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"We Can All Pray"

"We Can All Pray"

NAD Communication Director Dan Weber interviews Rick McEdward, the president of the Middle East North Africa Union, about his service as a missionary from the NAD. McEdward also shares the latest update on the situation in Beirut, Lebanon, after the recent explosion that has impacted hundreds of thousands of people, and how the church is helping in the community. Watch this video below.

NAD NewsPoints - Dan Weber interviews Rick McEdward, president of the Middle East North Africa Union, on the situation in Beirut, Lebanon.

kmaran Wed, 08/12/2020 - 13:06

Election Process Identified for New NAD Executive Secretary 

Election Process Identified for New NAD Executive Secretary 

The North American Division (NAD) leadership has identified the process to elect a new executive secretary. The position became vacant when G. Alexander Bryant was elected NAD president on July 9, 2020. Bryant has notified the members of the standing NAD Nominating Committee that they will meet on Monday, August 17, to select a name to be recommended to the NAD Executive Committee, which will then vote on the recommendation on August 18. Both the standing NAD Nominating Committee and the NAD Executive Committee will be chaired by Bryant. 

On Thursday, August 20, the General Conference Executive Committee will meet to vote the name recommended by the NAD Executive Committee. The NAD executive secretary, along with the two other NAD officer positions of president and treasurer, are voted by the General Conference Executive Committee and then assigned to work for the North American Division.  

The new NAD executive secretary will join Bryant and Randy Robinson, NAD treasurer, as the leadership team of a division with more than 1.2 million members in the countries of Bermuda, Canada, Guam, Micronesia, and the United States. 

“We ask the members in our territory to pray for this process,” said Bryant. “It takes all of us working together to advance God's kingdom.” 

kmaran Wed, 08/12/2020 - 08:21

Walla Walla University Appoints COVID-19 Response Director

Walla Walla University Appoints COVID-19 Response Director

Kari Firestone, Walla Walla University (WWU) professor of nursing and associate dean of the School of Nursing, has been appointed to the role of WWU COVID-19 response director by WWU president John McVay. In this new role, Firestone will lead a task force that will detail and implement plans related to COVID-19 on the WWU campus for fall quarter and beyond.

In early spring, WWU organized a COVID-19 emergency task force to help with immediate steps for online delivery of education during spring and summer. In early summer, the WWU Return-to-Campus Task Force was formed to carefully make preparations for students, faculty, and staff as they return to campus for fall quarter. As COVID-19 response director, Firestone will now lead a single task force focused on navigating today’s complex public-health climate and guiding the university through its approach to fall quarter.

Since early spring 2020, Firestone has served as WWU’s liaison with the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health, and she will bring expertise to issues that arise during fall quarter.

“Dr. Firestone has a strong and positive reputation at WWU as both an able academician and a skilled administrator, and we will be blessed by her direction as we care for our Walla Walla University family and the communities in which we serve,” said McVay.

Firestone has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Walla Walla University, a master’s degree in nursing education from Loma Linda University, and a doctorate in nursing from Oregon Health & Sciences University. She has clinical expertise in pediatrics, pain, symptom management, health promotion, and public/community health, and has in-depth experience in administering and researching public-health issues and writing policy for clinical settings.

Walla Walla University consists of five campuses in the Pacific Northwest, including College Place, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Anacortes, Washington; and Missoula and Billings, Montana.

— Aaron Nakamura is director of Marketing and University Relations for Walla Walla University.

kmaran Tue, 08/11/2020 - 12:58

Will You Take the “Made to Move” Challenge?

Will You Take the “Made to Move” Challenge? man stretching stock photo

With more than 650 named skeletal muscles in the human body, it is clear that humans were “Made to Move!” And as part of its Adventist HealthyYOU health initiative launch, the North American Division (NAD) is continuing to encourage members, congregations, and organizations to plan physical activity events for their communities. “A great time to encourage exercise, and get started if you haven’t, is this year’s ‘Made to Move Challenge,’ said Angeline Brauer, NAD Health Ministries director. “This special health emphasis week, which runs September 19-26, 2020, can work well for individuals, and also for church groups and more.”

Brauer said that coming up with a plan, as well as being flexible, encouraging, and careful is key. “Churches are encouraged to coordinate a time when they exercise together using carefully formulated exercise guides, which are available for beginners, intermediate, and advanced activity levels. The “together” part can be through an online tool, such as Zoom, or individually at home but at the same time. If churches decide to have the activity in person, appropriate social distancing measures should be carefully put in place. We welcome individuals to follow the exercises on their own, however, we want to encourage the church to serve as a center of activity. This is also a great opportunity to invite non-members to join the church community. There are creative ways we can be safe and still get moving!”

Brauer said that she is excited to hear reports from groups in the division planning events for this year’s “Made to Move Challenge”. She referenced one entity in particular that happens to be in close physical proximity to the NAD headquarters.

The Columbia Union Conference is hosting a 5K/1 mile run/walk, which coincides with the NAD “Made to Move Challenge.” And although the union headquarters is just a few miles from the division offices, the event will be held in cyberspace.

“As part of our Columbia Union Healthy 2020 theme and to celebrate the Visitor magazine’s 125th anniversary, we have planned a Virtual Visitor 5K/1 Mile Run/Walk,” said Kelly Butler Coe, Visitor magazine art director, and Communication Services assistant director. Coe explained that the race window will be for one week, from September 20-26, with pre-registration required. “Because it is virtual, anyone can register and participate, where they are. We are also excited that a portion of the registration fees will be donated to Adventist Community Services.” [Click here for more info and to sign up.]


From the Columbia Union Visitor

The Seventh-day Adventist Church has long promoted a message of healthful living. In 2007, the NAD launched Adventists InStep for Life. It served as an opportunity to make our schools and churches healthier by teaching about the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle.

For the past few years, the NAD Health Ministries department has been working to rebrand this initiative to bring together the many other areas of healthful living into one package, and hence is pleased to announce the new initiative titled Adventist HealthyYOU. “This is not to recreate what is already available, but to share our numerous resources into a comprehensive and relevant whole, with an emphasis on success through community” said Brauer. “It’s important to demonstrate the wholistic approach to health that has always been a part of our church’s messaging. Of course, fitness is still a major component.”

More information and resources for the “Made to Move Challenge” are available on the Health Ministries website. The Health Ministries Department will hold a series of webinars to train churches on how to use the program.

Tips on How to Take the “Made to Move Challenge”

As always, it is important to consult your physician or health care provider before beginning any nutrition or exercise program. If you're thinking about an event you can host, consider these ideas (and how you can bring them to people in safe, creative online and/or socially-distanced ways):

Virtual 5K walk/run

Family Facebook fun activities

Children’s Olympics

Healthy lifestyle education

Online healthful food cooking demo (does you church have a YouTube page?)

Invite community partners, such as:

Nearby churches

Hospitals and clinics

Schools and universities

Fire and police departments

Public health department

Non-profit organizations

Athletic groups (runners, bikers, etc.)




kmaran Tue, 08/11/2020 - 12:46