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Letters From Our Readers


January 24, 2013

January 24, 2013

Vol. 190, No. 3

Let Me serve you

2013 world Budget

Focuses on Mi sion

Listening to atheists

What’s a

Body to Do?

How not to panic

wHen tHe doctor

says, “it’s cancer.”

Head Scratchers and

an Inspiring Story


A couple of things in the

January 24, 2013, Adventist

Review may have left readers

scratching their heads. Gina

Wahlen’s article “What’s a

Body to Do?” quoted Fred

Hardinge, M.D., as saying,

“Further, we know genetically

that the choices of our parents

and grandparents . . . may be

impacting us and causing suffering

today.” To my knowledge,

genetics does not

transmit knowledge to us;

that is, we do not genetically

know anything. I believe that

Hardinge meant “we know

that genetically the choices

. . .”; i.e., the “that” was misplaced,

which changed the

meaning. Richard M. Davidson’s

article, “And There Was

Gossip in Heaven,” referred to

a table of “insights on Eden as

sanctuary,” but the table was

not included in the article.

Just a couple of glitches in

two otherwise-fine articles.

Also, I especially appreciated

C. D. Brooks’ KidsView

story, “Who Finished the

Building?” What an inspiring

account of God’s faithfulness

in fulfilling His promise:

“those who honor me I will

honor” (1 Sam. 2:30).

Curtis Wiltse

Bloomington, Indiana




Religious Freedom in

America, and More


My thanks for Nicholas P.

Miller’s article “Religious

Freedom in America” (Jan.

17, 2013). Miller has given us

a third option between the

secular left and the religious


In that same issue, I thoroughly

enjoyed reading Martin

Proebstle’s “Divine

Assassin.” I would like to see

more articles along these

lines, which will exegetically

tackle difficult texts. The

donkey motif Proebstle

pointed out was quite


And thank you for printing

Gina Wahlen’s article

“What’s a Body to Do?” (Jan.



Freedom in

the United


January 17, 2013

January 17, 2013

Vol. 190, No. 2

IS one of

the most



unde attack?

24), in which she shared with

us her bout with cancer. The

historical survey of Ellen

White’s counsel regarding

drugs and modern medical

treatments was refreshing.

I also enjoyed Allan R.

Handysides’ “Coping With

Cancer” (Jan. 24). The distinctions

he made between

alternative therapies, preventative,

and curative measures

were very helpful. I

would also like to thank

Handysides for having the

courage to stand up and call

this renewed appeal toward


A Wave and a Gr eting

Religiously Unaffiliated

Swe l Worldwide

Divine A sa sin?





“natural remedies” as a cure

for cancer what it really is,

namely, “dishonest, negligent,

. . . and dangerous.”

Jonathan Peinado

via e-mail


Kudos for the excellent feature

“Religious Freedom in

America,” by Nicholas P.

Miller (Jan. 17)! Miller’s historical

look at the religious

heritage of American politics,

and his explanation of

“Adventism’s true birthright,”

was outstanding. It

was refreshing to have someone

articulate so well what I

have been feeling for a long

time—that there really is a

middle ground politically,

that there is a difference

between “spiritual morality”

and “civil morality,” and we

do not have to espouse all of

the views of the far Right in

order to be a Christian, even

an Adventist Christian.

Miller is correct in realizing

that the compromises he

suggests are not going to satisfy

the extremists on either

end of the spectrum fully,

but would provide at least a

common language for discussing

moral concerns.

It’s unfortunate that

extreme elements seem to

have taken over our country’s

government, and our

leaders in Washington are

unlikely to take Miller’s

advice (even if they were to

actually read the article), but

I don’t see that changing.

There are so many signs that

our earth’s history is rapidly

drawing to a close. The political

landscape of America is

just one more indication of

the times we are living in. I

expect the Review will take

some heat for publishing this

article, but thank you so

much for printing it and

bringing comfort to those of

us “in the middle” who

sometimes see shades of gray

rather than viewing everything

in stark black or white.

Karen Cote

Gray, Tennessee

Tried and True


I really enjoyed Sandra

Blackmer’s editorial regarding

change (see “Tried and

True,” Jan. 24). It’s like a

modern-day parable that one

can draw from to bring home

a point. Jesus used many

parables, and I like the way

Blackmer did the same.

Regarding change, many

humans think they have to

have the latest gadget, car,

etc., when the one they have

still functions. It’s good to

see that Blackmer’s car still

runs with all those miles, and

it looks mighty pretty since

her husband had it detailed

and a few repairs done. Just

goes to show that we don’t

always need the latest model

or up-to-date gadget.

Our 1991 Honda Civic has

420,000 miles on it, and it’s

still going strong. Our

mechanic told us that they

don’t build Hondas today

the way they did back then.

So a word to Blackmer: hang

on to your Honda Prelude! It

has served you well and will

probably continue to do so

for a long time!

Judy Winkle

Hedgesville, West Virginia

Another One of

God’s Peddlers


Jan Malan’s article “God’s

Peddler” (Jan. 10, 2013)

caught my attention and

awakened some dormant

cells in my memory bank. I

had been working as a rocket

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illustration © terry crews

scientist at the California

Institute of Technology during

World War II. Then the

war ended in 1945 and the

project folded, so I was without

a job. I got married and

started looking for a teaching

job, but there were none

available. I needed a job, and

in desperation decided to try

my hand as a literature evangelist.

Door-to-door selling

is rigorous work, and it was

often discouraging, then

something would happen to

encourage me to keep going.

I vividly remember one of

those events. At the time I

was selling The Bible Story, by

“Uncle” Arthur Maxwell, and

as I approached a humble

cottage, I prayed that God

would give me a sale. I

knocked on the screen door,

and when the lady of the

house appeared, I explained

to her that I was selling children’s

Bible stories. She

informed me that her son

was so addicted to TV that he

wouldn’t listen to a Bible

story. I asked if I could read a

story to her, and she agreed.

So I started reading to her

through the screen door and

pretty soon the boy was listening

right beside her.

When I was through reading,

I asked him if he would like

his mother to read some stories

to him, and he said,

“Yes.” The surprised mother

bought a set on the spot.

What a lift to know that Bible

stories trumped TV!

John Mc Connell

Citrus Heights, California

Theology of




Thank you for printing the

list of the Theology of Ordination

Study Committee

(TOSC; see Mark A. Kellner’s

“Theology of Ordination

Study Committee Names

Released,” Jan. 10). Now I’m

hoping and praying that the

General Conference, in two

years, will not have a repeat

of the spiritual condition of

the conference of 1888. May

the Lord prevail!

Virginia E. Myers

Lincoln, Nebraska


I read with interest the January

10 report publishing

the names of the individuals

who are charged with the

responsibility of giving

study to the issue of ordination

to ministry without

regard to gender in the Seventh-day

Adventist Church. I

am confident that they all

love the Lord and they all

love the church deeply. And

I’m sure they are committed

to the mission of the church


The last paragraph of the

article left me with a degree

of concern, particularly the

line that reads: “At present,

the church does not ordain

women to ministry, following

votes at General Conference

sessions in 1990 and 1995 on

the question, where the issue

was a major focus of the

international deliberations.”

I had the privilege of

attending the ordination of

four ministerial candidates

at the Loma Linda University

church in California this past

year, when the ordained ministers

in the congregation

were invited to come to the

platform and be part of the

ordination prayer and dedication.

With the other

ordained ministers, I took

part—it was an honor and

sacred privilege for us. Two

of the four ministers are

women—each with unique

gifts and all four with moving

testimonies of their call

to ministry. My concern is

the line in the article that

states, “At present, the

church does not ordain

women to ministry.”

Does this mean that the two

women ordained in Loma

Linda are not ordained as

ministers of the Adventist

Church? I believe that a clear

definition of “the church” is in

order and must be considered

by the members of the TOSC.

Daniel C. Robles

Simi Valley, California

Your concern is valid. The

Pacific Union, in whose territory

you attended the ordination, is

one of two unions within the

North American Division that

have recently taken actions that

differ from decisions voted by the

world church in 1990 and



Women’s ordination is not

a biblical teaching, but

women could become leaders

as the prophets, judges,

etc., did in the past. In our

church, leaders have to open

their eyes. Women can be

president of the GC, divisions,

unions, and conferences,

but not through

ordination. In the Adventist

Church there is the need to

change the policy so that

leadership positions of

church organizations can be

open to everyone who is

qualified, not only to

ordained pastors. Our organization

should lead pastors

and laypersons together. Our

organization is not Catholic,

and this structure has been

around for 150 years. We

need the change and reformation.

I hope the TOSC considers


Jason Kim

Berrien Springs, Michigan



In Richard M. Davidson’s

article, “And There Was Gossip

in Heaven” (Jan. 24), we

neglected to include a table

displaying insights on Eden

as sanctuary. We regret the

error. Please visit www.



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and see the table.

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Respecting God’s questions makes the eternal difference:

“Where are you?” (Gen. 3:9). “Where is your brother Abel?” (Gen. 4:9). Instead, Cain tried

sidestepping, or brushing God aside, with a question of his own: “Am I responsible for Abel?” It

was a rather inauspicious beginning to human asking.

Inauspicious, but not inconsequential, as in: “How’s things?” “Do you want fries with that?”

Triviality is no prerequisite for human tragedy: “Who is [Yahweh] . . . ?” (Ex. 5:2). “Is it I?” (Matt.

26:25, KJV). “What is truth?” (John 18:38). Major, tragic questions, posed by Egypt’s pharaoh,

Jesus’ CFO, Rome’s Judean procurator, all characters of major tragedy destined to become memorials

of disgrace, because of arrogance and stupid genius and cowardice: undertaking responsibilities

no human need shoulder—playing God in Yahweh’s place; believing human beings can

outwit God—by making a profit on the sale of Jesus; seeking to escape an inevitable decision—a

decision on the question What shall I do with Jesus?

Last December Paul Young told National Public Radio’s [NPR] All Things Considered that losses

“in the face of evil . . . ask some of the best questions—questions about why” “if God is good and

powerful, why didn’t God stop this.” 1

One example of tragic loss: a parent losing a child. True, parents are not supposed to bury their

children. It is a disorder of nature. Young could not know how many would be asking just those

questions for just that reason in two weeks’ time. His book, The Shack, that made him famous, is

a novel that had sold 18 million copies by the time of his interview. Thirteen days after NPR broadcast

his interview, the world heard of Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut: 20

innocents, 6 and 7 years old, slaughtered all at once, shot multiple times one morning at school.

Men wept in public; the world groaned (in travail?); mothers and fathers, first responders and

first-graders, asked why.

Why? Guns in America? That very day 22 children were attacked by a knife-wielder at another

school 8,000 miles away in China. Why? Knives in China? “The formulation of a question,” Karl

Marx has optimistically said, “is its solution.” 2 How much more horribly, miserably, tragically

wrong could Marx be about the particular question he thought he could solve in 1843—the question

of the German Jew?

