30 Nov


By Nathaniel Gamble

This title might seem a little odd. Why are we being admonished to be kind to Lutherans? Did something recently happen specifically to Lutherans? Well, I don’t know about that, but the title makes clear a galling truth: kindness is always specific and particular, but it is so tempting to treat it as an occasional and generic option when interacting with others.

In our society, kindness is one of the hardest characteristics to practice while also being one of the most sought-after commodities. Western civilization has taught us to view each other as competition, which often gets translated into the nitty-gritty details of our lives: harsh words, judgmental attitudes, platitudes instead of true caring, xenophobic suspicion, intense ignorance of the families of our neighbors, even more intense ignorance of the life stories of our neighbors, spurns, spites, revenges, and petty humiliations and put-downs of others—most of which are done without thinking about it or taking notice of our kindnesses, or lack thereof.

Yet for all this, the evidence of our movies, music, entertainment, and leisure belie the fact that we are starving for kindness: everyone wants to be understood, everyone wants to be accepted, everyone wants to belong, everyone wants to be loved, everyone wants to be reassured they are not their pasts, and that their futures are bright with hopes of grace, freedom, and joy.

Paul provides an interesting perspective on kindness as the touchstone of Christian relationships. Colossians 3:12-15 (NRSV) states, As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. According to Paul, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience not only serve as synonyms for each other, but bear the fruit of respect, understanding, forgiveness, love, harmony, peace, and gratitude.

Be kind to Lutherans—and everyone else—by filling your mouth and hands, head, and heart, with kindness. Why? Because kindness is what the Christian life concretely looks like—and because kindness is what you receive from Jesus and others every day, whether or not you realize it.

—Nathaniel Gamble is RMC religious liberty director. Photo by Unsplash.

30 Nov


By NAD Ministerial Department

We can hardly believe it, but it is almost here. The fourth Thursday of November is the official kickoff of the “holiday season,” and with it, we often add more business and stress to an already compounded schedule. The next five weeks can bring more than just fun, food, and fellowship with family and friends. It also can bring increased stress, financial strain, painful memories, grieving, missing loved ones, loneliness, and more.

While this “most wonderful time of the year” gives us Christians more opportunities to count our blessings, celebrate our Savior and look to the future with hope, it can also bring sadness, depression, anxiety, tears, and the “holiday blues.” All this good stress or “eustress” and bad stress or “distress” takes a toll on us mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. In some cases, the holidays can intensify these feelings. You can think of it as a two-edged sword. Even though these days are filled with special spiritual meaning for pastors and parishioners alike, for some, the stress of it all can lead to tragic outcomes.

“The holiday season comes with its own set of stressors and expectations, both internally and externally. Being overwhelmed by these holiday-related stressors can lead to symptoms of depression.” 1

“Strong emotions and lots of stress increases activity in a brain region called the amygdala. And these increases are associated with inflammation in the arteries (which supply the heart muscle with blood) and, down the road, increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart-related events.” 2

A Swedish study quoted in an article from Baptist Health South Florida observed that “in comparison to the two weeks before and after Christmas, heart attack risks were 37% higher on Christmas Eve, 20% higher on New Year’s Day, and 15% higher on Christmas Day.” 3

Everyone is subject to stress at the holidays, but it has been noted that pastors face added layers of expectations as they navigate through the holiday season. This combination can lead to physiological issues, like heart attacks or strokes. Also, mental health issues can escalate, as in burn-out or depression. The real question is how can those called to serve congregations juggle the extra doses of holiday happiness and the added stress of the season while maintaining their own health?

Self-care is NEVER selfish. The Bible commands us to love our neighbors as ourselves; which means we must first love ourselves. God said through John that above all things we should be prosperous and in good health. With these important God-given messages, let us look at some recommendations for pastors to do quality self-care during the holiday season:

