Andrews University Agenda News and Events at Andrews University en-us Copyright 2018, Andrews University Sat, 26 May 2018 13:28:00 -0000 Sat, 26 May 2018 13:28:00 -0000 Renaissance Kids Architecture Camp <p> The Andrews University School of Architecture &amp; Interior Design invites the community to register for &ldquo;Home is More than a House,&rdquo; the 12th annual Renaissance Kids architecture camp held on the campus of Andrews University.&nbsp;This unique program provides kids ages 5&ndash;16 with opportunities to engage in fun, creative and educational hands-on projects related to architecture.</p> <p> Mark Moreno, founder/director of Renaissance Kids and associate professor of architecture, says, &ldquo;Renaissance Kids has a good history of making meaningful projects with the youth. I&rsquo;m super excited about the potential for this year&rsquo;s project to positively impact lives in a serious way especially since this is the first year the build project was initiated by kids.&rdquo; This summer, the main design-build project is a backyard play structure which, along with other related constructions, will be auctioned to raise funds for the summer&rsquo;s and other future community-minded build projects.</p> <p> The Benton Harbor Saint Augustine&rsquo;s Episcopal Church youth group is raising funds to build a tiny house for a homeless person. Moreno and the youth leader, Cara Gillespie, met to brainstorm ways to connect the youth group&rsquo;s initiative with the Renaissance Kids project. They decided that the youth group will assist in the design and construction of the play structure. Then, once the structure is auctioned, 25 percent of the sale proceeds will be used toward costs for the tiny house.</p> <p> &ldquo;This project not only shows architecture&rsquo;s effect on lives but aligns well with the mission of the School of Architecture &amp; Interior Design. Our graduate students have been designing and building tiny structures under the direction of the school&rsquo;s dean, Carey Carscallen, and Martin Smith, assistant professor of architecture. To date, architecture students have built two tiny homes and four shipping container constructions, a gallery, two clinic exam rooms and a library archive space.&nbsp; Ultimately, our goal is to arrange for Saint Augustine&rsquo;s youth group and a homeless person to engage as clients for our graduate students to then design and construct the tiny home,&rdquo; says Moreno.&nbsp;</p> <p> Renaissance Kids began in 2007, with a goal of &ldquo;building with kids to build kids up.&rdquo; It aspires to make complex ideas accessible to young minds by providing tools for them to better understand the relationship between people and the physical world. Sessions are assigned according to age, with the first session beginning Monday, June 11, and are available at a variety of dates and times. The program schedule is as follows:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> <strong>Ages 5&ndash;7</strong><br /> <em>Session A1,&nbsp;$165,</em> June 11&ndash;15, 8:30 a.m.&ndash;12 p.m., Architecture building<br /> <em>Session A2, $165,</em> June 25&ndash;29, 1:45-5:15 p.m., Architecture building</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> <strong>Ages 7&ndash;10</strong><br /> <em>Session B1, $165,</em> July 9&ndash;13, 8:30 a.m.&ndash;12 p.m., Architecture building<br /> <em>Session B2, $165,</em> August 6&ndash;10, 8:30 a.m.&ndash;12 p.m., Architecture building<br /> <em>Session B3, $165,</em> August 6&ndash;10, 1:45-5:15 p.m., Architecture building<br /> <em>Session B4, $340,</em> August 6&ndash;10, 8:30 a.m.&ndash;5:15 p.m., Architecture building&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> <strong>Ages 10&ndash;12</strong><br /> <em>Session C1,</em> $165, June 11&ndash;15, 1:45&ndash;5:15 p.m., Architecture building<br /> <em>Session C2,</em> $165, June 25&ndash;29, 8:30 a.m.&ndash;12 p.m., Architecture building<br /> <em>Session C3,</em> $165, July 9&ndash;13, 1:45&ndash;5:15 p.m., Architecture building</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> <strong>Ages 13&ndash;16</strong><br /> <em>Session D1,</em> $390, July 16&ndash;20, 8:30 a.m.&ndash;3:30 p.m., Architecture building<br /> and July 23&ndash;27, 8:30 a.m.&ndash;3:30 p.m., Architecture building</p> <p> Space is limited. For more details and to register, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p> To follow the build project throughout the summer, visit <a href=""></a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 May 2018 17:43:20 +0000 Race, Protest and Adventist Leadership <p> In an era of overdue apologies and continuing challenges on race relations in various areas of Adventist life&mdash;particularly on college campuses&mdash;Andrews University Press is publishing a landmark new book on the subject by a legendary Adventist leader.</p> <p> Calvin B. Rock, former long-time president of Oakwood University, former chair of the Loma Linda University Board of Trustees, and retired general vice president of the General Conference, has authored what one prominent Adventist historian claims is &ldquo;the most important book ever published on race relations in the Adventist Church.