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46,000 Adventist Young People Ready to Set Up Camp in Oshkosh

46,000 young people representing more than 100 countries will set up a tent city  August 11-16 as they attend the seventh International Pathfinder Camporee at the Experimental Aircraft Associations (EAA) AirVenture Campgrounds in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. 

Themed “Forever Faithful,” the four-day Camporee, held every five years, is sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America and its Center for Youth Evangelism, located in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Pathfinders will participate in pin trading, earning honor patches, marching/drilling exhibitions, archery, talent showcase and sporting activities to name a few. 

Pathfinders from all over the world (more than 100 countries including England, Singapore, Brazil, Japan, South Africa, and Kenya) have been planning to attend this camping extravaganza for several months. Some clubs sold pizzas, washed cars, hosted yard sales/flea markets to raise money to attend the event. According to the organizers, some of the largest delegations are from the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

One of the most important activities the Pathfinders will undertake are the community service projects. Attendees will assist in a variety of service efforts in the communities surrounding Oshkosh. Projects include helping prepare garden plots, assist with trail building, be part of beautification efforts, and help with lakeshore cleanup and enhancement projects in the city of Winneconne, WI.

Additionally, Adventist Community Services (ACS) will sponsor an Emergency Supply Bucket drive on the EAA Campgrounds. ACS organizers have a goal of filling 3,000 5-gallon buckets with cleaning supplies to be used by those affected by natural disasters. Once filled, the containers will be shipped to California, Dallas, and Pennsylvania, to be used as part of ACS’s emergency response.

“Service to others is the commission is what Christians are called to do,” said Joe Watts, community service coordinator for the Camporee. “When Pathfinders participate in community service projects, they learn the joy of service to others, civic responsibilities, and the satisfaction of a job well done.”

This is the fourth time that the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Pathfinder delegation has visited the EAA Campgrounds. In August 1999, the Discover the Power Camporee was held at the EAA Campgrounds for the first time.

“The EAA has a proven record of hosting large events and it has a great safety record and a fantastic plane museum, which will provide an education experience for our children,” said Pastor Ron Whitehead, director for the Center for Youth Evangelism and executive director for the Camporee. “These are all reasons why we chose the EAA for the Forever Faithful Camporee.”

The Forever Faithful Camporee will conclude Saturday August 16 with a parade down Main Street featuring 1,500 pathfinders. The parade, open to the community, will finish at Leach Amphitheater with a rally featuring guest speaker, Cedric Ceballos, a NBA all-star who played with the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns.

It takes approximately four years to plan and organize this Camporee. “We really care and value our young people,” Whitehead replied. “I’ve never been so physically exhausted but I’ve never been happier to be this tired.”

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A Fisheye View of 36,000 Pathfinders

On the closing Sabbath, August 15, 2009, more than 36,000 Pathfinders gather for a special service on the Experimental Aircraft Association's Campgrounds. 

Reaching Out in Love

Andrews University Student Mobile Farmer's Market

On June 9, 2014, the Mobile Farm Market, provided by the Andrews University Student Gardens, opened for business for the first time, selling fresh produce in Benton Harbor for six hours.

The farmer’s market on wheels is a program sponsored by the Andrews University Student Gardens and partially funded by a Michigan State grant as part of the Be Healthy Berrien initiative. In partnership with the Berrien County Health Department and Planning Commission, the YMCA, Lakeland Healthcare, the cities of Buchanan, Niles and Stevensville, and United Way, the Gardens will be helping host a mobile farm market at strategic locations within the county in an effort to bring affordable healthy food to the community.


August 6, 2014

August Focus: Spiritual Gifts

Aug. 23 - Enditnow Day Emphasis Day (formerly "Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day")

September Focus: Health
Sept. 6, Men's Day of Prayer
Sept. 7-13, Nurture Periodicals: (Adventist Review, Insight, Guide, Primary Treasure, Our Little Friend)
Sept. 21-27, Hispanic Heritage Week
Sept. 21, Let's Move Day
Sept. 21-27, Let's Move Week

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources

Aug. 9, Oakwood University/ Andrews University/ Loma Linda University
Sept. 13, Fall Mission Appeal

Sample Offertory Readings

Upcoming Events

August Edition

Cover Story: Love Your Enemy? How World War I pitted believer against believer, p. 24

NAD Feature: enditnow: A young filmmaker breaks the silence about abuse, p. 32

NAD News: $100 million gift to benefit LLU Health, Port Orchard, WA Church connects with its community, Andrews University students start mobile produce market, p. 11

NAD Update: Another Ministry? Why a ministry for men makes sense, p. 14

NAD Perspective: WWJS? What Would Jesus Say?, p. 17

NAD Letters: p. 18

August 10-16: This coming week, please pray for the Southeastern California Conference, with 144 churches and 70,572 members.

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