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Radical Reboot Pastors from across Mid-America are equipped and inspired during a threeday ministry convention BY MARTIN WEBER

Public Evangelism by 8th Graders

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Students at Helen Hyatt Elementary School conduct a full-scale evangelistic series BY JOHN TREOLO

Teaching Teachers

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Union College’s student teachers encounter a unique and valuable experience at George Stone Elementary School BY RYAN TELLER

What’s Online?. . . . . . 3 Perspectives. . . . . . . . . 4 John Kreigelstein . . . . . . 4 Features. . . . . . . . . . . . 5 News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Central States. . . . . . 12 Dakota . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Iowa-Missouri . . . . . 16 Kansas-Nebraska. . . 18 Minnesota. . . . . . . . . 20 Rocky Mountain. . . . 22 Union College. . . . . . 24 Farewell. . . . . . . . . . . 28 Marketplace. . . . . . . . 29

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Nothing to a family is more precious than its children, and nothing is so sacred as the responsibility to raise them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. For church families as well, caring for the spiritual needs of our kids is of paramount importance. What shall it profit a church to baptize the whole town but lose our own children? But we need not choose between education and evangelism. Adventist education offers, along with academic excellence, training in community outreach. Read on page 10 how a class of 8th graders hosted their own evangelistic series. Plus lots more about what’s exciting in our schools. You will also read the vision of our new vice president for administration, Maurice R. Valentine II, and learn about Radical Reboot, the marvelous event he recently orchestrated for pastors. —MARTIN WEBER Outlook, (ISSN 0887-977X) June 2011, Volume 34, Number 6. Outlook is published monthly by the Mid-America Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, 8307 Pine Lake Road, Lincoln, NE 68516; Telephone: 402.484.3000; Fax: 402.483.4453; E-mail: info@maucsda.org. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Outlook, PO Box 6128, Lincoln, NE 68506. E-mail: outlook@maucsda.org. When possible clip name and address from a previous issue. Printed at Pacific Press Publishing Association, Standard postage paid at Nampa, ID. Free for Mid-America church members and $10 per year for non-Mid-America subscribers. ©2011 Mid-America Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. All Rights Reserved. Unless noted, all photos are stock photography. Adventist® and Seventh-day Adventist® are the registered trademarks of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

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MID-AMERICA UNION CONFERENCE PRESIDENT: Thomas L. Lemon VP FOR ADMINISTRATION: Maurice R. Valentine II VP FOR FINANCE: Elaine Hagele ASSOCIATE VP FOR FINANCE: Troy Peoples COMMUNICATION DIRECTOR: Martin Weber EDUCATION DIRECTOR: John Kriegelstein MINISTERIAL DIRECTOR: Maurice R. Valentine II YOUTH/CHURCH MINISTRIES: Hubert Cisneros OUTLOOK EDITOR: Martin Weber MANAGING EDITOR: Chris McConnell DISPLAY ADVERTISING: Chris McConnell DESIGNER: Chris McConnell COPY EDITOR: Brenda Dickerson CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING: Brenda Dickerson SUBSCRIPTIONS: Brenda Dickerson WEB DESIGNER/DEVELOPER: Chris McConnell

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PERSPECTIVE

REVISIONING ADVENTIST EDUCATION by John Kriegelstein

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n the Mid-America Union we have more than 280 dedicated teachers who really care about their students. They care enough that they not only teach them the “3Rs” and the Bible; they also—and most importantly—lead them to Jesus through example, personal stories and direct invitation. These same teachers also provide nurturing learning environments where students excel beyond what standardized tests predict. People outside the Adventist faith look to our educational system as a model to be copied. Internationally, Adventist schools are flourishing. Yet, for a number of reasons, enrollment in North America is declining gradually. Schools across the North American Division and within our Mid-America region are closing each year due to lack of enrollment. Why the decline? Demographics, costs, perceived lack of value or quality, the pull of a materialistic culture, availability of an Adventist school, and the appeal of having our kids at home longer under Mom and Dad’s tutelage—these are but a few of the reasons given. They are not all bad reasons. Some things we can—and must—address. Others may simply be beyond our control. However, Adventist education is a Godordained function of our church and cannot simply be let go. During last January’s Education Summit

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hosted by the Mid-America Union, one presenter pointed out that as many as 75 percent of Adventist youth do not attend Adventist schools. This has troubled me. It’s a problem that needs to be addressed. Having pondered it for a number of weeks, praying for wisdom and solutions, I have suggested possible remedial steps to several individuals and groups. Various responses have come back. I have not been presented with a clear vision from above, but I wonder—is it time to rethink Adventist education? What happens inside the brick and mortar structures we call schools is the current focus of Mid-America’s Office of Education. We verify the instructional programs of each school for accreditation purposes, provide and encourage professional development of teachers, assist in the development of curriculum so as to maintain our unique Adventist world view throughout student materials, counsel conference superintendents and principals on a variety of topics, and encourage the implementation of innovative means of leveraging technology to provide effective education to a greater number of students. These are some of the traditional functions of the MAUC Office of Education that have been around for a long time; they must and will continue to serve us well. However, if 75 percent (7,600) of Mid-America’s Adventist youth are not in Adventist schools, should our church not be proactive in reaching out to them? Should we rethink the scope of Adventist

education? Would this possibly include healthy Adventist home schools and outof-school youth activities sponsored by the church? I would suggest three beginning steps: First, I’d like to know where every one of our kids is attending school now. This can be accomplished by each conference encouraging each church clerk to be sure church membership records are up-todate. Second, I’d like us to explore ways to begin to dialogue with our home schooling members—not with baited hooks to draw them into existing schools, but with the intent to offer appropriate, authentic support. Third, I would love to see afterschool youth activities in our churches where Adventist public school kids and their friends could “hang out” similar to what some of our Christian friends in other denominations are doing. The ValueGenesis studies of 1990 and 2000 told us that if youth experience a supportive and healthy home, church and school, there is a high likelihood they will remain in the church when adults. Remove any one leg of the stool and the likelihood drops considerably. Let’s give our kids a fighting chance by doing everything we can to solidly reinforce healthy churches, homes and schools. John Kriegelstein is director of the Office of Education for the Mid-America Union.


FEATURE THOMAS L. LEMON PRESIDENT

ELAINE HAGELE VP TREASURY

MAURICE R. VALENTINE II VP ADMINISTRATION

Delegates to the Mid-America Union Constituency Session on May 2 reelected all officers, departmental leaders and associates while installing a new executive committee. (For more details, visit www.midamericaadventist.org or www.outlookmag.org and click “News.”) Ministerial director Maurice R. Valentine II was also elected vice president for administration—a post held open since November, when Thomas L. Lemon left that office to become Union president. Following are Elder Valentine’s convictions and reflections from an interview with the Outlook editor. JUNE 2011

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MEET OUR NEW VP FOR ADMINISTRATION Q. What does it mean to you to be chosen as the new vice president for administration of the Mid-America Union? I’m honored at the prospect of serving our 65,000 members across the heartland and attempt to remind myself daily that it’s my privilege to do so. However, I try to keep in mind that following in Christ’s steps is not one of upward mobility but downward, as He came down from heaven to seek and save the lost. He gladly gave up equality with the King of the Universe to become Prince Immanuel. And that’s our calling and responsibility to one another; to serve each other and lift each other up. Q. Elder Valentine, what is your vision for our Union during the next quinquennium? I appreciate your asking, as I believe Spirit-led vision casting is a key role of servant leadership. Throughout His earthly ministry Jesus punctuated His teachings with vision casting. At the inauguration of His ministry He shared His personal vision by declaring, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me and He has anointed me to heal, preach and liberate!” It’s my desire to keep Jesus’ life and example central to all we do. Keeping a soon-coming King before our people is paramount. When we lose

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our sense of His nearness, we lose the edge that keeps us missional. With that first, my desire is to be a servant leader by assisting Elder Lemon in accomplishing his job description, “finishing the work of God in our region.” According to a recent article, we are the fastest growing church in the country, yet we have a long way to go to trumpet the call of the three angels’ messages. Accomplishing this task will require a daily connection with Christ. Next, it will require true servant leadership. Holding up the hands of our leaders is sorely missing in ministry and churches today. Today’s shelves are filled with books about leadership, but as I study the life of Christ, I find Him, more often than not, teaching “followership.” Too much emphasis on leadership has led to many doing what is right in their own eyes. Yet, everyday following His Father’s lead, Jesus stayed true to His personal vision extending His hand to those who sensed their need of Him. From local churches and conferences, to our educational

and hospital systems, His hand is still being extended across our union in a myriad of ways. Our challenge at the union is the same as in local churches where many ministries operate in isolation with limited interaction with other ministries. To be effective, it’s incumbent upon us to learn how to be granaries where all the energies of our collective harvest are brought together. Too often we are mere silos of self-importance. Elder Lemon has enunciated this as one of his goals. I res-


