chaplaincy, including military, full time or reserve. Law enforcement Pastor Christian Ronalds: chaplaincy seems to be volunWhen I was at Andrews tary. Institutional chaplaincy University working on my (prisons, organizations or Master of Divinity degree, businesses) and hospital chapI worked at the Adventist laincy are career positions. Information Ministries (AIM) GS: The volunteer chaplain call center for Adventist televi- program I am affiliated with sion ministries. If It Is Written deals with law enforcement put a phone number on the and first responders. I also screen for people to call, AIM work with hospitals and nurswould answer that call. AIM ing homes in the area. I have also offered chaplaincy and served in different branches counseling services and served of the military as a volunteer as a suicide hotline. I worked chaplain. My wife and I served there for about three years. as volunteer chaplains for both Pastor George Shaver: the federal and state prisons in My father was a policeman for our last district. a short time and I have two brothers and two sons in different branches of law enforcement, making me aware of Pastor Christian the need for chaplains in law Ronalds, Fargo, enforcement. While attending North Dakota college in California, I had a friend in law enforcement who had to use his gun to stop a criminal on a killing rampage. I had the privilege of helping him work through the trauma created by that situation. Pastor Michael Temple: We have a state trooper who is a member of our congregation. We were both attending a cookout and I asked him if the North Dakota barracks in this area had a chaplain. He helped me connect with those who What was the catalyst for your interest in chaplaincy?

MT: There are often positions in law enforcement departments, as well as with fire departments. I’ve had colleagues who are chaplains in city police departments.


to the public, we respond. MT: I currently visit the barracks from time to time, attend functions where a trooper is being promoted to a higher rank, bring refreshments, do “ride-alongs” as I am able and am available for anyone who might wish to communicate on a spiritual level. Our law enforcement personnel are an invaluable and under-appreciated asset to our nation. I do what I can to let them know they are important. What are your objectives and goals? CR: I see this as an opportunity to meet with a segment of the population I may not normally come in contact with and through that share Christ and the gospel. Law enforcement is a very difficult

career. The remunerations they receive are nowhere near the value of the service they render. They need to be ministered to but they do not have anywhere to go. If I have an opportunity to minister to one officer, it will be worth it. GS: I want our first responders to know that Jesus cares about them and I care about them, and that Jesus has solutions to help them deal with the lives they each lead. MT: There’s a term Ellen White used quite often: “disinterested benevolence.” That means to give and care regardless of the outcome—because it’s the right thing to do. Law enforcement officers have a tough job, and I want them to know they are important to me . . . and to their Heavenly Father.

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Adventists Step Up in Wake of Missouri Tornadoes



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the community members during these tragedies were gained through a Community Service & Urban Ministry Certification Program offered by Adventist Community Services. “This is only one of many ways the Adventist Church can put into practice the dynamics of the program,” he said. “What kind of impact would more and sustained exposure to the local community like this have on evangelism and other church outreach initiatives?” A certification weekend was offered in St. Louis in February. There will be another certification weekend August 12-15 in Kansas City. For more information contact Pastor Jody Dickhaut at or find MOACSDR on Facebook. Randy Harmdierks is communication director for the Iowa-Missouri Conference.

Courtesy Jody Dickhaut

dventists were among hundreds of volunteers involved in relief efforts following tornadoes that tore through Missouri in late February and early March. One life was lost and at least 110 homes were significantly damaged in Perryville and surrounding rural communities by an EF-4 tornado on February 28, leaving between 60 and 70 of those homes uninhabitable or destroyed. A multi-agency resource center was opened on March 4, with approximately 20 volunteers from the Missouri Adventist Community Services Disaster Response team serving as ambassadors, greeting and assisting community members affected by the storm. Services offered to residents by various volunteer, state and local government organizations included information about insurance services; legal and financial assistance; vouchers for temporary housing assistance and other immediate needs such as food, baby supplies and personal care items; and donations of buckets, shovels, tarps, wheelbarrows and other cleanup supplies. On March 6, an EF-3 tornado damaged between 700 and 800 homes in and around Oak Grove. Adventist volunteers also served as ambassadors in a multi-agency resource center that was open March 10-12. According to Jody Dickhaut, ACSDR director for Missouri, many techniques used by the ACSDR volunteers to engage with

Courtesy Hank Voelker


(top) Perryville residents try to salvage what is left of their belongings following the tornado that destroyed their homes on February 28. (bottom) Members of the ACSDR team offer assistance to a resident at the multi-agency resource center following the Oak Grove tornado.





