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Why Hartland College?

Hartland College offers a comprehensive education based on the absolute principles found in God´s Word, the Bible. These principles harmonize with true science and with all true knowledge because they come from the same source, our Creator. This type of education will promote the harmonious development of the physical, mental, and spiritual faculties. We are called and committed to true Christian education. We help young people develop resourcefulness and character for maximum effectiveness. Our goal is to educate our youth to accept the matchless claims of Christ upon their lives and service, to replace the inherent self-seeking motive with Christ’s self sacrificing love, as they prepare to take the everlasting gospel to the farthest reaches of this planet.

Hartland College offers bachelor’s degrees in Christian Elementary Education, Christian Secondary Education, Health Ministry, Health Education, Christian Media Management, Christian Publications Management, Bible Instruction, and Pastoral Evangelism. We also offer minors in agriculture and music. In addition to academic studies, our students learn practical skills including agriculture, auto mechanics, landscaping, food preparation, and the basics of medical missionary work.

We aim to produce well-rounded students. The course of studies is Christ-centered and Bible-based. Students are prepared to present the Seventh-day Adventist message as found in the Scriptures. A biblical foundation is provided for a Christian lifestyle, effective avenues of ministry, and a solid grasp of scriptural truth. Practical field experience prepares the students to proclaim God’s end-time message.

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Spring Graduation 2014

Aug 19, 2014

Aim: Higher than the highest
Motto: Reaching God’s ideal in our generation

On June 6–7, seven Hartland graduates attended the ceremonies as this year’s spring class was launched into its lifework. They shared their internship reports and testimonies, encouraging the college students to press on, preparing for each one’s high calling. Loago Setswalo, 2012 graduate, spoke about reaching God’s ideal in this generation by preaching the gospel.

President Norbert Restrepo challenged the entire audience, saying that the best means to finishing the work is experiencing true education. President Emeritus Colin Standish offered the dedicatory prayer.

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From the Pregnancy Centers of Central Virginia

Aug 11, 2014

A director’s letter attests to the quality of Hartland’s Childbirth Education and Doula certification program.

The Orange Pregnancy Center, located in Orange, Virginia, serves the community of Orange and surrounding counties, offering free pregnancy tests, counseling, limited medical services and material help. The Center has a building block program that allows moms-to-be to earn blocks for baby clothing, strollers, swings, pack’n plays, breast pumps, etc., while learning about childbirth and parenting.

Hartland College’s Childbirth Education and Doula students in training have been teaching a childbirth and newborn care class at the Pregnancy Center. The students take turns sharing their expertise with our clients, using models, audiovisuals, and handouts to aid in explanations. Each Hartland class counts as a block and has the additional benefit of allowing our ladies-in-waiting to ask questions of the knowledgeable students and their teacher, Patti Barnes (Director of the program at Hartland). “This is so interesting,” has been the comment most often overheard. One mom is expecting her third child, but even she learned from the classes—“I didn’t know that!”

The Hartland students are a joy to be around, very friendly, open and encouraging, as well as competent in their areas of study. And because the Center is a ministry, the students are able to pray with the moms, giving all the glory to God.

In behalf of the Center, I want to thank you for your assistance in the outreach to our community and look forward to further collaboration with you.

Margaret Shaw, Orange Center Director

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“Daddy” to the Navajos

May 22, 2014

“I never thought I’d be a teacher. Now I really love teaching!”
by Kevin Wahl

“I could not be teaching without the experience I gained as a student teacher at Hartland Elementary School,” states Jim Whitaker, a Christian Elementary Education major. “At Hartland College I learned social skills, how to keep going when things get hard, and how to trust God.”

Jim is doing his college internship at Monument Valley Mission School in Utah, teaching Navajo children. “I mostly teach grades 4, 5, and 6. I also substitute for the lower grade teacher when she can’t be there. I’ve even taught kindergarten—lots of fun!

“I’ll never forget when a boy I taught finally volunteered to pray after always being unwilling to pray. This boy liked me a lot, treated me almost like ‘Daddy,’ and copied me.” Along with teaching, Jim adds, “I cook breakfast for the school every morning. Sometimes I cook lunch, too.”
Unfortunately, many Navajo children do not receive the best parental care, so Jim helps take care of children, as well. “From time to time, I babysit a now 10-month-old and her five-year-old sister. Learning how to get the baby not to cry, watching her learn to crawl, and now to walk, have made me amazed at how God created us. And sometimes I have to get a seven-year-old and her 10-year-old sister ready for bed or school.”