While optimistic—and cynical—American and Chinese, ancient, modern, and postmodern

talking heads blunder, flounder, and stumble in the search for constitutional and uniquely

national answers, unthinkable evil forces questions we fail to solve again and again, proving

Marx and the world of intellect incapable of saving answers. And while we cogitate, legislate,

medicate, and fail, God, whom we would sidestep, outwit, avoid, or defy, puts His question: “Why,

why, why do you want to die?” (see Eze. 18:31; 33:11).

Marx was so pathetically, wretchedly wrong about humans. He would have been so right if he

had been thinking of God. For when God formulates a question, He knows its answer. Why will

you die when you can live forever? Why die when you can have Jesus? The question is put for our

sake. We need answers because we are creatures. Divine inquiry is different from creaturely questioning.

God never asks because He is uninformed. He asks because we need His questions. He

asks because His questions can help. He asks so we can get answers. He asks so we can get Jesus.

When He asks, we should pay attention. Not try to sidestep, or browbeat, or wash our hands in

hope of avoidance; or defy. Respecting God’s questions makes the eternal difference. n





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Driving Distracted

Exercise was important to 55-year-old Dave Muslovski, who

was out for his nine-mile morning walk. Whitney Yaeger, 19 years old, looked down for about 10

seconds while driving. Texting, she hit Muslovski, who later died from his injuries. “Why would

you take your eyes off the road?” Muslovski’s wife, Denise, asked. 1

According to the Rock Center report, people know that they’re gambling with their safety. In a

Kansas University study they shared, 97 percent of students admitted to texting while driving—

and they said it was about the most dangerous thing to do while driving. Yet they do it anyway.

Texting while driving is a dangerous and deliberate choice, not an accident.

“We fool ourselves into thinking maybe it’s not so bad,” says Kansas University cognitive psychology

professor Paul Atchley. Bing, goes the alert, and “someone wants to talk to [you] . . . it

gives you a little rush of dopamine.” 2 The need for that good feeling overrides the knowledge that

doing this is unsafe.

Common sense should tell us it’s not a good thing to do. But it seems that we need to be connected—and

feel validated—and we’re trying to do more with the same amount of time. Our “needs”

have blinded us to the dangers of using devices to communicate while driving. More than once drivers

have swerved, almost hitting my car. I’ve looked over to see fingers tapping keys—and their eyes

focused on a phone screen. I’ve done it before—but even typing those two characters “OK” wasn’t.

Consider this editorial a public service announcement. Please don’t text while driving. Don’t

drive distracted.

Spiritual application? Quotes above apply. n





Information from the “Fatal Distraction,” January 10, 2013, segment of NBC’s Rock Center

news show.



Say It Again!

This month we remember the words from

some Adventist African-Americans.

G. E. PEtErS

“I am not a radical. I am not an agitator. Nothing is accomplished without God.

Pardon my personal reference, but I have, through the help of God, brought in

about 3,000 souls. In one meeting I baptized 145 without stopping. At the close of

the meeting 250 souls were won to Christ. God has given me the ability to lead. I

suppose that I have erected more churches than any of the brethren, but yet I am

standing for progress today. . . . Who am I to say that we should have Colored conferences? Whatever

it is that it takes to bring classes of Negroes into this message, that is the thing that I am after.”

—On the possibility of regional conferences, April 8, 1944

E. E. ClEvElAnd

“I have seen God, for so long, do so much, with so little, I now believe He can do

anything with nothing—meaning me.”

—Pastor, Evangelist, and Former Associate Ministerial Director for the Ministerial Association (1954-1977)

BEn CArSon

“Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.”

—Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Photos and quotes are courtesy of www.blacksdahistory.org. Visit the site for more information on African-American Adventists.

World News & Perspectives

Images by Libna Stevens/IAD

standing in commitment: Israel Leito, president of the IAD, stands with union and regional leaders as Inter-America’s Holy

Convocation begins, January 21, 2013.


Adventist Church Leaders Renew

Commitment to Spiritual Revival

At Holy Convocation, year of lay action celebrated

By Libna Stevens, assistant director of communication,

Inter-American Division, reporting from Miami, Florida

Top Seventh-day Adventist leaders

overseeing the fast-growing membership

throughout the church in Inter-

America gathered to pray, review

strategies, and renew their commitment

to spiritual revival and reformation during

a program called Holy Convocation,

which took place January 21-23, 2013, at

the Miami, Florida, headquarters of the

Inter-American Division (IAD). The meetings

set in motion a year dedicated to

celebrating the work of thousands of laypeople

throughout the region.

“This is not a new gathering, nor

another meeting full of seminars, nor

another picnic,” said Israel Leito, IAD

president, as he spoke to the more than

250 church leaders gathered. “We are

here to help you help the church, to

come together in dedication to the Lord,

to recommit our hearts to be led by Him,

and serve so the church can progress

with greater zeal toward the work of the

Lord in readiness for His coming.”

The convocation aimed at furthering

spiritual leadership in an atmosphere

of revival and reformation, an atmosphere

the church has been fostering

for the past two years, explained Abner

De Los Santos, an IAD vice president in

charge of overseeing member retention

and spiritual revival and reformation.

“Our goal is to continue maintaining

the healthy spiritual leadership we need

in studying the Word of God daily, setting

aside time for prayer every day and

to monitor a good orientation toward

God, family, church and community that

will help us witness in the best way possible,”

said De Los Santos.

Speaking via videoconference, Ted

N. C. Wilson, president of General Conference

of Seventh-day Adventists, thanked

IAD leaders for their committed work in

revival and reformation and their role in

continuing to focus on reaching the cities

“leading others to the foot of the cross

and the Lord’s soon coming.”

The three-day event reminded

regional and local church leaders to

continue to nurture a spiritual revival

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emphasis on the word: Evangelist

Mark Finley, assistant to the president of

the Adventist world church, stressed the

need for leaders to be saturated with the

Word of God as they motivate church

members to study the Bible daily.

life of prayer: Ángel Manuel Rodríguez,

formerly of the Adventist world

church’s Biblical Research Institute, spoke

to leaders on the importance of making

prayer a lifestyle.

environment among the 3.6 million

members through a number of special

messages focused on prayer, the study

of the Bible, and testifying of the gospel.

Ángel Manuel Rodríguez, former

director of the Adventist world church’s

Biblical Research Institute, spoke to

leaders reflecting on the important lessons

found in the book of Samuel:

dependence on God’s guidance through

prayer when facing challenges and

problems in leading God’s people.

“In order to be an effective leader,

prayer has to be a lifestyle,” said Rodríguez.

“Your long experience as an

administrator will never be enough . . .

you will need every moment of your

work to be in communion with God.”

Rodríguez reminded leaders that

prayer is vital in leadership and as

God’s appointed leaders, they must see

themselves as empty vessels so the Lord

can do the work He wants to do through

them and in others.

Evangelist Mark Finley, a special

assistant to the General Conference

president, spoke about leaders being

fed daily with the Holy Scriptures.

“You will find many challenges as an

administrator,” said Finley, “but if you

want to be filled with the Holy Spirit,

saturate your mind with the Word of

God, saturate your mind with the lessons

of Christ.”

“The pulpit must be a place that

inspires our members to read God’s

Word,” added Finley.

Finley pointed out methods of studying

the Bible coupled with prayer to

guide laypeople and others to see farther

in carrying out the mission of the church.

Top IAD church leaders led several

panel discussions on evaluating performance

and ways of keeping the spiritual

revival and reformation emphasis fresh

throughout the territory in the coming

months and years.

“We must keep the church focused on

spiritual revival and reformation, the

vision of a constancy in prayer, that

vision of the Word of God, to prepare a

people for His coming, because the

fields are ripe,” said Leito during a discussion


Attendees were able to see the growth

of the church numerically and financially

through special reports by the top

three executive administrators of the

Image by Jamaar Daniel/IAD

division delegates: Church leaders packed the Bender Archbold Auditorium at the Inter-American Division headquarters in Miami,

Florida, during the Holy Convocation event.

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consecrated by prayer: Inter-American leaders pray in commitment as the Holy Convocation concluded.

church in the Inter-American Division.

Church leaders from Inter-America’s

22 unions, or regions, reported on the

progress and activities surrounding

revival and reformation and their

impact during the past two years.

The event was highlighted with several

daily prayer sessions focusing on

the ministry of the family, youth, children,

and laypeople, or active members.

For Richard James, president for the

church in Guyana, the convocation was

the inspiring push he was excited to

take home as he headed back to his team

of leaders overseeing the church there.

With some 35 district pastors shepherding

more than 180 churches and

congregations, corporate prayer and

study of the Word of God has been key

to successful revival and reformation in

a membership of more than 58,000 in

Guyana, James explained.

“It was clear with this event that as

leaders, we must model a life of prayer

based on faith and confidence in a God

who hears and answers prayer,” James

said. Modeling Christian spiritual leadership

to church members has been a

work of setting aside time with church

leaders every first Wednesday of the

month away from the headquarters

office to pray and study the Word of God

for three hours since 2011, according to


“It has brought us to become better

spiritual leaders and has resulted in a

visible response to this spiritual revival

among our membership,” said James.

He is heading a new plan to set aside

time to pray for church administrators

every Monday, as well as mobilize

department and ministry leaders to visit

police commissioners, community leaders,

schools, and hospital patients to

pray with them every month.

For José De Gracia, president of the

church in East Panama, the convocation

was an opportunity to see the unity

among church leaders, departments, and

ministries all under joint efforts toward

spiritual revival and reformation.

“This was an extraordinary event that

tunes us with the world church, moving

forward in the same direction,” said De

Gracia, who heads a team of 33 pastors

ministering to some 35,000 church

members in the eastern portion of Panama’s

capital, Panama City.

De Gracia explained that the commitment

of laypeople involved in spiritual

revival has been instrumental in planting

some 32 congregations in Panama

City in just the last year.

“Our leaders and members are pursuing

a closer relationship with the Lord,

and that has led them to engage more

actively in sharing the gospel in their

communities,” De Gracia said.

Previous to Inter-America’s Holy Convocation,

church leaders met for a special

consecration Communion service

for a committed and spiritually revived

membership across the territory.

The coming weeks and months will

include territory-wide activities geared

toward a spiritual revival and reformation

during the Year of the Laity celebrations,

including a virtual council for

thousands of church elders, evangelistic

deployment, discipleship celebration,

and more.

For additional information on activities

during Inter-America’s 2013 Year of the

Laity, visit http://2013.interamerica.org. n

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Prayer and Support Flood In for Burned Engineer

By Jarrod Stackelroth, South Pacific Division Record, reporting

from Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia

Linden Millist, the Adventist Aviation

Services (AAS) engineer who

received burns over 50 percent of

his body when a fuel tank exploded,

is in stable condition after receiving

his first skin graft operation.

