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Seventh-day Adventist World Church president Ted N.C. Wilson thanks church members for their prayers after the 2018 Annual Council.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, about three weeks ago on October 10, I appealed to you, the nearly 21 million Seventh-day Adventist members around the world, to pray earnestly for everyone attending the Annual Council of the General Conference Executive Committee that was held in Battle Creek, Michigan.  You may remember that I specifically asked you to pray that there would be a gracious, respectful, and loving spirit shown by all in attendance as we allowed the Holy Spirit to lead in...
 

World Church President sets tone for Inter-America year-end meetings
The Inter-American Division’s (IAD) Year-End Meetings began with prayer for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, a rich harvest of new members in 2019 and for the return of members who have left the church. More than 120 top leaders representing the 24 unions and 42 countries and islands that comprise the IAD territory gathered for the meetings which took place this week Nov. 11-12, 2018, in Petionville, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Adventist World Church President Pastor Ted N.C. Wilson spoke before...
 

Adventists Center of Influence officially opened in Vanuatu
Seventh-day Adventist Church members in Port Vila, Vanuatu are celebrating after the opening of a new multipurpose building.South Pacific Division president Pastor Glenn Townend officially opened the Epauto Adventist Multipurpose Centre on November 2, and was joined by president of the Adventist Church in the Trans Pacific (TPUM), Pastor Maveni Kaufononga, president of the Adventist Church in Vanuatu, Pastor Nos Terry Mailalong, and more than 3000 church members.The project, which was...
 

Adventist took part in the forum of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation on Freedom of Conscience
October 16 and 17 in the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation sostoyals I All-Russian Forum "Religion in the context of the political and constitutional-legal system of Russia" dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution of the Russian Federation and the 100th anniversary of the decree on the separation of church and state and school from church.The event was organized by the Commission on Harmonization of Interethnic and Interreligious Relations of the Public...
 

Adventist student named Wildlife Warrior of the Year
Molly Henry, a year 8 student at Central Coast Adventist School (CCAS), has been invited to the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner in Brisbane on November 10 where she will receive the award from Australia Zoo and the Steve Irwin Foundation for her conservation projects and efforts. The team at Australia Zoo told Molly’s mum Melinda that Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin, who will present the award, personally picked Molly, as she has been a stand out individual among the Wildlife Warrior group. Molly joined...
 

Inter-America’s annual Bible Competition finalists to compete in Belize
Young finalists representing Inter-America’s 24 major church territories will compete one last time during the last bible competition of the year on Dec. 1, 2018. Finalists will travel to Belize to test their knowledge of the books of Matthew, Mark and Chapters 6-15 of Ellen G. White’s Desire of Ages. The event becomes the 15th annual territory-wide competition initiative in which thousands of young people throughout Seventh-day Adventist churches across the Inter-American Division have dug...
 

Young Moldova Adventists host NEWSTART health expo
Every year on October 14, Tiraspol, Moldova residents take to the streets, celebrating their city’s birthday. City authorities plan special events for citizens to enjoy during the holiday, and Tiraspol Adventists typically host a NEWSTART health exhibition as their contribution to the celebration. This year the NEWSTART program was held in the city park. More than sixty people visited the exhibit, showing interest in the principles of a healthy lifestyle. It is worth noting that this time most...
 

Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ukraine thanks Adventist Church members for their prayers
Dear brothers and sisters! Peace and grace of our Lord and Jesus Christ may be multiplied!Many of you have received information through the communication department of your organizations about the difficulties, which our Church is faced with in the East of Ukraine. We did not hurry to give any information about the situation in order not to damage our brothers and sisters or to turn up the heat for our Church in the region.We would like to express to you our deep gratitude for your personal...
 

ADRA Connections offers service scholarships to young adults to volunteer overseas
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)’s global volunteer program ADRA Connections is launching a new service scholarship that will allow thousands of young people in the U.S. to be more active through volunteerism and become agents of change to contribute to the development of communities abroad. “We want to challenge the new generation of young people to be more involved in service, so they have a greater understanding of the needs of communities around the world, experience new...
 

Prison Ministry promotes social reintegration of inmates
Prison is home to nearly 725,000 of Brazil’s population according to a survey by the department of pastoral care in prisons released in September 2018. According to an official statement from the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, the system has about half that number. "I spent seven long years in prison without any perspective," says José Vanderlei Leal, former inmate that today works for the Prison Mission Ministry, connected to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Born in Piauí, he went...
 

