OHC students attend ASI Southwestern spring convention

Written by Sharon Steck

On Friday morning, March 15, the college took a trip down to Keene, TX, to spend the Sabbath at the Southwestern ASI convention there. It was not only exciting going on this trip with nearly the whole college, but it was also the first time that some of us had ever been to any ASI convention. That evening, our college choir sang a song entitled “No More Night.” It was a blessing to minister to everyone present through the gift of song. People were touched through its encouraging and hopeful message. After the special music, we were blessed by an inspiring message on dealing with issues of social justice from a Biblical and Christian perspective. He pointed out how people will know us by our manifestation of God’s love.

After the meeting, local church members took us to their homes. We were touched by their amazing hospitality. They were so loving and friendly, provided comfy beds, and cooked us delicious home cooked meals. It was a blessing having the opportunity to minister to and socialize with them while we stayed with them.

Early Sabbath morning, some of our college arrived at the convention to join other participants in united prayer. The fellowship that we had with our brothers and sisters in Christ during the Sabbath was sweet. For Sabbath school, we enjoyed a discussion panel lead by one of our teachers, Pastor Karl Tsatalbasidis, on what it means to be a servant. During this time, a few of the college students had fun helping out in the children’s meeting. The president of Adventist World Radio gave the message for the divine service. He shared inspiring testimonies from the foreign mission field. He shared that there are people everywhere who are searching for truth and the need is great for missionaries to go out and find them. The ministry booths there were pretty cool, too. International Children’s Care, 3ABN, and Ouachita Hills College and Academy were represented, as well as many other ministries. It was fun going to each one and learning more about how they are serving. That evening, we loaded back up into our vans and headed back to school. I’m so thankful for the opportunity that we had to be a blessing to those at ASI.

Herbert Polk annual lecture series inspires unselfish service

What could we do to honor someone who has given so much of his life to Ouachita Hills? How can we best inspire students to render to God self-less service when a prime example of that service is no longer on our campus? These were the questions the Board of Directors contemplated at its meeting in December.

For 19 years Herbert Polk selflessly served as a volunteer on our campus and for much of that time, as a member of the Board of Directors. An inspiring and knowledgeable agriculture teacher and director, a faithful friend, a constant example of an excellent work ethic, and a beloved member of the staff was he. He kept campus looking "purty" as he would say and taught us all to notice our surroundings and to keep them beautiful. All this he accomplished in retirement in his 70s and 80s!

The decision was made to establish an annual Herbert Polk Lecture series with the purpose of inspiring us all to render unselfish service for God and others. Who better to introduce the series than Herbert Polk himself?

March 8 and 9 Herbert and his grandson Nathan, a graduate of Ouachita Hills Academy (now attending Weimar College) shared the platform as the lecture series began. What a blessing it was to have both of these young men (after all, Herbert is only 91!) here to share experiences and the word of God with us.

How impactful were the messages? If the line of academy and college students which formed to express appreciation for the messages and have pictures taken with Mr. Polk is any indication--the messages were very impactful!

Spring Week of Prayer Features Student Speakers

Our spring Week of Prayer worship talks highlighted life lessons learned from the life stories of Bible characters. Ouachita Hills College students worked with college staff to develop and practice their talks.

College senior Annette Roblero-Vasquez spoke about the courage of Deborah and its impact on other people. She compared Deborah’s willingness to “stand up and stand out” with the same courage she saw in her Adventist friends, who lead Annette to join the church.

Judit Magdaleno, a college sophomore, described revival and reformation in the life of Hezekiah. Although Hezekiah’s father was the wicked king Ahaz, he chose to honor his Father God in his own life.

Sophomore Pah Lay Kho told the story of Esther coming boldly before the throne of the king to plead for her life. He related this story to our relationship with God and how He wants us to come boldly before the throne of grace.

Senior Nathan Powell talked about Zacheus and how his story illustrates steps to salvation and how we can have a closer walk with God.

The week ended with our Friday evening vespers service. College freshman Jennifer Landis talked about lessons learned from the life of Jesus and the way that He lived to bless others.

