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“Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (Heb. 1:14, NIV).

In the days when I was young and bold, or as my mother would objectively say, “careless,” I ventured out from my hotel room at 2:00 a.m. I thought to myself, Niagara Falls is a completely safe place. Especially in July! So, why not? Needless to say, I went on a solo adventure, uninhibited of any possible danger.

Ninety minutes into my city voyage, I realized I may be lost. I reached for the hotel map I had in my pocket, and it was gone! Trying not to panic, I mentally retraced my steps and headed back cautiously. Maybe, in my rush to leave my room, I had left the map on the tabletop.

As I was orienting myself, my thoughts went back to my mother. I remembered her expressing, “We are going to Niagara Falls to have a mother and son time together.” She wanted us to have a closer relationship. Shame unexpectedly swept over me. While my mother was sleeping, I was selfishly doing “my own thing.” I stopped and asked God for forgiveness.

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“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28, KJV).

Jesus’ invitation helps me to understand my own story of restlessness. The verse speaks life to me because of the steps I took to experience rest personally, and the rest I invite others in crises to experience in my clinical ministry practice.

When my mother gave birth to me, she abandoned me to my grandmother because she was ashamed to hold a child with a withered left hand in a culture of honor and shame. I grew up not knowing my biological parents until I was about 14 years old. I recall how I was moved around to live with uncles, brothers and church members in my village. When I was around 16 or 17 years old, I met an American Baptist missionary couple who taught me to speak and write English.

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“Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd” (Matt. 9:36, NASB).

I was pastoring in Denver and my wife had to work almost 2,000 miles away in New York. Lonely, I sometimes looked for new activities to enhance my ministry. Uber driving seemed fascinating. I wanted to know more about inner city culture, so I experimented. In general, we isolate from people in our community, mostly because their lives are so different than ours.

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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take” (Prov. 3:5–6, NLT).

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart...”
Do I know how to trust? I’ve asked myself this question more times in the last several years than ever before. Having gone through a devastating divorce and slowly seeing how God has picked up the pieces of my heart, for the first time in my life I am learning the true meaning of trust.

Los retrasos nacionales en la entrega del correo resultaron en una entrega tardía de muchos de los Calendarios de la Unión de Columbia 2021 y de los libros devocionales del Año de la Biblia Palabras de vida. Aún se encuentran disponibles copias adicionales de ambos. Llame a Pacific Press al (800) 447-7377. El libro devocional cuesta $5, más el envío. El calendario es gratuito, pero los miembros deben pagar los gastos de envío.

También estamos facilitando la participación digital en el énfasis del Año de la Biblia de la unión. Descargue la aplicación Columbia Union Conference para seguir el plan de lectura de la Biblia, leer devocionales diarios, ver devocionales inspiradores en video y leer las últimas noticias de la unión.

La Unión de Columbia envió recientemente cheques de ayuda por el COVID-19 a cada una de sus ocho conferencias, así como a la Universidad Adventista de Washington, dando un total de $360,000.

La unión recibió los fondos de la División Norteamericana y, en una reunión reciente el Consejo del Presidente, decidió asignar los fondos a las enti- dades. Esta fue la segunda distribución de fondos de ayuda desde que comenzó la pandemia.

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Constituents of the Allegheny West and Ohio conferences joined hands in January as they accepted the challenge to read their entire Bibles in just 31 days!

This collaborative project began months earlier when Ohio Conference President Bob Cundiff (pictured, right) and Allegheny West Conference President Marvin Brown (left) began to dream of ways to strengthen the ties between the two conferences.

Bob Cundiff comments, “Marvin and I get along really well, and we know that our constituents can too.

Morning show host Jerry Woods holds up a purse given to him by his sponsored child’s mom.

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More than 620 children around the world now have sponsors, thanks to WGTS 91.9 listeners. The station just wrapped up its annual “Days of Compassion” event. Every year WGTS teams up with Compassion International to give listeners the opportunity to provide educational support, medical care, food and the gospel message to kids in 25 different countries.

This year’s focus was on children in Kenya. While developing countries around the world have been dealing with COVID-19, Kenya is also dealing with a famine on top of the pandemic.

Hartle Hall residents Kevin Oliveira and Gabriel Moraes hang out together in the dorm.

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Students who don’t live within driving distance of a nearby Seventh-day Adventist academy can still obtain a great Adventist education by living in a dormitory, such as Chesapeake Conference's Highland View Academy in Hagerstown, Md. This arrangement not only offers families more convenience, but it gives students the opportunity to enjoy the entire academy experience—from breakfast in the morning through recreational time or sports practice in the evening.