Hartland

Institute

About Us

Hartland was established in 1983 as a comprehensive training center for young people with a vision for Christian missionary training. Through a unique combination of education and health ministry, the institute’s aim was to provide practical training along with a solid biblical foundation in a positive country environment conducive to personal spiritual growth.

Today Hartland continues to train young people from all over the world to spread the Three Angels’ Messages, with a renewed emphasis on supporting the worldwide mission and ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Our program has expanded to include a variety of majors, specializations, and practical courses.
Hartland’s unique program combines solid principles, high standards, deep biblical knowledge, practical hands-on experience, effective on-campus and community outreach, agricultural training, and academic study.

An Overview of Harland Ministry Outreaches
Hartland Institute of Health and Education has several soul-winning outreach programs and campus ministries committed to proclaiming the everlasting gospel and sharing the Three Angels’ Messages of Revelation 14. Our mission is to uplift God’s love as manifested on the cross of Calvary and share His wonderful plan of redemption from sin and misery with the entire world.

College
Hartland College is an expressly Christian missionary training center, offering bachelor’s degrees in several fields: Christian Elementary Education, Christian Secondary Education, Health Education Ministry, Christian Media Management, Christian Publications Management, Midwifery, Bible Instruction, and Pastoral Evangelism. Hartland College also offers two-year associate degrees and one-year certificates in various majors.

Convocations and Events
Hartland institute hosts a major event on campus every quarter. At these convocations truth-filled messages are shared by well known, biblically solid speakers. Our well-versed Bible teachers, evangelists, and other experienced educators also participate in these events. We also offer medical missionary training seminars and agriculture seminars.

Mission Work
Our “Lord, Send Me” program is designed to assist foreign graduates with a desire to begin a self- supporting ministry in their homeland, to raise funds to establish their ministry and to assist and mentor them for up to two years after their launch date. It is personal contact evangelism, a very effective way to reach and hold the lost sheep.

Mission Trips Our students and staff travel on mission trips during the summer and winter breaks. Most of these mission trips target the countries of our international students, addressing the needs in their local fields. These trips provide valuable service, soul-winning experiences, practical training, and connect the student with his future mission field.

Three Angels’ Chorale
We believe that our music should be a means of proclaiming the Everlasting Gospel; and that Advent hymns, sacred classics, as well as contemporary sacred songs effectively arranged with proper balance between melody, harmony, and rhythm, can be a source of inspiration and musical fulfillment to both the listener and the performer. The chorale has performed on five continents, in eleven languages, and in a variety of settings: airports, restaurants, hospitals, orphanages, schools, churches, prisons, on radio and television, in shopping malls, banks, in public evangelism, retirement centers, nursing homes, in houses of culture, universities, offices, and on the street.

Lifestyle Center
Hartland Lifestyle Education Center is a place of healing, calmness, and amazing serenity. It offers nutritious, delicious, low-fat meals, along with enjoyable exercise, individual massage, and hydrotherapy. Informative health lectures, individual counseling, and hands-on cooking classes provide the necessary knowledge, skill, and self-confidence that enable our guests to continue with a personal lifestyle program at home. The mission of Hartland Lifestyle Education Center is to bring men to complete restoration and to point them to Jesus Christ, who is able to give them healing, peace, and perfection of character.

Bible Camp
Piedmont Valley Youth Bible Camp desires to kindle a spark in the hearts of young people, ages 12 to 17. We want to help youth deepen their relationship with Jesus, and give them the opportunity to make friends that will last for eternity. Each year, in early summer we offer a week-long camp on our beautiful campus.

Weekend Youth Programs
Youth, Do You Dare is a Hartland College youth movement dedicated to share the fire for service God has lit within them with other young people looking to be part of God’s army. They travel to the churches and inspire, equip, and train.

Hartland College Prison Ministry
Behind prison walls are men and women who have made bad choices. Whether by greed, a lack of self-control, or unwise associations, they’re facing the consequences of their actions. Many feel deep regret, and desire to make changes in their lives, but they don’t know how. Hartland College Prison Ministry, has a team of volunteers, most of whom are Hartland staff and students. They give Bible studies and inspiring messages to inmates in six facilities. They also distribute Bibles to prisoners who request them.

