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Pacific Union College’s Pitcairn Islands Study Center has provided 10 pigtails, believed to be from sailors who mutinied in 1789 and settled in Tahiti and Pitcairn, for DNA authentication. The 10 hair clippings are thought to be from seven mutineers and three of their female Polynesian companions, and will be analyzed in a collaboration between the Pitcairn Islands Study Center and the forensic DNA group at King’s College London. “If the tests and genealogical studies of this hair authenticate that it is of seven of the nine mutineers who hid out from British justice on Pitcairn in 1790, it will be the only tangible evidence of their having existed,” said Herbert Ford, director of the Pitcairn study center. MORE; and check out a second article.

Free Michigan dental clinic served more than 100 refugees during an Aug. 12 and 14 dental and health event. Patients received $40,000 worth of medical care when the Grand Rapids Central Seventh-day Adventist Church partnered with a new Myanmar company and local New Hope Baptist church. MORE

Southwestern Adventist University welcomes Dean Waterman as the director of development. Waterman brings experience in fundraising for church growth projects. “I look forward to helping others invest in the influence of our young people, which allows us all to make a difference beyond ourselves," says Waterman. MORE

La Sierra University Chamber Singers performed in Japan this summer during a first international tour. A conversation with a music distribution executive last year morphed into the whirlwind, two-week tour from June 30 to July 9, during which the group gave concerts in five cities. MORE

ACS Update from Louisiana Flood Region:Churches in both Southwest Region and Ark.-La. conferences housed and fed members and local residents, and many flood survivors have since been able to make other living arrangements. Three Texas churches held a quick food drive to support some of the Louisiana churches feeding survivors. MORE

Adventists in the News

There's still time to attend camp meeting in some conferences! 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.

Attention ACS union/conference directors! You've missed early bird registration for the NAD Adventist Community Services convention, Sept. 7-10, but you can still sign up! The convention, themed "Ways to Reach Your Community . . . ," will be held at the Oregon Conference's Gladstone Park Conference Center. Cost: $250; Registration is open; click here for more information about the convention.

The NAD Women Pastors and Chaplains Retreat will be held from Sept. 11-14, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Based on Isaiah 40:31, the goal for the retreat will be to help renew the strength of women in ministry so that they can continue to run and not get weary, to walk and not faint. Join us as we renew our faith, focus, and friendships. This event promises to provide a time of refreshing so that, as women, we can return to our positions soaring on wings like eagles! Click here for more information/registration.

Pastors and Evangelism Coordinators: You Can Be the Voice of Prophecy in Your Community! VOP Local is empowering local churches with cutting-edge, easy-to-use evangelism resources. Here’s just a taste of two of them: If your church hasn’t done so already, now is the perfect time to register for the September 15-17 Shadow Empire encore event across North America! This short series, which addresses modern-day religious freedom by exploring the life of Constantine the Great, was filmed on location in Europe and the Middle East. After each program, the local pastor leads the group through a short Bible study, then invites visitors to join the church’s ongoing Bible study (or another event) at the conclusion of the series. Click here for more info.

And each month VOP’s evangelism team produces a brand-new “Shop Talk” training session—sharing the A to Zs of evangelism and Bible work. Thus far, five episodes are available, featuring topics such as “Gaining Decisions for Christ” and “Learning to Deal With Objections.” Pastors can learn more and register for free at www.voplocal.com.

NAD Regional Health Summit is coming to British Columbia this fall. Visit Camp Hope in Hope, B.C., Canada, from Sept. 28-Oct. 2, and learn how to use health care as an outreach tool. Physical, emotional, and social health are all important needs in our community. Providing hope along with sharing the loving character of Jesus will be the focus of this special mountain-top exhibit. MORE INFO

SDA Attorneys' Conference and Retreat is back! In the 1980s, this event brought attorneys from across NAD together for networking and learning. After a two-decade hiatus, the conference will be held in Henderson, Nevada, on Oct. 20-23. Attendees will also be able to earn 10+ hours of CLE credits. This conference is sponsored jointly by the Office of General Counsel of the General Conference and the Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Department of the North American Division. Click here to request more information. Read the article.


An enditnow Emphasis Day (Aug. 27) kit is FREE and downloadable from the NAD Women’s Ministries website. There is a sample sermon, suggested program, and children's story for church with a PowerPoint presentation. The entire enditnow Emphasis Day kit is available in English, French, and Spanish; churches may choose to use some or all of the materials. It may be printed/reproduced as needed. The 2016 theme is "Learning to Love as He Loved," by Nancy Wilson. 

“Facts with Hope” has generated a collection of 60-second, health-focused videos, covering a wide range of topics such as “Having a Pet,” “Salt and your Health,” and “Anxiety.” Themes are illustrated with straightforward graphics that make concepts clear and practical. It’s never been easier to get your daily health nugget!

