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An Open Letter to Our Tithe Donors

Aug 20, 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

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Spring Graduation 2014

Aug 19, 2014

Aim: Higher than the highest
Motto: Reaching God’s ideal in our generation

On June 6–7, seven Hartland graduates attended the ceremonies as this year’s spring class was launched into its lifework. They shared their internship reports and testimonies, encouraging the college students to press on, preparing for each one’s high calling. Loago Setswalo, 2012 graduate, spoke about reaching God’s ideal in this generation by preaching the gospel.

President Norbert Restrepo challenged the entire audience, saying that the best means to finishing the work is experiencing true education. President Emeritus Colin Standish offered the dedicatory prayer.

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Destination: Dominican Republic

Aug 12, 2014

Twelve thousand evangelists are on their way with God’s message for these times.

by Betsy Mayer

“On Monday, June 9, 2014, I witnessed a miracle,” says Julio Arias, Hartland’s director of Development and Advancement. “After many months of delay and seemingly insurmountable logistics, a special Spanish edition of Last Generation magazine featuring the Three Angels’ Messages and the Law of God left the port of Elizabeth, New Jersey, bound for the Dominican Republic.”

For 12 months, the staff at Last Generation Ministries tried to get this pallet of 12,000 magazines to the Dominican Republic (DR), but ran into obstacles that tried their faith. It was the last of four pallets given through your generous donations to help with evangelism in Spanish-speaking countries. Pallets had been received in Venezuela, Chile, and Colombia over nine months ago. Finally, the pallet designated for the DR has been shipped!

But the miracle is only beginning! Now, the spotlight turns to Hartland graduate Samuel Francis. He has a vision to train young people in the DR in literature evangelism and soul winning.

Samuel is not Dominican. He is American. But while a student, he caught a vision for Hispanic outreach and began learning Spanish. He went to the DR for his internship and immersed himself in the language and the culture. After graduating in 2013 with a degree in Pastoral Evangelism, he returned to the DR and began networking with young Seventh-day Adventists who want to do evangelism on secular college campuses.

Samuel is a seasoned literature evangelist, having spent many summers in canvassing programs. He knows that you have to have the right bait (quality literature) if you want to catch the right kind of fish. Two years ago, Samuel helped raise funds to produce the Spanish edition of Last Generation entitled Volviendo a lo Básico* so that he could have his “bait.”

Last year, Samuel waited patiently for his pallet to arrive, but the logistics kept falling apart—a place and person to receive the shipment in the DR fell through; the shipper wanted to pick the pallet up on Sabbath; then the boxes were deemed unsuitable for the shipper, and the only ones suitable were in New Jersey. We knew the devil was throwing up every roadblock imaginable to hedge our way.

For many weeks, the Last Generation staff prayed for a way to get these magazines to Samuel. Finally, Julio Arias contacted the shipper with the offer to bring the boxes to the port himself. God gave Julio wisdom and tact to explain to the Dominican manager that this was a gift for his people. At last, he accepted the shipment in our boxes and it is on its way to the DR!

Every year, it is getting logistically harder and more expensive to ship literature outside of the United States. If we could print it inexpensively in these countries, we would. But surprisingly, printing costs are considerably higher than they are here. Even with shipping costs, it is less expensive and easier to do the work here.

This summer, Samuel Francis is in the United States canvassing so that he can earn funds to support himself upon his return to the DR. This fall, he plans to hold training events for young people in the DR to learn soul-winning skills. He will use Volviendo a lo Básico for these purposes. Pray for Samuel Francis and his team in the DR.

Watch for upcoming reports on how God is using your gifts to do a special work with literature in the Spanish-speaking countries of the DR, Chile, Colombia, and Venezuela!
*Back to Basics

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From the Pregnancy Centers of Central Virginia

Aug 11, 2014

A director’s letter attests to the quality of Hartland’s Childbirth Education and Doula certification program.

The Orange Pregnancy Center, located in Orange, Virginia, serves the community of Orange and surrounding counties, offering free pregnancy tests, counseling, limited medical services and material help. The Center has a building block program that allows moms-to-be to earn blocks for baby clothing, strollers, swings, pack’n plays, breast pumps, etc., while learning about childbirth and parenting.

Hartland College’s Childbirth Education and Doula students in training have been teaching a childbirth and newborn care class at the Pregnancy Center. The students take turns sharing their expertise with our clients, using models, audiovisuals, and handouts to aid in explanations. Each Hartland class counts as a block and has the additional benefit of allowing our ladies-in-waiting to ask questions of the knowledgeable students and their teacher, Patti Barnes (Director of the program at Hartland). “This is so interesting,” has been the comment most often overheard. One mom is expecting her third child, but even she learned from the classes—“I didn’t know that!”

The Hartland students are a joy to be around, very friendly, open and encouraging, as well as competent in their areas of study. And because the Center is a ministry, the students are able to pray with the moms, giving all the glory to God.

In behalf of the Center, I want to thank you for your assistance in the outreach to our community and look forward to further collaboration with you.

Margaret Shaw, Orange Center Director

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Hartland Institute Promotion 2014

Aug 5, 2014

Ever Climbing By Cody Francis

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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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Hartland Publications 2014 Spring Sales!

Apr 10, 2014


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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.

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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

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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!

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