Publishing
Hartland Institute Media department produces truth-filled audio-visual materials from our convocations, seminars, Bible classes, and other events. We also offer books and on various topics of Christian lifestyle, health, Bible doctrine, history, and some children books. We also ship books and outreach magazines overseas to the mission fields.

Last Generation
Last Generation is a bi-monthly, full-color outreach magazine. It covers relevant issues and current events in an easy reading literary style with an appealing state-of-the-art design. It is an excellent evangelistic tool that has being in circulation for more than 25 years!

Elementary School and Day-Academy
Hartland Institute has an elementary school and day academy. Through this ministry we offer a Christian education to children who live on campus or in the surrounding community. It also provides practical training for our elementary and secondary education majors.

Natural Farm
Hartland´s farm seeks to be an answer to the different crises that our society faces today such as the alarming increase of food prices, environmental problems due to some of the chemical methods used in farming which have a great impact on our health. We seek to educate our students and participants helping them to understand by experience that agriculture contributes to the well being, morals, and happiness of man.

Hartland Ministry Report
Hartland Ministry Report is a bi-monthly, full-color magazine that provides updates on the ministry, reports on our graduates in the mission field, shares highlights from our events and seminars, discusses current issues, and offers inspiring testimonies of our different outreach ministries. Through this periodical you can catch glimpses of how we are touching lives for Jesus and educating for eternity.

Hartland is a faith-based ministry, dependent on God to work through people like you to provide financial support for these ministries. Thank you and God bless you.

Last Updated Jan 20, 2015

Gaining Experience in Personal Evangelism

Mar 3, 2015

The Christian education offered at Hartland College has uniquely prepared me to labor for souls through evangelism.
by Viliame Saqusaqu

As I finish my pastoral evangelism requirements, I am currently assisting Taj Pacleb, an evangelist in the Central California Conference. Hartland’s practical training has given me many skills to use as I give Bible studies and conduct community surveys.

One day, I knocked on a door at an apartment complex to conduct a survey, and an African American named Frank answered. I could tell by his expression that he was not interested at all in the survey. But I had prayed for the Lord to lead me to the right person who really needed Him in his life.

When Frank asked, “What denomination are you with?” I replied, “I am with the Seventh-day Adventist Christian Church.” Apparently, about 40 years ago, Frank had attended one of our church schools in Libya, Africa, for a short time. Unfortunately, he had received a negative and bitter experience at that school. He only remembered us as an extremist group.

But because he mentioned Africa, I told him that I had gone on a mission trip to Southern Africa in 2012, specifically to South Africa and Botswana. To my surprise, this became the common ground and the turning point in our conversation. Frank had also spent time in Botswana and he really loved the place. We talked for more than 30 minutes only about Botswana. I willingly listened to his experience and then shared with him my experience there in 2012.

While Frank never filled out the survey, I now study the Bible with him. Praise the Lord for the Southern Africa mission trip, which acted as common ground to gain Frank’s confidence and open him up to hearing the third angel’s message.

One great lesson I learned from this experience is that we have to show people our sympathy, and watch for common ground or points of interest where we can identify ourselves with them. After we have gained their confidence, we can share biblical truths with them.

Hartland’s Fundamentals of the Christian Faith class has especially furnished me with insight and materials to present personalized Bible studies based on our fundamental doctrines. And I see it as a privilege to work in a city that contains people with so many diverse backgrounds and beliefs.

As a student I faced difficulties, trials, and challenging situations. These have turned out to be blessings in disguise for character development. In summary, the best thing of all I learned at Hartland was to reflect God’s character and make use of the talents and experiences He has given me to reach others.

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January 30–February 1, 2015

Featured Speakers:

Tom and Alane Waters

Tom and Alane, co-founders of Restoration International, love sharing the joy of making Christ the center of their daily lives. They co-host 3ABN’s Marriage in God’s Hands, have authored two books — For Better or For Best and The Powerful Potentials of Homeschool. They travel frequently sharing at RI family retreats, marriage retreats, parenting seminars, conference camps, and church seminars. They live in northwest Arizona and have three grown children. For further info, visit www.restoration-international.org.