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Children's Ministries Leaders Energized to Share Jesus Conference brought his team of young people, the Be Ready Puppeteers, to demonstrate how to use puppets in churches and also as outreach activities to communities. Joann Herrington, local Conference. Presenters musician and educator, prefrom Washington, Illinois, sented seminars on the topic Maryland and Kansasof praise and worship. Nebraska Conference gave Pastor Brett Hadley, tips and hands-on techniques drama coach/professor in the for sharing Jesus with children Humanities Division at Union in ways they can understand. College, gave instruction on On Friday evening North how churches can use drama American Division Children’s effectively to share the gospel. Ministries director Sherri Teresa Peckham and Candi Uhrig and MAUC church/ Sartin, Clowns for Christ and youth ministries director members of the Gothenburg Hubert Cisneros presented Church in Nebraska, gave information on new resources. instruction in balloon minAdditionally, Pastor Brent istry and demonstrations of Kimura from the Washington simple but powerful Christian

Sue Carlson

Zoe the clown from Clowns for Christ provides balloon ministry instruction during the event.


n the first weekend in March, eager learners gathered in Lincoln, Nebraska, from every conference in the Mid-America Union for a feast of practical and creative seminars during the MAUC Children’s Ministries Leadership

skits that beautifully presented Bible truths to children and adults alike. Instruction was presented throughout the weekend in both English and Spanish. The Lincoln Hispanic Church graciously hosted the event in their facility, and also provided wonderful meals and a demonstration of the newly produced Adventist Vacation Bible School program, Cactusville, VBX! Attendees said they were eager to share the new ideas they learned and are already anticipating next year’s MAUC Children’s Leadership Conference. Sue Carlson is Children's Ministries director for the Kansas-Nebraska Conference.

God Is Fire — A City-Wide Youth Gathering SUMMER early 100 youth and becoming ardent disciples continue to provide a vibrant CAMP DATES June 8-11 Single Moms & Kids June 11-18 Adventure Camp June 18-23 Discovery Camp June 18-25 Junior Camp I June 25-July 2 Junior Camp II July 2-9 Earliteen Camp July 9-16 Teen Camp July 18-23 Family Camp


young adults attended the first meeting of a brandnew, monthly city-wide Sabbath afternoon youth program reminiscent of MV or AY. This initiative—the brainchild of Wichita-area youth, youth leaders and pastors— features youth-led worship, messages and activities. Students in 9th and 10th grade Bible classes at Wichita Adventist Christian Academy chose the 2017 theme: “God Is Fire”/“Dios Es Fuego.” They have begun to experience how a relationship with Jesus catches fire in the hearts of youth, both those who have not yet had the opportunity to start a life-long relationship with Jesus and those who are

reflecting His character to others. This cross-cultural and generational phenomenon is including participants and leadership from all five Wichita area churches. Since the first gathering, a different church has hosted the event each month. Those involved say they hope this event will

cross–cultural, bilingual and friendly spiritual atmosphere for youth and young adults of the Wichita area and eventually in other places as well. Jean-Marcel Clouzet is associate pastor for the Wichita South and Harper churches.

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Donan Edificio a la Iglesia Hispana de Red Wing


n el mes de julio del 2016, la hermana Yaneliys Jinete anunció que había un templo en venta en Red Wing y que el precio parecía accesible a las finanzas de la compañía. Se despertó en todos el interés de alcanzar nuestro sueño de tener un templo propio para el grupo hispano. El día 12 de julio, unos 13 hermanos llegamos juntamente con el Pastor Tinoco para ver el tan ansiado templo. Para nuestra sorpresa, aunque hermoso, era un lugar pequeño. A pesar de que no llenaba todas nuestras expectativas, oramos pidiendo la dirección de Dios en el proceso. Ese mismo día hablamos de otro templo abandonado que se encontraba muy cerca de la propiedad que pensábamos comprar. Con esa inquietud en mente nos reunimos en la iglesia una semana y media más tarde, para tomar el voto de iniciar el proceso de compra del pequeño templo.

Aunque la mayoría votó a favor, algunos pensaban que Dios podía tener algo mejor para nosotros. La noche de la junta la hermana Esmeralda Machado pidió una oportunidad para investigar acerca del templo abandonado, lo que nos pareció bien. A continuación, Esmeralda nos cuenta su experiencia:

en venta. Me dieron el nombre de la compañía y el del dueño, pero no me dieron el número de teléfono. Busqué en la guía telefónica, lo encontré, oré y llamé. El dueño contestó la llamada, quien al preguntarle el precio me dijo que no me lo podía dar, pero me preguntó cuánto dinero teníamos. Le expliqué quiénes éramos, de nuestros Descubriendo el plan planes de crecer como iglesia de Dios y de nuestra necesidad de un templo propio. Cuando nuestra iglesia Tuvimos varias converinició el proceso para tener un saciones en las siguientes templo propio, me dí cuenta semanas. Mi hija, de solo 8 de que sería algo difícil, pero años, me dijo un día: “Mami, no imposible. Me sentí segura estoy orando para que Dios de que Dios tiene el control. nos dé un lugar más grande”. El templo que pensábamos Finalmente planeamos comprar era muy pequeño, reunirnos con el dueño para no tenía salones ni estaciover el templo. Quería saberlo namiento. Fuí a la alcaldía todo acerca de nuestra organipara obtener información zación y me preguntó: “Gloria, acerca del otro templo, que era ¿estás segura de que el templo propiedad del condado. Me les gusta?”. dijeron que ya tenía un nuevo “¡Claro que sí! ¡Es perfecta dueño y que al parecer estaba para nosotros!”. Le respondí. Cortesía: Conferencia de Minnesota



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Dios desea darnos más abundantemente de lo que pedimos o anhelamos.