FEATURE onate with his goal. Ellen White once praised a faith community because of the way they worked together like a “bee hive,” each using their gifts interdependently. I’ve been privileged with God’s help, to foment that kind of connectedness in the local church, conference and union. There are few things more joyous than when brothers and sisters work together in unity. Whether it’s developing systems to help local church ministries connect to disciple new believers or helping local conferences connect to take on the challenge of cities, the dynamics of building team are the same. The critical issue for me is that I believe even now Jesus is pouring out the refreshing power of His Spirit and the work is winding up. It’s time to press together in prayer, then roll up our sleeves and with extended hands enter into the fields! Already, in a limited way churches in Mid-America Union (MAUC) are coming together as faith communities crossing former cultural and ethnic boundaries that Jesus came to destroy. A cursory study of the book of Acts makes it clear that these are the things that can greatly limit the outreach of a church and lead to its demise. The elimination of these man-made obstacles in the microcosm of individual churches achieving oneness and working together with their sister churches, with God’s Spirit, can happen in the macrocosm of MAUC. Q. You will be our administrative VP while continuing to serve as the Union ministerial director. Since the VP role is quite demanding in itself, can you tell us why you are willing to do double duty by continuing in your ministerial leadership?

No one has to tell you that times are tight. In at least one other union, Ministerial has already been combined with the vice president position. That said, I appreciate Elder Lemon having shared with me that this is a trial. What helps me to believe it’s doable is the support I receive from our office family and ministerial team at our six local conferences with which I’m honored to serve; not to mention the combined blessing of technology. Even now a host of people here at MAUC from other departments, yours included, are hard at work preparing for a pastors’ convention which is a ministerial event. In regard to the Ministerial Director’s (MD’s), each one while extremely busy, has been willing as servants of Christ to help me prepare for pastors’ convention. The last five years have given me time to build cooperative relationships with both. Since leadership is rarely effective if performed in the vacuum of one’s own ideas, at my request, each ministerial director has been willing to lead a virtual team comprised of pastors and lay leaders across our union and each of our MD’s, with servant’s hearts has performed their role with great aplomb. I hope to continue to serve these men as well as provide them with opportunities to be of greater service to the pastors and pastoral families of MAUC. Moreover, technology has been a rich blessing. Several days ago, with the simple use of a cell phone while driving to the airport, I was privileged to assist lay leader Joanne Herrington with coordinating our praise and worship team for pastors’ convention. But we’re also using some of the most advanced technological means at our disposal as well. For about three years Ministerial has been utilizing video conferencing to

minimize travel. We’ve conducted training events for pastors in Rocky Mountain Conference and evangelism training for churches over 600 miles away. The planning of our convention has required no travel on anyone’s part, yet we’ve coordinated groups who have composed mission statements to clarify the thrust of each training track, identified the best presenters and determined our desired outcomes for our convention. I would even venture to say friendships have been established through virtual team meetings such as pen pals did yesteryear with people who have never or rarely met. Of course, not every meeting and training event can be conducted virtually, yet this is a means that needs to be tapped more aggressively. Finally, my time in the morning with Jesus and exercise are indispensable to maintaining my workload. I usually wake quite early as I find my quiet time with Jesus most refreshing for my soul. At least three days a week, Sharon and I take a morning stroll and every evening we unpack each other’s day—time I find invaluable for us. I try to view life through the lens of all I truly deserve. If you don’t understand what I mean, see Romans 6:23. With that in mind, it undoubtedly will be a privilege and honor to follow in Christ footsteps, carrying the concerns of our president Elder Lemon and the 65,000 members of Mid-America Union Conference into the meetings I attend, carrying their problems into my prayers each morning, and carrying the passion for a finished work into the world that surrounds us each and every day. If at the end of the day, even with a great team, it appears to be overwhelming, I’ll be the first to speak up. That said, it won’t be easy—it never is. But I’m willing. JUNE 2011

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GEORGE KNIGHT SPEAKER

RADICAL REBOOT Pastors throughout Mid-America remained in Lincoln after the Constituency Session for “Radical Reboot,” a much-anticipated ministry convention. The May 2-4 event at College View Church featured 15 seminar presenters and showcased such sought-after speakers as Mark Finley, Randy Roberts and George Knight. Organizer of the spiritual extravaganza was Maurice R. Valentine II, ministerial director of the Mid-America Union and the new vice president for administration. Free online streaming (complete audio and selected video) of Radical Reboot presentations and seminars are available at http://bit.ly/jQzKOp. JUNE 2011

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Adventist Education

Public Evangelism by 8th Graders Proverbs tells us to “train up a child…” Helen Hyatt Elementary School 8th graders put childish things behind them and accepted the challenge of conducting a full-scale evangelistic series at Piedmont Park Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. “The thought came to me in December that these kids could do this,” recalled their teacher, Peter Adams. “We started praying and interacting with pastors.” The 8th graders led out each evening—greeting, babysitting, singing and even preaching.

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For three weeks, covering 15 topics, these young preachers presented Explore the Prophetic Series to an appreciative congregation each evening. Many attendees were not Seventh-day Adventists; some of them testified to a deeper spiritual interest after listening to the messages. One student presenter, Haleigh Klein, declared, “Everyone should try this. It means a lot to get up there and put a smile on your face and tell the people about God.” Classmate Makayla Carlson

testified, “This means I am evangelizing to other people about my love for Jesus.” Eli Breashears simply stated, “Sharing the gospel to people means a lot.”

For the complete story behind the amazing evangelistic adventure of these 8th graders, read the Webexclusive testimony of their teacher, Peter Adams, at www.outlookmag. org. You’ll also see many pictures of the students in action.

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Project Linus Students in grades 4 to 6 at Des Moines Adventist Junior Academy make fleece blankets for Project Linus, which distributes them to children in crisis at women’s shelters, police stations and hospital emergency rooms. Church families donate materials to be cut and tied. So far the kids have finished 15 blankets. They also write letters to go with the blankets.

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1.) Helen Hyatt 8th graders pose with teacher Peter Adams following one of their evangelistic meetings. 2.) First graders have adopted some folks from St. Elizabeth’s Adult Daycare just down the block from their school. 3.) Students in grades 2-8 from Hillcrest Adventist School in St. Louis recently spent an afternoon at their local Adventist Community Center sorting shoes and stocking food.

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Student Outreach at Hillcrest School Hillcrest Adventist School in St. Louis participates in monthly community outreach projects. Students selected the name “God’s Missionaries” to put on their shirts, along with the school name. One month the five kids in grades 2-8 worked at the Adventist Community Services Center while the five first graders ministered at Olivette Community Center. Other months the whole class has gone to St. Elizabeth’s Adult Day Care to make cards and drawings for participants, whom

the students have “adopted.” They sing songs and read stories as well as give artdecorated memory verses. It is amazing to see the interaction between six yearolds and people in their 70s as they work together on art projects. Hillcrest students recently teamed up with local pastors Vic Van Schaik and Jared Miller, along with teacher Ken McHenry, distributing brochures to homes surrounding the school. The teams were instructed to leave the brochure at the front

door; they were not told what to say if they met the people of the house. But when one student was approached by a resident and asked what the literature was about, she replied, “It’s for a seminar on the Bible book of Revelation—and you should come to it!” The adult agreed to do just that, which delighted the students. Hillcrest’s teacher has noticed a dramatic change in the students after they grasped that they really are God’s Missionaries doing His work.

