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NewsPoints, March 26, 2014
The student film, “The Hideout” was the big winner at the SONscreen Film Festival, Mar. 20-22 this year, in Collegedale, Tenn. Produced by Matthew Disbro, filmed by Chris Stiles and written and directed by Daniel Wahlen, all from Southern Adventist University, it dramatically examines sexual abuse of young children, a difficult topic with which it dealt strongly but delicately. 
     The biographical story of Pieter Damsteegt in “The Back of My Life,” was the winner of Best Documentary film. Damsteegt, from Andrews University, filmed his personal journey of coping with arthritis while attempting to finish college. It also won the award for Best Writing. MORE

The Aeolians, Oakwood University’s world-ranked three-time gold medalists and world spirituals champions from the 2012 World Choir Games – the largest international choral competition, referred to as the “choral Olympics” – will defend its title in the biennial July competition.
     Since they need $225,000 in order to make the trip and perform, they will present an Easter Eve Benefit Concert, April 19, in Huntsville, Ala. The concert will feature gospel legend Richard Smallwood and Metropolitan Opera diva/former Aeolian Angela Brown. According to Aeolians Director Jason Max Ferdinand, the concert "will serve two purposes: We will raise needed funds for this historic Latvian trip and our title defense, but Mr. Smallwood and our own Angela Brown will ‘tune up’ our singers – 22 of whom are newbies this school year – to return to world-stage championship fitness.” MORE

Karen and Burmese Adventist refugees and immigrants will hold the first-ever division-wide convention, July 2-5, in Syracuse, N.Y. During the past decade thousands of Adventist refugees and immigrants from the Asian country of Myanmar (formerly Burma), many of whom were persecuted, have been resettled to start new lives in North America. They are scattered in almost every state and province of NAD. Many of these believers trace their Adventist heritage back to missionaries like Eric B. Hare. The convention will be held in the Karen language with translation to Burmese and English. Speakers will include Ernest Castillo, Melvin Santos, Scott Griswold, and others. All Karen, Zomi and other Burmese people are invited to attend, as well as anyone who is involved in ministry to them or is interested in these people groups. MORE or contact Pastor Jimmy Schwe 919-537-1544, or email[Photo: Karen Adventists at the 2010 General Conference session in front of the AWR booth that displayed a large picture of Karen believers in Myanmar who have benefitted from AWR’s radio broadcasts to a difficult closed country.]
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Join the NAD Prayer Ministry team on Thursday, April 3, for an all-night prayer teleconference, 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. ET. Call 712-432-0031; access code is 435650#. Each half hour will have a different leader. Join the intercessors who are expecting great things from God at any time during the call, even if you can participate for only a few minutes. Invite your friends and family. To become an intercessor for evangelism and receive weekly prayer requests send an email to nadprayerministries@gmail.com. Download a bulletin insert (four per page) for your church. Prayer requests can be sent at the My Way to Jesus NAD "seeker" site.  MORE


The NAD Health Ministries is asking for your help. They held NAD's first Mental Health Sabbath on February 15, and would like to learn how churches across the NAD participated and used the resources provided.
     Please fill out this short survey by April 31. All the resources developed for Mental Health Sabbath will remain available for downloading and use by local churches throughout the year so that as many churches as possible will raise mental health awareness and also take the survey. Thank you so much for your participation.

Indiana Conference hasn't moved but because of construction on their highway they have been assigned a new physical and mailing address. They are: 15205 Westfield Blvd., Carmel, IN 46032; and P.O. Box 5000, Westfield, IN 46074


Galactic Quest is an interactive VBS program where kids get to know God by learning about the galaxy He created. Each day kids will explore the Story of Redemption through Bible stories, games, healthy snacks, crafts, and more. Galactic Quest includes a DVD you can show during the opening program, or you can use the script and act out the story. The kit also includes traditional and contemporary/gospel music options. A preschool program is also included.


Watch a preview/promo video. Created by NAD Children’s Ministries in partnership with Review and Herald and AdventSource. Available from AdventSource in English and Spanish/English, 402-486-8800, or through the Adventist Book Center, 800-765-6955. On sale through April 21 for $129.99 ($20 off). 


Did you know God will bring an end to suffering and death?
Fundamental Beliefs #27 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 provides a connection to Adventist Information Ministry where people can chat with someone about spiritual issues or things that are troubling them. "Like" the above-mentioned Facebook pages 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, or to share on social media or email it to a friend.
Reaching Out in Love

REACH: Community Outreach and Evangelism
Adventists Sell Tickets to "Hell"



The full-length movie, "Hell and Mr. Fudge," tells the true story of scholar and author Edward Fudge, who was paid to research the topic of eternally-burning hell more than 30 years ago. After seeing the movie, members of the Three Angels church in College Station, Texas, negotiated two showings in a local theater for two consecutive Sundays. Then they invited their neighbors and co-workers, and others in the community– especially those who might not feel comfortable entering through church doors. They also sent invitations to local churches. They held TV interviews and created Google and Facebook ads. Mr. Fudge and his wife, living in Houston, agreed to attend for a Q&A following one of the showings. So many responded they had to schedule a third showing. Some people drove two and three hours to attend. Out of the 214 who attended, approximately 130 were guests. MORE: Southwestern Union Record, Feb., 2014

March 26, 2014
April Focus: Stewardship
Apr 5, Missionary Magazines (Signs, Message, El Centinela, Priorities)
Apr 12, Stewardship Sabbath
Apr 19, Literature Evangelism Sabbath
Apr 26, Education Sabbath

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources
Apr 12, Christian Record Services
Sample Offertory Readings

Upcoming Events

March Edition

NAD News:  Belfair Builds New Church Facility, Young People Participate in Skid Row Service Event, Witnessing Works with Fund-raising, pp. 11-13
NAD Update: Standards for Students: How Adventist educators relate to state standards, pp. 14-15
NAD Perspective: "The Master Wheelwright," by John Mathews, p. 17
NAD Letters: p. 18
NAD Feature: Give Blind Individuals a Chance, pp. 35-39


Mar 30 - Apr 5, Please pray for the Indiana Conference with 68 churches and 7,890 members.

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