templo?”. “Sí, deseamos que sea de ustedes. No sabíamos que hacer con el edificio, pero ahora será de nuevo una casa de adoración a Dios. Estamos felices de que ahora tendrán un lugar propio para adorarle”. No pude contener las lágrimas. Al saberlo, mi hija empezó a saltar de alegría. “¡Ya viste mami, Dios es maravilloso! ¡Nos ha regalado un templo más grande!”. Fue así que meses después tuvimos el gusto de conocer a aquel hombre noble que nos entregó las llaves. Tres hermanos cristianos deseaban que ese edificio fuera usado para bendición. En la iglesia nunca dejamos de orar por “No venderemos el un milagro, pero jamás nos templo” imaginamos una bendición tan grande. No nos comunicamos por Hoy agradecemos a Dios, a unos días hasta que recibí la cada hermano que oró, a nuesllamada que cambiaría mi tros líderes de la Asociación, vida. por ayudarnos en el proceso “Gloria, quiero decirte que no venderemos el templo”, me legal, y a esos generosos dijo. Mientras le agradecía sus donantes. Hoy es una realidad lo que antes parecía una atenciones me interrumpió diciendo: “Gloria, ¡espera! Nos utopía. Esta experiencia nos reunimos con mis hermanos y demuestra que Dios desea dardecidimos que no lo vendería- nos más abundantemente de mos, sino que se lo donaremos lo que pedimos o anhelamos. a tu iglesia”. Me quedé sin Noel Rosabal Perez pastors palabras. the Red Wing Hispanic Church. “¿En serio nos regalan el


Red Wing Hispanic Church Gifted New Building


n July 2016, sister Yaneliys Jinete published the news that a church would be sold in Red Wing and that the price was accessible to the economy of our small congregation. This announcement revived our group’s dream of having a church of our own. On July 12, a group of 13 brothers and Pastor Yulian Tinoco, Hispanic Ministries coordinator for Minnesota Conference, visited the much-desired church, and to our surprise it was a beautiful place. But it did not meet our expectations, so we asked God to guide in this process. That same day, we talked about another abandoned church that was close to the first one. The following week we felt restless, and later we gathered as a church to vote to initiate the process of purchasing the small church that was for sale. Although most voted for purchasing it, some thought God would have something better for us. That night during the meeting, sister Esmeralda Machado asked me to allow her to investigate the church that was abandoned. Here is her story in her own words:

thought to be small, lacking rooms or parking space, so I went to the mayor’s office to get information about the other church, which was owned by the county. They told me the property had new owners who were interested in selling, and they gave me the name of the company and the owner. I looked in the phone book, found the phone number, prayed and called. The owner answered my call and when I asked how much the building cost, he explained he couldn’t give me the price, and then asked how much money we had. I explained who we were, our plans to grow as a church and the need for a church building of our own. We spoke several times over the next few weeks. My daughter, who is only eight years old, said to me one day, “Mami, I am praying for God to grant us a bigger place.” Finally, we planned to meet the owner and see the church. He wanted to know everything about our organization and asked me, “Gloria, are you sure they like the church?” “Oh of course!” I said. “It’s perfect for us!”

Finding God's plan

"We are not going to sell the church"

When our church began the process of finding a building of its own, I discovered it was difficult, but not impossible. I felt assured God was in control. The church we were considering was

We did not talk again until one day when I received the call that changed my life. “Gloria, I want to tell you we are not going to sell the church,” said the owner. “Oh, thank you for your

time and attention to us,” I started to reply. “Gloria, wait!” the owner interrupted me. “I have to tell you I just met with my brothers and we have decided not to sell the building but to donate it to your church!” “I am speechless! Do you really want to donate the church to us?” “Yes, we did not know what to do with the building, but now the building will go back to being a house of worship to God, and we are happy because now you will have a place to call your own!” I could only cry tears of joy. My daughter jumped up and down with happiness. “You see, Mami, God is wonderful! He has given us a bigger church!” It was only a few months later that we had the pleasure of meeting the noble man who gave me the keys. The three Christian brothers, capable of thinking about our creed, wanted the building

God wants to give us abundantly more than we ask or long for. to be used as a blessing in the community. Our church never stopped praying for a miracle, but never thought it would turn out this way. It has been such a blessing. Today we thank God for each one who prayed, for our conference leaders for helping us in the legal process and for those generous donors, because today what seemed an impossibility is really happening. God wants to give us abundantly more than we ask or long for. Noel Rosabal Perez pastors the Red Wing Hispanic Church.

