13th-Sabbath Offering Box
Robbie Noordzy


At the beginning of a new quarter, it’s time to plan for our 13th Sabbath offering which will go to the Southern Africa Indian Ocean Division, sometimes known as SID for short. In this post you will find some patterns for making 13th-Sabbath offering boxes for your family or for your whole church. “The Adventist … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Twice Victorious – Part 1

Broken Sculpture

The Philippines – by Nathalie Villanueva The Villanueva family were devoted to one another and their church. Napoleon, the father, often worked far from home. After a while, a pattern of late-night socializing with co-workers began. He began spending more of his paycheck and sending less money home. Lolita, his wife, grew concerned by the … [Click to read more …]

“That’s Why I’m Here!”


The late evangelist Ron Halverson told a story of him knocking on a door one night in Harlem, New York. A young woman answered the door. She had grown up a pastor’s daughter, but had become a prostitute. The woman looked at the Bible in Halverson’s hand and said, “I’m not interested!” Quick-witted Halverson responded as she … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: The Gun Would Not Fire (Part 2)

gun bible book

THE PHILIPPINES – Max de los Reyes Lem was a soldier, and his assignments often took him away from home. When he was home he spent much time and money drinking with his friends. One day Lem’s buddies began teasing him about his wife’s interest in religion. What’s the matter, Lem? one man challenged.Couldn’t you … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: The Gun Would Not Fire – Part 1

Bicycle Built for Two

By: Max de los Reyes – The Philippines Fernando Lopez grew up in a town 60 miles south of Manila. Like many in the Philippines, Fernando’s family didn’t have much money. And like many young boys, Fernando quit school to help his parents by selling small items and running errands. Fernando was active in his … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: New Life From Death

Resurrection of the Just

Japan – Masaaki Toge As a mortician in Japan, I am surrounded by death every day as I prepare bodies for burial and direct funerals. For years I have watched people mourn the death of a loved one and go through the ceremonies their religion requires in order to assure that the deceased have a … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Food for the Soul

Hands and Food

South Korea – Daesung Kim When I started pastoring the Seoul Central Seventh-day Adventist Church, office buildings surrounded the church and it was very difficult to meet people in the surrounding vicinity. As I was thinking about how to make contact with the people who work nearby, I thought that it could be very practical … [Click to read more …]