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CENTRAL STATES NEWS

Berean is on a Mission by Anita Clay Berean members are on the mission of taking seriously the message of Acts 1:14, “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication.” Pastor Thomas and members have united in providing food for the needy in their neighborhood. And among themselves, Berean members are uniting even more deeply in a spiritual bond, continuing with one accord in prayer, supplication and study.

completing study guides for the corresponding chapters. At last count 18 groups are meeting regularly, with more added weekly. The groups convene all over the city of St. Louis and the surrounding county, even across the river in Illinois. While most groups are meeting in homes, some convene at the church. One group meets at the office of a physician who is a church member, inviting any patient

never read Steps to Christ, or have not read it in a while. People who never recognized each other at church, beyond a nod, are sharing experiences and testimonies—building friendships. Members may bring church bulletins marked with notes from the pastor’s sermons, often quoting him. Study guides are completed with a sense of satisfied accomplishment. Discussions are lively, bringing together

“Berean is on a mission. If you’re not ON the mission, you ARE the mission,” says Pastor Duane Thomas. The church is participating in a three-phased plan centered on in-depth reading and studying of the book Steps to Christ. The plan kicked off with members receiving a monthly calendar of selected Bible verses for each day of the week. Members began reading the Bible with one accord. Then on Sabbath Pastor Thomas began preaching about each successive chapter in Steps to Christ. Church members began listening to chapter-by-chapter messages with one accord. The third step in the plan called for forming small study groups of no less than three and no more than 10 participants. Members volunteered to host small groups in weekly meetings; they are reading, studying and

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who arrives early to join in. Some groups meet in the morning, others in the afternoon and some in the evening. They gather every day of the week, including Sabbath afternoon. A list of sites is printed in the bulletin every week so members can choose convenient locations and times. A community-based, spiritual women’s support group that meets at the church is studying Steps to Christ. Young people have a group, and there is a women-only group. Seniors love their daytime meetings. Even neighbors who come to the church’s food pantry are studying Steps to Christ as they wait for orders to be filled. Some participants have

many points of view, and also providing a safe place for questions people always wanted to ask. Is it working? The groups are diverse and growing. People are talking. Are they coming together? Well, recently in one of the groups, a Bible reference was called out. Two seniors quickly consulted their wellused King James Version; one group member opened the Clear Word paraphrase of the Bible and a young man pulled out his iPhone with its Bible app. They read the scripture in unison. The technology was different but the message was clear: “with one accord.” Anita Clay is a member of Trinity Church.


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DAKOTA NEWS

Stepping Stones to Service by Jacquie Biloff Debra Claymore-Cuny was

the first Native American to graduate from Sheyenne River Academy in North Dakota. She now serves as Native Ministries Coordinator for the Dakota Conference. Initially she had not been sure what she wanted to take in college and had bounced around among several schools. Then her father said, “You are going to Black Hills State and you are going to be a teacher.” Since both her parents were teachers, Claymore-Cuny listened to her father and pursued a degree in teaching. She also received a master’s in educational administration from the University of South Dakota. After teaching for

a few years, she became principal of Loneman School and later Our Lady of Lourdes. “Although I am not teaching in the classroom, nor am I a principal anymore, each step has led to where I am now.” Claymore-Cuny is always seeking ways to minister to the people of the 12 reservations in North and South Dakota. “The best way to do ministry is to follow Jesus’ example by meeting people’s needs.” She related how about a year ago a woman called from New York, who had read an article on the NAD Native Ministries website. She offered to send new and slightly-used clothing for distribution. Twelve big boxes arrived. These were

sorted and distributed to a women’s shelter on the Lower Brule Reservation in South Dakota. This year 25 boxes arrived at the Dakota Conference office. Claymore-Cuny had to call the donor and tell her she had enough for this year. The Dakota Conference staff helped sort and size for redistribution to Little Eagle on Standing Rock Reservation, Eagle Butte on Cheyenne River Reservation and a homeless shelter in Rapid City that houses many Native Americans. “Besides the 12 reservations, there are Native American urban areas in Bismarck, Rapid City and Sioux Falls,” explains

Claymore-Cuny. In the future, ClaymoreCuny plans to hold five-day evangelism meetings and remain on the reservation for a month of follow-up friendship evangelism. “Follow-up is an issue because it demands so much travel. About four years ago, meetings were held on Red Shirt Reservation with Pastor Marion Miller, resulting in two baptisms and three more interests.” Another goal of ClaymoreCuny is to set up scholarships for Native American students to attend Dakota Adventist Academy. Jacquie Biloff is communication director for the Dakota Conference. Jacquie Biloff

(above) Edith Priest and Deb Claymore-Cuny sorting clothing donated for Native American ministry (left) Debra Claymore-Cuny

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DAKOTA NEWS

McKey Invited to Share Research

Students mingle among poster abstracts.

by Jacquie Biloff

Renee McKey

Renee McKey of Rapid City, South Dakota was recently invited to share her research regarding 1 Cor. 11:3, titled “Biblical Headship or Pagan Philosophy,” at the Seventh Annual Scholars Symposium

at Andrews University. The event took place Feb. 3 and 4 at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. Twentyfour professors and students presented their research in breakout sessions. Another 15 students presented poster abstracts in the Seminary Commons. Attendees had opportunity to chat with students and faculty about their findings. The intent of McKey’s abstract was to show that women held significant leadership roles within the structure of early Christianity in New Testament times, and well into the 12th century. In view of the historical evidence, McKey asserts it cannot be claimed that women in church leadership is a recent product of 20th century feminism. However, there definitely appears to be a historical bias against women in leadership. McKey believes this bias has its roots in ancient Greek philosophy. McKey admits, “I had to adjust my personal beliefs regarding the role of women in the church as I uncovered Scriptural evidence. I discovered my beliefs had been based on my own cultural

upbringing more than the Bible. I discovered that some translations of Scripture made it difficult to realize individuals spoken about were women, and some translations actually changed the names of women to masculine names.” McKey is enrolled in the Masters of Art in Pastoral Ministry program, an offcampus course of study geared specifically for pastors and layleaders who desire advanced theological and ministerial training. Classes are held twice yearly at Adventist colleges and universities. McKey has traveled to Union College, Southwestern College and Pacific Union College to receive her training. Jacquie Biloff is communication director for the Dakota Conference.

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IOWA-MISSOURI NEWS

Sunnydale’s School of Evangelism by Michelle Miracle Two years ago, the idea was conceived for a School of Evangelism (SOE) at Sunnydale Adventist Academy (SAA). Iowa-Missouri Conference administrators joined academy leadership in a shared vision to nurture the spiritual wellbeing of every SAA student. Scott Haakenson, former conference Magabook director, became SOE coordinator. His stated goal is “to train young people to be soul winners and to make a difference in people’s lives through service and witnessing.” From this definition of purpose, SOE has been dubbed C.R.O.S.S. Training: Christians Reaching Out to Save Souls. The program has a twopart approach to evangelism: first, outreach training classes incorporated into the academy’s curriculum; second, implementing this training in local and overseas outreach and evangelism. Once Haakenson came on board with SOE in 2009, on-campus training began. “The curriculum consists of a witnessing class where we cover topics like making friends to reach people’s hearts, sharing a testimony, giving a gospel presentation, learning Reformation history leading up to the Advent movement, and personal spiritual growth,” explained Haakenson. “We did spiritual gift testing at the beginning of this past school year and organized several ministry groups

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based on the most common gifts,” he added. “We started student-led ministries based around prayer, Bible study, encouragement, mercy and helps.” Six years ago, students from SAA went down to assist in the clean-up efforts after Hurricane Katrina, and they returned four times. Those mission trips were the impetus for the development of SOE. Overseas evangelistic trips began four years ago with a mission to India’s Sunderban Islands. Residents are said to have never heard the gospel until SAA students and adult volunteers visited. Now, reports Haakenson, “in India our student preachers have been used by God to spread His word to many islanders. Nearly 3,000 have been baptized through our four short trips.” In preparation for the overseas evangelistic mission trips, Haakenson guides students through the ShareHim sermon series. Then they are familiar with the material and the audio/visual equipment before stepping foot on the plane. “Earlier this year we took 10 students to India to preach to the Hindu inhabitants of the islands along the Ganges River,” said Haakenson. “Many people on the island we went to this year, ‘G Plot,’ were eager to hear our students preach. Despite local leaders putting pressure on people to remain

Hindu, 427 attendees came to Christ anyway! These converts have paid a price for their faith and are an inspiration to us.” This past February, a different group including 21 SAA students built a new Adventist elementary school complex in Lupane, Zimbabwe. Adult volunteers from around Iowa and Missouri supported the SAA students—each of whom raised the money needed to cover their individual travel, lodging and incidental expenses. They constructed nine buildings in just seven-and-a-half days, nearly 14 days ahead of schedule. The facilities constructed were One-day School buildings developed by Adventist businessman Garwin McNeilus for use by Maranatha Volunteers International. An Iowa-Missouri member donated the necessary funds, with the stipulation that SAA students participate in the construction. “The head of the Lupane district, Governor Mathutu, is a Seventh-day Adventist,” said Elder Robert Peck, conference vice president for administration. “She told us that the elementary school we built in Lupane was the largest gift ever given to their community.” “Watching these students realize that God can use them is one of the main reasons we continue to participate in evangelistic campaigns

abroad,” said Haakenson. “Students come back with a greater appreciation for what they have and a desire to continue to help people in other countries. Most of them would love to go back to serve again. We believe these foreign mission trips will lead our students to greater service in our own country. As they gain confidence that God can use them, they want to experience again the joy of making a difference in people’s lives.”


