Mission to the Many
Blue Mountain Academy
The dream of having a Seventh-day Adventist boarding school became a reality when the East Pennsylvania Conference Constituency voted on May 11, 1952, to launch a boarding academy project. Today BMA celebrates 50 years of educating young people, and weare proud to have graduated more than 3,000 students! After 50 years of service, BMA has many urgent needs. In recognition of this, the BMA board has approved a Capital Campaign designed to address these and many other pressing issues. Though ambitious, we view it with the same level of faith and vision that empowered the academy’s early pioneers more than 50 years ago. We move forward prayerfully with this campaign in order to perpetuate their dream and to make it our own. Currently dorm bathrooms are being renovated. You can help with the bathroom renovations and capital campaign by giving through your local church (mark your tithe envelope "BMA Capital Campaign") or by giving directly to BMA online.
Cool Camp provides a great opportunity for local churches to reach out to the children and youth in their community. It also provides an opportunity for youth and young adults to spend their summer earning money while sharing Christ with children who may never hear about Him otherwise.
Hope for Humanity
Hope For Humanity is the new face of one of the longest and most effective humanitarian ministries in the history of Adventism-what used to be called "Harvest Ingathering." For more than a century, Seventh-day Adventists have reached out to their communities to share in the support of the compassionate ministry of Jesus. Check out the Hope for Humanity website for more information on specific projects. You can give by makring your tithe envelope "Hope for Humanity" and putting it in the offering plate at your local church.
The Pennsylvania Advance offering supports four important initatives in our conference: evangelism, Blue Mountain Academy, Laurel Lake, and church and school capital building fund. Each of these initatives are vehicles for spreading the gospel in Pennsylvania. You can give to Pennsylvania Advance through your local church by marking your tithe envelope "PA Advance."
Arise and Build
For many years the Arise and Build offering has been used to help erect church buildings for worthy congregations. Now the offering will be used to build congregations through evangelism. Arise and Build will continue to erect church buildings with funds on hand. But it will not receive any additional funds from offerings. The Arise and Build program has erected four churches to date: Shenango Valley, Honesdale, Washington Heights, and most recently Everett in 2008. The Kingston Church which had planned to arise and build was blessed with the purchase of an excellent church building. The proceeds from the sale of their Arise and Build funded property will be applied to the Arise and Build Fund.
Beginning October 1, 2013, all offerings marked for Arise and Build will be used for the expansion of evangelism in the Pennsylvania Conference. Expanding God’s kingdom has always been the purpose of Arise and Build and so it is fitting that the offering will continue to be used for this purpose. This will, with God’s blessing, result in many, many souls won to the kingdom and hasten the day of our Lord Jesus Christ’s return.
PA Youth Challenge
Pennsylvania Youth Challenge (PYC) is a devoted team of young people age 16-26 who are on a mission for 8 weeks during the summer in the Philadelphia area. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Conference and Chestnut Hill SDA Church, Youth Challenge equips and empowers young people to earn tuition and scholarship money by sharing Christian books, called magabooks door-to-door, and to become evangelists for the Kingdom of God. Team members can earn anywhere between $1500 and $4000, plus scholarships. Last summer this team knocked on over 56,000 homes, shared over 4,600 books and prayed with over 8,400 people!