&rdquo;</p> <p> Andrea Luxton, Andrews University president and chair of the Andrews University Press board, said that &ldquo;Protest and Progress: Black Seventh-day Adventist Leadership and the Push for Parity&rdquo; will be released on May 1. &ldquo;It would be hard to find a more authoritative and respected leader to address this difficult subject than Dr. Rock,&rdquo; Luxton said. &ldquo;His 63 years of keen observation and active participation in these issues as a pastor, change-making academic leader, and church statesman, along with his deep passion for the unity of the church and the Righteousness of Christ, make his perspective absolutely essential to any understanding of our history and our future.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;Protest and Progress&rdquo; presents a broad overview of the history of administrative race relations in the North American Adventist church, according to Ronald Knott, director of the Press. Rock&rsquo;s primary focus is on how the church has made provision for leadership roles and employment equity among Blacks and Whites. Rock looks at four major protest movements that arose within the Black community regarding their ability to advance the mission of the church in ways relevant to their context. These were the push for administrative integration (1889&ndash;1929), which failed; the push for Regional conferences (1929&ndash;1944), which succeeded; the push for Black Union conferences (1969&ndash;1980), which failed; and the push for a separate and equitable retirement system for Regional conference employees (1998&ndash;2000), which succeeded. He also candidly addresses the strongly differing opinions through the years within the Black leadership community over the best approach to progress, whether by full integration at all levels of church leadership or by what Rock terms &ldquo;modified self-determinationism.&rdquo;</p> <p> Building on that history, Rock makes a sociological, theological and philosophical argument for the effectiveness and necessity of the current Regional conference system of mission that administers resources according to racial and cultural opportunity.</p> <p> &ldquo;Some Adventists in North America have raised questions about the wisdom or necessity of our current system,&rdquo; Knott said. &ldquo;We often cite the millennial generation as a group with the most doubts or who believe our current system is an embarrassment. But there are many in other demographics with similar views, and some of our preachers have talked about it. Dr. Rock&rsquo;s unique contribution is not simply to make a historical argument but to give us a foundation from history for a more important theological argument based on mission and practical human relations. Whether a reader agrees is, of course, an open question. What is not in question is that a genuine discussion must address Rock&rsquo;s perspective.&rdquo;</p> <p> A major feature of the book, according to Knott, is the extensive collection of appendices, all primary source documents relevant to the historical discussion. Among these are letters to applicants from Adventist colleges, refusing enrollment to students on the basis of ethnicity; a 1953 letter from General Conference president W.H. Branson to board chairs of colleges and hospitals, urging them to begin regularly admitting Blacks as students and patients; and a vigorous protest, in letter form, to a GC president about how the Annual Council debate was conducted that ultimately defeated the &ldquo;push&rdquo; for Black Union conferences.</p> <p> Advance praise for the book is wide and high. Ricardo Graham, president of the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, said, &ldquo;Protest and Progress is an&nbsp;insightful and powerful presentation of the biblically-based call for social justice in society at&nbsp;large and in the church, as well as a history of race&nbsp;relations primarily among Black and White Seventh-day Adventist leadership in the North American Division with implications for the entire world church. This is a&nbsp;must read for anyone&nbsp;curiously interested or seriously concerned with these issues and more.&nbsp;I&nbsp;highly recommend it.&rdquo;</p> <p> Craig R. Jackson, dean of the School of Allied Health Professions at Loma Linda University, said, &ldquo;Dr. Rock&rsquo;s book is the perfect antidote for the collective amnesia of the Seventh-day Adventist church when it comes to racism and the church&rsquo;s reluctance to confront the antithesis of the gospel of Jesus Christ.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;[This book] combines first-rate scholarship with the kind of insight that could only come from the author&rsquo;s deep personal roots and decades of leadership in the Black Adventist experience,&rdquo; said Douglas Morgan, professor of history at Washington Adventist University, who also described it as Adventism&rsquo;s most important book on race relations. &ldquo;Lucid, candid, provocative, yet redemptive, Protest and Progress is an exceptionally rare and invaluable gem given the church by one who has long loved it and served it with high distinction,&rdquo; Morgan said.</p> <p> &ldquo;Protest and Progress&rdquo; will be available after May 1 directly from Andrews University Press (<a href=""></a>), Adventist Book Centers and major online retailers.</p> Tue, 15 May 2018 09:36:58 +0000 Andrews Student Receives Prestigious Award <p> On Friday, March 30, 2018, Mykhaylo M. Malakhov, a sophomore mathematics major and J.N. Andrews Honors Scholar at Andrews University, was awarded the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious national award for undergraduates who intend to pursue careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.