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October 27, 2016
Ever wanted to ask your pastor about things you may not understand about Adventism? As part of a series, Alex Bryan, pastor of the Walla Walla Seventh-Day Adventist Church (Wash.), gave university students the opportunity to "Ask Anything: Adventism," during his sermon on Oct. 15. WATCH the video.
Anika Perry, or Chef Ani, is a young Adventist chef from New England. She writes: "It can be a daunting task for a young woman to decide which educational path to pursue, and that was the case for me a couple of years ago. That is, until I did a search of Ellen White’s writings and found that learning how to cook healthful foods was a definite requirement." MORE
On Oct. 8, the celebration of two anniversaries by Clinica Adventista Ana Stahl (CAAS) brought 1,500 participants to Iquitos, Peru. Those gathered represent the Seventh-day Adventist faith community, former patients, civic leaders, leaders of sister institutions from Lima and Juliaca, as well as representatives of GHI from Denver, Colorado. MORE
Members of the Oakwood University Board of Trustees met on Oct. 18 to discuss and receive reports concerning the growth of the 120-year-old educational institution at its fall board meeting. The meeting was chaired by Daniel R. Jackson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America. During the presidents report, Leslie N. Pollard reported that 403 students graduated in May 2016. He also shared that Oakwood saw an enrollment increase in full-time students. MORE
During her inauguration on Oct. 25, Andrea Luxton, new presidentof Andrews University, said that stopping to listen to God’s still, small voice would be key for the university as it embarks on a new chapter of its history. The inauguration ceremony began at 10 a.m. in the Pioneer Memorial Church on the university campus in Berrien Springs, Michigan. MORE
Pastor Cesar Perozo's Friday afternoon took a shocking turnwhen he made a split-second decision to assist a woman whose SUV plunged into the cold waters of Sky Pond (Mass.) on Oct. 14. He had been enjoying the scenery hours before that evening’s Revelation Today Boston presentation when the vehicle careened down the embankment into the water. MORE
For the first time in human history, each of us has the potential to witness to the world via the power of social media. As disciples, each of us has an obligation to be social media ambassadors for Christ within our own sphere of influence. Learn more from Jamie Jean Schneider, NAD digital strategist.
The NAD Office of Communication has prepared materials on and about Desmond Doss and the new film "Hacksaw Ridge." Dan Weber talks to Charles Knapp, Doss Council chair; CLICK HERE to read this interview. CLICK HERE for talking points, presented in the form of Q&A, that may help church members in North America be prepared for questions about Doss, and the Adventist Church. Members may choose to direct individuals to this helpful website: whoareadventists.org.
Adventists in the News
Leading Hospital Industry Publication Honors Loma Linda University Health President

AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center GlenOaks (Ill.) Hosts Event for Local PD

Southern Adventist University Exhibits 65 Ancient Seals from Biblical Times [Photos]

Adventist Care Centers Plans New $20M Facility in Central Fla.

Gordon Hospital (Ga.) Named One of Adventist Health System’s Top Performers

Southwestern Adventist University to Open Dinosaur Museum

Husband of Trans-European Division Executive Secretary Dies in Industrial Accident

Thousands of Young People Share Jesus During First Global Public Campus Ministries Weekend

Adventists in the News
NAD NewsPoints will keep you up to date with special editions during the North American Division 2016 Year-End Meeting. Be sure to check your inbox, Twitter, and Facebook for photos, news updates and reports. And several sessions will be live streamed — including NAD President Dan Jackson's Sabbath sermon, and other presentations.

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 is "How to Handle Distractions During a Bible Study," with Michelle Doucoumes. Next week: the IIW team will host a Q&A. Valuable material you won't want to miss!
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. The 2017 convention will be held in Tucson, Arizona. 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.
Christian parents have long known the dangers of the Ouija board, but many remain unaware of its increasing use among today's teens. Learn more in a survey conducted by the Barna Group, which shares startling numbers of teenagers involved in witchcraft and psychic activities. Pacific Press has resources available for our youth, parents, teachers, and anyone else who has a heart for young people — one is listed below. Not Alone is a teen sharing book based on the first-hand experience of someone who was drawn into the tantalizing dangers of the occult, primarily through using a Ouija board. Visit Pacific Press online for more books/resources.

23-29  Prayer Focus: Georgia-Cumberland
29       Special Offering: NAD Evangelism
October Focus:Adventist Heritage

Month of Prayer:Southern Union Conference

3-4      All-Night Prayer Call
5         Stewardship Sabbath
5-26    Native Heritage Month
6-12    Week of Prayer
12       Human Relations Sabbath; Special Offering:           Global Mission
12-13  Compassion Weekend
15       National Philanthropy Day
18-20  HE SAID GO Missions Conference
19       Welcome Home Sabbath
November Focus:Prayer

Month of Prayer:Southern Union Conference

NAD Feature: "Campfires, Memories, and Meeting God" by Kimberly Luste Maran, pp. 32-39

NAD News: "Mr. Happy," Bermudan Johnny Barnes, Passes Away; Family Ministries Distinguished Service Award Presented; Breath of Life Receives Gift from Legendary Bible Instructor; Pathway to Health Beckley Serves West Virginia, pp. 11-13

NAD Update: "God's Closet Outreach Becomes NAD Ministry," pp. 14-15

NAD Perspective: "Old Ways and Masterpieces" by Daniel Weber, p. 17

The Oct. 2016 Adventist World magazine also features an "NAD Letters" section.


"Social media is designed to build community."
— Jamie Jean Schneider, digital strategist, NAD, during SAC workshop, Oct. 14, 2016

"Engage with people and they will give you more than a photograph."
— Erik Stenbakken, photographer/videographer, during SAC workshop, Oct. 14

"Climbing the mountain is never about the mountain. It's about you."
— Becky De Oliveira, speaker/author, during SAC Sabbath morning devotional, Oct. 15

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