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Denver Students Fight Sex Trafficking meeting weekly and planning their annual conference. Their line-up of speakers and break-out sessions for the March 2017 event included some well-known organizations: A21, Dalit Freedom teacher asked. Network, Hope Academy, Joy Recognizing the difference International, Girl Above, between hearing about an Free Indeed, Tall Truth, issue and making the shift Scarlet Cord, FBI and more. to doing something about Pastor Lisa Engelkemier, it, they named their group associate pastor at Newday SHIFT, Empower to Prevent. where Katie attends, explains atie McTavish was 14 SHIFTing into action, they the church culture by saying, years old when her recruited people from six “Relieving human suffering in Newday church held a fundorganizations to speak at their every way within our ability raiser for International Justice conference. Represented, matters at Newday. Several Mission, a global organization among others, were Hope thousand dollars of our that protects the poor from Academy, a school created for Christmas offering went to violence in the developing girls coming out of human organizations that are on the world. Moved by statistics trafficking in the Denver area ground to end human trafshared by Pastor David and Face of Justice Ministries, ficking. Katie’s work to create Kennedy that the average age serving to defend, shelter, awareness of and bring an end of a sex-trafficked girl was 14, empower and love survivors to sex trafficking brings purshe was struck by the thought, of human trafficking and pose and passion to her life.” “It could be me!” Then she sexual exploitation. Engelkemeier says Newday says she “heard the voice of Expecting around 100 peo- celebrates young people God saying, ‘Katie, this is ple to attend the conference, like Katie who follow Jesus’ what you were made for.’” the students were surprised to example of serving the least As a senior at Valor see almost 300 participants. of these. She believes it is Christian High School, Katie, Afterward, students from important to have young peoalong with six other students other high schools asked how ple involved in these types of and a teacher, began to wres- they could do something issues because “Young people tle with what they could do similar. are full of energy, passion and to raise awareness of human Now in their second year, creativity. It’s an absolute gift trafficking. “What if you SHIFT has grown to 40 stuto God, to the church and to put on a conference?” their dents from three high schools the world when young people invest themselves in areas of desperate need.” Now a freshman at Colorado Christian University, Katie is majoring in communication and minoring in business. With a heavy schedule, her involvement with SHIFT was not as hands-on as last year, but she attended the conference on March 11.

Katie McTavish works to create awareness of and bring an end to sex trafficking.





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Laura McTavish, Katie’s younger sister who is currently a sophomore at Valor Christian High School, has also become involved with SHIFT. She works with SHIFT conference planners, and helped plan the March 11 conference. Katie’s life goal is to work for an organization that fights human trafficking. “I would love to work for International Justice Mission,” Katie says. She appreciates their effective approach toward working on several important strands at once—preventing human trafficking, rescuing victims, restoring survivors and strengthening justice systems. “Freedom,” Katie says, “is a fundamental, God-given right. Sex trafficking is completely against who God is. If we say we love God, then we have to love His people. We are called to justice, to be a voice for justice.” Katie recognizes that full freedom comes only in Christ, that someone could be rescued from the sex-trade industry and still not be completely free. “If we come in and rescue them and say, ‘You are loved, valued and unique because Jesus does this,’ then we can give them ultimate freedom,” Katie explains. Learn more at facebook. com/shiftjusticeconference. Carol Bolden assists in the Communication Department at Rocky Mountain Conference.

Read Post-SHIFT Conference Report at entries/6203


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Online News from RMC Homeless Community Welcomes Kaleo Project to Hawaii Church Planting High on Conference Agenda Vista Ridge Students Study Conservation Becky De Oliveira


Nearly 170 participants celebrated Grand Junction Church's recent groundbreaking for a facility that will include a church, an elementary school and an early learning center on the new 11-acre property. Plans have been submitted for approval and the first buildings are scheduled to open this fall. The church has sold its "outgrown" properties to Colorado Mesa University with options to rent shortterm. Over the next year, Maranatha Volunteers International, a non-profit building organization, will join local building contractors in making the project come to life. LifeSource Adventist Fellowship recently hired Dustin Comm as media pastor. Comm manages the church website and live streaming, produces a weekly video, maintains an active online presence through Facebook and Instagram and helps to enhance the church's app. Using the social network Nextdoor, a platform for geographic neighborhoods, the church can promote special events and offer acts of kindness such as lawn mowing services, car washing and landscaping. “Everything we have in mind is focused on building real relationships,” Comm says. We’re constantly asking ourselves, “How can we actually connect our people to the people in the community?”



his is the official call for the 1st quinquennial session, following the 11th triennial session, of the Rocky Mountain Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. It will be held Sunday, July 23, beginning at 10:00 am at the LifeSource Adventist Fellowship Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6200 W. Hampden Avenue, Denver, Colorado. The purpose of this constituency session is to elect officers, an Executive Committee, a K-12 Board of Education and a Bylaws Committee for the ensuing quinquennial term, and to transact such business as may properly come before the session. Ed Barnett, President

Watch the recent video presentation from LifeSource Fellowship at

Eric Nelson, Vice President for Administration


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Changing the World, One Emoji at a Time


hanks to a design by Union alumna Aphelandra “Aphee” Messer, girls and women around the world can more accurately represent themselves online. Teaming up with Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, Jennifer 8. Lee, co-founder and CEO of Plympton, a literary studio, and Rayouf Alhumedhi, a 15-year-old Muslim girl, Messer has helped create the Hijab Emoji Project to introduce a new emoji, a girl wearing a headscarf, that will represent more than 550 million Muslim women around the world. The emoji will officially hit screens in fall 2017. The hijab, or headscarf, not only symbolizes a part of Muslim women’s religious identity, but also stands for modesty and privacy. According to hijabemoji.

org, a site Messer helped create to bring awareness about the project, “The hijab stretches much further than a piece of cloth on your head. It also influences the way you talk, the way you act and, ultimately, your lifestyle. To say it’s an integral aspect of women’s lives is an understatement.” Around 92 percent of people use emojis, and women are much more likely to use them than men. With some of the most populous countries in the world being predominantly Muslim, the need for a fun, cute picture to represent women online has become a necessity. Currently, Islamic individuals make up 23 percent of the world’s populous, and it is estimated that number will rise to 29 percent by 2050.