Winter Convocation Speaker Schedule:

Friday (January 30th, 2015)

6:45–8:30 PM
Family First Tom and Alane Waters

Saturday (January 31st, 2015)
5:00–6:00 AM
How to Memorize Scripture J.H. Shin
6:25–7:00 AM
TBA La Quinta Reed
8:45–10:30 AM
Spiritually Special Sabbaths Tom and Alane Waters
10:45 AM–12:30 PM
What I Want Tom Waters
3:00–4:00 PM
Concert
4:25–5:30 PM
For Better or for Best Tom and Alane Waters
6:45–8:30 PM
ABC’s of Parenting Tom and Alane Waters

Sunday (February 1st, 2015)
5:00–6:00 AM
How to Do a Devotional Bible Study J.H. Shin
6:25–7:00 AM
TBA Andrew Vargas
8:45–10:30 AM
TBA Norbert Restrepo
10:45–12:30 PM
Recalculating Tom and Alane Waters

On-Campus Lodging
Our on-campus lodging is very limited. Therefore, guests MUST call ahead and secure lodging with a deposit equal to the first night’s fee. First night’s deposits are nonrefundable after JANUARY 23, 2015. Guest reserving Lifestyle Education Center rooms must make a deposit equivalent to the full length of stay for the event. Guests must provide their own bedding and towels. To secure your lodging, contact the events coordinator at 540-672-1996 ext 232.

Lifestyle Education Center The rooms have both air conditioning and heat. There are two rooms that are handicap accessible with queen beds, the other rooms have double beds. The bathrooms are shared. It is $50 per night per room. There can be a maximum of four people in each room. All bathrooms are shared between adjacent room, excluding Hydro and handicap rooms. Due to limited space and a high demand for rooms, we ask that guests who wish to reserve this space confirm and make down payment for their rooms for the entire event.

RV Site Has water and electricity. It is $20 per night.

Dorm Room The rooms in the respective male and female dormitories are shared with up to 3 persons per room when available. The bathroom is also shared. It is $15 per night per person.

Rustic Cabin The cabins are simple one-room bunk houses which accommodate up to 10 people. It has a ceiling fan, electricity, and heat for the cold nights. It is $5 per night per person.

Rustic Tent Site
$20 per night for sites with water and electricity
$10 per night for sites without water and electricity
(A shower house is provided for those in cabins and tents.)

Information/Registration
Registration is 3:30PM-5:00PM on Friday, January 30, 2015, in the Conference Center foyer. Please check in here to confirm accommodations (meals and lodging).

Meals (breakfast and lunch only)
Adults $8.00
Children $6.00 (ages 5 – 12) Younger children are free with adult meal purchase.
Tickets are required for all meals and are nonrefundable. Pre-order tickets by calling 540-672-1996 ext 232. If you have not purchased the tickets beforehand, you can do so at registration, or at the cafeteria during mealtimes. Tickets must be purchased before Sabbath. No tickets will be provided during the Sabbath hours. We serve vegan meals, which may be prepared with nuts, nonirritating spices, herbs, and gluten. We cannot cater to special diets.

Children/Youth
We offer programs for children and youth. Young people under 18 must have an adult take responsibility for their safety and behavior. Swimming or playing in the lakes and ponds is prohibited. Bicycles and skateboards are prohibited. This is for everyone’s safety.

Question and Answers

Q: Can I bring my pet?
A: Pets should be kept quiet and not allowed to roam freely. Pets are not allowed in any campus building. A special pet patch is located near the camping area. Please clean up after them.

Q: Will my valuables be safe?
A: Keep valuables locked in your car and not in your room. Hartland is NOT LIABLE for lost or stolen goods.

Q: Is there a dress code?
A: Remember that we are here to seek the Lord. Let us show reverence and respect in our appearance. Shorts and tank tops are not appropriate for males or females. Ladies, please refrain from wearing miniskirts, pants of all sorts, plunging necklines, see-through fabrics, or any other immodest apparel.

Q: Can I do my own cooking?
A: Cooking or using electrical cooking appliances in any room on campus is prohibited by law. Open campfires are not allowed, however camping stoves are acceptable for use in the tent/RV site areas.