Jim also babysat a five-year-old boy. “He really acted like I was the father he always wanted. I had only one weekend to spend with him, but he wanted to see me the next weekend. He really made me feel a responsibility to troubled children.” Jim sums up, “I see how the Lord is using children and my care for them to show me how He feels about me—how much He loves me and how disappointed He is when I make wrong choices.”

Jim’s college classes, vocational training stations, and outreach programs “did a good job of preparing me to be a faithful and effective teacher. Conversion and Righteousness by Faith class was where I came to experience conversion as an adult. Canvassing helped to develop my character so I could handle the challenges that every teacher faces. Working for Hartland Plant Services taught me a lot about handyman work, which I now do on weekends and during breaks. I’ve remodeled and renovated some trailers to meet staff housing needs.”

After Hartland’s spring graduation, Jim expects to apply for a teaching job at a school in Arizona, also located in the Navajo Nation. He concludes, “I feel a calling to work for the Navajo people.” Amen.

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Home Missionary Mom

May 22, 2014

“If it weren’t for my Hartland classes, I wouldn’t know how to discipline and train my boys in the way they should go.”
By Kelly Ostrom

“I have discovered a lot about myself, including the ugly traits that slowly come out through my daily contact with my boys,” shares Nella. “It’s only because of God’s grace and help that I can be a Christian mother.”
Nella Laing was a Christian Elementary Education major who graduated from Hartland in 2000. Today, Nella Laing Pedragosa is a stay-at-home mom with two boys—Josiah (6) and Caleb (4). She and her husband, Edward, who works at Asia Pacific International University, have become shining lights in their community of Mauk Iek, Thailand.

The couple is often asked why they want to homeschool, and some even think that the way their children are being raised is too strict and orderly. But people see the good things that come from following God’s way of training. Parents ask how Nella and Edward have trained their children to be able to put their things away without complaint, or how they get their boys to sit through church without fussing.

To Nella, this is confirmation that people are watching and observing the way her family lives and what they do. She says, “When we honor God in the way we train our children, His name will be glorified and He will honor us in return.”

Nella believes her training at Hartland has helped her to fulfill her role as a housewife and mother. “If it weren’t for my experience working in the cafeteria, I wouldn’t know how to bake good bread and prepare wholesome meals for my family. If it weren’t for my Bible classes, I wouldn’t know how to instruct my boys to learn about God. And if it weren’t for my education classes, I wouldn’t know how to teach my boys.

“Because of my different workstation experiences, I have learned to be a good housekeeper, a homemaker, an organizer, a secretary, a janitor, and a gardener in my own home. Hartland has done so much to prepare me to be the kind of mother and wife I am today. Praise God!

“Hartland changed my life for the better. I graduated with—not just a diploma—but a burden to work for God and a purpose in life. I learned to be selfless and to serve God.”

For Nella, motherhood has been a rewarding learning experience. “If the four walls of my house could speak, they would testify what kind of mother I am. I’ve learned that to be a Christian, I must start in my own home—where my mission field is now.”

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New Scholarships Available!

May 22, 2014

Programs for financing more college students
by Cody Francis, Dean of the College

While we are still living in this present world, finances will continue to challenge us from every side. This is clearly seen in paying for a college education.

Hartland College tuition is half the cost of attending moderate state colleges, and one-fourth the cost of attending moderate private colleges. So there is no question that Hartland’s tuition, room, and board costs are an exceptional bargain in today’s reality. Yet we still find many who desire to be trained as missionaries but struggle with finances. We have introduced new scholarship programs to help with this very need!

The best option for would-be missionaries is to seek sponsorship or partial sponsorship from their local churches. “If there are some who should have the benefit of the school, but who cannot pay full price for their tuition, let the churches show their liberality by helping them.”^1^

Additional inspired counsel states, “The youth should have it plainly set before them that they must work their own way as far as possible, and thus partly defray their expenses.”^2^ We have two scholarship programs geared especially for those in this category.

Our new 50% Scholarship program allows students to study full-time and be ready for their internship in three years while only being charged half the cost of regular tuition. How is this possible? By working or canvassing during their breaks, the student is able to build up tuition credit and will only have to pay 50% of the regular fees. This scholarship program is an excellent option for those who can afford some, but not the full amount, to study and graduate debt free!

Another program is our Work-study Scholarship. This is for those who have no sponsors or funds to study. By studying part-time and working during the school year and the breaks, the student is able to build up credit to continue studying. It will take a couple years longer because the student will not be able to study full-time, but this is a wonderful opportunity for those with no finances at their disposal.