Courtesy Aphee Messer

picked emojis they thought looked like them. However, Messer is passionate about Alhumedhi, who has worn issues of representation. “I a hijab since she was 13, think people who are well-rep- couldn’t identify with any resented in media—movies, of the pictures available. television, magazines, ads or Alhumedhi sent an email to even emojis—often take it Apple’s customer help, but for granted,” Messer said. “As never heard back. an English major at Union, In August 2015, she learned much of my research was how to submit a proposal to focused on diversity in film Unicode, a consortium that and literature, and how a lack approves emojis. She spent of diversity hurts everyone. As two days composing her proan illustrator, I regularly read posal, using the female runner children’s books. Too often, and dumpling emojis as referI find myself wondering why ences. Lee answered back, and the artist decided to make all the two worked together to the characters white when finalize the proposal. At that nothing in the text calls for it. point, they contacted Messer, Many of us have this mindset who worked on the design of that makes us automatically the emoji. envision characters as white Alhumedhi presented the when we’re reading. I struggle proposal on Nov. 7, 2016 to with this too—it’s a difficult the Unicode Consortium and mentality to overcome when it was approved a few days you grow up seeing so little later. The story began trending diversity in stories. I think on Twitter and quickly spread we are slowly getting better, worldwide. “It was pretty but there’s still so much room surreal and exciting to see for improvement. One of the something I designed in the reasons I wanted to become an news,” said Messer. illustrator is because I want to Elizabeth Bearden is a junior be part of the solution.” English education major at The project began when Union College. Alhumedhi, a teenage girl from Berlin, Germany, was texting with her friends. Each of the girls in the chat Creating solutions

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Changing Nursing Forever t age 22, Elaine Jones had no idea she would help redefine the entire nursing profession before the age of 45. After graduating Union College in 1956, she was more concerned about leaving her mother in Nebraska to go work in the big city. “We were farm and ranch people from Nebraska,” she explains. “I was my mother’s only daughter.” But it was because of her mother that Jones accepted the position at Porter Hospital in Denver, Colorado, and started as shift supervisor, a position usually earned after years of hospital experience. “My mother was unusual in that she graduated with a college degree in 1939 from Wesleyan University in a place and time where few women pursued post-secondary education,” Jones said. “Because of that she always taught me to be an independent thinker, to be an independent person and to strive for excellence. She always encouraged me.” Thanks to her mother’s inspiration, Jones earned a master’s degree in nursing administration from UCLA in 18 months—writing a thesis about stress among directors of nursing that involved personal interviews at 46 hospitals in the Los Angeles area. Six people, six years In the mid-1970s, only two governing bodies existed in the American nursing profession: The American

Nurses Association and the National League for Nursing. The ANA focused primarily on the everyday practice of professional nursing while the NLN focused on education and accreditation. Licensure varied by state, and regulatory measures were inconsistent. By then, Jones was executive director of the Board of Nursing in Phoenix, Arizona, a position appointed by the governor of the state. As an active member in both ANA and NLN, she was well aware of their individual and collective limitations. So when she was asked to help form a task force for the purpose of providing more unity and cohesion to the nursing profession, Jones knew just where to start. Along with the other five members of the task force— all medical directors from different hospitals across the U.S.—Jones decided to create a national network to unify the 50 state boards of nursing. The six-person team traveled the nation and met with each state board to address problems and offer a projected solution. “They could see we needed to think more about how we could regulate nursing for the future,” she said. For six years, the task force worked to create a national body that would allow the ANA and NLN to better specialize without spreading thin, one that would also address overarching concerns of regulation with a design adaptive enough to stay abreast of technology and society. Thus, in 1978 the National Council

Courtesy Elaine Jones


Elaine Laeger Jones helped change the face of nursing when she spearheaded the formation of the first national governing body for the profession in the U.S.

of State Boards of Nursing was formed, and has since grown to be the regulatory body of all 50 states and four American territories. Its responsibilities include developing and managing the NCLEX-RN national nursing licensure exam. “This was a huge movement forward in the standardization of nursing as a profession,” said Dr. Nicole Orian, chair of the Union College Division of Nursing. Consistency and cohesion

acknowledging the nursing program’s top first-time pass rates on the national licensure exam she helped to pioneer. In August 2014 the NCSBN honored Jones and the other two surviving task force members for their achievements in Rhode Island at the 35th anniversary of the council’s inception. “It was unbelievable,” said Jones. Michael Rohm graduated from Union College in 2014 and writes from his home in Bend, Oregon.

