s Adventist educators we have a special calling and unique opportunity to capture the hearts and minds of our youth in these unprecedented times. The pandemic we have been living with for months will certainly continue to be with us going forward, creating a degree of uncertainty as we look for an end to the suffering, and admitting that we are not fully aware of what the consequences will look like. This crisis is a daily reminder that we are fragile human beings and in need of a Savior.
On a parallel track is the social injustice that has been highlighted within our NAD territory, and the call for change and justice, both in and out of our church. Made available to you is a discussion guide that you may find useful when opportunities arise for meaningful discussion. As educators we can offer hope, wholeness and healing to all who are hurting and aspiring for “Something Better.”
Another school year has been thrust upon us much too fast, but allowing our school agencies time to be transformed through directives from local county, state, and government agencies. And yet, through creativity and innovation, we will offer our students and families a safe environment, and opportunity to continue their Adventist Education experience. The NADOE has resources to assist you.
God, the creator and life-giver, reminds us in His word that we all have value and should be treated with dignity. Human life is priceless. Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10, NIV). As we transition into the “new normal,” and another school year, let us remind our youth that Jesus wants us to live life to its fullest. Through our new paradigms of learning and delivery it is still our goal “for all students at every grade level to have a personal, deep, abiding relationship with God and to respond to His invitation to live out of the overflow of this relationship — to understand the truths of the Bible, to respond to Christ’s invitation to live in a lifelong vibrant relationship with Him, and be passionate about the salvation of others” (Encounter Bible Curriculum Overview Booklet). Thank you for ensuring that our learners continue to have this opportunity.
Prayers and courage,
Arne Nielsen, Vice President for Education
Arne Nielsen, M.Ed.
Vice President of Education
Arne P. Nielsen believes that the real object of education, through the work of the Holy Spirit, is to transform the lives of students and “restore in man the image of his Maker …promoting the development of body, mind, and soul.”
Arne holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Andrews University and a Master’s Degree in School Administration from Western Carolina University. He plans to resume his studies in the Leadership PhD program at Andrews University.
Our Unique Opportunity
“NEVER HAS THERE BEEN A TIME WHEN MAN HAS BEEN SO RESPONSIBLE TO GOD AS HE IS AT THE PRESENT HOUR. NEVER HAS THERE BEEN A TIME WHEN MAN’S POSITION HAS BEEN SO CRITICAL AS IT IS NOW. ALL THINGS IN NATURE AND IN THE WORLD AT LARGE ARE CHARGED WITH INTENSE EARNESTNESS.”
THE REMNANT CHURCH:
ITS ORGANIZATION, AUTHORITY, UNITY, AND TRIUMPH. ELMSHAVEN OFFICE, p. 50.
School Safety Resources
Social Justice Discussion Guide
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