On Wednesday, December 3, the A&P class attended a Robotics Open House held by the Beaver Dam Community Hospital celebrating one year using the da Vinci surgical system. The da Vinci Surgical System is a robotic surgical system designed to facilitate complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach, and is controlled by a surgeon from a console. The system is commonly used for prostatectomies, and increasingly for cardiac valve repair and gynecologic surgical procedures. A doctor who uses the system explained how the da Vinci system operated, and then students got to try their hands with real and computer-based practice.
On Sunday evening, we were blessed with a surprise visit from Kent and Leonda George, who were traveling through the area and made time to share some stories with us.
Kent and Leonda George have been planting Adventist churches in the Palawano tribe in the mountains of Palawan, Philippines since 1995. Kent provides the necessary administrative and support necessary to supporting a large team. Leonda oversees the medical clinic and related branch-clinic, which provides the community with much-needed care. She also oversees the four mission schools, training of native teachers and continuing to develop curriculum.
We were very blessed to hear stories directly from the front lines of mission in Palawan and we pray that many students will take up the call to serve God and spread the gospel message.
On Sunday evening, over twenty kids from the Wisconsin Academy church gathered with their moms in the girls’ dorm lobby for a Christmas party with gifts. Kids enjoyed making gingerbread houses, playing Marco Polo and musical chairs, coloring, and talking with the girls. The dorm girls enjoyed handing out Christmas presents that they had bought for each child at the end of the evening by the Christmas tree.
The party was planned and organized by the the girls’ club, which includes representatives from each class.
On Friday, students in Junior Bible experienced enjoyed unleavened bread, bitter herbs, grape juice, and a variety of 1st century Jewish foods in a rough simulation of Passover, as Jesus and His disciples might have experienced it (minus the roasted lamb).
Students in Junior Bible have been learning about the Sanctuary services and we are now discussing the types found in the Biblical feasts. Although Seventh-day Adventists do not observe the feasts, there is much we can learn about God’s plan of salvation from the instructions for the feasts in the Bible – particularly the autumn feasts.
“The subject of the sanctuary and the investigative judgment should be clearly understood by the people of God. All need a knowledge for themselves of the position and work of their great High Priest. Otherwise it will be impossible for them to exercise the faith which is essential at this time or to occupy the position which God designs them to fill.” GC 488
On Wednesday, students in Government class discussed religious liberty issues with Dr. Nicholas Miller, director of Andrews University’s International Religious Liberty Institute through Skype. Dr. Miller specifically discussed Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case in which a Colorado baker refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. He discussed the baker’s religious liberty vs. LGBTQ rights, the difference between licentiousness and law, and related issues involving the separation of church and state.
The session lasted about 30 minutes, including a 10 minute question and answer session. Students asked good questions and will be writing reflection papers on their experience.
On Tuesday, senior Bible students took a field trip to visit a Hindu temple, a synagogue, a Serbian Orthodox cathedral, and a mosque. At each, we were given a tour, and religious leaders explained the basics of their belief system. These tours generated a host of questions and meaningful discussions.
This field trip was a part of the class’s study of worldviews and religions. During the past few weeks we have studied and discussed the major world religions, noting particularly the questions that religion asks and the answers it seeks to provide. Knowing how other people see the world can help us better understand why they act they way they do and how we can best tell them about Jesus, the answer to all our deepest needs.
Each Friday, small groups of students meet with faculty for “Faculty Family” time. The students in Dan and Janine Show’s faculty family group decided recently to make blankets for people who needed them. Fernando said that he had an elderly friend at church who could use a lap blanket, and so the project started.
Each Friday, the group of five students measured, cut, and tied a small lap blanket under the direction of Janine Show. Over Thanksgiving break, Fernando will be delivering the blanket to his friend.
“It was fun, because we did it together,” said senior Ana Carreño, “and in the end, the results were great. We’re doing something for someone. And Mrs. Show told us we’re going to keep doing things for people.”
This is one of the many ways Wisconsin Academy is training students to be “Fit to Serve.
On Sabbath morning, students in the WAY (Wisconsin Academy Youth) team had the privilege of sharing a worship service with the members of the Marshfield and Bethel Seventh-day Adventist churches. Students led out in every aspect of the service. Laura (a junior), Josue (also a junior), and Ana (a senior) preached short sermonettes on thankfulness. Other students shared special music, called for offering, shared the children’s story, etc.
After the service, we enjoyed a delicious potlock with the the Marshfield and Bethel church members. The trip was especially fun because it snowed while we were there. One of our freshmen was excited because it was his first time seeing snow in real life!
WAY Teams exist to give students experience in sharing the love of Jesus in churches across Wisconsin. This is one way Wisconsin Academy is training students to be “Fit to Serve.
Each night this week and next week, students have been joining church members and community guests for “Hope Through Prophecy,” a life-changing seminar presented by Pastor Jonathan Fetrick at the Wisconsin Academy SDA Church.
The first presentation on Monday, Nov. 6, was entitled “Bible Prophecy and its Astonishing Predictions.” Additional presentations have been entitled “Signs of the End You Cannot Ignore,” The Bible Reveals the Antichrist (Parts 1 & 2)” and “The Coming Worldwide Crisis.”
We ask for you continued prayers, that we will not only reach community members, but also that our hearts will be touched by the truths of Jesus’ love and that we will be prepared to meet Him soon.
This last Sunday and Monday, the junior class joined juniors from across the Lake Union at Andrews University to begin exploring college options. At the career fair on Sunday afternoon, they signed up to preview two academic departments. On Monday, they toured the departments of their choice, spoke with professors and students in that department, and had the chance to get questions answered. In addition to the department tours, we enjoyed a gymnastics performance, special numbers from the Andrews University Singers, and panel interviews with current AU students.
Please continue to pray for the students at Wisconsin Academy as they plan for the nexts steps in life and begin to discover the future and hope that God has promised.