Though Hartland needs funds to continue training soul winners, we do not want to leave anyone out. We know that the Lord is calling many young people to enter His vineyard, and we want to see them “rightly trained” whatever their limitations, so that “the message of a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Saviour might be carried to the whole world!”3 If you or someone you know would be blessed by these new scholarship programs, please do not hesitate to contact us!

^1 White, Ellen G., Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, p. 69
2 Ibid, p. 70
3 White, Education, p. 271^

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You, Do You Dare?

May 22, 2014

Weekend miracles in Lake City, Florida
by Christian De Los Santos and Jermaine Gayle

“I liked seeing all the youth interacting and working together, especially at the health fair,” says a 19-year-old. “I also liked getting to know each member of the group personally. I think it was valuable that they took time to mingle and talk with young and old.”

Youth, Do You Dare? (YDYD) is a ministry that desires to ignite the fire within young people’s hearts to serve others for God. On March 21–23, we began Friday evening with “Knowing Your Bible Inside Out, Part 1,” diving into the relevance of God’s Word to young people in this day and age, plus methods of Bible study and the Bible’s role in the Christian experience. Forty people attended! A large number of them were youth, including non-Adventists, who came the entire weekend.

Many more youth were present in a full church on Sabbath morning. “Knowing Your Bible Inside Out, Part 2” showed practical ways to share one’s faith with others. The divine hour message, “Why Are You Here?” asked and answered the question of life’s purpose. In essence, this was a call to have a personal relationship with Christ and to fulfill the mission He has given His people. Several youth responded to our appeal to try God for the first time, or to recommit to Christ.

That afternoon, youth, adults, and children went out knocking on doors, conducting surveys for Bible study contacts. Sixteen people signed up for Bible studies in just one hour! Afterwards, we held a short training session on doing follow-up work so that the study contacts would not be lost.
In the evening, we gave a presentation on how to pray and the importance, relevance, and meaning of conversing with God. Along with that we had prayer sessions, alone with God and in groups.

On Sunday, we talked about the eight laws of health, preparing the youth for the afternoon community health expo. Then we divided them into the expo’s eight stations, and the youth were personally trained at the stations they chose.

We prayed together before the expo began, and people started coming. It lasted two hours, with 50 attendees! But another miracle happened. The youth attending the stations, some of whom had the days before seemed a bit disconnected and shy, became open and sociable, and seemed totally in control. Even when left alone with several guests at once, they managed their stations as though they’d run them many times before!

If you wish to schedule YDYD to host a program at your church or function, call us at 540-672-1996 ext. 291.

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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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Bringing Health to the Bahamas!

Apr 2, 2014

by Kevin Wahl

“You would think that an island has an abundance of fruit, and that the people subsist on what the land provides,” says Shantavia, “but in my homeland of the Bahamas, it is not so. Health is a greater need there than I thought!”

In December 2013, Hartland students Shantavia Gittens and Jermaine Gayle, accompanied by Irisdene Samuel and Maria Rodriguez, traveled to the Bahamas. “We visited four Seventh-day Adventist churches and held health outreach efforts for their communities,” Shantavia recounts.

The team taught hydrotherapy and massage, conducted health expos, and presented a series on overcoming addictions. Church members and people from the community attended their meetings each night. All who came expressed gratitude for what they were taught.

The first night of the series, after the team taught principles and practical lessons on how to do massage, Jermaine delivered the message—an introduction to health. “A pastor from the local [Seventh-day Adventist] conference smiled and told me that I spoke about some health principles that he had never heard! He expressed confidence in the message and
invited me to preach at his church on Sabbath.”

The second night, a lady suffering from insomnia and very high blood pressure came and received a hot foot bath. “We checked her blood pressure and told her that we would check it again the next day, which we did,” Jermaine recalls. “Miraculously, she had a wonderful sleep and her blood pressure dropped significantly.”

Thursday, that same week, the team participated in a community health extravaganza held by the local conference. Many people attended, including government representatives. The attendees were blessed as the team demonstrated the eight laws of health in simplicity.

On Sabbath, at the Berea Seventh-day Adventist Church, Jermaine preached on righteousness by faith, emphasizing victorious living in the end-times. “A few of the guests who came to our night meetings were present,” Jermaine exults. “When I made the appeal, two of them came forward requesting prayer. They also signed up for Bible studies.”

In addition to holding health programs, the team distributed books among the tourists and those living in the communities. “The response was shocking—everyone was so receptive,” Jermaine relates. “When we were in the towns, many would even stop their cars and ask us questions before we even approached them.”

Finally, a radio station invited the team to speak about the things they did. Shantavia concludes, “Thank you all who supported us through prayers, donations, and words of encouragement. Because of your efforts to help us, lives will be changed for eternity.”

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