</p> <p> Established by Congress in 1986 in honor of Senator Barry Goldwater, this scholarship is awarded yearly to the top STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors who display intellectual curiosity, a strong commitment to research and potential to make significant future contributions to their respective fields. Consequently, Goldwater Scholars are known for having very impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs. To be considered, candidates must be nominated by their university and fill out an extensive application complete with a research paper. Each university can nominate up to four students per year. Scholarship recipients are awarded $7,500 per year until they graduate to apply toward tuition, fees, books and room and board. This year, 211 scholarships were given to undergraduates across the United States from a pool of 1,280 nominated students.</p> <p> Since the scholarship&rsquo;s inception, Andrews University has submitted a total of 49 applications and has had seven award recipients and four honorable mentions. Malakhov is the seventh recipient, with the previous scholarship going to Libby Megna (biology/math) almost a decade ago during the 2008&ndash;2009 school year.</p> <p> Ryan Hayes, professor of chemistry, is the Andrews campus representative for the Goldwater scholarship. He says, &ldquo;This was quite an honor to Mr. Malakhov, the Department of Mathematics, the Department of Biology and Andrews University.&rdquo;</p> <p> Malakhov&rsquo;s primary research is with the Seabird Ecology Team, an interdisciplinary research group on campus consisting of mathematicians and biologists. His project focuses on investigating the effects of climate change on glaucous-winged gull populations in the Pacific Northwest which are sensitive to rising temperatures and hence considered to be sentinels of climate change. Malakhov&rsquo;s work includes analyzing a mathematical model (a set of equations describing a real-world system) to discover how behavioral changes in the gulls affect the long-term survival and dynamics of the population in light of increasing sea surface temperatures. He began working on this project in the summer following his freshman year when he joined the National Science Foundation-funded summer REU (research experience for undergraduates) directed by Shandelle Henson, professor of mathematics and ecology at Andrews University.</p> <p> Since then, Malakhov has presented his research results at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, the largest and most prestigious annual mathematics conference worldwide; the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters; and at several gatherings on the Andrews University campus. His goal is to continue working with the results, and he is currently writing a paper that he and Henson plan to publish in a peer-reviewed journal. This project will also become his Honors Thesis.</p> <p> Henson says, &ldquo;Mykhaylo Malakhov is an outstanding young mathematician who also has a heart for people and for Jesus. He is a true intellectual, with strong interests in the arts, literature, philosophy and music. I enjoy discussing Dostoyevsky, bread baking, plate tectonics, piano and hiking with him. He is the kind of person who will become extremely successful and will then invest heavily in the careers of others.&rdquo;</p> <p> In addition to his work with the Seabird Team, Malakhov is actively involved in additional research projects, leadership positions and experiencing his greatest joy by, as he says, &ldquo;sharing the beauty of mathematics and the wonder of God&rsquo;s creation with others.&rdquo; Some of his accomplishments include assisting with the start of a computer science education program at Ruth Murdoch Elementary School, organizing the first-ever Putnam Competition team and preparation course at Andrews University, and leading out in a solar energy installation project in Madagascar with Engineers Without Borders. He currently serves as the vice president of the Andrews chapter of Engineers Without Borders as well as the mathematics president of eigen*, the Andrews math/physics club.</p> <p> Malakhov plans to earn a PhD in mathematics and become a professor. As he wrote in his Goldwater scholarship application, his dream is to &ldquo;conduct research that bridges the gap between pure and applied mathematics and engage underrepresented groups in the mathematical sciences at the university level.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 10 May 2018 16:01:01 +0000 Antillean Adventist University Symphonic Band <p> On Saturday, May 12, at 8 p.m., the Antillean Adventist University Symphonic Band will perform in the Howard Performing Arts Center on the campus of Andrews University. The concert is part of the band&rsquo;s larger Great Lakes area concert tour from May 11&ndash;20.</p> <p> The program will include both sacred and secular selections. Beginning with the sacred portion, the band will take each listener on a journey from Genesis through the book of Revelation. The second part of the concert includes various patriotic marches and Spanish folklore.