Home > News > Current NewsPoints >
NewsPoints, May 20, 2015

Gone but Not Forgotten


Ex-gang member, pastor, evangelist  and prayer warrior Ron Halvorsen Sr. died Friday, May 15, at age 76, following a battle he fought against multiple myeloma since November, 2014. 

"It was about twenty years ago that I came across a book titled Prayer Warriors, and it moved me," says NAD Prayer Coordinator Ruthie Jacobsen. "I knew this book was written by a man who knows what it means to pray... I love to think of the gifts that he left behind...the countless pastors he inspired, the thousands of students he motivated, uncounted members he encouraged, and more than 10,000 he baptized. We've temporarily lost a friend and a trend-setter. I've heard that he said he wanted to be buried with his Bible because he wanted to come out of the grave preaching! Wouldn't surprise me at all," she exclaimed. 

The Hope Channel (HC) will be showing a recording of “Really Living” featuring an interview by former NAD President Don Schneider with Pastor Halvorsen three times this weekend: Friday 10:00 p.m. EST, and Sabbath at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. EST. You can watch HC via: DirecTV 368, GloryStar 104RokuHope Channel Mobile AppsFree to Air in some areas (please see: http://www.hopetv.org/watch/local-channels/), and by computer streaming at hopetv.org.  MORE: Famous Evangelist Ron Halvorsen Dies at Age 76; Adventist Evangelist Ron Halvorsen Sr. Dies
[Photo courtesy of Lee Bennett, Florida Conference]

Thousands of Adventist World/NAD Edition subscribers will experience a delay in receiving the May issue, specifically those in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Hawaii. Blame it on the tornado that tore through Kansas, which derailed and tipped over 34 cars of the train carrying the magazines. It has not yet been determined if all the copies were spoiled in the disaster, or how many might be salvageable. Meanwhile, you can read it online at the link in the NewsPoints sidebar. MORE

Six North Aurora Adventist Elementary school students, grades five to eight, raised $2,860.00 for mission projects after learning about the plight of children in Chad. Their initial goal was to feed 100 children through Restore A Child for four months, which costs $15/child. When they realized they had more than enough, they decided to help some other projects as well. MORE

Sean Robinson, ACS Disaster Response director, has been elected to Vice-Chair of the Donations Management Committee of National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD). This two year position reflects the preeminent respect for ACS through several decades of running multi-agency warehouses and collection and distribution centers. ACS was one of seven charter members of NVOAD which brings together faith-based nonprofits during disaster response. MORE

Andrews University has been ranked second in diversity among all national universities by US News and World Report. To identify colleges where students are most likely to encounter undergraduates from racial or ethnic groups different from their own, U.S. News factors in the total proportion of minority students – leaving out international students – and the overall mix of groups. The data are drawn from each institution's student body for the 2013-2014 school year. MORE

Oakwood University is listed in the Top 10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) with the Highest Graduation and Retention Rates Report. According to HBCU Lifestyle, the report, compiled by EDsmart.org community college ranking, makes it easier for students, parents, and schools to evaluate colleges based on important outcome-related measures which reduces chances of a student changing colleges. MORE

Adventists in the News


The North American Division and GC Complex will be closed Monday, May 25, for the Memorial Day holiday. Offices will open as usual on Tuesday through Thursday. Have a safe holiday weekend!



It's nearly summertime, and soon many will be traveling and looking for your church. Are you ready for that? How will they find you? Is your website up to date and inviting? Make sure visitors to your area can find your church with directional and highway signs. Place an attractive and inviting church yard sign in front of your church.Once they get there, what does it look and feel like? Watch this free Parking Lot Ministry video. Will they be warmly welcomed? Invited for dinner? Check out the Hospitality Ministry Description. Do you have an active Children's Ministry or someone appointed to provide a children's Sabbath school if children arrive?  What do you tell people who ask to learn more about Seventh- day Adventists? The following resources are designed to help you: Curb Appeal in SpanishEnglishWho are Seventh-day Adventists? brochure, 50/$9.95; Web Ministry Quick Start Guide in Spanish and English;   Adventist Notecards to write note and let people know we were glad for their visit and hope they'll return; Some churches keep small folders of information ready to share with visitors. Be sure you are using an up-to-date Seventh- day Adventist® logo, which uses the registration symbol.


Facts with Hope are evidence based health messages that may be used in church bulletins, newsletters, or during the "Health Minute" as part of church service to motivate people to choose a full abundant life. To learn more, visit the Facts with Hope website, like and share them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter. You can also watch Facts with Hope videos on YouTube.



A view of beautiful Bermuda Conference

Horseshoe Bay on the island of Bermuda, was voted one of the 10 Best Beaches in the World. The Seventh-day Adventist Church has been in Bermuda since 1900. Bermuda is home to 11 churches and more than 3,800 members. This image was taken by North American Division Communication Director Dan Weber while filming for the 2015 NAD Division Report video that will be shown at GC Session in San Antonio, Texas on July 4, 2015.
Reaching Out in Love

Did you know the Holy Spirit restores, comforts, guides, protects, and sustains God's children in the way of salvation? 

Watch the 90: second video

Each topic on the My Way to Jesus website links to a video, an invitation to study the Bible, the Find-a-Church Directory, a link for kids to My Place with Jesus, a place to send prayer requests, and more. 

You can easily post the videos and information on your church website. Share the updates from the My Way to Jesus Facebook page. Learn more.

May 20, 2015

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


(RED: 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 

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 

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 24-30 – This coming week, please pray for the Rocky Mountain Conference, with 100 churches and 17,465 members.

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

Share This Newsletter

© 2015 North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists
12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904

Dan Weber, communication director, 
Julio Muñoz, associate director
Lynetta Murdoch, sr. editorial assistant
Email: newspoints@nad.adventist.org
 | Website: www.nadadventist.org/newspoints

unsubscribe from this list | update subscription preferences 

North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists
9705 Patuxent Woods Drive
Columbia, MD 21046-1565 USA
Telephone: 443-391-7200
Fax: 443-391-
Get Connected
  • Find us on Facebook
  • Follow us on Twitter
  • Watch us on Vimeo
  • Watch us on YouTube
  • Follow us on Pinterest
  • Find us on Flickr
  • Contact Us