Q: When will the bookstore be open?
A: Hartland Publications offers a variety of books, CDs, and DVDs. Store hours: Tues–Thur: 9 AM–5 PM, Fri 9 AM–2 PM, Sat: Sundown–10 PM, Sun: 9 AM–2 PM

Local Hotels
In our experience, the best rates are found through www.hotels.com. The list below is a compilation of the best known hotels in the area. We would like to hear how your stay was if you stay in one of these or at another nearby hotel.

Comfort Inn, Orange, VA | 9 miles | 877-424-6423

Holiday Inn Express, Orange, VA | 8 miles | 800-465-4329

Best Western, Culpeper, VA | 12 miles | 800-528-1234

Comfort Inn, Culpeper, VA | 12 miles | 877-424-6423

Holiday Inn, Culpeper, VA | 12 miles | 800-465-4329

Microtel, Culpeper, VA | 12 miles | 800-771-7171

Directions:
For GPS users: 278 Dogwood Lane, Locust Dale, VA 22733
From the north: Take Hwy 15 South from Culpeper for approximately 10 miles. Turn left on Rte 614 (Locust Dale Rd). Hartland is 1.25 miles on the left.


From the south: Take Hwy 29 North from Charlottesville for approximately 25 miles. Turn right on Hwy 230 East for approximately 10 miles until it ends at Hwy 15. Turn left on Hwy 15 North. Go approximately 4 miles. Turn right on Rte 614 (Locust Dale Rd). Hartland is 1.25 miles on the left.

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Apply Online for Youth Bible Camp!

Dec 11, 2014

We invite you to PVYBC 2015—“Transformed 2.”

Youth, right outside your home, there’s a world that’s longing for a message of hope. We have the God-given responsibility of proclaiming the gospel to this languishing world while time is running out. If you’ve ever tried to spread the gospel, you know it’s not always easy. What do you say? How do you say it? How can you be a witness in your home, school, or church?
Since 2002, our mission at PVYBC has been to train youth to be thinkers and not just reflectors of others’ thoughts; to choose to do right because it is right; and to stand for truth whatever the consequences. We seek to inspire youth with principles of truth, obedience, honor, integrity, and purity. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, you will have the courage of heroes and the faith of martyrs, and you will gain the victory at any cost.
Come to PVYBC and learn how you can be excited about Jesus at home, in school, and with your friends. Classes include: Deep Bible Study, Wilderness Survival, Canoeing, Camp Choir, Beginning Guitar, Child Evangelism, First Aid and CPR, Photography, Science Experiments, Literature Evangelism, and more!
We’ll start receiving applications January 5. Apply soon!
Apply online at pvybc.com. For more information, email piedmont.valley.camp@gmail.com or call 540-672-1996 ext 304.

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Hastening His Coming!

Dec 11, 2014

Together, we can take the gospel to the world.

by Norbert Restrepo, President

As we look at the events happening in our world today we yearn and sigh for the Lord’s appearing! Darkness is covering the world. Anarchy, wars, terrorism, and epidemics are taking hold everywhere. Many are seeking in vain for happiness, health, and peace.
In a September 4 Vatican meeting, Shimon Peres, a former Israeli president, presented a “United Religions” idea to Pope Francis I to counter religious extremism in the world today. Peres nominated the pope to lead this organization. Over the past 18 months, Francis has established himself as a respected world leader who speaks with genuine moral authority. “Who else in the world, asked Peres, can draw half a million people when he speaks?”
But no coalition of religious and political leaders will be able to solve the problems of this world. God’s image needs to be restored in mankind; His eternal principles must be accepted. The Seventh-day Adventist Church has been entrusted with an understanding of the everlasting gospel. It is our privilege to share it with the world.
Hartland’s mission is to proclaim the Three Angels’ Messages of Revelation 14, and to train an army of youth to preach this gospel to the entire world! On June 6–7, thirteen missionaries graduated from Hartland College. New students arrived in the fall, eager to begin their missionary training. They came from different states, countries, and continents, but they have a common vision: to be workers for God in giving the glad tidings to their fellowmen.
Throughout this year, staff and students ministered in South Korea, Congo, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, and Chile. In December they will visit China and Peru. We are continually involved in health outreach, prison ministry, and literature evangelism within our community. Our lifestyle center and natural farm are also witnessing tools. How wonderful to minister to souls thirsting for truth!
By giving to Evangelism, Ministry, the Missionary Training Fund, and/or Where Needed Most, you can have a part in the blessing! We appeal to you to prayerfully consider supporting Hartland with regular donations to help us fulfill our mission.
We are also raising funds to reconstruct the old Hartland Lifestyle Center in order to expand our ability to accommodate health guests. We need the ladies’ dormitory that we have been using as our Lifestyle Education Center, and we need classrooms for our Health Ministry and Midwifery courses. All this and more can be achieved if we renovate the old Hartland Lifestyle Center!
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for opening up your hearts and partnering with us in ministry. Together we can hasten the Lord’s coming!