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Britain IDC Gives Hope, Confidence to Kansas City Families Shawnee Mission Health

but as time passed, Jennifer’s parents felt something was not right. A church friend referred them to Lee Ann Britain, founder of the Britain IDC. Jennifer began receiving services there at age two and was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Day after day, Jennifer’s mother struggled as she watched her child experience difficulty completing tasks. She had daily conversations with Britain to boost her morale, and appreciated the The Britain IDC serves children with various support Lee Ann provided to special needs from infancy until they their whole family, not just transition to their school district program. Jennifer. While in high school, Jennifer volunteered at the s the director of the education teachers, behavior Britain IDC. Her volunteer Lee Ann Britain Infant analysts, social workers and experience coupled with the Development Center on the paraprofessionals. There are positive impact from teachers Shawnee Mission Medical about 30 families consistently throughout her life helped Center campus, Amy Milroy on the waiting list, which is confirm education as her has had the privilege of a testament not only to the chosen career path. Jennifer getting to know hundreds quality of care provided but became an early childhood of families who have walked also to the great need for these special education teacher 17 through the doors seeking services within the Kansas years ago and now works for assistance for their chilCity community. the Olathe School District in dren. Although each child’s “It is truly a blessing to Olathe, Kansas. She credsituation is different, families come to work and witness its the Britain IDC for her come to the Britain IDC for the impact our staff makes in success and believes it was the one common reason—to learn the lives of children each and IDC’s staff who gave her famthe best way to support their every day,” said Milroy. ily hope, confidence and the children with special needs tools needed to help her grow now and into the future. Providing tools for into the very capable, passionThe Britain IDC is a unique success ate woman she is today. place offering individual“At the Britain IDC, we ized programs for children Amy often shares one of the believe involvement from from birth to six years and Britain IDC’s many success family and friends is a vital their families from a team of stories. Shortly after Jennifer part of our program and its specialists including physical, Degner’s birth in July of 1973, ability to bring encourageoccupational and music thera- her parents noticed little ment and joy to children with pists, speech language pathol- movement in her right arm. special needs,” said Milroy. ogists, early childhood special Doctors were not concerned,




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New facility, same mission Staff at the Britain IDC is proud to have touched the lives of more than 4,000 children since its opening in 1972, and look forward to continuing the tradition with the new B.E. Smith Children’s Center, which will soon replace the current facility on the SMMC campus. The B.E. Smith Children’s Center will house the Britain IDC and the Shawnee Mission Health Early Learning Center, where 600 children of SMH associates and physicians benefit from Christian-based early education. With the new facility, the Britain IDC will have the opportunity to accept more families into the program, as well as enhance therapeutic treatment and educational offerings. “When families like the Degners come to us, they are often fearful of the unknown,” said Milroy. “We make it our mission to extend hope, love and kindness, and ultimately lead them to a place where they can imagine and witness a brighter future for their children.” To learn more about the Britain IDC or plans for the B.E. Smith Children’s Center, please visit ShawneeMission. org/foundation. Jackie Woods is a writer for Shawnee Mission Health.



Let's Talk About Mental Health


n the United States, approximately one out of every five people experiences mental health-related illness in any given year. In Colorado, a state-sponsored community needs assessment panel has identified mental health as the number one health priority. In fact, Colorado is fifth in the nation for mental illness and seventh for teen suicide risk. And yet, despite the high profile and prevalence of mental illness, a stigma remains with regard to mental health challenges. Adventist hospitals in Denver are committed to changing that. “Adventist hospitals have always been committed to whole person care,” says Jim Feldbush, director of Mission and Ministry at Porter Adventist Hospital. “That means physical, mental and spiritual health. And while we specialize in the physical and even spiritual aspects of patient care, the mental health side of the equation, unfortunately, is often not addressed as it should be. But that’s something we’re actively working on.” Healing through conversation In recent weeks, community leaders and hospital administrators from around the Denver area have met to discuss the mental health challenges facing their community. One of the biggest

issues is the fact that people don’t know how to talk about mental health. It’s usually not hard to talk about things like cholesterol or blood sugar, but when someone is dealing with depression or suicidal thoughts, it’s not easy to bring that up in conversation. “There is a decided hesitation to talk about depression or other types of mental health issues,” explains Feldbush. “We often don’t know what to say. We’re afraid it will require a significant investment of time and Residents of Colorado, like the rest of the effort on our part.” country, often face depression and other Feldbush explains that mental health challenges. A listening ear one of the biggest challenges can be the first step toward healing and for someone facing mental wholeness. health issues is to find someone simply willing to listen— someone willing to care and to lend an ear. both adults and youth. The end of trying to figure out programs aren’t just for those how best to address these Caring for our currently facing mental needs, and as Christians, we neighbors health challenges, but also for should be about caring for anyone willing to be an agent the emotional health of our Porter Adventist Hospital for change. neighbors. If we can help is one of only two Denver “If we can help to break people realize that it’s okay to area hospitals with dedicated down the negative stigmas talk about depression, we will in-house mental health units. associated with this prevalent have made positive progress.” While there is a definite need illness and facilitate converFor more information for acute in-house care, the sations that help to save lives, about how you can learn to greater need is for both com- we will have made a major talk more openly about menmunity members and health difference,” says Dr. Eric tal illness, visit care providers to have the Shadle, group director of necessary tools to know how Community Health at Porter. This article was written by Mark Bond on behalf of the five to recognize warning signs Feldbush adds that this is Colorado Adventist hospital and offer assistance at early not a short-term marketing campuses that make up Rocky stages before a mental health effort or a way to increase Mountain Adventist Health/ situation becomes critical. visibility of the hospital. “It’s Centura Health. The hospital has started a community-wide, collabtraining programs entitled orative effort that is simply Mental Health First Aid. the right thing to do,” he Classes are tailored for says. “We are on the front