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Hillcrest School Reopens by Rebecca Knoll Lawrence Hillcrest Seventh-day Adventist School in Olivette,

Photos by Larry Overton

(top) Buildings on campus waiting for their windows (middle) SAA students and adult supporters who went to Lupane, Zimbabwe to build the school (bottom) SAA students, IA-MO Conference volunteers and Lupane locals constructing one of nine buildings for the Lupane Adventist Elementary School

Missouri re-opened this past school year. Adventist education in St. Louis has a long and celebrated history, and re-opening Hillcrest was important to the St. Louis Central members. Miracle after miracle, in answer to their prayers, made it possible. Decades of use and financial struggles had resulted in deferred maintenance for the facility, and it was closed three years ago. But after the congregation engaged in 40 days of fasting and prayer, God impressed Central members to once again sponsor a church school. Feasibility studies indicated that the best option was renovating the existing facility—a monumental task. Among other things, the flat roof had leaked for so long that carpet and walls needed a major overhaul. The church stepped out in faith. After generous donations and countless hours of volunteer labor, a new roof was paid for, mold was eradicated, ceilings and carpet were replaced, new fixtures and appliances were installed, landscaping was laid and classrooms were decorated. St. Louis Central members consider the Hillcrest miracle to be their modern-day “loaves and fish” story.

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KANSAS-NEBRASKA NEWS

Chapel Oaks Hosts Easter Drama by John Treolo Chapel Oaks Church in

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David Fairchild shares a soliloquy on the life of Peter during “Love at Calvary,” an Easter music drama presented at Chapel Oaks Church.

Pastor Mike Fenton

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Shawnee, Kansas joined Christians around the world in reflecting on Christ’s death and resurrection this past Easter weekend. “Love at Calvary” was presented twice the Sabbath before Easter. The musical drama, themed on Christ’s death and resurrection, was directed and produced by Connie Sorter, who observed: “Our church has two special times to witness to the world— Christmas and Easter.” Soliloquies included the woman at the well, Nicodemus, Peter and Mary Magdalene; current narrations included a modern man, a mother, a runner and a medical person. Everyone attending received a copy of Happiness Digest—Ellen White’s Steps to Christ.

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reflected, “This event brought tremendous excitement and joy to our members and a desire to bring guests whose hearts could be touched with the gospel.” John Treolo is communication director for the KSNE Conference.


KANSAS-NEBRASKA NEWS Steve Nazario

Ordained pastors surround David and Cherie Smith to affirm their calling to the gospel ministry.

David and Cherie Smith Ordained/ Commissioned to Ministry by Ryan Teller David Smith, whose 13-year

leadership of Union College is ending, and Cherie Smith, who has been nurture and prayer pastor at College View Seventh-day Adventist Church, were both officially affirmed in their ministry during Union College’s 2011 Homecoming Weekend. At the Friday night vespers service, which is traditionally dedicated to the mission and ministry spirit of Union College, the KansasNebraska Conference ordained David and commissioned Cherie to the gospel ministry. The Smiths share a passion to help people experience God’s love. “Of all the roles I play, I most want to be a spiritual encourager,” David

said. “I believe our walk with God is the most important thing in life. If I can contribute to someone’s journey, I find that more satisfying than anything else I do.” “We recommended Dr. Smith’s name for ordination because of his consistent pastoral ministry to the students and staff of Union College, as well as to the constituents of the MidAmerica Union,” said Ron Carlson, president of the Kansas-Nebraska Conference. “His work with people— especially at Union College—is truly pastoral.” The Smiths have just accepted a call to serve on the pastoral staff of Collegedale

Adventist Church in Tennessee. David will be senior pastor there, with Cherie an associate pastor. Throughout her married life spent as a homemaker, and for many years an administrative assistant at the educational institutions where David taught, Cherie prayed for ways to make a difference for God. Although she found many opportunities to serve through volunteer ministries, in 1996 God called her to a position on the pastoral staff of the Collegedale Adventist Church at Southern Adventist University. Two years later when the Smiths moved to Lincoln, Cherie joined the pastoral staff

of the College View Church. “I support people going through life’s changes,” she explained of her position as nurture and prayer pastor. “I help people in transition—whether it be new or transplanted members who need to make friends and connect with the church, or hurting people through hospital visits, hospice and family support.” Cherie’s position, which has grown to full-time over the past 13 years, has allowed her to follow her calling. “I have a passion to help people remember that God is always there—no matter what,” she said. “I think the best way to do that is to provide that tangible love and support that reflects Him. I thank God for the unique opportunity to follow my passion as a fulltime ministry.” This service marked the first time a woman has been commissioned for pastoral ministry by the KansasNebraska Conference. “Commissioning is the Adventist church’s way to recognize women in ministry while maintaining unity in the world church,” said Carlson. “Pastor Smith has shown a successful ministry in her work at College View, and in North America commissioning is viewed in the same way as an ordination.” Ryan Teller is the director of public relations for Union College.

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MINNESOTA NEWS

Bold New Initiative for Minnesota Adventist Education by Marilyn Carlson The Minnesota Conference has embarked on an exciting endeavor to restructure the way Adventist Christian education is delivered to its high school-aged youth. On Sunday, April 10, a special conference constituency session met to consider an innovative plan for broadening the reach of Maplewood Academy, the conference’s boarding academy. The goal was to

(above) LaRonda Forsey, principal of Atlanta Adventist Academy, is pioneering interactive distance learning through advanced technology. (right) Dr. Elissa Kido of La Sierra University directs the Cognitive Genesis Research Project.

make Adventist Christian education available to a greater number of secondary students throughout the state. Guest speakers with expertise in education contributed to the meeting, along with representatives from the Mid20

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America Union. Boarding academies throughout the North American Division are grappling with declining enrollment, rising tuition and a shift in parental attitudes toward keeping students in local schools and the home environment. As a result, many conferences have seen their boarding academies closing. This often leaves students in the secondary age group

without an Adventist Christian alternative for their education. The Minnesota Conference is hoping to provide more acceptable options. When the only day school offering Adventist Christian education to secondary students in the Twin Cities metro area was forced to close due to financial considerations, Conference leaders did not want to leave these students without an Adventist alternative. They saw the opportunity to extend the reach of Maplewood Academy and keep it financially and

operationally healthy by providing secondary education using cutting-edge technology and Internet resources. The 321 delegates to the special session discussed a proposed initiative, “Maplewood-Long Distance Learning,” based on the model of Atlanta Adventist Academy (AAA). Principal LaRonda Forsey of AAA explained her journey to implement this successful program. Delegates viewed a video that showed the technology in action at AAA and its satellite campuses. (To view this video, visit www. aaa.edu and click on the “Technology” link.) The delegates decided upon a multiphase program, with Maplewood Academy as the hub of the first phase. Their teachers will be connected to satellite campuses throughout the Twin Cities area. These host schools will be outfitted with advanced communications technology that will permit the students at each site to interact in real time with voice and visual feeds. All attendees can view and interact with the teacher and each other. Teachers and/ or trained facilitators will be present in each remote classroom. Students will regularly be brought together for common activities to further build spiritual and social community. Many delegates described the advantages of the system as exciting to contemplate.

It increases the potential reach of Adventist education while sustaining academic excellence. Many members throughout Minnesota have expressed concerns that Adventist education is “not as good as” public education and/ or other Christian education options. Dr. Elisa Kido of La Sierra University was present to address this issue. Kido provided a thorough summary of the outcomes of the Cognitive Genesis Research Project,* of which she is the director. This study shows conclusively that Adventist Christian education exceeds public education in all disciplines, as measured by testing standards (such as the Iowa Basics) in achievement— and also in achievement above expected ability. A healthy spirit of unity prevailed at the constituency session. Delegates voted a firm mandate to cautiously move forward by a 4-1 positive vote for the project, with benchmarks of $300,000 to be raised and 35 students signed up by May 31, 2011 in order to launch this fall, for the 2011-12 school year. If these benchmarks are not met, the program will begin for the 2012-13 school year. Marilyn Carlson is administrative assistant for the vice president for finance of the Minnesota Conference. * For a comprehensive overview of Cognitive Genesis Research Project and its results, visit: http://bit.ly/ivNMEy.