</p> <p> The Antillean Adventist University Symphonic Band traces its beginnings to Puerto Rico in 1985, when Lloyd Leno began overseeing musical groups at what was then Antillean College. In 1987, Carlos Flores established the Department of Music at the university. Five years later, this department had successfully begun a choir, band and orchestra. Since then, the university band, steadily growing in size and popularity, has been recognized throughout Puerto Rico. The band has had five different conductors, the most recent being Ram&oacute;n Ara&uacute;jo who has intentionally led the group on concert tours throughout the world. One of their most notable performances was in July 2015 at the closing session for the General Conference in San Antonio, Texas.</p> <p> Admission to the concert is free. For additional information, contact the Howard box office at 269-471-3560. For a full season schedule of events at the Howard Performing Arts Center, visit <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 May 2018 17:53:19 +0000 Reaching Millennial Generations <p> On April 12&ndash;14, the Global Mission Center for Secular and Postmodern Studies (CSPS), in partnership with the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, hosted the Reaching Millennial Generations conference. More than 200 individuals from every division in the world, including the Trans-European, Inter-European, South Pacific and South American Divisions journeyed to Berrien Springs for the much-anticipated event.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s time for us to talk about Millennials and the younger generations,&rdquo; said Kleber Gon&ccedil;alves, CSPS director and Doctor of Ministry program director at the Seminary. &ldquo;This is the future of our church, and there are so many opportunities in this new context that we live in. We need to start building bridges of communication with these generations.&rdquo;</p> <p> The conference featured James Emery White, author of &ldquo;The Rise of the Nones and Meet Generation Z.&rdquo; In addition, 20 plenary and breakout session presenters from around the world gathered to share their expertise, including church planters, a &ldquo;digital missionary,&rdquo; administrators, researchers and educators, many of whom are Millennials.</p> <p> &ldquo;The decision to bring younger practitioners was a major change from other conferences,&rdquo; said Gon&ccedil;alves. &ldquo;These young people are making a difference in the world because they are passionate in what they do. People were able to see that if we have passion in our hearts to reach these generations, God will open up opportunities.&rdquo;</p> <p> A. Allan Martin, teaching pastor of Younger Generation Church and lead research facilitator for the Adventist Millennial Study done by the Barna Group, delivered the first plenary presentation. He explained the sobering statistics of young adult disengagement with Adventism and why he was convicted to do research and equip churches to understand and reach young people.</p> <p> &ldquo;I wasn&rsquo;t going to flip a coin to see whether or not my daughter would belong to the church I&rsquo;ve given my life to,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p> At the end of his presentation, attendees partnered to pray by name for the young adults they each know who have left the church.</p> <p> &ldquo;Reaching these generations is a big challenge for all countries,&rdquo; said Edilene Ara&uacute;jo, a youth and young adult worker who traveled from S&atilde;o Paulo, Brazil, to attend the conference. &ldquo;We can&rsquo;t just stop and watch the youth leaving the church. I&rsquo;m returning to Brazil with new energy because of what I&rsquo;ve learned and experienced here.&rdquo;</p> <p> Next, keynote speaker James Emery White presented &ldquo;The Rise of the Nones,&rdquo; exploring the 25 percent of Americans, and 50 percent of young adults, who claim no religious affiliation.</p> <p> &ldquo;The vast majority of the &lsquo;nones&rsquo; are happy without a religion,&rdquo; said White. &ldquo;One person said, &lsquo;I&rsquo;m not an atheist. I don&rsquo;t even care anymore. I&rsquo;m an apathy-ist.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p> In his second plenary presentation, White focused on Generation Z, those born between 1995&ndash;2012, who comprise the largest generation in modern U.S. history.</p> <p> &ldquo;Gen Z is the first in history to find whatever they need to know without the help of intermediaries,&rdquo; he explained. &ldquo;They have instant access to any information but little access to wisdom.&rdquo;</p> <p> White delineated the challenges of reaching Generation Z, the first &ldquo;post-Christian&rdquo; generation which he calls a &ldquo;lost generation.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;There is profound spiritual emptiness,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;But if we change where we need to change, there is hope for the church.&rdquo;</p> <p> One area that White encouraged church leaders to master is social media.</p> <p> &ldquo;Gen Z are digital natives who can&rsquo;t remember a world without constant, immediate, convenient access to the web,&rdquo; White said. &ldquo;If you are not putting the focus of your outreach efforts through social media, wake up!&rdquo;</p> <p> In his breakout session, Justin Khoe, creator of the YouTube channel &ldquo;That Christian Vlogger,&rdquo; which has more than 50,000 mostly non-Adventist subscribers, echoed the importance of social media to reach next generations.