  1. Claim God’s abundant, precious promises a-new. Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks (Phil. 4:6). Sometimes we may forget, but we know a loving God who will never leave us, nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5). Remember, my power is strongest when you are weak (2 Cor. 12:9). Come to me, all who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest (Matt. 11:28).
  2. Take some quiet time now to set realistic limits. Decide to protect your time, your budget, and your health. Take a hard look at the next 5-6 weeks and prioritize your duties and times, reschedule things that can wait until after the holidays, anticipate the busiest days and see if you can delegate or enlist the assistance of those who love and support you. Set some budget limits to avoid overspending. Make yourself, your health, your piece of mind, a priority. While you do that for yourself, encourage fewer, but meaningful churchwide celebrations, too.
  3. Maintain or even increase physiological self-care strategies. These practices include things like scheduling rest/relaxation time or short breaks in your schedule, eating well (most days 😉), exercising, scheduling a massage or two, taking some evening walks with your spouse and time with the kids, as well as respecting a descent bedtime to get your much needed rest.
  4. Buy your time back. Enlist help hanging Christmas lights, running errands, performing household chores, and wrapping gifts. Give you and your spouse a break by ordering pre-made food for holiday meals and parties. Decline any invitations that you can and attend only the events that have the most meaning to you. (Sometimes you have to say “no”)
  5. Let your health benefits work for you. Understanding when and how to use the medical benefits and wellness tools included in your medical plan can help you stay healthy and manage stress all year long, and especially during the holidays. Honor God by taking care of your body and manage chronic conditions by taking your medication and utilizing the monitoring and maintenance tools that have been made available in your health plan. If needed, make appointments with your health care team to evaluate any symptoms or concerns you might have. Listen to your body! Be mindful and aware, and don’t put if off if medical attention is needed. Don’t hesitate to get help.

If you have or have the potential towards holiday blues, “a persistent or recurring feeling of sadness that begins during the holiday season,” whether it is due to high stress, holiday pressures, depression or grief, our goal here is to encourage you.

Beloved pastor, take care of yourself, now and always. Your worth and value is measureless to us and to our God. We want you to be whole, to be well in all aspects of life. Achieving the right balance can provide the fuel you need to maintain your health while living out your calling and serving others well throughout this busy time.

Happy Holidays!

NAD Ministerial Department. Republished by permission from North American Division ministerial department newsletter.

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  3. http://www.lifelinescreening.com
21 Nov


Jose R. Alarcon – Aurora, Colorado … The Denver-Metro area Adventist churches of the Rocky Mountain Conference (RMC) gathered at the Aurora First Seventh-day Adventist Church both to enhance the spiritual and training components to fulfill the great commission, November 4-5.

Beginning with the Great Commission in Matthew 28: 18- 20, discipleship has been the modus operandi of God’s church. Throughout the gospels, we see Jesus inviting his followers to join his movement of making disciples. As part of Jesus’ calling, the empowerment of Jesus’ followers is an essential component.

The spiritual and training components of this endeavor had in mind to enhance some essential marks of a biblical disciple. Our conference needs church members that are connected and identified with Jesus that end up integrated and committed in the service, but also Seventh-day Adventists that reproduce numerically and spiritually.

Around 80 people gathered November 4 to hear the motivating encouragement brought to us by Mic Thurber, RMC president. The next day, around 80 members came to be enhanced by the training. The facilitators, a combination of RMC staff and local pastors, met with the attendees to supply the much-needed information about each ministry.

The training component was made up of three 55-minute sessions where participants had a chance to meet with ministry leaders. The training was followed by a prayer of consecration at the main sanctuary. Participants gathered around a circle as Mic Thurber dedicated each participant and church in the RMC.

Following the training sessions, participants partook in a delicious lunch prepared by the local church members. It was an enjoyable first experience, one which Aurora First Church looks forward to continuing in the next and following years.

The training and equipping of church members shows that there is a willingness to serve God in the conference and a desire to strive forward in completing our main responsibility as a church, which is to become disciples that make disciples.

Many attendees expressed their thankfulness for this kind of event and expressed their willingness to participate in next year’s event as well. One attendee stated, “This is my first experience with such an event, and I am thankful for the tools provided here to further spread the gospel in an appropriate context.”

Jose Alarcon, lead pastor at Aurora First Church, extends a special thank you to all the conference staff and local pastors that were involved in the event. Their participation was appreciated by the attendees at the event.

God’s Master Plan of saving us and others expressed in 2 Corinthians 5: 17-21 is twofold: first, to save us, and, secondly, to save others through us, which it is why God has shared with us the “ministry of reconciliation” (2 Cor. 5: 18, 19).

