Campion Wildfire Revival Results in 14 Baptisms » With 14 student baptisms during the week and four more in the coming months, Campion's Wildfire meetings demonstrated how God is working through young people.
Coordinated by Nestor Soriano, Campion's pastor for evangelism, Wildfire has been a community outreach as well as an opportunity to help our Adventist youth make Jesus real in their lives. Between 100-120 people attended each night. "There's nothing more exciting to me than seeing these young people own and share their faith," said Soriano.
Junior Jose Castro was baptized during Saturday night's vespers, the closing program. He made his decision in response to a presentation given by senior Xander Assa. "I've been planning on being re-baptized for awhile now," Jose says. "When Xander spoke, I felt like God was telling me to make that commitment. Knowing that my peers were praying for me to make that decision kind of helped me realize that I needed to decide right then."
Xander prayed for weeks beforehand for the one person he hoped he could reach that week. "At first, Xander remembers, "no one came up for my appeal." But then he made a second appeal and watched astounded as seven of his friends made their way forward, Jose among them. His enthusiasm was uncontainable as he related the moment that God worked through him.
Senior Ruth Garcia comments, "It was such a blessing seeing my very own classmates give their lives to Christ. Wildfire has definitely opened my eyes to seeing Jesus in a way that I never thought I would."
Kyle Rushold agrees. "As a four-year senior, I have enjoyed this week of prayer the most out of all my years. It was incredibly to see how high school kids could make such a difference and be so passionate about their faith and what they believe in.
The Loveland community was invited through flyers and personal invitations and an average of 4-5 guests attended each night. On Monday night, May 9, the Wildfire meeting was so full that the tent walls were shed and more chairs assembled outside.
To see more reports of the week, search for #wildfire2016 on Instagram and Facebook, or look at Campion's news updates from throughout the week. [Jennifer Sigler with Kyle Rushold; top photo by Bryant Oei; bottom photo by Craig Carr]
Conference's Support for Evangelism Yields Results, Executive Committee Hears » Reports from different areas of the Rocky Mountain Conference indicate that in the first months of 2016 baptisms are on the increase. "It is truly encouraging that a variety of outreach activities are bringing new believers to our church," said Eric Nelson, VP for administration.
Reporting on evangelism at the May 17 meeting of the RMC Executive Committee, Nelson said that "there is creativity and enthusiasm throughout the conference, and we are encouraged that evangelism funding shared with the churches is being put into good and inspiring use. It is especially evident in how Adventist youth are involved in evangelism," he added. Recently, the conference distributed additional funding for evangelism from the 2015 financial gain. "Due to the Lord's blessing, we [could] fund additional ministry opportunities," George Crumley, VP for finance commented.
The committee welcomed Godfrey Miranda, a new church-planting pastor for the Castle Rock church plant, who also provided a devotional at the outset of the meeting. Coming from a pastorate at a large congregation in California, Miranda spoke of a need to switch gears in how he approaches his new ministry. "Just as Jesus said, 'Go,' he also told his disciples to 'Wait'," Miranda said about the challenge ahead of him as he waits and works in a timely manner to build a team and launch the new congregation.
George Crumley reported on the current financial status of the conference with the year-to-date (YTD) base tithe through the end of March being down 2.66 percent. "God has blessed us richly, but this could create a tight year for RMC," he commented.
Minutes before the meeting concluded, Crumley shared updated news from a treasury report he received minutes before, with April tithe figures indicating a YTD base tithe increase of more than 1 percent. This is a different picture now. God's people have been faithful," he said.
Information about personnel indicates that pastoral movement within the conference includes saying farewell to pastors moving elsewhere and then filling the available positions. Pastor Nelson shared that Seth Coridan accepted a call to the Iowa/Missouri Conference leaving a vacancy at Delta, Cedaredge and Paonia churches. Bruce Aalborg retired, leaving Littleton seeking a pastor, and Mitch Williams accepted a call to a Northern California congregation.
Reporting on education ministry in RMC, Lonnie Hetterle, VP for education, said there are 13 teacher positions being filled in several schools before the new school year begins next year. He also reported an increase in the number of schools in RMC as well as encouraging development with several schools successfully dealing with their financial obligations.
The committee also heard a report on a recent Kaleo student evangelism program with 62 individuals, 42 of whom were students, who went to Limon, Costa Rica. Shannon Werner, student evangelism and programs coordinator at the RMC youth department, said that the group conducted and preached in 16 locations as well as raising up a church building. "The roof sheeting was put on a few days after they left and the church was used for worship the following Sabbath. A number of students who were impacted by preaching in Costa Rica, recently conducted a week of prayer at Campion Academy.
Montrose Hispanic group was approved to become a company. Since forming the group in November 2012, they have experienced an addition of 25 baptisms and today, some 40 believers are in regular worship attendance.