At deadline Millist was still being

heavily sedated, but some of the

swelling to his face had gone down,

and he had had skin graft operations

on his lower legs. His doctors

are reportedly positive about his

progress so far.

Prayers and messages of support

have flooded in from around the world on the South Pacific

Division’s Record magazine Web site, as well as on the Facebook

page “Prayer for Linden Millist & Bri Norton—His

fiancé & family.” (www.facebook.com/PrayerForLindenBri).

A message posted on the page expressed appreciation at the

overwhelming response. “Thank you so much for all of your

prayers and support; I’m sorry I haven’t been able to

INJURED WORKER: Screen capture of video interview

featuring Linden Millist, an Adventist Aviation

Services (AAS) engineer, who received burns to 50

percent of his body when a fuel tank exploded. He

is currently recovering from his injuries.

respond to each personally, but I

have passed on comments to Linden

and let him know you are praying

for him; it means so much.”

Linden’s younger brother, Jared,

arrived in Brisbane from Norway,

where he is serving as a student dean

at an Adventist high school. Providentially,

Jared had already scheduled

a trip to Australia for a friend’s


Jorge Munoz, president of the

South Queensland Conference, visited

the hospital to pray with and

show his support of the family.

The family has set up a GoFundMe account (www.

gofundme.com/1wssao?) to receive donations. The money

will go toward medical bills and rehab, lost wages for Linden’s

caregivers, car hire, food, accommodation, and other

costs over the next few months. So far they have had more

than A$12,300 pledged online. n


Adventist Hospital Staff,

Volunteers Provide Medical

Care in Honduras

From Hinsdale unit came basic, emergency,

care, along with witnessing

By Julie Busch, regional director, public relations,

Adventist Midwest Health, writing from Hinsdale, Illinois

More than 30 people representing the

four hospitals of Adventist Midwest

Health traveled to Honduras to provide

medical care and assistance to the residents


The hospital representatives from

Adventist Bolingbrook, Adventist Glen-

Oaks, Adventist Hinsdale, Adventist La

Grange Memorial hospitals treated

more than 1,200 patients in Honduras

January 20-27, 2013. The team

partnered with Hospital Adventista

Valle de Angeles (Valley of

the Angels Hospital), a 30-bed

facility located in the town of

Valle de Angeles, which is about

an hour from Honduras’ capital

city, Tegucigalpa. The hospital has been

one of the Global Partners of Adventist

Health International since 2005.

Adventist Health photos

PATIENT CARE: Team member Jennifer Orde

wraps a patient’s foot to protect her skin ulcers

from infection.

The group was made up of several

teams. The clinical team consisted of physicians,

nurses, and other staff, who

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World News & Perspectives

MISSION TEAM: Staff nurses and physicians from Adventist Health Hinsdale in Illinois,

along with volunteers, spread health and healing in Honduras.

treated and listened to each patient’s concerns.

The pharmacy team provided vitamins

and other medications to the

patients. The Kid’s Camp ministry team

kept the children, who were on summer

vacation, entertained by painting their

nails and applying Christian tattoos that

said “Jesus Loves Me” on almost every

child. The team passed out crayons and

coloring pages, jump ropes and yo-yos,

and helped children put puzzles together.

Two of the physicians on the team—

Dr. Ted Suchy, an orthopedic surgeon,

and Dr. Lanny Wilson, an obstetrician/

gynecologist—were able to perform

surgeries at the hospital. Wilson said he

felt a God moment just before his first

surgery began. In the U.S., doctors and

staff begin a procedure with a “time

out,” a patient safety tool during which

the team verifies the patient and procedure

they are about to perform.

But in Honduras, Wilson learned, the

team began with a prayer, and they

prayed for Wilson that he would help the

patient, and that she would recover fully.

“I felt empowered by the prayer and was

able to relax and do the procedure better,”

he said. “God was on our side. We

weren’t just doing it by ourselves.”

As the team set up the clinic one day,

Sharon Bowers went over to the representatives

from the local Seventh-day

Adventist church and told them that if

they found anyone who had any spiritual

needs, they should come and get

her, and she would pray for them.

“It wasn’t two minutes later that someone

was tapping me on the shoulder,”

Bowers said. “Every time I did a blood

pressure, someone was coming to get me.”

So Bowers started asking people sitting

on her triage bench, “Do you want prayer?”

“Every single person said yes,” she

said. “So after lunch we added the question

‘Do you want prayer?’ to the bottom

of the intake sheet. The Spirit was

moving and guiding us.”

Adventist Midwest Health has taken

part in an annual mission trip since

2006, traveling to such places as Costa

Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, and Honduras.

“These mission trips provide much

needed help to people and allow us to

extend the healing ministry of Christ

internationally,” said John Rapp, vice

president of ministries and mission for

Adventist Midwest Health. “None of

that would be possible without the

dedication and commitment of the

people who volunteer to take this trip

every year.” n

VITAMIN DISTRIBUTION: The mission team delivered bottles of vitamins to children in

a local orphanage.

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It was November 1984 that this sign grabbed my attention,

and I snapped a photograph of it. Consider it an ongoing challenge

still, in 2013!

—Herb Pritchard, Ocala, Florida

adventist life

My daughter, Kaydin, not wanting to be left alone to take

her nap, kept asking me to stay to protect her. I said, “Let’s

say a prayer to God asking for His protection.”

After the prayer Kaydin asked, “Where does God live? How

long will it take Him to get here?”

—Ausma Kinney, Catonsville, Maryland

A guest speaker at our church, Pastor Al Azevedo, recently

spoke on Daniel 3, the story of the three Hebrews who would

not bow down to Nebuchadnezzar’s golden statue. As Azevedo

repeated the story, he gave his opinion on how Jesus

came to be in the furnace, saying that as heaven was watching

the proceedings, Gabriel offered to go down and help the

three Hebrews. “At first Jesus said, ‘OK,’ ” described Azevedo,

“but on second thought He said, ‘No, wait, I’ll handle this

Myself!’ ”

Praise God that He did!

—Peter Peabody, Riverside, California

© terry crews

church signs

I saw this on a church marquee in

Chattanooga the other day:

“Jesus built your bridge to heaven

with 2 pieces of wood and 3 nails.”

—Lamar Phillips, Ooltewah, Tennessee

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Biblical Studies





How Paul clarifies

the issue

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Worship is an important

concept in the Bible. In

fact, it is such an

important concept that

the Bible consistently

presents it as one of the key factors that

separate God’s true followers from the

rest of humanity. 1 For this reason it is

important for Christians to understand

what true worship is. We tend to focus

on the external manifestations of worship:

what we can hear, see, and feel; so

issues around worship style naturally

tend to form the focus of much of the

understanding of worship for many people.

However, what did the apostle Paul

understand the heart of worship to be?

In Romans 12:1 Paul exhorts believers:

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by

the mercies of God, to present your bodies

as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable

to God, which is your spiritual

worship.” 2 The Greek phrase translated

as “spiritual worship” is a difficult

phrase to translate into English. The King

James Version translates this as “reasonable

service.” Both of these translations

are reasonable attempts. Douglas Moo

suggests that it could also be translated

as “true worship.” 3 In reality, that is what

this passage is dealing with.

In Romans 12:1-3 Paul uses a cluster

of words that his readers would immediately

have associated with worship.

This marks the passage as one of Paul’s

most in-depth discussions of worship.

James Dunn notes that “the opening of

Romans 12 makes a stunning impact.

For Paul deliberately evokes the language

of the sacrificial cult.” 4

Literal or Metaphorical?

Many scholars have interpreted

Paul’s language in Romans 12:1 as

merely being metaphorical. 5 However,

Paul was not merely describing the

appropriate mental and spiritual attitudes

that should accompany worship;

nor was he simply drawing spiritual

lessons—Paul was creating something

new. As Dunn observes: “For most of

For Paul,

all work

on behalf

of the gospel

was priestly

ministry for

all believers.

their contemporaries a religious association

without cult center, without

priests, without sacrifices, must have

seemed a plain contradiction in terms,

even an absurdity.” 6 Yet Paul’s “use of

language shows that he was deliberately

breaking with the typical understanding

of a religious community dependent

on cult center, office of priest, and act of

ritual sacrifice.” 7

For Paul, all work on behalf of the gospel

was priestly ministry for all believers.

8 Although the Temple ministry had

been limited to a special order of priests,

the gospel ministry was a privilege and a

responsibility for all believers. The concept

of sacrificial worship is central to

Paul’s thought, although the process

and the nature of the offering are now

understood differently. 9

Paul continues his argument in

Romans 12 and defines what it means

to worship as a Christian. He argues

that true worship does not necessarily

mean substituting the Jewish Temple

cult with something else. Paul does not

criticize the priesthood or the Temple,

and he does not condemn the rituals of

the Temple. We may even say that he

views the Temple cult positively in the

sense that it “supplies a model for

Christian forms.” 10 However, this does

not mean that Paul saw the Temple cult

itself as the appropriate form of worship

for the believers in the churches he

established. Paul uses the concepts of

the Temple cult to redefine what it

means to worship as a Christian.

Romans 12 and Paul’s

Idea of Worship

Romans 12:1 has been described as

“the hinge between the doctrinal and

ethical portions of Romans.” 11 The

chapter is carefully constructed, 12 and,

from a thematic and structural viewpoint,

verses 3-8 are closely related to

verses 1, 2. Indeed, verses 3-8 are an

amplification of the “living sacrifice”

(the worship) that is appropriate as a

response to divine grace. Trying to

understand what Paul is saying in these

verses helps us to understand better

what worship is all about.

It is significant that John Ziesler notes

that verse 9 is the focus of the entire

passage, so that “the exhortation to love

is the centre point of the whole passage;

its centrality has been implicit since v. 1,

and what now follows can naturally be

seen as love’s outworking both within

the Christian community (vv. 9-13) and

beyond its boundaries (vv. 14-21).” 13 In

this regard Romans 12:5-8 should be

seen as a summary of what Paul had

written earlier in 1 Corinthians 12-14.

Paul’s discussion of spiritual gifts in his

First Epistle to the Corinthians is a

description of the practical outworking

of Paul’s understanding of worship.

Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12-14 are

closely connected, and what Paul wrote

in Romans 12 should be understood in

the context of what he had earlier written

in 1 Corinthians 12-14.

Romans 12 and

1 Corinthians 12-14

The instructions that Paul gives to the

church at Corinth are, in Paul’s words,

for “when you come together” (1 Cor.

