El Rosal Missionaries Return with Good News » As with every mission trip, no one seems to return home without a story, and Pastor Ruddy Vivanco is no exception. In a group of 14 volunteers, Ruddy and his wife Vivien, who helps oversee the Rocky Mountain Conference human resources department, travelled to El Rosal, Ecuador to spread God’s gospel.
During the two weeks they were in Ecuador, from June 16-30, the crew constructed two churches, operated a free community clinic, and participated in evening meeting evangelism with community members.
“Thanks to the Lord,” shared Ruddy, “we completed one church—which was half built from a previous visit—and built another. We also baptized four people, and were able to hold the first service in our new church.” This marks their second time in El Rosal, and it was not short of successes.
With the completion of the two Seventh-day Adventist churches, one of which serves primarily as a Sabbath school, the local community will finally experience a lasting Adventist presence, explained Ruddy. With this exposure, they are able to learn more about the gospel. In fact, a large number of community members visited the evening meetings as a result of receiving invitations because they visited the clinic.
Said Ruddy, the church is not only for their needs but to support their children. “When I told them the Sabbath school was for their children, they asked many questions about it. It was obvious they were interested in this program for their children, and hopefully when they bring their kids, their interest in Christ will increase.”
In addition to ministerial outreach, the trip provided for meeting medical and communal needs, as well.
The clinic served nearly 500 visitors and provided them free reading glasses.
Additionally, as the group of volunteers experienced realities outside its comfort zone, they were better able to grasp an appreciation, or the satisfaction, of sharing with and helping others.
Ruddy added that their positive attitude in a new land enabled them to bond and live more communally, rather than conform to the individualistic mindset many have before traveling to impoverished villages.
Most importantly, the missionary service is an introduction to the Seventh-day Adventist faith for some of the volunteers. Ruddy shared that families of participating church members are not Adventist, and this exposure piques their interest.
Among the volunteers were three teenagers, two of whom spent their first missionary experience with the Adventist Church, of which they previously were unfamiliar. After serving, they know this is something they want to continue doing. The third teenager is in his third year of volunteer missionary service and claims, said Ruddy, that it stoked his fire of passion for becoming a pastor.
While pastoring three churches (Denver West, Golden, and Lakewood Fellowship), Ruddy and Vivien lead this missionary/evangelistic outreach trip every other year. They plan to continue organizing similar mission trips in the years to come.
[Stefani Leeper; photos by Ruddy Vivanco]
Prevention and Awareness To Feature at RMC Health Summit in October »
Prepare to reflect God’s character through personal, ongoing support, and learn how to reverse insulin resistance at the Give Them Hope Health Summit, held October 13-16 in Breckenridge, Colorado.
The summit is designed to bring hope to attendees’ churches and communities through preventing and reversing insulin resistance, a major contributor to many diseases such as type II diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and even Alzheimer’s.
“Working in the health ministries field, I see huge numbers of people unnecessarily suffering,” explained Health Ministries director Rick Mautz. “The way we’ve been doing health ministry, though having success, has not reached its full potential. We need to move from the program mentality to a more personal model reflecting the ever-present and supportive God.”
Can the glory of God fully shine through the transfer of information only? He answered this rhetorical question saying personal connections help bridge gaps and make a difference. Personal support is a reflection of a loving Creator, and that is why this program is focused on working and connecting with others in developing support to overcome insulin resistance and related diseases.
Through these means Rick hopes to increase health awareness and strengthen health ministry throughout the Mid-America Union.
“I’m convinced that, if done properly, health ministries can be the most powerful approach to reflecting Christ’s character, and hastening His return.”
Among a host of speakers and presenters attending the summit, including diabetes specialist Dr. Wes Youngberg, will be Jim Feldbush and Glenn Sackett, chaplains of Porter Hospital who will lead the morning devotions.
For more information about this health summit visit our website at http://www.rmcsda.org/hope or call the RMC health ministry department at 303-282-3604.
[Stefani Leeper; photo edits by Rick Mautz and Stefani Leeper]
Literature Evangelists Make History by Repeating History » The Colorado Springs community and Central Seventh-day Adventist Church said good-bye on Friday, July 1, to the team of 22 student literature evangelists (LEs) who spent four weeks of summer break canvassing the area.
The group was hosted by Central Church and mentored by Pastor Joe Martin, who has been a colporteur for 40 years. This was Joe’s 26th year in teaching and directing academy and college students in the science of door-to-door contact and the sale of Christian books that change lives and lifestyles forever.
Pastor Joe says there are three essential principles each LE should remember: (1) every human being is a candidate for Heaven, (2) we must see people the way Jesus sees them, and (3) the goal is to leave a book in every home.
