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Changed Lives – Washed Clean

by Dustin Serns, Pastor of the Port Orchard Seventh-day Adventist Church

February of 2019, Mitch walked away from his house with a noose in his pocket, a beer in his hand, and a plan to take his life. Mitch had been a severe alcoholic for all of his adult life. Now he had given up… but God hadn’t.

Mitch’s wife took him to the hospital. When Mitch told the lady at the reception desk his plan to kill himself, she acted immediately and got him into an alcoholic rehabilitation program. There, a girl looked him in the eye and said, “Whatever you do, please don’t drink and drive.” She had been hit by a drunk driver and broke almost every bone in her body. It was a miracle she was still alive.

“I’ll do you one better!” Mitch responded. “I’ll never drink again!” God gave Mitch the strength to follow through on his decision. After five days in the program, Mitch came home sober. 

God continued to transform his life. He began reading the Bible and praying every day. A few months later, a couple people showed up at his door with a flyer for an upcoming Bible prophecy seminar. Mitch was interested. At the seminar, Mitch surrendered everything to Christ. By the time the seminar was over, Mitch was attending church regularly, had joined a couple Bible study groups, and was continuing to grow in his love for God. 

He wanted victory over smoking. After decades of being enslaved by addictions, Mitch wanted Jesus to set him free completely. He began asking Jesus for power to overcome. He asked a few friends at church to pray for him and encourage him through the ups and downs of trying to quit.

A few weeks later, one of those friends called, “Mitch, I’ve been praying for you. How long has it been since you had a smoke?”

“You know, I can’t even remember!” Mitch said. He was free.

On October 5, 2019, Mitch was baptized into the Port Orchard Seventh-day Adventist Church. The same man who had wanted to end his life eight months earlier was now “made alive in Christ.” He shared a powerful, joyful and tearful testimony about what Jesus has done for Him and encouraged everyone to put their trust in Him. He was so happy to be “washed clean.” 

We praise Jesus for offering each of us victory and a new life of hope and wholeness!

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Why Not Try This – Sabbath-to-Go

Source: NAD Ministerial

Sabbath may be the very best day of the week to shut the church doors and serve your community.  Here’s why. And how. Read More

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Soul Winning – My Bucket List

Given 18 months to live, Bob Stuart decided to bring one person to church every month. Imagine how quickly the Adventist Church would grow if each of the church’s 20 million members brought in just one person a year. Read More

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Momentum – The Evil One Attacks, Blessings Still Abound

by Cristian Bobocea, Pastor of the Shelton Seventh-day Adventist Church

It’s been more than two years since we last had a public evangelistic series in our church.

We have two major ministries that we support, a school and a daycare, and for a rather small church membership, this is a large undertaking putting a strain on both human and financial resources. However, the church board members decided to step out in faith and invest in a Bible Prophecy seminar. And praise the Lord, He answers the prayers of the faithful ones! At the end of the meetings, five new members have been added to the church family!

Since the beginning, when thousands of the advertising brochures were sent in the mail boxes, one could perceive that the evil one doesn’t want this kind of thing to happen. Even though we contracted to cover the whole area in a mass mailing, not all neighborhoods in town received the pamphlet. It remains a mystery how and why this has happened, but we trust God that those who have been overlooked now, He will reach them later, in other ways.

Before the meetings started and all through the time they lasted, a group of faithful members had been praying. The Lord blessed their efforts with a good group of non-members consistently coming to the meetings. The Spirit filled Bible prophecies impressed their hearts and minds. Many had questions and were interested in knowing more. A couple of them are still coming to our church meetings, both on Sabbath and during the week.

The Bible prophecy series culminated with a beautiful baptism ceremony, on the last Sabbath. Four people that attended the meetings decided to renew their lives making a new covenant with Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. A fifth person, previously baptized in an evangelical church, joined the Adventist church through profession of faith. Looking at the way He works in our lives, we praise the Lord for His never ending mercies and blessings that He pours upon His people who follow Him in faith!