14:26), and they are clearly instructions

that have to do with how the church

should worship. Paul’s idea of worship

in 1 Corinthians 12-14 is based on the

notion of the church as the body of

Christ (1 Cor. 12:12-19). Similarly, when

Paul discusses worship in Romans 12,

he again grounds it in the concept of the

body of Christ, reminding the believers

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in Rome that “as in

one body we have many

members, and the members

do not all have the

same function, so we, though

many, are one body in Christ,

and individually members one

of another” (verses 4, 5).

Paul emphasizes in 1 Corinthians 12:13

the unifying power of the Holy Spirit. It is

this Spirit that forms us into one body.

This idea is linked to 1 Corinthians 3:16:

“Do you not know that you are God’s

temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in

you?” Here the Greek word for “you” is in

the plural; so Paul is referring to the community

of believers itself as the temple of

God. In Romans 12:1, when Paul appeals

to believers to present their bodies to God

as a living sacrifice, he is not referring to

Christians merely as individuals, but

rather as members of the community of

believers, as members of the body of

Christ, which is the temple of God.

We can here learn two important

things. First, while worship is an experience

that can be entered into individually,

it is never an isolated experience; it is

always based on the foundation that we

are members of the community of believers

in Christ. Second, it also tells us that

we primarily engage in worship because

we are filled with the Holy Spirit, and not

necessarily the other way around.

In Romans 12, having established the

importance of being part of the one

body, Paul then mentions the importance

of the use of our different spiritual

gifts (verses 6-8). 14 The appropriate

use of spiritual gifts lies at the very

heart of worship. The reason the

“appropriate” use of spiritual gifts is

important is that they are to be used in

love. For this reason the principle of

love is at the heart of both Romans 12

and 1 Corinthians 12-14. Just as at the

center of Romans 12 is the exhortation

to “let love be genuine” (verse 9), so too

an exhortation to pursue the purity of

love (1 Cor. 13) lies at

the heart of Paul’s description

of worship in 1 Corinthians 12-14.

As 1 Corinthians 13 indicates, without

love, worship is meaningless.

What Is Worship?

Service, motivated by love, using the

spiritual gifts that the Holy Spirit has

given to each believer, is at the core of

Paul’s understanding of worship. Worship

is both active and interactive. This

is rather different from the passive idea

of worship that some Christians have.

Some people think that worship is the

act of listening to a sermon, closing the

eyes while someone prays, singing in

church, and maybe simply attending

church. While these things can be part

of worship, they are not ultimately what

worship is about. Indeed, the New Testament

concept of worship goes far

beyond what happens in church services.

It has to do with presenting our

bodies to God to be used by Him to

bless and to serve others, both within

the body of Christ and also as His representatives

in the communities in which

we live. This is not the result of worship—it

is worship.

While the New Testament emphasizes

the importance of the believers

gathering together (Heb. 10:25), it does

not limit worship to what happens at

those gatherings. In Paul’s understanding,

worship also has to do with life—

wherever we are. Ernst Käsemann

expressed it well when he wrote that

“Christian worship does not consist of

what is practiced at sacred sites, at

sacred times, and with sacred acts. . . . It

is the offering of bodily existence in an

otherwise profane sphere. As something

constantly demanded this takes

place in daily life.” 15

Ellen White’s understanding of worship

agrees with that of Paul. She also

defines “true worship” as that which is

neither “spasmodic” nor “reserved for

special occasions.” 16 She writes that

“faithful work is more acceptable to God

than the most zealous formal worship.

True worship consists in working

together with Christ. Prayers, exhortations,

and talk are cheap fruits, which

are frequently tied on; but fruits that are

manifested in good works, in caring for

the needy, the fatherless, and widows,

are genuine, and grow naturally upon a

good tree.” 17

Perhaps it is time for us as well to

embrace an understanding of what true

worship really is. The heart of worship

is the life submitted to Christ in loving

service. This is what it means to truly

worship God. n


See Rev. 14:6-12.


Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations

in this article are from The Holy Bible, English Standard

Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division

of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All

rights reserved.


Douglas Moo, The Epistle to the Romans, The New

International Commentary on the New Testament (Grand

Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996), p. 750.


James D. G. Dunn, The Theology of Paul the Apostle

(Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998), p. 543.


Maria-Zoe Petropoulou, Animal Sacrifice in Ancient

Greek Religion, Judaism, and Christianity, 100 B.C. to A.D.

200 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), pp. 240-

244. It is important to note that many Roman Catholic

theologians take Romans 12:1 literally, as referring to

the sacramental offering of the Eucharist; however, it

seems better to compare the sacrifices mentioned in

Romans 12:1 with the bloodless thanksgiving offerings

of the Old Testament than with the burnt and sin

offerings that atoned for sin.


Dunn, p. 548.




Ibid., p. 546. See also Rom. 15:16.


Ibid., p. 544.


W. D. Davies, The Gospel and the Land (Berkeley:

University of California Press, 1974), p. 191.


R. A. Bryant, “Between Text and Sermon: Romans

12:1-8,” Interpretation 58, no. 3 (2004): 287.


Ernst Käsemann, Commentary on Romans, trans.

Geoffrey W. Bromiley (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1980),

p. 323.


John Ziesler, Paul’s Letter to the Romans (London:

SCM, 1989), p. 301.


Of course, this is the Reader’s Digest version of the

extended discussion in 1 Corinthians 12-14.


Käsemann, p. 329.


Ellen G. White, in Youth’s Instructor, Dec. 31, 1896.


Ellen G. White, in Signs of the Times, Feb. 17, 1887.

Eliezer Gonzalez lives on the

Gold Coast in Australia with his

wife, Ana, and their two

children. He holds an M.A. in

theology and has completed an

M.A. and Ph.D. in early Christian history. Eliezer

has a passion for evangelism and for the

growth of the kingdom of Christ.

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Transformation Tips

Tips for BEST Balance

Most people travel from the United States to Canada by a road or

bridge. On June 15, 2012, aerialist Nik Wallenda, of the famed Flying Wallenda family, made a dramatic

tightrope crossing over Niagara Falls in the dark of night; the first of its kind.

Millions of people around the world marveled as the 33-year-old Wallenda walked 1,800 feet on a

two-inch cable in a televised event. All the way across the raging water he prayed to God in heaven

and talked to his biological father, who coached him from a distance.*

Unlike others who have traversed Niagara, Wallenda was the first to walk directly over the treacherous

waters and rocks of the actual falls. It took him slightly more than 25 minutes.

Arriving on the Canadian side of the falls amid the cheers of crowds, Wallenda hugged his

family and called his grandmother to assure her he was all right. In a subsequent press conference

Wallenda was asked why he did the dangerous feat. What was his motivation?

“Faith plays a huge role in what I do,” he said. “I believe that God has opened many doors for

me in my life, and this is one of them.” Then he wryly added, “Praise God here I am in one piece.”

Asked what he wanted to accomplish, he replied, “I did it to inspire people around the world

that the impossible is not so impossible if you set your mind to it and reach for your goals.”

BEST Principles

When we think about our lives and personal trials in light of Wallenda’s crossing, the lessons

become obvious. From the perspective of a believer, we are reminded of what God said when

speaking through Isaiah: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you

pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you” (Isa. 43:2). The challenge is how we can partner

with God in being successful in keeping balance in life.

The following lessons will help us as we go through the trials of life.

B—Balancing skills: Wallenda, like all great aerialists, depends on his essential skill to maintain balance.

Likewise, the foundational support of Christians is their ability to maintain the balance of a life

characterized by consistent connection with God, buttressed by healthful habits and unselfish love

for others.

E—Encouragement: Throughout the walk Wallenda repeated Bible principles and faith promises

that kept his confidence strong in God. During this dangerous walk he was heard saying, “Thank You,

Jesus,” and “Praise You, Father.” Additionally, he remained in phone contact with his dad at a remote

location, who could see and coach Nik’s advance from multiple angles. The strength of a believer is the

ability to bring to mind Bible promises and stay in constant contact with God through prayer.

S—Sustaining habits: The aerialist’s success secrets are the courage to initiate action, to move from dream

to action, focusing on the end goal, and visualizing strengths versus potential weaknesses. Christians also

need to be hearers and doers of the Word, depend on a trustworthy God, watch where they are going, and

remind themselves that their country is a heavenly one.

T—Triumphant attitude: In 1978 Karl Wallenda, Nik’s great-grandfather, died while crossing a tightrope

between two buildings in Puerto Rico. With that in mind, to prepare for the Niagara crossing Nik triumphantly

repeated the Puerto Rico walk with his mother. In honor of his family and God, he purposed to

exhibit a victor’s persona. Christians, also, have a proud heritage of those who died in full confidence of the

ultimate triumph of good over evil.

Delbert W.


What Next?

Nik Wallenda is now preparing for a tightrope walk over Arizona’s Grand Canyon, roughly three times

longer than the one over Niagara Falls. “I just happen to have a permit,” he said during an interview on ABC.

What is your next move of faith for God? Can He depend on you to maintain your balance in life? n


Sources: Danny Hakim and Liz Leyden, “Daredevil Takes a Successful Walk Across a Popular Void,” New York Times, June 15, 2012, nytimes.

com; Rick Hampson, “Daredevil Nik Wallenda Crosses Niagara Falls on Tightrope,” USA Today, June 16, 2012, usatoday.com.

Delbert W. Baker is a general vice president of the General Conference.

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Years of

Care and









The year was 1913, and the

bustling neighborhood of

Boyle Heights in East Los

Angeles was a harbinger of

things to come.

People from this booming region

were often poor immigrants who found

hope in a modest storefront medical

dispensary that offered free medical

care to anyone in need.

Few of them probably understood that

this little clinic was the beginning of a

bold idea by the Seventh-day Adventist

Church to train doctors in the healing

work of Christ—or that the clinic was

opened to provide hands-on training to

earnest young doctors under the watchful

eye of their professors from the newly

formed College of Medical Evangelists

(CME), or Loma Linda University, which

simply didn’t have enough patients to

provide broad training.

Even the early founders probably

couldn’t imagine that this one-room

clinic in East Los Angeles would someday

become White Memorial Medical

Center (WMMC), a comprehensive medical

campus and one of the highestranked

hospitals in California. And

today, it likely exceeds their expectations

as it celebrates its 100-year history—a

story defined by challenges and

grace, hard work and hope.

Ellen White’s Living Legacy

The hospital proudly bears the name

of Ellen G. White as a living memorial to

the woman who advocated for the

establishment of a medical school and

launched the building of hundreds of

Adventist hospitals and clinics worldwide.

These places, she believed, could

offer a unique kind of medical care that

attended to both physical and spiritual

needs—and could introduce patients to

new ideas about healthful living.

Although she died before she could

actually visit the hospital, White’s son

W. C. White was able to tell her that Mrs.

Lida Scott had offered to make a liberal

gift to CME to establish a students’

home and hospital in Los Angeles.

