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This  issue of the Record is dedicated to the transforming power of prayer, as shared through the insights and stories from faithful prayer warriors around the Southwestern Union. Our prayer …

Point of View

Prayer—It's Like Talking to a Friend


Most of us understand the importance of prayer in our daily lives. But when it comes to actually doing it, we sometimes push it to the bottom of our agenda. I read …

Stepping Stone

Stepping Stone to Success - October 2014


LM:If I had a nickel for every time I heard an alum of Southwestern say, "I never planned to go to Southwestern, but...," I'd probably have quite a few nickels! …


Prayer: Perfect Rest for Your Mind, Body, and Soul


“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” ~ Jesus (Matthew 11:28, NIV) Prayer: Wellness Benefits Did you know that frequent prayer, …


God is Faithful


A mission trip was not on my list of things to do until the summer of 2008. I had been raised a Seventh-day Adventist, but it was during this time …

Pass it On

Lord, I Want to Be a Witness Today


Sitting in the pew one Sabbath, with the Women’s Ministries Committee of the Oklahoma Conference, I listened intently to the pastor share a personal story. A friend had challenged him …

Visión Hispana

¿Hay Para Dios Alguna Cosa Difícil?


En la mañana del 20 de noviembre del año 2002 mi esposa jugaba con nuestra pequeña Angie y yo con nuestros varoncitos cuando llegaron unas hermanas para hablar conmigo. Entramos …


The Cure for Distraction


Really? She was only preparing a meal, for crying out loud, how distracted could she be? As the blank page on my computer screen stares at me reproachfully, the phone …

A Prayer and Seven Pieces Of Spaghetti!


I’ll never forget the spring of my husband’s junior year in college. It was that time of the year when the publishing directors would visit the college campuses to recruit students …

Equipped and Empowered


Approximately 1,000 members of the Southwestern Union gathered at the 2014 Equipped for Ministries Convention, held August 28-31, in Frisco, Texas. Members were “Equipped and Empowered” in various areas of …

Forever Faithful: Pathfinder Camporee 2014


The 2014 Forever Faithful International Camporee, held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, August 11-16, was the largest Adventist Youth event to date, with more than 46,600 participants from more than 50 countries. …

Arkansas-Louisiana Conference

Keep Going to the Rock


The North American Division has designated 2014 as the Year of Prayer and has used the theme, “I Go to the Rock.” I like that! Because when we pray, we …

Ozark, Clarksville, and Boonville Churches Honor Pastor


Ozark, Ark. » Bryan Seymour has been the shepherd for the Ozark, Clarksville, and Boonville Seventh-day Adventist Churches for the past two and a half years. Recommitting his life to …

By God’s Grace


Gentry, Ark. » For years my view has been that my mission field is right in front of me. I often thought that not enough mission work is done within …

Heber Springs Church is Rejoicing


Heber Springs, Ark. » The members of the Heber Springs Seventh-day Adventist Church are rejoicing! We got out of the graveyard! Maybe we need to give an explanation. For many …

Oklahoma Conference

Fourteen Souls for the Kingdom of God


Wewoka » Camp meeting at Wewoka Woods Adventist Center is always a wonderful time for members to get together to visit, reconnect, and gain new spiritual insight as they attend the …

Oklahoma Conference Elects New Conference Secretary


Oklahoma City » The Oklahoma Conference is honored to announce that Richard “Rick” C. Dye is the newly elected Executive Secretary of the Oklahoma Conference. He and his wife, LaVonne, have …

Edmond Church Honors Long-time Member


Edmond » On Sabbath, July 26, members of the Edmond church gathered after the church service for photographs to salute one of God's faithful servants, José Torres. A member of …

Prayer Will Change the World!