</p> <p> &ldquo;Millennials spend an average of 18 hours behind a screen every day,&rdquo; Khoe said. &ldquo;Digital is the most important mission field if you want to reach Millennials in the western world. Every single day thousands of people are questioning their core convictions, and they are looking for advice online. Where are you in that conversation? Where am I?&rdquo;</p> <p> In his final plenary presentation, &ldquo;Rethinking Evangelism and Apologetics in Light of What We Know About Generation Z,&rdquo; White explained that evangelism techniques must develop and change in response to the decreasing biblical literacy of younger generations.</p> <p> &ldquo;People need you to very quickly move to the &lsquo;so what?&rsquo; of Bible teaching,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;They have seen so few, if any, lives that have had their deepest needs met by Christ. They need to get a whiff of another world.&rdquo;</p> <p> Jazzmine Bankston, a volunteer with Advent Project, a Millennial church plant in San Antonio, Texas, appreciated the closer look at Generation Z.</p> <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m an English teacher, so I work with Gen Z, and being able to identify what is impacting their spiritual growth is phenomenal,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p> Following White, Manuela Casti Yeagley, a research assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame, explored the state of religion in Europe in her presentation &ldquo;The Church, Humbled.&rdquo; Attendees then split into breakout sessions on topics ranging from reaching Millennials in an urban setting to planting Millennial churches, before taking a Sabbath preparation break.</p> <p> On Friday evening, Judit Manchay, Seminary student, presented &ldquo;Stand by Me,&rdquo; a devotional challenging ministry practitioners to support the Millennial generation.</p> <p> &ldquo;Can you be honest about your faith like Jesus was?&rdquo; she asked. &ldquo;Can you stick it out with me and be complex?&rdquo;</p> <p> The final plenary presentation on Friday was delivered by Sam Neves, General Conference communication associate director, on the problem with the Adventist &ldquo;brand&rdquo; worldwide. Neves explained that there are more Adventist churches around the world (150,000+), in more countries, than all the McDonald&rsquo;s, Pizza Hut and Subway restaurants combined (33,000+). However, these brands are much more recognizable than the Adventist church.</p> <p> &ldquo;We are extremely fragmented,&rdquo; said Neves. &ldquo;A non-integrated message is a weak message. The highest Adventist result when people Google &lsquo;Bible study&rsquo; is on page three, where organizations go to die.&rdquo;</p> <p> In response, the General Conference Communication Department has developed a new logo and font for the Adventist brand and has proposed the &ldquo;<a href="">Creation Grid</a>,&rdquo; a branding strategy in which Adventist institutions can use six-sevenths of a visual design however they desire and reserve the seventh column for the Adventist Church logo.</p> <p> &ldquo;You, alone in your ministry, cannot compete with marketers,&rdquo; Neves said. &ldquo;But together we can. We spend a fortune on marketing globally, but it&rsquo;s fragmented and competing with each other. In the name of God, those days are over.&rdquo;</p> <p> On Sabbath morning, attendees gathered at the Howard Performing Arts Center for a continental breakfast, worship and a plenary presentation by Roger Hernandez, the ministerial and evangelism director for the Southern Union Conference. Hernandez shared evangelistic trends in today&rsquo;s post-Christian culture.</p> <p> &ldquo;I believe the best way to engage Millennials is to plant churches with them,&rdquo; Hernandez said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s easier to give birth than to resurrect the dead.&rdquo;</p> <p> Tyler Kraft, pastor of the Tracy Adventist Church in Northern California, agreed with this statement.</p> <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m walking away with the conviction to plant a church,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I came to the conference because my church elders and I have been trying to put together a young adult ministry for the past year but kept hitting roadblocks. These presentations convinced me that we need to have an intentional, missional church-planting focus.&rdquo;</p> <p> Next, Seth Pierce, lead pastor of the Puyallup Adventist Church, presented &ldquo;The Shape of Water,&rdquo; a devotional on John 4:5&ndash;10.</p> <p> &ldquo;My prayer is not only that we have the opportunity to become the shape of living water for others but that we will recognize the shape of living water when it comes to us,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p> Gon&ccedil;alves delivered the final presentation for the conference: &ldquo;Sharing Our Faith with Millennial Generations: The Power of Storytelling.&rdquo; A Stanford study revealed that stories are remembered 22 times more than facts alone.</p> <p> &ldquo;Stories are so powerful because they connect us to our humanity by linking our lives to the past and giving us glimpses of the future,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;They create empathy with other people, which affords tremendous opportunities for reaching Millennial generations.