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NewsPoints, August 19, 2015
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URGENT! Guam-Micronesia Mission has 54 teaching positions to fill in their eight Micronesia and Marshall Islands schools as they begin their school year. The islands of Ebeye, Yap, Chuuk, and Kosrae currently have the greatest needs, and may be unable to begin their school year unless teachers arrive soon. The NAD Office of Volunteer Ministries is seeking volunteers between age 18 and 70, baptized members of the Adventist church and committed followers of Jesus, and who are able to fund their own airline ticket. The mission school will provide volunteers with accommodations, a modest living allowance, and accident/illness travel insurance. Available positions include elementary and high school classes, and volunteer teachers are expected to commit to a full school-year of teaching (approximately 10 months). Learn more (or call 301-680-6493). Applications.

 
   

Florida churches and members are on fire with evangelistic outreach programs.

The Florida Institute of Evangelism for Laypeople (FIEL) has grown from 275 students in 2014, to 616 so far this year. It completed the first half of its 2015 session with almost 70% of the students passing the requirements. FIEL’s purpose is to prepare laity in the serious work of evangelization. Some students travel more than two hours to attend. Students are preparing to preach and serve as Bible teachers at the October 2015 Caravan of Victory Campaign. MORE

Florida Conference is partnering with the Chinese Union Mission in Project Panda which supports 40 indigenous two-person church-planting teams. These teams share the love of Jesus in unreached areas of China. As a result, 1,822 people were baptized this past year. MORE

The Beth-El Shalom of New Port Richey congregation celebrated Shavout, the Biblical Holy Day of the Feast of Weeks (also known as Pentecost) by reading the Ten Commandments in Hebrew. A special part of the day occurred when three individuals joined the congregation by baptism and one by profession of faith. MORE

Two free health clinic/expos have been held in Florida so far this year. In April, a Total Health Expo by Palm Beach County churches under the Mission to the Cities theme, brought together thousands of people, aided by hundreds of volunteers in a 5K Race/Walk, free health screenings/services, and more. As a follow up, 20 churches in Palm Beach and Broward Counties held evangelistic meetings. Many people were baptized as a result of these meetings, and more individuals are studying and preparing for future baptism as reaping efforts continue. MORE

A five-day FreeD.O.M. (Dental, Optical, Medical) Clinic in Ocala in July, operated by United Hands, Inc., was assisted by 800 volunteers from many churches and members from the Florida and Southeastern Conferences, helping 2,470 patients. In addition, haircuts, massages, and registration for future stop smoking and cooking classes were available, and 10 chaplains offered prayers and gave a free Bible to anyone interested. MORE

 

   
Andrews University's longest-serving president, Niels-Erik Andreasen, has announced his intention to retire at the end of June, 2016. During his two decades of tenure, Andrews grew to a global institution of more than 7,000 students around the world, with more than 3,400 studying on its Berrien Springs campus. The search committee for a new president will meet for the first time in September. MORE


 
   
The Blue Mountain Elementary School in Pennsylvania started classes today, in spite of the total destruction of their school by a tornado just last month. MORE


 
Adventists in the News
Announcements
 
   
Join the Society of Adventist Communicators (SAC) in the Washington D.C., area, Oct. 15-17 for its annual SAC Convention for communication professionals and university students. The theme, “Pillars of Effective Communication” indicates the blending of traditional and digital practices in the communication field. Reignite your passion and calling as a communicator while enjoying networking, learning and spiritual renewal. Learn about submitting your entry for the SAC Communicators Awards. Find  convention details online and register. Like the SAC Facebook page.

 

   

enditnow! - End violence against women and children. This year's enditnow Emphasis Day (Aug. 22) program was written by Dr. Julian Melgosa and is entitled "Love at Home." Download the sermon and free supporting materials. Learn how to implement an enditnow campaign.
 

