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Responding to the 1,000-year flood in South Carolina last month, Adventist Community Services Disaster Relief (ACS DR) set up warehouses and brought in flood buckets as soon as the water subsided enough to operate. A shipment of 630 flood buckets was received from the Allegheny East Conference, and S.C. Governor Nikki Haley asked the staff of the warehouse to come with her as she visited the affected counties and to hand out the buckets to the victims during her visit with the counties. The governor came by to personally thank each ACS DR volunteer for helping with her mobile distribution program and for operating the warehouse for the state, and to have her picture taken with the group. MORE 


 
    
More than 600 new members were baptized during the Caravana de la Esperanza 2015: “Jesus, La Gran Esperanza” (Caravan of Hope: Jesus the Great Hope) event which involved 16 stops across the Columbia Union area and countless hours of prayer and preparation. Rubén Ramos, Columbia Union vice president for Multicultural Ministries was the event organizer. International evangelist Alejandro Bullón, a praise team, singer Sarah Capeles and Ramos traveled for 10 days to celebrate the evangelistic and small group efforts of more than 100 local churches conducted, and to encourage attendees to give their lives to Christ through baptism. MORE


 
    
For the third consecutive year, The Joint Commission has named Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center in Rockville, Md., and Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Md., as Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® for the year 2014. They were two of only 17 Maryland hospitals and two of three in Montgomery County to make this year’s list. “We are honored to again receive these national recognitions for the compassionate, high-quality care we provide to the communities we are privileged to serve,” said Terry Forde, president and CEO of Adventist HealthCare, the first and largest provider of healthcare in Montgomery County.  MORE

 
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Prayer Call, Dec. 3/4 - Join the North American Division Prayer Ministry team on the first Thursday of each month for an all-night prayer call starting at 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. ET. Dial 404-891-6338; use access code Prayer# (772937#).

There will be a different leader each half hour during the evening and you can join anytime for as long or as briefly as you wish. Join anytime during the call. Got a prayer request? Email it to NADPrayerRequests@gmail.com. They will be prayed over by a team of prayer warriors each week.


 
    

HOPE Heals! “I dream of a North American Division where every church throughout our entire territory is a House of Prayer,” exclaimed NAD President Dan Jackson, as he shared his eleven dreams or strategic goals for the NAD at the beginning of the NAD 2015 Year-end Meeting. Houses Of Hope Everywhere (HOPE) is an attainable and potentially powerful goal!  

"We believe God would be honored," says NAD Prayer Ministries Coordinator Ruthie Jacobsen. "We urge you to begin to ask God to show you what that would look like where you live." 

Find some recommended resources listed at the Hope Heals website. In addition, "As you sense God leading you in transforming your church into a House of Prayer tell us your story," says Ruthie, "or send us a video and we’ll include it so it can bless others." 
 

    

The Jesus 101 Biblical Institute has launched the new Jesus 101 Channel on Roku. The Jesus 101 Roku Channel contains videos in both English and Spanish. Among others, the following series are available on demand: "Radical Discipleship," "Revelation: The Fifth Gospel," "Redemption History," "The Four Gospels," "Classes/Seminars," and "Live Events." Jesus 101 is currently viewed in 137 different countries by thousands on a daily basis. For additional information on video streaming, audio books, biblical studies, daily devotionals, and many other resources also available for FREE, please visit the Jesus 101 website
 

    
ADRA International currently has a 7x match to fight hunger. Every dollar you give will be multiplied by 7 to increase the amount of food that can be offered to starving people in many different circumstances. It also increases the gardening supplies that can be given to families to help them grow their own food. MORE

 
    
ADRA Canada also has a matching funds program in which Canadian citizens can participate, to help alleviate the suffering of those caught in the Syrian refugee crisis. The Government of Canada will match every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians, up to $100 million, effective until December 31, 2015. MORE

 
Resources
 
   

Download all seven of the 2015 NAD Year-end Meeting Devotionals which will be available for a limited time, FREE on the Hope Channel website

 

    

The new, 2016 NAD Prayer Calendar has been posted. Provide a link to it in your church or conference newsletter and church bulletin, or download it and print it out for your church members. It is to serve as a guide for special prayer emphasis every week, listing every conference in NAD. It also gives a Daily Prayer Guide to pray for the areas of the NAD listed. Learn about the 2016 Prayer Initiatives, "Project HOPE," and "Hope Heals." Let's cover our church, our communities and our countries with prayer! Get it at http://www.nadprayerministries.org/?p=1835
 

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Reaching Out in Love

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Did you know God gives us a specific 24-hour period each week to rest, reflect on Him, and spend time with our families?

 The Sabbath is a day of delightful communion with God and one another. It is a symbol of our redemption in Christ, a sign of our sanctification, a token of our allegiance, and a foretaste of our eternal future in God's kingdom. The Sabbath is God's perpetual sign of His eternal covenant between Him and His people. Joyful observance of this holy time from evening to evening, sunset to sunset, is a celebration of God's creative and redemptive acts. 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.

 

November 18, 2015
 
 
 
Nov. 7-28, Native Heritage Month
Nov. 21, Welcome Home Sabbath

 
Dec. 5, Bible Sabbath


Offerings
 
Nov. 14, Annual Sacrifice (Global Mission)
 
December Offerings
Dec. 12, Adventist Community Services

 
Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources

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


 

Upcoming Events


Dec. 3/4, Prayer Call

Dec. 20, Christmas for a Single Parent


2016:

Jan 2, NAD Day of Prayer, via Hope Channel Church

Jan. 13-17, Emotional Wellness Summit

Feb. 12, Marriage Vows: Living the Commitment 

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

Feb. 19-20, Making Love Last - Married Couples' Retreat

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  

Apr. 29 - May 1, Oregon Men's Summit

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

Oct. 13-15, Society of Adventist Communicators Convention

Nov. 18-19, HE SAID GO Missions Conference


2017:

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


 

 
 
NAD Feature: Pillars of Great Communication, p. 30

NAD News: Loma Linda University Health Envisions the Future, Southern Adventist University Alum Starts One-Teacher School, Taking It to the Streets, p. 10

NAD Update: What About Pathfinders?, p. 14

NAD Perspective: A Turning Point, p.17


 

 

              
Nov. 22-28 – This week, please pray for the Arkansas-Louisiana Conference with 87 churches and 12,327 members.

Nov. 29 - Dec. 5
– Next week, following Thanksgiving, please pray for the Oklahoma Conferencewith 71 churches and 8,710 members. 
 

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