April 2012 - Archives

Food Not Bombs with the ARISE Interns

Food Not Bombs

April 30, 2012 | Nick Hausted

After completing the four month Cornerstone Program this past December, eight of us graduates were asked to be a part of the new ARISE Internship Program . Each of us were assigned to a project in the Eugene and Springfield area. I, along with three others, was assigned to the University of Oregon to make connections with people interested in studying the Bible and learning more about the gospel. This could potentially lead to planting a church on campus someday.

After learning of our assignment, we set out to explore the university and become familiar with the campus. After receiving some information about starting student groups and wandering around with the team for a little bit, I strayed over to a radical environmentalist meeting called “The Survival Center.” I curiously looked around at the array of literature and pamphlets that were organized on bookshelves and surveyed the room strewn with banners, provocative protest signs and various themes displayed to awaken the attention to serious problems in the world. I could tell …
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Nick Hausted

Intern
ARISE

How To Not Be Weird - Ty Gibson

How Not To Be Weird

April 27, 2012 | Ty Gibson

Placing an order in a café recently, the server said, “You don’t eat meat? That’s weird.” I responded, with a smile of course, “Yeah, it’s way less weird to catch a beautiful creature, look into its frightened eyes, cut its throat as it struggles to get free, dismember its body, slice it in pieces, fry it up in a pan and eat it with laughter around a table with your friends as you look into one another’s eyes and give no thought at all to the whole brutal affair.”

Too much said, I know, but sometimes the words just fall out of my mouth before I can stop them.

Once a man came to my house to make a repair. He commented: “It’s weird to come into a house that doesn’t have a TV on in the background that I have to talk over. It seems oddly quiet in here.” I thought to myself, “Huh. Are we at a place where it’s just ‘normal’ to live with a constant backdrop …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

The ARISE Internship Program

April 24, 2012 | Light Bearers

For almost a decade now we’ve had the privilege of training over 800 people through our ARISE training programs . It’s been a powerful and beautiful experience! But we’ve always dreamed of having a longer, more thorough training program.

Thankfully, now that we have our own facilities since our recent merger with Light Bearers , we now have an opportunity to provide a longer program of training, discipleship and mentorship.

This is the ARISE Internship program. A 12-month extension of our Cornerstone Program . A select number of students are enrolled in this graduate program to continue learning in class and applying what they learn in the community.

The eight interns that are part of this internship program are actively engaged in frontline ministry. They are serving in local churches giving Bible studies and preaching, conducting training for the laity, organizing small groups, visiting backsliders, integrating into the overall life of the churches, and targeting the University of Oregon  (which has over 20,000 students) with outreach ministries. We’re excited to see young people committing their lives for Gospel ministry and being used by God …
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Light Bearers

a publishing, training and evangelism ministry.

Young Adults Launch Bible Boot Camp in Ipswich

Young Adults Launch Bible Boot Camp

April 18, 2012 | Sandra Entermann

As a direct result of attending the ARISE Bible Boot Camp at Kingscliff Church in April last year, six young adults from Ipswich Church recently took up the challenge to run their very own Bible Boot Camp for their local congregation.

Joe Tyler, Alo Talafua, Sasha Shofay, Vanessa Woodman, Nina Ngau and Sandra Entermann all maintain, “None of us went in confidently. We all knew we were up for a big challenge, but we had each other, we had our notes, and we had Jesus”.

Despite a massive storm raging around him–having just been hit with the news that his mother has only months to live–novice presenter, Alo, took up the challenge of delivering the opening session, The Word of God & Daniel 2. When questioned at the end if he had been nervous, he admitted that yes he was, but quoted David Asscherick, saying, “when you kneel before God you can stand before kings”.

The youngest of the presenters, Vanessa, put her hand up to present the controversial topic The Antichrist. She said “it was …
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Sandra Entermann

Graduate
ARISE Australia

5 Ways To Be A Successful Student On A Public College Campus

April 13, 2012 | Israel Ramos

If you are a Seventh-day Adventist student studying on a non-Adventist university campus, you have a unique opportunity. Far more than merely graduating with an expensive piece of paper in your hands, you can be used by God to impact a group of people that is often neglected, grossly underestimated, and hugely important to the cause of Christ. You are part of a missionary group of people where world missions come to you.

Here are five simple and proven–ways to be a successful missionary on your campus without adding much to your already busy schedule (BONDS–makes it easier to remember):

1. Be Involved

“In the story of the good Samaritan, Christ illustrates the nature of true religion. He shows that it consists not in systems, creeds, or rites, but in the performance of loving deeds, in bringing the greatest good to others, in genuine goodness” (Desire of Ages, 497).

Remember that a religion that is not active is not real religion. A religion that is not shared is a religion not worth taking …
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Israel Ramos

Associate Director
CAMPUS

Redeem the Time

April 11, 2012 | Jeffrey Rosario

The book of Revelation gives us a glimpse behind the scenes of the great controversy between good and evil:

“Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time” (Revelation 12:12)

God lifts the curtain and gives us the perspective of the other side. The devil has “great wrath.” It’s not that he’s a bit upset. The Greek word for wrath means “passion, as if breathing hard.” He’s in a state of panic, a state of passionate anger.

But why?

The answer is right in the text: “because he knows that he has a short time.” So there it is. It’s a time factor. Satan is well aware of the times in which we live. He’s familiar with the news. In fact, the effects of his work is what too often makes the news. He’s acquainted with the prophecies that are being …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Speaker
Light Bearers

Songs of Ascent 2012 - Who I Am Tour

2012 Songs of Ascent Tour

April 6, 2012 | Light Bearers

Over the years we have become associated with a number of talented musicians and songwriters. We’ve often daydreamed about a music tour that would be biblically grounded, of the highest musical quality, and evangelistically savvy. Those dreams have become reality. The first  Songs of Ascent Concert Tour took place last year from April through June 2011.

We traveled all over California and featured a themed approach that included original songs from several young, spirited Adventist musicians, most of them being former students of our ARISE evangelism training program.

We’re so thankful to Jesus for the blessings and success of the tour, which included more than 20 concerts and added 3000 miles to a very carefully and thoroughly packed mini-van. Christ was uplifted and hearts were moved by the gospel-centered music provided by the “musicianaries” (they are musicians and missionaries) that led those attending on the Eden to Eden journey through Scripture. We believe this creative project is just the beginning of a whole new way of “doing” ministry and evangelism.

This year’s tour will take place in …
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Light Bearers

a publishing, training and evangelism ministry.