There were many who anxiously received the books this summer, and the students told numerous stories of memorable encounters with different individuals and families. In fact, one young man has been attending young adult Sabbath school and church services since meeting Aksana Buster, one of the students.
First-time LE Jake Grayville stated rejection at the door can be discouraging. However, he quickly added, “This is soon overcome by prayer and perseverance.” Also, Pastor Joe teaches them that the people are not rejecting them, they are rejecting Jesus.
Central’s Pastor and Mrs. Mike Maldonado expressed their gratitude to those who hosted the students and their drivers. Pastor Mike stated, “We are re-energized every three years when this team of young people make their rounds in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas. We pray for God’s continued blessings on the seeds they have sown for Him and for His Kingdom.”
Twenty-six years ago, the first Colorado LE program began in Colorado Springs, and continues to be a part of the legacy and history of the city.
[Story and photo by Marcia Armstead]
Celebrations Planned for 100th Anniversary of Mission in Navajo Nation » Plans are being finalized for a 100th anniversary celebration of Adventist mission presence in Navajo Nation. According to Stephen Gillham, director of La Vida Mission, Farmington, New Mexico, a special camp meeting convocation is planned for September 16-18. Today, La Vida Mission consists of a school, medical clinic and a church.
It was on May 18, 1916 when a letter was written from I.H. Evans, president of the General Conference, to Orno Follett, commissioning him to be the first Seventh-day Adventist missionary on the Navajo reservation. This was the beginning of all Seventh-day Adventist work that now exists on the Native American lands of the Southwest. Today, there are more than a dozen Adventist congregations on these lands, including Chinle, Copper Mine, Waterflow, Kayenta, Gallup, Crownpoint, Grants, Kinlichee, Page, Maricopa, La Vida Mission, Holbrook, Sunflower Butte, Monument Valley and Window Rock, the capital of Navajo Nation.
The story of these beginnings has been told in Barbara Starrett’s book, The Circle of Light, and is available on the La Vida Mission website http://lavidamission.org.
[Story and photo by Stephen Gillham]
When Composing a Bucket List, Nostalgia has No Time Limits » If we could take a time capsule back to the early 1900s in Grand Valley, Colorado, we would see a group of Adventists settled and making a mark on the agricultural scene. The small Adventist community, with children to educate, built both a grade school and an academy in Rulison, which served their youth for many years.
A major fruit-growing region, Grand Valley is located along the Colorado River in Mesa and Grand counties, and encompasses the cities of Grand Junction and other smaller communities, including Rifle, Rulison, Fruita and Palisade.
Noah Johnson, a homesteader in the Rulison area, built the first academy in 1916 out of items salvaged from Camp Hale, an old Army training facility, and lots of volunteer labor.
The small Seventh-day Adventist community in Rulison consisted of agricultural families who made productive use of “every bit of land available, raising fruit, vegetables and poultry,” according to Erlene Durrant Murray’s history of early Grand Valley, Colorado, Lest We Forget.
Mickey Rabuka, who today lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, has ties to Grand Valley, the grade school, where he attended kindergarten, and the academy. He recently traveled from his current home to the old Intermountain Adventist Academy near Rifle, crossing an item off his bucket list.
While nothing is left of the old school with its add-on dormitories, Mickey did come across an old stone pillar erected in 1982 dedicated “To the Alumni, 1930-1932.” The pillar had been moved from its original site to grade school property, just up the street, beside the old school house now being used as a home.
Although the academy was in existence only until 1932, alumni were gathering for reunions as late at 1989 (see OUTLOOK, November 1989). Hazel Baker Austin compiled the book, Memories of the school on the hill: A history and stories about Inter-Mountain Academy, Rulison, Colorado 1918-1932, now out of print, documenting much of the school’s history.
The Rulison grade school was built in 1917 to serve the young people of the area, and closed in the late '90s when attendance dwindled and when it was moved to church property. Mike and Gladys Rabuka, parents of Mickey Rabuka, lived in an apartment at the old academy where Mickey learned to walk. They taught at the grade school from 1939 to 1940.
Another student at the old Rulison elementary school in the ‘70s, Joel Harris maintains a Facebook page where he keeps contact with classmates, posts nostalgic photos and informs of deaths.
Joel remembers well the Christian values he was taught during his time there from the 4th to 8th grade. "It had a lasting effect," he explains.
It has been more than 40 years since Joel Harris and his friend David Mitchell attended grade school together at the old Rulison schoolhouse. Since then, they've remained in contact, talking by phone or emailing every few weeks even as Joel traveled the world during his 20-year stint in the Navy.
When David was in need of a kidney transplant, Joel explains, "I felt impressed to give [one] and I knew everything was going to work out." It was just last year that Joel gave one of his kidneys to his friend. David lives in Berthoud, Colorado where he teaches part-time.
