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Together with the Pathfinders, the author gives a missionary book in Brazil
Camporee gives Pathfinders many learning opportunities and is the perfect place for them to share what they’ve learned with the community around them. This is just what club members from Brazil and Chile did on Thursday, January 10, as they handed out copies of the book Hope for the Family: The Road to a Happy Ending, in the town of Barretos. Co-author of the book Pastor Willie Oliver, who with his wife, Elaine, directs Family Life Ministries for the Adventist World Church, accompanied...
 

Adventist Church in Inter-America embarks on mission to seek former church members
It’s no secret that people are leaving the church. This alarming fact has Seventh-day Adventist leaders in Inter-America focused on a major initiative to seek and reconcile thousands of former members across the more than 22,000 churches and congregations in the territory. Coined as the Inter-American Division’s (IAD) “Ministry of Reclaiming and Discipleship of Former Members”, the initiative was officially launched through an online program on Jan. 12, 2019, from Miami, Florida. Seeking...
 

NAD hosts first Religious Freedom Prayer Breakfast
According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 78 percent of the world’s population is unable to worship their God in whatever way they see fit.  Today, on Religious Freedom Day (Jan. 16, 2019), local faith and civic leaders gathered at the North American Division (NAD) headquarters in Columbia, Maryland, for the NAD’s first Religious Freedom Prayer Breakfast. They celebrated the freedoms enjoyed in the United States and prayed for guidance in further fostering and sharing it with others. “We...
 

In Switzerland, Adventists take part in suicide prevention initiative
Since 1980, volunteers of the Action Solidarités-Feu-Bessières have welcomed passersby on the 75-foot (23-meter) Bressières Bridge in Lausanne, Switzerland, for conversations during the festive season from December 23 to January 3. This year, three members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church took part in this life-saving initiative. Just before Christmas in 1980, Joël Albert, a local resident, witnessed someone jump from the Bressières Bridge. For years after, Albert spent the festive season...
 

Member of Loma Linda University Health Team PossAbilities named to U.S. National Team
A Loma Linda University Health Team PossAbilities member, Shawn Morelli, road and track cycling two-time gold medalist in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, has been named to the 2019 U.S. Paralympics Cycling National Team.Morelli, who was first named to the U.S. National Team in 2014, says it’s always an honor to be selected. “I love wearing our country’s colors on my back and competing for not just myself but for everyone,” she says. Morelli will be headlining the team after winning three world...
 

NCU achieves institutional accreditation status from the Government of Jamaica
Seventh-day Adventist-owned and operated Northern Caribbean University (NCU) recently has achieved institutional accreditation status from the University Council of Jamaica. This was announced by Dr. Lincoln Edwards during a press conference held on the main campus of the university in Mandeville last month.The status is effective as of February 17, 2019, and is for a period of seven years.“The major significance of gaining institutional accreditation status is that NCU now has the...
 

Managing stress can be as easy as 1,2, 3
With all of life’s responsibilities, deadlines and appointments, stress can be almost unavoidable. It can come from moments of frustration, or long-term problems. Chronic stress can suppress immune, digestive, sleep, and reproductive systems, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. For optimal health, it’s important to know how to deal with the stresses in life, and to know when it’s time to seek help. David J. Puder, MD, medical director of the MEND partial and intensive...
 

Polish Church issues statement on murder of Gdańsk mayor, Powel Adamowicz
Following the Sunday evening stabbing and subsequent death of Gdańsk mayor, Mr Paweł Adamowicz at the climax of a charity concert, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Poland has issued the following statement: The crime committed on 13 January 2019 in Gdańsk shook not only Gdańsk, but the entire community of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Republic ofPoland. On behalf of the entire church family, the Administrative Committee of the Adventist Church in Poland wishes to express...
 

Granddaughter of first Seventh-day Adventist in The Bahamas celebrates 100th birthday
Elizabeth Moses, affectionately known as Betty, was recently honored on her 100th birthday during a celebration that saw the Governor General of The Bahamas, local Seventh-day Adventist leaders and members at the Johnson Park Adventist Church in Nassau, Jan 5, 2019. Moses is the grandchild of the first Seventh-day Adventist in The Bahamas.Governor General of the Bahamas, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, congratulated Moses for her achievement and praised her publicly giving so much to...
 

Pathfinders shine for Jesus in New Zealand
After lots of preparation, fundraising and travel, 1300 excited Pathfinders and leaders from around the New Zealand Pacific Union Conference (NZPUC) gathered for five days of activities and worship in the White Rock hills.Fifty-nine Pathfinder clubs, representing New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Cook Islands and the north and south islands of New Zealand, took part in the NZPUC Pathfinder Camporee held near Christchurch, South New Zealand. Surrounded by natural beauty and changeable weather,...
 