Where can you experience the blessings of joining together in prayer early in the morning, in the afternoon, and right before bedtime and multiple times throughout the day, as well …

Southwest Region Conference

Baton Rouge Berean Celebrates 78 Years


Baton Rouge, La. » On Friday, July 4, our nation celebrated its 238th birthday. On the following Sabbath, July 5, the Baton Rouge Berean church celebrated its 78th church anniversary. …

Shiloh Adventist School Keeps Busy


Little Rock, Ark. » There is a lot going on at Shiloh Adventist School! Students began the school year with lots of excitement, beginning with new technology in the classroom …

Brenda Davis Ordained as Elder in Hebron Church


Houston, Tex. » Brenda Davis has functioned as an elder of the Hebron church for the past two years. On Sabbath, July 12, 2014 she was ordained as the first …

What Prayer Means To Me


The subject of prayer always evokes different thoughts and emotions in different people. There are many admonitions in scripture regarding prayer: pray without ceasing, pray and faint not, pray for …

Texas Conference

A Year of Firsts and Surprises


Jefferson » On May 21, 2014 Pineywoods Adventist Christian School’s first eighth-grade graduate, Luttrell Stevenson, received his diploma. Stevenson has attended PACS from its inception in 2011. He has grown …

Kids in the Kitchen


Mt. Pleasant » The Mt. Pleasant church’s Kids in the Kitchen Vacation Bible School, held June 16–20, was a great success, with 17-20 kids attending each day. The kids’ days …

God's Weird Animals


Houston » The Houston Alief Spanish church held its annual Vacation Bible School during June 9-13. More than 57 children, including 25 children from the local community, participated in the …

Tyler Adventist School Baptisms


Tyler » Five students of the Tyler Adventist School were baptized on May 10, 2014. Some of the five took baptismal classes with Paul LeBlanc, pastor, during the 2012-13 school …

Prayer Moves the Heart of God


“Who [Christ], in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from …

Texico Conference

Changed: Real Lives in the Real World


Las Cruces, N. Mex. » The Texico Conference held their spring youth rally at the Columbus Conference Center in Las Cruces, on April 4-5, 2014. Hosted by the Spanish and …

Treasure Hunt Brings People Together


Taos, N. Mex. » After holding an evangelistic meeting and follow up in Taos, the Adventist church decided to do something different in town. We invited the neighboring Adventist churches …

Teachers Receive SWUC Excellence Award


Albuquerque, N. Mex » This spring, two of our teachers in the Texico Conference received the Southwestern Union Conference Excellence In Teaching Award. Darlene Roche was the recipient of the …

El Paso Central Celebrates Baptisms at Graduation


El Paso, Tex. » El Paso Adventist Junior Academy (EPAJA) is truly a school with a mission, especially considering that many of the students attending are from different faiths. For …

Plugged in to the Power


“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’ …

Southwestern Adventist University

Southwestern ESL Combines Lessons and Real Friendship to Teach English


Unique language labs, family-like support, and daily worship set Southwestern’s English as a Second Language apart from other similar programs. The Euro-Asian Division of Seventh-day Adventists has taken note, and …

North American Division News

Ten Days of Prayer 2015


Silver Spring, Md. » Experience ten life-changing days with the Savior as you start your year with prayer during the Ten Days of Prayer, January 7-17, 2015. The Ten Days …

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October 2014 Classified Ads

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October 2014 Announcements

Sheyenne River Academy/Dakota Adventist Academy Alumni Weekend, October 3-4, 2014 at Dakota Adventist Academy, 15905 Sheyenne Circle, Bismarck, ND.  Come and renew your friendships!  Honor Classes: ’40, ’45, ’50, ’55, ’60, '65, …


October 2014 Obituaries

KOI, Norma W., born July 5, 1921 in Macon, Mo., and died August 7, 2014 in Hot Springs, Ark. She was a member of the Hot Springs church. Survivors: son …

On the Record

Prayer Changes Things. Most of All, It Changes Us.


The Strong’s Concordance lists more than 500 references to texts that contain the word pray or one of its derivatives. The Index to the Writings of Ellen G. White contains …

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