REACH Newsletter - August - 2018
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Conference Events 
September 7, 2018 

Greetings to all our BC Conference Members. We would like to share the events that are happening around the BC Conference during the month of September. 

If you would like your Church event to be featured here please contact the Communications Department at the Conference office:
Phone: 604 853-5451. ext 402

Click on the images / e-mail address / another website that is provided below the description to see more information for the event. 
September 14-16, 2018

SAGE BC is hosting a weekend retreat for all ages at Camp Hope featuring speaker Lewis Walton.

Join us for a time of fellowship and spiritual enrichment in the beautiful surroundings of the camp, located near Hope, British Columbia.  This weekend will include walks, discussions and social times in addition to inspiring talks by the featured speaker, Lewis Walton.

An Amateur Hour is planned for Saturday night and all retreat attendees are invited to participate in this activity.  

More information or register: 
Telephone: Donna Hodgins
Home: 604 796 5262 or Cel: 604 750 8696

For further information please contact Ed or Shirley Oakley:
Telephone: 250 656 6944 or 250 208 4200
Doug Batchelor
September 14-15, 2018

Doug Batchelor has experienced great extremes in his life. His long and winding journey from anti-social drug user and troubled youth living in a cave, to the president of a worldwide ministry, it has helped shape him into an engaging speaker with whom audiences the world over can identify.

The happiness Doug searched for continued to elude him for years—until the day he found a dust-covered Bible someone left in his cave. As he read, he believed in and accepted Christ as his Savior.

This incredible speaker is coming to Church in the Valley on September 14th at 7:30 pm, and leading the worship service on Sabbath, September 15, at 11 am

A fellowship lunch will be served afterwards so bring your favourite dish and we will enjoy a meal together.  
Camp Hope, September 21-23

SINGLES RETREAT – Plan now to attend the annual Singles Retreat at beautiful Camp Hope, BC September 21-23. Come enjoy great speakers, activities and meals in the beautiful surroundings of Camp Hope!

To register, please go to:

For additional information please call:
Jana Bislin at (604) 309-4823
Women's Wellness Day
September 23, 2018

Westminster SDA Church will be hosting Women's Wellness Day Relax, Recharge, Renew - Relaxing Massages, Door Prizes, Refreshments

Featured Topics:
  • Inspired Eating - How God Wants Us to Eat
  • Beauty without Compromise
  • The Cost of Clutter
  • Depression is Real
  • Cancer & You
A special offering will be collected

Westminister SDA Church
7925 10th Ave., Burnaby

RSVP by September 18, 2018
Call or Text

Hope & Wholeness

Health Summit

September 26-30, 2018

Only 2 1/2 weeks away!
Register before the deadline, September 14.
     If you are a Pastor, Health Director, church leader, lay member, or interested in sharing health, or being healthy, you won’t want to miss this special event. Bring a friend, and bring a young adult from your church.
     Join us on the beautiful beaches of Pugwash, Nova Scotia in Canada, September 26-30th!
The SDACC is hosting Hope and Wholeness Health Summit you won’t want to miss.

     There will be a variety of topics and training, including Depression and Anxiety Recovery, Mental Health First Aid Training, Health Coach Training, Plant-based cooking classes, how to have effective home ministries, including in home wellness retreats. We are adding some exciting features, including a question/answer forum, 5k Mud Run, Make & Take natural home products, exercise classes, how to minister in your community, and much more! There will also be an opportunity for you to share your ideas, concerns, and expectations for Health Ministries in North America with your Union and NAD Directors. This event is co-sponsored by the NAD Health Ministries.

These topics and others feature a variety of speakers including:

  • Mark Johnson, SDACC President,
  • Pekka Maattanen, Professor, Burman University,
  • Jon Betlinski, MD, Director, Division of Public Psychiatry, Oregon Health & Science University,
  • Jonathan Zita, Director Lifestyle Canada
  • Dr. Angeline David, NAD Health Ministries Director
  • Dr. Eddie Ramirez, Director of Research of the Nedley Clinic and Weimar Institute
  • Rudy Davis, ND
  • Bonney Musgrave, Assistant Professor, Vegetarian Culinary Arts, Southern Adventist University
  • Breck Lang, RN, MSc, Global Community Development
  • Frank Kelemen, MSc Biology
  • Angela Poch, CN, Health Coach
  • and others.

     This is located at the summer camp which is right on the ocean. The views are beautiful, with a rustic camp feel. Bedding is only provided for speakers. You must bring your bedding or pay an additional $30. Meals and lodging included in cost. Consider bringing a young adult from your church!

Single Ticket September 26-30:
$135 including linens $165

Single Ticket September 28 evening-30:
$80 including linens $110

Single Ticket (under age 26) September 28 evening-30:
$50 including linens $80

Single Ticket Vendor Fee Septmeber 26-30:

Wednesday, September 26 registration starts at 4pm
Weekend registration starts at 4pm Friday, September 28

Please note all funds are in Canadian currency. Certified Trainings are an additional fee, please contact organizer for fees. Weekend tickets do not include certified trainings, Depression and Anxiety Recovery, Mental Health First Aid, etc.

