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NewsPoints, October 21, 2015
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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley thanked the Adventist Community Services team from the Carolinas who were in her state yesterday distributing supplies such as clean-up supplies to those affected by the flooding. The conference also operates a warehouse for distributing bulk supplies to area pick-up points. Carolina Conference President Leslie Louis and Undertreasurer Chad Grundy lent a hand yesterday and were able to meet the governor. 

La Sierra University recently received a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to enhance educational services and help eliminate barriers preventing Hispanic students and under-served populations from achieving academic success. MORE

Jamie Howell, a 2014 graduate of Southern Adventist University, has been working with the Dakota Conference to start a one-teacher elementary school on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The conference approached Howell with the project after she had spent a year working at Dakota Adventist Academy. MORE

Vision 2020: The Campaign for a Whole Tomorrow, is Loma Linda University Health's largest endeavor in its 110-year history, with an intent to raise $360 million. The Vision 2020 campaign addresses the future growth of education, research, health care and Loma Linda University Health’s emphasis on wholeness. A major part of this vision is the construction of a new adult hospital and an expanded Children’s Hospital. The new adult tower will be 267 feet tall and will become the second tallest building in California’s Inland Empire. MORE

It Is Written, on the 20th anniversary of Net ’95, is blazing new territory again. For the first time in It Is Written’s history, Revelation Today is being live streamed on the Revelation Today website and the Revelation Today app for iPhone and Android. The series is being viewed in countries all over the world including Kenya, Korea, Norway, Indonesia, Barbados, and Australia. MORE

It is broadcast live, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. ET, nightly except Mondays and Thursdays, through Oct.31, from Chattanooga, Tenn. View it at revelationtoday.com, on Hope Channel, and through the free cross-platform smartphone app which allows viewers to interact during the program. Get the app through the Apple and Google app stores. For your additional convenience, the program can also be rebroadcast through revelationtoday.com at any time.

Students of Rio Lindo Academy student body participated in a school-wide community service event to serve their local community in several different projects. Some rode two hours to the areas damaged by the recent Valley Fire that devastated the towns of Middletown and Lakeport, collecting over 1000 pounds of food, potentially feeding 250 families in need. Some spent Sunday flagging down customers for a massive yard sale in which they raised about $1,300 for fire victims.  MORE

The REACH Columbia Union Urban Evangelism School opened this past summer in Philadelphia. Now its first group of diverse young adults is gaining boots-on-the-ground, immersive experience in urban ministry and earning usable university credits. During the 12-month program, young adults aged 18 to 35 receive hands-on experience in the areas of discipleship, community development and various other aspects of evangelism. MORE

You will be impressed as you watch and listen to testimony after testimony in this video of interviews with youth who attended the New Jersey Conference 2Pray Just Claim It (JCI) Youth Prayer Conference. A local JCI was instigated in the NJ Conference because the national ones are much more difficult for youth to attend. It looks like this one really paid off! Watch the video.

Volunteers from all levels of the church rushed to help inner city Baltimore following the April riots. In order to help the communities continue to grow and strengthen, Columbia Union Conference leaders recently voted to donate $65,000 to fund three after-school programs being run by Allegheny East Conference churches. MORE 

Adventists in the News

Save the date, January 8-11, 2017, for the next Adventist Ministries Convention, to be held in Tucson, Ariz. More details to come!


There will be an Emotional Wellness Summit in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 13-17 to talk about how we can equip ourselves to extend the healing ministry of Christ for the whole person, focusing especially on the often neglected mental and emotional needs of people. If you are a mental health professional, general health professional, researcher, pastor, health ministry leader or a member of a congregation in interested in integrating ministry with the mental health needs of people you will want to be part of this discussion. Register through December. Watch the video.

Pacific Press® is offering a free devotional app called "Devoted" which is available for both android and iPhone users. Selected readings are taken from a wide range of Adventist authors and include an excerpt each Friday and Sabbath from the current Sabbath School companion book and from E. G. White Notes on the Sabbath School Lesson. You can receive it as a daily email, and also post it on your church website



Can Dead People Talk? is a perfect tract to share on Halloween night, Oct. 31. GLOW Tracts suggests that instead of begging for treats, small groups can be engaging, interactive, friendly and joyful to all that you meet while sharing GLOW tracts and offering to pray with people you meet. Submit your photos on to their Facebook page  using the hashtag #GLOWinthedark. Order and/or read this tract.



Dealing with the Downers, Dissenters & Dissatisfied

Leaders want to believe that reasonable people will see the light in their proposals and enthusiastically support them. That is hardly ever the case. People are human, including leaders. In every organization there are the supporters, go-getters and on-boarders as well as the downers, dissenters and dissatisfied. Here are three principles to remember when you deal with those three D’s. Roger Hernandez, Ministerial director of the Southern Union, has this to say about that... MORE 
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Reaching Out in Love

Did you know God gives us special gifts and talents so we can live fully for Him? 

We all have at least one, but not all of us know what it is, or how to use it. God puts all gifts in the spiritual body of Christ (the believers) in the way that He sees fit. Each one has a job, all with the same goal. MORE

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Share it! 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 pageLearn how.


October 21, 2015

Upcoming Events


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

Oct. 26-Nov. 4, NAD Year-end Meeting, "A Grand Collaboration"

Nov. 5/6, Prayer Call

Dec. 3/4, Prayer Call


Jan. 6-10, Union/Conference Children’s Ministry Directors Children’s Ministry and VBX Showcase: Empowering Our Young Heroes. 

Jan. 13-17, Emotional Wellness Summit

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

Feb. 24-28, GAiN - Global Adventist Internet Network Conference

Apr. 2-9, La Voz de la Esperanza NET via Esperanza TV (in Spanish)

Apr. 18-21, Nonprofit Leadership Convention, Session 1

Apr. 24-27, HR Conference & Secretariat Council, Minneapolis, Minn.

Apr. 27-30, Your Best Pathway to Health/Los Angeles  

July 21-23, Adventist Conference on Family Research and Practice

Aug. 3-6, ASI 2016 Convention

Sept. 7-10, Adventist Community Services Convention 

Sept. 28-Oct., Health Summit Canada

Oct. 10-13, Nonprofit Leadership Convention, Session 2

Nov. 18-19, HE SAID GO Missions Conference


Jan. 8-11, 2017 - Adventist Ministries Convention, Tucson, AZ


NAD Feature: My Name is Joe. Typhoon Relief is Personal.  Saipan is in the NAD? p. 32

NAD News: Rattle Snake Venom and Brain Surgery, Redwood Campers Build Relationships During Community Service Day, Church Recognized for More Than 20 Years of Prison Ministries, p. 10

NAD Update: Let's Start a Conspiracy. It's Time for the Church to be Energized, p. 14

NAD Perspective: A Time of Trouble, p.17



Oct. 25-31 – This week, please pray for the Gulf States Conference, with 78 churches and 11,664 members, and for the  Kentucky-Tennessee Conference, with 99 churches and 14,302 members. Also, pray for last week's scheduled conference, the Georgia-Cumberland Conference, with 164 churches and 38,035 members, which wasn't publicized because there was no NewsPoints last week.

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