Korean girl finds Sabbath in Paraguay
Sung Hye Choi is South Korean, but she has never lived in South Korea.Sung Hye was born in the South American country of Paraguay. Her parents were among a wave of some 120,000 South Korean workers who immigrated to Paraguay from 1975 to 1990.Even though Sung Hye didn’t live in South Korea, her life was surrounded by Koreans in Paraguay’s capital, Asunción. She studied at a Korean-speaking school, where her mother was the president of the parent-student association. On Sundays, Mother took...
 

In Jamaica, Adventist Church joins the Ministry of Health to impact through Adopt-A-Clinic Initiative
The Seventh-day Adventist Church, known for its belief and strong emphasis in wholistic health, has joined forces with the Ministry of Health to impact Jamaica in its fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Through the church’s Mission Project 2019 initiative themed“Wholistic Health for Personal and National Transformation,” the church gave its undertaking to adopt 100 government clinics under its adopt-a-clinics program to see to the upgrade of physical infrastructures where necessary...
 

New Pan-Serbian Choir links youth and community
It might seem impossible.  A group of young people brought together just a year ago from across Serbia with one aim, to form the LINK youth choir.  Yet their sincere enthusiasm and deep motivation is infectious, and despite obstacles of distance, age and temperament, the LINK choir is garnering success.The youth range in age from elementary school to university students, some of them live more than 400km apart in different Serbian cities and towns, and, quite naturally, they have varied...
 

ADRA Awards Adventist Community Services $50,000 to help wildfire survivors in California
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has announced it will provide financial support totaling $50,000 to the Adventist Community Services (ACS) who has been coordinating efforts to help survivors of Butte County, California recover from deadly wildfires, which started on November 8 and later contained on November 25 in 2018. The fires have been declared the nation’s deadliest in a century according to local authorities. “When a natural disaster strikes, ADRA, as an international...
 

Adventist Church in Jamaica still mourning the loss of four young members
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica is still mourning the loss of four of its young members after they drowned at sea last week.Chavar Lewis, 31, and Duran Bryan, 30, of the church’s north region and, Joseph Anderson, 26, and Karanjah Gayle, 26, of the central region died at sea in two separate incidents one day apart. According to police reports, Chavar and Duran of the St. Ann’s Bay Adventist Church died on Dec. 30, 2018, at the Silver Sands Beach in Duncans, Trelawny after both got...
 

Floating Church leads more than 200 people to baptism
Raimundo Andrade is a 66-year-old farmer living in Itapuru, 231 kilometers from Manaus, Brazil. This community can only be reached by traveling the river, and it was there that the Floating Church finished its activities this year.Andrade has always worked hard to ensure his family livelihood, but in his heart he felt that something was missing; he felt empty and distressed. When the Floating Church arrived on the shore of his village, he and his wife were invited to attend the evangelistic...
 

Pathfinders unstoppable at Australian camporee
More than 2800 Pathfinders from across Australia started the new year with fun, friends and faith at the Australian Union Conference’s (AUC) fourth camporee. Kicking off on January 1, the 119 clubs were warmly welcomed at the opening ceremony by AUC director of youth ministries Pastor Jeff Parker, who officially opened the camporee. Other special guests included SPD youth director Dr Nick Kross, AUC president Pastor Jorge Munoz, and Victorian Conference president Pastor Graeme Christian.The...
 

Condolences of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in connection with the tragedy in Magnitogorsk.
The following statement was made by the Euro-Asia Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church after a gas explosion ripped through an apartment building in southern Russia on December 31. 31 people have now been confirmed dead and 10 still listed as missing. With deep sorrow, the Seventh-day Adventist Christians, along with all the Russian people, received the news of the tragic events that took place on December 31, 2018 in Magnitogorsk.On behalf of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in the...
 

Troubled Resolutions
It’s a familiar story. Perhaps your holiday season was much like it. Christ was visiting with dear friends. There was much hustle and bustle. We don’t know the size of the group that was gathered, but no doubt there was plenty of work to be done. Martha was busily serving and making everything just right for her Guest of Honor. Then comes the gentle rebuke: “You are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed” (Luke 10:41, 42, NKJV). Like Martha, many of us become busily...
 

How to avoid the soon-to-be number one killer
The death rate from heart disease has been dropping for the past few decades, and it will soon be overtaken by the malady that’s now the second-biggest killer in the United States: cancer. While I’m grateful for the medical community’s cancer treatment innovations, increased prevention measures and improved screenings, make no mistake — cancer is still a huge problem in our society. It causes approximately 600,000deaths each year, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.We’ve...
 

