An Open Letter to Our Tithe Donors

Jun 24, 2014

June 24, 2014

Dear Friends,

After providential leadings and prayerful consideration, our Board of Directors, with the support of our constituents, made the decision to no longer accept donations designated as “tithe” from known Seventh-day Adventist church members, effective July 1, 2014.

It is not an option for us at Hartland to negotiate on matters that involve eternal principles. We are committed to following God’s counsel and our convictions regarding present truth. Hartland has decided to forgo the acceptance of tithe in order to disarm prejudice and broaden our opportunities for ministry. As was the case with the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 6:12, we have concluded that although it is lawful for us to receive tithe to perform tithe-worthy activities, it is not necessarily expedient.

We have taken this step in order to “draw nigh to our brethren,” trusting in God’s leading and providence. The Seventh-day Adventist movement is God’s remnant church. Although it is imperfect and in a Laodicean condition, when the “work goes forward under the direction of the angel who joins the third angel in the message to be given to the world, God will use ways and means by which it will be seen that He is taking the reins in His own hands.”1

We are fully committed to following the Lord’s counsel in directing the institute. We believe it is God’s will for us to do everything within our power, without compromising principle, to work in harmony with His denomination. “Christ said, ‘Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.’ If you see that by doing certain things which you have a perfect right to do, you hinder the work of the truth, refrain from doing these things. Do nothing that will close the minds of others against the truth. There is a world to save, and we gain nothing by cutting loose from those we are trying to help. All things may be lawful, but all things are not expedient.”2

Our mission remains the same—to proclaim the Three Angels’ Messages of Revelation 14, and to train an army of youth to live and spread this gospel effectively; and it is inspiring to see doors opening as we seek to fulfill this mission by sharing God’s last-day message with the world. Through health ministry, community outreach, literature evangelism, prison ministry, our farm, and the testimonies of students who dedicate their lives to serve God, souls are being transformed through the power of the gospel and are impressed to accept God’s principles into their lives.

We pray that God will impress your hearts to continue supporting Hartland with your prayers and generous financial gifts. The institute’s needs are the same as before. Here are some of our main funds: Where Needed Most donations may be used anywhere according to the greatest need. Evangelism covers our many evangelistic projects including Bible studies, health ministry, literature ministry, and so forth. The Ministry Fund supports our Bible teachers and those engaged in various lines of ministry work. Our Missionary Training Fund provides scholarships for worthy students to be trained as missionaries.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support.

In His service,

Norbert Restrepo

President, Hartland Institute

1 White, Ellen G., Testimonies to Ministers, p. 300 (1885)
2 White, The Southern Work, pp. 70, 71


New Scholarships Available!

May 22, 2014

Programs for financing more college students
by Cody Francis, Dean of the College

While we are still living in this present world, finances will continue to challenge us from every side. This is clearly seen in paying for a college education.

Hartland College tuition is half the cost of attending moderate state colleges, and one-fourth the cost of attending moderate private colleges. So there is no question that Hartland’s tuition, room, and board costs are an exceptional bargain in today’s reality. Yet we still find many who desire to be trained as missionaries but struggle with finances. We have introduced new scholarship programs to help with this very need!

The best option for would-be missionaries is to seek sponsorship or partial sponsorship from their local churches. “If there are some who should have the benefit of the school, but who cannot pay full price for their tuition, let the churches show their liberality by helping them.”^1^

Additional inspired counsel states, “The youth should have it plainly set before them that they must work their own way as far as possible, and thus partly defray their expenses.”^2^ We have two scholarship programs geared especially for those in this category.

Our new 50% Scholarship program allows students to study full-time and be ready for their internship in three years while only being charged half the cost of regular tuition. How is this possible? By working or canvassing during their breaks, the student is able to build up tuition credit and will only have to pay 50% of the regular fees. This scholarship program is an excellent option for those who can afford some, but not the full amount, to study and graduate debt free!

Another program is our Work-study Scholarship. This is for those who have no sponsors or funds to study. By studying part-time and working during the school year and the breaks, the student is able to build up credit to continue studying. It will take a couple years longer because the student will not be able to study full-time, but this is a wonderful opportunity for those with no finances at their disposal.