Staff and students were blessed and refreshed by this special week of worship and prayer together.

Medical Missions Class Visits Ouachita Healthy Living Center

This spring, students joined our first ever medical missions class, FUNdamentals of Medical Missionary Work, to learn how good lifestyle habits and simple natural remedies can work together for health and wellbeing. This class will prepare students from many areas of study to educate people in their communities about healthy living based on God’s principles. 

A highlight of the class so far has been attending a mini session at the Ouachita Healthy Living Center. The center hosts week-long sessions that introduce guests to the basic principles of healthy living, including diet, exercise and rest. The directors, Drs. Carlos and Kathy Irizarry, welcomed our students for a one-day session to experience the health program and to spark ideas for health outreach. 

Students arrived in the early morning, and the day started with worship followed by a delicious breakfast prepared by Dr. Kathy. After breakfast, there was a morning stretch session followed by a short stroll. There was a lecture on cancer prevention by Dr. Erin Maloney and then a much longer walk to campus. When students returned to the center, they worked together in a hands-on cooking class to make lunch. In the afternoon Dr. Carlos gave a talk about principles of good nutrition, followed by a hydrotherapy class.

Students especially appreciated the hot foot bath demonstration and both of the meals. They had fun cooking together, and were particularly interested in the cookie recipe, which they made in batches so that more people could get in on the cookie baking. Students were excited to see the big picture of how a health program can be simple, yet very beneficial, and even fun. 

Canvassers dedicated as semester draws to a close

As students were preparing to take their last exams and turn in finished projects, we came together to dedicate our canvassers. Many of our college students will spend the time from Thanksgiving to Christmas walking from house to house and business to business, in all kinds of weather, to deliver truth to people who are seeking it.

Mrs. Rodriguez spoke to the canvassers to encourage them as they prepare for the month ahead. Staff and students gathered together to pray for the Lord’s blessing on each canvasser and for the people that they will meet.

Fall potluck an end-of-semester highlight

College students and staff got together at the city park in Amity in mid-October for our annual fall potluck. The weather cooperated, and we enjoyed some of Arkansas’ best fall sunshine and cool breezes. Students, staff and their families had a great time visiting, tossing the football, strolling and running around on the playground. We were happy for the time to relax just before the hectic end of the fall semester.

OHC Welcomes 27 Visiting Students for College Days

Our college students and staff welcomed 27 student guests during College Days, which was held on the last weekend of October. Prospective students traveled to OHC from schools and hometowns all over the US, including Great Lakes Adventist Academy, Grad Rapids Academy, and Jefferson Academy.

Our guests stayed in our dorms and experienced OHC life with us here on campus. They attended worships, cafeteria meals, and classes along with OHC students on Friday. They also joined us for vespers on Friday evening. OHC student Maboshe Makesa was the speaker, and we enjoyed a beautiful choir performance as well.

On Sabbath, our visitors were sent out with teams of college students to participate in worship services at local churches. Saturday night we had a bonfire near the lake on campus, and students spent some time together singing, worshiping and sharing testimonies.

We pray that all of our visiting students and their families were blessed by their time here at OHC with us, and that they will prayerfully consider our college in their future plans.

Students Share Truth and Build Faith During Fall Canvassing

About a month ago, the Ouachita Hills College students embarked on a journey across many states and hundreds of miles to bring the love of Jesus to thousands of people in El Dorado, Arkansas; Shreveport, Louisiana; and Mobile Alabama. The students canvassed business to business, home to home, rain or shine, experiencing many divine appointments and personal spiritual growth.

