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UPDATED: Ted Wilson calls for prayer as cyclone batters Mozambique
Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, appealed to church members worldwide to pray as a fierce cyclone bore down on Mozambique.Cyclone Idai made landfall with winds of up to 105 miles per hour (165 kilometers per hour) late March 14 near Beira, a port of 500,000 people where the Adventist Church operates Mozambique Adventist University.A team of church leaders led by Alberto Timm, associate director of the General Conference’s Ellen G. White Estate, were...
 

Christ and His Mission
Leading up to the Andrews University board meetings in Berrien Springs, MI this week, university president Andrea Luxton and Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, engaged in an hour-long conversation featuring questions covering a wide array of topics of interest in the church today. The conversation was part of an afternoon program held March 2 in Pioneer Memorial Church.Manyquestions were submitted to Andrews University for the afternoon event including questions on...
 

Adventist communicators go bold to support the mission of the Church
Seventh-day Adventist communicators closed the 2019 Global Adventist Internet Network (GAiN) Conference in Sweimeh, Jordan, with a pledge to step up and go bold with initiatives to support the mission of the church.The February 28, 2019 wrap-up session for the event, which drew more than 600 information technology (IT) experts, communication directors, television producers, photographers, videographers, radio producers, and news writers working for the Adventist Church, showed an increasing...
 

Videos released from Sabbatarian Adventist dialogue
A series of eight presentations delivered during a recent meetingbetween representatives of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement are now available online, says Dr. Nikolaus Satelmajer, coordinator of the two-day dialogue held in December last year. Satelmajer, former associate secretary of the Ministerial Association and editor of Ministrymagazine, said news reports of the conversation between these two groups— which share many historical and...
 

Five heart health tips for the working woman
Heart disease is the number one killer in women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Stress is one of the major risk factors responsible for cardiovascular disease. According to the American Institute of Stress, work is the major stress source for American adults. Purvi Parwani, MD, a Loma Linda University International Heart Institute cardiovascular disease specialist who focuses on women’s cardiovascular disease, says high mortality due to cardiovascular disease in...
 

eHuddle reinvigorates passion for evangelism
For two and a half days, on Feb. 18-20, 2019, evangelism directors of conferences and unions, church administrators, pastors, innovators, and other leaders gathered at eHuddle in San Diego to share, learn, and dialogue on how the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America can more effectively reach people in a growing, secular culture.More than 200 people attended the eHuddle event, sponsored by the North American Division (NAD) Ministerial Association, though more were able to benefit from...
 

In Venezuela, Church continues to operate amid challenges, death of one church member
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Venezuela is saddened by the loss of one of its members in La Gran Sabana, in the southeastern part of the country that shares borders with Brazil and Guyana. Zoraida Rodríguez, an active member of her local church in Kumarakapay, was killed on Feb. 22, 2019, during a confrontation between the military and members of nearby border communities. Her husband, two other church members and 13 other civilians were injured and are currently being treated in a...
 

Launch of first teen mission film contest by Adventist Mission
Following the popular My Story, My Mission film contest for college students comes the #FollowHim film contest exclusively for young people aged 18 years old and younger. Adventist Mission invites youth around the world to creatively express, in one minute or less, what it means to follow Christ in a mission-focused life.This contest is for youth who meet the age requirements and self-identify as Adventist or attend Adventist-affiliated schools. To ensure eligibility, entrants are asked to...
 

ADRA launches“Every Child. Everywhere. In School.” global advocacy campaign
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) announced this week a new global advocacy campaign,“Every Child. Everywhere. In School.” The campaign is an urgent call to leaders around the world that all children, regardless of race, age, nationality, gender, religion or origin, have a right to earn and complete an education, and that being in school is a recognition of the value and potential of each individual child. The campaign aims to collect one million signatures by 2020 through...
 

Turkish Adventist church regains ownership of historic property in Istanbul
Visitors often remember the Taksim Seventh-day Adventist Church in Istanbul, Turkey as a place with panoramic views over the Bosphorus Strait and magnificent metropolitan area.For Adventists in Turkey, the Taksim Adventist Church property, situated near the bustling center of Taksim square, has been a symbolic place because it represents the history of the Adventist church in the country.General Counsel of the Office of General Counsel of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, Karnik...
 