Deadly tsunami killing hundreds in Indonesia prompts ADRA response
Days after a deadly tsunami hit the coastal towns near the Sunda Strait in Indonesia, local government officials reported 426 people are confirmed dead, 7,202 people injured, 23 are missing and 40,386 have been evacuated. These numbers continue to rise while rescue operations are still ongoing.According to Indonesia’s local disaster agency, the tsunami was triggered by an unusual wave surge and underwater landslide caused by Anak Krakatau’s volcanic eruption. This natural activity created...
 

In Memoriam: James M. Slater, pioneer of proton therapy, transformed cancer treatment
James M. Slater, MD, whose determination to improve the quality of life for patients undergoing cancer treatment inspired him to use proton therapy for patient care and to champion and oversee creation of the world’s first hospital-based proton treatment center at Loma Linda University Health, died Dec. 26. He was 89. The James M. Slater, M.D. Proton Treatment and Research Center — which opened in 1990 — has since treated more than 18,000 patients from around the world, including foreign...
 

Taking the road less traveled
What do Greece, Iraq, and Uganda have in common? In recent years these countries, among others, have experienced an influx of refugees that has created a huge need of basic services for displaced people. AdventistHelp,1 a supporting ministry, and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)2 have partnered in all three of these regions to provide critical medical care. Refugee ministry is becoming a worldwide mission opportunity and changing the landscape for today’s missionaries. Michael...
 

Special New Year’s Greeting from Ted. N.C. Wilson
Greetings and Happy New Year! We are standing at the beginning of a brand new year of life that God has graciously granted to each of us. How will we spend the upcoming 365 days—or however many days the Lord sees fit to give to each of us? In First Corinthians chapter 6, verse 19 we are reminded that we “are not our own.” Everything we have, including life itself, is a gift from God. How then, shall we live? What will we write upon the new blank pages for the year 2019? For you see, the choice...
 

Prayer for God’s people, the challenges faced in this world, and the tsunami tragedy in Indonesia
“As we face the new year of 2019, many of our brothers and sisters in various places of the world are facing distinct challenges and difficulties.  I am requesting that all of us as a worldwide church family humble ourselves before God and pray for His unifying power in our lives and His church. Please pray for those in particular difficulties…..our hearts go out to the thousands touched by, yet again, another tsunami disaster affecting the people of Indonesia. With hundreds dead and many...
 

Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, gives special Year-End Greeting
Warm greetings to each one of you during this very special time of the year when the world remembers the Savior’s birth. Even though, it most probably was not at this time, we still remember this wonderful, beautiful event. While the Bible doesn’t tell us exactly when Jesus was born, it assures us that He was born in Bethlehem, the city of David. Prophecy predicted this centuries earlier when, through inspiration, the prophet Micah wrote: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are...
 

In Memoriam: Ellsworth Wareham, 104, was‘Blue Zone’ pioneer and cardiologist
Ellsworth Wareham, MD, known at the end of his life as much for his vegan-supported longevity as his distinguished surgical career that included the first open-heart surgeries in many countries, died Saturday, Dec. 15 at the age of 104.An ebullient and active centenarian, Wareham— a 1942 surgical graduate of Loma Linda University, then known as the College of Medical Evangelists — gained global fame through numerous media outlets in his later years for being the epitome of a “Blue Zone”...
 

Franco-Belgian-Luxembourg Union releases statement following the deadly attack in Stasbourg, France
On the occasion of the recent events that took place last night in Strasbourg, the Adventist Church condemns all forms of violence, and even more so, if possible, under the pretext of religious intolerance or the imposition of a religion. Ruben de Abreu,President of the Franco-Belgian-Luxembourg Union, comments:“The murderous act of violence that took place last night in Strasbourg is execrable, intolerable and, moreover, I condemn it in the strongest possible terms. It would not be right to...
 

Maranhão approves State Day of Caleb Mission
On November 19th, the Official Gazette of the State of Maranhão, Brazil, published the approval of a law that establishes the last Saturday of July as State Day of the Caleb Mission. Law number 10,948 is already in force. The proposition notes that that date will be included in the official state calendar. This enables use of public spaces for celebration and for work. The 35,000 volunteers who acted in the 2018 campaign will have much to celebrate in 2019! Caleb Mission is an initiative of the...
 

Sydney Adventist Hospital best in NSW for outpatient cancer services
Sydney Adventist Hospital’s outpatient cancer services are the best performing in NSW, according to a survey of more than 11,000 patients from 50 public and private clinics. The Bureau of Health Information survey was released last week. In 25 of the measures surveyed the San’s Integrated Cancer Centre was “significantly more positive” than the NSW average. Clinical director of San Cancer Services, Associate Professor Gavin Marx, and San CEO Brett Goods applauded members of the San team...
 

