by Norbert Restrepo
For Hartland, 2016 was a year filled with mission-driven activities focused on educating for eternity and serving today—thanks to you!
Because of your gifts, 76 students experienced true education, and of the 14 graduates, most are already active in ministry.
Our staff and students went on six mission trips to India, Thailand, South Africa, Colombia, and Bolivia. We conducted and participated in numerous outreach programs in our community and beyond, joining with local churches, Adventist Medical Evangelism Network, and Your Best Pathway to Health.
At Piedmont Valley Youth Bible Camp we served 61 youth. We also held four wonderful convocations, ARME Bible Camp, and a medical missionary seminar.
We saw God’s restoring power while hosting 59 guests at our Lifestyle Education Center (LEC). Recently two guests who had cancer were found cancer-free when they returned home! Some overcame their nicotine addictions, and others were helped with their hypertension, weight loss, and diabetes.
We now have the occupancy permit for the second phase of the Health and Education Center (HEC)—the lifestyle center section that includes guestrooms and the kitchen. We are waiting to move the LEC operation into the HEC when the renovation is complete (target date is June) so our guests will not be disturbed by construction. Nonetheless, we are thankful that since last fall we have been able to use the education wing of this building where we have classrooms, labs, and offices.
God also blessed the year-end fundraising, exceeding what we received last year by 52 percent. We praise the Lord for providing funds through you. Thank you for your faithful support and partnership in mission. Let’s continue to work together, encouraging others to partner with us in this wonderful work. We are specifically trying to increase donations for the Missionary Training Fund and the HEC.
We pray that your year will be filled with the “exceeding riches of His grace.” Let’s earnestly pray for a full surrender of our lives to God, for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and that we as a worldwide church may press together serving our Father with increased faith and humble obedience to His Word. Let’s pray and work to hasten Jesus’ coming!