June 2011 - Archives

My ARISE Experience

June 28, 2011 | Amanda Perez

My experience at ARISE can be simply described: God-planned. It is such a jaw-dropping feeling to look back at my life and see how God planned every step of the way. He even turns our mistakes into stepping stones instead of stumbling blocks. That is exactly how God got me to ARISE. I’m originally from Georgia.  But, after God resolved my financial situation with a snap of His fingers, I found myself on the other side of the country in Sonora, CA (I’m originally from Georgia).

While at ARISE, God opened my eyes to see the world in a whole new light. No longer did I want to get a college education to become successful on earth, but I wanted it so I would be better equipped to share with others about heaven! My focus shifted from always looking for earthly, selfish benefits to focusing more on selfless, heavenly matters.

The way God reached me at ARISE is by far one of the most impacting experiences of my life.

Sharing …
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Amanda Perez

Bible Worker
Abundant Life Adventist Church

David Asscherick's sermon featured in the Adventist Review

Asscherick Sermon Featured in Adventist Review

June 24, 2011 | David Asscherick

What a privilege it was to conduct the Week of Spiritual Emphasis at the General Conference World Headquarters earlier this year! Blessings continue to flow from that experience. One such blessing is the cover feature article for the current edition of the Adventist Review. One of the Review’s associate editors, Kimberly Luste Maran, took my second presentation from the week and turned it into an article. And she did a great job! It still “feels” like an oral presentation, but is also very readable. This was, I am sure, not easy to pull off. So my hat is off to the excellent team there at the Review. Thank you for the work you do for Jesus!

I hope you enjoy reading the article as much as I enjoyed preaching it!

David Asscherick

Light Bearers

15 Lessons from 15 Years, Part 2

Fifteen Lessons From Fifteen Years, Part 2

June 22, 2011 | David Asscherick

The original plan was one blog with all fifteen points. Plan B was fifteen points in two blogs. Now we’re on Plan C: fifteen points in, you guessed it, three blogs. Life has a way of suddenly rearranging our otherwise perfect and precise plans. I’m sitting here surrounded by boxes on boxes. The packing is in full swing. Moving is neither easy nor pleasant. God willing, this will be our last move for a long, long time. With any luck all of our stuff will be either stolen, destroyed, or lost in transit to Oregon.

So back to the celebratory list for numbers 6 to 10…


The plan was never for me to be an evangelist. I was simply taking a year off school to better understand and appreciate my newfound faith. Here I am fifteen years later, still on that “year” off of school. I preached my first full-length evangelistic crusade less than two years …
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David Asscherick

Light Bearers

The Handbook

June 17, 2011 | Samuel Riemersma

One of the great things about working in ministry is the privilege of meeting so many people from different backgrounds, cultures, and walks of life. Over time, weekly Bible studies grow into close friendships which is probably the most rewarding aspect of working as a Bible instructor.

Another bonus is that friends like to share the things that are important to them so, besides the weekly studies, we are often invited to join in recreational events like fishing, mountain biking, sailing, etc. Whenever we have a chance, we join our friends in activities like these that are, without exception, enjoyable and rich experiences.

A few weeks ago, after our weekly Bible study, Godofredo told us that he is an aviation mechanic working at the Christchurch Engine Center. He is responsible for the maintenance, repair, and overhaul of jet engines for commercial jets. After we expressed an interest in what he was doing, we were invited to visit him at his work for a personal tour of the factory.

This was …
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Samuel Riemersma

Bible Worker
Ilam SDA Church

15 Lessons from 15 Years, Part 1

Fifteen Lessons From Fifteen Years, Part 1

June 14, 2011 | David Asscherick

Pastor Torres, complete with wetsuit, baptizing me in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Best day of my life.

It was June 6, 1996.

Five days ago was June 6, 2011.

Fifteen years.

Fifteen years ago, right now, seems like a long time. But time being the funny thing it is, it somehow, simultaneously and yet not contradictorily, seems like just yesterday. Fifteen years ago I was baptized. I remember it perfectly.

