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NewsPoints, May 13, 2015

The North American Division welcomes three new staff members: 

Armando Miranda Jr. as accepted a call to the NAD Youth Department as Associate Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Miranda has served as the Texas Conference Youth and Young Adults Associate Director since October of 2012. Before that he was a pastor in the Texas Conference since 2003. He will begin his duties at NAD later this summer. 

Nickilos Wolfer will be NAD's Director of Production for the new NAD Studio. He comes to us from being Director of Media Ministries at Pioneer Memorial Church at Andrews University for the past ten years where he began working right after graduating from Andrews.

Pastor Ruben Merino will be coming from the Greater New York Conference Poughkeepsie Adventist church to be Assistant Director of Esperanza TV. Before his pastorate in Poughkeepsie he was a departmental director in the Greater New York Conference from 2006-2014, and before that had wide evangelism and television experience with La Red in several areas, with Caravana de Esperanza Peru and other entities, and has held positions of multiple skill levels of TV production. 

The Master of Arts in Communication program at Andrews University has been revised. The changes include renovating a studio, revising the curriculum, reducing the tuition by 45 percent for the next two years, and updating online course enrollment options. A dual degree option is now available with an MDiv and an MA in Communication. A live synchronous online option has also been added that allows students some flexibility in location. MORE

Envision magazine won six awards from the Associated Church Press. Envision, a student-produced publication of Andrews University, will publish its seventh annual issue this fall. It is a joint product of the Department of Communication and the Department of Visual Art and Design. It is edited by journalism professor Debbie Michel and features the work of student writers, graphic designers and photographers. MORE

The student team of Envision also won the 2014 Society of Adventist Communicators' Best in Class for Design for their work on Envision magazine and Brian Tagalog received an Honorable Mention for photographs used in Envision.

For the third year in a row, Oakwood University has won a Tier 1 grant of $50,000 in The Home Depot's Retool Your School competition on social media. The judges liked Oakwood's grant proposal for a mile-long circuit of outdoor exercise stations emphasizing the laws of health. The stations will be a part of the Healthy Campus 2020 initiative that will officially launch this August. The university's administration would like to thank everyone who voted and/or utilized social media to help Oakwood win this competition.
Adventists in the News
Nepal: More Urgent Help Needed – A second major earthquake, magnitude 7.3, struck Nepal yesterday morning. So far, at least 76 people have been killed in India, Nepal and Tibet, and more than 2,000 injured in the disaster, reports say, with thousands more injured and homeless. More than 90% of the homes have been damaged or destroyed. The need is great and immediate action is critical. ADRA is responding and needs your support. Learn more and share updates on the NAD Facebook pageADRA Int'lADRA Canada; and ADRA Nepal. Please donate at ADRA.org, call 1-800-424-ADRA, or text ADRA to 41444. 

Canadian citizens' donations given through ADRA Canada by May 25 for the Nepal Earthquake Response will be matched by the Canadian government.

Financial donations are best because the money can be used immediately in hiring local people and helping the local economy when purchasing immediate needs in bulk at a lower cost, and without the added time and expense of shipping donated items. MORE

Learn more in videos:
First hand stories from NepalNew Zealand ADRA Team Member on videoADRA Nepal worker tells what it was like; Learn more and stay up to date on the ADRA Nepal Facebook page.

Find resources for Single Adult Ministries Sabbath, May 16, at the Adventist Single Adult Ministries (ASAM) website. Helpful resources include a program guide complete with a suggested order of service including a children’s story, "Healthy Choices" and a sermon, "Choices for a Full Life." You can download it in Word document format, or PDF format

If you wish to start an ASAM group, you can find helpful resources at the ASAM website, such as the ASAM QuickStart Guide, information about the ASAM forum, and ASAM Sabbath materials, and much more.


Denominational business cards are available through AdventID where they have been printing business cards and stationery for Adventist employees, from the local church to the world headquarters, for 15 years. You can create, preview, and order your personalized design online where there are more than 20 templates and four languages to choose from. Stationery and envelopes are also available. The Pacific Press Publishing Association will not be printing business cards or stationery. Go to www.AdventID.com.


