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Loma Linda University (LLU) topped all other colleges and universities in the nation for graduates who find meaning in their work. This result is based on a survey which is done annually by PayScale.com, of 1.4 million alumni from over 1,000 colleges and universities. In addition to collecting data on income, the company also asks: "Does your work make the world a better place?" This year, Loma Linda University also ranked in the number one spot for that question; 91 percent of LLU graduates said working in their jobs helped to “make the world a better place.” MORE

Southwestern Adventist University (SWAU) is the recipient of a $500,000 gift. The gift was announced by SWAU's new president, Dr. Ken Shaw. Donated by an anonymous donor of the university, it will provide the Biology Department with an additional full-time faculty member for the next four years. The remaining part of the gift will support equipment needs in the areas of mathematics and science.  MORE
Photo: SWAU biology professor Dr. Peter McHenry, and biology students Beatriz Mercado and Jason Balinao
Adventists in the News

The Society of Adventist Communicators 25th Anniversary Convention will be held October 16-18 in Jacksonville, Fla., at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel. September 16 was the last day to get the early bird registration fee, butconvention registration is still possible, through October 1.

Deadline for hotel registration is this coming Monday, September 22. 
Attendees include professional communicators and media professionals who work inside and outside the Adventist Church structure either within a corporate setting or as freelancers. University students who hope to become communication professionals also attend and see the convention as an avenue to gain professional mentoring and future contacts.

Deadline for Award Submissions is this Friday, September 19, with a $10 fee for each entry submitted. MORE

Breathe-Free 2 is here!  Adventist Recovery Ministries is offering a free Webinar about the new Breathe-Free 2 Plan to Stop Smoking on Tuesday, October 7, at 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET. If you have used the Five-Day or the Breathe-Free Plan to Stop Smoking, or would like to help people stop smoking, take advantage of this free Webinar. It will inform you about the changes that have been made, new features, how to access the free materials, how to run the program, how to register as a Breathe-Free 2 site, and much more. Get your questions answered so you can make the most effective use of this new resource. Space is limited. Reserve your "seat" today.

The Association of Adventist Women (AAW) will hold its 32nd annual conference themed "Lifting as We Climb: Women Mentoring Women," on the campus of Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn. on the weekend of October 16-18. Founded in 1982, this women's organization has sought to address the needs of Adventist women in the areas of professional growth and church leadership. AAW provides news for and about Adventist women in its online newsletter, honors the accomplishments of Adventist women through its Woman of the Year program, provides stimulating discussion at its annual conferences, and promotes and fosters the full use of women's gifts in the mission of the Adventist church.

Conference schedule, invitation, lodging and meals information and registration form are on the AAW websiteRegistration deadline: October 15.


The month of October is Adventist Heritage Month, and October 18 is Spirit of Prophecy Sabbath. The Ellen G. White Estate has provided helpful resources for this special Sabbath. They include a suggested program and hymns, a sample sermon titled "God’s Formula for Success in Times of Crisis" by Reuel Almocera, and a children's story. 

Participate in the inSpire 2014 Writing Contest. inSpire.org wants to shine the light on creative writing that has inspirational value and can turn readers' hearts to God. This event is sponsored by Pacific Union Conference Church Support Services, but is open to Adventist church members throughout the NAD. Submissions to the inSpire 2014 Writing Contest will be accepted from September 16 - October 27. Please share this information with your church members.


To enditnow: Break the Silence

"The God Who Sees," presented by Dr.Ron Flowers at the 2014 Summit on Abuse

“Every abuse victim needs a faith community who will be there for them as a visible presence of this 'God Who sees,' ” says Dr. Ron Flowers in his presentation. Jesus came to set the oppressed free. Learn how to be part of His mission. 

In this presentation, some of the spiritual questions that are often asked by victims of abuse are explored: Where is God when we are being abused? Why didn’t He prevent it? What did I do to deserve this? Is this God’s will for my life? Many are given the wrong biblical answers. Some misled but well-meaning people as well as abusers, misuse Scripture to suggest that suffering is an abused spouse's duty. Does Scripture suggest this? Dr. Flowers examines some verses that are commonly used. One such verse is Ephesians 5:22. “If you look closely at Ephesians 5:22 in the original language in which it was written: Greek, there is no verb… The word, ‘submit’ is not there in the original,” he says.

Shouldn't victims just forgive and forget "70 X 7" times? Does forgiveness mean reconciliation? And what is required spiritually from the wrong doer? “Batterers, you see,” says Flowers, “use whatever they need to use in order to control.”
 Watch the video.

Reaching Out in Love

REACH: Alignment within the Church

New Karen Refugee Company Celebrated and Funded by Kansas-Nebraska Conference

Many of the more than 100 Karens who were gathered at the Kansas-Nebraska Conference (KNC) camp meeting, are descendants from baptisms done by Dr. Eric B. Hare and his wife, Agnes, who, for two decades, from 1915-1934, served as missionaries in Burma (now Myanmar). 

According to UN statistics, there are 6-7 million Karen (pronounced Kur-in) people around the world. Many of their villages have been destroyed. Several hundred thousand have been living in refugee camps in Thailand. Many have fled because of religious persecution. There are thousands who are being resettled in the KNC, as well as other parts of the U.S., and many of them are Seventh-day Adventists.

At camp meeting, a special offering was taken with more than $18,000 donated by members to fund a part-time pastor for a new Karen "company" (a group that has been recognized by the conference but not yet organized as a church). “This new company has a goal of bringing 10-20 new members into the group each year,” reported Virgil Covel, ministerial director. “Our conference celebrates the incorporation of this new company of believers into the sisterhood of churches.” MORE
Photo: Some of the members of the new Omaha Karen Company. Virgil Covel
September 17, 2014

September Focus: Health
Sept. 21-27, Hispanic Heritage Week
Sept. 21, Let's Move Day
Sept. 21-27, Let's Move Week

October Focus: Adventist Heritage

October 4, Children's Sabbath
October 18, Spirit of Prophecy Sabbath
October 25, Pathfinder Sabbath

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources

Oct. 11 Voice of Prophecy

Sample Offertory Readings


Upcoming Events

September Edition


NAD Feature: It Makes a Difference, by Phyllis Washington, p. 32

NAD News: La Sierra Alum Lands Pistons G.M. Job; Pastors Podcast to Multiple Audiences; WWU Student Organization Raises Money for Uganda Orphanage, p. 11

NAD Update: Miracle of Faith: How God is Using the Airwaves (and Internet) , p. 14

NAD Perspective:Pondering Imponderables, by Dan Jackson, p. 17

NAD Letters: p. 18

September 21-27: This coming week, please pray for the Quebec Conference (EnglishFrench), with 37 churches and 6,936 members.

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