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At SONscreen Film Festival, connections and story were important as more than 100 students, and professional filmmakers, professors, and movie enthusiasts gathered Mar. 31- Apr. 2 in Chantilly, Va., for the annual festival. This festival, which debuted in 2002, gives young Christian filmmakers the occasion to share their work, network with others, gai­n exposure, and learn through presentations and workshops, panel discussions, and nightly film screenings. It is hoped that this experience and association with peers and church leaders will encourage young filmmakers to look at their creative efforts through Jesus' eyes. MORE

On Mar. 30, Pacific Union College welcomed student association officers from 10 other Adventist colleges across North America. Collectively referred to as the Adventist Intercollegiate Association, the organization gathers each year on the campus of a different Adventist college or university for several days of reflection, worship and community, and professional development planned by the host school. MORE

SWAU annual benefit concert breaks new record as A Night at the Meyerson raised more than $41,000 in scholarship funds to support student musicians. The musicians all seek to use their musical talents in ministry, but will also be seeking a variety of academic pursuits, including communication and nursing. MORE

When all of Union College’s Dec. 2015 nursing graduates passedthe NCLEX-RN® national licensure exam on their first attempt, graduate Amber Alas knew it wasn’t a fluke. “I knew the material. I remembered learning it in class,” she said. “I talked to friends from other schools and they told me they hadn’t seen half the stuff on the test.” Nationally, only about 85 percent of nursing graduates pass the exam. MORE

Adventist Volunteer Service Coordinators and colleagues from various church divisions around the world, including NAD, gathered at the GC in Silver Spring, Md., for advisory meetings Mar. 7-9. “It was good to connect with the other coordinators,” said Pearly David, short-term missions coordinator at the NAD Office of Volunteer Ministries. MORE

Adventists in the News

Remember Prayer Call, Apr. 7/8. Join the NAD Prayer Ministry team any time, for as long or as briefly as you wish during the April all-night Prayer Call beginning at 10:00 p.m. tonight, until 5:00 a.m. EDT Friday. Dial 404-891-6338, and when prompted, use access code 772937#. Email your prayer requests. They will be prayed over by a team of prayer warriors each week. Learn more and download bulletin inserts.


Imagine 6,000+ Adventist churches, with more than 1,200,000 members showing the love of God and the compassion of Jesus in practical ways in their communities each month! This weekend will be the 2nd one of the month, which means Compassion weekend! NAD is encouraging each church to set aside this time for intentional community outreach, tending to the needs of people in our neighborhoods. These weekends will serve as reminders of our mission and as an opportunity for all the ministries of the church to collaborate together under the umbrella of the Transformational Evangelism Building Block emphasis for NAD. Compassion 10Million grants are available. MORE


The first annual Day of Hope and Compassion is Apr. 16/17. Are you and/or your church planning any special Hope and Compassion activities for that weekend? 

Go to the Compassion Movement website for postcards, posters for your church, bulletin inserts in English and Spanish, and a letter from NAD President Dan Jackson, in English and Spanish. 



PAUSE 2016 – "What would happen if every church in the North American Division and around the world would PAUSE on Sabbath at 11:00 a.m., four times in 2016, and pray for five minutes?" asks NAD Youth Director James Black. "Can you image the power? Let’s do this! We have three PAUSES left for this year  — at 11 a.m. on Apr. 9, June 4, and Sept. 17, PAUSE five minutes and pray for children, youth, young adults, unity, community and yourself. Help get the word out!" MORE  #YouthPause



Starting Apr. 28, through a four-part event called Shadow Empire, churches across North America will explore this fascinating subject as revealed through the Bible, in addition to a source that illustrates the topic perfectly: the life of the Emperor Constantine. This series is hosted by Voice of Prophecy Speaker/Director Shawn Boonstra, who recently traveled to countries such as Serbia, Italy, and Turkey to make history come to life and reveal little-known details about this historical figure. Boonstra was even granted rare access to a major archeological dig site, on the location believed to be one of Constantine’s homes. Click here to learn more and watch a trailer.


