Reaching Through Teaching

Mar 3, 2015

Hartland students share Jesus with South Koreans
by Diane Crawford

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

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

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

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

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

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



Discouragement Turned to Joy

Mar 3, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



A Lady with a Mission

Mar 2, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Burden for Southern Africa

Dec 11, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Traveling to Hartland

Sep 8, 2014

by Alexi Garcia

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

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

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

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



Where He Leads, He Provides

Sep 8, 2014

by Jennifer Sarria Cifuentes as told to Kelly Ostrom

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

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

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

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

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



Called to Teach the Bible

Aug 19, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



South Africa Calls Me!

Apr 2, 2014

Cwayita is training to spread the everlasting gospel in her homeland.

by Kelly Ostrom

“Because I believe God called me to be a Bible teacher and Bible worker back home in South Africa, I chose to take the Bible Instruction major at Hartland College,” says Cwayita Ntsikeni, a third-year student.

Cwayita loves the Lord immensely, and it’s evident in everything she does. Whether singing, giving a Bible study, working, or having an everyday conversation in the dorm, Cwayita allows God to shine through her.
Cwayita first heard about Hartland when a school friend invited her to a camp meeting in Botswana where four of the speakers were Hartland graduates. When Cwayita heard them speak, she was impressed that she needed the same training. A year later, Dr. Standish came with another Hartland student. Her impression to come to Hartland deepened, and she began looking for a sponsor.

By 2011, the Lord had given Cwayita a sponsor so she could start her first year at Hartland. But after a few terms, the sponsor was unable to continue and Cwayita had to go on a work-study program. Later, the Lord opened the way for her to receive support from the Missionary Training Fund (MTF) so that she could finish her course.

Canvassing and prison ministry have made the greatest impact on Cwayita’s experience as a Hartland student. “While canvassing, I’ve been able to pray and sing with people, share a testimony of the Lord’s goodness, give a small Bible study, or share an encouraging thought with the discouraged. Then finally, I’m able to leave them with truth-filled literature. All this brings so much joy to my soul!

“Prison ministry has been the best outreach for me. It’s the highlight of my week! To see the smiles, the joy, the excitement of studying God’s Word, and the impact that the studies have made with the inmates, warms my heart.” These experiences have given Cwayita opportunities to practice what she has learned in her studies.

Cwayita plans to return to South Africa to work from city to city, town to town, and village to village, training church members and doing Bible work with them. She has a heart for soul winning and helping to plant new churches, and she wants to get members involved in the work, too.

To those who give to the MTF, Cwayita wants to say a big THANK YOU. “The Lord has used you mightily in keeping me at Hartland. Be not ‘weary in well doing: for in due season [you] shall reap, if [you] faint not.’”
1 Galatians 6:9

Planned Giving Comes to Hartland!

Feb 25, 2014

New donation methods have been made available to our supporters.
by Staff Writers

“In October, we learned of a donor who would finalize a charitable gift annuity to benefit our ministry—but it needed to be finalized before the end of 2013,” relates Norbert Restrepo, president of Hartland Institute.
The time had come for Hartland to start to offer planned giving (PG) resources to its supporters. “These can include will and bequest planning, gift and estate planning, and charitable gift annuities,” explains Richard Reichard, director of Stewardship Ministries.

Richard had attended a Planned Giving Startup Seminar last year in June. Then in August, Hartland’s administration learned of Western Adventist Foundation (WAF). “Their commission is to make many PG instruments available to Seventh-day Adventist organizations, including Hartland,” Richard informs us. “We firmly believed that it would be in our best interest if we could utilize WAF to offer PG resources to our donors.”

There was a catch, though. “WAF requires the organizations they serve to document their commitment to the Seventh-day Adventist faith in their corporate documents,” shares Norbert, “so WAF’s attorney proposed two amendments to Hartland’s Articles of Incorporation.” Hartland’s administrative committee, bylaws committee, and board all voted in favor of making these changes.

Yet the proposed amendments to Hartland’s Articles of Incorporation still needed to be approved by its constituency. Just under the wire on December 19, Hartland held a special constituency meeting for the sole purpose of considering these amendments. The constituents unanimously voted, “Yes.” Planned giving has reached Hartland.

But what is a charitable gift annuity?

First, the term annuity means “…an investment that pays someone a fixed amount of money each year.”1 Charitable gift annuity refers to “a type of gift transaction where an individual transfers assets to a charity in exchange for a tax benefit and a lifetime annuity [income].”2 For one that benefits Hartland, there are three steps:

The donor gives cash or other property to WAF with a designation to benefit Hartland.

The donor benefits from an income tax deduction, and WAF pays him/her a fixed monthly amount based on the donor’s age, current rates, and other market variables at the beginning of the annuity.

The annuity ends at the death of the donor and their spouse (if included), at which time WAF transfers the remaining principal to Hartland.

If you are interested in investigating a charitable gift annuity, you may call Richard Reichard at 540-672-1995 or Jim Brown of Western Adventist Foundation at 1-866-365-5595. Richard concludes, “Planned giving resources will help us in the long run. With this, we are investing in the future of Hartland Institute—not merely in our immediate operations.”




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