In Jamaica, six-year-old preacher inspires third baptism in two years
His voice, was as clear as crystal, but it was what six-year-old Dakarai Williams said that held thousands of worshipers in rapt attention at the Lord Transform Me Convention held at the Montego Bay Convention Center in Jamaica on Feb. 9, 2019.“Two years ago l was asked to be baptized but l said, I cannot get baptize and go to heaven leaving my mother behind to go to hell,” said Dakarai. “It touched my mom’s heart. She must have seen how sad l looked.  But Guess what!” asked Dakarai and,...
 

How to make Godly decisions
What do you do when you have to make a big decision?Paula Cristina Ghibut had a big decision to make. She was 14 and about to finish eighth grade in Romania. She had to decide where to go to high school.The decision was huge.Paula wanted to become an elementary school teacher, and she could go to a nearby public high school that offered a special teaching track for high school students.But Paula had attended Adventist schools since kindergarten, and she wasn’t sure that she should go to...
 

Life Health Foods teams up with former Olympian
Life Health Foods AU (LHF) has teamed up with former Olympian Stephanie Rice to increase awareness of the benefits of following a plant-based diet and to encourage Australians to eat more plant-based foods.Since partnering with Rice in 2018, LHF brand Vegie Delights has launched a number of marketing campaigns and activities that promote a plant-based diet as being not only good for health, but also for animal welfare and the environment.Rice, who won three gold medals for swimming at the...
 

La Sierra University’s Zapara School of Business rolls out MBA in Hawaii
This winter, La Sierra University’s Zapara School of Business launched its first out-of-state Master of Business Administration program, offering graduate courses designed for busy health care professionals. The MBA cohort program at Adventist Health Castle medical center in Kailua, Hawaii, officially began instruction on Jan. 7,2019, following a fast-tracked setup and approval in December by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and subsequent approval by the state of Hawaii. The...
 

Korea’s Supreme Court gives historic legal victory to young Adventist student
The almost two-year legal ordeal of Han Ji Man, a young Seventh-day Adventist medical student in Korea, ended last month when the country’s Supreme Court upheld his right to take university exams outside of Sabbath hours. Adventists in Korea are celebrating the landmark ruling, issued January 31, which they hope will signal a new era of legal protection for Sabbath keepers and other people of faith. “This verdict is historicallyimportant for Korean Adventists and provides a judicial precedent...
 

Church leaders urged to model healthy lifestyles
As Seventh-day Adventist world church leaders rejoiced over healthier bodies after a week of exercise and plant-based meals at a Global Leadership Summit in Jamaica, church president Ted N.C. Wilson implored them to maintain healthy lifestyles and serve as living examples of the Adventist health message to the world.Wilson upheld a balanced, Christ-centered lifestyle free from meat and caffeine in his closing remarks to the 12th annual gathering held this year in Montego Bay.“The focus has...
 

Unique dialogue between Sabbatarian Adventists explores shared values and distinctive beliefs
A spirit of friendship and mutual respect marked a two-day meeting between representatives of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement.  A small group of leaders and theologians from the two communions—which share a similar heritage as well as a number of key beliefs—met December 5 and 6, 2018, at the headquarters of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Silver Spring, Maryland. The goal, according to participants, was simply to establish a...
 

In Mexico, students complete church building for remote jungle congregation
A new Seventh-day Adventist Church building was completed in the heart of the Lacandon Jungle in Chiapas, Mexico, thanks to the efforts of students from Montemorelos University in North Mexico. Construction of the building, which began three years ago, took place on the same site as the 50-year-old wooden structure where members used to gather for worship services. The university students and volunteers who built the new facility are part of a group called Adventist Missionary Youth. They began...
 

Christian charities welcome news of children off Nauru
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is among a coalition of Christian charities welcoming news that the final four children will be leaving the island of Nauru.Prime Minister Scott Morrison this week announced that the children and their families have all been approved for departure to the United States for resettlement.“When the Prime Minister took office in August last year there were 109 children still on Nauru and today this announcement means the final four and their families...
 

The four things the two deadliest diseases have in common
February is not only National Cancer Prevention month but also American Heart month. With two of the deadliest diseases promoting awareness in the same month, what can they possibly have in common? Loma Linda University Cancer Center director Mark E. Reeves, MD, PhD, says they both have more in common than you might think.Heart disease is still the No. 1 killer for both men and women in America, and cancer is No. 2, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  However, cancer...
 

New documentary highlights the early beginnings of Adventism in the British Isles
How well do you know the history of how the Adventist Church started in your country?  I confess that even after spending six years studying for the ministry I have never gone into too much detail about how the Church started where I was born, raised and have pastored for the past 25 years.My interest however was galvanized by reading an old centenary Messenger magazine that celebrated A Century of Adventistism in the British Isles. This followed an in-depth search on the internet and the...
 

