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The Gift of Missions

OCI Headquarters · 12.16.2014

By Steven Grabiner I wonder how many of us really believe the old adage, “it is not the gift that counts, but the thought behind it.” Perhaps we’ll demonstrate our appreciation for a poorly constructed gift if the giver is a two-year old granddaughter. However, if a mature loved one only thinks about giving, or…

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Growing Leaders: An Encouraging Word

OCI Headquarters · 11.25.2014

By Steven Grabiner In an impressively skillful word picture, Solomon conveys the power of an appropriately spoken word. “Like apples of gold in settings of silver, is a word spoken in right circumstances” (Proverbs 25:11). Here the wise man conveys the truth that a word shared, fitting to the circumstances, has an exquisite beauty to…


Working Together for Western Europe

Sonnmatt Bergpension & Gesundheitszentrum · 11.19.2014

Ministry leaders and mission-minded friends of OCI from around Western Europe gathered at Sonnmatt Bergpension & Gesundheitszentrum in Switzerland for a retreat October 31 – November 2, 2014. With the theme “Give Us Europe, Lest We Die,” attendees were encouraged to consider their role in the grand scheme of seeing Western Europe reached for Jesus….


Lighting Up Ecuador

LIGHT · 11.14.2014

by Antoinette Sierra Doors are opening to share the health message in countries where such teachings have not been so readily received in the past. Particularly, health evangelism is growing rapidly in Latin America through the work of Lay Institute for Global Health Training (LIGHT) and its affiliates. All it takes is one person to…

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The President’s Bookshelf: Ellen White on Leadership

OCI Headquarters · 11.12.2014

By Steven Grabiner Strolling through those small airport bookstores, I am regularly impressed by the variety of leadership books that are continually being published. It seems that there is an insatiable thirst for help in learning what makes a good leader. The aspiring leader will find value in many of these books. However, I discovered…


Hope for the Heartgood Foundation

The Heartgood Foundation · 11.10.2014

The Heartgood Foundation has been influential in spreading the hope of the gospel throughout Scandinavia and beyond since 1978. The team has witnessed some changes over the years, but the desire to share God’s love through the ministry of healing remains unaffected. Afer the tragic loss of longtime leader Erik Somme, OCI is pleased to…


OCI Holds Retreat for Educators

Uchee Pines Institute · 04.01.2014

OCI hosted its first Educator Retreat from March 16 – 18 at Uchee Pines Institute. With more than 50 attendees, the Educator Retreat provided an opportunity for staff and students of elementary, secondary, and medical missionary training schools to collaborate regarding the future of education. Guest speakers included Wanda Sarr, director of education for the…


OCI Ministries Unite in Uchee Pines

Uchee Pines Institute · 04.01.2014

The campus of Uchee Pines Institute was filled to overflowing with more than 200 attendees for the annual OCI Leadership Retreat. Held from March 10 – 15, ministry leaders, workers, students, and supporters of OCI gathered together for united prayer, meaningful sermons and seminars, and the all-time favorite mission reports. With approximately 30 OCI ministries…


Heritage Academy Invited to Harvard University

Heritage Academy · 04.01.2014

Heritage Academy students received a unique opportunity last fall. Harvard University invited the academy to participate and train in a drill held at an emergency medicine conference with participants from around the globe. Heritage students instructed Harvard medical students and professors in moulage (the art of applying false injuries for training purposes). The purpose of this drill…


Update: A New Haven for Victims of Abuse

The Hope of Survivors · 01.09.2014

Last fall, The Hope of Survivors acquired a new facility in Iowa (see below). Now they have teamed up with Maranatha Volunteers International (, a nonprofit organization connecting service-minded people with much needed construction projects, to renovate The Hope of Survivors new Renewal Center. Work began in November to add bathrooms and modify existing space…