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Howard Voted MAUC Director of Education


ouAnn Howard was elected director of education for the MidAmerica Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

by the MAUC’s Executive Committee at its regularly scheduled meeting in March. She stepped into the role immediately, due to the retirement of former director John Kriegelstein in January. Howard has been serving as associate director of education for MAUC since 1999. She previously filled the position of superintendent of schools for the Illinois Conference, after teaching elementary grades for 10 years and serving as a principal for six. A graduate of Union College, Howard also holds a master’s degree in elementary

education from Loma Linda University and an educational specialist degree in administration and supervision from Andrews University. She is a member of eight committees for the North American Division dealing with assessment, advisory or curriculum and will be chairing six MAUC committees, including the Board of Education and the Education Council. MAUC president Gary Thurber said, “LouAnn has served the Mid-America Union with distinction and has excellent support from the conference presidents and

educational superintendents in our territory. We’re excited for Adventist education in the MAUC under her leadership.” Howard said, “We have a wonderful team of educators in Mid-America. I look forward to continuing our work together empowering learners to collaborate, be creative, practice critical thinking and clearly communicate while developing a life of faith in God and an attitude of service to God and humanity.” Brenda Dickerson is communication director for the Mid-America Union Conference.

Speak Up. Don't Give Up! Adventist NAD leaders challenge young adults


Facebook event called Is this thing on? was livestreamed from the campus of Union College in March, engaging nearly 40 students representing Adventist universities and colleges in North America. Dan Jackson and Alex Bryant, president and Brenda Dickerson



executive secretary, respectively, of the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist church, became vulnerable during a 100-minute unscripted Q&A about life and issues in their church. Before the event, Jackson said his objective was to create “openness between administrators and church leaders and young adults.” He added that what was important was to have a direct and “intentional dialogue with that group in the church that is absolutely essential to the well-being of the church.” The conversation attracted Facebook users from around North America and internationally, including Europe, South and Central America and even Asia, and received

nearly 300,000 likes on Facebook. Reactions, including questions submitted to Jackson and Bryant, were also posted on Twitter with #NADnow. Daniel Weber, producer of the event and communication director for the NAD, said according to their social media experts 1,300 comments and questions were logged on Facebook, and the #NADnow trended in second position on Twitter that day. The menu of topics raised during Is this thing on? included questions and comments about racism in the church, continuation of regional conferences, ordination of women, issues in supporting educational institutions, recognizing churches

as safe spaces for all, including the LGBTQ community and the engagement of young people in the mission of the church in the communities where they live. In his concluding remarks Jackson said, “The malaise that can kill the church is silence.” Bryant added, “My hope is in you guys…Do not [allow] your voices to be silenced.” Organizers say plans are underway to hold another conversation in the fall. Rajmund Dabrowski is communication director for the Rocky Mountain Conference.

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FAREWELL Bell, Virginia D., b. July 5, 1920 in Muskegee, OK. d. Feb. 26, 2017 in Saint Joseph, MO. Member of Emmanuel Church. Preceded in death by husband Harvey. Survived by daughter Juanema Jolly; grandchildren. Bellassai-Williams, Patricia, b. May 14, 1965. d. Feb. 9, 2017. Member of Kansas City Central Church. Survivors include Paul Williams; 4 brothers. Buck, Harold A., b. May 11, 1937 in Hinsdale, IL. d. Oct. 29, 2016 in Brighton, CO. Member of Brighton Church. Survivors include wife Denice; sons Craig and Michael; daughter Cheri; 1 brother; 2 granddaughters; 2 grandsons. Carner, Kristi A., b. Feb. 9, 1969 in Cedar Rapids, IA. d. Feb. 4, 2017 in Hiawatha, IA. Member of Chillicothe Church. Survivors include husband Michael; sons Christian and Zachary; parents; 2 siblings. Copsey, Marjorie G. (Bascom), b. March 10, 1929 in Lincoln, NE. d. Feb. 26, 2017 in Lenexa, KS. Member of West Lenexa Church. Preceded in death by husband James W.; 1 brother. Survivors include daughter Gail Smith; son Mark Copsey; 1 brother; 1 sister; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Correction: Dennison, Ruth R., b. July 23, 1923 near Fiscus, IA. d. Dec. 19, 2016 in Council Bluffs, IA. Member of Harlan Church. Preceded in death by husbands Martin Dennison, Charles Swanson and Ares Dennison; 3 siblings; 1 grandson. Survivors include daughters Ramona Parker, Annette Beierle, Cheryl Martinez and Melissa; stepdaughter Debra Moore; 2 siblings; 5 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. Fandrich, Marvin J., Sr., b. May 1, 1945 in Harvey, ND.

d. Aug. 14, 2015 in Lebanon, MO. Member of St. Louis Central Church. Survivors include daughters Michelle Hoagland and Melody Messex; sons Marvin, Jr., Mark, Kelly, Anthony Davis and Michael; former wife and current soulmate Rhonda Fandrich; 2 siblings; 14 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren.

