Jessica and Quincy Sims were photographed at Arsenal Park in Pittsburgh by Jared Wickerham/AP Images

For many people, the internet and social media are platforms to show an idealized version of themselves and rack up likes, hearts and emojis. But when Jessica Sims and other members bravely shared their struggles with the realities of life, they found meaningful connections, heartfelt prayers, much-needed support and opportunities to witness.

Story by Tompaul Wheeler

Story by Tom Grant

Adventist HealthCare, located in Gaithersburg, Md., has named Dwayne Leslie, Esq., as its vice president and chief compliance officer. In this position, he will lead the organization’s comprehensive corporate compliance, organizational integrity and internal audit efforts.

Leslie comes to Adventist HealthCare with more than 20 years of experience as a healthcare lawyer and business executive. Most recently, Leslie worked at the world headquarters for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, where he directed the denomination’s government relations activities in Washington, D.C.

El presidente Jorge Agüero (derecha) se dirige a los amigos de la comunidad que asistieron al pequeño grupo de Vida GPS llamado “Emmanuel”.

Editorial por Jorege Agüero

En el contexto de la Gran Comisión dada por Jesús en Mateo 28:16 al 20, se encuentran detalles bien específicos de las razones del por qué los discípulos de Jesús de ahora deben estar conectados a la misión de Jesús. De acuerdo con el pasaje bíblico se destaca los siguientes puntos:

1. Los discípulos de Jesús obedecen y van donde el Señor les ordena – Galilea (Mat. 28:16). Los discípulos de hoy deben obedecer e ir al lugar misionero donde Dios les indique.

Led by Irene Núñez (third from right), this Vida GPS “Emmanuel” healthy small group of the West New York Spanish (N.J.) church meets weekly.

Editorial by Jorge Aquero

In the context of the Great Commission given by Jesus in Matthew 28:16–20, there are very specific details of why the disciples of Jesus must now be connected to His mission. According to the biblical passage, the following points stand out:

1. Jesus’ disciples obey and go to where the Lord commands them—Galilee (Matt. 28:16). Today’s disciples must also obey and go to the mission fields where God indicates.

Story by Allegheny West Conference Staff

A panel comprised of teen and young adult members from the Parkwood church in Toledo, Ohio, recently participated in recording the premiere episode of Youth Uncut, a radio show that will soon start airing on AWC Radio—the Allegheny West Conference (AWC) streaming app.

The five panelists, Tiana Valles, Ryen Langford, Shalynn Taylor, Kaden Langford and Deborah Inyama, sat with Benia Jennings, AWC’s new Multimedia Ministries coordinator, in a candid discussion on various topics for the show’s first season. The group, made up of members ages 16 to 29, expressed thoughts and ideas on real issues facing teens and young adults in the church today.

Story by Christina Kerosoma

Kettering Adventist HealthCare recently consolidated three offices into one state-of-the-art brain and spine center located on the Kettering Medical Center campus. The new space allows for specialists in neurology, neurosurgery, anesthesia pain management, and rehabilitation to be in one location. This allows for a better multidisciplinary approach to patient care.

The new space has 39 exam rooms, digital imaging, a minor procedure room, and
an immersive dream room for creating relaxation, visualization, ambiance, and holistic stress relief.

Recently Gary Gibbs, Pennsylvania Conference president, and Will Peterson, vice president for administration, joined Pastor Fernando Rocha and more than 90 people who gathered to celebrate the dedication of the group’s new facility in Scranton.

Story by Tamyra Horst

The Scranton Hispanic Adventist Mission Group in Pennsylvania began with six people who had a vision for sharing the gospel with the Hispanic community in Scranton. They quickly grew to more than 30 members with 10 to 15 visitors each week for worship services.

June 20 is World Refugee Day when the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) joins the United Nations and the world to commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees, and show support for families forced to leave their homes due to persecution or conflict. 

ADRA remains committed to supporting and protecting refugees and other displaced children, women, and men, providing food, shelter, safe water, hygiene goods, psychosocial support and other services to thousands of refugees internally displaced and stateless persons in around 40 countries. 

Surrounded by church members Annabel Murphy and Sue Walter, Naomi Tricomi, pastoral assistant for the Weirton/Wheeling, W.Va., district, together display an advertising banner for a Single Mom’s Ministries event.

Story by Valerie Morikone

Naomi Tricomi has a fascinating story to share of her experience as a Bible worker in the Mountain View Conference (MVC):

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Editorial by Ann Reynolds

Most of us have read the book of Genesis and the story of creation many times, but have you ever “read between the lines”? Have you taken the time to pause after each verse to contemplate the magnitude of what our Creator did for us and how He did it? He spoke, and it was created—incredible!

God’s voice is heard in His creation. The first book He gave us was on nature.

Ellen White writes, “We need no fanciful teaching regarding the personality of God. What God desires us to know of Him is revealed in His word and His works. The beautiful things of nature reveal His character and His power as Creator” (Life Sketches of Ellen G. White, p. 94).