The old quote rings true: “In the end, you always go back to the people who were there in the beginning.”
[Carol Bolden; photo by Anthony Manuppella: Mickey Rabuka standing beside stone pillar; photographer unknown: old Rulison grade school with teachers Mike and Gladys Rabuka (left) standing with their 1939-40 classes. Mikey Rabuka is front, middle.]
Mills Spring Ranch Summer Camp » Ages 7-17. Cost $265-315 (varies week to week). Discounts available. Visit our website and watch our NEW Glacier View Ranch summer camp promo video at rmcyouth.org/gvrpromovideo.
For more information, go to rmcyouth.org/camp or visit the new website at http://www.glacierviewranch.com/.
Mills Spring Ranch Summer Camp » Ages 9-17. Cost $200 (each Wyoming church is giving $100 for campers from their church to attend MSR summer camp [up to 10 campers]). Contact your church for this discount. For more information, go to rmcyouth.org/camp.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN CONFERENCE CAMP MEETINGS
Wyoming Camp Meeting -- July 12 - 16
Mills Spring Ranch, Casper WY
Speaker: David Asscherick
Contact: Don Barnt -- 307-757-7618
Western Slope Camp Meeting -- August 3 - 7
Mountain Top Retreat near Montrose, CO
Speakers: Ed Barnett/Eric Nelson
Contact: Linda and Ron Johnson -- 970-245-2294
Hispanic Camp Meeting -- September 2 - 4
Glacier View Ranch, Ward CO
Speaker: Omar Grieve
Youth Speaker: Dr. Oscar Carreon
Contact: Ruben Rivera -- 303-910-1614
Native Camp Meeting -- September 16 - 18
La Vida Mission, Crown Point NM
Speaker: Monte Church
Contact: Dorie Panganiban -- 505-215-6642
Vacation Bible School at Boulder Adventist Church » Vacation Bible School takes place from 6-8 p.m. on the evenings of July 11-15. As a free companion to the kids' program the church will hold seminars for parents in the main sanctuary. If you are interested in joining us for one or all five of those sessions, please RSVP by emailing Shelby Shotwell at [email protected].
July 11: Balance - with Shelly Miller, PhD, University of Colorado, Professor of Mechanical Engineering - How do you find balance in your life? July 12: Marriage - with Mark and Diane Johnson and others; open forum, hard and honest questions - How do you have a healthy marriage? July 13: Health - with Eric Shadle, MD, Group Manager, Community & CREATION Health, Centura Health Network - How do you take care of yourself? July 14: Finances - with Jim Fazio, AAMS, Edward Jones, Financial Consultant - How do you manage your finances? July 15: Parenting - with Sandy Hodgson, Principal, Vista Ridge Academy - How do you parent your kids?
RSVP by July 9. Location: Boulder Adventist Church, 345 Mapleton Avenue, Boulder, Colorado 80304.
MHA Summer Water Party » Summer water party at Mile High Academy on July 13 at 4 p.m. Come and enjoy water activities on the field, cold drinks and watermelon slices, a soccer game to follow and plenty of fun for the whole family. Planning to join? Your call will be appreciated at 303-744-1069, or email Agape Hammond at [email protected].
Prison Ministry, and Quarterly Reports Due » On July 17, 2016 at 10 a.m., a prison ministry meeting will be held for the Rocky Mountain Conference. This meeting is for all who volunteer inside prisons and jails, as well as for those who are chaplains or who work in ministry for inmates, returning citizens and their families. If you are thinking of starting a ministry, please join us. All you have to do is dial 641-715-3580, access code: 465-253. Help us identify the individual ministries that are within the Rocky Mountain Conference.
Don't forget quarterly reports of your ministry are due!
Contact prison ministry coordinator Enid Almeida at 719-231-2360 or [email protected].
Fort Lupton Church 25th Anniversary » The Fort Lupton Seventh-day Adventist Church is hosting a 25-year anniversary open house from 1-5 p.m., July 17th at 900 Northrup Ave., Ft. Lupton CO 80621.
Black Hills Health & Education Center » An intensive residential lifestyle CHIP treatment program will take place July 17 through July 28 at Black Hills Lifestyle Center. For more information, call 605-255-4101.
Media on the Brain » We see it all around us: media. But what does the latest science say about the mind-altering effects of 21st-century media? And what is the spiritual agenda in the entertainment and advertising industries? Author Scott Ritsema will present at the Golden Seventh-day Adventist Church, at 7:00 p.m., July 22, and the Denver West Seventh-day Adventist Church, at 9:30 a.m., July 23 For more information on this four-part series, contact Tenisha at 970.485.9876.