Though Hartland needs funds to continue training soul winners, we do not want to leave anyone out. We know that the Lord is calling many young people to enter His vineyard, and we want to see them “rightly trained” whatever their limitations, so that “the message of a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Saviour might be carried to the whole world!”3 If you or someone you know would be blessed by these new scholarship programs, please do not hesitate to contact us!

^1 White, Ellen G., Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, p. 69
2 Ibid, p. 70
3 White, Education, p. 271^



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Apr 10, 2014


Hartland Offers Shorter Courses!

Apr 2, 2014

Expanding our options for more students

by Cody Francis, Dean of the College

What are these shorter courses?
We are excited to be rolling out some new courses that combine the strengths of our regular four-year curricula with more flexibility. We have developed one-year and two-year courses in Health Ministry and Bible. Another new option is a one-year Gospel Medical Missionary course, which combines elements from the one-year health and Bible courses. We are custom-tailoring shorter courses in Christian Media Management and Childbirth Education, as well.

Why are you offering these courses?
Many people would love to take one of our full four-year programs, but are limited in time or finances. Others feel called to be doctors or work in other professions for which we do not offer courses, but would like to become grounded in the Bible or natural remedies before pursuing professional degrees. In order to provide programs that would benefit those in these categories, we are expanding the options that we offer.

What makes these courses unique?
While there are many other short training courses, few offer a full academic year that combines in-depth study, practical labor, and outreach activities in a wholesome Christian environment. We strive to follow the balanced Spirit of Prophecy counsels regarding a country setting, agriculture, missionary work, and so forth.
For those wanting a balance of gospel and medical ministry, the one-year Gospel Medical Missionary course is an excellent option. You will take the strong Bible classes: Conversion & Righteousness by Faith and Fundamentals of the Christian Faith. Then you could take either Daniel and Revelation or Life & Teachings I and II, spending time studying Jesus’ ministry. For the health segment, you will take the highly practical classes: Principles of Medical Ministry, Massage, and Hydrotherapy. You will also receive opportunities to apply your skills in various outreach classes doing health fairs, conducting cooking classes, or giving personal Bible studies.
For those desiring to focus primarily on health, the one-year Health Ministry program would be an excellent preparation for practical medical missionary work or a foundation to utilize while pursuing other programs. This course includes the foundational Bible classes: Conversion & Righteousness by Faith and Fundamentals of the Christian Faith. You will also have the opportunity to take Massage, Hydrotherapy, and Anatomy & Physiology I and II, along with other advanced health and outreach classes specifically designed to help you do health expos, deliver health lectures, and conduct cooking schools. You will also have the option of taking the CNA certification class!
There are others whose interest lies primarily in advanced Bible studies. In addition to attending the foundational Bible classes, you will have the opportunity to spend a year either studying the New Testament gospels and epistles, plus the book of Acts—or diving more deeply into the Old Testament chronologies and prophetic books, along with Daniel and Revelation. In addition to writing your own commentaries, Bible studies, and sermons, you will take practical classes: Evangelism, Speech & Homiletics, and the Bible outreach classes, in which you will learn how to go door-to-door, prepare a church for evangelism, and many other vital aspects.

What could I do after completing these courses?
After successfully finishing any one-year program, you will receive a certificate of successful completion. There are many calls for Bible workers, and the Lord could certainly open doors in these areas. Medical missionaries with the CNA certification could minister to people individually in their homes or find employment in the medical field, having the added medical missionary knowledge that could not be obtained from a secular course. Others could minister in their local churches and neighborhoods as lay medical missionaries.

Who would benefit from these courses?
All who want more knowledge along biblical or medical ministry lines would be greatly blessed. These could be retired individuals desiring to use their “golden years” in active missionary work, but not knowing where to start. They could be young people who are not sure what their calling is yet, but want to be equipped in these areas, or others who want to become more active in ministry, but do not know how. Students who feel called to pursue professional degrees will greatly benefit by being fortified with biblical and health knowledge first. In short, if you or someone you know wants to work for God—this could be just what you are looking for! Do not hesitate to call our admissions office at 540-672-3100 ext 308, or email admissions@hartland.edu.