The news so moved her that she

trembled with emotion as she replied:

“ ‘I am glad you told me this. I have been

in perplexity about Loma Linda, and

this gives me courage and joy.’ After a

little further conversation, I knelt down

by her side and thanked the God of

Israel for His manifold blessings, and

All photos courtesy of CMBell Co.

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the heart of the underserved community

of Boyle Heights, WMMC remains true to

its mission of caring for the health of its

community while training physicians.

often meant moving out—of El Sereno.

But not Silva.

“I wanted to serve my community,

not abandon it. I studied medicine, and

then I looked for a medical residency to

equip me with skills to care for my community,”

he says. “And that led me to

White Memorial.”

True to his intentions, Dr. Silva

returned home to El Sereno and

founded the Mosaic Family Care Medical

Group, where he practices with a classmate

from WMMC’s residency program.

“A special brand of doctors is drawn

to our programs,” says Dr. Luis

Samaniego, director of the family medicine

residency program. “The family

residency program is regarded as the

best in California for attracting socially

aware students and placing them in the

areas of greatest need.”

prayed for a continuance of His mercies.

Then Mother offered a very sweet

prayer of about a dozen sentences, in

which she expressed gratitude, confidence,

love, and entire resignation.”*

In keeping with her vision to help create

a launching pad for medical evangelism,

hundreds of doctors trained at

WMMC have since that day served in

Adventist hospitals and clinics around the

world—and this mission to care for the

underserved still defines WMMC today.

“Since our beginning, ‘the White’ has

existed to be of service,” says WMMC

president and chief executive officer

Beth Zachary, herself a daughter of a

missionary family—her father a teacher

and her mother a nurse.

“As a child, one of the most deeply held

values in our family was helping others,”

Zachary says. “It is one of the abiding

gifts from my family, and it is one reason

I feel so at home at the White.”

A Magnet for Physicians

Who Feel Called to Serve

Just as at the beginning, physicians still

come here to develop their clinical skills

and reinforce the strong ties to Loma

Linda University, the university sponsor

for WMMC’s residency programs.

But instead of training doctors in

specialty care, WMMC now offers five

medical residency programs: internal

medicine, OB/GYN, pediatrics, family

medicine, and podiatric medicine—a

shift in emphasis that reflects their own

community’s needs for primary care.

In addition to learning to be medical

practitioners, doctors come because they

have a special interest in serving people

who are in need. WMMC’s unique focus

on training doctors to care for underserved

populations draws students who

share this commitment, and when it’s

time for them to go into practice, 65 percent

choose to work in areas where good

medical care is scarce.

Juan Silva is one such example.

A gifted student who consistently

made the honor roll, Silva grew up

about four miles from WMMC in El

Sereno. During his high school years, he

watched his once diverse, dynamic community

undergo change.

Those with money moved out, and

gangs moved in.

Many of the other top students in his

class saw excelling academically as a

stepping stone to moving up—which

Where Dreams Begin

WMMC sits just east of the glimmering

skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles—

the only private, not-for-profit hospital

serving the people of East Los Angeles.

Since the day it was founded, it has

served a neighborhood on the move.

Boyle Heights is known as a place where

generations of immigrants first put

down roots in the United States.

Decade by decade, people from different

ethnic backgrounds have made this

area their home: first Russians and Germans,

then later a large Jewish community

followed by Koreans and Japanese.

Today about 80 percent of the community

residents are Latino, and many

have come here from Mexico to build a

better life for themselves. People such

as Jesse Velasquez, who in 1968 crossed

the Mexican border into El Paso, Texas,

with 1,200 pesos in his pocket and a big

dream in his heart.

Back home, in the dusty town of

Durango, Mexico, his father’s barbershop

barely took in enough to keep the

large family afloat, so Velasquez made

the 1,470-mile trek to Los Angeles in the

hopes of finding work to earn money

and help out.

To this day he believes it was Divine

providence that led him to WMMC,

where he found his first job as a janitor.

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There he met people such as Drs. Sherif

Azer and Miguel Martinez, who took an

interest in him and fostered his curiosity

for medicine. Dr. Martinez’s interest

in Jesse evolved out of his own experience

working his way through medical

school with so little money he sometimes

went hungry.

Velasquez’s interest in medicine grew

as he worked at WMMC. “I would look

into the operating room and watch in

fascination as the team performed surgeries

with smooth, choreographed precision,”

he says.

He decided to study nursing—a decision

that turned into a 13-year journey

that included juggling jobs, studying,

and earning money that he faithfully

sent back to his family every month.

Three days a week he’d attend classes

until 1:00 p.m., rush to work by 2:00

p.m., work until 11:00 p.m., and study

into the early hours of the morning.

When he confided to Dr. Azer, a

respected surgeon at WMMC, that he

was in a nursing program, the doctor

said: “Complete your degree, and I’ll hire

you. We can work together.”

Today, Velasquez is a respected surgical

nurse and member of the heart team

at WMMC, where he’s served as a shift

supervisor of the five-member evening

crew of nurses and technicians.

Since Velasquez became a nurse,

WMMC has developed a residency program

for registered nurses and seeks

out promising candidates from their

area in an effort to create jobs and educate

nurses who understand the cultural

needs of their patients. Recently

graduated nurses get on-the-job mentoring

and quickly acquire a sense of

confidence and ease working in a complex

hospital setting. To date, more than

100 people from their community have

completed the program.

Besides its role in patient care and

education, White Memorial anchors the

community as its largest employer, and

contributes significantly to the area’s



White Memorial’s

first patients

received free

treatment at the

First Street clinic,

which began as a

place to train

doctors studying at

the fledgling

College of Medical

Evangelists, now

Loma Linda

University. The

clinic was equipped

with secondhand


instruments that

were delivered in a


economy through wages, purchases

made in the local community, donations,

and uncompensated care.

A New Campus With

Faith at Its Center

Motorists on Interstate 5 today can

see an impressive, eight-story structure

rising above the roofs of the modest

bungalows as they near Boyle Heights.

The structure is WMMC’s modern

353-bed, state-of-the art hospital,

equipped with the latest technology

and built for patient comfort, safety,

efficiency, and sensitivity to their community’s

unique cultural needs.

It stands as the centerpiece of a $250

million building project that upgraded

or replaced aging facilities in a project

called “The New White Memorial,” which

was launched in 2001 and completed a

decade later—largely through government

funding and private donations.

As a critical access safety net medical

center essential to the region, WMMC

must be built to withstand the region’s

very real threat of major earthquakes.

The rebuilding made possible an entire

earthquake-resistant campus that meets

the most current safety standards.

“This is God’s hospital,” Zachary

says. “And throughout our history, He

has always supplied our needs, often in

ways that we could never imagine.

“We’ve always had an exceptional medical

team and committed and talented

staff,” she adds. “And now we have a facil-

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JESSE VELASQUEZ: Velasquez, a nurse

and a member of the heart team at

White Memorial, came to America with

the dream of finding work. His first job

as a janitor at WMMC ignited his desire

to become a nurse—a 13-year endeavor.

ity that matches their level of expertise.”

WMMC’s newest addition—their

third medical office building, which will

house physician offices and a diabetes

center—opens in 2013, a testimony to

their continued growth.

But WMMC’s leaders will be quick to

say that new, modern buildings tell only

part of their story. As one of Adventist

Health’s 19 West Coast hospitals, this

entire medical campus reflects the system’s

approach to care that mirrors

Christ’s example of healing. Regardless

of their ability to pay, patients experience

care that is grounded in the Adventist

health-care mission—a belief

that God Himself is the ultimate healer,

that caregivers are agents of His desire

to help people flourish, and that God

offers hope even in the face of suffering.

The new facility—along with devoted

doctors and staff and a rigorous approach

to constantly improving quality—has

earned WMMC recognition inside and

CHAPEL: Since its beginning, White Memorial has

been a hospital that prays.

outside of the industry. U.S. News and

World Report ranks it high on their Best

Hospitals list—number 12 among 140

hospitals in Los Angeles, and number 20

among 430 hospitals in California.

An Unshakable

Foundation and a Broad

Vision for the Future

With the campus makeover completed,

WMMC sits on a foundation

designed to withstand earthquakes. But

it has always had a philosophical footing

that gave it an equally strong base.

“We are stewards of a work that

started long before we joined, and will

continue well after we are gone,” Zachary

says. “We are stewards of a sacred

trust that traces its roots back to the

forward-thinking ideas of Ellen White

and to the origins of our church, which

was grounded in service and in promoting

health. And it gives us all a sense of

satisfaction to be here as we pass the

100-year mark in its history.”

For WMMC, the past proves to be the

bedrock on which they’ll build their

future—one characterized by finding

new ways to live out their mission

among a changing population.

Being located in one of the most

highly populated Latino communities,

for example, offers a great

opportunity. “The Hispanic

community is one of the fastest

growing in the United

States. We are in an ideal

location to conduct research

and pioneer new ways to

enhance the health of this

population and embark on

ways to help them build

healthier communities,”

Zachary says.

Adapting to change—

while staying true to their

founding mission and making

faith a centerpiece of

their work—is what WMMC

has always been about. And

on this, their 100th anniversary,

they’re taking time to

reflect deeply on their mission,

their past, their faith,

and their future. “I would

hope that the early founders would be

gratified if they could see us today,”

Zachary says.

To learn more about WMMC and its

upcoming centennial events, go to White

Memorial.com/centennial. n

* CME Board of Trustees, Minutes, June 15, 1915, p.

4; W. C. White, “The Los Angeles Hospital,” Review and

Herald, Sept. 28, 1916; Arthur L. White, Ellen G. White:

The Later Elmshaven Years, vol. 6, p. 429.

CMBell Company, Inc., assists businesses and

other organizations with communication,

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CARING STAFF: The hospital not only serves

as the area’s largest employer, but plays a

key role in educating doctors and nurses—

many of whom choose to stay on and care for

members of their own community.

Boyle Heights:

The Neighborhood

WMMC Serves

• Almost 1 million people live in a

five-mile radius of WMMC.

• 80 percent of the community is


• 35 percent of households earn

less than $25,000 annually.

• 31 percent have less than a

ninth-grade education, and only 5

percent of residents 25 and older

have a four-year degree.

• 21.1 percent of families are

headed by a single parent.

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Spirit of Prophecy


Fight of


By Ellen G. White

Every one who shall be found

with the wedding garment on

will have come out of great

tribulation. The mighty

surges of temptation will beat

upon all the followers of Christ; and

unless they are riveted to the eternal

Rock, they will be borne away. Do not

think you can safely drift with the current;

you must stem the tide, or you will

surely become a helpless prey to Satan’s

power. You are not safe in placing your

feet on the ground of the enemy, but

should direct your path in the way cast

up for the ransomed of the Lord to walk

in. Even in the path of holiness you will

be tried; your faith, your love, your

patience, your constancy, will be tested.