Maryland church partners with ADRA, medical personnel to provide relief
On November 7, 2018, more than 50 volunteers traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to launch the“Haiti, We Hear You” mission campaign. Through the partnership of the Capitol Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church (CHC), ADRA Connections—the volunteer program of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)—and private sector partners from Maryland and the District of Columbia, a team of doctors, nurses and students will help 185 families displaced after the devastating earthquake in 2010. ...
 

In Haiti, Church welcomes Pastor Ted. N.C. Wilson in advance of territory-wide year-end meetings
Seventh-day Adventist World Church President Pastor Ted N.C. Wilson and wife Nancy were greeted by church leaders in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, during a special welcome at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport’s diplomatic lounge earlier today. The Adventist world leader was joined by top Inter-American Division (IAD) administrators and local church leaders for a four-day stay on the island nation. “The Church in Haiti has been waiting to welcome you back and wants to hear your message,”...
 

First-ever Center for Digital Evangelism established in the Philippines
In line with the Adventist World Radio’s (AWR) continuous effort in sharing the Good News to unreached people groups, the Southern Asia-Pacific headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist church inaugurated the first-ever AWR Center for Digital Evangelism in Silang, Cavite, Philippines. The firstof its kind, the Center for Digital Evangelism (CDE) purposes to connect to radio contacts, leading themto in-depth learning about Jesus through Bible studies and online evangelism, finally leading them...
 

World Orphans-Vulnerable Children’s Sabbath
World Orphans Day was created by The Stars Foundation to raise awareness about the number of children in this world who lack something most of us take for granted: parents. The Stars Foundation™, founded by Cheryl in early 1990’s, was committed to helping youth at risk and child abuse victims through strategic relationships with non-profit organizations. Their wish was for this day to motivate people to help in any way they can. World Orphans Day falls on the second Monday of each November....
 

Drivers and onlookers are prayed for during breast cancer awareness outreach
Dozens of prayers and gifts were offered to drivers and onlookers who took the time to stop during a Breast Cancer Awareness outreach activity led by Inter-American Division (IAD) staff outside the IAD headquarter offices in Miami, Florida, last week.“This is all about bringing awareness, comfort and support to anyone who is undergoing treatment or knows someone suffering from breast cancer,” said Jainie Pita, human resources director of the IAD and main organizer of the activity held on Oct....
 

Perinatal smoking cessation program awarded $24,900 grant from March of Dimes
Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital has been awarded a grant from March of Dimes to support it’s Comprehensive Tobacco Treatment Program (CTTP), helping continue the fight in San Bernardino county against use of tobacco products during pregnancy.“We are pleased to have received this grant,” said Truphosa Otianga, DNP, executive director of patient services for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. “CTTP has been a prominent and influential component of the San Bernardino county...
 

Ground broken for new Center of Influence in Philippines
The Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD) headquarters in Silang, Cavite, Philippines, will soon feature a new four-level addition housing SSD’s Center of Influence for health education, community services, and other activities. Other church entities that will also relocate to this new building arethe General Conference Auditing Services (GCAS), Sunplus, Media Center, Information Technology, and the Adventist World Radio (AWR) Center for Digital Evangelism. The building will feature a convention...
 

Peruvian viewer begins keeping the Sabbath after watching Hope Channel TV.
Sometimes it seems that life goes in a straight line. However, there are situations that can change the course and send us in the opposite direction.“Hope Channel is an angel of God that flies through the air to reach homes, and it taught me great things that changed my life,” Isidoro Urrubari shares as he prepares for a short interview at Hope Channel Peru headquarters in Lima, Peru. He remembers that one day he was flipping through television channels, when suddenly his attention was caught...
 

Facts to know about sudden cardiac arrest that could save lives
Nearly 400,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital each year in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. An electrophysiologist offers four tips he hopes will help make a difference in survival rates of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).​ Tahmeed A. Contractor, MD, clinical cardiac electrophysiologist at the Loma Linda University International Heart Institute, says that many of the patients he sees who have suffered from SCA have ignored their symptoms or knew very...
 

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America issues joint statement on Thousand Oaks, California, Shooting
Members of the Seventh-day Adventist church family mourn all loss of life, but especially cry out against mass violence such as took place last night in Thousand Oaks, California, very close to our headquarters for the western United States, the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.Our hearts are shattered for those who lost family and friends last night and for those who will suffer greatly as a result of this senseless violence.As a family of faith, we pray for healing for...
 

