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In response to the record-breaking fires in Washington State, Adventist Community Services (ACS) is running a warehouse in Okanogan, Wash., to supply emergency needs. More than 250,000 acres have burned so far this month. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed and scores of people have lost everything.
     Washington State Emergency Management asked ACS Director Lola Worth from Brewster, Wash., to provide a clothing bank and linens for fire victims. Soon the tremendous amount of clothing was too great for the ACS and church facilities. ACS is now working with Habitat for Humanity and dozens of volunteers in providing a large clothing bank located at the Brewster High School Bus Barn.
     Some Adventist members are assisting the Southern Baptists in Chelan to prepare 1,500 lunches for people in shelters. The Cascade Christian (Adventist) Academy gym was used until Monday evening as a designated American Red Cross collection site.
     Financial donations are the most helpful and enable ACS to make large bulk purchases of most-needed items from companies that give wide discounts for humanitarian relief. Donate here.

Loma Linda University Medical Center has been ranked the No. 1 hospital in both Riverside and San Bernardino counties for the fifth year in a row, and its urology program among the top 50 in the nation, by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 25th year, recognizes hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. MORE
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Pathfinder Camporee (FFIC) Volunteer Staff Tickets will no longer be sold after 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Sunday July 27. Email questions about this Volunteer Staff ticket deadline to Volunteer Staff Coordinator Karacan Thomas, or call 269-471-8388. If you have not received your FICC tickets or if you have any questions contact Yonny Jimenez.


enditnow Day (formerly "Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day") will be Sabbath, August 23.Join the NAD's campaign to break the cycle of abuse by launching an enditnow campaign in your church and community on enditnow Day. 
     A FREE enditnow implementation kit (in English, Spanish and French) themed "Freedom in Relationships," is available from AdventSource (402-486-8800). You can also download the entire enditnow Emphasis Day kit in either MS Word or Adobe Acrobat at the NAD Women's Ministries website. Included with the kit is a suggested order of service, children's story, sermon, and a PowerPoint seminar entitled “Becoming Powerful by Empowering” MORE


Hope Channel (HC) has moved to a high-definition (HD) satellite on DIRECTV, and will be available on DIRECTV all across the U.S. without limitations and without the need for an additional antenna. 
     While HC will continue to be available on Channel 368 on DIRECTV, as of July 16, all DIRECTV customers who didn't have HD equipment and the subscription package, need to have an upgrade. Call 800-531-5000 for information about upgrading your equipment and subscription package.
     HC can be watched online, with the HC app; through a Roku box or stick available from stores such as Target or Walmart (requires high speed internet but with no monthly fees to use Roku); via Glorystar satellite, a one-time purchase with no monthly fees (Information: 866-597-0728); and via Hope Channel's free-to-air broadcast channel in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, and Tampa. Other free-to-air and cable channels are available across the country.
     HC regrets the inconvenience this change may cause some viewers, yet are glad for the providential opportunities that allow them to reach more people in the U.S. and around the world.  MORE: 301-680-6689.

A new children's interactive app, Noah and the Flood, has just been released. It is a spin-off from the My Bible Friends set of books and features hidden animations that children can discover as they explore the story. The paintings that helped build the reputation of the books come across in brilliant detail on iPad Retina displays. The app will read the story to preschoolers, allowing them to follow the highlighted words, or children can turn off the narration and read to themselves. The introductory price of $1.99 is available until August 31 at the iTunes store.

LOGOS is offering the 12-volume Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary digital set for $119 through July 25 (regularly $149). Use coupon code SDABIBLECOM to get the $30.00 off at www.LOGOS.com.

To enditnow: Break the Silence
"Ministering Hope to the Healing Heart, Part 1," presented by Roberta Fish at the 2014 Summit on Abuse

In this presentation of Part 1, Roberta Fish addresses various responses to abuse such as denial, The Metaphor of a Wound, Effects of Abuse, and the first two stages of the aftermath of experiencing abuse which include choice, memories, PTSD, truth, beliefs, grief and feelings. 
     "I know this is part of 'Revival and Reformation' in the Church because we have some repenting to do, and we have some confession to do, and we have some healing to do, said Fish."
     "Through the Holy Spirit and through the healing power of Jesus Christ, we [survivors of abuse] can be thrivers."  Watch the video.
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REACH: Community Outreach and Evangelism
Every member an active and enthusiastic witness for God


The Truckee, Calif. Adventist church is using English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for outreach to its Spanish-speaking community. The ESL class met each Wednesday night, after which Pastor Harold Barcelo taught a half-hour Bible class followed by refreshments, allowing for a get-acquainted period. 
     During the classes the children were also able to participate in a program especially for them. The ten weeks of classes ended with the presentation of awards for attendance. 
     Pastor Barcelo and his wife, Dr. Judy Barcelo, have utilized ESL classes as an effective evangelistic tool at three other churches in Mass. and S. Calif. in the past. Results have included baptisms, increased attendance at local VBS and evangelistic programs, the development of additional immigrant group outreach programs such as citizenship classes, and expanded community services ministries.  
     This type of program falls in line with one of the NAD’s Building Blocks, that of ministering to emerging immigrant groups.  
     For more information on how to start an "English as Evangelism” program in your local church, contact Dr. Judy Barcelo through the Nevada-Utah Conference.  MORE: Pacific Union Recorder, July 2014, p. 19

July 23, 2014

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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 27-August 2: This coming week, please pray for the Nevada-Utah Conference, with 48 churches and 9,470 members.

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