Adventist Church in Jamaica launches initiative help young people engage in service
With the goal of sharing positive values, and encouraging spiritual devotion and transformation, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica through its youth department launched its first mobile clinic dubbed HYPE, or Helping Young People Engage. HYPE is the coming together of Adventist young people, pooling their resources to serve God and humanity. Speaking at the launch, which took place on Jan. 31, 2019, atthe Grants Pen Peace Park in St. Andrew, Pastor Everett Brown president of the...
 

NAD Health Summit equips leaders and practitioners to promote holistic healing within
More than 150 people were empowered to embody the healing ministry of Jesus during the North American Division Health Summit 2019 in Albuquerque New Mexico, on January 20-26. The summit was themed“Healing of the Nations,” which was based on Revelation 22:2 (KJV): “And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” Various avenues of healing were taught during professional development training courses, including Foundations of Faith Community Nursing; Emotional and Spiritual Care...
 

MAX-FACTOR Congress attended by more than 1,000 youth
More than 1,000 youth attended the MAX-FACTOR Congress in Sumy, Ukraine, in late December. Over the three-day event, guest speaker Yuri Bondarenko shared inspirational messages on sound thinking, the authority of young people, the dangers of idle talking and other relevant topics. Attendees chose one of four training sessions conducted by Central Conference Sledopyt Club leader Alexander Kozlov, Oleg Nazarov, missionary service leader for the East Dnieper Conference, and the Yaroslav Cherepin...
 

Polish Adventists meet with President Andrezei Duda
“Despite differences in faith and ethnicity, we create a national community of people on Polish soil,” emphasized Andrzej Duda, the President of Poland during a meeting with representatives of all major churches, religious associations and ethnic and national minorities present in Poland. Four leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Poland were among the invitees who met at the Presidential Place on Friday, January 18, 2019.According to Andrzej Siciński, Public Affairs and Religious...
 

Adventists in Townsville brace for more heavy rain
The Northern Australian Conference (NAC) office in Townsville remains closed today due to the flood crisis affecting northern Queensland.While the office has not experienced any flood damage, road closures are restricting travel to the site, which is also home to Aitkenvale Adventist Church, Riverside Adventist Christian School and the Church’s campground—Riverside Convention Centre. Despite the riverside setting, the buildings are set high on the grounds above the swollen Ross River....
 

Scores of residents benefit from Adventist Health Expo in Montego Bay
Nearly 300 individuals were the beneficiaries of a free health expo organized by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in west Jamaica on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. The program, a part of the church’s Mission Project 2019 initiative, was held in Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and attracted hundreds of church and community members.“What a joy and a great privilege to be here at this expo,” said Pastor Ted Wilson, president of the Adventist World Church. “We are seeing what God is doing...
 

Adventists prepare themselves for days of prayer
Maribel Aguilar was devastated when she was diagnosed with cancer. For the first time, she opened her heart to God.“I begged Him to help me defeat this cancer and to give me the opportunity to live. I made Him a promise,” the 39-years-old women said. “If He allowed me to live, I would serve Him until the last day of my life.” Maribel began to pray fervently for a divine miracle. And, the miracle happened. “Today I am cancer-free and I didn’t need radiotherapy or chemotherapy. God overcame...
 

Adventists in Belize run soup kitchen for needy school children
Tuesdays and Thursday are the highlight of the week for Melva Robinson. That’s because every Tuesday and Thursday for the last three years she has fulfilled her dream of sharing her love for children in her native country of Belize. Robinson has been able to provide thousands of meals to needy children studying at six elementary schools in the heart of Belize City, thanksto the committed financial support of Seventh-day Adventist Church members in the area. Robinson has lost count, but she...
 

Adventist Leaders Get in Shape in Jamaica
Top Seventh-day Adventist leaders are experiencing the church’s health message in a whole new way as they do blood tests, adopt a special diet and exercise program, and attend lifestyle seminars on the Caribbean island of Jamaica. The 12thannual Global Leadership Summit, themed “Wholeness in Christ: Mission Vision in Action,” seeks to reaffirm world church leaders’ commitment to follow a healthy lifestyle and to equip them to share good health practices at home, organizers said. The weeklong...
 

Adventists organize aid for victims of disaster in Brumadinho, Brazil
On Friday, January 25, a large mining dam burst in Brumadinho, Brazil, flooding nearby offices and homes with wastewater and trapping cars and people under a sea of mud and sludge. The state fire department has confirmed that nine people are dead, 300 are missing, and multiple families are homeless. This accident is the second in this area in three years.The Adventist Church's headquarters in the central region of Minas Gerais immediately mobilized to serve the families affected by this...
 

