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NewsPoints, February 12, 2014
Thousands of people learned how to read and write thanks to the months-long efforts of Hope for Humanity, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and its church member volunteers in El Salvador. More than 2,500 held their literacy completion certificates high overhead during a special celebration held recently in Don Bosco Auditorium in Soyapango, San Salvador, El Salvador.
     “Thanks to your help, the government’s partnership and other institutions, we have been able to lower the illiteracy rate from 17 percent to 13 percent earlier in the year,” said Angelica Paniagua, National Literacy Coordinator for the Ministry of Education in El Salvador. [Photo: Wally Amundson (second from left), ADRA Inter-America director congratulates a literacy course graduate during the ceremony while Maitland DiPinto (right) looks on and Pastor Abel Pacheco (far left), president of the church in El Salvador is ready to congratulate Image by Luis Pedro Menendez/IAD.]  MORE

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Adventists InStep for Life awards which were presented at the NAD Health Summit in Orlando, Fla. Pictured is the presentation of the award to the Mt. Zion Warriors of Kissimee, Fla., one of the winners of $1,000, presented to the four Pathfinder Clubs with the most miles. The rest of the winners

This past weekend I went to Southwestern Adventist University (SWAU) where I did a Question and Answer session for the faculty and staff, one for the theology faculty and one for the students. I spoke for Friday night vespers, and again for two church services on Sabbath. I had a wonderful time!
     "We’re keeping him busy," reported Darcy Force, director of Marketing and Public Relations for SWAU. [Photo: Addressing the faculty and staff in SWAU's Hopps Museum and Welcome Center]
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The Forever Faithful International Pathfinder Camporee registration deadline has been extended to March 1 in order to accommodate unusual weather conditions and the credit card ID theft problems experienced by Target and other retail store customers which have impacted the registration process. All Center for Youth Evangelism hotel room blocks are now full. The Leadership Orientation and Walk-Around meeting is scheduled for April 22 in Oshkosh,Wis. 
     Staff volunteers are needed, such as medical personnel (physicians, nurses, EMT's and physical therapists), FFIC radio station help, experienced security personnel, bilingual volunteers for registration (French, Spanish, Korean, Portuguese), lost and found coordinator, post office coordinator, facilities (shower maintenance, certified large equipment drivers) and photographers. Submit a Volunteer Application Form. MORE


In response to hundreds of surveys, a new parenting resource titled "Help! I'm a Parent: Christian Parenting in the Real World," has been created for parents with small children. Watch a sample video
     The program kit is comprised of three major components: 1) Manual, with 10 interactive chapters that include an undergirding scriptural principle, group activities, discussion questions, ideas for practical implementation in your home, and Spirit of Prophecy counsel made relevant to today’s parents. 2) DVD Set, also with 10 segments to accompany the 10 chapters in the manual. 3) Web Support providing updates, additional resources, parenting e-newsletter, and opportunities to submit questions and prayer requests at www.HelpImAParent.org and on Facebook. Great for parents or a small group at home, a large church group, prayer meeting, or Sabbath school class, including single parents, blended families, divorced couples who are co-parenting, and grandparents raising their grandchildren. Contact www.AdventSource.org or 402.486.8800. Spanish version expected before the end of 2014. MORE: NAD Adventist World, January 2014, pp. 14, 15


Did you know God wants us to take care of all that He has given us? 
Fundamental Beliefs #21 from My Way to Jesus

Just "Click" to share your beliefs: The Fundamental Beliefs videos and other updates are shared on the My Way to Jesus Facebook page and from there onto the NAD Facebook page. Both updates link back to www.MyWaytoJesus.com, NAD's "seeker site." The site offers options such as sending a prayer request, enrolling in the Discover Bible Course, watching a beliefs video, and a connection to Adventist Information Ministry where people can chat with someone about spiritual issues or things that are troubling them. "Like" these pages on Facebook, and then share the updates with your friends.

You can share the Beliefs videos on your own website: Just go to www.vimeo.com/channels/didyouknow for the entire video series and click on the "Share" button in the upper right corner of a specific video for the embed code, to share on social media or to email to a friend.
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On News Year's Eve the ladies of the St. John's, Newfoundland Seventh-day Adventist Church were having fun and socializing, but not at a New Year's Eve party. They were cooking up a storm for families of seriously ill children at a nearby Ronald McDonald House, which provides housing for families of children being treated at nearby children's hospitals. They provided a meal and desserts for 25 people, as well as snacks and gift bags to be enjoyed at midnight, all at their own expense. They learned that some had been eating out of a vending machine during their stay.  MORE

February 12, 2014
February Focus: Family Life
Feb 1-22, Black History Month
Feb 15, Mental Health Sabbath
Feb 16-22, Family Togetherness Week
Feb 22, Family Togetherness Sabbath

March Focus: Women in the Church
Mar 1, Women's Day of Prayer
Mar 2-8, Adventist Youth Week of Prayer
Mar 15, Disabilities Awareness Sabbath

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources
Mar 8, Adventist World Radio

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February Edition

NAD News:  Hoosier Adventists Rebrand Hearts and Congregations, pp. 11-13
NAD Update: Young Adult Life, pp. 14-15
NAD Perspective: "Hope," by Dan Jackson, p. 17
NAD Letters: p. 18
NAD Feature: Facing the Challenge of Abuse in the Church, pp. 32-39

Feb 16-22, Please pray for the Chesapeake Conference with 66 churches and 14,278 members, and for the Mountain View Conference with 33 churches and 2,264 members

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