ADRA in India)

Story by ADRA International

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is preparing to airlift critical medical supplies and several oxygen generation systems to ease India’s coronavirus health crisis. The humanitarian agency is partnering with the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, including its Health Ministries Department, and Adventist Health International (AHI), to expand relief operations in the South Asian nation.

Story by Jerry Woods

For the second year in a row, WGTS 91.9 has been named a Best Christian Workplace by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI). All WGTS staff members took the BCWI workplace survey. This survey covers three core areas, including character, competence, and chemistry. Organizations that score at least a 4.0 or higher on the survey are certified as Best Christian Workplaces. WGTS participated in the workplace survey for the first time last year.

“What an honor it is to work side-by-side with such an amazing team of people at WGTS 91.9! To receive this important certification is another wonderful reminder of God’s blessing upon this media ministry,” said WGTS general manager and president Kevin Krueger.

Story by Salenda Fitzgerald

Emily Lopez (’12), Takoma Academy’s (TA) new art teacher, was born in Takoma Park, Md., at Washington Adventist Hospital. She began her Christian education at the John Nevins Andrews School, continuing at the Sligo Adventist School (now Takoma Academy Preparatory School) and finished high school at TA.

The Kettering (Ohio) church added a grand lobby, children’s wing lobby and eight classrooms on two floors as well as a large meeting room on the top floor.

Story by Fred Manchur

Despite the challenges we’ve faced in 2020, Kettering Health in Ohio has continued to grow these past five years. As we’ve added new facilities and expanded our community reach, we’ve continued to emphasize recruiting Seventh-day Adventist employees to ensure that our mission stays at the forefront of all we do.

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“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10, NIV).

I was blessed to have parents who always believed in me. I can’t remember a decision I made in which my parents were not there to lend their support. They may not have agreed with every decision I made, but they were alongside me as I moved on from the outcome of my decisions. Their willingness to be there for me meant the world. It gave me strength and confidence to move forward when, at times, I didn’t think I could. Maybe you had parents like that or maybe you had someone else in your life who cheered for you. Whether you did or didn’t, know that in Christ we all have a passionate cheerleader.

Spring Valley Academy Stage Band

Story by Vicki Swetnam

Spring Valley Academy’s (SVA) Stage Band spent the last part of 2019 and the first part of 2020 preparing for their Benny Goodman fundraising concert. Then, the pandemic hit.

Months passed until Donald Huff, SVA band director, finally received clearance for the concert. Staff and students made proper preparations, brought in equipment and obtained professional videographers for a “live recording session.” Huff issued stern orders to the band: “Everyone, stay six feet apart, keep using hand sanitizer and stay heathy!” No one expected that he would be the one with the COVID-19 scare.

The Upset Podcast

Story by LaTasha Hewitt

The Allegheny East Conference (AEC) recently launched its first podcast, The UpSet. The goal of the podcast is to provide conversation about current topics from a Christian perspective, emphasizing the importance of respecting differing opinions. Topics range from politics and social networks to the stock market and church life.

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“The Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Josh. 1:9, NKJV).

In 2017, I was living and working in Milan, Italy. I had a part-time job in a Chinese multinational company, lived downtown with my sister and did Bible work in my spare time. Life was comfortable and predictable. I was active in church and held a few offices. I enjoyed teaching Sabbath School and giving Bible studies, but I felt the need for a change.

Grant Leitma leads the faculty and staff at the beginning of the WAU Commencement Ceremony.

Story by Shannon Smith

Last weekend, leaders at Washington Adventist University (WAU) in Takoma Park, Md.,  celebrated the many achievements and successes of students during their graduation ceremonies. It was the first commencement since 1904 to be held on the campus commons.

“On this the 106th Commencement Weekend, 275 students will receive a variety of graduate, undergraduate, associate and certificates,” said Weymouth Spence, WAU president. “Washington Adventist University is certainly a place where we produce graduates who bring competence and moral leadership to their communities.”