&rdquo;</p> <p> Afterwards, attendees split into groups for the final breakout sessions before gathering again for a panel discussion among conference presenters, moderated by conference organizer and Seminary student David Hamstra. The conversation was broadcasted on Facebook Live, allowing users to comment and Tweet in questions for the panel using the conference&rsquo;s #rmgen hashtag.</p> <p> For Gon&ccedil;alves, who has invested nearly two years in organizing the conference, there is one takeaway point he hopes all conference attendees have grasped.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s possible to reach these generations,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;There are so many opportunities if we have the passion and the vision from God. So I hope they think to themselves, &lsquo;I can do this. It&rsquo;s possible. I can connect with them.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p> The conference was recorded by the Adventist Learning Community and videos will be posted on the <a href="">CSPS website</a>,, when they are available. For more information, visit <a href=""></a> and follow @theCSPS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.</p> Thu, 03 May 2018 17:53:08 +0000 Care for Cuba Trip <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been taking students to Cuba for 15 years, and in no other trip has the enemy tried so hard to stop the work from going forward,&rdquo; said Fernando Ortiz, Master of Divinity (MDiv) program director and Care for Cuba Study Tour leader. &ldquo;But in no other trip have we seen the hand of God intervene in such mighty ways.&rdquo;</p> <p> On March 16, 2018, a team of 26 MDiv students and their sponsors journeyed to Holguin, Cuba, for the sixth annual Care for Cuba evangelistic study tour. Care for Cuba, a ministry of the MDiv program, has equipped hundreds of pastors and churches in Cuba with ministry resources and brought more than 150 MDiv students for ten-day evangelistic campaigns since its start in 2013.</p> <p> However, according to Ortiz, this year&rsquo;s trip proved &ldquo;more difficult, yet more fruitful, than any before.&rdquo;</p> <p> The difficulties began when the team&rsquo;s plane tickets were cancelled just three months before they were to leave for Cuba, leaving them scrambling to find tickets on the same flight. Flights were found, but the group paid more for the tickets than on any previous trip.</p> <p> Then, just nine days before the students were to fly to Cuba, Aubrey Toup, an MDiv student who was coordinating the Vacation Bible School (VBS) programs for her team, broke her ankle.</p> <p> &ldquo;I laid on the floor and cried out, &lsquo;Why?&rsquo;&rdquo; said Toup. &ldquo;Of all the times to break my ankle, why did it happen now, when I&rsquo;ve prepared so much for the trip?&rdquo;</p> <p> A wheelchair was purchased for Toup, and though she was not able to attend every meeting in Cuba, she was able to coordinate VBS for more than 150 children, triple the amount that had been expected.</p> <p> &ldquo;On the very last day, we met a man named Lorenzo,&rdquo; said Toup. &ldquo;He had one leg and his wheelchair was in disrepair. When Dr. Ortiz went to Cuba in December, Lorenzo asked him to bring back a wheelchair. Dr. Ortiz didn&rsquo;t know how he&rsquo;d do that, but then I broke my ankle, and we were able to bring a wheelchair to him! God took a broken mess and turned it into a message.&rdquo;</p> <p> During the trip, the students witnessed God&rsquo;s power through the challenges they faced. When Karina Sheldon, MDiv student, was sent to bed with heatstroke the day she was scheduled to preach, she heard the Holy Spirit say to her, &ldquo;There is one. You have to go.&rdquo; She understood this to mean that there was at least one person who needed to hear her message. Her ankles were too swollen for her to stand, so she preached sitting down.</p> <p> &ldquo;At the end of my talk, one lady came to me and asked, &lsquo;What do I need to do to be baptized?&rsquo;&rdquo; remembered Sheldon. &ldquo;She wouldn&rsquo;t have been comfortable talking in a larger setting. I learned the importance of listening to the Holy Spirit that night.&rdquo;</p> <p> All throughout the week, students employed creative evangelism techniques, such as the &ldquo;free bus of salvation,&rdquo; in which they rented a city bus and gave Cubans free rides throughout the city. During the ride, they sang songs, shared the message of salvation with the riders and invited them to the evening evangelistic series.</p> <p> Students also went door-to-door sharing the gospel, organized a health fair, took family pictures for the community, conducted VBS programs and held evangelistic series in five sites throughout the city of Holguin, where people packed the churches each night.</p> <p> However, the most highly anticipated event was the Sabbath service, in which thousands of people from all five sites were to gather at a sports arena in the middle of the city for a final gathering and a mass baptism in the swimming pool.</p> <p> &ldquo;We requested the venue six months in advance, and it was approved,&rdquo; said Ortiz. &ldquo;But two days before we were to have our meeting, they cancelled it!