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Reaching Through Teaching

Mar 3, 2015

Hartland students share Jesus with South Koreans
by Diane Crawford

The South Korea mission trip this past summer was an unexpected blessing. Fundraising, visa challenges, and other obstacles kept us on our knees, yet prayer after prayer was answered. The Lord also led us to work with a Korean pastor who spoke English well and a local church family that was mission-driven.

In South Korea, the greatest felt need of the people is to learn English. Our goal was to introduce them to Jesus—their real need—through teaching English as a second language. For ten days, we taught children, teenagers, and adults in the small town of Tongyeong. Some of our students were not Christians, so it was a joy to have the opportunity to share about God. We taught English through the Creation story, the eight laws of health, and Bible memorization. With our older students, we practiced conversational English through thematic Bible stories emphasizing topics such as love, courage, and hope. Students often stayed long after class to continue these discussions and didn’t want to go home!

When we weren’t teaching, we focused on building relationships with our students. “Music really bonded us together,” says David Wells, a Pastoral Evangelism student. “One evening our class had a ‘Music Night,’ in which everyone presented a musical selection. That special time together changed our relationship from teacher-student to one of friendship and brotherhood.”

On the day of departure, our hearts were heavy not only from separating from new friends, but from one of our team members. Tulia Lomani, a Bible Instruction student from Fiji, shares how God turned her mishap into a divine appointment.

“Because I was missing an important document when I got to the airport, I was left behind. During my two extra weeks in Seoul, I got to spend an evening with Audrey, one of our students who is a Buddhist. We shared about our lives, and I told her my testimony. She seemed so receptive and asked me to pray about some things in her life. So we prayed together—a Seventh-day Adventist and a Buddhist. I am so thankful for that opportunity. I pray that she will one day accept Jesus as her Lord and Savior.”

Reaching by teaching is a modern-day example of Christ’s ministry. It created opportunities to form friendships, to sympathize with people’s cares, meet their needs, win their confidence, and encourage them to follow Jesus. Please join us in praying for the hearts in which seeds of Jesus’ love were planted last summer—that, by God’s grace, in heaven we may be reunited with our dear friends!

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Discouragement Turned to Joy

Mar 3, 2015

Students learn lessons of perseverance and trust in God through literature evangelism.

Grabbing hold of the door handle of a small town business, I sent up a quick prayer. It had not been a good morning. No one wanted to talk or listen, and most of the businesses had asked me to leave. Thoughts of giving up started to seep in, but I was determined that God had something special in store for me. Mustering up my courage, I pushed the door open and walked inside.

As soon as I walked in, I was greeted by the loveliest elderly couple. They invited me to sit down, and before I could even start to talk, I was bombarded with a barrage of questions: “What are you doing? Where are you from? What faith are you? What do you believe?” We found out that we had many things in common, like being from the same country, and we were able to exchange words in our native tongue. They were even acquainted with the family I was staying with! Although they were attending a Methodist church, they were both studying the Scriptures and had recently started looking into Seventh-day Adventist beliefs.

I had walked in at the right time. They looked through all the books I offered, struggling over which to pick. I was so happy when they chose Bible Answers and The Great Controversy! This experience taught me that God can take any negative circumstance and turn it into the most beautiful blessing. – Lidia Sobor, Christian Secondary Education, Australia.

It had been a discouraging day as I canvassed businesses. I stopped in a parking lot to pray, and as soon as I opened my eyes, I saw Greg. I approached him and canvassed him, and he invited me into his car dealership.

His wife seemed apprehensive and uninterested, but Greg was determined to help me. He chose some books, then wrote me a generous check.
When I asked if I could pray for them, Greg’s wife’s apprehension melted as she asked me to pray for her daughter. As soon as I finished the prayer, she grabbed me in a teary-eyed hug, her burden relieved, and Greg gave me another donation in gratitude.

It was truly a blessed experience, and as I left that place I had to stop again, but this time, to praise God. – Vernal Roseval, Christian Elementary Education, USA.