Pastor Alarcon closed with, “Therefore, it is my prayer that all of those that attended the training event would be able to be more effective in their respective ministries and that they may encourage those that didn’t attend this year to join us next year, as we continue to advance the Second Coming of Jesus Christ in our territory.”

—Jose R. Alarcon is the lead pastor at the Aurora First Seventh-day Adventist Church. Photos by Rajmund Dabrowski and Liz Kirkland.

21 Nov


Linda Benningfield-Hashman – Cañon City, Colorado … Sixteen students at the Four Mile Adventist Christian School in Cañon City, Colorado, are celebrating and literally wearing their title of “Artist.” During every art class, students wear a name tag with their first name and the title “Artist” on the front and the meaning of their name on the back.

The nametags remind them that the words we speak about ourselves are important, and it is empowering to call themselves artists. The students are learning that art is not a competition but rather an expression of who they are and a picture of what they see and imagine. And they are learning the diversity in their styles and how to turn what might look like a mistake into another opportunity to create art, a happy accident.

Michelle Coe, Four Mile’s head teacher and principal, has been making sure the students have the direction and supplies they need to be artists. All types of art styles are being explored including mixed media, collage, narrative art, painting, drawing, and creating projects as gifts for others.

The grades range from third to eighth, and the ages from eight to thirteen. The older students have been gracious in assisting the younger ones when needed and learning to share their talents and help others to show theirs.

One project included creating a “gratitude box” to hold tags labeled with things for which they are thankful. They designed and created birthday cards and book markers to give as gifts. During one class the artists listened to a story about a guardian angel experience and embellished a narrative picture about the story.

As their fall project, they created a table centerpiece basket to take home for their Thanksgiving dinner. The basket included pieces of art about the history of Thanksgiving traditions and symbols, such as a bald eagle feather, pilgrim hat, turkey with feathers, pumpkin pie, football, Bible, American flag, corn, old truck with pumpkins, pinecones, and fall leaves.

The artists created the baskets from various mixed media sources, affixed them to floral picks, and arranged them into a basket with handles they beaded themselves. Each basket had a tag saying “hand crafted by” with their name. The students were excited to be able to create this and take it home to share with their families, and they learned a little more about why we celebrate Thanksgiving in America.

As their Christmas project, the artists are crafting ornaments and goodie bags for children whose parents are incarcerated in Fremont County, Colorado, partnering with the Cañon City Seventh-day Adventist Church and New Horizons Ministry in the Angel Tree Project.

The main objective in the school’s art classes this year is for students to recognize and use the unique talents God has gifted them with to encourage others, expand their knowledge about various art forms, and to understand that everyone is an artist in their own way. Each student is encouraged and guided toward creating pieces with a purpose as unique, interesting, and beautiful as they are.

—Linda Benningfield-Hashman is a member of the Cañon City Seventh-day Adventist Church. Photos supplied.

20 Nov


Nick Hovenga – Northglenn, Colorado … The second annual “Feast of Nations” was held at Chapel Haven Seventh-day Adventist Church in Northglenn, Colorado, November 11. The time together was a celebration of the ethnic diversity in the Chapel Haven congregation and a demonstration that, no matter where we all come from, we are all brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus.

The attendees were comprised of church members, their family and friends, and some local neighborhood residents who were invited to join the event through door hangers distributed in the community.

Among the participants in the program was a veteran of the Vietnam War who shared how much he enjoyed coming to this event. “Thank you,” Mr. Garcia said. “My neighbor invited me, but I was hesitant to come. However, I’m now glad I came. Thank you for having us.”

The free event was a chance to taste some of the cultural cuisine from several nations that are represented by the members at Chapel Haven. The fellowship hall of the church was lined with tables around the perimeter where nation participants served up their plant-based recipes with a central area for everyone to enjoy the food and fellowship. Participants prepared examples of food from their home countries of the United States of America, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, the Philippines, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Jamaica, and El Salvador.

A great time was had by all, and no one left the event hungry. The event was a great success, and, by God’s grace, we may see some of the new faces again soon.