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Fall Convocation 2014

Location: Hartland Conference Center, 444 Hartland Oak Dr, Rapidan, VA 22733
Starts: October 24, 2014
Speaker: Ron Woolsey and Michael Carducci
Contact: Events Coordinator
Phone: 540.672.1996 ext 232

Hartland Fall Convocation 2014

October 24-26, 2014

Featured Speakers:

Ron Woolsey

Michael Carducci

Fall Convocation Speaker Schedule:

Friday (October 24th, 2014)

6:45–8:30 PM
Becoming a Man Michael Carducci

Saturday (October 25th, 2014)
5:00–6:00 AM
How to Memorize Scripture J.H. Shin
6:25–7:00 AM
I Must Have Looked Hopeless David Symons
8:45–10:30 AM
Battle for the Mind Cody Francis
10:45 AM–12:30 PM
The All-Important Question Ron Woolsey
3:00–4:00 PM
Concert
4:45–5:45 PM
TBA Colin Standish
6:45–8:30 PM
The Lost Father Michael Carducci

Sunday (October 26th, 2014)
5:00–6:00 AM
How to Do a Devotional Bible Study J.H. Shin
6:25–7:00 AM
Lack of Moral Power Kimberly Peralta
8:45–10:00 AM
Secrets to Maintaining Moral Integrity Diego Silva
10:10–12:30 PM
Exploding the Gay Myth Ron Woolsey

***MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON…*

On-campus lodging
Our on-campus lodging is very limited. Therefore, guests MUST call ahead and secure lodging with a deposit equal to the first night’s fee. First night’s deposits are nonrefundable after OCTOBER 17TH,2014. Guest reserving Lifestyle Center Rooms must make a deposit equivalent to the full length of stay for the event. Guests must provide their own bedding and towels. To secure your lodging contact the events coordinator at 540-672-1996 ext 232.

Lifestyle Center The rooms have both air conditioning and heat. There are two rooms that are handicap accessible with queen beds, the other rooms have double beds. The bathrooms are shared. It is $50 per night per room. There can be a maximum of four people in each room. All bathrooms are shared between adjacent room, excluding Hydro and handicap rooms. Due to limited space and a high demand for rooms, we ask that guest who wish to reserve this space confirm and make down payment for their rooms for the entire event.

RV Site Has water and electricity. It is $20 per night.

Dorm Room The rooms in the respective male and female dormitories are shared with up to 3 persons per room when available. The bathroom is also shared. It is $15 per night per person.

Rustic Cabin The cabins are simple one-room bunk houses which accommodates up to 10 people. It has a ceiling fan, electricity, and heat for the cold nights. It is $5 per night per person.

Rustic Tent Site
$20 per night for sites with water and electricity
$10 per night for sites without water and electricity
(A shower house is provided for those in cabins and tents.)

Information/Registration
Registration is 4:00–6:15 PM Friday, October 24th, 2012 in the Conference Center foyer. Please check in here to confirm accommodations (meals and lodging).

Meals (Breakfast & Lunch only)
Adults $8.00
Children $6.00 (ages 5 – 12) Younger children are free with adult meal purchase.
Tickets are required for all meals and are nonrefundable. Pre-order tickets by calling 540-672-1996 ext 232. If you have not purchased the tickets beforehand you can do so at registration, or at the cafeteria during mealtimes. Tickets must be purchased before Sabbath, no tickets will be provided during the Sabbath hours. We serve vegan meals, which may be prepared with nuts, nonirritating spices, herbs, and gluten. We can not cater to special diets.