Adventist Center of Influence opens in Battambang
On January 22, 2019, the Adventist church in Cambodia celebrated the inauguration of its very first center of influence in this major city of Battambang.The Battambang Essential Life Center officially opened its doors to the community after its inauguration and a prayer dedication led by Saw Samuel, president of the Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD). Present during the successful event were other officials of SSD. Leaders of the Adventist Church in Southeast Asia (SAUM) lead by Somchai...
 

Stewardship movie shows success as evangelistic and fundraising tool
Last March, Adventist News Network (ANN) featured a story about The Mysterious Note, a unique movie produced in partnership with the North American Division (NAD) Stewardship Department. Richard Aguilera, also known as Guide Magazine’s “Mud Guy,” and the creator of One Mustard Seed, a multifaceted youth ministry, was the driving force behind the concept. He also wrote the screenplay and starred in the film. Aguilera has been producing children's resources for the NAD Stewardship Department for...
 

Adventist Health Policy Association opens new office in Washington D.C.
Just blocks from the U.S. Capitol, the Adventist Health Policy Association (AHPA), an affiliation of five Seventh-day Adventist health care systems, has opened a new office. Here, Carlyle Walton, AHPA president, leads the association’s efforts to advance crucial policy and advocacy priorities that ensure member hospitals can provide high quality, accessible health care. In this new role at AHPA, Walton "is building up the first Washington policy shop and establishing a stronger national voice...
 

Adventist awarded Medal of the Order of Australia
Many years of service to his local community has seen an Adventist man recognized in the 2019 Australia Day honors.Robert (Bob) Kalaf was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in recognition of his services to the Cooranbong (northern NSW) community, including building the Waratah Medical Center, and helping to establish the Cooranbong shopping village and Morisset industrial estate. He was president of the Cooranbong Chamber of Commerce from 1990 to 2006 and also volunteered as a...
 

12-year-olds heart stops for an hour
Twelve-year-old Naomi Felicia Maftei was running late to church school in Constanta, Romania.Knowing that she had already missed morning worship, she rushed straight to her classroom. The teacher stopped her at the door.“You have to go to worship,” she said. Naomi turned around and raced to the worship hall. She could feel her heart pounding as she ran. She didn’t even think about stopping to rest. She was terribly late for worship. At the worship hall, she stopped to look for a place to...
 

Church members on mission for God in Tampa
It’s 9:30 on Sabbath morning, and Alethea Truman is already on her way to the newly planted Breath of Life Church in Tampa, Florida, where she is set to participate in the divine worship service. But, she is not simply reading Scripture or collecting the offering. On this particular Sabbath, she isscheduled to deliver the sermon. Most people would be terrified to stand in front of a crowd and deliver a message, but not Truman. She is a local elder at the Mt. Calvary Church in Tampa, and she is...
 

11 -year-old boy never runs out of money
Little Alvan Harold liked hearing coins jingling in his pocket as he walked home from school in Kisumu, Kenya. Then he could stop by a shop and buy some crunchy nuts or a creamy ice cream.One day, the Bible teacher shocked Alvan by talking about his beloved pocket money to his fifth-grade class.“You should not spend all your pocket money on nuts and ice cream during the week but save some to give to God on Sabbath,” she said. Alvan put money in the offering place on Sabbath. It was money...
 

Mission impossible becomes mission possible
Burundi Adventist soldiers are playing an important role in evangelism that has already led many souls to Jesus. The troops are on a peace-keeping mission in Somalia, assigned to them by the United Nations. Since other Adventists in Burundi are doing their part to share the gospel through Total Member Involvement (TMI), these soldiers felt called to share their faith in the place where God had placed them as well.Adventist beliefs were unknown in the Burundian army. There are no Adventist...
 

IAD president encourages members still recovering from hurricanes in St. Maarten
Hundreds of Seventh-day Adventists were commended and encouraged by Pastor Elie Henry, president of the church in Inter-America, as he concluded a three-day pastoral visit to the twin-nation island of St. Maarten earlier this month.“I have enjoyed all the celebrations that revealed a church committed to the proclamation of the greatness of God…resilient members who came from adversity, strong in faith and works, a pastoral team very much engaged with the comprehensive mission of the church and...
 