In a report on the current status and developments at ACS Community LIFT in Denver, the committee heard that recent appeals for funding and aid have included applications for grants, help from Adventist hospitals and personal contacts. Being one of the largest food banks in the Denver Metro area of Colorado, ACS Community LIFT has a powerful community image and reputation for ministry. Addressing the committee, Susan Davis, ACS board member and director of volunteers at Porter Adventist Hospital, expressed her views about the significance ACS ministry shares in the community.
The immediate goal for ACS is to raise $25,000 before the end of June to continue ministry. There have been significant donations toward that goal already. The Executive Committee anticipates receiving an update at the next meeting on July 19. [Text and photo by Rajmund Dabrowski]
Campion Students Study in the Out-of-Doors » "It was a blast!" says Campion Academy sophomore Janeline Kindangen after returning from a five-day trip to Moab, Utah. She and the rest of the sophomore class traveled with biology teacher Cindy Santana on a field trip they'll never forget.
The annual Moab trip brings all of Mrs. Santana's classes together -- earth science, biology, and world history. Students review the flora and fauna of the Moab desert during the long bus ride. Once there, they chart various plants for identification and then mount, identify, and describe one flowering plant of their choice for the Campion Herbarium, a collection of plants from the area. "We got to learn about plants, but we got to experience Moab, too," adds Janeline.
Students view geological formations and learn about the development of arches in Arches National Park, and they see the history of the Ancestral Puebloans as they tour cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park.
Cindy Santana sees this trip as a chance to "connect the classroom learning with the real world. The textbook learning shouldn't happen in a vacuum," she says. In Moab, students achieved exactly that as they experienced God's creation first hand.
After several days of camping, hiking, river rafting, and cliff jumping, the sophomores bonded with their class and had an unforgettable learning experience. Sophomore Damarys Nieto says cliff jumping in Mill Creek was her favorite part of the trip. She also liked hiking in Arches National Park. "It was a hard hike to see Delicate Arch, but it was worth it because the arch was really pretty," she says.
Students from previous Moab trips still come back to Mrs. Santana and tell her they can never look at rocks and flowers the same way again. That's what real-world learning does! [Jennifer Sigler; photo by Alex Fazio and Cindy Santana]
Cheyenne Sisters Baptized by Grandfather »
Retired pastor Weldon Treat had the honor of baptizing two granddaughters into fellowship at the Cheyenne Church on Sabbath, April 9.
"I became a Christian and I love Jesus so much and I want to be a member of the church. I think that Jesus is happy what I decided," shares Jailynn (10). Sister Julianna (9) states, "I know that God loves me and He has a plan for me for the future."
Listening to family members and teachers at Vacation Bible School and their teacher at school, the sisters learned to love Jesus.
"It is a great joy to be able to baptize my granddaughters," states Weldon. "What a blessing to see them make their choice to be part of God's last-day church.
In attendance were Grandpa and Grandma Treat along with parents Jamie and Candi Treat and several other family members. [Text and photos by Lana Anderson]
Glacier View 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: rmcyouth.org/gvrpromovideo
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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
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Vista Fellowship » A prophecy series by Carlos Munoz will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sabbath, April 22 through May 21. The church is located at 701 Kimbark Street, Longmont. For more information, call Allan Christensen at 303-548-8601.
Montrose Church » A Western Slope Life Coaching workshop will be presented at 11 a.m. May 21 and 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. May 22 by Rick Mautz, director of RMC Health Ministries. The church is located at 1551 Valley Road. Contact [email protected] or 970-249-4942 for details and registration.
Golden Church » Learn about natural remedies for optimal health, massage therapy, hydrotherapy, healing herbs, and more FREE at the two-day workshop presented by Eden Valley.
Attend one or both sessions: God's Healing Ways from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21 (sanctuary) and Natural Remedies hands-on seminar from 2-5 p.m., May 22 (gymnasium).
Featured speakers include Leasa Hodges, RN; Balazs Kunli, Herbalist; and Eunice Kunli, Therapist. The Golden Church is located at 3101 S Golden Road, Golden CO 80401. For more information, call 303-918-5557.
Selah Concert » Campion Academy and Friends are sponsoring Selah in concert at 7 p.m., May 22, at Loveland High School. The concert will benefit the CA Student Aid Fund. Purchase tickets at itickets or call 1-800-965-9324. For more information, call 303-885-4793. Loveland High School is located at 920 W. 29th Street, Loveland, CO 80538.
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.
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.
Mile High Academy is looking for two part-time Kindergarten aides. This is an exciting opportunity for the 2016-2017 school year. Please visit our website at www.milehighacademy.org for more information on the requirements and qualifications for this position. 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]
Mile High Academy is looking for a full-time accountant. The accountant is a key member of the Business office, reporting to the VP of Finance. The accountant's tasks include general ledger, adjusting entries, restricted and non-restricted fund management, A/P, A/R, collections, payroll, banking and more. For a full job description and application, visit http://www.milehighacademy.org/employment-opportunities/. To apply, send your resume to [email protected]
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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