By diligent searching of the Scriptures,

by earnest prayer for divine help, prepare

the soul to resist temptation. The

Lord will hear the sincere prayer of the

contrite soul, and will lift up a standard

for you against the enemy.

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Jesus left His home in heaven, and

came to this dark world to reach to the

very depths of human woe, that He

might save those who are ready to perish.

He laid aside His glory in the heavenly

courts above, clothed His divinity with

humanity, and for our sakes He became

poor, that we through His poverty might

be rich. He came to the earth that was all

seared and marred with sin; “and being

found in fashion as a man, he humbled

himself, and became obedient unto

death, even the death of the cross” [Phil.

2:8, KJV]. He submitted to insult and

mockery, that He might leave us a perfect

example. When we are inclined to magnify

our trials, to think we are having a

hard time, we should look away from self

to Jesus, who is the author and finisher

of our faith, “who for the joy that was set

before him endured the cross, despising

the shame, and is set down at the right

hand of the throne of God” [Heb. 12:2,

KJV]. All this He endured that He might

bring many sons and daughters to God,

to present them before the universe as

trophies of His victory.

Will man take hold of this divine

power which has been placed within his

reach, and with determination and perseverance

resist Satan, as Christ has

given example in His conflict with the

foe in the wilderness of temptation?

God cannot save man against his will

from the power of Satan’s artifices. Man

must work with his human power, aided

by the divine power of Christ, to resist

and to conquer at any cost to himself. In

short, man must overcome as Christ

overcame. Christ was a perfect overcomer;

and we must be perfect, wanting

nothing, without spot or blemish.

In order to be overcomers, we must

heed the injunction of the apostle: “Let

this mind be in you, which was also in

Christ Jesus” [Phil. 2:5, KJV]. He is the

Pattern that we, as His disciples, must

follow. We cannot cherish selfishness in

our hearts, and follow the example of

Christ, who died to make an atonement

for us. We cannot extol our own merits,

and follow His example; for He made

Himself of no reputation, and took

upon Himself the form of a servant. We

cannot harbor pride, and follow Christ,

since He humbled Himself until there

was no lower place to which He could

descend. Be astonished, O heavens, and

be amazed, O earth, that sinful man

should make such returns to his Lord in

formality and pride, in efforts to lift up

and glorify himself, when Christ came

and humbled Himself in our behalf

even to the death of the cross.

Christ came to teach us how to live. He

has invited us to learn of Him to be meek

and lowly of heart, that we may find rest

unto our souls. We have no excuse for

not imitating His life and working His

works. Those who profess His name, and

do not practice His precepts, are weighed

in the balances of heaven, and found

wanting. But those who reflect His image

will have a place in the mansions which

He has gone to prepare.

The redemption that Christ achieved

for man was at infinite cost to Himself.

The victory we gain over our own evil

hearts and over the temptations of Satan

will cost us strong effort, constant

watchfulness, and persevering prayer;

but, gaining the victory through the allpowerful

name of Jesus, we become heirs

of God and joint-heirs with Christ. This

could not be the case if Christ alone did

all the overcoming. We must be victors

on our own account. Then we shall not

only reap the reward of eternal life, but

shall increase our happiness on earth by

the consciousness of duty performed,

and by the greater respect and love that

we shall win from those about us.

He who is a child of God should henceforth

look upon himself as a part of the

cross of Christ, a link in the chain let

down to save the world, one with Christ

in His plan of mercy, going forth with

“For we wrestle not against flesh and

blood, but against principalities,

against powers, against the rulers of

the darkness of this world, against

spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Him to seek and to save the lost. The

Christian is ever to realize that he is

bought with a price, to stand under the

blood-stained banner of Prince Immanuel,

to fight the good fight of faith, and lay

hold on eternal life. He is to reveal Christ

to the world. The self-denial, the self-sacrifice,

the sympathy, the love that were

manifested in the life of Christ are to

reappear in the life of His followers. In

order to do this, we must put on the

whole armor of God; “for we wrestle not

against flesh and blood, but against principalities,

against powers, against the rulers

of the darkness of this world, against

spiritual wickedness in high places” [Eph.

6:12, KJV]. If we do not overcome, we lose

the crown; and if we lose the crown, we

lose everything. Eternal loss or eternal

gain will be ours. If we gain the crown, we

gain all things; we become heirs of God,

and joint-heirs with Christ.

Christ is coming in a little while. He

has been our brother in suffering; and if

we overcome through His grace, we shall

see Him as He is. We shall suffer here but

a few days longer, and then enter into an

eternity of happiness; for there is sweet

rest in the kingdom of God. For those

who fight the good fight of faith, there is

reserved a crown of glory, a palm of victory,

an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled,

and that fadeth not away. Let the

determination of every soul be “I must

run the race; I must overcome.” n

This article was first published

in Bible Echo, January 1, 1893.

Ellen G. White, its author, was

one of the founders of the

Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Her life and work testified to the special

guidance of the Holy Spirit.

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Help and

hope for



Youth are a priority among Seventh-day Adventists. Their spiritual growth, physical and

emotional health, educational opportunities, and personal relationships hold great importance.

The church expends tremendous effort and resources to ensure that its children are provided

safe and healthy environments in which to grow. But what about the youth with special

needs, such as those recovering from childhood traumas and abuse that have resulted in such

conditions as reactive attachment disorder or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder? Or those

who are exhibiting extreme negative behaviors resulting from various other causes? Can parents

find answers and help from within the church?

The administrators and staff of the following three Adventist-run alternative-education

facilities—Miracle Meadows School, Project Patch, and Advent Home and Learning Center—

say yes.—Editors.


Meadows School

By Sandra Blackmer

Spending the night in a crack

house with the police and FBI

trailing him was not the Christmas

Eve Josh Voigt had planned.

Voigt, barely 17, and a friend had stolen

a car—an event that evolved into a

weeklong crime spree. The FBI had been

chasing the young men up and down

the East Coast for days before finally

catching up with them. Realizing that

he had hit rock bottom, Voigt sent up a

prayer promising God, “If You save me

from this, I will turn back to You.”

When offered the choice of possibly

serving 40 years to life for his crimes or

returning to Miracle Meadows—a Seventh-day

Adventist self-supporting

middle and high school for at-risk boys

and girls located in Salem, West Virginia—Josh

knew the Lord had

answered his prayer. So that day he

determined to keep his promise to God.

More than a decade later Voigt, now

an Adventist pastor serving in the Chesapeake

Conference, marks that experience

as the turning point in his life—the

beginning of his journey back to God.

“I began reading the Bible from Genesis

to Revelation,” Voigt says, “and the

school supported and facilitated the

change process. They provided the tools I

needed to turn my life around and helped

to put me back on the right track.”

School Program

Miracle Meadows School, a boarding

institution situated on 200 acres in the

rolling Appalachian hills, was established

by Gayle and Bill Clark in 1988. Its

program is designed for children ages

8-17 who are experiencing such behavioral

problems as dishonesty, defiance,

school truancy, trouble with the law,

poor social skills, destructive and

aggressive tendencies, and alcohol and

drug abuse. The staff currently is undergoing

training in reactive attachment

disorder (RAD), a condition in which

infants and young children don’t establish

healthy bonds with parents or caregivers,

typically as a result of neglect or

abuse. This may permanently change the

child’s growing brain, hurting the ability

to establish future relationships. 1

“Most of the students here have experienced

neglect, abuse, trauma, and loss

before the age of 3,” Gayle Clark, who

holds a master’s degree in nursing and

is executive director of the school,

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explains. “That affects them neurologically.

About 70 percent have been

adopted, and the abuse occurred prior

to the adoptions.”


Enrollment at Miracle Meadows fluctuates

between 20 to 40 students. Elementary

through secondary courses are

taught using a self-paced mastery curriculum.

The state of West Virginia recognizes

Miracle Meadows as a parochial

alternative school, meeting state requirements

for exemption K-12 schools.

Principal Patrick Johnson concedes

that challenges exist there that other

schools don’t routinely deal with, and

that he had misgivings when he first

arrived. His initial assessment of the students,

however, has altered significantly.

“I said to myself, ‘What we have is a

group of physically aggressive, rebellious

students who don’t want to listen

to authority.’ But as I looked into their

situations, I’ve come to understand

them better, and have grown closer to

them as individuals,” Johnson notes. “I

now see these kids as among the brightest

you’ll find anywhere.”

Five teachers, most of whom hold

master’s degrees, instruct students in

grades 2 through 12.

Focus on Behavior

Although scholastics play a vital role

at Miracle Meadows, a more intentional

focus is given to behavior change and

social adjustment.

“Many of our children have depression

and anxiety; they’ve experienced a

lot of trauma from both physical and

emotional abuse,” says social-emotional

learning coordinator Carmen Kleikamp.

“We encourage and educate them on the

effects of trauma, and why it’s hard for

them to trust and to connect with the

parents they now have.”

Kleikamp, a licensed clinical social

worker who holds a master’s degree in

social work, interacts with the students in

both personal and group sessions. Counseling

sessions that include the parents

focus on strengthening family relationships

and exploring causes and alternatives

regarding their at-risk behaviors.

Larry Blackmer

Student life director Jerrilyn Fabien,

who has a master’s degree in rehab counseling

and has worked at Miracle Meadows

for five years, admits that not every

story ends well, but that “the more you

understand the child’s background and

the reasons they’re acting the way they

do, the greater the success of the intervention


Spiritual Emphasis

Miracle Meadows is not only a Christian

institution but also distinctly Seventh-day

Adventist—and spirituality, staff members

say, is their number-one priority.

“The staff here is committed to God and

to the Seventh-day Adventist Church,”

development director Bruce Atchison

notes. “We strive to help the kids grow in

their relationship with Jesus.”

Worship is held various times

throughout the day, Atchison explains.

Many of the students also praise the Lord

in music by singing in the school choir,

which performs throughout the U.S.

Is It Working?

Susan and Steve’s 2 13-year-old adopted

triplets are at Miracle Meadows because

their behaviors “were out of control,”

often resulting in police involvement,

Susan explains. “We knew that if these

behaviors continued, our children would

end up in jail.” The children also had

problems bonding with their adoptive

parents. After about a year at the school,

Susan sees significant progress.

“They now accept responsibility for

their behaviors. They can identify their

issues and know what they should do

about the problems. They’re taught how

to work and do a good job. They’ve also

grown spiritually,” Susan says.

Susan believes that every child has a

right to an education that meets their

particular needs. “These kids require a

Christ-centered, structured school setting

that can work with these issues and

not give up on them,” she says.

Conference tuition subsidies and local

church worthy student funds generally

are not available to those who attend

schools not officially owned and operated

by the Adventist Church. Susan’s local

conference as well as fellow church members,

however, do provide some tuition

assistance, but not everyone receives such

support. Nancy and Bill’s experience with

their church family regarding their

Larry Blackmer


is situated on 200 acres in Salem,

West Virginia.


to help the students grow spiritually,

academically, and socially.

