June 13, 2011

Give & Take

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We are looking for brief submissions in these categories:

Adventist Quotes
(profound or spontaneous)
Adventist Life (short anecdotes, especially from the world of adults)
Camp Meeting Memories (short, humorous, and/or profound anecdotes)
Please send your submissions to Give & Take, Adventist Review, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904-6600; fax: 301-680-6638; e-mail: [email protected]. Please include phone number, city, and state.
2011 1517 page13Adventist Life
My 8-year-old son Andrew was singing “Soon and Very Soon” the other day and added a new, insightful verse. After singing “No more crying there” and “No more dying there,” he added, “No more whining there.”
Won’t that be a great day?
—Gary Moyer, Charlotte, North Carolina
Sound Bite
"I do most of my sinning when I'm right"
--Eric Shadle, Pastor of the Richland Seventh-day Adventist Church in Washington state.

Camp Meeting Memories

In 1980 Fort Indiantown Gap in Pennsylvania became a temporary camp for Cuban refugees who were brought into our country for processing and sponsorship.
When members of the Blue Mountain Academy Seventh-day Adventist Church, just 35 miles away, heard of the need for volunteers to aid in this huge project, many were eager to help. 
Since it was camp meeting time at Blue Mountain Academy, plans were initiated to transport a bus loaded with volunteers each weekday during camp meeting to assist in clothing distribution for the refugees.
2011 1517 page13We assumed there had to be Seventh-day Adventist members among those refugees in the camp, but how to find them among a population of more than 19,000 Cubans could prove to be quite a challenge.  
As I recall the story, it was some of the Blue Mountain Academy students who provided a solution. A group of Hispanic young people stood together in the center of the camp and enthusiastically began to sing in Spanish a universally popular hymn Adventists easily identify with: “Lift up the trumpet, and loud let it ring: Jesus is coming again!” 
Almost before the song ended, refugees were running out of the various barracks shouting, “Adventista!  Adventista!” Strangers with hearts full of hope and love became friends, united through the wonderful message in music and words so familiar to Adventists worldwide. 
—Edith Galambos, Hamburg, Pennsylvania