Mishael Privett was canvassing in Shreveport, Louisiana, and remembers that on the first day of canvassing, she saw a beautiful rainbow in the sky reminding her of God’s promises to us. Soon after, she met a nice lady at a door who was interested in the books Mishael had to show her. She ended up getting a Peace Above the Storm, The Promise of Peace (a compilation of Patriarchs and Prophets and The Desire of Ages), and God’s Answers to Your Questions. Before leaving, Mishael asked if she could pray with the lady. The woman broke into tears and asked Mishael to pray for her kids, who were struggling with anxiety. The woman was impressed by what Mishael was doing, and asked which denomination she was from. Mishael replied, “We are Seventh-Day Adventist. Have you heard of us?” The woman said that she had recently moved to the area, but had fellowshipped with a Seventh-Day Adventist church where she had previously lived and had loved the people there. She said she had been feeling as if God wanted her to find a Seventh- Day Adventist Church near her and start going again. The woman saw Mishael’s visit as a confirmation of God’s call to her heart. Mishael walked away from the door appreciating the chance to see God fulfill His promise to work things out in our lives at just at the right time and just when we need it.

Johntal Whyte, was working in Eldorado, Arkansas. She met a woman who, after being shown The History of Freedom (The Great Controversy), said, “Oh, I have that book already.” Johntal was surprised. The woman explained that six month before someone had given it to her. So Johntal asked the woman if she had seen the other books that went with The History of Freedom and proceeded to show them to the woman. “I don’t want any of the books, but I will give you some money,” the woman said and walked back into the house. She came back with a rolled up wad of bills in her hand. Johntal saw that it was one hundred dollars! But the woman refused the books. At first Johntal was tempted to think, “Why Lord?” But God was able to use the extra donation to as the means to leave books with many other people who weren’t able to give much for the books, but were very interested in receiving them. God had already provided the means to help those who sincerely were looking for truth to be able to receive it.

Johnte Whyte relates an experience at a door with a gentleman to whom she was showing The Great Controversy. She asked him, “What kinds of things are you interested in? Bible prophecy? History?” He said, “Yes ma’am, I am very interested in Bible prophecy.” He said “My wife and I talk about it a lot and we can see it all around us, God’s word being fulfilled.” But he confessed that he didn’t really like to read much. “No problem,” Johnte said as she pulled out a Theodicy DVD. “This is for someone that doesn’t like to read too much,” and she told him a little bit about the DVD. He said, “Ok, I'll go tell my wife.” But his wife wasn’t interested. Undaunted, Johnte said, “No problem” and handed him a small Happiness for Life (Steps to Christ). She told him, “Whatever you feel like giving helps me go through school and there is a section in the back if you want to order something later if you like.” His wife gave a small donation. Before leaving, Johnte asked, “Would you like me to say a word of prayer with you?” The wife said, “Yes, just a general prayer.” But as Johnte was praying, the Holy Spirit impressed her to say something in her prayer that really touched the woman’s heart. When Johnte opened her eye, the woman was sobbing! The woman thanked her very much for coming and Johnte was able to tell her that God had sent her and that she should read the book that they now had. Johnte was able to see that canvassers are not just there to place big books like The Great Controversy in people homes but also to plant small seeds like the little Happy D and a prayer.

These are just a few testimonies from fall canvassing, and every student has many to share. And even though all of our students have returned and are back in classes, the work that they started is still in progress. Let us continue to pray for all homes, families, and individuals who received a book, a Happy D, or a prayer. Pray that people will receive the truth as they read the books they have received, and be drawn closer to Jesus.

You can read more testimonies and learn more about our canvassing programs the Ouachita Hills Literature Warehouse website.

Register now for College Days 2018

At Ouachita Hills College, we believe God has called us to study with purpose. We may choose different majors and degrees, but the purpose of true education is to prepare us to serve God and share His truth.

College Days weekend will be October 25-27, and we invite you to come and experience campus life. You can start registration for College Days by filling in the form below. A college representative will contact you to complete the registration process.

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College Retreat

OHC staff and students came together to enjoy a relaxing weekend retreat at the secluded Oak Bower camp on DeGray Lake. The camp is nestled in the beautiful Arkansas woods complete with cozy cabins and a meeting lodge.

Ernesto Illingsworth, an OHC graduate pastoring in Texas, delivered a thought-provoking sermon series on the Great Controversy theme. In between messages, staff and student alike enjoyed snoozing in hammocks, paddling out in canoes, and sharing their testimonies.