Inside Story: Kindness Always Comes Back
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Miranda Starr, principal and teacher at Parkersburg Academy in West Virginia, wanted to do an experiment with her first and second grade students. In Bible class, we were studying about kindness, and how it is contagious, she says. We wanted to see if it really works. Then Miranda had an idea–why not go to Eagle … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: “Opening ‘a Lot More Doors'”
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In Bridgeport, West Virginia, the only Adventist church in Harrison county meets each Sabbath in the local Presbyterian church. Although they don’t yet have their own building, members of the Central Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church are certainly building relationships. In response to the Discover Bible School mailings, the Central Hills church has received more than … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Brayden’s Testimony
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Paul Brown and his family are a true blessing to me. A few years ago when they moved in, my step-grandfather asked Paul if I could mow his yard. Paul agreed, and soon a connection grew between me and his family, and I found out what nice people they are. His kids, Payton and Stormy, … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: “Your Parents Should Be Very Proud of You”
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My dog’s been shot! Brayden* blurted out in tears to his friend Payton. Would you speak at his funeral? Twelve-year-old Payton had never conducted a funeral, but wanting to help his friend, he agreed to do what he could. I planned the whole thing out, he said. The dog is buried in my yard–Brayden and … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: “They Deserve A Chance, Too”
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When Paul and Christie Brown moved into a less than desirable neighborhood in Elkins, West Virginia, they didn’t know that their home would become a magnet for young people. I’ve always been youth focused, says Paul, so when the neighborhood kids wanted to hang out with our kids at the house, we said, OK, but … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: A Light in the World
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Heather Ueeck grew up in Delta Junction, a small town at the end of the Alaska Highway. As a child, Heather loved going to camp every summer, and kept a record of her experiences, listing her daily activities. Early on she wrote, And of course we had to do worship, and that was dumb. But … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: “Being Ready for Whatever”
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Travis didn’t know what to do with his camper. At age 12, Logan* was the toughest kid in the cabin and wanted to be in charge of everyone and everything. One night, Logan decided he wasn’t going to bed, so Travis and his co-counselor came up with a plan. OK, they told the obstinate camper, … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: “This Isn’t Yogi Bear!”
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Being from the tropical country of Puerto Rico, Paola never dreamed that she would end up in the wilds of Alaska. It’s just so out there, Paola says. It’s one of those places that you’re never going to go to because it’s so far away. But when the recruiting team from the Alaska conference came … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Camp Polaris–A Guiding Star
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After they married, Roland and Jackie started talking about ways to reach out to the native Alaskan community around them, and decided to build a Seventh-day Adventist school on their property by the lake. They called it “The Mission School” and offered grades 1-8. Students and parents were delighted, and kids came from as far … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: From Humptulips to Aleknagik
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Life was hard in the western Washington town of Humptulips during the 1930s. Located on the Humptulips river on the Olympic peninsula, the town had seen better days for the commercial fishermen trying to earn a living. One family, the Moodys, found life so difficult in Humptulips that they decided to follow Mrs. Moody’s brother … [Click to read more …]