Shuttle services are offered from the Halifax, Nova Scotia airport on Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday.

Workshops and Trainings include:

  • Addictions Recovery
  • Depression & Anxiety Training (additional charge)
  • Mental Health First Aid Training (additional charge)
  • Health Coaching
  • Cooking Classes
  • Whole Family Wellness
  • In-Home Wellness Retreats
  • Reaching Refugees
  • Compassion of Christ
  • Diabetes Undone
  • Community Health Expo
  • God & Science
  • Caring for the Heart
  • Exercise for the Soul
  • Effective Home Ministries

Added Features!:

  • Spa Night!
  • Make & Take Home Products
  • 5K Fun Run/Walk
  • Open Forum Discussion
  • Question/Answer Discussion Panel
  • Pilates Classes
  • Walks on the Beach!
  • Visioning Prayer Session
  • Share your ideas/concerns/expectations with your Union, and NAD Leaders

For more information and registration visit the website:
September 28-30, 2018


Women's Ministry Fall Retreat
Healing for the Sealing
September 28-30, 2018 - Camp Hope, BC

Guest Speaker: Esmie G. Branner, Ph.D


  • Living in a Toxic World
  • Beyond the Veil of Darkness
  • His Mind or Your Mind
  • Looking to Be Changed? (The DNA of God)
  • The Power of Thought (Healing for the Sealing)
Online registration at:

For more information on the retreat, visit online:
or call the Conference Office for Mary: 604 853-5451 ext 105


Wellness Coach Training I

Sept 30 - Oct 2, 2018

First Nations Adventist Training Presents…
Wellness Coach Training I
First part of 3 intensive training sessions

7 days of intensive practical training at
Camp Hope Lodge, Hope, B.C.
Sep 30-Oct 7, 2018
Open to all First Nations people and those wanting to work with First Nations people.

Training Topics
  • Spiritual Wellbeing
  • Natural Medicine and Herbs
  • Cultural Competency in Ministry
  • Health/Wellness Coaching
  • Natural Home Remedies
  • Basic Business & Marketing Skills
  • Mental Health and Stress
Cost: $975 includes tuition, meals, & accommodation
For more information visit:
Or email -
Registration deadline:  September 16, 2018


August 25, 2018

The “Power” of Kindness!

     In my devotional today, I was inspired by the words of a beautiful quotation (below). I pray that it also blesses you during this Sabbath day.
     “Seize every opportunity to contribute to the happiness of those around you, sharing with them your affection. Words of kindness, looks of sympathy, expressions of appreciation, would to many a struggling, lonely one be as a cup of cold water to a thirsty soul. A word of cheer, an act of kindness, would go far to lighten the burdens that are resting heavily upon weary shoulders. It is in unselfish ministry that true happiness is found. And every word and deed of such service is recorded in the books of heaven as done for Christ. ‘Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren,’ He declares, ‘ye have done it unto Me.’” Matt. 25:40 – EGW, Counsels to the Church, p. 127.

     May this positive attitude continue to be a reality in our lives, by God’s grace, as we serve the Lord and represent Him faithfully, every day.

     Thank you for your love, commitment, service, and hard work for God and His Cause in the BC Conference!

     Please find below the link for the stewardship video for the month of August.

Happy Sabbath!

In His Service,

Wesley Torres, D.Min.


September 1, 2018

     Greetings from Brazil! I arrived here this afternoon for a two-week “vacation” while dealing with a family emergency. This Sabbath, I will have the privilege to preach at the church where my wife and I got married in Vila Velha, ES, nearly 31 years ago. Also, during another vacation in Brazil, I baptized my father there, 23 years ago. So, that church is very special to me!
     A few hours ago, during the Sabbath opening devotional with my family members here, we pondered about the importance of marriage and family. Inspired by God, Ellen White wrote extensively on these topics. I selected a few quotes (below) as a form of my appreciation and love to my wife and my children and for their support as we minister together. I also pray that you, your spouse, and family continue to enjoy a loving relationship as you serve the Lord.
     “All who enter into matrimonial relations with a holy purpose - the husband to obtain the pure affections of a woman's heart, the wife to soften and improve her husband's character and give it completeness - fulfill God's purpose for them.” AH, 99
     “Those who are contemplating marriage should consider what will be the character and influence of the home they are founding. As they become parents, a sacred trust is committed to them. Upon them depends in a great measure the well-being of their children in this world, and their happiness in the world to come. To a great extent they determine both the physical and the moral stamp that the little ones receive. And upon the character of the home depends the condition of society; the weight of each family’s influence will tell in the upward or the downward scale.” AH, 29
     “The family tie is the closest, the most tender and sacred, of any on earth. It was designed to be a blessing to mankind. And it is a blessing wherever the marriage covenant is entered into intelligently, in the fear of God, and with due consideration for its responsibilities.” MH, 356-7
     “Home should be a place where cheerfulness, courtesy, and love abide; and where these graces dwell, there will abide happiness and peace. Troubles may invade, but these are the lot of humanity. Let patience, gratitude, and love keep sunshine in the heart, though the day may be ever so cloudy. In such homes angels of God abide.” MH, 393

     May God continue to bless you and your family richly in your faithful service to Him!