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Michelle’s Testimony

A Star in Mae’s Crown

by Conrad Vine

by Dr. Jerry Bray

One Sabbath in early spring, Michelle Scribner was baptized by Pastor Conrad Vine and welcomed into Pebble Lake Church in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Having grown up in a Lutheran home, Michelle was content with her spiritual experience until she enrolled at the University of Minnesota, Morris Campus. A fellow student there spoke to her of prophecies in the book of Daniel. That was her introduction to the Seventhday Adventist message. After two years of studies and the prayerful support of church members in Artichoke, Alexandria and Fergus Falls, Michelle was baptized. During that service she testified about her walk with God from childhood and her newfound joy of living for the coming of Jesus. Pastor Vine responded: “It’s such a privilege to welcome a young person into God’s Kingdom.” A scripture with special meaning for Michelle is Heb. 10:23-25: “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together ... but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Conrad Vine pastors Minnesota’s Pebble Lake, Detroit Lakes and Moorhead District.

About 20 years ago Kenton

Pastor Vine baptizing Michelle Scribner

Hicks met Mae Howes, then the

(Left to right) Ron Meekma, Kenton Hicks, Jerry Bray, Pastor Fish

Adventist Community Service Center leader. Mae began sharing her optimistic faith with Kenton. When the “Net” series of satellite meetings began, Mae asked Kenton to drive her to the meetings. He stayed for the messages of Pastor Doug Batchelor and developed a deep interest in the Bible. Soon he began attending Sabbath school. When the time came that Mae had to move into a nursing home, Kenton continued to visit her. As Mae became increasingly disabled, Ron and Susan Meekma befriended and encouraged Kenton. Following Mae’s death at age 101, Kenton continued to attend Sabbath services. Once, when introduced as a faithful visitor, he became annoyed. When asked why, Kenton responded that he had never been invited to become a member of the church, even though he had been attending over a year. After an apology for the lack of invitation to church membership, Kenton began Bible studies. Pastor David Fish recently baptized him. Kenton says Mae’s Christian concern for him strengthened his desire for a closer walk with his Savior. He continues to study and enjoys witnessing for Christ. Dr. Bray is a member of the Thief River Falls Church.

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS

Blake Jones is Ordained by Eric Nelson Blake Jones, born and

Cristiane da Silva.

raised in Tallahassee, Florida, graduated from Florida State University in 2001 with a degree in entrepreneurship and small business management. During his last year at Florida State, he gave his heart to Christ and began looking for a church. Blake began attending a Bible Prophecy Seminar at a local Adventist church. Baptism soon followed. After serving as a Bible worker and literature evangelist, Blake enrolled in the Seminary at Andrews University, where he met and married the love of his life,

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Since graduating from Andrews, Pastor Blake has served at Denver South church and is currently pastoring three congregations around Farmington, New Mexico. He enjoys spending time with his wife and new son, Lucas. In his spare time he can be found outdoors playing Frisbee golf. Above all, Blake loves God and His church. His passion is evangelism and his greatest joy is seeing others develop a relationship with Christ and become His disciples. Eric Nelson is vice president of administration for the Rocky Mountain Conference.

Blake, Cristiane and Lucas Jones


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Rene Lopez is Ordained

Pastor Rene Lopez with wife, Jessika and daughters, Jessika, Celina and Daniella.

by Eric Nelson

Weight Loss Classes by Bob Miller A fourth year medical student at the University of Colorado, Kelly Ramsey, and his wife, Jolene, conducted a free weight loss seminar for the International Company in west Denver, Colorado. With a desire to help his community, Kelly used his training and professional experience to adapt materials from an academic weight loss clinic, with which he had been involved in conjunction with a clinic for diabetic patients. Twenty-four community guests participated in the weight loss seminar, along with members of the International Company. Bob Miller is a member at Golden, CO.

Pastor Rene Lopez’s early years were marked by divine interventions. When war erupted in his native El Salvador, Rene and his family fled to Canada for political asylum. By age 10, Pastor Rene discovered his love of acting and worked as an extra for TV and two big-screen movies. While on a trip to San Francisco, he encountered the God who had been steering his life all along. On his knees in tears, he prayed, “Lord, if You do not want me to be an actor, show me where to go. My life is in Your hands.” God led Rene to an Adventist university in Costa Rica, where me met and married Jessika. They have since become the proud parents of three daughters, Jessika (little Jessie), Celina and Daniella. After completing his seminary experience at Andrews University, Pastor Rene and his family joined Rocky Mountain’s pastoral team. He has served at the Brighton church and is currently pastoring the “far east” churches of Colorado. “All that I am I owe to my God, and my mother,” says Pastor Rene. “May we realize how close we are to seeing our King come in great glory.” Eric Nelson is vice president of administration for the Rocky Mountain Conference.

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UNION COLLEGE NEWS

Teaching Teachers by Ryan Teller Most people associate earning a college degree with listening to lectures by erudite professors in imposing classrooms. But aspiring teachers in Union College’s elementary education program learn nearly as much from 30 or so children who spend their days both learning and teaching on Union’s campus. “I think it’s a great opportunity to experience things that most people don’t,” explained Erynn Johnson, an eighth grader at George Stone Elementary School, Union College’s on-campus lab school. “We have many student teachers and we get to teach them how to teach.” Founded in 1976, George Stone Elementary School has two full-time teachers, two classrooms and provides Union’s elementary education majors with opportunities for observation and practice in a small, multigrade classroom environment. At Union, elementary education majors start observing at George Stone as freshmen. In later years, students often teach subjects like reading or science for several class periods, and eventually spend eight weeks in the classroom, the first six working with the teacher and then two weeks on their own. “Few education programs place pre-service teachers into authentic classroom settings as much, or as early as does Union,” said Kathy

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Bollinger, associate professor of

education at Union. “Teaching, although a fun and rewarding career, is not an easy one, and we want to make sure our students know what to expect before it is too late to change their minds.” According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, half of teachers leave the profession after only five years. But according to Bollinger, approximately 90 percent of Union elementary education graduates since 2002 still work in education, either as full-time or part-time teachers, substitute teachers or in school administration. Students who are accustomed to training teachers make life much easier for the young instructors. “They know how to deal with student teachers—and we are terrified,” said Hailey Corrigan, a 2011 elementary education graduate who completed her teaching assignment at George Stone in May. “When I came in, I didn’t know how they did everything, so the students had to help me. They’re good about it without trying to get away with much.” “It’s learning from both sides,” said Theresa WeigelGilham, the principal and upper grade teacher at George Stone. Corrigan appreciated the way she was quickly incorporated into the classroom during her experience. “Before I taught

at George Stone, I taught first grade at a nearby public elementary school,” she said. “The teacher had never worked with a student teacher before, so getting in the routine of having someone else in the room was kind of rough.”

most Adventist schools in Mid-America. Though she just finished her second year at Union training future teachers, Weigel-Gilham has spent her career mentoring young teachers in multigrade classrooms in the areas

“You have to learn to be flexible and willing to turn things over to the student teachers,” Weigel-Gilham explained. She empowers them while also safeguarding a quality education for George Stone students. “I monitor everything. We’re here to train the college students, but my elementary kids are still my first priority. I need to make sure they have received a good education, too.” This kind of experience is vital for teachers who plan to teach in a multigrade classroom environment—like

she served. “Our graduates get job offers from all over because they have experience in multigrade classrooms,” she explained. “Most other school’s education programs place student teachers in one grade classrooms, so they don’t understand the multigrade setting.” To learn more about George Stone Elementary School and Union College’s elementary education program, visit www. ucollege.edu/education or call 800.228.4600. Ryan Teller is the director of public relations for Union College.


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Union College to Offer Leadership Minor by Tiffany Doss

Union College / Ryan Teller

Hailey Corrigan, a 2011 Union College elementary education graduate, explains a math lesson to Demy Sigowa, Paxton Collingsworth and Erynn Johnson during her student teaching assigment at George Stone Elementary School, Union College’s on-campus lab school.

