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NewsPoints, July 16, 2014

A record-breaking gift commitment of $100 million from Dennis and Carol Troesh was announced yesterday at Loma Linda University Health (LLUH), that will set a new course for education at LLUH and kick start a $1.2 billion strategy to transform health care for millions of families throughout the Inland Empire and beyond.
     Three major projects are expected to be completed by 2020:
1) A new, 100-bed LLU Children’s Hospital tower which will be connected via glass walkway with the existing Children’s Hospital; 2) a new, 276-bed Adult Medical Center, including 96 intensive care beds and 180 medical-surgical beds; and 3) a new, $60 million LLUH Center for Discovery, a unique interdisciplinary hub for research and the Wholeness Institute to improve health outcomes for people in the Inland Empire and beyond. MORE


The Awards Luncheon at the 2014 Conference on Philanthropy honored volunteers for their meritorious service.
     Carolyn Hamilton, VP for philanthropy at Loma Linda University Health received the Milton Murray Trailblazer in Philanthropy Award; Dr. Jack Blanco, professor emeritus of religion at Southern Adventist University was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Other awards were also presented and moving stories were told about how honorees had served. MORE

A new NAD ministry, the Southern Asia Ministry, has been formally organized as a part of the Multilingual Ministries of the NAD. It will be directed by VicLouis Arreola III, also director of Pacific Asian Ministries. Arreola is located at the Pacific Union. Selected representatives of the NAD Southern Asia language groups met for the first time at the NAD headquarters on June 9, for the formal organization of the new Southern Asia Ministries, and to plan and strategize for reaching out to Southern Asia congregations in the NAD territory. MORE

Adventists in the News
Nearly 600 volunteer workers at theBridges to Health Medical and Dental Clinic, held in Calif., April 23-24. [Photo: Gerry Chudleigh]    
Hundreds (1,200 to 1,500) of volunteers are being sought, especially dentists and optometrists,  as well as a host of non-medical volunteers, to treat 5,000 to 6,000 people who are expected to show up for the church’s “Mission to the Cities” program which will be held in San Antonio, Texas in July, 2015, just a few weeks before the 2015 GC Session there. Volunteers may sign up at Big City Benevolence. MORE 

Registration is now open for the 25th Anniversary Convention of the Society of Adventist Communicators (SAC), to be held October 16-18 in Jacksonville, Fla. Seminars, exciting keynotes, tours, networking opportunities, entertainment, are planned. Anyone interested in writing, editing, photography, videography, social media management, journalism, public relations, marketing and all fields and aspects of communication is invited to attend. Former members and officers are especially welcome.
     Watch for information regarding entries for awards, which will include a charge for each one, and are to be submitted electronically this year. MORE

The latest Adventist Book Center Catalog is now available online. Look for new items, sale items, and for the chance to win gift certificates. ABC Catalog



60 Great Ideas for Women's Ministries in the Local Church in English, Spanish and French is a set of nine pamphlets designed to give information about annual women's ministries events as well as ideas for programming.
     The pamphlets are FREE to everyone working in women’s ministries and include the following topics: Nurturing New Members; M.O.M.S. - Moms Offering Moms Support; Women’s Ministries Days of Emphasis; Young Women’s Ministries; 60 Great Ideas for Women’s Ministries in the Local Church; Heart Call, a Ministry to Reclaim Women Who Have Stopped Attending Church; Woman to Woman; God in Shoes; and Free Spa Day.
     To order, call 301-680-6427, or e-mail NAD Women's Ministries. View or download online HERE.


To enditnow: Break the Silence
"Addressing the Global Challenge of Preventing Child Abuse in Ministries," presented by Arthur Blinci at the 2014 Summit on Abuse

"Child abuse is a direct assault on the mission of the Church... It destroys the mission of the Church. And when it occurs, in the aftermath our duty is to revitalize and to restore that mission again in our community. It's all about mission," says Arthur Blinci, VP Chief Risk Management Officer for Adventist Risk Management.
     Why does the faith-based community act like an ostrich? We must be willing to recognize and acknowledge that child abuse does happen in our church and we must be willing and ready to do something about it. 
     The average age of abuse victims is between 8-11 years old. Why? In addition to their being trusting and vulnerable, one more answer is that the devil is cunning and "like a raging lion." That also happens to be the average age when children are learning about and making decisions for baptism. We must learn how to protect our children. Watch the video
Reaching Out in Love

REACH: Community Outreach and Evangelism
Every member an active and enthusiastic witness for God

About a dozen Los Angeles-area pastors who preach in languages other than English have begun podcasting in their language or dialect. The group, under the direction of the Southern California Conference Communication Department, is affiliated with Adventist World Radio.
     “Adventist World Radio has provided two training sessions for the
podcast groups in the Southern California Conference,” said Daryl Gungadoo, AWR global distribution manager, who served as the instructor for both sessions. A grant from the Pacific Union Conference has covered project costs.
     The program already had nearly 700 subscribers before local promotion began, and it now airs on Adventist radio stations in Guam and Saipan, in addition to being listed on the AWR Web site. They also have begun posting podcasts on their own website at www.linguaspirita.net/.
     A major challenge for the pastors has been to find technicians to assist in recording and editing. MORE

July 16, 2014

July Focus: Adventist Lifestyle

August Focus: Spiritual Gifts

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

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources

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 20-26: This coming week, please pray for the Hawaii Conference, with 28 churches and 5,952 members, and for the Guam-Micronesia Mission, with 20 churches and 4,773 members.

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