Kaleo Project To Minister to Homeless on Hawaiian Island » On a tropical island where tourists flock for pristine beaches and warm waters, you'll also find unexpected makeshift tarp homes constructed by people who are homeless.
This is where nearly 40 students are heading for a mission trip March 9-20 to minister to this underserved population and to also make improvements on the Adventist-owned summer camp.
Over the past five years, approximately 170 students have shared the love of Jesus in Ecuador, Honduras, Costa Rica (twice) and the Dominican Republic. They've preached 70 evangelistic series and seen 575 baptisms as a result. They've built five churches and held a week-long English language program along with a student-led week of prayer.
Begun as a mission trip program for high school students in the Rocky Mountain Conference, the Kaleo Project has seen diverse groups of students coming from our Adventist academies as well as public and home schools. Some are trained and equipped to preach their own evangelistic series. Others come to get their hands dirty at the building sites. All leave with the experience of being the hands and feet of Jesus to a world in need. The trip to Waianae will have two components. The construction component will take place at Camp Waianae, located on the western shore of Oahu in Waianae. Their staff ministers to locals and non-locals alike, holding a kid's camp during the summer and lodging groups throughout the remainder of the year. In desperate need of new facilities Kaleo Project students will work on building and repair projects to help them out. This is also where Kaleo Project missionaries will stay.
The second component, evangelism and outreach, will take place in two locations. One is a large homeless village just down the road from Camp Waianae. Called "The Harbor", this tarp village is home to more than 300 people, 60 of whom are children. Our students will spend time getting to know these people, offering medical assistance, needed supplies, and providing games and activities for the kids. They'll also give personal Bible studies.
In the evenings, they'll hold a large, tent-style evangelistic series in the park just next door to The Harbor. These nightly meetings will include programming for the adults as well as a Vacation Bible School program for the kids.
The second site is the local Seventh-day Adventist Church in Waianae where they will collaborate with the church members to host a traditional evangelistic series, lead out in Vacation Bible School, help provide medical assistance where needed and give Bible studies.
The hope for this trip, says Shannon Werner, Student Evangelism and Programs Coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Conference, is that "through hanging out with and ministering to the people of Waianae, our students will build character, relationships, memories and a passion for service that won't soon die."
[Shannon Werner; photo provided by Camp Waianae]
Common Ground Church Partners With Community to Hold Angel Tree Service » Common Ground Church in Colorado Springs held its annual Angel Tree service December 15 at Springs Adventist Academy (SAA), blessing ten children from five families.
1,408 Plus » The twenty-third gathering of the One project is getting ready to break another attendance record, according to Japhet De Oliveira, senior pastor of Boulder Church and chair of the One project board. As of first of January, 1,408 tickets covering three events of the gathering in San Diego February 24-27 have been issued. The weekend event program will open with a Friday, February 24, special “Resound” worship with Pastor Sam Leonor, La Sierra University chaplain, and Pastor Elia King, Boulder Church worship pastor, leading the worship.
Over Saturday and Sunday, the gathering will focus on exploring the Book of Revelation with fresh eyes, De Oliveira explains. Reflections will be presented by a wide and well-known range of speakers, including Alex Bryan, senior pastor Walla Walla University Church; Steve Case, president, Involve Youth; Damian Chandler - senior pastor Capitol City Church; Tim Gillespie, lead pastor Crosswalk Church; Sam Leonor, La Sierra University chaplain; Karl Haffner, senior pastor, Kettering Adventist Church; William Johnsson, author and retired editor for the Adventist Review; Dena King, small-business entrepreneur; Iki Taimi, senior pastor Gardena Genesis Community Church; Laurence Turner, retired Theological Studies department head, Newbold College; Timothy Nixon, executive secretary, Lake Region Conference; Chris Oberg, senior pastor, La Sierra University; Jenniffer Ogden, children and family pastor, Walla Walla University; Randy Roberts, senior pastor, Loma Linda University Church; Kendra Haloviak Valentine, professor of New Testament Studies, La Sierra University; and Mark Witas, senior pastor, Pacific Union College.
The Second “Create Conference” will be held the following Monday to focus on Creating the Future. Three sessions with three speakers in each will include such topics as, “What are our lamentations and celebrations over the last six years?”; “What challenges and opportunities does Adventist theology face?”; and “What transformations and applications have we seen in our local churches?”
January 31 is The final registration deadline is January 31. As you consider 2017 and all that God has called you to be and do, you will not want to miss these three events in one. www.the1project.org
[Japhet De Oliveira; photo by Rod Long]
A program of Prison Fellowship, Angel Tree reaches out to the children of prisoners and their families with the love of Christ. Partnering with their community of churches, individuals and businesses, Common Ground was able to provide a special evening for these children.
The evening featured the play, “Shepherds, Sheep, and a Savior!” presented by students from SAA and a dinner prepared by Shiloh Chapel, including a delicious vegetarian dish.
Each child received a message from their incarcerated parent, a precious gift for a child with a parent in prison who might be wondering if their mom or dad still loves them.
Along with a Christmas food basket, the children also received clothing , a toy, and material telling the story of Jesus.
[Enid Almeida; photo by Ronnie Thornburg]
Sabbath Means Freedom, Peace and Holiness in Time »
Freedom. To set apart one day a week of freedom, a day on which we would not use the instruments which have been so easily turned into weapons of destruction, a day for being with ourselves, a day of detachment from the vulgar, of independence of external obligations, a day on which we stop worshipping the idols of technical civilization, a day of armistice in the economic struggle with our fellow men and the forces of nature – is there any institution that holds out a greater hope for man’s progress than the Sabbath?