—Nick Hovenga is an elder at the Chapel Haven Seventh-day Adventist Church. Photos by Nick Hovenga.

20 Nov


Eva Resz – Lincoln, Nebraska … Campion Academy senior students took two days off classes at Campion Academy in Loveland, Colorado, to visit colleges, November 2-3. Most of the students went to Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, for the annual College Preview Days which included such interactive activities as campus tours, team building scavenger hunt, and time to hang out with friends while experiencing college life. 


During the stay at Union College, the students participated in several tours and explored different academic programs in breakout sessions.  


Union College staff not only planned an academic tour, but they gave the visiting students the chance to experience the college town through a scavenger hunt. The students ran through downtown Lincoln to complete the hunt receiving a variety of prizes. 


Andrew Barr, senior student, expressed, “The highlight of my trip to Union College was being able to see a bit of what campus life looks like at a college.”


The evening activities included swimming, hanging out in the student center, and playing pool or foosball. “I liked hanging out with my friends in the student center after the events, and it was amazing being able to grow closer to my classmates and the other visiting students,” shared Madison Ramirez, senior student. 


For worship on Friday night, students gathered in the College View Church of Seventh-day Adventists in Lincoln, Nebraska, with a spiritually uplifting praise team and a testimony from a Union College staff member and graduate. He shared the importance of letting God be the guide and having Him as the foundation in life.


Saturday morning began with an impactful Sabbath School followed by a church service. Students were able to have a day to rest and, as the Sabbath ended, Union College’s Student Association held a dodgeball tournament. 


Some senior students ventured to other schools including Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee, and Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colorado. Catie Fairfield, senior student, reflected, “It was a good opportunity to see other colleges that I was considering.”


College Preview Days were the perfect opportunity to guide the Campion Academy senior class in making the important decision of which college to attend. Ramirez concluded, “Visiting Union College helped me to see what my future might look like.”


—Eva Resz is Campion Student News Team. Photos by Julia Santiago.

09 Nov


Introduction by Nathaniel Gamble

On May 4, 1493, Pope Alexander VI articulated a principle in his papal bull Inter Caetera that has become a fixture in political theory since the sixteenth century: the Doctrine of Discovery, where non-Christian lands and their inhabitants can be taken over by “Christian” peoples and governments.

Politicians, theologians, historians, sociologists, and various legal courts have documented for over five hundred years the ways Catholic, Protestant, and Eastern Orthodox nations have used the Doctrine of Discovery to legally justify military takeovers and political control of peoples in the Americas, Africa, and Asia. Christian denominations into the present, including the Seventh-day Adventist Church, have not been guiltless in this matter, sometimes begrudgingly assisting and sometimes enthusiastically cooperating with such government activity as an acceptable price to doing missionary work in these lands.

Seventh-day Adventist representatives of Indigenous Peoples in the North American Division helped prepare the below statement as a way to more fully champion our Adventist identity. If read and practiced with prayer, love, and attentiveness, it will enable Seventh-day Adventists to more fully embrace the vision of Revelation 14:6-12—to proclaim to every nation, tribe, language, and people the good news that a good God loves them and is working for their salvation and justice.

—Nathaniel Gamble is RMC religious liberty director. Photo by Pieter Damsteegt and republished with permission by North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.



Statement by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists Regarding the Doctrine of Discovery

October 31, 2023

From its inception, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has sought to reflect Christ’s ministry of healing and reconciliation. Our commitment is driven by unchanging biblical truths about God’s character and His relationship with humanity, which reveal that every person bears the image of the Creator (Gen. 1:26-28), is cherished by Him (Rom. 8:35, 37-39), and is endowed with infinite dignity and worth (Ps. 8:4-8,139:1-16; Matt. 10:29-31).

In a world devastated by human violence and selfishness, Seventh-day Adventists, as followers of Christ, acknowledge our responsibility and calling to be His ambassadors (2 Cor. 5:20); to share the joy of His salvation and the hope of His soon return (Ps. 96:2-4; 1 Peter 3:1516; Rev. 14:6-12); to demonstrate His compassion for “the least of these” (Matt. 25: 35-40); to pursue justice (Isaiah 1:17; Luke 11:42-44); and to defend those who are oppressed (Ps. 103:6). Thus, we deplore human actions and attitudes, past and present, that have misrepresented God’s character and contributed to the profoundly broken structures of today’s world.

