In this week’s episode of All God’s People—
—Education Sabbath, April 25—
Every April, the North American Division hosts Education Sabbath. Today you’ll find Adventist schools in nearly 150 countries. 85,000 teachers, 1.5 million students, 7,500 schools—the Adventist school system is one of the largest Christian educational systems in the world. Learn more about Adventist Education via the links below.
—Redlands Adventist Academy Teacher Transforms Teaching Space—
God continues to bless His people in ways we could never have imagined before—and the stories from our schools and local churches reflect that fact. We couldn’t be more proud of how our teachers and students are working and studying under the most unusual circumstances in living memory. And they’re all getting very creative.
In Southeastern California Conference, Justin Hansen, high school science teacher at Redlands Adventist Academy, has transformed his wood shed in the back yard into a classroom with chalkboard walls and multiple angles for filming. And the students are loving it! Way to go, Mr. Hansen!
Learn more about Redlands Adventist Academy: https://www.redlandsacademy.org/
—Sustainable Farming at Holbrook Indian School—
The good people at Holbrook Indian School are accustomed to responding to unique challenges, and we’ve been so inspired to see how they’ve responded to the coronavirus pandemic. One Holbrook Indian School initiative that’s been so helpful during these times is the farm. It was established with the focus of holistic education through sustainable farming. A part of that initiative is Garden-to-Plate, where students help to grow, harvest, and prepare organic produce. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the HIS Farm continues to provide produce to the surrounding communities and HIS staff. The school is also continuing students’ education via online and mail-in packets. The Holbrook staff looks forward to continuing the special projects that the farm and students were working on—and, when quarantines are lifted, welcoming their students back to campus.
Learn more (and watch the video): https://www.holbrookindianschool.org/farm
—Placerville Seventh-day Adventist Church Women’s Ministry—
During the past few weeks, the Placerville church women’s ministry (and friends) sewed 1,700 face masks and donated them to a variety of county agencies and members of their community. Recipients included the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, a newborn intensive care unit, several substance abuse recovery facilities, a maternity home, senior services, and more.
The sheriff’s office posted pictures on its Facebook page with a message: “A very grateful and special thank you to the Placerville Seventh-day Adventist Church Women’s Ministry for their donation of masks … The box of orange, yellow, and red masks is headed to our jails, where our correctional staff is working diligently to keep themselves and those in their care safe from COVID-19.” What an awesome way to reach out to your community, Placerville church!
Read more from Northern California Adventists in Action: https://www.facebook.com/NorCalAdventistsinAction/photos/a.152908394870102/1495686777258917/?type=3&theater
—Adventist Health BlueZones—
News from Adventist Health – on April 8, Adventist Health announced that it had acquired Blue Zones®, a pioneer in taking a systemic and environmental approach to improving the health of entire cities and communities. This revolutionary move by Adventist Health comes at a time when public attention is especially focused on the interconnectedness of our health to that of our friends and neighbors in the face of the coronavirus disease crisis. Read the entire article via the link below:
—Loma Linda Academy’s Virtual Choir Sings Unclouded Day—
Loma Linda Academy’s Pro Musica is the school’s premier choral ensemble comprised of thirty-eight high school students. Until recently, they’ve traveled regionally, nationally, and internationally. Now, they’re appearing virtually from their own homes. Dr. Brenda Mohr, director of choirs, described this project as a “labor of love.” It was created for the livestream Easter Sabbath worship service at Loma Linda University church and took many hours of creating, compiling, and editing. Dr. Mohr chose “Unclouded Day” because it’s a song of hope—Hope in the coming of the Lord and that soon the “Covid Cloud” will be lifted. Thank you, Loma Linda Academy!
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I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. –John 16:33