Imagine interviewing for your dream job. You sit across the desk from your potential boss who has been nodding his head in approval of your responses and laughing at your jokes. Leaning back in his chair with a smile, he says, “Okay, one last question. Give me an example of a time you played a leadership role. How did it go and how did people respond?” For many Union College students, the hard part would be choosing which leadership experience to talk about. Union is known across the North American Division for entrusting and empowering its students with leadership opportunities in many aspects of campus life. This fall, Union will launch a more formal way for students to gain leadership experience through a minor in leadership. “I think it’s been a long time coming,” said Kelly Phipps, junior communication major. “Union is known for its level of student participation and focused leadership. This minor is just complementing what students already do here and now we will be able to graduate with more tangible proof of that.” Union students already plan and lead most nonacademic events on campus, such as Project Impact, a day when 800 students and employees volunteer at more than 50 sites across Lincoln. Students also coordinate mentorship opportunities,

alumni connections, help with recruitment, plan spiritual programs, facilitate many of their own classes and regularly write for various Union-related publications. The college wouldn’t operate as smoothly without these undergraduates actively gaining leadership experience. Funding for the new program will come from a $75,000 grant from Adventist Health Systems in Colorado to “build a pathway for students, especially those who have considered leading in a hospital setting,” said Linda Becker, administrative director of the minor and vice president for student services. “Many Adventist health facilities have a low number of denominational workers. Hopefully this minor will encourage more students to fill Adventist healthcare positions—medical and administrative.” The minor will require 18 credits, including four core courses: Creative Leadership, Historical Issues in Leadership, Experiences in Leadership, and Christian Ethics. The remaining classes will overlap with programs such as business or communication. “The minor also requires an internship,” Becker said, “We want to make sure all students have had a chance to exercise their abilities and have had the chance to connect and learn from other leaders before they graduate.”

Good leaders understand there are various ways and styles to directing a team or event. Participating in the student-led leadership cohort, those pursing the minor discuss books and world events, listen to guest speakers and take field trips exposing them to a variety of styles and leadership positions. Phipps says she enjoys these weekly meetings and recently coordinated a tour of the Nebraska State Capitol, which included an in-session unicameral legislature meeting. “Field trips show us what ‘leading’ means and what approaches are commonly taken in different environments and situations,” said Phipps. “The cohort has shadowed an administrator at St. Elizabeth’s hospital, we’ve gone to the capitol building, and have witnessed what needs to happen ‘behind the scenes’ to keep the Lincoln Symphony running smoothly.” Among the first students who will graduate with this minor, Phipps says she’s excited to be part of this milestone in Union’s history. “This has been so much more than an academic experience,” she said. “The classes and being part of a group of leaders has given me invaluable insight and has allowed me to be more versatile—an essential ingredient to effective leading.” Tiffany Doss graduated in May 2011 with a degree in communication.

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ADVENTIST HEALTH

Fighting Pain Until the Ultimate Healing “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4 NIV). It’s one of the most comforting promises in Scripture, that the Great Physician will someday bring an end to human pain— forever. After all, it can be an overwhelming burden that affects every aspect of a person’s life. But until then, highly trained specialists like Lief Sorensen, MD, will fight chronic pain with a growing array of tools and strategies—and with increasing success. Sorensen, a graduate of Loma Linda University Medical School, had originally planned to be an orthopedic surgeon, but changed direction after watching a pain management doctor in action. “When I saw the relief he was able to bring, I realized there was a lot of good that could be done,” he recalls. It’s a common misconception that pain management simply means large doses of symptommasking medications. But through new hightech treatments such as radiofrequency ablation, spinal cord stimulation and image-guided pain relieving injections—along with holistic options such as massage, counseling, exercise and nutrition—Sorensen is often able to greatly reduce a

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patient’s pain and increase his or her functionality. By the time a patient shows up in his office at Dimensions Pain Management on the campus of Avista Adventist Hospital near Boulder, Colorado he or she has usually tried everything and is nearing despair. “True chronic pain is all-encompassing, affecting everything from physical and mental health to relationships and spirituality,” Sorensen observes. “If I can help reduce their pain, a lot of those other pieces fall into place.” He believes effective treatment requires a whole person perspective, and appreciates practicing at a

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hospital that embraces that kind of care and philosophy. In fulfilling Avista’s mission “to extend the healing ministry of Christ,” Sorensen draws on his own spiritual beliefs. “I’m able to work with people compassionately because I know the acceptance God gives to all of us,” he says. In helping his patients gain freedom from pain, success stories provide endless motivation. He recalls the resident of a retirement center who could hardly walk—but now attends a weekly dance class and bakes cookies for every follow-up appointment. “Her life took a 180-degree turn, and she can now do

everything she hoped for,” Sorensen says. Then there was the Navy Seal whose gunshot injuries had affected him to the point that he was wheelchair-bound with limited arm movement. After receiving both a cervical and lumbar spinal cord stimulator, he was able to walk again and use both arms. “His pain had been completely debilitating,” Sorensen says. “To see him walk into my office and be able to hold his wife’s hand again was one of my greatest rewards.” This article was submitted by Stephen King, senior vice president for Mission and Ministry for Colorado’s Adventist hospitals, and written by CMBell Company.


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Service Beyond Borders

by Jessica Wahaus Part of the SMMC group outside the local Seventh-day Adventist church

Sue Geary

Service is one of the most important initiatives at Shawnee Mission Medical Center

(SMMC). In fact, our mission is Improving Health Through Christian Service. To fulfill that mission, 12 associates spent 10 days in San Ignacio, Belize, helping the community grow, learn and become healthier. While on the mission trip, associates volunteered their time in a variety of ways. During the day, they helped construct a new building for a grade school. Some spent time talking to children at local schools about health education. They were able to teach children in grades 1-12 about healthy diet choices,

exercise and hygiene. Leslie Mackey, manager of SMMC’s Life Dynamics Health & Wellness Center, said the best experience she had was working with the children. “They were so grateful and loving,” said Mackey. “It was a humbling lesson that we should be grateful for the small things we take for granted every day.” The associates noticed how precious education was to children. Pulmonary coordinator Sue Geary, BA, RRT, was overwhelmed by how much the students valued what they learned. In the evenings, associates discussed health education

topics on the local radio station, Faith FM, a not-forprofit, Christian-based station that broadcasts throughout most of Belize and some parts of Guatemala and Mexico. Clinical volunteers spent time at the local clinic, Medical Mission Clinic. “Diabetes is almost epidemic within the population,” said lab director Sue Smith, MT (ASCP), MBA. “In talking with some of the patients at the clinic, I’m hopeful they are starting to understand and working toward changing their way of eating.” The clinic has beds for patients and even a surgical suite that maintains service

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despite a constant battle against heat, rain and insects. Being the only medical facility for miles, the clinic serves as the only choice for clinical procedures or treatment for the community. “An incredible amount of people showed up,” said Pam Wagner, RNC. “It was like the loaves and fishes story. It was awe-inspiring.” On weekends, the associates attended the local Seventhday Adventist church, run by Dennis and Stephanie Borland. The Borlands and Faith FM also coordinate the mission trips to San Ignacio and have brought more than 1,000 missionaries to the community. SMMC associates and all missionaries to the area have made a profound difference for the children of San Ignacio and the community as a whole. They provided them with a brand new place to learn and taught them how to make healthy diet and exercise choices. By providing care each day at SMMC and to people in Belize, those associates have fulfilled their mission. “Truly the best gift we can give to others is to give of ourselves, our time and our talents,” said Mackey.

