Brooklyn Park Girl Wins State Essay Contest

Charity DuranThe League of Minnesota Cities recently announced that Charity Duran, a member of the Edge Christian Worship Center located in Brooklyn Park, MN, is one of three winners of a League sponsored state-wide essay contest.  Charity, a nine-year-old homeschool student, wrote on the assigned topic of what she would do if she were the mayor for a day.

Taking inspiration from the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger program, Charity thought it would be good if Brooklyn Park, MN had a similar program which included age-appropriate activity books introducing students to the various departments of local government.  Her essay was one of more than six-hundred submitted to the contest.

Charity Duran Screenshot 2016-01-29 18.06.46Charity was recently interviewed for an upcoming city newsletter and for a TV news spot.  In addition, she will be honored in an upcoming City Council meeting, and meet one-on-one with the mayor.  Charity will also receive $100 and a plaque from the League of Minnesota Cities.  Charity plays the violin with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony, sings with the Music Association of Minnetonka, and is part of the Southview Pathfinder Club.

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“God in Shoes” In Minnesota

Minnesota Conference Women’s Ministry in Minnesota took god-in-shoesa group of volunteers to Lincoln, Nebraska to participate in their “God in Shoes” outreach event on September, 2017. We then hosted our first event in the Twin Cities area on January, 2016. Alice was one of the volunteers for both events. She is a nurse in a psychiatric ward. “God in Shoes” is a weeklong outreach event culminating in a spa day specifically for the women in a community. The spa day offers manicures, pedicures, facials and a brand new pair of shoes to each participant.

 She writes:

“I am so thankful that I was able to participate in the “God in Shoes” events.  I have had a change of heart by participating in “God in Shoes”.  First, from the time we came back from Lincoln, I have been able to use the “God in Shoes” experience with my patients at work.  Whenever my client is having a hard day, anxious, depressed and can’t settle down, I offer them a foot soak in warm water; some agree while some refuse, and that is okay. I normally keep a small bag of Epsom salt in my locker at work.  It is amazing how this exercise just calms them down and helps them to comply with their care plan.

At our recent visit to Alexandra House in Blaine, Minnesota, I did not think I would meet or see anybody that I knew despite the warning from the staff that we may recognize some familiar faces.   As I passed by the lounge to go to the children’s room, I spotted a lady that frequents our psych unit as a patient. I work with her when she in our hospital. What this taught me is to be of service to anyone around me.  Sometimes we are so busy and focused on our own issues.  “God in Shoes” has opened my eyes and my heart to be aware of people around me and their needs. It could be my own family members, neighbors, friends, co-workers that might just need a smile, a hand, a listening ear or a prayer.

I have also learned how teamwork can make things happen.  It was amazing to see how the rooms were turned in to such a beautiful and peaceful environment within a short time.  The smiles and coordination were wonderful.  I thought to myself, I wouldn’t have done this if I were by myself, nor would I have even thought of it.  I really feel blessed to be part of this group.

My prayer everyday is for God to help me, and each one of the ladies involved in “God in Shoes” to be able to put a smile on somebody’s face every day.

Working with people who are anxious, depressed, abused, etc. I want to be able to be of service. At least if I am able to soak someone’s feet and provide some foot message to them, I want to be able to. I want to go an extra mile from just being a bedside nurse to a nurse of service.  I want to make “God in Shoes” a way of life, a life of service everyday.

Alice Tembo

Upcoming events:

“Finding God’s Calling” Weekend, April 8-9, 2016 at Southview ChristianSchool, Burnsville, MN: a weekend for every woman to learn how God has called her, gifted her and what to do about it.

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Maplewood’s Career Day

MWA Career DaySunday, February 28th, 30 guests arrived on Maplewood’s campus to present for our annual Career Day.  Throughout the day, students visited multiple stations on campus that each taught them valuable information on how to find a career that best fits them.MWA Career Day 2 Stations included a Career Aptitude Test, how to research careers to learn about job growth and needed education, and how to write a resume. The favorite of the stations was the Career Fair.  Maplewood’s gym was filled with tables, each with a representative from a different career – Anesthesiology, Pastoral Ministry, Mechanical Engineering, Air Force, Fire Fighting and many more.  MWA Career Day 3Students got to talk to each of the guests, ask questions, and discover what it would be like to have a job like theirs. If you would like to be a part of next year’s Career Day, please contact Laura Cummings at lcummings@maplewoodacademy.org.

Laura Cummings, Maplewood Academy Registrar and V.P. of Student Life

 

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Maplewood Plays in Mid-America Union Basketball Tournament

BBall Girls (003)In February 2016, our teams traveled to the Mid-America Union’s Basketball Tournament held at Union College.  bball guys (002)We are proud of our teams and how hard they worked.  It was great to see them interacting with other Adventist youth and having a great time.

Laura Cummings, Maplewood Academy Registrar and V.P. of Student Life

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Maplewood Returns to Belize

MWA BelizeMarch 3rd, a team of Maplewood students, staff, and friends will travel to Belize to continue building a new school in Ladyville, Belize, as they have outgrown their old facility. Maplewood has been going to Belize for a few years now, and they are excited to work for the people of Ladyville again this year. Adventist education in Belize is well respected and the majority of the students are non-Adventist children. This school’s enrollment steadily increases year after year. The school is raising its own funds to build their new facility, and so volunteer groups from several Adventist academies, working with WeCare Missions, have been involved in the past few years.

 

While our group is in Belize we will carry blocks, mix concrete, lay block to build walls, and perform other building tasks. But the job our volunteers enjoy the most is getting to interact with the children. Watching our teenagers play games and give horseback rides to the little kids is a joy and blessing. This year we are reaching out to the teenagers too as we will conduct a week of prayer at the Adventist academy. Our goal is to be God’s hands and feet, to serve Him and the great people in Belize.

 

Thank you for your prayers and support as we embark on this mission trip to Belize. We value the help that many of you give to our students here at Maplewood.

Laura Cummings, Maplewood Academy Registrar and V.P. of Student Life

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Maplewood Academy National Honor Society Serves at Soup Kitchen

NHSNational Honor Society students have been taking turns serving at the Salvation Army Harbor Light Soup Kitchen in Minneapolis.  Over 1,000 meals are served each day to the homeless of the Twin Cities at this location.  It has been an eye-opening experience for our students and a great way to serve as the hands and feet of Christ. 

Laura Cummings, Maplewood Academy Registrar and V.P. of Student Life

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