December 20, 2011

Web Letters

Her Music Ministry

Through her music Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse left an indelible and lasting legacy for the church and the world. The article by Jennifer Mae Barizo, “Her Music Continues” (Dec. 8, 2011) was crafted so beautifully that I consider it one of the best feature articles I’ve come across in the magazine.

Rittenhouse is no longer with us, but her influence, her music, and mission will go on in the lives of the people she touched. Thank you for paying tribute to such a remarkable woman.

--Jerry Barton
Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada

I remember as a little girl growing up in Mandeville, Jamaica having the opportunity of hearing Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse play the violin at our school. I have never forgotten; and the sound of her violin has resonated within me all these years. I have grown to love the sound of the violin and classical music, all because of hearing this woman play at our school.

I look forward to meeting her again in the earth made new.

--Beverley Thompson
Kingston, Jamaica

In the second paragraph of Jennifer Mae Barizo’s December 9 article “Her Music Continues,” the phrase “in that building” was inserted, incorrectly implying that Barizo has an office in Carnegie Hall. Additionally, the name Laurie Redmer Minner was misspelled. We apologize for these errors.—Editors

All Creation All the Time
I’m writing to comment on the editorial by Mark Kellner, “If the Creation Account Isn’t True . . .” (Dec. 8, 2011).
Kellner is definitely not alone! Incorporating Darwinism into Christianity is like using spells from witchcraft while praying to the Maker of the universe. It’s ludicrous, incomprehensible, unfathomable, but above all, it’s an abomination to the Lord!

--Gabriel Mercado

I’m writing about the great editorial from Mark Kellner about Creation. I pray that all of us will realize the significance of this biblical truth.

As I reach out to Buddhists, animists, and others, it is a distinguishing fact that the God we worship is a loving God who is also our Creator. Otherwise we’ve gutted the first angel’s message.

--Harvey Steck
Maesalit, Thailand

Her Writing Ministry

This morning, while looking for something to read in my special reading place, I picked up a previously read Adventist Review and reread “An Angel’s Gift” by Dixil Rodríguez (Nov. 10, 2011). What a blessing!

If Rodríguez’ columns were compiled into a devotional book some year, I would buy it. Thank you for all the columnists you carry. I like most of them. But the stories from this woman always speak to my heart.

--Victor Elliott
Columbia Maryland

One Big Family

I read “Their Church, of My Church” (Nov. 17, 2011) with interest. I have seen German language churches disappear in the plains states, and have wondered what will happen to Spanish churches. It will probably take them longer to disappear compared to German churches, since Latin family loyalty is rather strong. I have worked with them in South America and on the border with Mexico.

I teach academy Bible classes in South Texas at Valley Grande Adventist Academy. I don’t like to hear some people saying that God has a special section of heaven for those who speak Spanish. I think we all will learn Canaan’s language!

--Herman Guy

A World Problem Made Digestible
Regarding “Good Stewards of Good Planet Earth” (Nov. 24, 2011): We can individually help alleviate world hunger by becoming knowledgeable in ways to offset the problem.

Our wasteful ways of eating can be a start. A steer must consume from eight to 16 pounds of grain to produce one pound of meat. Indeed, animals raised for food in the United States consume 90 percent of the soy crop, 80 percent of the corn crop, and 70 percent of its grain. The United States could feed 800 million people with the grain livestock eat.

In addition, more than 4 million tons of grain and fruit are used each year by North American brewers, vintners, and distillers. These food products could be used to feed every hungry mouth in the world many times over.

Our prodigious appetite for health-destroying meat and alcohol prompted French agricultural expert, Rene Dumont, to chide the rich nations of the world as being “practically indirect cannibals,” since their meat and drink means other peoples’ starvation.

Clearly, the time has come for Adventists to take a second look at our health message. Indeed, its importance has an added dimension as we consider our important role as good stewards. May we rise to the occasion.

--Suzanne Sutton
Riverside, California

What Foot Washing Taught Me
After reading Andy Nash’s column “A New Way to Observe Foot Washing” (Oct. 20, 2011), I was reminded of a time in the late 70’s after attending church a time or two I was made aware that this particular Sabbath we would be participating in the communion service. Being a former Roman Catholic, I knew it would be different than receiving the Eucharist, and was unaware about how Protestants observed communion.

As the service began I was told that we would be participating in foot washing before receiving the bread and wine. Foot washing was not yet something I knew anything about. But I remember remarking to myself, “How wonderful!” I knew then that the Holy Spirit had given me this thought. I could have been all kinds of upset not knowing what to expect, where in reality I was blessed. Since then it seems that the Holy Spirit fills me fully every time after participating in foot washing.

I think about the first time Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and no one offered to wash His feet. So each time I participate in foot washing, I think about what Jesus said in Matthew 25:40, the one I serve becomes a representative of my Savior. Can anything be more wonderful?

--Robert Rouillard
Lakewood, Washington