Planned Giving Comes to Hartland!

Feb 25, 2014

New donation methods have been made available to our supporters.
by Staff Writers

“In October, we learned of a donor who would finalize a charitable gift annuity to benefit our ministry—but it needed to be finalized before the end of 2013,” relates Norbert Restrepo, president of Hartland Institute.
The time had come for Hartland to start to offer planned giving (PG) resources to its supporters. “These can include will and bequest planning, gift and estate planning, and charitable gift annuities,” explains Richard Reichard, director of Stewardship Ministries.

Richard had attended a Planned Giving Startup Seminar last year in June. Then in August, Hartland’s administration learned of Western Adventist Foundation (WAF). “Their commission is to make many PG instruments available to Seventh-day Adventist organizations, including Hartland,” Richard informs us. “We firmly believed that it would be in our best interest if we could utilize WAF to offer PG resources to our donors.”

There was a catch, though. “WAF requires the organizations they serve to document their commitment to the Seventh-day Adventist faith in their corporate documents,” shares Norbert, “so WAF’s attorney proposed two amendments to Hartland’s Articles of Incorporation.” Hartland’s administrative committee, bylaws committee, and board all voted in favor of making these changes.

Yet the proposed amendments to Hartland’s Articles of Incorporation still needed to be approved by its constituency. Just under the wire on December 19, Hartland held a special constituency meeting for the sole purpose of considering these amendments. The constituents unanimously voted, “Yes.” Planned giving has reached Hartland.

But what is a charitable gift annuity?

First, the term annuity means “…an investment that pays someone a fixed amount of money each year.”1 Charitable gift annuity refers to “a type of gift transaction where an individual transfers assets to a charity in exchange for a tax benefit and a lifetime annuity [income].”2 For one that benefits Hartland, there are three steps:

The donor gives cash or other property to WAF with a designation to benefit Hartland.

The donor benefits from an income tax deduction, and WAF pays him/her a fixed monthly amount based on the donor’s age, current rates, and other market variables at the beginning of the annuity.

The annuity ends at the death of the donor and their spouse (if included), at which time WAF transfers the remaining principal to Hartland.

If you are interested in investigating a charitable gift annuity, you may call Richard Reichard at 540-672-1995 or Jim Brown of Western Adventist Foundation at 1-866-365-5595. Richard concludes, “Planned giving resources will help us in the long run. With this, we are investing in the future of Hartland Institute—not merely in our immediate operations.”

1 www.merriam-webster.com
2 www.investopedia.com



Ministry Doors Open Wide at Women’s Prison

Feb 25, 2014

“What took you so long? I’ve been waiting for the Seventh-day Adventist group for six years!” exclaimed a young inmate at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. Since June 14, 2013, volunteers from Hartland College Prison Ministry (HCPM) have been giving Bible studies at this facility.

“The very first day we arrived, one woman told us that someone gave her the book Christ Object Lessons, but she never knew which denomination they were,” relates Ivonne Restrepo. “The book moved her heart to the point where she wanted to know more about the author—Ellen G. White.

“Then someone told her that Ellen was a Seventh-day Adventist. So when she heard that Adventist volunteers were coming to give Bible studies, she immediately signed up. She lent the book to another inmate so she could read it.”

Ivonne adds, “The Holy Spirit was working on the women way before we came. That very much encouraged us.” Alexa Blair informs us, “Two of them want to be baptized and follow Jesus all the way.”

One inmate says, “This is the happiest I’ve ever been in my life.” Another shares, “I have not slept so soundly until I started attending the Seventh-day Adventist Bible study and listening to gospel music at nights and in the mornings.”

In the facility’s waiting area, the HCPM volunteers met the pastor and some members of the Love, Faith, and Hope Church—a nondenominational group of Sabbath keepers. These people give Bible studies to approximately 60 inmates. But how did they become Sabbath keepers?

