Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists

May 2016

Story by Emeraude Victorin
Washington Adventist University (WAU) hosted its 101st commencement ceremony May 1 at The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md. The class of 2016 totals 246 graduates comprised of the following degrees: 83 master's degrees, 154 bachelor's degrees and nine associate's degrees.

Story by Tim Allston

According to “American Congregations at the Beginning of the 21st Century,” a Duke University 2006-2007 National Congregations Study, the percent of regular adult participants younger than age 35 in the average congregation dropped from 25 to to 20 percent.

The number of people experiencing homelessness are striking, but when the impact of extreme weather conditions on these particular populations are factored in, the number of people needing assistance can be staggering. Add to this people who are economically secure but have experienced an extreme weather event and are temporarily yet suddenly thrust out of their safe, stable environment.

Here are ways Seventh-day Adventist churches and members can, and are, helping:

Noreen Chan Tompkins, cuya historia comienza en Loma Linda, Ca., no sabía qué estudiar. “Cuando estaba en la secundaria, uno de los amigos de mis padres era farmacéutico. Su hija vino a California para buscar donde hacer su residencia y tuve la oportunidad de hablar con ella sobre esa carrera”, ella comparte. “Trabajar como voluntaria en el hospital de [veteranos] me convenció que debía estudiar la carrera de Farmacia”.