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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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Hartland Offers Shorter Courses!

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 admissions@hartland.edu.

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Publishing and Educating

Feb 25, 2014

Johnny and his friends use their unique talents to spread the gospel worldwide.
by Kevin Wahl

“It’s interesting. I really liked what probably most people would dislike about Hartland—the fact that it wasn’t easy,” says 2000 graduate Johnny Suarez.

“I always loved the vocational training that we got working outside in the garden, except when it was really cold, or really hot, or whenever I had to change clothes afterward because I needed to go to work in the office. I also remember living in Log Manor. Three people would be tightly squashed in one room. We slept where there was no heat, no cooling—but we survived.”

What did all that do for Johnny? “Those were unpleasant times, but you learn lessons from doing hard things. You look at hurdles differently after you’ve had to overcome them. Now in my professional life, so to speak, when I face a challenge it’s very little to me because I’ve faced many other challenges. Having to put forth stronger effort to accomplish a task becomes a lot easier. Overcoming adversities is a blessing.”

Did he like anything besides difficulties? “I really liked the spiritual atmosphere. The emphasis on constantly seeking the Lord and His blessing every day was a source of inspiration for me.”

Today Johnny is CEO of Pan de Vida Productions, a multimedia company based in Berrien Springs, Michigan. “We license and distribute audio, video, and printed materials in English and Spanish. We work with a variety of speakers and organizations to produce excellent spiritually uplifting resources.”

What else is he up to? “Just recently, I helped start another company called Sanare Life Corporation. Our job is to establish a publishing branch that can impact the secular realm. We’re trying to make our distinct ‘lifestyle to health’ message available to nonreligious people. We distribute what we call ‘nutritional kitchen resources,’ like the Give Them Something Better cookbook. We’re looking to produce more health resources so we can have a broader means of reaching the masses.”

Johnny and his coworkers also use their media resources “to educate, uplift, and inspire other individuals—religious or nonreligious—to take up the banner of truth. Then we know for a fact that they’ve been blessed by the materials, because now they want to know the spiritual component of our beliefs, which includes our doctrines and our love for Christ. Furthermore, we travel all over the world. We’ve held meetings in 39 countries. Our work does not limit us to one geographic location. So it keeps us busy. And of course, doing business can also mean furthering God’s message in this present world.” Amen!

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Ministry in Midwifery

Feb 25, 2014

Angeline desires to reach her fellow Kenyans for Christ by serving as a midwife.
by Kelly Ostrom

Hartland College will soon graduate its first Midwifery major. Meet Angeline Nyaata, a student from Kenya, Africa, who loves the Lord and ministering to His children. Here she shares about her internship experience in Tennessee:

“God allowed me to stay with a midwife and work closely with her and other midwives in her area. I learned from them how midwifery is a ministry. Apart from prenatal and postpartum visits and delivering babies, we prayed with mothers, visited former clients, and met our clients’ other needs. We cleaned homes, did hydrotherapy treatments, gave advice on other ailments for mothers or their family members, handed out literature, and visited with those who just needed company.”

Not everything about her internship was what Angeline expected. “Delivering babies has always sounded like a beautiful thing to do. However, there have been times when I have felt helpless during births and wondered if I would be able to handle certain situations.

“During these births I have found myself praying harder. I have prayed that God would keep me calm and give me the right words to say to the moms, that I could be of help to the midwife I was working with, for discernment, and for strength. And praise the Lord that His strength is made perfect in weakness! It has been after such hard or seemingly difficult births that mothers have commented on how calm and peaceful I seemed or what peace they felt as I reassured them.”

The training Angeline received at Hartland really helped in the field. “The health classes I took have really come in handy. Many of the mothers prefer natural remedies to allopathic methods. This gave me opportunities to share different natural remedies for complaints they experience during their pregnancy and other common ailments such as the common cold.
“On the other hand, I appreciate the Bible knowledge and the desire that Hartland instills in its students to study the Bible. This has been of great help when I met people who needed encouragement and when I was challenged to explain certain beliefs from the Bible.”