In 2001, the still small voice spoke to the church elder: “Are you willing to die for Me?” “Die for you, Lord?” “Are you willing to suffer persecution for Me as I suffered for you?” “Yes, Lord. I am willing.” “I will send you a test that will seal My relationship with you. Look for the Sabbath in the Bible. This test will bring suffering and persecution.”

After the elder related the incident to his church, his pastor stated, “If this test will seal our relationship with Him, the Lord would have to show each one of us the same thing.” The church studied the subject from the Bible, and eventually they all chose to keep the seventh-day Sabbath.

The minister and his church were mentioned during the 30th anniversary presentation at Hartland’s 2013 camp meeting, which he and some of the members visited. “Every Friday, we enjoy having some time to talk and share with them,” says Ivonne.

Truly, prison ministry is a wonderful way to reach and meet special people!



Certifying Nursing Assistants

Feb 24, 2014

by Staff Writers

This fall, four students are pioneering Hartland’s first Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program. Cody Francis, the new academic dean of Hartland College, explains why the course has been added: “We want to offer more programs that will enable our students to have viable ‘tent-making’ trades. CNA students will be eligible to take Virginia’s CNA state exam. This will enable our graduates to serve as medical missionaries in various capacities and to earn an income.”

“Medical ministry is an entering wedge to spreading the gospel locally and abroad,” adds Angela Stoffel, who is a registered nurse and the certified instructor for Hartland’s new CNA program. “Students who become certified CNAs can work in a variety of health fields that require basic nursing skills. While each facility has its own policies and procedures as to the level of care a CNA can give, the job opportunities for a CNA are numerous. Just to name a few—home health care, private duty, hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, respite and rehabilitation centers, and health outreach or health education programs.”

Who is eligible to apply for the program? “While we want to certify all our Health Ministry majors as CNAs before they begin working with patients in our Lifestyle Education Center, you do not have to be a Health Ministry major to apply to our CNA program. Students taking other majors at Hartland, as well as those who just desire a short training course, may also apply to our CNA training program,” Cody Francis clarifies.

The current pilot program will run for about 8 to 10 weeks. “We are evaluating the schedule and the required hours to best suit the students who need to take state CNA certification exams. In the future, our plan is to offer the CNA program as a summer intensive,” Angela Stoffel explains.

Cody Francis concludes, “Wherever there is a need for a CNA, our graduates will be able to work. And those who do home health care will be able to minister individually to many people physically and spiritually. It is a wonderful medical missionary opportunity!”



Fall Festival!

Feb 19, 2014

“It was great to see the people’s emphasis on health,” says Joseph, who lives in Culpeper.
“I want to have something like the greenhouses here for myself, but I think I’ll come here once a week, or every couple weeks, to get my fresh green vegetables. I know they’ll be healthy for me.”

On November 3, 2013, Hartland Natural Farm welcomed people from the surrounding communities this time to our fall festival. The visitors received a farm tour, and the Health Outreach class gave free chair massages and blood pressure checks. They also checked body mass index and health age.
Delicious food samples were given to the guests. The college cafeteria served potato salad, and Karine Sanchez served her tasty kale tomato soup with lentil “meatballs.” Students preparing to venture to the Bahamas and India sold cookies and cupcakes to finance their mission trips.

Last but not least, the visitors were able to buy fresh homegrown produce—beets, collard greens, lettuce, potatoes, radishes, spinach, Swiss chard, and winter onions.

“I liked learning about the greenhouses and how they work. It was really interesting to see how asparagus grows and how it takes almost three years for it to get to fruition. I did like the massage, too,” says David, another Culpeper resident.

Mary, David’s wife, adds, “I enjoyed learning about how the vegetables are grown, cared for, harvested, and the impor- tance of their nutrient value. I learned that you can go grocery shopping out here for healthier food choices. And the massages and the taste testing were great.”

Joseph concludes, “It’s good to see people learning to use the land to raise their own food as God intended. The fact that they’re eating a vegetarian diet like Daniel did is good, as well. I hope a lot of these good health habits will rub off on me—that I’ll pick up on them myself.”



Introducing Cody Francis, Dean of the College

Feb 19, 2014

Hartland happily announces the addition of Cody to its ministry team. Please pray for him as he assumes his new, weighty responsibilities.