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Larry Blackmer

PRAISING THE LORD: The Miracle Meadows School choir performs throughout the U.S.

16-year-old son John, whom they adopted

at age 6, was very different.

When John’s negative behaviors

reached the point where his parents felt

there was no option but to enroll him in

alternative education, they asked their

local church and conference for help—

but no funds were provided.

The couple says they did receive emotional

support from fellow church members,

but sometimes, Bill notes, “keeping

us in their prayers isn’t enough.”

“These broken kids appear forgotten,”

Nancy adds. “They don’t feel valued

or loved, and they struggle with

their spirituality. They need help and

support from the church.”

Bill and Nancy’s appreciation for Miracle

Meadows and the efforts they’re making

for their son, however, is evident.

“They don’t give up on the kids here,”

Bill says. “The heroic efforts that these

folk make are extraordinary.”

Bonnie and Ron’s 14-year-old daughter,

Trisha, has been at Miracle Meadows for

about a year, and is on track to go home

soon. When Trisha was born to Bonnie

and Ron, they didn’t envision their daughter’s

“downward spiral that turned into

rebellion” in her early teen years.

“Her Adventist upbringing, the love

of her parents, the love of her family, all

authority—everything was called into

question in her mind,” Ron says.

Although they tried other avenues of help,

Bill and Nancy reached the point at which

they felt no effective help was available. They

then learned about Miracle Meadows.

“We praise the Lord that there’s a

facility like this, connected with the

church, so our child can continue to

learn about the values and biblical

teachings we believe in. . . . It’s helping

us to regain our child.”

To learn more about Miracle Meadows

School, go to www.miraclemeadows.org, or

call 304-782-3630. n


Mayo Clinic, “Reactive Attachment Disorder: Definition,”


ment-disorder/DS00988. Accessed November 29, 2012.


Names of parents and students are pseudonyms.

sandra backmer is FEATURES EDITOR OF




By Becky St. Clair

Irving hated authority. As a seventh

grader, he was defiant, depressed,

unfocused, and suicidal. He didn’t care

about school or learning, nearly failing

all his classes. Summer classes allowed

him to continue into eighth grade.

“My life was awful,” he recalls. “I

hated my parents for even bringing me

into the world, and I told them on a regular

basis how I felt.”

Although it happened when he was 7

years old, Irving blamed himself for his

parents’ separation, and he struggled

with accepting criticism, even when it

was constructive. “I felt the world was

against me and that my life wasn’t

worth living,” he says.

Then his good friend and classmate died.

“That sent me over the edge,” Irving

says. “I completely gave up.”

When Irving failed the eighth grade,

his mom searched for options and discovered

Project Patch, a residential

behavioral treatment facility in the

mountains of Idaho.

Tackling the Tough Stuff

Project Patch is a Christian nonprofit

organization focused on helping hurting

teens and building stronger families.

It was founded in 1984 when Tom Sanford,

an Adventist pastor, became overwhelmed

by the needs of hurting teens

and felt called to care specifically for

them. Tom and his wife, Bonnie, started

a foster-care placement program, which

developed into Project Patch Youth

Ranch for youth ages 12-17. It’s located

on 170 forested acres about an hour

north of Boise, Idaho. Since then, Project

Patch has helped nearly 1,000 teens like

Irving find direction, respect for themselves

and others, healthy ways to handle

life’s challenges, and, most

important, a relationship with Christ.

“The staff really worked with me on

self-worth through God,” Irving says.

“It’s because of Him that I’m worth

something, and that core concept

helped me realize I need to rely on His

strength and not my own.”

Each teen at the ranch is assigned to

one of Patch’s five therapists, all of

whom have master’s degrees in therapyrelated

fields. In both one-on-one and

group settings, counselors help them

deal with physical, emotional, and sexual

abuse, divorce, attention-deficit disorder

(ADD) and attention-deficit hyperactivity

disorder (ADHD), terminal illness, loss of

a family member or friend, rape, and

innumerable other traumas.

During Parent Weekends, ranch therapists

equip parents to be more effective

with their kids. They see the

positive changes in their child, participate

with their teens in trust- and communication-building

activities, and

attend workshops where they learn the

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WOODWORKING: Patch gives teens the opportunity to learn skills beyond those taught

in a classroom or therapy session by offering woodworking, automotive mechanics, gardening,

cooking, and more.

basic skills their children are learning.

“The parents we work with are doing

their best to help their children,” says

Chuck Hagele, Patch executive director.

“We’ve found great success in teaching

parents how emotions work and specific

skills to help their teens.”

Every Moment Counts

Patch is a safe, high-quality, and effective

program based on the Bible. Very

few treatment programs are both

accredited by the Joint Commission and

provide solid biblical discipleship. Project

Patch is also licensed and accredited

by the Idaho Department of Education,

the Northwest Association of Accredited

Schools, and the Idaho Department of

Health and Welfare.

Utilizing individualized coursework to

accommodate each student’s ability and

experience, the licensed education program

at Patch enables students to keep

up with or catch up to their school grade

level and, when necessary, attain their

GED. The school’s personalized program

propels students to succeed where they

have failed in other environments.

“Patch uses every moment for teaching,”

Hagele says. “Whether they’re

playing, working, in a therapy session,

or doing community service, the kids

are learning skills they need to create a

positive future for themselves.”

In addition to regular recreation,

Patch teens complete daily chores and

participate in the ranch’s community

service program to learn responsibility,

the importance of helping others, and

how to be part of a local community.

After an average of 14 months at the

ranch, returning home is not easy. Teens

come into the Patch program angry,

hurt, bitter, and confused. They leave

confident, determined, and more

mature than they arrived. The transition

is still difficult, but Patch equips teens

with the skills they need to handle it.

“When I got home, I had to find out

who I was, what I believed, and how I

could have a meaningful

relationship with God for

myself,” Irving says. “I

gained wonderfully helpful

tools at Patch, but it was

still a challenge.”

Irving completed high

school and in 2011 graduated

from Walla Walla University

in College Place, Washington,

with a degree in industrial

design. Currently he works

for a custom-cabinet shop,

designing and building cabinets

for both commercial and

residential clients.

Photos courtesy of Project Patch

Strengthening Families

and Communities

In 2003 Patch received a donation of

500 acres of wooded property near Goldendale,

Washington. Built by Maranatha

International and other volunteers, the

Project Patch Family Life and Conference

Center, home to the Family Experience

program, opened in 2011, providing a

resortlike environment for families to

learn to thrive despite their challenges.

Here, over a long weekend, families enjoy

experiences such as a ropes course, crafts,

and hiking, and together they learn about

facing and weathering challenges.

“Serving teens and families doesn’t

stop at home,” says Hagele. “To truly help

kids thrive, we need churches and the

community at large to support the families

and teens we work with individually.”

To this end, Patch has developed a

seminar and workshop program

addressing issues such as parenting,

raising grandchildren, technology in the

home, outreach to youth in the church,

and more. Presenting information

gleaned from more than 24 years of

working with teens and families, Patch

reachES out to community and church

members, providing educational materials

and other helpful resources.

To learn more about Project Patch, visit

projectpatch.org, call 360-690-8495, or

e-mail info@projectpatch.org. n

Becky St. Clair is director of communication

for Project Patch.

BIBLE STUDY: Situated on 170 forested acres near Boise,

Idaho, the Project Patch Youth Ranch offers many opportunities

for outdoor communion with the Creator God as

part of its Christ-centered behavioral treatment program.

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Advent Home

By Blondel E. Senior

Jimmy Hawkins * was 6 when his

parents separated. His dad left suddenly

and seldom contacted him.

Jimmy’s knowledge of his father came

from old photos and hearing his mother

describe how abusive he was.

Years later Jimmy began blaming his

mother for breaking up their home. He

became defiant, aggressive, and controlling.

His mother was afraid of him.

He stayed up late, and then overslept

and missed school. His grades dropped

from B’s to F’s.

“I was losing Jimmy,” Mrs. Hawkins

admits. “And he was a negative influence

on his little sister.”

Jimmy was diagnosed with attentiondeficit

hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

and placed on medication that doctors

thought would help; instead, Jimmy

became more unmanageable. Then one

of his teachers told Mrs. Hawkins about

Advent Home Learning Center and its

program for boys with ADHD and

behavior problems. Jimmy was enrolled.

Jimmy, now 14, has spent 13 months at

Advent Home and is slowly making progress.

He works off pent-up anger running

on the lap field, weeding and watering

plants, and playing basketball. Counselors

are teaching him ways to deal responsibly

with his anger and to resolve

conflicts with others in healthy ways.

At school the teachers are caring but

firm, and Jimmy is taught to accept consequences

for negative behaviors. In the

dorm he’s learning habits of tidiness and

organization, as well as how to get along

well with others and be part of a team.

His mother is noticing the change;

she says he is now calmer and more

respectful. He also wants to attend an

Adventist boarding academy when he

leaves Advent Home.

Jimmy is turning around.

Its Mission

Twenty-eight years ago Advent

Home—situated on 225 acres of rolling

hills and forests in Calhoun, Tennessee—began

ministering to delinquent

teen boys ages 12 to 18, offering them

DORMITORY: Advent Home and its dormitory

are equipped to accommodate 32 boys.

and their families healing and restoration

through a more healthful lifestyle

and a growing relationship with Jesus

Christ. The various methods used

became part of the home’s Maturation

Therapy Program. In 1995 the home transitioned

to serving at-risk boys who had

been diagnosed with ADHD. Boys with

ADHD have emotional problems and frequently

“act out” by expressing negative

attitudes and behaviors. They don’t

adjust well to traditional classroom or

home settings. Their hyperactivity and

impulsiveness—often misunderstood—

frequently result in their dismissal from

public or church schools.

Like Jimmy, many ADHD students

have out-of-control anger problems.

Although academically bright, they generally

are one to four years behind in

grade levels. They develop such behaviors

as stealing, lying, cheating, manipulating,

avoiding close family relations,

shoplifting, experimenting with smoking

cigarettes and marijuana, and running

away from home.

These boys are at risk of failing not

only in school but also in life, and need

serious interventions to reverse their

downward spiral. Their inadequate academic

skills, poor interpersonal skills,

broken family relations, poor work

skills, and determination to drop out of

school before graduating reveal their

lack of readiness for the future.

Most of the students at Advent Home

are Seventh-day Adventists, but about

20 percent are not. There is a wide range

of ethnicity among the students, who

come from many regions of the United

States and other countries as well.

Special Interventions

Advent Home is equipped to house

32 boys. When they arrive, they encounter

a minimum-distraction environment

in a rural setting with no TV or

other electronic equipment, a vegetarian

diet, and a highly regulated schedule.