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FAREWELL Andersen, Ruby, b. June 20, 1926 in Cass County, IA, d. March 24, 2011 in Oelwein, IA. Member of the Hawkeye Church. Survived by husband Dale; son Gary; daughter Dalene Grosse; 5 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. Anderson, Russell L., b. June 2, 1926 in rural Tulare, SD, d. April 15, 2011 in Redfield, SD. Member of the Redfield Church. Survived by wife Cleo; daughter Candyce Werth; sons Randall Lee, Rock Leigh, Reginald Lyn, Reed Lamont and Ryan Lamar; 8 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild. Bennett, David E., b. Nov. 2, 1929, d. Apr. 16, 2011. Member of the Wichita (KS) South Church. Survived by wife Shirley; daughters Tami Sisson and Tracy Simon; brother A. J.; sisters Grace Bechtelheimer and Doris Carlsen; 5 grandchildren; and 2 greatgranddaughters. Dassenko, Wallace b. June 13, 1925 in Grassy Butte, ND, d. April 5, 2010 in Breckenridge, MN. Member of the Wahpeton Church. Survived by widower Charlotte; children Susan Vandrovec, Roger, James, and John Dassenko; sister Lena Schildt; brothers Jack and Ivan; and 7 grandchildren. Eastman, Katerena, b. Nov. 12, 1924 in Tarasowka, Ukraine, d. March 25, 2011 in Marshalltown, IA. Member of the Marshalltown Church. Survived by sons Larry and Dan; daughters Mary Ann Connelly and Mona Lisa McCombs; 9 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Hage, Jeff Verdell, b. Sept. 16, 1960 in Minot, ND, d. April 7, 2011 at his home in Bismarck, ND. Member of the Mandan Church. Predeceased by daughter Chanda; father Verdell; and grandmothers Helen Overvold and June Kader. Survived by wife Suzette; daughter Ashley Rudolph; sons John and Jim; and mother Donna.

b. July 23, 1939 in Pretty Prairie, KS, d. April 1, 2011 in Gig Harbor, WA. Active member of Chapel Oaks Church in KS. Survived by husband Richard; daughters Lisa Livingood, Laura Hurcomb, Kathleen Condori; 2 sisters; 7 grandchildren; and 2 greatgrandchildren. Kinnaman, Mary Louise Bolejack Wilson, b. Mar. 25, 1921 in Kingsville, MO, d. Dec. 30, 2010. Member of Wichita (KS) South Church for 70 years. Survived by daughters Shirley Langloys, Sharlene Mathis, Sharman Hauserman; sisters Charlotte Widner and Wilma Brinley; brothers Marvin and Ron Bolejack; 11 grandchildren, 15 greatgrandchildren; and 4 great-greatgrandchildren. Nelson, Eudeen, b. Dec. 8, 1923 in Stratton, CO, d. Mar. 31, 2011 in Norfolk, NE. Member of the Neligh Church. Survived by husband Donald; daughters Sandra Willmore, Cherilyn Peterson, Donna Blackburn; 6 grandchildren; and 4 greatgrandchildren. O’Hara, Rhonda Jolynn Locken, b. March 5, 1955 in Paris, KY, d. March 12, 2011 at her home in Mitchell, SD. Member of the Mitchell Church. Survived by daughters Rachell Sprinkel and Lindsay Menghini; sister Renee Locken Vushor; and 3 grandchildren. Rexin, Dwight, b. April 10, 1964 in Ohio, d. March 17, 2011 in Portland, OR. Member of the Jamestown Church in ND. Survived by parents Jim and Marilyn; and brother Murray. Robinson, Joseph, b. May 16, 1930 in Rocheport, MO; d. April 10, 2011 in Columbia, MO. Member of the Columbia Church. Survived by wife Cholie; son Ray; daughters Louise Wyatt and Janis Robinson; brother William; sister Grace Sharpe; and 7 grandchildren.

Grassy Butte Church. Predeceased by wife Stayce. Survived by daughter Shirley Achord; son Cody; sisters Leone Quast and Anne Holbrook; brothers Lonny, Steve and Mike; 5 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.

in Newton, IA, d. March 13, 2011 in Newton, IA. Member of the Newton Church. Survived by wife Shawna; mother Arless Dell Smith Dow; sons Shawn Stevens, Ljae Smith and Christian Smith; brother Sid Smith; and 3 grandchildren. Smith, Harold B., b. Sept. 25, 1928 in Covington, PA, d. April 14, 2011 in Lincoln, NE. Member of the College View Church. Served as a counselor at Union College for many years. Predeceased by son Richard. Survived by wife Aurelia “Rea”; sons Harold B. and Thomas; daughter Tamlynn Sallows; brothers Glenn and Paul; sisters Margaret Hafner and Esther Stonier; 8 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. Tachenko, Gus, b. Oct. 18, 1914 in Grassy Butte, ND, d. Feb. 3, 2011 in Killdeer, ND. Member of the

Warner, Agnes, b. Aug. 21, 1913, d. Feb. 27, 2011 in Ryder, ND. Member of the Minot Church. Predeceased by husband Harvey. Survived by son Harlan; 2 grandchildren; and 3 greatgrandchildren. Woosley, Clarence, age 87, born in Creston, IA, d. April 11, 2011 in Des Moines, IA. Member of the Ankeny Church. Served in WWII. Survived by daughters Sheryl Miller and Pam Backstrom; sister-in-law Dorothy Woosley; 5 grandchildren; and 17 greatgrandchildren.

SUNSET CALENDAR Colorado

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Denver 8:18 8:23 8:27 8:30 8:32 Grand Junction 8.30 8:35 8:40 8:42 8:44 Pueblo 8:13 8:18 8:22 8:24 8:26 Iowa Davenport Des Moines Sioux City

8:26 8:31 8:36 8:39 8:40 8:38 8:44 8:48 8:51 8:53 8:52 8:58 9:02 9:05 9:07

Kansas Dodge City Goodland Topeka Wichita

8:53 8:57 9:01 9:04 9:06 8:04 8:09 8:13 8:16 8:18 8:39 8:44 8:48 8:51 8:52 8:43 8:46 8:50 8:53 8:55

Minnesota Duluth 8:50 8:57 9:02 9:05 9:07 International Falls 9:02 9:09 9:15 9:19 9:20 Minneapolis 8:48 8:54 8:59 9:02 9:04 Missouri Columbia Kansas City Springfield St. Louis

8:25 8:30 8:34 8:37 8:38 8:34 8:39 8:43 8:46 8:48 8:24 8:29 8:33 8:36 8:37 8:16 8:21 8:25 8:28 8:29

Nebraska Grand Island Lincoln North Platte Scottsbluff

8:55 9:00 9:05 9:08 9:09 8:48 8:53 8:58 9:01 9:02 9:05 9:11 9:15 9:18 9:20 8:19 8:25 8:29 8:32 8:34

North Dakota Bismarck Fargo Williston

9:25 9:31 9:36 9:40 9:41 9:09 9:16 9:21 9:24 9:26 9:41 9:48 9:54 9:57 9:59

Hodson, Howard, b. June 4, 1914; d. Apr. 3, 2011 in Gothenburg, NE. Member of the Gothenburg Church. Predeceased by wife Violet. Survived by daughter Connie White; and son H. Kent Hodson.

Smalling, William, b. May 29, 1937, d. March 18, 2011 in Springfield, MO. Member of the Springfield Church. Survived by wife Sharon; daughter Deanna Perry; and a son.

Wyoming

Hurcomb, Doris Irene (Gleason),

Smith, Fred, b. April 14, 1958

Casper Cheyenne Sheridan

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SERVICES Adventist Coin Dealer: Silver .900 fine American coins by the roll. Pre-1933 American gold coins. Choice coins, medals and tokens. Free appraisal of individual coin or entire collection. Phone, write or email. Dr. Lawrence J. Lee, World Coins & Medals. 402.488.2646, P.O. Box 6194, Lincoln, NE 68506. lee@athena.csdco.com. AdventistSingles.org Free 14-day Trial! Join thousands of Adventist singles online. Free chat, search, profiles, match notifications! Adventist owners since 1993. Visit www.elliotdylan.com for the Undercover Angels series of novels for Christian teens that build on Biblical principles and reinforce integrity. Great for Sabbath reading, church and home schools, and gifts! AUTHORS WANTED -- If you’ve written your life story, want to tell others of God’s love, or desire to share your spiritual ideas and want it published, call TEACHServices. com at 518.353.6992 for a FREE manuscript review. Do you or someone you know suffer with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, cancer, obesity, depression, stress, or smoking? Wellness Secrets Lifestyle Center can help!   Affordable 5 day live-in health program in beautiful NW Arkansas.  Visit our website at wellnesssecrets4u.com or call for further info 479.752. 8555. I.H.L. ministry is offering health and lifestyle training. Includes principles of medical missionary work, hydrotherapy, diseases (their treatments and causes), nutrition, herbs, agriculture and many more classes. Three week intensive June 5-26 $380; 6 months work study $600. For more info call Jess at 708.753.9167 or email threeangelshealthmessage@yahoo. com .  www.internationalbibles.com Online Religious Super Store. 7115 Mormon Bridge Rd., Omaha, NE 68152 email: service@internationalbibles.com Phone: 402.502.0883. Lay Institute for Global Health Training (L.I.G.H.T.) is holding a 3 week training program at