How and when did you hear about Hartland?
Right around when I was baptized as a Seventh-day Adventist over 20 years ago, the friends who gave us Bible studies also told us about Hartland. I desired to study at Hartland, but the Lord directed elsewhere.

What did you do before coming here?
I lived in Washington, outside of Seattle. There I was the lay pastor of a church that the Lord used me, along with some others, to plant around six years ago.

How else have you served God since you became a Seventh-day Adventist?
I am very thankful to the Lord for allowing me to serve Him in various ways. I began working full-time for the Lord at age 18 as a Bible worker. It was a great joy giving Bible studies and sharing Jesus’ love with people individually in their homes. Then the Lord opened doors for me to become involved in public evangelism. A church elder asked me to conduct a series of meetings in another town where we had been doing literature distribution. After giving that series of meetings, I began receiving requests to hold more evangelistic meetings in the US and other countries. Over the past 15 plus years, the Lord has given me more than 40 opportunities to evangelize in Europe, Africa, and North and South America.

For the last 13 years, I have been directing Mission Projects International. This ministry not only helps mission work by doing evangelism, but also by supplying the local workers on the ground with tools for them to evangelize and do soul-winning efforts after the evangelistic series is over. I have enjoyed being able to oversee the building of churches, schools, mission stations, printing projects, and more in multiple countries.

How did God lead you to Hartland?
I have always had a burden, not only for evangelism, but also for evangelistic training. Many times while conducting evangelism, we have held field training schools, as well. I have also had the privilege of working with Hartland students as interns at our church in Washington State and in overseas mission work. As Hartland’s need for help arose and our burden for training young people for evangelistic missionary service grew, the Lord put the pieces together and opened the path for us to come to Hartland. So as we prayed that the Lord would direct our steps in ministry for Him, He convicted us that it was now time to unite our efforts with Hartland in training workers for these last days.

Hartland hired me to serve as dean of the college—a position that I am not qualified to fill, but I trust that the Lord will give me the grace and wisdom which the position demands. I greatly appreciate the many years of faithful service from my predecessor, Joong Ho Shin, and I am thankful that he will continue to guide me in my learning process.

What do you like most about Hartland?
The students with their youthful zeal, vision, and energy to serve the Lord. There is no greater joy than seeing young people who make or renew their commitment to the Lord. Then to see God bless their efforts as they go out to serve lost mankind, pointing people to the Savior and sharing the last message of mercy, makes our efforts worthwhile.

What is your vision for the college, and how do you plan to make it a reality?
Hartland has rendered a tremendous service for 30 years. The vision of Hartland College—“educating for eternity”—is my vision for the college. Educating the students to live throughout eternity, training them to serve the lost world today, and encouraging them in their ministry until Jesus comes, are my priorities. Hartland will continue to be very strong in solid Bible instruction, and my desire is to strengthen the evangelistic thrust of each major so that whether preaching, teaching, healing, or designing media, evangelism and saving souls will be the heart and core. I would also like to expand our program so that not only will we offer our traditional four-year courses, but also shorter, focused and intensive classes and tracks to enable others to experience the joys of learning and serving in ministry.



Lifestyle Center Costs

Jan 29, 2013


Sessions * Cost
18-Day Session $3,569.00
Accompanying Spouse $3,212.10
Companion/Observer $1,500.00
10-Day Session $2,624.00
Accompanying Spouse $2,362.00
Companion/Observer $1,000.00
7-Day Session $1,836.00
Accompanying Spouse $1,650.00
Companion/Observer $735.00
5-Day Session $1,312.00
Accompanying Spouse $1,180.00
Companion/Observer $525.00
3-Day or Weekend Session $790.00
Accompanying Spouse $710.00
Companion/Observer $315.00
One Day Session $250.00

* 10% discount for registering two weeks in advance

Off-Session Lodging and Treatments


Lodging Cost
One Day Stay * $150.00
Companion ** $60.00

* Includes bed, treatment, meals, and lifestyle consultation

** Companion shares bed with guest


Treatments Cost
1/2 Hour $35.00
1 Hour $60.00
Special Treatments $100.00