Adventist student wins medal at Astronomy Olympics
Diogo Rodrigues da Silva (14), a student at Esteio Adventist Academy in Rio Grande do Sul, was among the three winners of the Brazilian Astronomy and Astronautics Olympiad (OBA). The test, for students from the sixth to ninth year of Elementary School in public and private schools, took place during the month of May. The Brazilian Astronomical Society and engineers from the Brazilian Space Agency have been holding this competition for 21 years. This year it brought together over 700,000...
 

Coming soon, Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists online
Recently my daughter researched the history of the Adventist Church for her public high school project. She saw the project as an excellent opportunity to share Adventist heritage with her class. I immediately suggested several books on Adventist history that we had in our home library. As a parent and teacher, I make every effort to share reliable and trustworthy information with my children and students, because trusted information significantly shapes people’s habits, worldview, and choices....
 

Inter-America celebrates success of the Year of the Child and Adolescent
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Inter-America celebrated the culmination of its Year of the Child and Adolescent initiatives and activities during an online program held in Miami, Florida. The event drew church leaders and regional directors from across the Inter-American Division (IAD) territory on Dec. 8, to wrap up a year that reinforced Christian values and encouraged youngsters to study, live and share the message of the gospel with their friends and neighbors. The 12-month-long...
 

Adventist Health leaders meet government representative in Fiji
Representatives of the Seventh-day Adventist Church recently met with Dr. Isimeli Tukana, who serves as non-communicable diseases advisor to the government of Fiji.Trans Pacific Union Mission health director, Dr. Paul Wood, and Fiji Mission health director, Dr. Alipate Vakamocea, met with Dr. Tukana to see how the Church and government can continue to tackle the huge problem of lifestyle diseases, which have reached epidemic levels in the Pacific.During the meeting, attendees discussed the...
 

SSD Mission adventures 2 happens in Indonesia
Adventist young adults in the Southern Asia-Pacific region (SSD) teamed up with mission oriented young professionals from all across Indonesia, Myanmar, and the Philippines to experience the joy of service and the adrenaline rush of adventure during a week of volunteer work.  This year’s Mission Adventures trip is the second of its kind within the region designed to involve young volunteers and service-oriented individuals. This year’s call for adventure takes the delegates to Makassar,...
 

Loma Linda University Health hospitals receive recognition for top quality
Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital was named a Top Children’s Hospital for the second year in a row, and Loma Linda University Medical Center– East Campus received its inaugural recognition as a Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization. Announced yesterday, the Leapfrog Top Hospital awards are widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors...
 

La Sierra University film student’s PBS, NAD projects aim for positive impact
Michelle Noland, a senior La Sierra University Film and Television Production major, recently launched into the world of professional storytelling where she is using her talents to impact others’ lives. PBS affiliate KQED inked a distribution deal with Noland in August for inclusion of her award-winning short film “She Isn’t Here” in the nationwide series, “Film School Shorts.” The film, which is expected to be released in April 2019, explores the anxiety disorder agoraphobia.Stewardship...
 

Inter-America’s Bible Competition Initiative is life changing for young people
When she heard that the second place winner had only missed two questions during the final Bible competition program at the Belize City Civic Center, she held back tears and contained her excitement with a smile because she knew she had only missed one.  Moments later, Edna Ventura Perez was declared the winner of this year’s Inter-American Division (IAD) Bible Connections competition in Belize on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. At 27, Ventura felt the rush of her entire journey this year, a mix of...
 

At the depth of despair, Marcelo found freedom in Christ
The Apostle Peter’s sermon, recorded in Acts chapter 2, took place in a context with an impressive manifestation of the Holy Spirit. The three thousand who converted on that day lead us to reflect on the importance of individual spiritual decisions. A few years ago, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in South America reserved a week in their calendar to encourage special worship services, emphasizing public decisions for Christ. More than 30,000 sites across eight countries participated in this...
 

In Inter-America, Church begins effort to unify radio and television ministries
In an effort to strengthen Seventh-day Adventist-operated radio stations throughout Inter-America with the church’s Hope Channel Inter-America television network, media specialists met to network and collaborate on increasing efforts to spread the gospel. “It’s important for us to lay the groundwork for the establishment of the Hope Radio Inter-America network through collaboration, inspiration and dialogue together following our integrated media strategy plan to unify radio and television...
 

