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ADRA Canada and the Alberta Conference are offering assistance to those displaced as a wildfire sweeps through the city and surrounding area. The May 3 fire, not yet contained, is more than 85,000 hectares (about 210,040 acres) in size, and approximately 50 percent of the city of Fort McMurray has already been destroyed. MORE

ACS in Louisiana update: AR/LA Adventist Community Services (ACS) Mobile Unit has been going out almost every weekend since the Louisiana flood event began in March. "We have dedicated volunteers who distributed school kits, personal care kits, blankets, food boxes and clean up kits," reports Lavida Whitsun, AR/LA ACS director. "There are more than 35,000 families affected by the flooding." On April 25, a multi-agency warehouse was open in Monroe, La., to serve a 12-parish region, an area that has been flooded three times since flooding began. On April 29, volunteers went to Amite, La., where they spent the night.  Whitsun says that before the team got finished with breakfast, the line began forming — in less then two hours more than 100 families were served and the trailer was empty. 

If you want to help, financial donations are most beneficial. Learn of more ways you can help.

Patients lined up for laser tattoo removal on April 28 at Your Best Pathway to Health LA mega health clinic. The diverse group sat lined up next to a small office. The tiny room was outfitted with medial equipment, including a powerful laser wielded by Steven Popkow, board certified family practice doctor — and laser medicine specialist. MORE  

And watch the daily news show from Pathway to Health LA, a joint production from NAD/Hope Channel: VIDEO

Thanks to LLU researchers, sea turtle enthusiasts now have a new app they can download. The first interactive global sea turtle sightings smartphone app was launched by researchers at LLU on April 4. Ph.D. student Dustin Baumbach, and his advisor, professor Stephen G. Dunbar, Ph.D., developed the app, which is available for free at app stores for iPhone and Android smartphones. MORE

Daniel Kuhlman, an eighth-grade student at Collegedale Adventist Middle School(CAMS), competed in the 2016 Tennessee National Geographic State Bee on April 1, 2016. "It was cool to see all of the other kids who had accomplished the same thing and appreciate geography in the same way,” he said. “I enjoyed answering the questions.” MORE

Adventists in the News


Please pray for Elder C. D. Brooks and family. His family shared this message on April 28: "We have recently been given an update on the health status of Charles D. Brooks, our father. We did not receive the good news we had hoped for. Our father's condition has advanced and is beyond medical correction. We ask for your continued prayers for our family as we continue on this journey. Your prayers and support have been a sustaining blessing through all of this. Please be encouraged, as Dad is resolute in his faith in God. The Word says, 'Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose trust is the Lord' (Jer. 17:7 NASB)."


Remember Prayer Call, May 5/6. Join the NAD Prayer Ministry team any time, for as long or as briefly as you wish during the May all-night Prayer Call beginning at 10:00 p.m. Thurs. night, 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.

May 23 is the application deadline for REACH Columbia UnionAPPLY TODAY for this life-changing, urban ministry adventure. REACH Columbia Union Urban Evangelism School is a practical opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the city of Philadelphia, while receiving college credit. Spots are limited, scholarships available. High school seniors or college-age young adults may apply now — This one-year program starts June 2016! Watch video 

"Spark" interest at camp meeting! It Is Written Spark workshops will be coming to a camp meeting near you this summer. Spark is an evangelism training workshop that will help you turn your church into a thriving center of personal and public evangelism. The FREE Spark workshops will provide the training needed to reach your community — through Bible study, door-to-door work, relationship building, and even the strategy behind mass mailings. Success is guaranteed for those who prayerfully follow our tested and proven evangelism plan. Your community will never be the same again. Use this Spark to ignite a fire in your church. Click here to find a location near you.


Register for ACF Institute by May 8! This year's ACF Institute, To The Unknown God, is fast approaching.  If you haven't yet made plans to attend, now's the time for action. ACF Institute is an introductory short-term campus mission training to prepare students and young adults in establishing Adventist campus ministries for Christ on non-Adventist college and university campuses. Check out the FAQs page, which includes costs, travel, lodging, schedules, etc.

Ministry in Motion is a showfull of resources for church leaders. Download the broadcast schedule for May through November 2016 and watch it on Hope Channel, Mondays, 8:30 a.m.

It Is Written hosts weekly webinars on Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. EDT. May 10 topic is "Involving Your Family in Bible Work," presented by It Is Written General Manager Jesse Johnson. Each webinar lasts 30 minutes. Ministry resource: the sessions are archived and available for viewing any time. Presenters include John Bradshaw, speaker/director; Eric Flickinger, associate speaker; Dr. Alan Parker and many others. FOR INFO/ARCHIVES

NAD Children's Ministries has rolled out their new website. It has Sabbath school links, crafts, Bible Adventures for Young Readers, Vacation Bible School programs, "Fun-Da-Mentals" - 28 beliefs, Theme-of-the-Year resources, upcoming events for union and conference leaders, and a featured video. More will be added. Check it out!



Evangelism as a Way of Life


“Many churches make the mistake of being worship driven. And they turn evangelism into a program. But the only way church will grow is being mission-driven — where evangelism isn't a program we do once or twice a year but a way of life and the only way we do church!”

— Justin Yang is the ministries director at the Center for Youth Evangelism at Andrews University; graphics by Pastor Bill McClendon, Baltimore First Seventh-day Adventist Church

Reaching Out in Love


Church Plant Boot Camp "Graduates"

On May 1, more than 170 church planters completed the North American Division Church Planters Boot Camp. NAD leadership is partnering with unions, conferences, and local churches to plant 1,000 Adventist churches in the next five years (2016-2021). That's at the rate of 200 community churches per year!

The Plant1000 (#plant100) initiative hopes to inspire, equip, and empower pastors, lay leaders, and congregations to plant new churches across the United States, Canada, Bermuda, and the islands of Guam and Micronesia. They explain why: "We know there are people groups and areas in our territory that have not been reached with Jesus’ lifestyle and message of compassion, hope, and wholeness. We understand that unless we go and become the eyes, heart, hands, and feet of Jesus in those communities, some may never experience the love of God, the compassion of Jesus, and the blessed hope of better day. We also realize that . . . it is imperative for our mature churches to give birth to new congregations, with a 21st Century DNA and the objective to be incarnational and relevant right in the communities in which they are born."

Look for updates on the NAD Church Plant Facebook page.

May 5, 2016

Special Days:

May Focus:
Community Services

May 7, Community Services Sabbath
May 14, Youth Sabbath
May 21, Single Adults Sabbath
May 28, Deaf Ministries


April Special Offerings
May 14, Disaster & Famine Relief

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources

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


Upcoming Events

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

NOTE: Special May "Friendship Issue" is coming soon!

Month of May 2016  – For this month, please pray for the Mid-America Union, with 457 churches and 68,476 members. 
May 8-14 – This week please pray for the Iowa-Missouri Conference, with 107 churches and 11,662 members.


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Dan Weber, communication director | Julio Muñoz, associate director
Kimberly Maran, assistant director

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