Ethiopian Student failed 3 times because of Sabbath
The first two years of studies at Addis Ababa University flew by for Sintayehu Berhanu. But then a teacher scheduled the final statistics exam for Saturday. Without a passing grade, Sintayehu would not graduate.The young Ethiopian had done well in the class, and he approached the teacher for help.“I believe that Saturday is the Sabbath,” he said. “I spend the whole day serving God. Can I stay in church?” The teacher laughed scornfully. “This is an academic institution,” she said. “We are...
 

President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church calls for prayers after fire in California
We want to express our sincere condolences and Christian love to the many people who are facing great loss from the horrific fire in the town of Paradise and other parts of Butte County in northern California. While we do not yet know the full extent of the damage, our hearts go out to all who are affected by this calamity.We particularly extend our sympathy to the members and friends of the Paradise Seventh-day Adventist Church, who have lost their beautiful church home. We praise God that,...
 

Adventists and War– 100 years on since Armistice Day, November 11, 2018.
It was called‘the war to end all wars’.  Sadly, history tells another tale. Despite the World War I (WWI) deaths of 17 million soldiers, with the injury of 21 million more, the Imperial War Museum in London records that war has taken place every single year since, killing an estimated 187 million people.This week the world looks back 100 years to armistice day 1918 and the end of WWI.  Yet reflecting— and looking forwards — provides a paradox for Seventh-day Adventist Christians. As...
 

Adventists join in Kids Off Nauru call
Seventh-day Adventists were among a group of Australian Christians calling for the release of children held in immigration detention on Nauru.The statement was made by participants at the Justice Conference at the Melbourne Town Hall on October 27.“As Christians, we cannot in good faith be complicit in, or bystanders to acts of injustice,” said the statement. “When we see any of God’s children prevented from living life in all its fullness, we must speak out. “That is why we are adding our...
 

In Antigua, government officials praise the Adventist Church and call for help in promoting a healthy lifestyle
Top government officials praised the work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Antigua and called on leaders and members to assist with combating the scourge of non-communicable diseases, during the church’s 130th years of Adventism celebration on the island, on Oct. 20, 2018.Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams, and Prime Minister, the Honorable Gaston Browne, spoke to dozens of church leaders and church and community members at Gilbert’s Estate. ...
 

Adventist Community Services mobilizes support efforts in wake of Typhoon Yutu
Devastation brought on by the year’s strongest storm to date, which slammed into the Northern Mariana Islands on October 24, activated response efforts by Adventist Community Services (ACS) in the North American Division’s Guam-Micronesia Mission. The Category 5 Typhoon Yutu destroyed more than 100 homes and buildings,killed two people,* and flooded roads, especially on the Saipan and Tinian islands. Residents also experienced widespread power loss, which continues to persist. The islands,...
 

Adventist Church helps secure asylum status for Iranian student in the U.S.
An asylum claim submitted by the Seventh-day Adventist Church on behalf of an Iranian student who converted to Adventism in the United States was recently granted, ending a four-year process."It's important for members to know the Church takes issues of religious discrimination seriously,” said Todd McFarland, associate general counsel of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. “The Church is protecting members who may face consequences because of their faith if they were forced to return to their...
 

Adventists among National Honors recipients in Jamaica
Pastors Everett Brown, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica and Aston Barnes, former treasurer of the West Indies Union were among 206 individuals who have been accorded national honors for 2018.The appointments, which became effective on Jamaica’s Independence Day on Aug. 6, 2018, were presented to them by His Excellency, the Governor General of Jamaica, the Most Honorable Patrick Allen at Kings House on National Heroes Day, in Kingston, Jamaica, on Oct. 15, 2018. Pastor...
 

Creation Sabbath celebrates the wonder of God's handiwork
The Village Church in Berrien Springs hosted Creation Sabbath– a celebration of God's work in creation as described in the book of Genesis and affirmed throughout Scripture. Timothy Standish, senior scientist from The Geoscience Research Institute of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Loma Linda, California, partnered with the Village Church in organizing a weekend, which had an attendance of more than 700. Many came to see Creation paintings recently completed by world-renowned artist,...
 

