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The leadership of the North American Division asks its members to keep those involved in the upcoming General Conference Annual Council in prayer. Every year Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders come from all around the world to worship, pray, and discuss the mission of the worldwide church. Please pray that God’s guidance and leading will direct their discussions. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths” (Prov. 3:5-6). READ the statement online.

Carlton P. Byrd will receive the 2016 Pastor of the Year Award for the Alabama NAACP - Huntsville/Madison County Branch. “While I am humbled to be selected for this great honor, I am also cognizant that we still have much more work to do to make our neighborhoods and nation a place where every person, regardless of color, is safe, successful, and celebrated,” said Byrd, Oakwood University Church senior pastor and speaker/director of the Breath of Life Television Ministries, after learning of his selection. MORE

Pacific Union College has been named the most ethnically diverse national liberal arts college in the U.S., according to the new annual rankings of best colleges released by U.S. News & World Report. PUC has previously ranked second and third in this category. MORE

The 2016 NAD Women Pastors and Chaplains Retreat held on Sept. 11-14 offered the 160 attendees continuing education workshops, keynote presentations, devotionals, and a special outreach activity. Those gathered were able to pray, worship, and fellowship together. “This event is the first of its kind,” says Brenda Billingy, NAD Ministerial associate director and retreat coordinator. “We wanted to give the women time for spiritual renewal, but we wanted to do something that would also give them an opportunity to reach out to the community.” MORE

ACS Reports: Hurricane Matthew's impending arrival in the southeastern states has residents preparing for the worst. The hurricane has already caused death and destruction around Haiti, Cuba, and the Bahamas. The NAD ACS Disaster Response team held a meeting with union directors and a few affected conference directors currently on the ground in the region. Pray for those impacted already; and learn more from the NAD ACS website.
Adventists in the News

Join the North American Division Prayer Ministry team TODAY, Oct. 6, for an all-night prayer call starting at 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. EDT. Call 404-891-6338; access code is Prayer# (772937#). There will be a different leader each half hour; join any time during the evening. Participate for a few minutes, or as long as able. Invite friends and family. More info here.

Dwight K. Nelson uses God’s Word to discover how we can replace our greatest fears with fresh hope for a new journey in life. Exclusively streamed online and broadcast on Hope Channel, Oct. 14-22, 8 p.m. EST and PST. #HopeTrending

The Society of Adventist Communicators invites you to Denver, Colo. (Oct. 13-15) for a time of inspiration, celebration, training, and growing as professional communicators and communication students. Use ‪#‎SACdenver16 and ‪#‎AdventistComm on social media; and click here for registration info.

“Dry Bones and Fossil Trackways - Geology Research From a Biblical Perspective” is a 22-minute video documentary showing the fascinating scientific research of Dr. Leonard Brand (LLU) and Dr. Arthur Chadwick (SWAU). The film, released by Adventist Learning Community, explores their belief in the biblical record of history and how this has shaped the scientific questions they ask. If you are interested in Creation and the relationship between faith and science, watch and share this resource with others in preparation for Creation Sabbath on October 22. Watch for free HERE.

Headline: Registration is Open: Regular Rates Until Oct. 17 Registration is NOW open. Don't miss the #HeSaidGo Missions Conference in San Diego, CA (Nov. 18-20) from the NAD Office of Volunteer Ministries. Whether you’re a student, lay-member, or church leader, this conference offers engaging presentations and multi-generational discussions to help us reclaim a passion and vision for Adventist missions. Discount rates available for students. Learn more and register: www.hesaidgo.org.

The Adventist Ministries Convention is a premier event held for church leadership twice every five years. Since its inception in 1988, its purpose is to provide training and resourcing for more than 700 denominational leaders. This convention has been presented in various locations across North America; the 2017 convention will be held in Tucson, Arizona. Conference and union colleagues come together in a unique fellowship that inspires and renews us as leaders. It’s a place to welcome those who are new to departmental ministry, to learn about new resources and, most importantly, learn from each other. The convention will feature more than 28 ministry tracks, robust exhibit events, inspirational and motivational general sessions, outreach activities, and awards given to individuals for ministry achievement. Click here for more info.



This article on the history of Battle Creek, Mich., was originally published in the first issue of Adventist Heritage magazine. Gerald G. Herdman commentates alongside 19th century photos of the bustling town. Vivid descriptions of life at that time take the reader on a time-travel excursion in one of the most iconic epicenters of Adventist history. Read it HERE.

ADRA Canada invites you to take the Ration Meal Challenge!  For one day of your choice between October 13-18, eat only the ration meal that they send you so you can see what it might be like to live in a refugee camp. It’s an easy and fun way to raise money for ADRA. For more information and to sign up, click here.

The NAD Adventurer Club produced this guideexplaining the do’s and don’ts of disciplining children in a group setting. Whether in Sabbath School, Adventurer meetings, or at school, it is important for leaders to model a loving, patient, and cheerful attitude, even when dealing with problem behavior. To read, click HERE.


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 features "The Role a Bible Study Partner" with Yves Monnier. Next week: "How to Lead to a Decision After Every Bible Study," with John Bradshaw. This is valuable material you won't want to miss!


God's Wisdom


“The call of God to an individual is never about the individual. God has not called us here today because we bring a collective wisdom in ourselves. If you’ve come here today thinking you will fix whatever you think is broken, you should instead get on your knees and ask God to ‘fix me.’ We’ve been called here together to understand not what we want, but what God wants.”  

— Daniel R. Jackson, president of the North American Division, speaking at the North Pacific Union Conference constituency meeting in September 2016

Reaching Out in Love


Did you know there is a celebration that expresses our closeness to Christ and willingness to serve others? 

The Lord's Supper is an example of Christ's openness and acceptance of all people. It's Christianity's sacrament that reminds us of what the true message of Jesus Christ is! Jesus came to this Earth and lived and died for all people — of every tribe, every tongue, and every nation. MORE

Watch the 90: second video on Vimeo

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.


October 6, 2016

October Focus: Adventist Heritage

Oct. 15 - Spirit of Prophecy Sabbath
Oct. 22 - Pathfinder Sabbath

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:

Oct. 8/9
Nov. 12/13


October Special Offerings
Oct. 8, Voice of Prophecy/La Voz de la Esperanza
Oct. 29, NAD Evangelism

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources

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

Upcoming Events

Adventist World/
NAD Edition
September 2016
NAD Feature: "AIMing to Make a Difference," by Kimberly Luste Maran, pp. 17-20

NAD News: Church/Community Volunteers Complete 15th Home Renovation; VOP's "Shadow Empire" Returns in Sept.; ACF Institute Connects College Students to God and Each Other; Pathfinder Bible Experience Grows, pp. 11-13

NAD Update: "Adventists Gather in Washington, D.C., to Pray, Call for Action," pp. 22-23

NAD Perspective: "Help! I'm a Parent!" by Claudio and Pamela Consuegra, p. 25

The Sept. 2016 Adventist World magazine also features the annual Week of Prayer readings, "A Heart for Mission."


Months of Oct.-Nov. 2016  – For this period, please pray for the Southern Union Conference, with 1,108 churches and 280,082 members. 
Oct. 9-15 – This week please pray for the Florida Conference, with 199 churches and 63,535 members.

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