Peace. The seventh day is the armistice in man’s cruel struggle for existence, a truce in all conflicts, personal and social, peace between man and man, man and nature, peace within man; a day on which handling of money is considered a desecration, on which man avows his independence of that which is the world’s chief idol.
The seventh day is the exodus from tension, the liberation of man from his own muddiness, the installation of man as a sovereign in the world of time.
Holiness in Time. The meaning of the Sabbath is to celebrate time rather than space. Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on the Sabbath we try to become attuned to holiness in time. It is a day on which we are called upon to share in what is eternal in time, to turn from the results of creation to the mystery of creation; from the world of creation to the creation of the world.
--Abraham Joshua Heschel, I Asked for Wonder, pp. 34-36
RMC's Teen Prayer Summit
Bible Conference » Teen Prayer Summit, RMC's annual Bible conference, is fast approaching! Held at Glacier View Ranch January 20-22, Teen Prayer Summit provides an opportunity for RMC youth to connect with each other while developing their spiritual life through Bible study and prayer. This year's theme is "Traveling Light." The weekend's events will emphasize the development of a spiritual identity and community through prayer. Event speakers, Two Guys and the Word, will provide entertaining, conversation-driven messages that highlight the power of prayer and stimulate spiritual discussion on issues relevant to teens. Ultimately, we hope to inspire youth to lay down their burdens through prayer and to "travel light."
WHEN? January 20 - 22
WHERE? Glacier View Ranch
AGES? 13 - 19
COST? $50.00 per person
Theme: "Traveling Light"
Guest Speakers: Two Guys and the Word
Sponsors are required to accompany the youth to the summit with one male sponsor per ten male participants and one female sponsor per every ten female participants.
We would be thrilled if all of the teens from your church (and even your geographical area!) were able to attend. All teens are welcome!
To register your youth (and sponsors) please visit:
Register by January 11 and pay only $50.00 per person! Registrations received between January 11 and January 18 will be charged a $10 late fee. Registrations received after January 18 will not be accepted.
RMC Youth Mission Trip to Waianae » Calling all teens! Join the Rocky Mountain Conference Youth Department for a mission trip to Waianae on the island of Oahu. Projects include evangelistic meetings, VBS, homeless/health ministry and building projects at Camp Waianae. For more information and to register, visit www.rmcyouth.org/mission-trip-2017 or call 303-282-3660. Registration deadline extended until December 31. Adults can join as a trip chaperone. Spots are limited, so contact Shannon Werner at [email protected] for more information and to register.
Copper Mountain Lift Tickets at Discounted Rate » Order your tickets from RMC's Youth Department: Adult (ages 13=) $65 each
$2 off per ticket--purchases of 5-24
$5 off per ticket--purchases of 25
Child (ages 6-12) $58 each flat rate Flat mailing fee of $3 per order or pick up at the RMC Conference office free! Certified Copper Mountain Lift Tickets for the 2016-17 ski season are day passes.
Ticket supply is limited, so order today!
Nedley Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program » The Durango Church will present an introduction to a depression and anxiety treatment program at 6 p.m. Thursday, January 5 and 6 p.m. Monday, January 9 at the Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Avenue. The program offers non-drug solutions designed to combat depression through improving energy levels, sleep quality, mood, relationships and emotional intelligence. The eight-week program will begin January 23 at the church, 1775 Florida Road. For more information, call Marley at 970-749-1860.
Mile High Academy Kindergarten Visitation Day » If you have been considering kindergarten for your child, our Kindergarten Visitation Day is a great way to let them experience a day in the life. Bring your child to Mile High Academy from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. January 12, to experience the joy of learning, making friends and getting to know their teacher. Lunch provided. Parents are invited to stay for a short information session after drop-off to get to know our program. RSVP online at milehighacademy.org/visits-sign-up.
Financial Peace University » The Littleton Church is hosting Financial Peace University beginning at 6:30 p.m. January 9. For more information, text Daniel at 720-668-6529. The church is located at 7400 S Windermere Street, Littleton CO 80120.
Fishers of Men 101 » If you've ever had someone ask you what your story is or what you believe and you didn't know how to respond, you won't want to miss the first Fishers of Men class (FM101) at the Franktown Church January 13 and 14. Beginning Friday night, you will learn a simple, easy way to share your testimony. Sabbath morning, you will learn how to give a Bible study in the simplest way possible. The weekend will help you feel comfortable stepping out and sharing your faith with the people only you can reach. Join us again on February 25 for FM 102 to learn approaches for inviting people to church or evangelistic meetings and how to interact with visitors to make them feel welcome. Classes taught by Bible worker, Dani Arthur. The Franktown Church is located at 905 N Highway 83, Franktown, CO 80116.
Young Adult IMPACT Rally » Do you feel like you're drifting through life with no purpose, unsure of your Christian beliefs? Do you feel you don't know enough to share your faith? Attend our two-day young adult rally to discover how to make an impact for Jesus. Join us at Campion Seventh-day Adventist Church January 20-21 for Bible study, prayer, fellowship, dynamic speakers and seminars. Register at www.impactrmc.org
Prison Ministries Training » The Alliance of Prison Ministry Organizations & Affiliates (APMOA) announces its biennial prison ministry training convocation on August 2-5, 2017 in Herndon, Virginia, (note change)just outside of Washington, D.C. Plan to attend and make it a family vacation. To get a training convocation brochure when it becomes available, email [email protected]
The Voice of Prophecy is looking for a digital content specialist/webmaster to work at the ministry headquarters in Loveland. For more information, visit http://vop.com/jobs.
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