Friday: Inside Story – Twice Victorious: Part 2
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single cliff struggling

The Villanueva teens joined the Pathfinder Club. The club scheduled an outing to Mount Kitanglad, hoping to earn their mountain-climbing honor. James Villanueva, 16, eagerly started the six-hour trek up the mountain with his sisters and 12 other Pathfinders. Soon he found himself ahead of the rest and decided to wait. He stepped onto a … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Twice Victorious – Part 1
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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 …]

Inside Story: The Gun Would Not Fire (Part 2)
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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
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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: Mohammad’s New School
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Mohammad
Courtesy of GC Office of Adventist Mission

Mohammad looked at the old school building and wondered what his parents had done to him. Mohammad and his parents live in Zamboanga, a city in the southern Philippines. A friend had told Mohammad’s parents about the Adventist school, and they went to inspect it. They found an old building in serious need of repair. … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Standing Up for Jesus, part 1
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Image © Krieg Barrie from GoodSalt.com

The ropes bit into Bien’s [bee-YEN] wrists as she struggled to free herself. Her brothers had tied her to the small boat before they left to get gas for the boat’s engine. They planned to take her to the small offshore island where their grandmother lived so she couldn’t attend the heretics’ church she had … [Click to read more …]