Spiritual Gifts: The Keys to Ministry guides readers through a spiritual gifts inventory to find their individual strengths, digging deeper to discover what types of ministries are best suited to each gift! James Zackrison’s book, available through AdventSource, is an excellent resource on the biblical roots of outreach by utilizing God-given talents.

Three Angels Deaf Ministries encourages sharing Jesus and the good news of the Bible to the Deaf with specialized resources, including video sermons, books, and DVDs. In addition, 3ADM offers perspective and cultural education to hearing members of the church in order to best meet the needs of the Deaf and buoy church attendance by the Deaf community.

What does it mean to have the spiritual gift of teaching? Or evangelism? Or hospitality? This brochure from Women’s Ministries explains the significance of spiritual gifts and how to recognize yours.



Welcome Home Sabbath Resources are available from Reconnecting Ministries to help your church plan:

•  Preparing and Implementing Your Welcome Home Sabbath
•  Sabbath School Special Feature
•  Sermon Manuscript
•  Youth and Young Adult Reconnecting Resources
•  Reconnecting Resources
More resources are linked at the NAD Calendar of Special Days.

Watch summer shows now. Hope Channel Classics will feature documentaries on Martin Luther, John Wesley, Corrie ten Boom and more. Faith for Today’s award-winning drama series, Westbrook Hospitalis back by popular demand. Musical artists from My Story, My Song will perform an encore in mini concerts. Also back is Barry Black in Higher Ground. In addition to the return of these favorites is Arniona brand new show that presents a fresh, contemporary look at the book of Revelation. For air times, check the program guide. Watch Hope Channel on DirecTV 368, streaming online, on Roku, and mobile apps.



It Is Written's SALT Program is 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. This week's video presentation, "Prayer During Visits," is presented by Dale Tunnell. Next week: "Responding to Difficult Questions About the Sabbath," Eric Flickinger. This is valuable material you won't want to miss!


Hope and Optimism, Now and Later

"Our message to the world must be a message filled with hope and optimism, not only about the present, but also about the future."

—Daniel R. Jackson, Jan. 2016, in comments after sharing the NAD mission statement: To reach the North American Division territory and the world with the distinctive, Christ-centered Seventh-day Adventist message of hope and wholeness. Click here to learn more about the Adventist Church


Reaching Out in Love


A Taoist Meets Jesus

For two weeks this summer we have had campers join us from Taiwan. Many of these campers are Buddhist or other Eastern religions. A young Taiwanese girl who came from a Taoist background heard about Jesus for the first time. She was amazed to learn about a God that loved her personally. “Will God be angry with me because I am a Taoist?” she asked her counselor. The counselor told her that God loved and accepted her just the way she was. By the end of the week the counselor had taught this young girl to pray for the first time. We sent her home with a Bible of her own. I am certain that the Holy Spirit will continue water the seeds that were sown here at camp.

—Pastor David Yeagley, director of Sunset Lake Camp, Wilkeson, Washington

NOTE: As summer comes to a close, NewsPoints is sharing with you a few glimpses of what occurred at NAD camps in 2016 as we REACH North America. This is one of four short stories, which is just a small sampling of how God changes lives at camp.

Next week: "Mission Accomplished"


August 25, 2016
August Focus:
Spiritual Gifts

August 27 - Enditnow Day

September Focus:

Sept. 3 - Men's Day of Prayer
Sept. 11-17 - NurturePeriodicals: (Adventist ReviewInsightGuidePrimary TreasureOur Little Friend)
Sept. 11-17 - Family Togetherness Week
Sept. 17 - Family Togetherness Sabbath
Sept. 18 - Let's Move Day
Sept. 18-24 - Hispanic Heritage Week
Sept. 18-24 - Let's Move Week/Health Education Week/Vibrant Life

September Special Offerings
Sept. 10, Fall Mission Appeal: World Budget/NAD

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources

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

Upcoming Events

Adventist World/
NAD Edition
August 2016
NAD Feature: "Lending a Hand, Providing for Needs," by Kryzia Abacan, pp. 30-37
NAD News: Oakwood University Church Honors NBA Legend "Magic" Johnson; Jesus 101 Wins People's Choice Telly Award; La Sierra University Enactus Team Wins Championship; Washington Adventist University Graduate Wins College TV Awards Emmy, pp. 11-13

NAD Update: "Evangelist C.D. Brooks Passes to His Rest," pp. 14-15

NAD Perspective: "Visionaries: Who's Next?" by Dan Weber, p. 17

Months of Aug.-Sept. 2016  – For this period, please pray for the Adventist Church in Canada, with 376 churches and 68,087 members. 
Aug. 28 - Sept. 3 – This week please pray for the British Columbia Conference, with 81 churches and 11,314 members.

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Kimberly Maran, assistant director

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