&rdquo;</p> <p> Despite this setback, the team was able to reserve the soccer field adjacent to the gym for the program, which still gave them access to the swimming pool for the baptisms. However, when city officials saw them setting up speakers and equipment, they cut electricity to the venue completely, rendering them unable to be heard by the two thousand people that were to gather that day.</p> <p> &ldquo;By this time, we were so used to the enemy throwing roadblocks at us that when we faced this, the biggest challenge of the week, we gathered to pray and said, &lsquo;Lord, we know You are going to do something great in the midst of this setback. We are just expecting it!&rsquo; and He came through, beyond what we expected,&rdquo; said Ortiz.</p> <p> At the last minute, a neighboring family agreed to allow the team to run an extension cord from their home to the speakers on the soccer field, enabling the team to be heard not only by the 2,000 people who attended the meeting but by all in a three-block radius.</p> <p> &ldquo;People came out on their balconies to see what was going on, and they stayed to hear God&rsquo;s message, hundreds of people, in addition to the two thousand who attended,&rdquo; marveled Ortiz.</p> <p> Five hundred twenty-six people responded to the gospel and were baptized that week, including individuals who had been in contact with local churches throughout the year and planned to be baptized at the end of the evangelistic series.</p> <p> The team also brought 100 bicycles, 22 computers, 13 tablets and 13 cell phones for the local Cuban ministers, many of whom had no transportation or access to ministry resources.</p> <p> &ldquo;We saw God working in such mighty ways,&rdquo; declared Ortiz. &ldquo;Every step of the way, there were big-time spiritual battles, but every step of the way the students saw the Lord deliver them.&rdquo;</p> <p> To learn more about Care for Cuba, or to donate to the initiative, visit <a href=""></a></p> Thu, 03 May 2018 17:52:45 +0000 Mission Trip to Puerto Rico <p> Over 1,000 people in Puerto Rico learned more about mental health and how to cope after the disasters of Hurricanes Irma and Maria from the work of 20 Andrews University faculty, staff, students and an alumna. In the hurricane aftermath, the suicide rate on the island has increased by more than 400 percent.</p> <p> The March 15&ndash;25, 2018, trip became a reality thanks to God&rsquo;s help, eager volunteers and the financial support of the Lake Union, Something in Common Sabbath School class, and Institute for Prevention of Addictions (IPA). After many last-minute changes, the resulting team was an interdisciplinary group of students and staff from the Departments of Behavioral Sciences and Social Work, the Community &amp; International Development (CIDP) program, the PhD program in counseling psychology, the MA program in clinical and mental health, and the Counseling &amp; Testing Center.</p> <p> Melissa Ponce-Rodas, assistant professor of psychology, says &ldquo;it was a God-thing&rdquo; that this trip was able to happen.</p> <p> After arriving in Puerto Rico, the team could still see areas of devastation where fences were missing, roads were detoured and streetlights were out. In fact, there were almost no working stoplights while they were there. However, those living on the island reported that the situation was improving.</p> <p> Diana Mitchell, staff counselor at the Counseling &amp; Testing Center, said, &ldquo;I expected more destruction, according to the pictures and what we had been told. I was surprised and shocked by how well they have been recovering. You can see the spirit. It was wonderful to witness that.&rdquo;</p> <p> As they were serving, the team heard many stories of individuals and communities who had been trapped, isolated or experienced great loss of materials and shelter. Despite what had happened, these individuals were thankful for how the disaster had unified their families and communities.</p> <p> These positive reactions to the hurricane did not overshadow the need for mental health education and assistance. This is particularly true because of how mental health is viewed as a taboo topic.</p> <p> Harvey Burnett, chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and assistant professor of psychology, summarizes the need and how the Andrews team responded to it. &ldquo;Everyone was impacted, it just depends on proximity and where you&rsquo;re at. Our job was more about education and normalizing their reactions, empowering them and their resilience.&rdquo;</p> <p> Educating victims about mental health provided an opportunity for individuals and communities to address their traumatic experiences&mdash;whether that be the loss of family or friends, the loss of property, or fear of future hurricanes.</p> <p> Alina Baltazar, assistant professor of social work, explains how this help was received. &ldquo;They were like a dry sponge ready to soak up all this mental health help. People were willing to admit the problems they were having since Maria. They weren&rsquo;t all conscious of it until we brought it up, but to realize that they had it and were not alone, and that a lot of other people had it too, helped them.