The one life-changing lesson God seems to consistently teach me is trusting in Him. One such experience happened while canvassing in Michigan.

I met a lady who seemed genuinely interested in the cookbook and Peace Above the Storm (also known as Steps to Christ). “I need to go to the bank to get the money,” she told me. “Are you going to be here for long?” I said I would, and that I would wait for her. Recalling the testimony of one of my leaders on a similar situation, I let her take the books as an incentive to come back with the money. Unfortunately, she neverreturned, and I was “in the hole.” My leader came to pray with me and encourage me, and I continued canvassing, clinging to God’s promises to supply my needs.
By evening, I was still “in the hole.” Yet, I knew the Lord was going to bless, and I pressed forward with urgency. I wanted to receive my blessing!

That blessing came in the form of a young mother. After I shared the books with her and talked a bit about what I’m studying, she asked, “How much are the books?” I gave her a large range of $30-$100, praying that God would soften her heart and impress her to give generously. When she handed me a $100 bill, I was flabbergasted. I tried to give her more books, but she politely declined. “I would just like to have these two. The rest of the money is for your schooling.”

As I left her house, my heart overflowed with joy and my eyes with water. Once again the Lord had shown me that “blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.” Psalm 34:8. – Daniel Raullerson, Health Ministry, USA.

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A Lady with a Mission

Mar 2, 2015

“Through the Missionary Training Fund, I can fulfill my desire to be trained as a missionary.”
By Rachel Perry

Momota Koyal grew up in India, where education is the privilege of few. Providentially, from an early age, she attended the Springs of Life mission school, where she learned about Jesus and how to study the Bible. “Springs of Life not only taught me to read and write,” says Momota, “but also showed me the way to my Savior.” She was baptized in 2006 with a determination to enter the army of God and reach other lives for Him.

Today, thanks to your gifts, Momota is studying Elementary Education at Hartland College. “I didn’t want to go to a school where I will get only mental knowledge and no practical training. I chose Hartland because I wanted to get an all-around education from a Christian perspective.”

“Hartland is preparing me in every way for life,” Momota continues. “They let me teach and practice my skill at the elementary school. They are also teaching me different trades, so that wherever I go I can make a living and teach others to do the same.”

All who know Momota know her as a young lady with a mission. Her eyes burn with intensity as she shares her vision: “I plan to go back to India and teach the children who can’t afford to pay for school. I want to set up an elementary school for unfortunate people to be educated and learn about Christ. So many people there have no idea about a loving Savior. I want to show them purpose in life and Someone who cares.” Already, Momota is acting on this vision. This summer, she will return to India with a team of six other students and two staff members to conduct Bible seminars, help the local midwifery program, offer community health expos, and share how Jesus can change lives.

“God will make a way when there seems to be no way.” These are the words to Momota’s favorite song, and they have been very true in her journey. “My spiritual walk continues to grow every day as God provides,” she testifies. “I no longer worry about finances for school. Sometimes money comes and I don’t even know where it is from. It is always the exact amount I need. Even my books somehow get paid for.”

Because of your gifts to the Missionary Training Fund, Momota is able to attend Hartland College and prepare for her life calling. “You are opening the door for many to know the Savior and be saved for eternity through your investment,” she says. “Thank you!”

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My Burden for Southern Africa

Dec 11, 2014

“I have a renewed zeal to reach the unreached,” says Lindelinkosi.
by Lindelinkosi Nyoni as told to Kevin Wahl

When I was about 11, Mother asked me to share something during evening worship. While sharing, I was strongly impressed that the Lord wanted me to do ministry work. I’m majoring in Pastoral Evangelism because this is the training that will prepare me for my calling.

I served the Lord for over 13 years as a lay preacher before coming to Hartland College. I helped conduct evangelistic seminars, house-to-house evangelism, and missionary work in Zimbabwe, Botswana, and South Africa. Then I came to study at Hartland.

