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BMX bike tricks at the 2019 Oshkosh camporee

A Slice of Hangar Life

Visitors walking through the four hangars on the campus of the 2019 International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, have the opportunity to experience a microcosm of Adventism — from bumping into Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, to earning a one-of-a-kind humanitarian ADRA International pin, to completing a short list of requirements to obtain a special North American Division (NAD) pin from one of the three officers, to meeting recruiters from Seventh-day Adventist schools across the division, to praying with directors from the NAD’s Ministerial Association.

ACS golden buckets filled at Oshkosh

Pathfinders at Oshkosh Camporee Fill 5,000 Golden Buckets

Supplies to fill 5,000 buckets were delivered to the Pathfinder International Camporee ACS station in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. They include household cleaner, dishwashing soap, scrubber sponges, scrub brushes, cleaning towels, dust masks, kitchen, disposable and work gloves, trash bags, laundry detergent, paper towels, disinfectant wipes, a clothesline, clothespins, and insect repellant spray.

Pathfinders Roger and Ariel

Tennessee Pathfinders Win Oshkosh Theme Song Contest

Roger and Ariel Lantigua, brothers from the Bowman Hills Pathfinder Club in Cleveland, Tenn., won the theme song contest for the 2019 Chosen International Pathfinder Camporee. Event organizers announced in July that the piece created by 19-year-old Roger and 18-year-old Ariel was chosen to be the official theme song for the camporee. The camporee officially started today, Aug. 13.

stock photo of young woman comforting sister

Adventist Community Services Supply Spiritual and Emotional Support After El Paso, Texas, Mass Shooting

Shortly after a gunman fired on crowds in a Walmart and its parking lot in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, local Adventist Community Service Disaster Response (ACS DR) leader Marshall Gonzales reached out to W. Derrick Lea, North American Division (NAD) ACS DR director, to ascertain how ACS could be of help. After requests from the American Red Cross, a team of ACS bilingual, credentialed emotional and spiritual care providers were approved and vetted to assist and support the individuals and families experiencing trauma.

NAD Headquarters building in Columbia, Md.

North American Division Issues Statement Against Recent Shootings in Texas and Ohio

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America empathizes with those directly impacted by the evil that has sprung up in our land. Our hearts go out to the victims of the most recent acts of senseless violence that serve to divide our society. ... We long for the pain to stop and the heartache to fade away. We recognize we live in a sinful world that doesn’t reflect the original vision of God when He created a perfect world where all were equal and free. As a church, we remind all that we should love equally and resolve to serve no matter race, gender, or cultural background.

La Sierra University STEM scholarships 2019

$55,000 in scholarships moves La Sierra University STEM students toward careers 

On May 23, the La Sierra University Office of Advancement held its annual scholarships awards ceremony during which a total of $565,473 was formally presented to 258 students. These funds included a total $15,000 from Edison International for seven Edison STEM scholars and $40,000 in science scholarship awards from Victor and Alina Tolan awarded to 20 students in STEM majors.

Bemnet Meried

Fleeing to Freedom

He approached the lake in the middle of the night, one of nearly 20 people. The unfamiliar path toward freedom was on the opposite side of a lake, in a country he had never visited—Sudan. As the boat began to leave the shore, Meried recalled a passage from Isaiah 43:2: “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee” (KJV).

2014 Oshkosh

A Camporee Experience

What if I told you that spending a full five or six days in an open field, surrounded by 50,000 people or more, walking five to 10 miles per day, having to go to porta potties and bathe in shower houses, and sleeping in a tent and trying to keep up with a group of teens and preteens would be the best experience that you could ever have this summer? This is what happens every five years at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) airfields in OshKosh, Wisconsin.

group photo from 2019 NAD Experience, AdventHealth in Florida

Adventist World Church Leaders Experience Mission and Diversity During Division Tour

Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders from around the world witnessed mission in the North American Division (NAD) context when they visited several locations in the division during the 2019 NAD Experience held June 26 to July 7. General Conference executive secretaries and spouses joined the executive secretaries and spouses from the church’s 12 other division offices as NAD leaders shared a glimpse of the territory’s mission activity and ethnic diversity through touring four of nine union conferences.

Rachel Scribner at media meeting in Florida

Adventist Media Centers Worldwide Collaborate in New, International Cross-Media Project

A group of media professionals from Seventh-day Adventist Church divisions around the world met on July 9-10, 2019, to work on an international cross-media project that will focus on bring hope to anyone facing uncertainty in their lives. The select group from different Adventist media centers spent time brainstorming, praying, and shaping the creative project during two days of meetings at the Inter-American Division headquarters in Miami, Florida.