As her internship draws to an end, Angeline says: “I thank God for the many memorable experiences I have had during my internship. Being out in the field has given me a burden to use midwifery to reach out to families in need whether financially, physically, or spiritually. I long, by the grace of God, to go back to Kenya and help the mothers there.”
Please pray for Angeline as she continues to grow and serve in this ministry.

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Knowing Himself Better

Feb 25, 2014

David has learned more about his own needs and the needs of others.
by Kelly Ostrom

“I first heard about Hartland from a friend about a year after coming into the church,” says Pastoral Evangelism major David Symons, who comes from South Africa. “I was still becoming acquainted with the inspired writings of the Spirit of Prophecy. However, despite my ignorance, this school my friend spoke about really intrigued me.”

David is able to study at Hartland because of the Missionary Training Fund (MTF). He says that had it not been for the MTF, he would not have been able to afford to study here.

David has learned more about himself and he’s been drawn closer to God.
“God has used this place to expose my real character weaknesses as never before,” David shares. “This might sound like a bad thing, but it is really a great blessing, for in knowing these weaknesses, I am far more prone to turn to God and ask Him for strength.

“Through my various experiences and interactions here, I have learned the importance of keeping my walk with the Lord simple and to sacredly guard the time that I have with Him in the mornings and evenings. Also, through Hartland’s nursing home outreach, I have learned that the best way to overcome a spiritual decline is to become actively involved in service. Oftentimes I would feel discouraged and want to stay in my room and sulk, or at more serious times, pack up and go home. However, when I would go to the nursing home, I would be encouraged to continue my course and draw closer to Jesus.

“Another important lesson that I have learned is that of balancing mental and physical work. God has lessons for us not only in the Bible and other textbooks, but in nature as well. When I have worked outside, especially on the farm, I have learned many precious lessons, especially regarding the importance of self-denial and our need of the Holy Spirit.

“When I go back home, I would like to train people to be as self-sustaining and independent as possible. I want to teach them how to study the Bible for themselves, make their own natural treatments, and cook their own, healthful, plant-based foods. I want to follow the inspired command, ‘Educate, educate, educate!’”1

To those who give to the MTF, David would like to say how grateful he is for your assistance. “My dream of receiving training here at this wonderful school would have been impossible had it not been for your kind, freewill donations. May God bless you greatly in return for your kindness to me.”

1 White, Ellen G., Tetimonies for the Church, vol. 5, p. 590; vol. 7, p. 132

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Preparing to Be a Media Missionary

Feb 25, 2014

“I want to use my media skills to reach people in Colombia for Christ.”
by David Castellanos as told to Kelly Ostrom

“Hi, my name is David Castellanos. I’m a Christian Media Management major from Colombia. I’m also an MTF student, meaning I receive help from Hartland’s Missionary Training Fund for my studies. My experience here so far has been a great blessing. Not only do I get to study subjects I enjoy, but I get to grow in Christ and serve God as I study here.

Hartland is a place where young people can develop both physically and spiritually to work for God. One of the most important aspects of my education here has been working at Hartland Natural Farm. There I’ve learned practical skills and have been developing my character. Taking care of the plants, sowing, planting, and doing the different activities required to produce a harvest have drawn me closer to God. I’ve learned that in order to produce fruit, we have to work with perseverance, sacrifice, and dedication.

Back in my homeland, I knew that God had a calling for my life. I first studied at Las Delicias, a missionary school in Colombia. I heard about Hartland College after I began working as staff at there. Some of the other staff members told me about this school where I could continue studying to receive a better preparation. I’m really thankful for the MTF because without this fund, surely I wouldn’t be here. I’m sure it was God who made this possible.

Hartland has made the difference in my life. The fact that I’ve had to depend on the Lord to be able to study here and to have my personal needs met has helped me to pray more, to search for God every moment, and increase my faith in Him. Hartland has taught me that the things that we have here on this earth, we have only by the mercy of God, who provides for our daily needs.

