Laurelbrook Academy Seventh-day Adventist Church

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The Sterlings Talk About Their Mission Experiences

Sabbath services on October17, 2015
began with a song service led by Wendy Carr, accompanied on the piano by Cheyna Ashe. The opening song was “Day By Day”.   Scott Sterling welcomed everyone and had prayer.

Min Sterling read 1 Corinthians 12:12 “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also [is] Christ.”  Min and Scott then talked about their experiences in Bolivia.

Scott Sterling then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by two young people.  Brenda and Rodney Herra then had special music.

Pedro Acre had a few remarks on the importance of the ear to human existence, Scott Sterling on the importance of the eye, Samantha (elementary school) on the importance of the foot, TJ (sophomore) on the importance of the nose, Cheyna Ashe on the importance of the hands, and Min Sterling on the importance of the mouth.  Scott Sterling then talked about the eye.  Each person is here for a reason with a special gift that contributes to the function of the institution as a whole.
Scott Sterling then had closing prayer.  The congregation then became two Sabbath School classes, one taught by James Brenneman in the church sanctuary and one taught by Bob and Michelle Gustafson “behind the glass” in the church.
Following are a few notes from the mission talk by Min and Scott Sterling:
  1. Due to rains and flooding in 2014, students and staff had to do their laundry six kilometers away from the campus in muddy water.
  2. During the Carnival season, Adventist churches hold a campout to attract young people away from the devilish festivities. Due to rain it was moved to the school campus.
  3. The excess rain poured down the hills and headed for the lowlands where the school was located.
  4. Washing clothes at the more remote location introduced them to various villagers. They made several friends.
  5. One couple joined the school staff; two weeks later the house they owned in town collapsed from the rain.
  6. The wife had lived on the streets as a child, had six children, and had had to send many of the children to an orphanage. To get them out, the school engaged the services of a lawyer.  The cost? $400 US.  People sent donations, which they used to pay the lawyer.  The girls arrived home in two months.
  7. All this occurred for the family due to their decision to follow the Lord’s leading.
Personnel Other Than Students:

Cheyna Ashe – works in business office / works with the music program
James Brenneman – academy history teacher and one of the academy English teachers
Min and Scott Sterling – couple on sabbatical from a mission school in Bolivia / Scott works in the vocational program
Pedro Acre – works with the music department
Wendy Carr – works in the nursing home office

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