Apr 2, 2014
Expanding our options for more students
by Cody Francis, Dean of the College
What are these shorter courses?
We are excited to be rolling out some new courses that combine the strengths of our regular four-year curricula with more flexibility. We have developed one-year and two-year courses in Health Ministry and Bible. Another new option is a one-year Gospel Medical Missionary course, which combines elements from the one-year health and Bible courses. We are custom-tailoring shorter courses in Christian Media Management and Childbirth Education, as well.
Why are you offering these courses?
Many people would love to take one of our full four-year programs, but are limited in time or finances. Others feel called to be doctors or work in other professions for which we do not offer courses, but would like to become grounded in the Bible or natural remedies before pursuing professional degrees. In order to provide programs that would benefit those in these categories, we are expanding the options that we offer.
What makes these courses unique?
While there are many other short training courses, few offer a full academic year that combines in-depth study, practical labor, and outreach activities in a wholesome Christian environment. We strive to follow the balanced Spirit of Prophecy counsels regarding a country setting, agriculture, missionary work, and so forth.
For those wanting a balance of gospel and medical ministry, the one-year Gospel Medical Missionary course is an excellent option. You will take the strong Bible classes: Conversion & Righteousness by Faith and Fundamentals of the Christian Faith. Then you could take either Daniel and Revelation or Life & Teachings I and II, spending time studying Jesus’ ministry. For the health segment, you will take the highly practical classes: Principles of Medical Ministry, Massage, and Hydrotherapy. You will also receive opportunities to apply your skills in various outreach classes doing health fairs, conducting cooking classes, or giving personal Bible studies.
For those desiring to focus primarily on health, the one-year Health Ministry program would be an excellent preparation for practical medical missionary work or a foundation to utilize while pursuing other programs. This course includes the foundational Bible classes: Conversion & Righteousness by Faith and Fundamentals of the Christian Faith. You will also have the opportunity to take Massage, Hydrotherapy, and Anatomy & Physiology I and II, along with other advanced health and outreach classes specifically designed to help you do health expos, deliver health lectures, and conduct cooking schools. You will also have the option of taking the CNA certification class!
There are others whose interest lies primarily in advanced Bible studies. In addition to attending the foundational Bible classes, you will have the opportunity to spend a year either studying the New Testament gospels and epistles, plus the book of Acts—or diving more deeply into the Old Testament chronologies and prophetic books, along with Daniel and Revelation. In addition to writing your own commentaries, Bible studies, and sermons, you will take practical classes: Evangelism, Speech & Homiletics, and the Bible outreach classes, in which you will learn how to go door-to-door, prepare a church for evangelism, and many other vital aspects.
What could I do after completing these courses?
After successfully finishing any one-year program, you will receive a certificate of successful completion. There are many calls for Bible workers, and the Lord could certainly open doors in these areas. Medical missionaries with the CNA certification could minister to people individually in their homes or find employment in the medical field, having the added medical missionary knowledge that could not be obtained from a secular course. Others could minister in their local churches and neighborhoods as lay medical missionaries.
Who would benefit from these courses?
All who want more knowledge along biblical or medical ministry lines would be greatly blessed. These could be retired individuals desiring to use their “golden years” in active missionary work, but not knowing where to start. They could be young people who are not sure what their calling is yet, but want to be equipped in these areas, or others who want to become more active in ministry, but do not know how. Students who feel called to pursue professional degrees will greatly benefit by being fortified with biblical and health knowledge first. In short, if you or someone you know wants to work for God—this could be just what you are looking for! Do not hesitate to call our admissions office at 540-672-3100 ext 308, or email email@example.com.
Feb 25, 2014
New donation methods have been made available to our supporters.
by Staff Writers
“In October, we learned of a donor who would finalize a charitable gift annuity to benefit our ministry—but it needed to be finalized before the end of 2013,” relates Norbert Restrepo, president of Hartland Institute.
The time had come for Hartland to start to offer planned giving (PG) resources to its supporters. “These can include will and bequest planning, gift and estate planning, and charitable gift annuities,” explains Richard Reichard, director of Stewardship Ministries.
Richard had attended a Planned Giving Startup Seminar last year in June. Then in August, Hartland’s administration learned of Western Adventist Foundation (WAF). “Their commission is to make many PG instruments available to Seventh-day Adventist organizations, including Hartland,” Richard informs us. “We firmly believed that it would be in our best interest if we could utilize WAF to offer PG resources to our donors.”