I have a great burden for the work in Colombia, especially for Las Delicias. I plan to return there to help with the educational program by teaching some classes and working in the media department, doing projects to help both Adventists and non-Adventists.

To those who give to the MTF, thank you so much for greatly helping us. You’re making it possible for young people from all over the world to prepare to work for God.

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Partners in Ministry

Feb 24, 2014

You make “Educating for Eternity” possible!
by Richard Reichard, Stewardship Ministries Director

At the end of a year, we often review the year gone by. My blessings included my first grandson, a new son-in-law, and my mother turning 98. A challenge for me was my father passing away at 97, but even in this there is the blessing of knowing that he is resting, waiting for the Lord to call him.

For my parents as well as my wife and me, 3 John 4 summarizes our desire for our family to the third and fourth generation. “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

Hartland also purposes to see its “children” walk in truth. Hartland’s “children” are our college students, PVYBC campers, LEC guests, Last Generation readers, and so forth. Without you, fulfilling our God-given vision of “Educating for Eternity” would not be possible.

Two of our most important funds are the “Missionary Training Fund,” which supports worthy college students, and “Where Needed Most,” which fills the gaps, enabling other funds to do their job. In the coming year, I anticipate our being able to offer you Charitable Gift Annuities, which have a number of tax benefits for donors.

Some might not realize Hartland’s size and complexity. Having a college, youth camp, lifestyle center, outreach magazine, and more, means our needs are larger than those of ministries comprised of one person and a few support staff. Almost 50 staff members are necessary to operate this multifaceted ministry.

As I’m writing this, we just finished our fall graduation. What a thrill it was to hear how God used these young people during their internships! Henry helped with one evangelistic series but then preached two more series, in addition to doing all the other pastoral duties. The church chose him to be their pastor.

Debbie worked so diligently at a prominent lifestyle center that they told her, “We do not know how Hartland trained you, but we want more students from there.”

At a missionary training school in Europe, the administrators were so happy with Christian’s work that they selected him as their director. They said they could find no one more qualified or better able to communicate. Each graduate saw lives transformed for Jesus as a result of their internship ministry.

As we look ahead to the uncertainties of a new year, we can trust our loving heavenly Father to lead us. We will be able to accept the blessings and face the challenges so that our lives will glorify God. Thank you for enabling us to train young people to walk in truth and to turn many lives right side up for eternity.

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Special Adventist Squad Bible Conference

Feb 24, 2014

Hartland alumni help train youth to finish the work in the United Kingdom.
by Aaron Wilson

“Now I indeed see that there is much to learn about God’s Word and the history behind our faith—things that God wrought in the past,” shares James, an attendee at the Special Adventist Squad (SAS) Bible Conference.

“God definitely used [this conference] to show me some realities I had been doubtful about—and the presenters always found a Bible quote to quiet my second thoughts!” says Audrey, who traveled from Paris to attend the conference.

On March 29–April 1, 2013, young people from all around England, plus two from France, convened at Ashburnham Place, a Christian conference and prayer center in Surrey, England. Twenty-two youth met to study and learn God’s Word more deeply, and to share their faith with others.

The SAS Bible Conference featured three Hartland graduates from England—Reginald “Reggie” Wright, Ikechukwu “Ike” Anurukem, and Aaron Wilson—as its main speakers. The conference’s theme was “The Pillars of Adventism.”

Ike commenced the weekend with a presentation on Revelation 10 entitled “Thou Must Prophesy Again.” The next series of talks, given mainly by Reggie, focused on the roots of Seventh-day Adventism, the Adventist pioneers, and the sanctuary message. Then Aaron spoke on the spread of Adventism in the British Isles and the focus for evangelism today.
Two attendees led the morning devotions, and two other speakers presented talks on the importance of the publishing work and true education. Reggie, Ike, and Aaron also helped conduct a panel discussion on Bible versions, while song services were led by Hartland alumnus Eliezer Alemeza. “Fellowshipping and attending meetings with like-minded believers refreshed me the most,” Eliezer relates.