Menu: Coming Soon…

Children/Youth
We offer programs for children and youth. Young people under 18 must have an adult take responsibility for their safety and behavior. Swimming, or playing in the lakes and ponds is prohibited. Bicycles and skateboards are prohibited. This is for everyone’s safety.

Question and Answers

Q. Can I bring my pet?
A. Pets should be kept quiet and not allowed to roam freely. Pets are not allowed in any campus building. A special pet patch is located near the camping area. Please clean up after them.

Q. Will my valuables be safe?
A. Keep valuables locked in your car and not in your room. Hartland is NOT LIABLE for lost or stolen goods.

Q. Is there a dress code?
A. Remember that we are here to seek the Lord. Let us show reverence and
respect in our appearance. Shorts and tank tops are not appropriate for males or females. Ladies, please refrain from wearing miniskirts, pants of all sorts, plunging necklines, see-through fabrics, or any other immodest apparel.

Q. Can I do my own cooking?
A. Cooking or using electrical cooking appliances in any room on campus is prohibited by law. Open camp fires are not allowed, however camping stoves are acceptable for use in the Tent/RV site areas.

Q. When will the bookstore be open?
A. Hartland Publications offers a variety of books, CDs and DVDs. Store hours: Tues–Thur: 9:00 AM–5:30 PM Fri 9 AM–2 PM Sat sundown to 10:00 PM Sunday 9 AM–2 PM

Local Hotels
Our experience to get the best rates is through www.hotels.com if you have access to the internet. The list below is a compilation of the best known hotels in the area. We would like to hear how your stay was if you stay in one of these or at another nearby hotel.

Comfort Inn, Orange, VA | 9 miles | 877-424-6423

Holiday Inn Express, Orange, VA | 8 miles | 800-465-4329

Best Western, Culpeper, VA | 12 miles | 800-528-1234

Comfort Inn, Culpeper, VA | 12 miles | 877-424-6423

Holiday Inn, Culpeper, VA | 12 miles | 800-465-4329

Microtel, Culpeper, VA | 12 miles | 800-771-7171

Directions:
For GPS Users: 278 Dogwood Lane, Locust Dale, VA 22733
From the North: Take Hwy 15 south from Culpeper for approximately 10 miles. Turn left on Rte 614 (Locust Dale Rd). Hartland is 1.25 miles on the left.


From the South: Take Hwy 29 north from Charlottesville for approximately 25 miles. Turn right on Hwy 230 east for approximately 10 miles until it ends at Hwy 15. Turn left on Hwy 15 north. Go approximately 4 miles. Turn right on Rte 614 (Locust Dale Rd). Hartland is 1.25 miles on the left.

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Medical Missionary Training Seminar

Location: 444 Hartland Oak Dr, Rapidan, VA 22733
Starts: October 26, 2014
Speaker: Doug Holway, Edna Dembosky, Angela Pulley, and other local speakers
Contact: Hartland Lifestyle Center
Phone: (540)672-3100 ext. 311

Back to the Basics

October 26-31, 2014

Come and Learn about:

  • Basic Hydrotherapy
  • Food Preservation
  • Wild Edibles
  • Canning and Sprouting
  • Eight Laws of Health and Lifestyle

Open Registration: August 1 – October 1, 2014
Late Registration: October 2 – October 17,2014
Registration closed:October 17, 2014 at 12:30pm

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Courage to Stand

Sep 8, 2014

On July 23–27, over 900 attendees thronged Hartland’s campus for a spiritual feast as they listened to featured speakers Elder Stephen Bohr and Christian Berdahl. Elder Bohr spoke on prophecy and the mission and message of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Christian presented practical Christianity talks, including his personal testimony.

A panel discussion answered submitted questions on topics such as women’s ordination and tithe. More talks were given by President Norbert Restrepo Jr., President Emeritus Colin D. Standish, Hartland graduates Rodney Millin and Diego Silva, and several other speakers. Spanish-speaking visitors heard presentations preached by Elder Bohr, Norberto Restrepo Sr., and Enoc Lombana.