What do you think people would say if asked who you are?

"Who are you? You see, that is what we in Adventist education must be about. That is why we exist: to help you answer the question, 'Who are you?' To help you understand that first and foremost, you are a SON and DAUGHTER of the Most High God of the Universe, Creator and Sustainer of all life, and that you are loved with an everlasting love. God will love you no matter what you do. 

"Friends, the question is not 'Who are you?' but 'Who is He?' Jesus, the Person who loves you and has promised to be with you no matter what. He wants to be your defining image. When asked, people should say she/he is a Christian like Christ."

 – Larry Blackmer, NAD Vice President for Education, in his Commencement Address he delivered to the largest graduating class in Southern Adventist University's history on May 10, 2015.  

Reaching Out in Love

Did you know Jesus Christ died, rose, and lives to save you?


Number four of "28 Fundamental Beliefs" is one of the 90: second videos that are available online at the NAD's "My Way to Jesus" site. There you can send a prayer request, enroll in the Discover Bible Course, or watch a video. For people who prefer to talk with someone a phone connection to Adventist Information Ministry is listed, where people can chat with someone about spiritual issues or things that are troubling them.

Share your beliefs on Facebook: If you are on Facebook, you can like the My Way to Jesus Facebook page. Then look for the 28 updates in the photo album titled "Biblical Teachings." Beliefs on video are gradually being posted in the album titled "Personal Testimonies on Video."  

Share the Beliefs videos on your own website: Go to the Did You Know Vimeo Channel and use the Share button in the upper right corner of a specific video to get the embed code or to email it to a friend.

May 13, 2015
May 16, Single Adults Sabbath

June Focus: Church Growth and Evangelism
June 13, Women's Ministries Emphasis Day
June 13, Refugee Awareness Sabbath

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources
Special Offerings  
May 30, NAD Evangelism
June 13, GC Session Offering (for World Mission)
June 20, Multilingual Ministries/Chaplaincy Ministries

Sample Offertory Readings
(in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French)

Upcoming Events

(Dates in RED indicate registration deadline)

June 4-5, All-night Prayer Call

June 7-11, Faith Community Nursing Training (May 31)

June 20-21, Adventist Recovery Ministries Training, Woodside, N.Y. (May 31)

June 28 - July 1, CALLED NAD Ministerial Convention (Mar. 31)

July 1-11, 2015 Impact San AntonioRegister

July 6-9, Children's Summer Day Camp for GC2015

June 28 - July 1, Ministerial Spouses Convention 

June 28 - July 2, Tour de Youth Ride for Life (May 15)

July 2-11, 2015 GC Session, San Antonio, Texas

July 5, San Antonio InStep4Life 5K Fun Run/Walk (May 31)

Aug. 5-8, Adventist-laymen’s Services & Industries (ASI) Convention

Sept. 20, Let's Move Day

Sept. 20-27, Let's Move Week 

Oct. 2-4, Health Ministries Training /Columbia Union

Oct. 9-11, Adventist Recovery Ministries Training, Dallas, Texas

Oct. 15-18, Society of Adventist Communicators Convention


Jan. 13-17, Emotional Wellness Summit-Orlando, Fla. 


NAD Feature: Finding Community, Diversity, and Acceptance - Reimagining Sabbath school for the twenty-first century, by Julio Muñoz; A Ministry for Children and Their Parents, p. 33

NAD News: Columbia Union Hosts Hispanic Evangelism Event; Impact San Antonio: A Global Young Adult Experience, p. 11

NAD Update: Empowering Adventist Professionals, p. 15

NAD Perspective: The Church Family, by Daniel Jackson, p. 17


May 17-23 – This coming week, please pray for the Kansas-Nebraska Conference, with 97 churches and 11,759 members

Also, pray for the North Pacific Union, following the suggestions of the 10 Weeks for Bold Prayers initiatives.


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Dan Weber, communication director, 
Julio Muñoz, associate director
Lynetta Murdoch, sr. editorial assistant
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