Sunday afternoon, the conference attendees reached out to the local communities with a range of Last Generation magazines. They were blessed by this effort as they shared their faith through literature, and spent time speaking and praying with the people. Testimonies and blessings were shared afterward, encouraging all to continue the work when returning to their home communities.

Sunday night, a special prayer session was held to prepare the attendees to take what they learned and be godly influences to those in their homes, local churches, communities, and their nations at large. The Spirit has instilled a desire in the hearts of these vibrant young people to know and share the truths God has given His church for these last days of earth’s history.

“The things discussed were broken down, which made them so clear and easy to understand,” shares Sharleen. “I also liked having the chance to go out to meet the people in a nearby town and hand out some magazines to them.”

“I’ve been motivated to study the sanctuary message,” says Solomon. “Also, I like the fact that we passed out literature in the community—we didn’t just feed ourselves. I think we should definitely do it next time.”

“The most wonderful part for me was when we went out to do some evangelism, and I got to talk to a Spanish girl for around 30 minutes in Spanish, and I don’t speak much Spanish at all!” Krista recalls. “Another gentleman we met told us his life story, and we were able to give him listening ears and also to encourage him.”

“I felt the Holy Ghost’s presence when we sang and shared personal experiences,” Audrey testifies. “The speakers’ behavior, kindness, and above all, their connection with the Lord made me believe in the Seventh-day Adventist religion again. I would definitely come again with friends who also need to be reassured that there are Seventh-day Adventists who are true worshippers of the mighty God!”

The SAS organizers dream of starting a missionary training school in the UK. Youth who desire to serve God today must be trained to accomplish the work He has called His people to do and finish in this generation. The SAS team thanks Hartland Institute for sending them boxes of free literature; they are also grateful for the continued prayers and support of those who read this report. May God receive all glory, honor, and praise!

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Teaching Future Teachers

Feb 19, 2014

“Hartland did not only teach me—it showed me what true education is.”

by Kevin Wahl

“I was born into a Seventh-day Adventist family, but I did not understand what true conversion was. I simply went with the flow, tradition, and expectations of family and church members,” shares Jeremiah Cebeda “Jerry” Fameronag. “At Hartland, the Lord taught me true conversion. The Bible classes and the school culture complimented each other in teaching me that I was created to serve. There I learned what practical Christianity is all about.”
He continues, “The vocational training, mission trips, curriculum classes, Piedmont Valley Youth Bible Camps, camp meetings, and canvassing all contributed in helping me understand what an authentic Christian education really is. The sound teachings and the example of mission-minded staff and students helped me realize that life is more than achieving education, fame, and fortune. It’s all about service. I’m glad I’ve found my purpose in life.”
Jerry, a native of the Philippines, graduated from Hartland College in 2008. “I’ve always believed that I’m called to be an educator. The Lord put the passion in my heart to minister especially to high school students. They are more susceptible to the snares of the world due to hormonal changes and peer pressure. To address this spiritual demand, I majored in Christian Secondary Education, with emphasis on teaching English.”
Today Jerry is married to Sung Eun “Elyse” Kim, and they are blessed with a baby boy, Ye Han Rydd. Jerry currently teaches education classes at the Adventist University of the Philippines. “The calling to be an educator became a reality right after I finished my postgraduate studies at the same school. My prayer when I studied at Hartland was ‘Lord, help me train and minister to youth in my home country.’ The Lord finally answered my prayer. 
“Each day, I find joy seeing future educators understand what true education is all about. Integration of faith and biblical values in all my classes is a source of unexplainable happiness. I believe that the Lord has prepared me for this work, and He used Hartland College that I may be an educator whose mission is not merely to fill someone’s mind with theory and principles, but rather to impress upon him God’s purpose in each of our lives—to be like Christ.”

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