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Resources – Acts of the Apostles in Braille, Back2Basics

brailleActs of the Apostles is now available in Braille, the raised dot system for the blind, from Christian Record Services for the Blind. To receive a copy, call Linda at 402-488-0981, Ext. 227. Be sure to ask about other portions of the Bible when you call. Watch the video  [Video photo: Claire Marino reads from a Braille edition of Acts of the Apostles]  


back 2 basicsBack2Basics Magazine (B2B Mag) is an Adventist Christian lifestyle publication designed to inform and inspire young people in their walk with Christ. B2B Mag serves as a platform for young adults to express, encourage and excite, using creativity with Jesus as the foundation for all content.      Download the free mobile app and subscribe online at

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Momentum – Working Together

cashmereby Jaime Flores, Pastor of the Spanish District of Wenatchee

In Cashmere, WA the English and Spanish Churches are working together for the community. For the last three years, church members have offered the Hispanic community free English classes. There has been an average of 60 attending. As a result of this community service, several people have taken an interest in the church so in April, the Spanish Group held two evangelistic meetings, one for adults and one for children. As a result, 3 people were baptized, one of whom came as a result of the English Class.

Our Lord says, “…no one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62) The Spanish Group of Cashmere understands this statement. We want to work for people, regardless of race or language. Please pray for this little group to soon become a company and finally, a Church.

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Peru 2014!

Tarapoto-studyingOn March 20, a total of 37 missionaries (including 9 students from Portland Adventist Academy and Upper Columbia Academy  as well as 12 SOULS NW students) arrived in Tarapoto, Peru to preach the gospel in 22 different churches. Communication has been difficult there, but Jason Worf, Director of SOULS NW, has been faithful in posting stories daily to his blog. Read about the wonderful, life changing things that are happening right now in Peru by clicking here.

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Soul Winning – Northwest Mission Institute is now Souls Northwest

nmi-now-soulsnw-postNorthwest Mission Institute is expanding its training program to two years, up from its original six month program, and has changed its name to SOULS Northwest. The new two-year program will include certificates in Literature Ministries Leadership and Outreach Evangelism Leadership. Currently, SOULS Northwest is a partner with Walla Walla University, and offers several classes that are accredited through the university. This expansion will maintain that partnership.

Extending the training program makes it possible for SOULS Northwest to train students who will work with the Literature Ministries departments of the North Pacific Union conferences as leaders for their Youth Rush summer literature evangelism programs. The expansion will also bolster SOULS Northwest’s ability to recruit younger students—specifically high school graduates—and train them to be proficient in outreach evangelism leadership.

Although SOULS Northwest is extending its training to two years, its shorter, six-month program will still be offered for Continue Reading…

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Momentum – Bridge Events and Evangelism

by Owen Bandy, Pastor of Post Falls Idaho Seventh-day Adventist Church

72409506478336683_7JVvwaTn_fIn 2012, with the arrival of our new Bible Worker, Chuck Stillwell, we set to the task of making plans for our outreach efforts. Among other things, like doing door to door work, we started with a NEWSTART booth at the fair. At that fair booth we contacted many people and gave out a lot of information about our church and it’s ministries. We collected the names of over thirty people who wanted to bring their children to an event we were calling Cowboys for Little Angels, where they could have a free horse ride, get some good food, hear some great country gospel music as well as have a family picture taken. All for free.

This was followed up with a 15 night evangelistic service which was held by myself as the pastor. We had purchased a billboard for thirty days out along Interstate 90 to advertise the meetings. We did a mail out to cover the whole of the Post Falls zip code area. We also did a lot of door to door work of handing out brochures. Our Bible Worker was crucial in spearheading all of this effort. Opening night we had our largest attendance of non members ever at just under thirty. We have had about seven individuals who have kept very consistent in their attendance with one couple even attending their first Sabbath service last Sabbath.  We expect at least two others to be attending very soon.

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Momentum – One Week With God

During the time between July 15 – August 22, 2012 I presented a series of meetings titled: “One Week With God” During that time I presented at least 15 meetings covering the basic beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Our goal was to reach out to the friends of our members and present messages that would enable them to become members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The topics were tied to relevant current events and focused on having a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ, and preparing for His soon coming. We have had a total of 5 visitors attend. Two have already been baptized, one is committed to baptism, and another has requested preparation for baptism. So, four out of the five in attendance have been, or are soon to be baptized.

People seem to appreciate the format of having more than one topic presented each evening in shorter segments. The meetings are fast paced, but yet thorough. I am looking forward to giving it a try again in the near future. I believe that if we advertised more in advance of our meetings we would have had better participation from our members.

Kevin Wilfley, Pastor
Spokane Linwood Seventh-day Adventist Church


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