Since arriving, I’ve been challenged to have a greater understanding of the things I believe as a Seventh-day Adventist, and to become more qualified to teach these biblical truths that we hold dear. I’m enjoying the opportunity to be in a college where I can study the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy as a part of my preparation, and I’m looking forward to going back to the mission field with renewed zeal and the advantage of formal training.

Also, I’ve been exposed to people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and races. This has enriched the experience I had with the peoples of Southern Africa. I’ve been particularly impressed by the fact that God’s truth transcends culture, race, and geography. It is amazing how His truth pulls out people from any culture and joins them to one family of faith, sharing common beliefs and practices. I have an expanded understanding of the fact that the gospel is “the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.” Romans 1:16. I’ve been encouraged, and I can see in a new way that His truth is marching on and will triumph gloriously.

My greatest desires are to train young people for missionary work, to reach the unreached, and to prepare a people for the Lord’s coming. I’m here to learn many new ways of doing ministry so I can add richness to the many methods that we use back home. I plan to teach at one of our seminaries or serve as a chaplain in a university. In either position, I intend to be actively involved in reaching the unreached regions of Southern Africa.

Finally, I’m very grateful for all who support the Missionary Training Fund, which helps me and several other students to be trained for ministry. I thank every one of you for being an instrument in God’s hand. May the Lord richly bless and prosper you. Be faithful unto the end, and you will receive your reward for your wonderful work of helping the students in need.

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Traveling to Hartland

Sep 8, 2014

by Alexi Garcia

After I received the acceptance letter from Hartland and with it the opportunity to become a Missionary Training Fund student, I went to the American Embassy in Venezuela. They told me to talk in English and I did not know much of that language, so most of my answers were “Yes” or “No.” When they asked me to explain my bank account balance and how I would pay, I said, “Let me speak Spanish.” It went well and they approved my visa.

But on the day of my flight I needed to pray hard. I knew my I-20 was not up-to-date due to government problems. It went well until I arrived at Atlanta International Airport and I faced the reality of being in a place where I didn’t know the language. Because of the I-20, they sent me to immigration and I waited there about two hours.

When they finally called me, they checked all my papers and then told me I could not be in the United States. I thought, If God brought me this far, He needs to do something. I smiled and waited and then they asked me, “What are you going to study?” I answered, “Pastoral Evangelism.” The man looked at me and asked, “Is that something religious?” I replied, “Yes, I am a Seventh-day Adventist Christian.” He then said, “I have never heard of that church before, yet because you are a Christian I will let you into the country, but you need to fix your I-20. Welcome to the United States.”

After I finished there, I missed my flight and had no idea how to communicate with the airline assistant. She asked me for money to buy a new ticket. But after she checked my flight itinerary, she said to me, “Go to Dulles International Airport. We have a promotion today that all students get to fly for free, so you don’t need to pay.” I was happy and just thanked the Lord for such an experience.
On March 4, 2013, I arrived at Hartland safely and in really good condition. My journey to Hartland was a real experience of faith for me. God indeed showed me that it was His will for me to be here, and now I’m glad I chose to follow God’s plan for my life.

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Where He Leads, He Provides

Sep 8, 2014

by Jennifer Sarria Cifuentes as told to Kelly Ostrom

My name is Jennifer Sarria Cifuentes. I am a Christian Media major from Colombia, South America. I was not born a Seventh-day Adventist; I came into the message with my family. As we followed the light God gave us, we moved to the country and joined a self-supporting ministry. I became acquainted with Hartland from the interns and graduates who came to share their Bible knowledge and by observing how God was working in their lives.

I worked on the production team for the ministry’s publication. We printed testimonies and other helpful articles. I wasn’t really trained for that work, but I learned from brothers in the ministry and let God use what little knowledge and talent I had. I was motivated by the way people responded and by our increasing print orders. I knew I needed more tools to do a better job, and as I saw the need and prayed about it, I realized that God was leading me to pursue training in media ministry.

