Project director Adilynn woods poses with the completed shoeboxes.

Story by New Hope church staff

On a recent Sabbath afternoon children who are members of Chesapeake Conference's New Hope church's Adventurers Club in Fulton, Md.,  packed more than 200 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. The club members formed an assembly line and packed things like notebooks, pencils, crayons, hygiene products, small toys and Bibles into the boxes. These boxes will be taken to a Samaritan’s Purse processing center near Baltimore where a workbook that presents the Gospel for children is added. Then the boxes are shipped to children in the developing world. They are an evangelism tool to over eight million children a year.

Michael Jamieson, NAD undertreasurer, prays for Emmanuel Asiedu. Photo by Ricardo Bacchus

Story by V. Michelle Bernard

During the November Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee meeting, members elected Emmanuel Asiedu as the new treasurer of the union effective January 1, 2018.

“Emmanuel is a uniquely gifted leader,” says Dave Weigley, union president. “He’s very mission focused. … I think he’ll be a real blessing to our union in many ways.”

2.	WGTS promotions director Jerry Woods escorts Sgt. 1st Class Theodore Wilson to the broadcast booth to talk to Johnny Stone and Becky Alignay.

Story by Jerry Woods

WGTS 91.9, Washington Adventist University's radio station in Takoma Park, Md.,  spent Veteran’s Day with some of America’s finest at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington D.C.  Johnny Stone and Becky Alignay did the afternoon show live from the AFRH in the “Hall of Honors.”  During the broadcast they interviewed veterans from World War II, Korea and the Vietnam War. 

Story by WAU Staff

Washington Adventist University (WAU) recently welcomed Anwar Ottley to the Music Department where he serves as adjunct professor and leads the Columbia Collegiate Choral and the Pro Musica. 

Ottley currently serves as pastor of worship at Potomac Conference's Takoma Park (Md.) church where he has served for the past nine years. He holds a Master of Music degree from Andrews University (Mich.), a Bachelors of Music degree from Columbia Union College (WAU) and He is currently completing coursework toward the Doctor of Worship Studies degree offered at Liberty University (Va.). Ottley is married to Sharlene, and together they have a newborn. 

A flash flood in 2015 destroyed this bridge, making it nearly impossible for 13 Pigeon Creek families to get access to food and medical care.

Story by Valerie Morikone

You cannot watch today’s news for more than a few minutes before coming to the conclusion that we, as human beings, do not show much love for each other. Not only here in the U.S., but around the world we see turmoil and strife on a very grand scale,” says Larry Murphy, pastor of the Weirton and Wheeling (W.Va.) churches, and Adventist Community Services (ACS) director for the Mountain View Conference.

Story by Bryant Smith

Sim Fryson, an Allegheny West Conference Shiloh church member in Huntington, W.Va., recently experienced a miracle driving on a busy highway in Charleston, W.Va. He saw a woman standing on the side of the road with a baby in her arms, frantically trying to flag someone down. Fryson stopped, saw that the child was not breathing and administered CPR. Thanks to his quick action, the child survived.

The police department in Fryson’s hometown of Charleston honored him, and the local TV station ran the story, naming him a “Hometown Hero.” When presented with an award, Fryson responded, “The Lord blessed me to be at the right place at the right time, so I give Him all the credit for that.”

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Story by V. Michelle Bernad

What might Ellen White, one of the founders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, say to addicts today? Cheri Peters, founder of True Step Ministries, recently edited White’s classic book Steps to Christ with what she thinks is the answer to that question. “It’s crazy that nobody has done it before,” says Peters, who aimed to update the book into modern language and added specific recovery jargon to the text.