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Join the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist church in a united prayer campaign for the nearly 300 girls who were abducted by a militant group six weeks ago in Northern Nigeria. Members are urged to use the social media hashtags and slogan #unitedinprayer for #nigeriagirls, and to join local Church leaders in Nigeria in praying for the girls. [Photo courtesy of Adventist News Network]  MORE

 
 
    
More than 8,000 Bible study requests have come to the Voice of Prophecy (VOP) through collaboration between the Mountain View Conference (West Virginia and part of Maryland) in a project to blanket the conference with offers of free Bible study guides to every household. VOP provided training for members making visits, obtaining decisions, and giving Bible studies, along with ongoing follow up. 

 
   
Kettering College is in the process of developing the school's first doctoral degree, an Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program. Terrance Anderson, OTD, (pictured) has been hired as the founding director for this new academic offering.
     Currently, there are only five accredited entry-level OT doctoral programs in the U.S. In addition to Kettering College, seven other schools nationally are currently listed at AOTA.org as applicant programs, and six more already are in the midst of the accreditation process.
     The earliest proposed date for the first cohort of OTD students to begin is Fall, 2014. 
      Kettering College is seeking prospective applicants for the OTD faculty, both full- and part-time. MORE
 
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May 25-31 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week. Now is the time to plan ahead to protect families and secure schools, churches, offices, homes and communities in the face of the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season, June 1 to November 30.  
     Refer to the disaster tip sheets that Adventist Community Services has linked on their website, which are especially relevant for faith communities.  
 

    

Join the NAD Prayer Ministry all-night Prayer Call, from 10 p.m. ET Thursday, June 5, to 5 a.m. ET Friday, June 6.
     Call 712-432-0031; access code 435650#. Join anytime throughout the night, even if for only a few minutes. 
     To become an intercessor for evangelism and receive weekly prayer requests send an email to nadprayerministries@gmail.com
     Email prayer requests by 5 p.m. ET, Thursday, June 5.
     Download a bulletin insert to share with church members and friends. MORE 
 

    

You are invited to attend the Adventist Muslim Relations (AMR) Exchange 2014, July 24-27, a forum created for networking, strategizing, exchanging ministry models, and exploring the biblical basis for Adventist mission. During this annual event missiologists, practitioners and theologians get together for a weekend to study how to effectively reach out to our Muslim neighbors.  
     It will be conducted at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala. Registration ($200) covers lodging and meals. Email Gaby Phillips or call 423-994-8300 to register or get more information.

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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 the Review and Herald and Advent- Source. Available from AdventSource in English and Spanish/English, 402-486- 8800, or through the Adventist Book Center, 800-765-6955. 

ViewPoints

CALLED: A Visit to Loma Linda University Church

    
Pablo Ariza, Associate Pastor at Calimesa, Calif., spent a week of mentoring with LLU church Senior Pastor Randy Roberts. LLU Church is perhaps the largest Adventist Church in North America. Pastor Roberts is known for his compelling biblical sermons.
     Watch the life cycle of a sermon from conception to delivery as Pablo checks in every day to see how the sermon is progressing, what hurdles Randy faces before delivering it to thousands in the congregation, and via satellite and streaming. Pablo returns home inspired by Randy’s courage as he leans in to the relentless responsibility of preaching week after week after week. 
 
Reaching Out in Love

R.E.A.C.H.: Community Outreach and Evangelism  
One Book Results in 700-Plus Baptized (So Far)

    
Multiplication happens when we share, but when we share our faith, God works in mysterious ways through the principle of "divine math." A literature evangelist sells a book, someone reads it and is converted, then entire families, then congregations. As Adventists, we've heard and loved many such stories. 
     This story about the Tyson family began more than 200 years ago with a single book. Imagine how much easier, faster and farther the digital "streams of light" can now travel! Try to imagine all the connections that will be revealed in Heaven when we can trace back to see how people who've come after us have found Jesus through a book or magazine we have shared.
     MORE: November, 2013, Southern Tidings, page 11, by Thelma Elizabeth Long and Rebecca Grice. 
     Remember to pray for our publishing ministry and literature evangelists during this time of transition into a new era of digital publishing and sharing! [Photo: kvkirillov/Thinkstock]
 
 
May 28, 2014

June Focus: Church Growth & Evangelism
June 7, Women's Ministries Emphasis Day
June 14, Refugee Awareness Sabbath


Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources
 
Offerings  
June 14, Multilingual Ministries/Chaplaincy Ministries

Sample Offertory Readings

 

Upcoming Events

May Edition

 
NAD Feature: To the Greater Community, by Deena Bartel-Wagner, p. 34
NAD News: Thousands Gather in Miami for Just Claim It 4, Oakwood Choir to Compete in Latvia, Filmmakers Honored at SONScreen Festival, p. 11
NAD Update: Are We Still a Movement? by Tom Evans, p. 14
NAD Perspective: What is God Up To? by Justin Yang, p. 17
NAD Letters: p. 18


 

 
June 1-7: This coming week, please pray for the Alaska Conference with 100 churches and 17,332 members.

 

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