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Polina Talks About How She Came to Laurelbrook

Sabbath services on September 5, 2015 began with a song service led by Polina (junior) and Michelle Gustafson, accompanied on the piano by Jairit (junior) and several students on the violin and the flute. The opening song was “When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder”.   Polina welcomed everyone.

Nicole (9th grader) had prayer and read 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 “16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

Stephanie (senior) read a mission story from Bangledesh. A mother had a daughter whose fever didn’t seem to leave her even when the heathen priest prayed for her.  When an Adventist prayed for the daughter, her fever left her.  The Adventists in this village built a school despite opposition.  Now the church and school are running well. Another time this Adventist was told not to go to a certain village because a woman would beat since her best friend had been converted.  But he went anyway, and the woman became calm.

She then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Inna (senior) and Arielle (junior).  Lorealle (senior) and Pedro Arce then sang “Give Me Jesus” for special music, accompanied on the piano by Cheyna Ashe.

Polina had the superintendent’s remarks on how she came to Laurelbrook.  She then had closing prayer.  The congregation then became two Sabbath School classes, one taught by Clayton Brandt in the church sanctuary and one taught by Michelle and Bob Gustafson “behind the glass” in the church.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk by Polina: 
  1. When the family got to Canada, they had nothing and had to eat from the food bank. They had come from the communist country the Ukraine.
  2. Her older brother took care of her since the parents had to go to work.
  3. When the family started to prosper, the family started coming apart.  Then an Adventist speaker talked about country living. The parents talked about the animals the children would have.
  4. The parents had to leave their businesses and start over with nothing. The parents somehow bought a piece of land, and the family built their own home over a three-year period.
  5. Her parents had morning and evening worship every day and homeschooled the children. The children did these things because the parents did it.
  6. California canvassers came to their church and told their experiences, amazing Polina and her siblings. Her brother went canvassing in New Brunswick and then on the coast of Newfoundland.  It was hard because the people were really poor.
  7. Her brother wondered why God brought him there and asked for a sign to show God really wanted him there. He wanted to see a whale – five minutes later he saw one even though the weather was terrible.
  8. Polina had stayed at home and had a very interesting dream of a huge plane descending on a town.  The pope comes out of the plane and pretends to be God Himself.  The pope looks at her and says that Pollina is his.
  9. This woke her up to the end times she was living in.  She looked for a good boarding school.  August 20 she was still looking. Happy pictures of Laurelbrook lured her to come.
  10. She was accepted.  The first year she got baptized.  But remember that Jesus is really coming.   We must be ready.
  11. We have to study God’s Word to prepare for the trials that are to come.
  12. Her father had refused to work on Sabbath in the Ukrainian army. Her father had studied references for the various situations he might find himself in – and these verses came to mind as he talked to his commanding officer.
  13. The harvest of souls around us is plentiful, but people to show them the gospel are few.
  14. We are the army of God here to work for Him.
The boys were away on their Purity Weekend.

Personnel Other Than Students:

Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook men’s work coordinator
Cheyna Ashe – works in the Laurelbrook business office
Clayton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment / local church elder
Michelle Gustafson – student vocational coordinator / wife of Bob Gustafson
Pedro Arce – works with the Laurelbrook music department

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