Wildfire II » Join us on July 29-31 as teens speak out with Bible predictions. Together we will explore the seedbed of terrorism, the placement of Islam in Bible predictions, and God’s honeymoon in search for good answers to today’s problems. There is no registration fee. Wildfire II will be held at the big tent at 4100 W 20th Street in Greeley, Colorado 80634.
Mark Anthony's Dinner and a Message » Come for a free, live vegetarian performing arts cooking show hosted by chef Mark Anthony. Learn about plant-based nutrition and other great topics, such as weight loss, lowering cholesterol, and increasing energy. The one-night-only event will be held on August 9th, 6:00 p.m. at the Fairplay Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 801 Castillo Ave. Fairplay, Colorado. Limited seating. For more information, call 719-836-3589. Visit www.ChefMarkAnthony.com, and his Facebook and YouTube channel at VeganChefMarkAnthony.
Boulder 1:1 » A 2016 gathering of a smaller-scale version of The One Project, on Sunday, August 14, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Theme: “Jesus of Nazareth: His Message, His Passion." Based on the two-volume series Jesus of Nazareth, written by former Adventist Review editor William G. Johnsson and produced by the Biblical Research Institute, Boulder 1:1 will explore the message and passion of Jesus, helping participants to connect these concepts with their own discipleship journey. Scheduled presentations include: Alex Bryan - Why the Local Church Matters; Dena King - What Jesus taught about the Trinity; Paddy McCoy - What Jesus taught about the Kingdom of God; Diane Johnson - What Jesus taught about Grace; Jessyka Albert - What Jesus taught about Discipleship; Stacy Soapmann - What Jesus taught about the Sabbath; Terry Swenson - What Jesus taught about The End; Jannelle Fazio - What Jesus taught about Prayer; Sam Leonor - What Jesus taught about Power, Sex and Money.
The Boulder 1:1 gathering includes time for “recalibration,” allowing participants to process their thoughts on the various reflections by noted speakers, and to begin engaging in practical applications that make a difference in their lives.
Location: Boulder Seventh-day Adventist Church, 345 Mapleton Ave., Boulder, CO 80304; Planning to attend? Register at https://the1project.org/gatherings/boulder-2016#reserve. Visit our website at visitwww.bouldser.church.
Mile High Academy » Introduces its all-new Summer Sports and Arts Camps, a great way to keep your child active and learning during the summer months. Choose from gymnastics, basketball, soccer, baseball, volleyball and art. Check the Summer Camps page on our website, milehighacademy.org for details or call 303-744-1069 and see how you can register your child today.
The Mid-America Union Conference has an opening in their Communication Department for a digital media assistant. Degree and experience in web programming/design preferred, along with social media and videography skills. Send resume to Raylene Jones, Human Resources director, at [email protected] by Thursday, June 30. Applicants should be active Seventh-day Adventists in good and regular standing.
Mile High Academy is looking for two part-time Kindergarten aides. These are exciting opportunities for the 2016-2017 school year. Applicants must be Seventh-day Adventist members in good standing, and possess current authorization to work in the U.S. If interested, please send your resume to Jocelyn at [email protected]. Please visit our website at http://www.milehighacademy.org/employment-opportunites/ for more information on the requirements and qualifications for these positions.
Vista Ridge Academy Strings Instructor: Vista Ridge Academy is looking for a part-time strings instructor with a knowledge of the Suzuki method. If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact Sandy Hodgson at [email protected] or 303.828.4944.
Daystar School in Pueblo is looking for a part-time aide for K-3 for the 2016-17 school year. If you are interested in finding out more about this position, you can contact Michelle Velbis by email at [email protected] or call 719-561-9120.
Associate Director -- Media, Production & Programming: Do you think and dream in the visually creative space? The Voice of Prophecy is seeking a creative professional who desires to use their talents for soul winning and evangelism. Prospective candidates should be proficient and experienced in many creative areas such as: print design, brand creation, web design, UX design, motion graphics, 3D graphics and presentation graphics. Proficiency in the areas of video production and photography a plus.
Mailroom Assistant Supervisor: Are you someone who loves logistics and has an eye for detail and a knack for supervision? If so, you might be the perfect candidate for the Voice of Prophecy's Mailroom Assistant Supervisor position! In this position, you would assist with the development, implementation, coordination and monitoring of all phases of mailing services in addition to supervision of mailroom staff. As a direct result of your work, people worldwide would receive resources like Bible lessons and make decisions for Christ thanks, in part, to your efforts in getting resources to them in a timely manner.
Junior Accountant: The junior accountant assists with the accounting records for VOP's Gift Planning & Trust Services. This includes all aspects of accounting (receivables, payables, general ledger) and federal and state fiduciary tax reporting.
Ministry Relations Representative: The Ministry Relations Representative (regional) serves the Voice of Prophecy by cultivating and growing relationships with new and current supporters.
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