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NewsPoints, June 9, 2016


C.D. Brooks, innovative evangelist, longtime Breath of Life speaker/director, is remembered in a special articlehighlighting his life, faith, and career working for the Lord through the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Coverage includes testimonieslife timeline, and more. Read a full-length life sketch.

Watch the livestream of the C.D. Brooks memorial service at 1 p.m. on June 12, on the Sligo church website.

The first small-town free clinic organized by Your Best Pathway to Health — which will be held in Beckley, West Virginia, on July 13-15 — is the brainchild of the Acceptance Sabbath School class at the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church in Collegedale, Tennessee. The class worked with the Mountain View Conference for more than a year to identify Beckley as a place where its members could have a mission experience close to home. The class then reached out to Your Best Pathway to Health to organize a free clinic there. More volunteers, and more donations, are urgently needed! MORE

During a May 19-29 humanitarian mission trip to Havana, Cuba, 20 homes were painted by Washington Adventist University student and faculty volunteers; 280 Cubans participated in the English classes that were taught; 186 people attended the health screening clinic; and 315 children participated in a VBS. This is the first time an Adventist university in North America has made such a trip. MORE

Historic canvas tent, anyone? In a world of change, Maine camp meeting is sticking to tradition with the Northern New England Conference offering a full, nine-day camping event filled with worship services, seminars, recreational activities, and much more. MORE

Adventists in the News


It's camp meeting time! The Seventh-day Adventist Church has been conducting camp meetings for more than 100 years. Each conference in the North American Division plans a camp meeting (some are 10-day events!) filled with seminars and sermons that teach biblical principles, healthier lifestyles, practical living principles, and more. Check out this year's camp meeting schedule.

Urgent call for dental and vision care medical professionals — you are needed at the next Your Best Pathway to Health clinic to be held on July 13-16, 2016, in Beckley, W.Va., in the heart of Appalachia. Sign up today, and share with friends/colleagues. Learn more about this life-changing experience from the Pathway to Health LA news videos.


The NAD Ministerial Association needs your stories! They would like to publish, celebrate, pray for, and spread the news of what God is doing through you. Send your evangelism and outreach stories, photos, and videos in and let's work together! Also use #compassion10m in your social media posts specifically for "Compassion Weekend" activities. MORE INFO

You may already be familiar with It Is Written's SALT Program, a three-month evangelism training school that takes place each fall on the campus of Southern Adventist University. Now you can watch SALT 365, It Is Written's free online evangelism training. We pray the information and skills you gain are put to use every day of the year! There is never a better time to share Jesus than right now.

Grab your bike and get ready to change the world! After successful rides in Australia and New Zealand, 25000Spins is coming to America this year. You can fight world poverty and improve the lives of people around the world by joining ADRA for a cycling adventure in beautiful Big Sur, California. Registration is open! Click here to get started, visit crowdrise.com/adrausa. Dates: September 25-27, 2016; Registration Fee: $199; Fundraising Target: $2,500 (minimum to raise is $1,500).


The NAD Health Ministries Department has many valuable resources listed on its webpage. One of them is featured here: Adventist Recovery Ministries (ARMin), described as "a ministry of the Health Department of the Seventh-day Adventist Church." There is Christ-centered help for all addictions! Find freedom from unhealthy habits. MORE

"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. 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.

The NAD focus for the month of June is Church Growth and Evangelism. One valuable resource is the North American Division Evangelism Institute (NADEI). And here's a bonus tip: there are many books available on a variety of topics all geared toward evangelism and church growth.

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


Seeking Hope and Wholeness?

"At the cross Jesus felt the weight of the world on His shoulders, and the price He paid gave us eternal salvation. When times are bad, just remember that Jesus felt the same emotions you are going through. He knows the pain you feel, for He experienced it before you did. Doesn’t that give you hope to know you are not alone in your pain, that Jesus shares it with you?

"The Bible says: 'Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need' (Heb. 4:14-16). . . .

"I pray that God’s grace will help you find the peace and wholeness that can be found only in a relationship with Him.

"If you have never visited one of the Seventh-day Adventist churches in North America, I urge you to stop by and fellowship with people just like you, people who try to replace the pain in their hearts caused by this sinful world. I pray that together you can find the joy that comes from living a life filled with the grace of Jesus, a life that is complete with the hope and wholeness of Jesus’ salvation."

—Daniel R. Jackson, president, North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, excerpted from Jackson’s welcome article in the special May 2016 Adventist World edition


Reaching Out in Love


Club Meetings, Youth Mentoring Bring People to Church

The Seventh-day Adventist Church utilizes many avenues for outreach and church ministry. Two of the most popular, and fruitful, are the Adventurer and Pathfinder clubs. Armando Miranda, Jr., associate director, NAD Youth Ministries, shares two stories that show how clubs can bring people to the church.

For months, a Little Rock Spanish church (Ark.) plant met in houses, and looked for interests for Bible studies in the community. They persevered and, after some time, decided to start a Pathfinder Club. It brought so many people that the church plant had to start an Adventurer Club! And that is when I met him at the family camp. The group has been active as a church for a little more than three years with an active Pathfinder Club and, now, a new Adventurer Club. I was amazed — their group was one of the larger clubs and they had a lot of children there!

A few weeks ago, while at the Illinois Conference Pathfinder camporee at Camp Akita, I met youth pastor David Kokiong. Kokiong is from the Hinsdale Fil Am church, and as we got acquainted, I noticed that his church had brought a large group of Pathfinders. The Pathfinder director, 19 years old, has been a director for two years. His name is Rodney Pidu, Jr., or “RJ,” as he is known. The Hinsdale Fil AM church’s Pathfinder Club has grown under RJ’s leadership from 35 to almost 50, and the activities for youth and the spiritual growth of the young people at church have exploded exponentially! MORE


June 9, 2016


Special Days

June Focus:
Church Growth and Evangelism

June 11, Women's Ministries Emphasis Day
June 11, Refugee Awareness Sabbath

July Focus:
Adventist Lifestyle

July 9, Griggs University


June Special Offerings
June 11, Multilingual Ministries/Chaplaincy Ministries

July Special Offerings
July 9, Women's Ministries

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources

Sample Offertory Readings (in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French)
Compassion and Hope
NAD Initiative for 2016

The 2nd weekend of every month will automatically be a Compassion Weekend. Plan for it every month throughout the year: Do acts of compassion, especially on these weekends, but better yet, every day. 

Days of Compassion:

June 11/12
July 9/10
Aug. 13/14
Sept. 10/11
Oct. 8/9
Nov. 12/13


Upcoming Events

Adventist World/
NAD Edition
May, 2016
NAD Intro to Special Issue: "Dear Friend," By Daniel R. Jackson, p. 3
NAD Cover Story: "Hope in a Hectic World," By Carlton P. Byrd, pp. 16-20

Daily Prayer Guide
Month of June 2016  – For this month, please pray for the North Pacific Union, with 439 churches and 99,419 members. 
June 12-18 – This week please pray for the Oregon Conference, with 131 churches and 35,895 members.


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