Pacific Union College partners with Angwin Community to Protect Against Wildfire
Beginning in January 2019, Pacific Union College (PUC) plans to begin work on an approximately 3-mile shaded fuel break to protect the Angwin, California, United States, community of 3,500 residents. With financial support from community members and alumni, the college plans to construct a shaded fuel break on a prominent ridge between Pope Valley and Angwin, running from Howell Mountain road to the Las Posadas State Forest. Angwin Volunteer Fire Department Chief J.R. Rogers explains,“A...
 

Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approves student’s right to be absent from exams for religious beliefs
In a landmark decision, members of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies’ Constitution, Justice and Citizenship Committee (CCJ) approved the Clean Bill made by the Senate to Chamber Bill 130 from 2009 (originally Bill No. 2,171, of 2003, authored by federal representative Rubens Otoni)The approved text deals with the application of tests and attribution of attendanceto students who are unable to attend school for reasons of freedom of conscience and religious belief. The content will, therefore, be...
 

In Haiti, Adventist Church launches Hope Channel Inter-America in major cities
After nearly two years of making the proper connections in the cable company business, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Haiti recently launched Hope Channel Inter-America in an effort to spread the gospel message to the millions of people on the island.  Local church leaders consider it a true blessing and milestone to have been able to launch the television channel through two special live church services held on Nov. 10, 2018, from Port-au-Prince.“This has been several years in the...
 

Nuevo Tiempo TV Comes to Smart TVs through Global App
On June 1, 2017, Nuevo Tiempo signed a contract with Foxxum, the German international company that provides the app ecosystem (App Store) for certain brands of smart TVs. The company was tasked with creating  an app for Nuevo Tiempo to include TV signal, radio Nuevo Tiempo Chile signal, and videos content produced by Nuevo Tiempo Chile.After months of development and testing, the app is available for smart TVs. "For us, as a team, it is a great joy and privilege to work with Foxxum, which...
 

Adventist voices speak for Australian aid
Four representatives and supporters of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Australia raised their voices for Australian aid as part of Micah Australia’s “Voices for Justice” gathering in Canberra, December 1–4. They joined more than 200 Christians, with representatives of Christian justice and development agencies, from across Australia for two days of worship, advocacy training and policy briefing, followed by two days in Australia’s Parliament House. “Micah lobby groups met...
 

Mobile Shower Van to serve New York City’s homeless is dedicated
The Showers of Blessings van, an outreach ministry of the Greater New York Conference’s (GNYC) Adventist Community Services (ACS), was dedicated on Sept. 15, 2018. Officials from the conference, Atlantic Union Conference, and the North American Division (NAD) gathered at United Camp Meeting for the dedication. The mobile showers will serve the homeless in New York City, providingclean towels, washcloths, and new undergarments, as well as an outpouring of God’s love. The ministry, partly funded...
 

TED providing the key for the future of mission
He started with the word‘amazed’ on day 1 and concluded with ‘encouraged’ on day 5 -- the final day of Trans-European Division Year End meetings in Bečići, Montenegro, 21 – 25 November 21-25. Artur Stele, joined the annual gathering of TED Executive Committee members as a representative of the General Conference.  He expressed amazement that, in a context where thousands of young people are leaving some of the struggling economies in eastern and central Europe, where the church is aging in...
 

Seventh-day Adventist Church adopts new brand promise
“We can help you understand the Bible to find freedom, healing and hope in Jesus.” The Adventist Promise sets a clear expectation of what the worldwide public can expect from all Adventist entities and members. The Adventist Promise aims to deliver a clear message about what the movement stands for, and seeks to leave a lasting impression on people in the 21st century. It is framed as a brand promise which is used by organizations worldwide to clearly explain what they offer to customers,...
 

Former drug addicts make decisions for Christ
Former drug addicts were among 23 people who were baptized on November 25 at Kita Kore Seventh-day Adventist Church in Dei District of Western Highlights, Papua New Guinea.The baptisms followed a two-week evangelistic series conducted by district director Pastor Andrew Jacob.Solomon Paul, communication director for the Western Highlands Mission, said local minister Joe Aki had significantly influenced the lives of the drug-addicted men, who were despised in their community. He reached out to...
 

Young woman with cancer travels halfway across Brazil to participate in Reset camp
Rosangela Cardoso is a youth leader and physical education teacher at an Adventist school in Tucurui, southern Para, Brazil.“Two years ago it became painful for me to breathe. At first, doctors said it was a temporary pain, a side effect of a pneumonia I had,” says Cardoso. Last year, in greater pain, she returned to the hospital. After running several tests, the doctors diagnosed her symptoms as emotionally relatedand gave her some medication. Her health only worsened. A new realityIn May...
 

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