My family did not have the finances for me to study at Hartland. Since we went into ministry, God has provided and cared for our needs; so when I was accepted to receive help from the Missionary Training Fund, I knew it was God’s provision for my education.

I would like to share one important testimony about how God has provided since I came to Hartland.

When I started my first school term, it became evident that I needed a computer—but I had no money to buy one. One day I opened my mailbox and saw a slip indicating I had received a package. I didn’t know anyone who would send me anything, but there was a medium-size box with my name on it, and inside was a computer for my schooling and a note saying, “This is from the Lord, who knows all things. ” I was very moved. I knew only God could impress someone to do that.
Likewise, I do not know those of you whom God has used to make my education here possible, but I am very grateful to each of you. No human reward is greater than what God can give for each voluntary effort or sacrifice you make to support us. Your investment helps me and others to develop for better service. Your gift helps me to finish so I can return to my country and provide well-designed spiritual material, especially for youth. Thank you.

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Called to Teach the Bible

Aug 19, 2014

God chose Alexi to fill a great need in Venezuela.
by Kevin Wahl

“I was about to finish my health studies at Las Delicias Institute in Venezuela when the institute’s director told me about Hartland College,” shares sophomore Alexi Garcia. “He wanted me to develop more in the area of Bible, because Las Delicias has a big need for Bible teachers. After I graduated from Las Delicias, I received the acceptance letter from Hartland.”

Alexi chose to major in Pastoral Evangelism. “There is a great work to do in my country—teaching youth how to study the Bible and share it through their personal experience and walk with God. It was not an easy decision because I wanted to further my health studies. But after several prayers, God showed me His will. I received my visa and flew to America.”

What have been Alexi’s most important experiences at Hartland? “I’ve learned the importance of having a deep connection with God and how to have it, which for me is the substance of what being a Christian really is.

“I can say that for a foreign language student it is hard, but worth it. In less than one year I could speak English and understand my classes and the people around me. I appreciate the opportunity God has given me to learn in an intellectual, social, and practical way the lessons that will make me a better servant.

“Also, the testimonies of the staff and students, and how everyone is willing to help you in your spiritual experience, have taught me what being a missionary really is.”

What will Alexi do when he returns home? “I’ll teach Bible classes at Las Delicias, and help with their lifestyle center, farm, and outreach activities.”

When Hartland accepted Alexi, he received the opportunity to be a Missionary Training Fund (MTF) student. Could Alexi have come if it were not for the MTF? “No, because I have no way to pay for my studies since money from my parents wouldn’t be enough, as the currency in my country is much lower than the US dollar.”

Alexi concludes by thanking those who give to the MTF. “I’m very thankful for all the support you give to us, because it helps to spread the gospel around the world. I know that for each student it is a blessing to be here, but without your help we MTF students would not able to reach the high calling God has for us. Thank you so much, and I know God will give back what you have given to us—not just in money, but also in health and spiritual growth.”

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Questions & Answers Regarding Tithe

Aug 19, 2014

By Cody Francis, Dean of the College

On June 6, 2014, Hartland’s Board of Directors voted that beginning July 1, 2014, the institution will no longer accept donations designated as tithe from known Seventh-day Adventist church members. This brief article seeks to answer why Hartland is taking this step of faith.

Why does Hartland no longer accept donations designated as tithe?

Paul stated, “I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” 1 Corinthians 9:22. Paul’s overarching desire was to lead men and women to our Savior that they may be saved for His kingdom. He was willing to do anything possible without compromising principle to achieve this one great aim. Another time he said, “But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably…. It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.” Romans 14:15, 21.

Paul would give up any right without sacrificing principle in order to not offend others or to increase his ability to minister for the salvation of souls. We have taken this lesson to heart. Our tithe acceptance has built unnecessary barriers between us and our brethren in the denomination. We believe it is our Christian duty to do all in our part to remove these roadblocks.