     I intend to take a little break for the next two weeks and the Sabbath messages will resume on Sept 22.

Let’s pray together for:

  1. - Our beloved spouses and children as we serve God and His people.
  2. - Our Schools – principals, teachers, staff, and especially our children - God’s Treasure - as the new school year begins on Tuesday, Sept 4.

Happy Sabbath!

In His Service,

Wesley Torres, D.Min.

Testimonial Videos

Month to month we are presenting inspirational testimonies that highlight the blessings of serving the Lord faithfully. In case you missed them, here are the video links for the months of December - August.

Click on the links below to view the videos:



October 5-6, 2018

A training event sponsored by the NAD, SDACC, British Columbia Conference, and Church in the Valley

Featuring Steve Case and Vandeon Griffin
  • October 5, 2018, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
  • October 6, 2018, 2:00pm - 6:30pm
Telephone: (604) 514-8335

Please Register Online:


October 12-13, 2018


Men's Ministry Fall Retreat
Becoming a Man of God
October 12-13, 2018 - Camp Hope, BC

Our annual Men's Retreats are great powerful weekends of men joining together to worship, learn and experience the power and grace of God in new and fresh ways.

Guest Speakers:

Pastor Kevin Wilfley and Keith Wilifey


  • Becoming a Man of Prayer
  • Becoming a Man of Service Becoming a Man of Integrity
  • Becoming a Man of Generosity
  • Becoming a Man of Faith
  • Becoming a Special Forces Man  
1 Person per room package: $195 per person
2 People per room package: $150 per person
3 People per room package: $135 per person
Day Tripper Rate: $35 per person (includes two meals)

ONLINE Registration
For more information on the Retreat, visit or call Greg Wellman at 250-493-2741



October 14-18, 2018

Silver Hills-Coming to Hope
October 14-18, 2018

Come and Discover How Lifestyle Can Reverse Disease

Phil Brewer, lifestyle makeover coach and founder of Silver Hills Guest House  will be leading the lifestyle team.
Cameron Johnston, stress management and burnout coach.

4 Days of Lifestyle Training to Maximize Health and Longevity

  • Prevent, arrest and reverse major lifestyle diseases
  • Diabetes, explore a natural way out
  • Simple lifestyle answers for reversing heart disease
  • Discover stress solutions and how to take control  
  • Enjoy refreshing SPA treatments
  • Take a time out to unwind in a beautiful mountain setting
  • Eat delicious healthy plant-based meals
Register Before September 14, 2018 For a 33% Discount.

For complete info and how to register:
or call/text: 250-267-1660
October 26-28, 2018

Health Share Weekend
Benefits of a Plant-Focused Diet and Healthy Living: Equipping Leaders for Healthy Living

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Marcus Trayer and the BC Conference Health Ministry Team

Topics include:

  • Weighty Matters and Diets Exposed
  • Longevity and Protecting Your Arteries
  • Benefits of Physical Activity
  • Other Benefits of Healthy Living
  • Plus Cooking Demonstrations
To Register:  
Or call Donna Hodgins:
250-796-5262 or cell: 604-750-8696 (no calls from the US to the cell please).

Admission & Costs: 
  • Single Room: $255
  • Shared Room, per person: $210
  • Couple: $415
  • RV, 30 amp hook up including meals, first guest: $205, extra guests $135 each
  • Meals only, no accommodations: $135
  • Individual meal pricing: Breakfast $16, Noon $18, Evening $16
  • Extra Night in Room: Single $60, Shared $75
  • RV per night: $40

Note:  Sign in and Health Testing starts at 9am Friday October 26th.  Please be sure you sign in AND have the health test done by noon so you can par-ticipate in the afternoon seminar.

Space in the Lodge is VERY limited, register early! Last day to register or cancel registration is September 25, 2018.  Payment due at time of registration. Two nights - Friday, Saturday, if you need accommodations for Thursday night please let Donna know.

November 9-12, 2018

A spiritual experience for youth (ages 13-21)
November 9-12, 2018
Mountain View Summer Camp

Featuring guest speaker: Nathan Wahl

Cost is $104 (early bird rate ends October 31)
Cost is $134 after October 31

Register online:

For more info contact:
Shelly Gibbons
1-604-853-5451 ext 304


Prophecy Encounter Canada

November 9-17, 2018

Doug Batchelor has experienced great extremes in his life. His long and winding journey from anti-social drug user and troubled youth living in a cave, to the president of a worldwide ministry, Amazing Facts, has helped shape him into an engaging speaker with whom audiences the world over can identify.
Doug Batchelor is leading Prophecy Encounter Canada at Church in the Valley from November 9 to November 17, 2018.  You won't want to miss these engaging evening meetings. Invite your family, friends and neighbours!
For more info call Church in the Valley at:
604-514-8335 or go to the following websites:

Camp Meeting 2018


A number of items were found and turned into the lodge office during Camp Meeting 2018. Items include phones, glasses, and vehicle keys etc.

If any of these items might be yours, please call the Conference Office at 604 853 5451 to identify and claim before September 30.

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