Stories & Commentaries

About Stories & Commentaries

From time to time, the North American Division shares commentaries on issues and/or events important to Adventists in this division. We also publish stories, which sometimes include interviews and features, to inspire our leaders and members.

Pohnpei Adventist Mission School staff

Beyond Palm Trees and Beaches

There are many reasons why young adults become student missionaries (SMs), often pausing their college work, and their regular lives, to serve for a year or two in a place far from home. And as these five SMs’ year-long assignments drew to a close, they shared their stories — what they’ve learned about themselves, their relationship with Jesus, and what it means to serve others.

Sabbath school camp fire Wetterlin article

Life Without a Box

The modernist view of reality has taught people to look at their lives compartmentally. Work is a separate box from the church box, from the family box, from the social box, etc. It is not a problem, therefore, to act one way at work and another way at church, in both worship service and Sabbath School.

North American Division

A Way Back In

I grabbed the keys off the dresser, turned around, and ran out of the house through the living room, jumped over the fence, down the sidewalk, and out to the car. Dad was right behind me. Barefooted, no shirt on. He was coming around the fence, and I was in the car. I started it, pressed the accelerator, threw it in reverse, and burned rubber going backward down the street. And my dad ran behind me, trying to catch me, his son, in his car. Neighbors came out of their houses, tires were squealing.

Fast driver of a sports car at night looking into side mirror.

A Way Back In

During the summer, I would get the car but my dad, who worked the 3:30 to 11:30 p.m. shift, would say two things: “Be back by 3, and don’t bring the car empty.”

Madeline Cadavero, student missionary (through the North American Division Office of Volunteer Ministries) poses with some of her students in Chuuk, Micronesia.

Are You Afraid to Die?

My name is Madeline. I’m from Murphy, North Carolina, and I’m serving as a student missionary (through the North American Division Office of Volunteer Ministries) on the island of Chuuk, Micronesia. Despite the postcard-like views of palm trees and colorful sea coral, life in Chuuk is not a walk at the beach.

Larinda Fandrich and Elissa Lombard accepted the 2017 Step Up award from ServeNebraska on behalf of Union College.

Union College Receives Nebraska Service Award

Every year Union takes one day off from classes to send students into the Lincoln community and volunteer. Project Impact has been a part of Union’s campus life since the 1980s.

Guest speakers Dan Jackson, NAD president, and Alex Bryant, executive secretary at ITTO at Oakwood.

At Oakwood University, Young Adult Dialogue Continues with NAD Leaders

On Dec. 2, 2017, Oakwood University students and student government leaders from colleges across the North American Division (NAD) dialogued with church leaders during the second Facebook Live Event titled “Is This Thing On?” (ITTO).

poverty simulation

La Sierra Social Workers, Pastor Take Poverty Attack Plan to National Conference

Associate professor of social work Daphne Thomas, assistant professor of social work Marni Straine, and university alum Steve Hemenway, a La Sierra University Church pastor, led a workshop titled “Bridging Gaps: Social Workers Provide Solutions in Faith-based Arenas” for the National Association of Christian Social Workers convention. The event took place Nov. 2-5, 2017, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

kettering medical center

Kettering Medical Center Celebrates Robotic Surgery Milestone

Heather Pulaski, a Kettering Physician Network gynecologic oncologist, recently performed the 5000th da Vinci® Surgical System procedure at Kettering Medical Center in Ohio.

Gilbert Plubell

Son Remembers Gilbert Plubell, Former NAD Director of Education

My father, Gilbert Plubell, died on Thanksgiving evening, Nov. 23, 2017. Dad, known by all as Gil, was long-time leader in Adventist education.