Is this decision in accordance with the Spirit of Prophecy?

There were times when Sister White gave her tithe and the tithe of others to neglected southern workers, Bible workers, and others. From this we realize that it is not wrong for an individual to take personal responsibility in the giving of their tithe. Yet Sister White does recommend a “better way.”

“You ask if I will accept tithe from you and use it in the cause of God where most needed. In reply I will say that I shall not refuse to do this, but at the same time I will tell you that there is a better way. It is better to put confidence in the ministers of the conference where you live and in the officers of the church where you worship. Draw nigh to your brethren. Love them with a true heart fervently, and encourage them to bear their responsibilities faithfully in the fear of God.”2 Thus there is nothing in the Spirit of Prophecy that Hartland would be violating with this decision.

How will this decision be a blessing to the work of Hartland?

By seeking to be peacemakers and do all in our part while not compromising principle, we gain the blessing of being “called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9. While Hartland cannot unite with those who are promoting false doctrines, there are many faithful brethren that we can unite with in proclaiming the Three Angels’ Messages.

Like-minded believers working together will increase the effectiveness of everyone’s ministry for the Lord. This will open up many more doors for our students and graduates to minister more effectively to souls within and without the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It will help to remove the barrier of prejudice that has hindered the witness within the church of many Hartland staff and students.

It will also open up doors for us to share our unique calling and mission with more potential students, possible lifestyle guests, and others interested in the special work that God has given Hartland to do. We believe that our seeking to unite upon the high standard of present truth with our brethren will be a blessing to God’s work in the church and in the world, ultimately leading to the salvation of more souls for His kingdom! Please pray with us that this will be the case.

How can I continue to support Hartland’s ministry?

There are exciting things happening in God’s work, and we believe that God has called Hartland “for such a time as this.” Esther 4:14. As we look to increase and expand the work at Hartland, we need your fervent prayers and support more than ever before. Our needs are much the same as before and here are some of our main funds:

Where Needed Most donations may be used anywhere in the institute according to the greatest need.

Ministry meets the needs of our Bible teachers and those engaged in various lines of ministry work.

Evangelism covers our many evangelistic projects including Bible studies, health ministry, literature ministry, and so forth.

Our Missionary Training Fund provides scholarships for worthy students to be trained as missionaries.

We greatly appreciate your partnership with us as we strive to train young people to spread the everlasting gospel. Together we can all have a part in preparing others for Jesus’ soon return.

1 White, Ellen G., The Spalding-Magan Collection, p. 215
2 White, Manuscript Releases, vol. 2, p. 101

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Flying Home

May 22, 2014

“My mission trip did not end in Fiji.”
by Matthew Farley

“Hi! How are you doing?” I asked the passenger seated next to me on my long flight home from Fiji.

“I’m fine,” my seatmate answered warily. She was dressed in black, had all kinds of piercings, and looked like a punk.
Smiling, I responded, “My name’s Matthew. It’s a pleasure to meet you!”
She glanced at me with a startled expression. Despite her initial shock, over the next five hours we began to talk. Soon I learned that 21-year-old Sophia was going through a hard time because her family had totally rejected her. They were angry with her because of her lifestyle and her piercings, among other things.

“They treat me that way because I have holes in my body, but they don’t know that they have holes in their own souls,” she stated. I simply listened as she shared the many issues she was facing and her personal beliefs, which were very different from mine. But I just sat there listening, and then said, “Wow! That is interesting.”

I continued, “I know you’ve had negative experiences with Christians, but if I had the time, I would share with you what God has shown me through His Word, and you would have a different perspective on Christianity.”
Then Sophia said, “Trust me, Matthew, I know.”
“What do you mean?” I asked.

She answered, “I can see it in your life. You are the first Christian who has ever talked to me and has ever made me feel like an actual person.”
But as I shared how Jesus changed my life, Sophia shed a tear from each eye. Then I asked, “Can you draw me a picture of Jesus being comforted by an angel?” She said, “Wow. I’ve never drawn anything like that before, but I think I can try.” She drew the picture in 10 minutes, and it impacted her life. She said, “Wow! This is amazing!”