I remember what I wore. I remember the temperature of the water. I remember the smooth rocks on the river bottom and the mud squishing between my toes. I remember the singing of the assembled saints. I remember Mary’s smile. I remember the pastor wore a wetsuit. I remember thinking that was weird. I remember being afraid yet deeply satisfied, anxious and yet at peace.

I distinctly remember thinking more about the future than the past.

And, really, that’s how a baptism should be. It’s about …
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David Asscherick

Light Bearers

What is ARISE like? Stories of people who have attended ARISE.

ARISE, for me, is…

June 9, 2011 | Kevin McGill

ARISE, for me, is the continuing of a journey. My journey became a reality two years ago with a challenge from a friend who said, “If we believe this stuff, we should do it.” At that point I wasn’t even sure if I “believed this stuff” but I decided right then to not fake my way through life pretending to be a Christian. I prayed an earnest and sincere prayer for truth and it was then that a new life of meaning began. ARISE promotes this earnest searching and enables the students to have confidence in the Bible as the living, powerful, life-changing Word of God.

ARISE, for me, is about relationships. In the class of 2010 there were about 50 students from all over the world. I found that friendships formed through the common denominator of the love of Christ are the strongest friendships that exist. True joy is experienced in sharing the love of God with others, and for three months my wife and I were able to …
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Kevin McGill

Bible Worker
South Hill Adventist Church

At the Foothills of the Himalayas, Part 2

June 7, 2011 | Jeffrey Rosario

I thought I was excited about Jesus. I thought I was in love with the Gospel. I thought I was passionate about the Word. But then I preached my first sermon to a room packed with 400 young people from all over Nepal, India and even Tibet.

It was the Nepali Youth for Christ Convention. This was truly an historical event—the very first nationwide gathering of Adventist youth in the history of the region.

Some of these young people traveled two days by foot to hear the preaching of the Word. Some sat on the floors of crammed, stinky buses which rattled through pitted, rutted gravel roads for two days to attend these meetings.

A visit to the accommodations was in order. Attendees slept on cement floors with a thin mat and a blanket. Let’s just say it was a bit different than the Marriott and Hilton that most of us are used to at our various conventions. But that’s how they roll in Nepal. They were …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Light Bearers

How I Became the Fresh Prince of Sonora

June 4, 2011 | Lee G

I knew I was in for something special.

As Randy and Shandra Ban picked me up from the airport, I asked them what ARISE was all about – was it a school for missionaries? They told me it was a school that connected people with Jesus. I nodded my head, pleased.

We drove up a steep, winding road for what seemed like hours. As the sun was setting, I looked out through the trees to the world below. Eventually the “ARISE” sign came into view and we came to a stop in the parking lot.

“What is this? The United Nations?”

Upon climbing out of the van, I met my roommate; a Frenchman named Gaetan. I stepped into the kitchen where I met my British classmate, Yon, whose style words cannot describe; Rayon, from Holland, was the ideal European; Nelis, a dashing white man from South Africa; and KC, a friendly girl from the Philippines who immediately offered me tiny tropical bananas.

I thought to myself, “What is this? The …
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Lee G

Bible Worker
Germantown Adventist Church

At the Foothills of the Himalayas

June 1, 2011 | Jeffrey Rosario

If you would’ve asked me a few months ago to point to Nepal on a map, I would’ve been in trouble. The fact is that though I’ve spent the last 10 years traveling to different countries, Asia has remained a great mystery to me; basically, uncharted territory.

But that was about to change. I was at a convention earlier this year when an eighteen year old foreign student approached me and asked, “Would you be open to accepting a preaching invitation to Nepal?” I wanted to discreetly locate it on Google Maps with my iPhone.

Not long thereafter, my plane landed in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. I had no idea what I was in for. I was about to get a taste of an entirely different world––like going to an unknown planet to live in some unknown time.

No, seriously. When you step out of that airplane you’re in another time. They’re on the Bikram Sambat calendar and the current year is 2068. No wonder I was confused …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Light Bearers