Wellness Secrets Lifestyle Center in Decatur, AR Aug. 21-Sept. 11. The training program is designed to teach the fundamentals of health evangelism. Accompanied with daily spiritual classes students receive instruction in the principles of healthful living, common diseases, natural remedies, and community health evangelism. For more info go to www.lightingtheworld. org,wellnesssecrets4u.com or call 479.752.8555. Lincoln, NE Home Care. Do you or a loved one need help to stay at home or extra help in assisted living? ComForCare can help! We assist with bathing, medications transportation, housekeeping, respite and more. We are SDA owned and operated. Call Amber today at 402.423.7885 for a free consultation. Move With an Award-winning Agency. Apex Moving & Storage partners with the General Conference to provide quality moves at a discounted rate. Call us for all your relocations needs! Adventist beliefs uncompromised. Contact Marcy Dante’ at 800.766.1902 for a free estimate. Visit us at www. apexmoving.com/Adventist/. PLANNING AN EVENT? Southern Adventist University offers excellent meeting space for your conference or special event needs. Beautiful setting, personal planning professionals, one-stop shopping! Plenty of recreational and educational options. Ask about our professional team-building packages. Join corporate leaders like Volkswagen of America and McKee Foods Corporation. Ten percent discount on eligible meeting space when you mention this ad. Call Conference Services and Events, 423.236.2555 or email conferenceservices@southern.edu. Planning an Evangelistic Series or Health Seminar?  Have questions? Need affordable, professionally prepared handbills, brochures, signs, banners and mailing services? Call free, 800.274.0016 and ask for HOPE Customer Service or visit www.hopesource. com. You deserve the best with confidence and peace of mind. Your friends at Hamblin’s HOPE deliver on-time.

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RV’s!! Adventist owned and operated RV dealership has been helping SDAs for over 35 years. Huge inventory of new and used trailers and motorhomes. Jayco, Newmar, Hurricane, and FEMA trailers. Courtesy airport pickup and on-site hookups. Call toll-free 1.888.933.9300. Lee’s RV Superstore, Oklahoma City. www. leesrv.com or e-mail Lee Litchfield at Lee@leesrv.com. Single and Over 40? The only interracial group for Adventist singles over 40. Stay home and meet new friends in USA with a Pen Pal monthly newsletter of members and album. For information send large selfaddressed stamped envelope to ASO 40; 2747 Nonpareil; Sutherlin, OR 97479. Southern Adventist University offers master’s degrees in business, counseling, education, nursing, religion and social work. Flexibility is provided through online and on-campus programs. Financial aid may be available. For more information, call 423.236.2585 or visit www.

southern.edu/graduatedegrees. Summit Ridge Retirement Village is an Adventist community in a rural Oklahoma setting but close to Oklahoma City medical facilities and shopping. Made up of mostly individual homes, the village has a fellowship you’ll enjoy. On-site church, assisted living, nursing home and transportation as needed.  Call Bill Norman 405.208.1289. Thinking of starting your own business? Consider Franchising Opportunities. See our Website at www.FranAid.com we represent more than 100 of the hottest Franchise opportunities in dozens of industries. Contact: charlie@ franaid.com or Phone: 970. 250.1299. Our consultants will assist you in locating the best opportunity for you. Unlimited Minutes of phone service to your favorite locations including USA, Canada, Peurto Rico, Europe, Asia, Haiti and Nigeria.  Call 863.216.0160 or email: sales@phonecardland. com to find out more.  Visit www.

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EMPLOYMENT Andrews University has an opportunity for a Special Education Program Coordinator in our Educational & Counseling Psychology department. Core functions of this faculty position will include curriculum development, program evaluation, and recruiting students.  Candidate must have an earned doctorate in Special Education or Educational Psychology (or have ABD status). For more information on this position, and to apply,  please visit:  http://www.andrews.edu/ HR/emp_jobs_faculty.cgi . Calling Nursing Executives. If you are a seasoned nursing executive with a passion to lead and develop nurses, Adventist Health System wants to meet you!  With more than 55,000 employees, and 43 hospitals in 10 states, the demand for experienced, committed and dynamic nursing leaders is a premiere objective.  If you would like to know more, please email your CV to susan. 30

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jamerson@ahss.org. Invitation to teach in Thailand: Missionary teachers needed to serve God in the wonderful country of Thailand.  Please answer God’s call!  Matthew 9: 37-38.  For more info on this exciting opportunity, please contact:  carla2andersen@hotmail. com. Position open: Daycare Director at largest Adventist daycare in MAUC. Bring sensitivity to spiritual needs of children, manage large staff, experienced project management and leadership skills. Connect well with everyone. Send inquiries and resume to: Rolla Stepping Stones Daycare, POB 64, Rolla MO, 65402, or call 417.259.3585 or email: johnhknobloch@gmail.com . SimpleUpdates.com seeks a PHP programmer to join our team focused on the technological future of the Church. Our mission is to fulfill the Great Commission using technology. Full-time opening, competitive wages and benefits. See this opening and more at www. SimpleUpdates.com/jobs.

SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY seeks an instructor in the School of Journalism and Communication to teach one or more of the following: public relations, journalism, photography, new media and speech.  A doctorate in the field, plus professional work experience, is preferred.  Candidates must have at least a master’s degree, as well as membership in good and regular standing in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Send CV to Dr. Greg Rumsey, rumsey@southern. edu, PO Box 370, Collegedale, TN  37315. Southern Adventist University’s School of Nursing seeks faculty member to coordinate Summer Study Option for Associate of Science program. Responsibilities include teaching, clinical scheduling, and supervision in the labs. Applicant must have a minimum of a master’s degree in nursing, be a Seventh-day Adventist in good and regular standing, and have a commitment to nursing and SDA education. Send curriculum vitae or inquiries to Dr. Barbara James, bjames@ southern.edu or to SAU School of Nursing, PO Box 370, Collegedale,

TN 37315. Southern Adventist University’s School of Social Work seeks MSW faculty. Doctorate degree in Social Work and MSW degree from a CSWE accredited institution required. Demonstrated clinical skills, technological abilities, leadership abilities, and effective teaching experience in higher education required.


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TRAVEL/ RENTALS Steamboat Springs, CO: Exhilarating year-round vacation spot. World-class skiing, summer fishing, hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, rafting. Kids under 12 ski free. Large condo, sleeps 9-11. Two bedroom loft/two bath. Fully furnished, fireplace, hot tubs, pool. Call 763.506.0436. E-mail: rdleach@aol.com.

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EVENTS Dr. Richard O’Ffill will be presenting a series at the Jefferson City Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jefferson City, Missouri on Friday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m. and again Sabbath July 9 at 9:30 a.m. An afternoon meeting will begin at 2:00 p.m. All are invited to participate in fellowship dinner following church service. Madison College Alumni Association Homecoming will be June 24-26 honoring classes 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961. All who have attended Madison College or Madison College Academy are invited to the activities and

meals on Friday evening, Sabbath and Sunday morning at Madison Academy campus. For details call Jim Culpepper at 615.415.1925. The Benedict/Turtle Lake Seventh-day Adventist Church is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in Turtle Lake, North Dakota on July 23, 2011. We invite all past and present constituents- pastors, church school teachers, members and their families to join us for this celebration. For more information please contact Roger Boyko at 701.448.2884 or e-mail rkboyko@ westriv.com. The Elgin, Texas church will celebrate its 100th anniversary July 8-10, 2011. The weekend includes guest speakers, “Walk Down Memory Lane” and slides, and other special events. All former pastors, teachers, members, and friends are cordially invited.  Bring old photos.  For information contact Betty Hold at 512.281.3268 or email earlhold@msn.com. We are looking for all charter students, alumni, and faculty of 1959 - 1964 of Grand Ledge Academy, Grand Ledge, Michigan. A reunion will be August 5 - 7, 2011 at Elysian Fields Hunting Preserve near Bellevue, Michigan. To be kept informed of plans as they develop send an email with contact information to claudiabahnmiller@gmail.com or call Claudia at 360 793-1883. Join the Facebook group “Grand Ledge Academy - First Years”. Thanks for passing the word along. Yellowstone National Park Church Services – Worship services will be held in the Recreation Hall next to Old Faithful Lodge from 10am to 12pm on Sabbaths from May 28 through September 3, 2011.  For more information, call the Rocky Mountain Conference at 800.254.9687.

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