&rdquo;</p> <p> In the end, the Andrews team was able to meet with over 1,000 people face-to-face, including government officials, social workers, nursing assistants, community members, police, first responders and emergency management. They also televised two sermons and aired on the radio twice. &ldquo;It was a very busy trip,&rdquo; said Ye Lim Kim, junior psychology major. &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t know that I was capable of doing that schedule for ten consecutive days...I now know that I am resilient and a good public speaker.&rdquo;</p> <p> Many of the people reached expressed gratitude and wondered when the team would return. &ldquo;Someone would stand up and say thank you for being here. Your mere presence reminds us we are not alone. Thank you for not forgetting us,&rdquo; said Ponce-Rodas.</p> <p> The entire Andrews team expressed their willingness to go back and serve if the opportunity arose, and they are currently trying to find financial support to return.</p> <p> For more information from the trip, visit the mission team&rsquo;s Facebook at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>. To contribute financially, visit&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> Thu, 03 May 2018 17:42:55 +0000 Andrews Speaks 003: MLKing Vigil <p> Welcome to the third episode of the Andrews Speaks podcast. This episode is a recording of an event held at Andrews University commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Michael Nixon, vice&nbsp;president for Diversity &amp; Inclusion, coordinated the vigil as the opening event for the <a href="">2018 Social Consciousness Summit</a>.</p> <p> Speakers include Andrea Luxton, Andrews University president, Congressman Fred Upton, and Dwight K. Nelson, Pioneer Memorial Church lead pastor. Also, Troy Patterson Thomas powerfully performs portions of five of King&rsquo;s speeches.</p> <p> <iframe allow="autoplay" frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src=";color=%23b5d9eb&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_teaser=true" width="600"></iframe></p> <p> Because of copyright issues, we regretfully had to delete three portions of the event recording&mdash;a video clip of John Legend, a YouTube video of Robert F. Kennedy announcing King&rsquo;s murder, and a live performance of &ldquo;Take My Hand, Precious Lord,&rdquo; by Tacyana Nixon and Christopher Whitaker.</p> <p> We invite you to subscribe to this podcast on <a href="">iTunes</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href=";refid=stpr">Stitcher</a>.</p> <p> <strong>SHOW NOTES</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>The MLK Commemorative Vigil</strong><br /> <strong>50 Years Later&hellip; Are We Living the Dream?</strong></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> <em>What is Your Life&rsquo;s Blueprint?*</em></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Reflection #1 and Opening Prayer&mdash;Pastor Dwight Nelson, lead pastor, Pioneer Memorial Church</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> <em>Letter From a Birmingham Jail*</em></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Reflection #2&mdash;Andrea Luxton, president, Andrews University</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Reflection #3&mdash;Congressman Fred Upton, U.S. Representative (MI-06)</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> <em>I Have a Dream*</em></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Reflection #4&mdash;Nicholas Miller, director of Religious Liberty and Public Affairs, Lake Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Reflection #5&mdash;Carmelo Mercado, general vice president, Lake Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> <em>How Long, Not Long*</em></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Reflection #6&mdash;Michael Nixon, vice&nbsp;president for Diversity &amp; Inclusion, Andrews University</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Reflection #7&mdash;Taurus Montgomery, senior pastor, Harbor of Hope SDA Church.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> <em>I&rsquo;ve Been to the Mountaintop*</em></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> &quot;Take My Hand, Precious Lord&quot;&mdash;Tacyana Nixon (vocalist) &amp; Christopher Whitaker (pianist)</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Closing Remarks and Prayer&mdash;Jeff Boyd, executive&nbsp;director, Adventist Peace Fellowship and research&nbsp;support specialist for the Andrews University Office of Research &amp; Creative Scholarship</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> <em>*These speeches performed by Troy Patterson Thomas</em></p> <p> <strong>CONCLUSION</strong></p> <p> Thank you, listeners, for joining us for this episode. We hope you enjoyed the event recording, and we invite you to subscribe to this podcast on <a href="">iTunes</a> or <a href="">Stitcher</a>.</p> <p> Our theme music is &ldquo;<a href="">Onward</a>&rdquo; by Podington Bear, and it was accessed at the Free Music Archive.</p> <p> Until our next story, let&rsquo;s go Seek Knowledge, Affirm Faith and Change the World.</p> <p> <strong>CREDITS</strong></p> <p> Event Coordinator: Michael Nixon, Office of Diversity &amp; Inclusion<br /> Theme Music: &ldquo;Onward&rdquo; by Podington Bear (<a href="">Free Music Archive</a>)<br /> Sound Engineer &amp; Producer: Jeff Boyd, Office of Research &amp; Creative Scholarship<br /> Executive Producer: Gillian Sanner, Integrated Marketing &amp; Communication<br /> Copyright: &copy;2018 Andrews University</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 17:19:09 +0000