There was a catch, though. “WAF requires the organizations they serve to document their commitment to the Seventh-day Adventist faith in their corporate documents,” shares Norbert, “so WAF’s attorney proposed two amendments to Hartland’s Articles of Incorporation.” Hartland’s administrative committee, bylaws committee, and board all voted in favor of making these changes.
Yet the proposed amendments to Hartland’s Articles of Incorporation still needed to be approved by its constituency. Just under the wire on December 19, Hartland held a special constituency meeting for the sole purpose of considering these amendments. The constituents unanimously voted, “Yes.” Planned giving has reached Hartland.
But what is a charitable gift annuity?
First, the term annuity means “…an investment that pays someone a fixed amount of money each year.”1 Charitable gift annuity refers to “a type of gift transaction where an individual transfers assets to a charity in exchange for a tax benefit and a lifetime annuity [income].”2 For one that benefits Hartland, there are three steps:
The donor gives cash or other property to WAF with a designation to benefit Hartland.
The donor benefits from an income tax deduction, and WAF pays him/her a fixed monthly amount based on the donor’s age, current rates, and other market variables at the beginning of the annuity.
The annuity ends at the death of the donor and their spouse (if included), at which time WAF transfers the remaining principal to Hartland.
If you are interested in investigating a charitable gift annuity, you may call Richard Reichard at 540-672-1995 or Jim Brown of Western Adventist Foundation at 1-866-365-5595. Richard concludes, “Planned giving resources will help us in the long run. With this, we are investing in the future of Hartland Institute—not merely in our immediate operations.”
Feb 25, 2014
“What took you so long? I’ve been waiting for the Seventh-day Adventist group for six years!” exclaimed a young inmate at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. Since June 14, 2013, volunteers from Hartland College Prison Ministry (HCPM) have been giving Bible studies at this facility.
“The very first day we arrived, one woman told us that someone gave her the book Christ Object Lessons, but she never knew which denomination they were,” relates Ivonne Restrepo. “The book moved her heart to the point where she wanted to know more about the author—Ellen G. White.
“Then someone told her that Ellen was a Seventh-day Adventist. So when she heard that Adventist volunteers were coming to give Bible studies, she immediately signed up. She lent the book to another inmate so she could read it.”
Ivonne adds, “The Holy Spirit was working on the women way before we came. That very much encouraged us.” Alexa Blair informs us, “Two of them want to be baptized and follow Jesus all the way.”
One inmate says, “This is the happiest I’ve ever been in my life.” Another shares, “I have not slept so soundly until I started attending the Seventh-day Adventist Bible study and listening to gospel music at nights and in the mornings.”
In the facility’s waiting area, the HCPM volunteers met the pastor and some members of the Love, Faith, and Hope Church—a nondenominational group of Sabbath keepers. These people give Bible studies to approximately 60 inmates. But how did they become Sabbath keepers?
In 2001, the still small voice spoke to the church elder: “Are you willing to die for Me?” “Die for you, Lord?” “Are you willing to suffer persecution for Me as I suffered for you?” “Yes, Lord. I am willing.” “I will send you a test that will seal My relationship with you. Look for the Sabbath in the Bible. This test will bring suffering and persecution.”
After the elder related the incident to his church, his pastor stated, “If this test will seal our relationship with Him, the Lord would have to show each one of us the same thing.” The church studied the subject from the Bible, and eventually they all chose to keep the seventh-day Sabbath.
The minister and his church were mentioned during the 30th anniversary presentation at Hartland’s 2013 camp meeting, which he and some of the members visited. “Every Friday, we enjoy having some time to talk and share with them,” says Ivonne.
Truly, prison ministry is a wonderful way to reach and meet special people!
Feb 24, 2014
by Staff Writers
This fall, four students are pioneering Hartland’s first Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program. Cody Francis, the new academic dean of Hartland College, explains why the course has been added: “We want to offer more programs that will enable our students to have viable ‘tent-making’ trades. CNA students will be eligible to take Virginia’s CNA state exam. This will enable our graduates to serve as medical missionaries in various capacities and to earn an income.”