Weet-Bix celebrates its 90th birthday
Iconic breakfast cereal Weet-Bix turned 90 on October 28.Celebrating the milestone, Sanitarium executive general manager Todd Saunders said while much has changed since 1928 one thing has remained constant—families just want breakfast to be simple. “It’s what Weet-Bix has championed for the last 90 years—uncomplicated, affordable and tasty nutrition,” he said. “And it’s why nine decades later, Weet-Bix remains a firm favourite in the breakfast aisle with a box in almost half of all Australian...
 

ADRA in Europe promotes greater wellbeing
European leaders from the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) met in Budapest, Hungary, October 22-2-5, to discuss and find new approaches to make a bigger impact around the world. The aim was to accelerate the wellbeing of disadvantaged people and to build a stronger ADRA network.ADRA Country Directors from Europe, together with leadership from ADRA International and ADRA Europe, came together for the annual European ADRA forum which combines their executive committee and planning...
 

How your church works: What is the General Conference Administrative Committee and what is Its role in decision making?
What is GC ADCOM and how is it different from the GC Executive Committee?            It stands for the General Conference (GC) Administrative Committee (ADCOM), a committee of approximately 58 (46 members and 12 invitees) leaders that generally meets weekly at the world headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to oversee a number of items related to the church and its operation. The GC Executive Committee is a larger group of leaders, with 345 members from around the world and 129...
 

Reconciliation leads to mass ordination service in Hungary
Two mass ordination services on Sabbath, 27 October will see a further step in the reunification of two branches of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hungary. The two groups divided over forty years ago, principally over issues of government control during the then communist regime.In recent years the two groups, the official Seventh-day Adventist Church and the KERAK group, have spent considerable time actively listening to each other, seeking forgiveness for past mistakes, and building...
 

Renewed vision of the Society of Adventist Communicators affirms professionals and students
"We're here to serve with purpose, to have passion in work that we do to spread the gospel, and to build partnerships with communicators," said Libna Stevens, president of the Society of Adventist Communicators (SAC), about the 29th convention.Nearly 300 dedicated professionals and eager students attended the annual convention, which was hosted at the headquarters of the North American Division (NAD) in Columbia, Maryland, on Oct. 18-20, 2018.Stevens’ statement unpacked the convention’s new...
 

A Statement from the World Jewish-Adventist Friendship Center: A Terrible Tragedy in Pittsburgh
As you are no doubt already sadly aware that on October 27, a gunman shouting“All Jews must die!,” opened fire on a Jewish congregation gathered to celebrate Shabbat at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Media are reporting eleven people dead, multiple more injured, in a scene of carnage being described as “horrific.” Let’s pray for the families and the survivors. We, the members of the World Jewish-Adventist Friendship Center, wish to convey our sincerest condolences and...
 

Presidential statement of condolence in light of recent violence
Over the past few days the Seventh-day Adventist Church has been deeply saddened by the news of violence and the loss of innocent lives due to prejudice and hate.We express our deep condolences to the families of the two African-Americans who were senselessly shot and killed in what appears to be an act of racially-motivated violence at a supermarket in Jeffersontown, Kentucky.  We sorrow with the families and friends who lost loved ones last Sabbath during the shooting that took place at...
 

Amish Adventists plant seeds of hope at West Salem Mission
One of the highlights of the recent 2018 Annual Council was Andy Weaver’s incredible testimony shared with World Church delegates on Monday, October 15. Andy Weaver and his wife Naomi were born and raised in the Amish community, a Christian traditionalist group related to the Anabaptists. They are known for their quiet ways, plain clothes, and excellent craftsmanship. With their own hardware and bulk food stores and insurance provided by the church, they are largely independent from the...
 

Social Media&Big Data Services partners with Center for Online Evangelism, releases free resource to Empower Ministries in online outreach
Partnering under a shared goal to empower Seventh-day Adventist churches, schools, and ministries to capitalize on the growth opportunities in online ministry, the North American Division (NAD)’s Social Media and Big Data Services department (SMBD) and the Center for Online Evangelism (COE) are distributing Search Engine Optimization as Evangelism: A Guide for Seventh-day Adventist Ministries to denominational organizations worldwideThis one-of a kind resource is a comprehensive digital manual...
 

Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America makes statement on Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America is deeply saddened and troubled by the shooting that took place during Sabbath services at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 27, 2018, where 11 people lost their lives and four more were injured. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those killed, and to all our Jewish brothers and sisters. The United States was founded on the promise of religious freedom and when one faith group has this right taken away, we...
 