Register now to attend the annual NAD Religious Liberty Summit, May 23/24 at the GC/NAD headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., and downtown Wash., D.C. (transportation provided from the GC).The Summit will include discussions about domestic and international issue education, legislative office visit training, and coalition building. It coincides with the International Religious Liberty Conference and the annual Religious Liberty Dinner, which is attended by diplomats, U.S. Government officials, and religious leaders. Register online or call 805-055-7683. Limited to the first 50 people.


A message from Elder C. D. Brooks and family: "We would like to thank the North American Division for all of their prayers, cards, and well wishes. You have indeed encouraged us along this journey. We have just completed five weeks of radiation and chemotherapy, and are thanking God for what He has done already. We solicit your continued prayers as Elder Brooks strives to regain his strength in preparation for upcoming surgery. Again, we sincerely appreciate your prayerful support, and give all praises to Him who is able to restore."





A dog leash, a candle, an apple, a bell —What do all these things have in common? They are used as object lessons to illustrate the spiritual truths we can learn from everyday life in a way children can understand. Each story in 120 Quick and Easy Object Lessons for Children’s Story Time is drawn from an item the children are familiar with and is perfect for use during children’s story time in church or for demonstrating important points during Sabbath School. Check it out.


Be the Channel ...

“If you think you are the source of all of this, you will burn out quickly. If you think you are the channel, then you’re letting God work through you.”
—Wil Alexander, Ph.D., during a Q&A after the film screening of “A Certain Kind of Light,” at the 2016 SONscreen Film Festival in Chantilly/Dulles, Va., as he answered a question about how healthcare workers can avoid being overwhelmed with the life stories of patients.
Reaching Out in Love

The Chinese Heritage Club for bilingual children

The Alhambra, Calif., Adventist church is in a community that has become known as the "Gateway to America since many Asian immigrants, especially those from China and Taiwan, have moved into the area in recent years," says Alhambra Pastor Donald Smith. A major concern for many of these new immigrants is for their children to not lose their Chinese heritage and language... MORE  — from MARCH 2016 Pacific Union Recorder

April 7, 2016

NAD Initiative for 2016:
Compassion and Hope  
Part of the Transformational Evangelism Building Block
The 2nd weekend of every month will automatically be a Compassion Weekend. Plan for it every month throughout the year to do acts of compassion, especially on these weekends, but better yet, every day. 

Days of Compassion:
April 9/10
Apr. 16, 17, Day of Hope and Compassion
May 14/15
June 11/12
July 9/10
August 13/14
September 10/11
October 8/9
November 12/13
December 10/11

Learn about funding for a Compassion Model Church in each conference.

Special Days:
April Focus: Stewardship
Apr. 9, Stewardship Sabbath
Apr. 16, Literature Evangelism Sabbath
Apr. 23, Education Sabbath


April Offerings
Apr. 9, Christian Record Services
Apr. 30, NAD Evangelism

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources

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

Upcoming Events

Apr. 7/8, Prayer Call

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

Apr. 3-8, Tour de Youth, "The Big Easy"

Apr. 16/17, Day of Hope and Compassion

April 17, Oakwood University, Inc. Board Meeting, Huntsville, Ala.

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

April 22-24, Children's Leadership Conference, "All God's Children Got Shoes"

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

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

Apr. 28-May 1, Church Planters Boot Camp

Apr. 29-May 1, Oregon Men's Summit

May 13-16, World Congress for Deaf & Deaf-Blind

May 22-28, Adventist Christian Fellowship Institute

May 23-24, NARLA Religious Liberty 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. 16-18, Forever One Marriage Retreat

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


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


NAD Feature: The Zika Virus: Looking for Answers, By Scott Christiansen, p. 30

NAD News:  Adventist Health-Roseville Receives Well Workplace Award; Kettering College’s Creation Connection; Emmy Award-winning Composer to Judge Brain Games, Hundreds Compete at Texas Conference Bible Adventure; Oregon Conference to Offer Spanish and English TV Programming, p. 11

NAD Update: Young People Vow to Change World, p. 14

NAD Perspective: Secret Information, p.17


Month of April 2016Pray for the Lake Union, with 499 churches and 86,609 members. 
April 10-16 – This week please pray for the Michigan Conference, with 161 churches and 26,112 members.


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