Memorial Church. Survivors include wife Sandra; son Jack; daughter Tammy; 7 siblings; 5 grandchildren. Medina, Amadeo “Sam,” b. Jan. 6, 1947 in Kersey, CO. d. March 19, 2017 in Kersey, CO. Member of Greeley Colorado English Church. Preceded in death by sons Sammy and Timothy; 2 brothers; 2 sisters. Survived by wife Rosalie; son Shane; 1 brother; 6 sisters; 8 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren.

Greenwood, Travis W., b. Nov. 12, 1965 in Columbia, MO. d. March 6, 2017 in Centralia, MO. Member of Sunnydale Church. Survivors include wife Bunnia; sons Michalec, Robert Louis, Austin and Weston; parents; 2 b. Feb. 17, 1925 in Iowa. d. brothers. Feb. 14, 2017 in Keystone, IA. Member of Cedar Rapids Hansen, Valrie, J., b. Sept. Church. Preceded in death 19, 1934 in Mason City, IA. d. by wife Marjorie; sons Eldon Oct. 28, 2016 in Omaha, NE. and Allen. Survivors include Member of Bedford Church. daughters Marcia Miller, Julie Preceded in death by husband Berber, Laurie Adams and Dale; 3 sisters. Survivors Candis Astolfi; sons John, include sons David, Russell Joseph and Martin; stepson and Harold; 1 sister; 2 Neil Farley; 2 sisters; 14 grandchildren; 4 grandchildren. Served in U.S. great-grandchildren. Army. Heckman, Elloise Mae (Davis), b. Feb. 8, 1932. d. Feb. 28, 2017. Member of Wichita South Church. Iseminger, Allen J., b. Aug. 16, 1929 in Buffalo, WY. d. Jan. 20, 2017 in College Place, WA. Member of Village Church in College Place. Preceded in death by 1 sister. Survivors include wife June R.; daughter Karen; sons Mel and Myron; 1 sister; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. McGennis, Helen M., b. Sept. 25, 1931 in Phillipsburg, MO. d. Jan. 8, 2017 in Kingsville, MO. Member of Oak Grove Church. Survivors include husband Billy; daughters Judy Schiefelbusch and Connie Daarud; 8 siblings; 3 grandsons; 3 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Powell, Albert, b. Oct. 9, 1936 in Denver, CO. d. March 19, 2017 in Ames, IA. Member of Marshalltown Church. Preceded in death by 3 siblings; 1 grandson. Survivors include wife Floy; daughters Evetta Blanchfield, Lori Fellows and Mindy Moser; 6 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Served in U.S. Naval Reserves. Rembert, Barry, b. Sept. 21, 1963. d. May 23, 2016. Member of St. Louis Central Church. Roberts, Margaret “Pat” P., b. June 19, 1933. d. Jan. 7, 2017. Member of Kansas City Central Church. Preceded in death by husband Bob. Survivors include 6 children; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild.

Stroh, Kenneth D., b. June McNish, William H., Jr., b. 24, 1929 in Bowdon, ND. d. Dec. 28, 1945 in Diggins, MO. March 2, 2017 in Hazen, ND. d. March 2, 2017 in Buffalo, Member of Bowdon Church. MO. Member of Branch Preceded in death by wife

Marlys; 8 siblings. Survived by daughters Susan DeVries, Dawn Kim Banta and Janeen Bonney; sons Kent, Mike and Hal; 22 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren. Torres, Michael F., b. May 21, 1952 in Trinidad, CO. d. Jan. 9, 2017 in Loveland, CO. Member of True Life Community Church. Survivors include wife Patricia; sons Michael and Patrick; 2 siblings; 2 grandchildren. Van Dyke, Elda E., b. Nov. 6, 1926 near Bland, MO. d. March 3, 2017 in Owensville, MO. Member of Iowa-Missouri Conference. Survivors include daughter Jan; son Don; 1 grandson. Van Meter, Lewis H., b. Sept. 14, 1922 in Denver, CO. d. Dec. 5, 2016 in Highlands Ranch, CO. Member of Denver South Church. Survivors include wife Frances; daughters Debbie Petrie and Dana Delaney; 2 granddaughters. Welch, Warren D., b. Feb. 12, 1939 in Winfield, KS. d. March 18, 2017 in Lincoln, NE. Member of Northside Church. Preceded in death by 2 brothers. Survivors include wife Ramona; sons Randy, Kevin and Eric; daughter Melinda; 1 brother; 1 sister; 9 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Wick, Albert “Al” Marion, M.D., b. June 21, 1929 in Watford City, ND. d. Feb. 4, 2017 in Littleton, CO. Preceded in death by 2 brothers; 1 sister; 1 grandson. Survived by wife Donnis; children Sharon, Kenneth, Joan Fleischhacker and Dennis; 1 brother; 3 grandchildren. To submit an obituary visit or email Brennan Hallock at Questions? 402.484.3028.


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