Students impact indigenous communities in mountainous region in North Mexico
Nearly 50 students, teachers, medical staff and volunteers from Montemorelos University, recently visited several indigenous communities in the mountainous region in the State of Chihuahua in North Mexico, sharing hope and giving out toys, blankets, clothing, bible books, and solar radios. The 300 solar radios, or godpods, included bible study lessons, songs and programs in the Rarámuris native language, and were donated by Adventist World Radio. In addition, free medical and ophthalmology...
 

National camp celebrates 40 years of impact
More than 200 Indigenous Australians gathered together in Victor Harbor, South Australia, for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ministries (ATSIM) national camp from January 16-21.From Geraldton (WA) to Kuranda (Qld), from the Finke and Tennant Creek (NT) to Port Augusta (SA), from Hammond Island in the Torres Strait to Tasmania, and everywhere in between, they flew, caught buses and drove great distances to gather in the beautiful coastal town. One lady even claimed to have flown in...
 

Nairobi Central Church applies Christ’s method of evangelism
Church members are becoming more inspired for mission as Total Member Involvement catches the fire of the Holy spirit in the East-Central Africa (ECD) region of the World Church. With the conviction that only Christ’s method will rescue our perishing world, the Nairobi Central Adventist Church organized a wholistic evangelistic campaign in Siaya county resulting in 273 baptisms.Senior pastor Jean Pierre Maiywa-Massai explains that church members engaged in active evangelism in their community...
 

Mail Company issues commemorative stamps for the 60th anniversary of Pathfinders in Brazil
Correios, a Brazilian mailing company, launched eight exclusive stamps for participants of the 5th South American Pathfinder Camporee recently held in Barretos, Sao Paulo. The series commemorates the 60th anniversary of the first Pathfinder Club in Brazil, established in 1959.Businessman Samuel de Paula, with his sister and business partner Priscila Silvana de Paula, initiated the project, in association with the government.“This is memorable, because it is the first time the Pathfinders have...
 

Balakovo Adventist community ends year with special thanksgiving service
The Balakovo Adventist Church in Russia’s Saratov region held a special thanksgiving service on December 30 to end the year with parishioners and community guests. New Year’s is the time of summing up, when people look back and analyze the outgoing year and make plans for the future. The Balakovo community is grateful to God for all the blessings granted in 2018.Every element of the New Year’s program centered on “thanksgiving,” from solos and choral performances to the general hymns...
 

Adventist Ministries Convention seeks to help church leaders and members serve as Body of Christ
More than 600 ministry leaders gathered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Jan. 13-16, 2019, for the“Stronger United: Many Voices, One Vision” Adventist Ministries Convention (AMC). Conference, union, and division ministry partners came together to inspire, educate, and renew church ministry leaders across the North American Division (NAD) through daily devotionals, special music, church resource exhibits, Ted Talk-style presentations, breakout sessions, and awards given to individuals for...
 

Proposed bill amendment raises religious freedom concerns for Adventist schools, churches
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia (AUC) is concerned that proposed amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act could adversely impact both Adventist schools and churches.It has voiced these concerns in a submission to the review of the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Removing Discrimination Against Students) Bill 2018. Adventist Schools Australia has partnered with Christian Schools Australia in a separate submission.The bill, introduced to Parliament by Senator Penny Wong on November...
 

Alternative to open-heart surgery now available at Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta
Surgeons at Loma Linda University Medical Center– Murrieta performed the hospital’s first transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure— or TAVR — on January 14.  Currently, it is the only hospital in the region to offer this non-invasive heart procedure to patients in the community.TAVR is a non-surgical alternative procedure that treats aortic stenosis— a heart valve disease that causes reduced blood flow through theaortic valve. Patients with aortic valve stenosis often suffer from...
 

Australian dad part of an international film project
Australia is part of a Seventh-day Adventist international film project that puts a spotlight on the role of fathers.Adventist businessman and father-of-two Justin Stafford is one of six dads featured in Fathers, an intercultural documentary initiated by Adventist media entities in Europe.The film’s director Adrian Dure said the project is all about creating content that can inspire, motivate and orient families, and show the importance of fathers in today’s society. “The role of fathers...
 

In Jamaica, civic leaders praise Northern Caribbean University for Godly Heritage
Civic leaders in Manchester praised Northern Caribbean University (NCU) for its sterling contribution to the community and the wider Jamaica during a recent thanksgiving service to mark the institution’s 100th year in the parish. The church service is the first of several events to take place in 2019 to mark the institution’s contribution to the development of the parish and central Jamaica. The yearlong celebration is being held under the theme: “Serving Community for 100 Years, Changing Lives...
 

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