For this reason, the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists acknowledges and denounces the destructive impact and legacy of the so-called Doctrine of Discovery, which for many centuries has presented a distorted image of God and His purpose for humanity.

From the 15th century on, the Doctrine of Discovery linked the Christian faith with colonialism as European nations expanded their power throughout the world. While the doctrine was founded on unbiblical and racist beliefs, it was used as a “Christian” rationale and justification for the “discovery” and settlement of territories by Catholic and Protestant nations, and for the brutal treatment of Indigenous Peoples, including the Indigenous Peoples within the North American Division territories and Indigenous Peoples in Africa brought to the Americas.

Historians trace the rise of this doctrine to a series of Papal Bulls, including Dum Diversas, Romanus Pontifex, and Inter Caetera, issued during the 15th century. Under the terms of these Bulls, Catholic monarchs and their explorers could claim sovereignty over any empty land (terra nullius) they found. Any land inhabited by non-Christians was considered terra nullius, and thus newly discovered. As non-Christians, Indigenous Peoples living in these lands were considered not fully human, with no inherent rights to the land they inhabited. The Doctrine of Discovery thus provided the opportunity for explorers, in the name of their sovereign, to lay claim to inhabited territories, and to use any means necessary to convert and subdue Indigenous Peoples. The doctrine was also subsequently adapted and relied upon by Protestant nations and, today, legal principles derived from the doctrine are still embedded within the laws of Canada and the United States.1  Through the centuries, the doctrine continued to be used to justify policies aimed at the eradication, assimilation, and enslavement of Indigenous Peoples.

Centuries of dehumanization, subjugation, and exploitation of Indigenous Peoples, often under the banner of Christianity, compel a response from those who bear Christ’s name. The doctrine was cited, for instance, by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2005 case City of Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation of New York, and by the Supreme Court of Canada in the 2014 case Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia. Although acknowledging that no one now alive is guilty of the atrocities of the distant past, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America recognizes the need, today, to address the legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery within North America.

We therefore unequivocally repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery and the ideas and beliefs that undergirded it, and we fully commit ourselves to create and foster healthy, respectful, and equitable relationships with the Indigenous Peoples in the United States, Canada, Bermuda, and Guam Micronesia. In doing so, we will continually seek to reflect—within our churches and institutions, and within our broader communities—the true character of the God we serve.

This statement was voted during the Year-end Meeting of the North American Division Executive Committee on Oct 31, 2023, in Columbia, Maryland.

1 The doctrine was cited, for instance, by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2005 case City of Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation of New York, and by the Supreme Court of Canada in the 2014 case Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia.

09 Nov


Linda Hashman – Cañon City, Colorado … The Cañon City Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cañon City, Colorado, collaborated with their Four Mile Adventist Christian School to host an innovative Fall Festival, October 15. The festival was held in the field behind the church and school. Over 200 people came to check out the fun with most visitors coming from the community.

The kids enjoyed such activities as face painting, pumpkin decorating, hayrides, corn hole, and the thrill of having two Shetland ponies on site. The food was plentiful with a chili cook-off, a pie baking contest, and a donut eating contest. Ribbons were given to the top three entries in each contest.

Families with students attending Four Mile school manned the booths for the kids and donated all the pumpkins. Hay bales were everywhere amid a vintage tractor and truck for photo ops, and classic cars lined the front of the parking lot to help advertise the festival.

Jim Burr, a member of the Cañon City Church, was in full star mode with a telescope and his potato gun. The music was light and fun, with visitors in cowboy boots, hats, and jeans. It was a great success for everyone involved.

Josh Sholock, the new pastor at Cañon City Church, and his wife Bonnie were the coordinators for the event. Bonnie’s social media marketing skills brought in many people from the community. The Sholocks have fresh and interesting plans to lead the church into becoming a friendly and recognizable contributor to the community.

It was a beautiful day of friendship as everyone pitched in to make it a success.

—Linda Hashman is communication leader at Cañon City Seventh-day Adventist Church. Photos supplied.

