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.

Jovannah Poor Bear-Adams draws from her life experience and education at Union to help change the lives of her students at Holbrook Indian School

Changing the Face of Education for Native Students

In Jovannah Poor Bear-Adams's seven years at Holbrook Indian School—first as girls’ dean and English teacher, then as vice principal, and now as dean of Student Services and Programming—she has worked with hundreds of students, each with their own unique narrative.

Zane sits in his residence where his relatives Charlotte and George Garrick visit him.

The Tiniest Tear

Charlotte Garrick shares how a small, yet moving interaction with her husband's nephew Zane, who has cerebral palsy, inspires her to think about Jesus' Second Coming.

Samantha Grady, Mar 21, 2018 town hall mtg screenshot CNN broadcast

A Quiet Witness

It's estimated that 800,000 protesters attended the March for Our Lives demonstration in Washington, D.C., on March 24. But one Parkland shooting victim and survivor who has gained some notoriety through numerous, televised interviews wasn’t in D.C. On that March day, Samantha Grady was a state away from the Florida demonstration, praying and studying the Bible at a PBE event.

Fount of Every Blessing guitar close up

Fount of Every Blessing

Music streamed from the hotel meeting room as instruments and voices fused the chords of an achingly beautiful and poignant message. I quickly found a place to stand with the gathered worshippers as they continued with the song’s first verse: “Teach me ever to adore Thee, may I still Thy goodness prove, while the hope of endless glory fills my heart with joy and love.” 

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.

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).