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NewsPoints, 4-2-14

In the aftermath of the Oso, Wash. landslide, March 22, the death toll has risen to 29, according to the New York Times, and the search continues for the 20 more still missing. First responders and search-and-rescue teams are continuing to respond to needs and sift through tons of debris while anxious loved ones wait and try to assist in any way they can. Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS DR) is on call waiting to see how they can be utilized in responding to this disaster. 
     Please keep the workers, the bereaved and those still waiting in your daily and group prayers. We will notify you if and when ACS DR is activated and how you can help.

A news video has been added to the NAD website story about the winners of the recent SONscreen Festival. 
News video - Courtesy of Adventist News Network
Adventists in the News

Adventist photographers in the NAD are invited to participate in inSpire's 2014 Facebook Photo Contest. Both amateur and professional photographers may enter. The idea is to spotlight God's creative power and to provide opportunities for His people to share their gifts. Prizes range from $100 to an iPad Mini. Winners will be selected based on a combination of how many people like the photos on Facebook, and the rankings that will be given by inSpire's photography judges. The contest ends at midnight on May 15. MORE


Don't forget to join the NAD Prayer Ministry team for the all-night Prayer Call. Join at any time between 10 p.m. Thursday, April 3 and 5 a.m. ET, Friday. Call 712-432-0031; access code is 435650#. There will be a different leader for each half hour. MORE

Correction: The March 19 issue of NewsPoints incorrectly stated that JOY-FM's radio in Guam is part of the Adventist World Radio (AWR). It isn't. But AWR generously contributed more than 100 skilled man-hours to help them repair their transmitter. We regret any confusion this error might have created. 

The NAD Facebook (FB) page can help you keep in touch. During the last two and a half weeks it has enjoyed a surge of more than  13,000 likes and is still climbing. In the last three reports, it has had an average weekly reach of 141,148. The “Happy Sabbath” updates are usually the most popular. One lists a reach of 99,648 people. Another is at 76,544. Those numbers are still climbing. On the NAD FB page we also share posts from the My Way to Jesus FB page which links to the NAD seeker site. When people share these, they take friends back to the My Way to Jesus FB page, not the NAD page.
     We also post updates about news and resources that are not all shared in NewsPoints. Please take a look at www.facebook.com/nadadventist and click on the “Like” button for inspiration, news, resources, and more, and then start sharing. 

Did you know we will live with God in our new home forever?
Fundamental Beliefs #28 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, or 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
Providing "Critical Support" to Thousands Pacific Union Conference


Watch the video    

Today when a survival-of-the-fittest attitude seems to prompt many to not care about the needs others, Jesus calls His followers to go against the flow – to initiate a counter-cultural way of thinking and living that compels them to act on His behalf. Every week scores of members within the Pacific Union Conference provide "critical support" to thousands. Here are four churches that have committed their energies to doing what they can to bless and serve.
     NOTE: If you know of a story that could be used for REACH that addresses Revival and Transformation, Education for Discipleship, Alignment within the Church, Community Outreach and Evangelism or Health Leadership and Management, please send it to newspoints@nad.adventist.org with a photo or two and a link to more information. 

April 2, 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

April Edition

NAD News:  Health Leaders Collaborate, NAD Strengthens Its Response to Local Communities, pp. 11-13
NAD Update: Young Adults Making a Difference, by Sean Robinson pp. 14-15
NAD Perspective: "Mad at God," by Dan Weber, p. 17
NAD Letters: p. 18
NAD Feature: Single in the Church, by Pamela and Claudio Consuegra, pp. 35-39


Apr 6-12, Please pray for the Lake Region Conference with 105 churches and 30,609 members.

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Dan Weber, communication director, Julio Munoz, associate director
Lynetta Murdoch, sr. editorial assistant. Email: newspoints@nad.adventist.org

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