09 Nov


RMCNews – Aurora, Colorado … The Mile High Indonesian (MHI) Fellowship celebrated its first Sabbath as a church, November 4. “Today brought us so much joy and fulfillment, watching everything that God is doing at Mile High Indonesian Fellowship,” remarked Albert Palar, church Elder.

People from across the country joined in the celebration and watched as the charter members signed the document establishing the church. MHI Fellowship had been voted from company to church designation at the last Rocky Mountain Conference (RMC) Executive Committee Meeting, October 17.

Doug Inglish, RMC vice president for administration, gave the sermon for the Sabbath on the Second Coming, and Mickey Mallory, RMC Ministerial director, provided the dedication prayer.

Charles Dien, also a church Elder, commented, “God is moving at our Church, and it was such a blessing to celebrate with everyone and the leaders of the RMC Conference.”

The service also included several musical selections. The MHI Fellowship is currently renting church space at the St. Paul Presbyterian Church in Aurora, Colorado. They graciously invited the music director of the Presbyterian church to provide a musical number at the service. Following the service was an extensive meal of Indonesian cuisine.

“[We are] so thankful for everyone involved in making this celebration happen,” remarked Theron Mamanua, church Elder.

—RMCNews. Photos by Susan Inglish.

08 Nov


Carey Jordan – Loveland, Colorado … The HMS Richards Adventist School (HMS) in Loveland, Colorado, celebrated a new floor in their gym with a ribbon cutting ceremony, October 20. The story began with a phone call from Matt Hasty, Rocky Mountain Conference (RMC) Literature Ministries director, back in May 2023. It was a call that would set into motion a remarkable chain of events.

An installation project for some high-end vinyl flooring had been delivered to a work site at an athletic center in Utah. Unfortunately, some of the rolls had been damaged, and the athletic center in Utah had denied the material.

It was at this time that Hasty was called. The installers were asking if we wanted the flooring, and they were offering it for free! Hasty commented, “It’s wonderful how one man’s folly can be someone else’s blessing.” The only stipulation was that it had to be picked up within days, or it would meet an unfortunate fate in a landfill.

Miracles, as we know, often happen when you least expect them. A few weeks prior, Carey Jordan, HMS principal, had a conversation with Nancy and Wayne Harlow, members of Campion Seventh-day Adventist Church, who had mentioned they liked doing road trips. This memory gave Jordan hope that there might be a plan. With just one phone call to the Harlows, the plan was in place.

Nancy and Wayne had secured airline tickets on the rather uncomfortable seats of Frontier Airlines and rented a U-Haul for the long journey back to Colorado. They had picked up their U-Haul, and, with the help of a forklift from the installers in Utah, they loaded 15,000 square feet of flooring to head back to Colorado with.

Back at HMS Richards gym, with the help of some extraordinary individuals from the Bible University Sabbath School class and a few HMS Alumni, 35 rolls of flooring were unloaded, some weighing a staggering 300 plus pounds each.

But the journey had only just begun. The school was faced with the challenge of finding contractors to transform this space into a new athletic center. This included installing pole sleeves for future volleyball and pickleball nets, leveling the floor, laying the pad, and, finally, installing the new flooring.

Along the way, they encountered several more miracles—an error on the drilling invoice that saved HMS $1,800 and the flooring installers generously installing the flooring material completely under the stage at no additional charge.

It’s been a long journey, but HMS celebrates the culmination of the miracles … special gifts from God that got them to today and the stunning transformation of their gym floor.

They also celebrate the dedication and hard work of countless volunteers who made this dream a reality. “The gym floor is a constant reminder of our highly supportive community at HMS and the amazing transformations that happen when God blesses us with His gifts,” commented Jordan.

The new floor is a testament to the power of community and the remarkable things that can happen when we let God lead, pray often, and come together with a shared purpose.

Let this gym floor be a reminder of the God who sees and cares for us AND the special gifts He loves to give to HMS. Thank you all for being part of this extraordinary story and for joining in the celebration of this beautiful new chapter in the history of HMS.

So, if (we) sinful people know how to give good gifts to (our) children, how much more will (our) heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him (Matthew 7:11, NLT).

—Carey Jordan is principal at HMS Richards Adventist School. Photos supplied.