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
Arise and Build is an opportunity for members of the Pennsylvania Conference help local churches get more adequate facilities in two ways. First, by giving to the Arise and Build offering taken the fourth Sabbath of September. Our goal is $50,000 and can be easily met if each member gives $10 a year--that's only twenty-five cents a week from January through September! The second way is for people to lend their skills and not-skills in actually building the church on our Arise and Build Big Day. So far Arise and Build has built four new church facilities--Shenango Valley, Honesdale, Washington Heights and Everett. Donate through your local church and mark your tithe envelope "Arise and Build". Then watch for advertisements about our Big Day!
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!