   

There’s a Thief in your Church: Securing Church Finances with Good Stewardship is a webinar to be offered on Monday, Aug. 24, at 3 p.m. EDT, by Adventist Risk Management. Learn how to protect your organization or local church from loss with practical tips that encourage good stewardship. Plus, what do you do when the numbers don’t add up and you suspect fraud? Space is limited. Register here.
 

   

The next nine-month Media Missionary Training Program offered by Better Living Ministry, Sept. 28 - June 20. They have room available for two more young people on location in Saint-Georges, Quebec, Canada. Learn video and audio editing, live and studio production, website development, green screen and MORE
 

Resources
 
 
   
The 2015 Annual Statistical Report, which is the 151st Report of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists® for 2013 and 2014, is now available. You can get the latest church stats on membership, tithes and offerings, schools, churches, pastors, missionaries, hospitals, literature evangelists, and much more, HERE.


 
   
Porn Doesn’t Have To Be the Norm, by Omar Miranda – Whether you are struggling with an addiction to pornography, seeking to help a loved one, or you want to create a change in your church and community, this book can help you get started. The author shows a clear path for empowering people to begin the process of overcoming this addiction. MORE

 
ViewPoints

“I See God in My Students”


Yap, Micronesia first grade teacher Hazel Alvarenga from Walla Walla University, presents her view of her students while serving as first grade teacher in Yap.

How does God see us? When someone becomes a "thorn" in our flesh, it can be healing to think of the potential and many hidden characteristics God sees in that person (and in ourselves) through His eyes of unimaginable love. 

"But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
 

Reaching Out in Love


Did you know God's people strive consistently to keep His commandments?
 

The universal church is composed of all who truly believe in Christ, but in the last days, a time of widespread apostasy, a remnant has been called out to keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus (Revelation 14:12). MORE

Watch the 90: second video on Vimeo

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 and/or share the updates from the  My Way to Jesus Facebook page. Learn how.
              

August 19, 2015
 
August Focus: Spiritual Gifts
Aug. 22, EnditNow Emphasis Day 

September Focus: Health
Sept. 5, Men's Day of Prayer
Sept. 13-19, Nurture Periodicals: (Adventist Review, Insight, Guide, Primary Treasure, Our Little Friend)
Sept. 20, Let's Move Day
Sept. 20-26, Hispanic Heritage Week
Sept. 20-2, Let's Move Week/Health Education Week/Vibrant Life

September Offerings
Sept. 12, Fall Mission Appeal

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources

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

 

Upcoming Events

Sept. 3/4, Prayer Call

Sept. 10, It Is Written Webinar Training for Revelation Today

Sept. 14-17, 
Nonprofit Leadership Certification Program

Sept. 20, Let's Move Day

Sept. 20-27, Let's Move Week 

Oct. 1/2, Prayer Call

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

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

Oct. 9-31, It Is Written, Revelation Today: The Mysteries Revealed

Oct. 15-18, Society of Adventist Communicators Convention

Oct. 26-Nov. 4, NAD Year-end Meetings

Nov. 5/6, Prayer Call

Dec. 3/4, Prayer Call


2016

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

Feb. 17-20, Just Claim It Youth Prayer Conference, Ontario, Calif.

July 21-23, Adventist Conference on Family Research and Practice, Berrien Springs, Mich. 

Sept. 7-10, Adventist Community Services Convention 2016, Gladstone, Ore. 


 

 
NAD Feature: Breaking Barriers, by Odette Ferreira, p. 36

NAD News: Because We Care, Hispanics Inaugurate Radio Adventista Los Angeles, Florida Youth Catch the Vision to Serve, Oakwood University Celebrates Ellen White’s Legacy, p. 11

NAD Update: SONscreen Film Festival Celebrates Student Filmmakers, p. 14

NAD Perspective: Family Prayers, p.17

              

              
Aug. 23-29 – This week, please pray for the Alberta Conference, with 62 churches and 11,018 members. 
 

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