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The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University has chosen its first woman to serve as associate dean, a development that comes the same month that the university named a woman as its lead chaplain.
     Teresa Reeve, an associate professor of New Testament contexts, has taught at Andrews University for 11 years. She will fill a role vacated by Clifford Jones, who became president of the Lake Region Conference on July 1.
     She conceded that some people in the Adventist Church might find it “a new idea” to have a woman serve as associate dean. But she said that on a personal level she didn’t see her appointment as a gender issue.
     “The seminary believes that God gives people gifts and gives them for a reason,” she said. “It’s about pursuing God’s calling and gifting.” MORE

A division territory’s self-evaluation comes amid other changes    
As one of the newest divisions of the Seventh-day Adventist world church, NAD is actually its oldest territory. Recently, NAD has been doing a self-evaluation to examine ways of doing mission more effectively. MORE

A tornado struck the town of Wessington Springs, S.D. on Wednesday, June 18. A large area of Wessington Springs, population 950, was affected, including 43 homes destroyed and many more damaged. The next day the S.D. State Homeland Security asked the local Adventist Community Services (ACS) team to set up a warehouse/distribution center. Within two days the center was open to the public with a total of six volunteers from both North and South Dakota assisting. Approximately 75 donors contributed to the supplies, and within six days the center had helped 39 families, or a total of 120 people. 
     Governor Dennis Daugaard came and personally thanked everyone for their work and services. A total of 295 volunteer hours were given to helping the survivors. [Photo: Bob Forbes, Gerry Forbes, and S.D. Governor Daugaard]
     ACS at the NAD headquarters held a grand opening of their new offices today, which brings all the newly organized department and staff together. See photos on the NAD ACS Facebook page
     Flood buckets and other relief supplies are needed for assisting victims of floods and already several tornadoes this season. To assist with this type of relief, financial donations are most useful. Donate here.

The mortality rate for non-vegetarians is almost 20 percent higher than that for vegetarians and semi-vegetarians, according to a study by researchers at Loma Linda University School of Public Health. The study and an article will be published in full in the July issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. On top of lower mortality rates, switching from non-vegetarian diets to vegetarian diets or even semi-vegetarian diets also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. MORE

The Cornhusker Chapter of the American Red Cross honored Union College’s new Red Cross Club with the Tribute to Heroes Disaster Relief Award for “unconditional service and support to the Cornhusker Disaster Action Team.” The campus club assists with Red Cross disaster response throughout the state of Nebraska, supporting first responders to fires, helping to provide for the immediate needs of disaster victims, and assisting with tornado damage assessment. MORE
Adventists in the News
Happy Independence Day/4th of July to the United States members of the NAD! The NAD and GC offices will be closed all day Monday, July 7, for the holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday, and will be open through Thursday of next week. 
     We also wish to acknowledge and extend belated wishes for Happy Canada Day (July 1) to members in Canada! 

The Civil Rights Act was signed into law 50 years ago today. For U.S. Seventh-day Adventist church members who have experienced workplace Sabbath accommodation hardships, the existence of this legislation has brought much needed recourse. Title VII of the act provides strong legal protection for workers who experience discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, or national origin. MORE
PrayerCall - Remember the date has been changed to Thursday, July 10 (not July 3), from 10 p.m. ET, Thursday, to 5 a.m. ET Friday. Call 712-432-0031 (Access code: 435650#). Invite others to join. Email prayer requests by 5 p.m. ET, Thursday, July 10. MORE
The early bird registration deadline has been extended to July 18 for the Religious Liberty Summit, September 5-8. Register here. Click for MORE, or call the NARLA Donor Services office at 805-955-7675. 

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To enditnow - Break the Silence about Abuse 
"Lifelong Results of Child Abuse," presented by Mary Jo Vollmer-Sandholm


Could child abuse and domestic violence be what's wrong with society today? We need to break the silence and enditnow!
     Nearly one-fourth of us have been sexually abused before age 18: One out of every six boys, and one of every four girls.
     Child abuse creates various costs to the child, including early death, permanent disability, ongoing abuse, escalation of abuse, pain and suffering, loss of family, arrested development, mental health problems, family destruction, loss of potential, financial costs, complicated emotions (shame, guilt, anger, betrayal, loss of self, loss of childhood), increased sexual risk-taking, and much more.
     Watch the video. (From the 2014 Summit on Abuse)

Reaching Out in Love

REACH: Revival and Transformation
Bestseller – The Clifford Goldstein Story

As a seeker of truth, a secular Clifford Goldstein was so obsessed with writing a novel that he was seeking its soul instead of being concerned with his own. Then, suddenly, everything changed. Watch the 8-minute micro-documentary of the story of Clifford Goldstein's conversion and transformation at the discovery of his core truth.  
July 2, 2014

July Focus: Adventist Lifestyle

July 12 – Griggs University and International Academy Promotional Day

August Focus: Spiritual Gifts

August 23 - Enditnow Day Emphasis Day (formerly "Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day")

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources

July 12, Women's Ministries
August 9, Oakwood University/ Andrews University/ Loma Linda University

Sample Offertory Readings


Upcoming Events

July Edition

Cover Story: The Adventist Advantage: Findings from the Adventist Health Study-2, p. 24
NAD Feature: Adventist Volunteers Build Bridges to Health: Central and Northern California conferences help sponsor event, p. 32
NAD News: God's Perfect Timing in Indianapolis, Life on the Line Highlights Adventist Health Care, Pilot Program Educates Refugees, p. 11
NAD Update: InStep for Life: A three-day challenge on the rise, p. 14
NAD Perspective: Take a Chance, p. 17
NAD Letters: p. 18


July 6-12: This coming week, please pray for the Arizona Conference, with 75 churches and 19,125 members.

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