“Medical ministry is an entering wedge to spreading the gospel locally and abroad,” adds Angela Stoffel, who is a registered nurse and the certified instructor for Hartland’s new CNA program. “Students who become certified CNAs can work in a variety of health fields that require basic nursing skills. While each facility has its own policies and procedures as to the level of care a CNA can give, the job opportunities for a CNA are numerous. Just to name a few—home health care, private duty, hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, respite and rehabilitation centers, and health outreach or health education programs.”
Who is eligible to apply for the program? “While we want to certify all our Health Ministry majors as CNAs before they begin working with patients in our Lifestyle Education Center, you do not have to be a Health Ministry major to apply to our CNA program. Students taking other majors at Hartland, as well as those who just desire a short training course, may also apply to our CNA training program,” Cody Francis clarifies.
The current pilot program will run for about 8 to 10 weeks. “We are evaluating the schedule and the required hours to best suit the students who need to take state CNA certification exams. In the future, our plan is to offer the CNA program as a summer intensive,” Angela Stoffel explains.
Cody Francis concludes, “Wherever there is a need for a CNA, our graduates will be able to work. And those who do home health care will be able to minister individually to many people physically and spiritually. It is a wonderful medical missionary opportunity!”
Feb 19, 2014
“It was great to see the people’s emphasis on health,” says Joseph, who lives in Culpeper.
“I want to have something like the greenhouses here for myself, but I think I’ll come here once a week, or every couple weeks, to get my fresh green vegetables. I know they’ll be healthy for me.”
On November 3, 2013, Hartland Natural Farm welcomed people from the surrounding communities this time to our fall festival. The visitors received a farm tour, and the Health Outreach class gave free chair massages and blood pressure checks. They also checked body mass index and health age.
Delicious food samples were given to the guests. The college cafeteria served potato salad, and Karine Sanchez served her tasty kale tomato soup with lentil “meatballs.” Students preparing to venture to the Bahamas and India sold cookies and cupcakes to finance their mission trips.
Last but not least, the visitors were able to buy fresh homegrown produce—beets, collard greens, lettuce, potatoes, radishes, spinach, Swiss chard, and winter onions.
“I liked learning about the greenhouses and how they work. It was really interesting to see how asparagus grows and how it takes almost three years for it to get to fruition. I did like the massage, too,” says David, another Culpeper resident.
Mary, David’s wife, adds, “I enjoyed learning about how the vegetables are grown, cared for, harvested, and the impor- tance of their nutrient value. I learned that you can go grocery shopping out here for healthier food choices. And the massages and the taste testing were great.”
Joseph concludes, “It’s good to see people learning to use the land to raise their own food as God intended. The fact that they’re eating a vegetarian diet like Daniel did is good, as well. I hope a lot of these good health habits will rub off on me—that I’ll pick up on them myself.”
Feb 19, 2014
Hartland happily announces the addition of Cody to its ministry team. Please pray for him as he assumes his new, weighty responsibilities.
How and when did you hear about Hartland?
Right around when I was baptized as a Seventh-day Adventist over 20 years ago, the friends who gave us Bible studies also told us about Hartland. I desired to study at Hartland, but the Lord directed elsewhere.
What did you do before coming here?
I lived in Washington, outside of Seattle. There I was the lay pastor of a church that the Lord used me, along with some others, to plant around six years ago.
How else have you served God since you became a Seventh-day Adventist?
I am very thankful to the Lord for allowing me to serve Him in various ways. I began working full-time for the Lord at age 18 as a Bible worker. It was a great joy giving Bible studies and sharing Jesus’ love with people individually in their homes. Then the Lord opened doors for me to become involved in public evangelism. A church elder asked me to conduct a series of meetings in another town where we had been doing literature distribution. After giving that series of meetings, I began receiving requests to hold more evangelistic meetings in the US and other countries. Over the past 15 plus years, the Lord has given me more than 40 opportunities to evangelize in Europe, Africa, and North and South America.
For the last 13 years, I have been directing Mission Projects International. This ministry not only helps mission work by doing evangelism, but also by supplying the local workers on the ground with tools for them to evangelize and do soul-winning efforts after the evangelistic series is over. I have enjoyed being able to oversee the building of churches, schools, mission stations, printing projects, and more in multiple countries.
How did God lead you to Hartland?
