Adventist school in the United States hosts meeting in Mongolia
OHow could he have imagined that three young people who all lived in Mongolia in the past would come together, become friends and graduate together from Highland View Academy (HVA) in Hagerstown, Maryland, USA?
Urnaa Uuaganbayar was born in the coldest capital in the world, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Her mother, Enhkbayar Mishigdorj, is one of the first Seventh-day Adventist converts in Mongolia and helped translate many of Ellen White’s books from English to Mongolian at the Mongolian Mission office. Uuaganbayar’s journey took her from Mongolia to the Philippines to Brazil before coming to HVA in her senior year in 2019. She is currently majoring in psychology at Southwestern Adventist University in Texas.
Bradley Banuag was born in the Philippines. He first met Uuaganbayar in 2002 when his parents, Dudley and Eunie, served in the Mongolia Mission. Bradley’s family moved from Mongolia to Arizona, then to Hawaii in the United States before moving to HVA in 2017, where Eunie is the school’s business manager. Bradley is currently pursuing an engineering degree at Andrews University in Michigan.
Gabriel Orellana was born in Bolivia. He first met Uuaganbayar when his parents, Josue and Eveling, served in ADRA Mongolia from 2011 to 2015. Gabriel’s family moved from Mongolia to Nepal before arriving in Maryland in 2018, where Josue serves in the ADRA International office, located at Adventist Church headquarters. in Silver Spring, Maryland. Gabriel is currently studying biology at Andrews University.
“It is a testimony of how God brings nations, languages and peoples together,” said Eunie Banuag. “God can use a small school to bring together young people from diverse backgrounds to be trained and prepared for His service. HVA continues to be a testimony to the diversity of God’s family.
As the class of 2021 – the new group of future alumni – is inaugurated, they also praise God for being able to witness for him. This class includes a diverse group of students representing Brazil, El Salvador, India, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Mongolia, the Philippines, and the United States.
About Highland View Academy
Highland View Academy is a Seventh-day Adventist Christian high school and boarding school located in the hills of western Maryland along the Appalachian Trail. It is a coeducational private secondary school, part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the second largest Christian school system in the world. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
the original version of this story was published by the Visitor from Union Columbia.