After we talked more, she got my contact information and wanted to stay in touch. I gave her the book Steps to Christ, and she said, “I’m really going to read this book.”

And as we got off the plane, we took a picture together, and Sophia said, “Thank you so much, Matthew! You’re the coolest flight mate I’ve ever had!”
I told her, “It’s only the goodness of the Lord.” And that is just one of the several experiences where I’ve been able to share Jesus in my travels. Do you dare to do the same?

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Evangelism in Fiji

May 22, 2014

Groundwork is being laid for future ministry.
by Viliame Saqusaqu

On November 27, 2013, Matthew Farley and I traveled to my homeland of Fiji, and we were there till January 14, 2014. Although Christians make up 64.5% of Fiji’s population, only 3.9% is Seventh-day Adventist, and the remaining 35.5% of the population is not Christian.1 So missionary work needs to be done in Fiji.

On the island of Kadavu, we conducted classes on conversion and righteousness by faith for the Adventist church members. Then we ran a nine-night evangelistic series, presenting talks based on the Three Angels’ Messages. Before each talk, we delivered a 15-minute health lecture. It amazed us to see the Holy Spirit at work in peoples’ lives.
One night, I met a young man who had been struggling with planting Kava—a plant used to make alcoholic drinks. He told me, “After hearing the messages, I was convicted that now is the time for me to forsake what I’ve been doing and to follow the Lord’s will.”

Five non-Adventists who had never heard the Three Angels’ Messages faithfully attended the meetings. The last night, we appealed to the attendees to stand up if they accepted what they heard as the truth and wanted to learn more. All five stood up, desiring to receive Bible studies.
During the day, we often visited villages, offering free blood pressure checks, glucose level tests, and counseling on how to live a healthy lifestyle. We even entered the village of Kavala, where all the villagers are Methodist, and don’t allow other faiths or denominations to enter and spread their beliefs. But because we explained to the chief that we were doing medical missionary work, he gave us permission!

We began our work with the chief and his family, and then we went to the rest of the villagers. It was wonderful to witness medical ministry being the opening wedge for us to take the gospel to the people. Now we are planning to run an evangelistic series right in that village in the near future.

In Rakiraki, we held a five-day camp meeting, covering topics like conversion and righteousness by faith, and how to study the Bible. Then in Suva City, Fiji’s capital, and on the island of Vanua Levu, we held revival meetings for the Adventist churches. We spoke on individual preparation for the end-times and the importance of seeking God’s righteousness.
We also spent time doing personal evangelism. While traveling in a boat from one of the Yasawa islands to another, I conversed with a young man. We ended up talking about prophecy, and he asked what my opinion is on combining church and state. I did not tell him my own opinion, but what the Bible and history have to say. Then I gave him Amazing Facts’ latest DVD—The Bride, the Beast, and Babylon. The young man accepted and appreciated the gift.
Matthew shares the two things that impacted him the most on this mission trip: “God showed me that missionary work is your entire life. Whether you’re in a grocery store, in a restaurant, on a bus, on a plane, or wherever you are—witness, and just share, and don’t be ashamed to share Jesus.

“The Lord also taught me that the greatest mission field is your own heart. I came to know myself more through this mission trip. I got to search my heart and to see myself for who I really am. The closer we draw to Christ, the more we see ourselves for who we are.”

I also learned that there are always souls to reach and opportunities to give the gospel to anyone who has not heard what we believe. And from all those little witnessing opportunities, God can use us to change peoples’ lives for good and prepare them for the heavenly kingdom.

Finally, I would like to thank all the donors who supported our Fiji mission trip. Through your sacrifice, we were able to reach many people, and only eternity will reveal the results.

1 The World Factbook, www.cia.gov^

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