They spend time working and

playing outside, and receive both formal

and informal counseling in one-on-one

and group sessions. They are encouraged

to talk freely during these sessions,

openly expressing their feelings.

As their bodies, minds, and hearts begin

to heal, some discover Jesus, and their

lives are transformed.

Family Training and


Learning respect for parents and

other loved ones is a priority at Advent

Home as well as an important aspect of

the healing and growth process. Family

forums take place each quarter on campus.

During these special weekends,

students and their families come

together for worship, spiritual renewal,

testimonies, and family training seminars

in which they discuss family issues,

ask forgiveness when needed, and are

emotionally reunited.

Spiritual activities and the importance

of a growing relationship with

God are also emphasized at Advent

Home, and baptisms often result.

A Lasting Difference

In the past five years Advent Home

has ministered to more than 318 at-risk

students. Since 2009 the teachers and

counselors have assisted approximately 25

students to enroll in Adventist boarding

schools. Some students have gone on to

become college and graduate students, as

well as career professionals. Others

entered other vocations. The Lord has

richly blessed Advent Home with successful

intervention in the lives of many


To learn more about Advent Home, call 423-

336-5052 or visit www.adventhome.org. n

* a pseudonym

Blondel E. Senior, Ph.D., is founder/director of

Advent Home Learning Center. Barbara Graham,

with Advent Home’s Development Office, also

contributed to this article.

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Dateline Moscow

Spies Like Us

Over the past decade five United States ambassadors have

graciously invited me to Spaso House, an elegant mansion off the traffic-congested Garden Ring Road,

where U.S. ambassadors have lived since the United States established diplomatic ties with the Soviet Union

in 1933.

But a recent visit marked the first time I was accused of being a spy. Twice.

A throng of military men wearing smart uniforms in various shades of green greeted my eyes as

I entered the main hall of Spaso House for a welcoming reception for several new defense officials

to the U.S. embassy. Shiny medals dangled from the chests of the officers from several dozen countries,

while some also sported golden braids and other decorations. Accompanied by fashionably

dressed wives, the officers mingled with other guests around a snack-laden table.

At one end of the table I spotted an old friend, a Russian defense analyst. After exchanging

hellos, I confided that this was my first time to attend such an event and asked, “What can I

expect to learn here this evening?”

My friend gestured toward the uniformed officers and laughed. “What do you think?” he

said. “We’re standing in a room filled with spies.”

He was right, of course. But I hadn’t considered this reality in accepting the invitation, and

surprise must have flickered across my face. My friend chuckled again and said in all seriousness:

“What’s wrong? Aren’t you one of them?”

Later that evening I caught up with a Russian diplomat whom I had met earlier at the Singapore

ambassador’s residence. Yury told me that he wanted to write opinion pieces about the Russian

armed forces—but with a catch. He said the newspaper where I work would have to cover his travel

and lodging expenses as he toured military bases for the articles.

Seeing Yury’s sincerity, I explained that our budget could not absorb such a cost.

Unsmilingly, Yury responded, “Can’t you just call your friends at the CIA for extra money?”

I suppose both comments might have been jokes. But there’s a saying in Russia, “Every joke

contains a kernel of truth,” and I had encountered spying suspicions previously. Once as I was

signing an apartment lease, my new landlord asked about my nationality and reason for living in

Moscow. Learning that I was an American journalist, he said matter-of-factly, “Oh, you’re a spy.”

Bewildered by his reaction, I related it to an old Russian friend. “You know,” he replied, “I have wondered

the same thing. Are you a spy?”

For the record, I’m not a foreign agent employed by a government to secure secret information about the

enemy. But I am a foreign agent.

I work for a country I have never set foot in, and I eagerly share open-source information that the enemy

of all souls wants to keep classified. My motivation is simple: I love the greatest foreign agent, Jesus, who,

in coming to earth gave everything so that I, who had nothing, could have everything. “For you know the

grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, that you through

his poverty might become rich” (2 Cor. 8:9).

I represent a government that will topple all the world’s regimes one day soon. The upheaval won’t be an

Arab Spring or a Rose, Orange, or Tulip revolution, leading to further unrest and instability. No stealth

fighters will be deployed, no nuclear missiles launched.

Jesus, with great power and majesty, will swoop down in the sky with billions of angels. He will bring

with Him a capital city whose transparent gold streets are traffic-free and lined with elegant mansions that

He personally built for His foreign agents. He will establish a kingdom that no worldly leader can match: a

place with “ ‘no more death’ or mourning or crying.” His promise is unequivocal: “I am making everything

new” (Rev. 21:4, 5).

It’s risky, perhaps even dangerous, to admit to being a foreign agent. But the information I possess is too

important, too exciting, to keep to myself. I’m not afraid to be recognized as a foreign agent.

Are you? n



Andrew Mc Chesney is a journalist in Russia.

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Ask the Doctors

Alopecia, or Hair Loss

By allan r. handysides and peter n. landless

My grandmother became rather

bald in her late 70s, and I have

noted that my adult daughter has a

bald patch that is the size of a quarter

on the top of her head. Is this the beginning

of early baldness? And do I have to

worry her about this? If I take her to the

doctor about it, she may become very

self-conscious, and so far she has

hardly noticed it.

Hair loss actually occurs in all of us,

because our hair follicles undergo

cyclical changes that extend over the

entire life. They go through active

growth phases that alternate with periods

of inactivity. This cycle of on-and-off

growth leads to little change in the overall

pattern of hair distribution, because

not all hairs are involved in the same

phase at the same time.

As we age, however, the hair follicles

lose their full regenerative capabilities.

It is actually stem cells that help the

regeneration of the hair follicles. There

are two main cells in the follicle that are

involved in the hair growth: keratinocyte

and melanocyte. As the melanocytes

decrease in number, hair becomes

depigmented and turns grey or white. As

keratinocytes become fewer, so does the

production of hairs. Some baldness is

called male-type baldness and is related

to the effects of testosterone. This can be

genetic. It’s very common, however, for

both men and women to produce fewer

hairs on their head as they age.

The normal cycle of hair growth can

be influenced by the general health of

the individual. Thyroid disorders, for

example, are often associated with

changes in the quality, thickness, and

texture of one’s hair. Pregnancy also can

affect a woman’s hair.

What you are describing in your

daughter sounds like a type of balding

called “alopecia.” A coin-shaped patch

baldness is typical of a condition called

alopecia areata. This latter type of alopecia

is different from the male-type or

age-related hair loss. It is, in fact, an

autoimmune disturbance.

Alopecia areata is loss of hair in a specific

area, usually on the scalp or in the

beard in a male. The loss can take place

rapidly. Sometimes there is progression

to several patches, or even total hair loss

on the scalp. The most common variant,

however, is that of patches of baldness

in coinlike areas.

Don’t dismiss

this as simply

a cosmetic


Careful examination may reveal less

obvious additional findings. There may

be pitting in the fingernails, and short

hair may be noted to be narrower

toward the roots, sometimes called

“exclamation mark hair.”

Diagnosis is relatively easy, and it

would be wise to visit the doctor for a

checkup. Treatment, however, is not

easy, because there is a lack of well-conducted

trials to guide the physician.

Even if the condition becomes progressive—and

many do not—some doctors

will suggest waiting for the natural

remission that very frequently occurs.



The therapy generally preferred

involves potent topical steroids, which

may be applied with an occlusive dressing.

Improvement may be expected in 25

percent of cases so treated. Intradermal

injections of another steroid, triamcinolone,

may achieve up to 65 percent

improvement. Systemic steroids are

usually avoided because of their side

effects. An older treatment with an irritant

called dithranol may also be used.

Minoxidil, advertised widely as Rogaine,

has also been used, but clear-cut benefits

have not been demonstrated.

The condition tends to relapse and

remit, and because the hair follicle is

not totally destroyed, the condition is

theoretically reversible.

How your daughter will react to this

condition can be a reflection of your

own attitude. An accepting and unemotional

response will encourage the same

attitude in her. The patch may well disappear

and be a single event.

Do be sensitive to the anxiety and

potential damage to self-esteem, but

also don’t dismiss this as simply a cosmetic

problem. n

Send your questions to Ask the Doctors,

Adventist Review, 12501 Old Columbia

Pike, Silver Spring, Maryland 20904. Or

e-mail them to blackmers@gc.adventist.org.

While this column is provided as a service to

our readers, Drs. Landless and Handysides

unfortunately cannot enter into personal and

private communication with our readers. We

recommend you consult with your personal

physician on all matters of your health.

allan r. handysides, a

board-certified gynecologist,

is THE director of the Health

Ministries department of the

General Conference.

peter n. landless, a

board-certified nuclear

cardiologist, is an associate

director of the Health

Ministries department of the

General Conference.

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The Letter

What if you received a letter like this? What would you do?

Dear [Insert Your Name Here]:

I was going to stop thinking of you as my friend. We have had many great times, exchanging

our problems, enjoying lunch together, visiting in each other’s homes, and helping each other

with our problems. I really thought of you as one of my best friends. I have very few, but I

counted you as one of my closest.

You have always been hard to contact, and lately it has become even harder. There have been

times I have really needed to talk to you. I have been experiencing a lot of problems, and I

needed to talk with you and get your valuable input. People have stabbed me in the back and

twisted the knife. I needed your help, but you were not there. This was especially bad during

the time I was experiencing the dark days of despair overtaking me. I needed your counsel,

advice, and especially your friendship. But you would not talk to me. Not answering my phone

calls, returning the messages I left for you, or responding to text messages I sent to you for

months at a time is not talking to me.

I have waited for you when you asked me to, for more than an hour, only to have you tell me

that you had not told me to wait (you had). You said you would call me the next day, but the

call never came. When you asked me to stay, there were things that I really needed to do and

work that needed to be finished. But friends come first, and I have always believed that you

should put your friends ahead of yourself. At other times, when I put myself in your way, you

promised to meet me at a specific place at a specific time, but you never showed up.

It has become apparent that you are only doing what is necessary to keep up the appearance

of friendship, but you do not really care. Therefore, I have decided to mentally scratch you

from my list of friends—best or otherwise.

As I was thinking this, Jesus spoke to me and said, “I understand what you have put up with.

[Insert your name here] does not deserve to be your friend, and I know they have disappointed

you enough. However, what [insert your name here] has done to you is nothing in comparison

to what My children have done to Me. But if you wish to follow in My footsteps, keep talking

to [insert your name here], and make yourself available to them. When they brush you off or

don’t keep their promises, remember that is their problem, not yours. Please, My child, do not

write off My child. Please give them another chance.”

So, my friend, please forgive me for my impatience. I need more patience. I need more tolerance.

I need more faith. I need to become more like Christ.


Your friend

* The author wishes to remain anonymous.

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