In the spring of 1980, Oliver deVinck died. At his birth, thirty-two years earlier, he appeared to be a healthy baby boy. What his parents didn’t know is that six months earlier, when his pregnant mother almost died from a gas leak, their beautiful baby boy lost the capability for sight and most of the abilities that one would expect to give life meaning and value. When advised to institutionalize him, Oliver’s parents said, “He is our son. We will take him home and love him, of course.” Of course.
“Lift every voice and sing, till earth and heaven ring, ring with the harmonies of Liberty.” These opening lines to a poem were penned by James Weldon Johnson in 1899 and later adopted as the Negro National anthem served as an organizing principle in the life of James Alexander Chiles. James and his twin brother John were born to Richard and Martha Chiles in 1860. Their large family of eight children and two parents lived in Virginia.
As we celebrate Black History Month in February, we want to highlight a few African-American visionaries and leaders in Adventism or the healthcare industry. We’re starting the month off with one of the most influential figures in the Seventh-day Adventist Church (SDA), Anna Knight.
At ADU, we strive to develop skilled professionals who live the healing values of Christ. But what exactly does that mean? Don Williams, PhD, Assistant to the President for Mission, shares his take on this guiding principal in the first of a new series we're calling "Spiritual Bytes". Bon Appétit.