Weekday seminars were held as well. Health discourses were delivered by Doris Hernandez, Hartland’s Health Ministry instructor. Christian gave music lectures, and Elder Bohr lectured on open and closed doors of opportunity given to mankind by God.

To order DVDs or audio CDs of these messages, call 1-800-774-3566.

We invite you to attend our fall convocation, “The Gay Puzzle: Leading Souls to Christ,” October 24–26, featuring Ron Woolsey and Michael Carducci.

Testimonies:

We were greatly blessed by the preaching, teaching, and fellowship. What an encouragement to see such a large attendance! Hartland is a little taste of heaven.—Richard and Laura, Kentucky

I appreciated the spiritual atmosphere and the refreshing Spirit-filled material that we received from all the speakers. Stephen Bohr and Christian Berdahl truly brought important messages for these end times.—Keith, Tennessee

Mostly I appreciated the speakers, specifically Pastor Bohr. Also, I very much liked the style of music during the services.—Elizabeth, Virginia

I was very impressed with the reverence shown during the Sabbath service, and the kindness shown by the staff.—Enzo, Delaware

The dorm rooms were awesome. I loved the architecture of the old building. All of the speakers were great. I especially liked Christian Berdahl’s “Distraction Dilemma.”  Also, J.H. Shin’s talk about how to memorize Scripture was very helpful. I’m using his techniques now and am finding that I remember Scriptures better now than I did before. The health talks by Doris Hernandez were also very helpful.—Maura, Pennsylvania

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An Open Letter to Our Tithe Donors

Aug 20, 2014

June 24, 2014

Dear Friends,

After providential leadings and prayerful consideration, our Board of Directors, with the support of our constituents, made the decision to no longer accept donations designated as “tithe” from known Seventh-day Adventist church members, effective July 1, 2014.

It is not an option for us at Hartland to negotiate on matters that involve eternal principles. We are committed to following God’s counsel and our convictions regarding present truth. Hartland has decided to forgo the acceptance of tithe in order to disarm prejudice and broaden our opportunities for ministry. As was the case with the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 6:12, we have concluded that although it is lawful for us to receive tithe to perform tithe-worthy activities, it is not necessarily expedient.

We have taken this step in order to “draw nigh to our brethren,” trusting in God’s leading and providence. The Seventh-day Adventist movement is God’s remnant church. Although it is imperfect and in a Laodicean condition, when the “work goes forward under the direction of the angel who joins the third angel in the message to be given to the world, God will use ways and means by which it will be seen that He is taking the reins in His own hands.”1

We are fully committed to following the Lord’s counsel in directing the institute. We believe it is God’s will for us to do everything within our power, without compromising principle, to work in harmony with His denomination. “Christ said, ‘Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.’ If you see that by doing certain things which you have a perfect right to do, you hinder the work of the truth, refrain from doing these things. Do nothing that will close the minds of others against the truth. There is a world to save, and we gain nothing by cutting loose from those we are trying to help. All things may be lawful, but all things are not expedient.”2

Our mission remains the same—to proclaim the Three Angels’ Messages of Revelation 14, and to train an army of youth to live and spread this gospel effectively; and it is inspiring to see doors opening as we seek to fulfill this mission by sharing God’s last-day message with the world. Through health ministry, community outreach, literature evangelism, prison ministry, our farm, and the testimonies of students who dedicate their lives to serve God, souls are being transformed through the power of the gospel and are impressed to accept God’s principles into their lives.

We pray that God will impress your hearts to continue supporting Hartland with your prayers and generous financial gifts. The institute’s needs are the same as before. Here are some of our main funds: Where Needed Most donations may be used anywhere according to the greatest need. Evangelism covers our many evangelistic projects including Bible studies, health ministry, literature ministry, and so forth. The Ministry Fund supports our Bible teachers and those engaged in various lines of ministry work. Our Missionary Training Fund provides scholarships for worthy students to be trained as missionaries.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support.

In His service,



Norbert Restrepo

President, Hartland Institute

1 White, Ellen G., Testimonies to Ministers, p. 300 (1885)
2 White, The Southern Work, pp. 70, 71

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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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