I have always had a burden, not only for evangelism, but also for evangelistic training. Many times while conducting evangelism, we have held field training schools, as well. I have also had the privilege of working with Hartland students as interns at our church in Washington State and in overseas mission work. As Hartland’s need for help arose and our burden for training young people for evangelistic missionary service grew, the Lord put the pieces together and opened the path for us to come to Hartland. So as we prayed that the Lord would direct our steps in ministry for Him, He convicted us that it was now time to unite our efforts with Hartland in training workers for these last days.
Hartland hired me to serve as dean of the college—a position that I am not qualified to fill, but I trust that the Lord will give me the grace and wisdom which the position demands. I greatly appreciate the many years of faithful service from my predecessor, Joong Ho Shin, and I am thankful that he will continue to guide me in my learning process.
What do you like most about Hartland?
The students with their youthful zeal, vision, and energy to serve the Lord. There is no greater joy than seeing young people who make or renew their commitment to the Lord. Then to see God bless their efforts as they go out to serve lost mankind, pointing people to the Savior and sharing the last message of mercy, makes our efforts worthwhile.
What is your vision for the college, and how do you plan to make it a reality?
Hartland has rendered a tremendous service for 30 years. The vision of Hartland College—“educating for eternity”—is my vision for the college. Educating the students to live throughout eternity, training them to serve the lost world today, and encouraging them in their ministry until Jesus comes, are my priorities. Hartland will continue to be very strong in solid Bible instruction, and my desire is to strengthen the evangelistic thrust of each major so that whether preaching, teaching, healing, or designing media, evangelism and saving souls will be the heart and core. I would also like to expand our program so that not only will we offer our traditional four-year courses, but also shorter, focused and intensive classes and tracks to enable others to experience the joys of learning and serving in ministry.
Jan 29, 2013
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November 6, 2012
Dear Hartland Friends,
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Let me share a recent story about how effective this magazine is in finding people ready for God’s last-day message.
A few weeks ago, our sales manager returned a reader’s call. His wife answered: “We’re trying to figure out how we got your magazine, ‘Back to Basics.’ We live with our children and they aren’t religious. We’re born-again Baptists and love the Lord. You can imagine how surprised we were to find this magazine on their coffee tableWe read it from cover to cover and want more copies! We also want to sign up for a subscription and sponsor some of our friends, too!”
“Back to Basics” is our special issue on the Thee Angels’ Messages and the law of God. This sincere couple “ate it up!”
Every year at this time we offer great discounts on subscriptions to Last Generation magazine so that you can send God’s truth to your friends, co-workers, and family. We regularly feature topics that interest all people—health, current events, family, the life of faith, personal conversion stories, and stories of Christians throughout history. We weave the Seventh-day Adventist message into these features in an easy-to-read format.
Last Generation comes six times a year. Our regular subscription price is $15. We offer a $12 subscription price for 10 or more addresses and a $10 subscription price for 20 or more addresses. We have great discounts on bulk quantities sent to one address, too. If we receive your order before the end of 2012, you will qualify for a 5% discount, in addition to these great prices. This applies to any current subscriptions you renew between now and the end of the year as well.
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October 18, 2012
God has just opened an amazing door to reach Spanish-speaking people with the Thee Angels’ Messages. Last Generation magazine has prepared a Spanish edition of “Back to Basics” entitled “Regresando a lo Básico.” Just like its English predecessor, it presents the Three Angels’ Messages in an easily understood, color format, entirely in Spanish!
The English edition, “Back to Basics,” is already doing a great work. Kelly, our sales and subscriptions manager, shares a recent story of how it is impacting readers.
“Recently, I received a phone call from a lady who found a copy of ‘Back to Basics’ on her son’s coffee table She was ecstatic about the content of the magazine and wanted to purchase subscriptions for herself and for a number of her friends. She is a dedicated, born-again Baptist, but her son is not religious. How had he gotten the magazine, she wondered? The only thing we could conclude was that her son had purchased it from one of our colporteurs in a store parking lot not far from his home.”
The same kind of exciting stories could be happening when you share copies of “Regresando a lo Básico.” How can you purchase copies?
We can pass on substantial savings when you purchase quantities of “Regresando a lo Básico” before we print. If you reserve your copies before November 30, 2012, we will honor the prices quoted below. These prices include shipping. Prices after we print will be higher and will not include shipping. Perhaps several families or your entire church can go in together to get the best price. I’ll be eagerly waiting to hear your stories!
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