The Sabbath services on August 18, 2018 took place in the academy auditorium since the electricity was out at the church building. The academy girls were not present since they were attending the Girls Purity Weekend at the Laurelbrook Lodge. The program began with a song service led by Pedro Acre, accompanied on the piano by Jeremy Westcott. The opening song was “Anywhere With Jesus”.
David Smith welcomed everyone and had prayer and read the scripture reading – Hebrews 13:2 “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” He mentioned times when he was protected by angels. They helped him avoid an accident in his convertible (he even laid down in anticipation of a crash). As a truck driver, he had this feeling that his gas cap was off so he pulled over and let another trucker take the lead. That trucker had an accident with a car a few miles on. The gas cap was in place.
A lady was attacked by a man on her way home. A bolt of electricity hit the man, and he ran out into the grasp of a policeman. The policeman then walked her home to her apartment door and then disappeared. She went to her apartment and prayed. An angel had protected her.
Two videos dealing with work in the Northern Asia - Pacific Division were shown. One dealt with South Korean Adventist work was then shown. Adventists in the new national administrative center are planning a new Adventist church center. The second one dealt with the work that the young people in Tokyo are doing to reach the people of that area. A monthly youth meeting and overnight sleepover helps the teens come together.
David Smith then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Clifton Brand and Ashur (sophomore) and which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips.
David Smith had the closing prayer and explained the classes. Clayton Brandt led the lesson study in the auditorium, and Rich Sutton the academy boys and others.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Clayton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment
Clifton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s sewer, water, and boiler systems
David Smith – husband of Juanita Smith, who is the academy registrar and is the vice-principal for academy classroom affairs
Jeremy Westcott – one of the academy teachers
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president