Ground-breaking Sabbath lawsuit could expand religious freedom protection in Korea
Seventh-day Adventists in Korea are requesting prayers from their world church family as a landmark Sabbath-keeping lawsuit makes its way to the nation’s Supreme Court. First-year medical student Jiman Han is suing for the right to take university exams outside of Sabbath hours. His predicament is one that thousands of Adventists in Korea have faced through the years, with many university and professional accreditation exams scheduled on Sabbath. This will be the first time Korea’s highest court...
 

Ophthalmologists travel to Fijian village, performing 137 surgeries in six days
The head of ophthalmology at Loma Linda University Health assembled a team of cataract surgeons to perform corrective eye surgeries in Fiji, a country where vision care and glasses are limited and procedures to restore eyesight aren’t common. Michael Rauser, MD, department chair of the Loma Linda University Eye Institute, and a team of world-renowned cataract surgeons traveled to Nadi, Fiji, last month to perform 137 surgeries in six days.According to Rauser, the group performed 135 cataract...
 

Adventists join call for more action to protect migrant and refugee children
Heartrending accounts of violence against refugee and migrant children set the tone for a unique gathering this month in Rome, Italy, which brought together representatives of more than 80 international faith groups and non-governmental organizations. The three-day summit, called “Faith Action for Children on the Move,” began October 16 and drew some 200 attendees. Its goal was to forge new partnerships to help protect the estimated 28 million vulnerable young people and children worldwide who...
 

Mystifying Myths
If a myth is repeated often enough and loud enough a lot of people will accept it as reality. For centuries people believed the earth was flat, and the sun revolved around the earth. Even reputed scientists and scholars of the day taught and repeated the myth. A myth is a myth no matter how loud it is trumpeted and no matter who shouts it. Myths are running rampant on social media about the document, “Regard for and Practice of General Conference Session and General Conference Executive...
 

Global Healthcare Conference shares leadership and governance education to international healthcare leaders.
More than 300 Seventh-day Adventist healthcare leaders from 44 countries attended the eighth Global Healthcare Conference, one of Loma Linda University Health’s ongoing international initiatives that support the development of the church’s healthcare institutions in developing countries around the world. Held October 18 to 21 in Loma Linda, this year’s theme focused on leadership, governance and management issues faced by healthcare organizations around the world. Conference attendees...
 

Stewardship Ministries launches a five-month evangelism campaign with featured film
A film produced by the North American Division Stewardship Department and One Mustard Seed seeks to teach parents and children what it means to be a good steward. The Mysterious Note is available for churches to use October 22-February 22, 2019, as part of an evangelistic and/or fundraising campaign.The Mysterious Note is about a family from Chicago that is caught up in a self-serving lifestyle. The unexpected happens when the father brings his family on an overnight business trip to a small...
 

Double amputee woman to complete upcoming New York City full marathon
Brazilian athlete Adriele Silva, 31, looks forward to crossing the finish line at mile 26.2 of the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 4. The New York Road Runners, who has organized the race since 1970, believes she will be the first female double amputee to complete the New York City Full Marathon.“I hope to inspire people when they see me run and challenge them to go after things that seem unachievable,” says Silva who will be running her first full marathon. “Where I come...
 

In Jamaica, Church celebrates baptisms during‘Year of the Child and Adolescent’ initiative
Dozens of children were among the 82 persons baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica, during a special“Baptism of Praise” which gathered hundreds of church leaders and members at the Falmouth Adventist Church and other churches on Sep. 29, 2018. The event was part of a 12-month initiative in Jamaica and across the Inter-American Division (IAD) territory focused on celebrating the “Year of theChild and Adolescent,” this year. The theme for the day was “Healthy and Happy in...
 

Students excited to be out of tents and into new classrooms
Eight months after Tropical Cyclone Gita devastated Tonga, life has mostly returned to normal for students at Seventh-day Adventist schools in the Pacific Island nation.During a visit to Tonga earlier this month, Trans Pacific Union Mission associate education director Mele Vaihola found most of the damaged buildings had been rebuilt and students were excited to be in their new classrooms.Beulah College was one of the worst affected by the cyclone, with many of the buildings suffering...
 

Young hikers take gospel to Solomon Islands’ jungles
It all began in 2014 when a group of young people from the capital of the Solomon Islands went on a hike in a mountainous jungle.The young people— belonging to Ambassadors, the stage after Pathfinders Master Guide and for ages 16 to 21 — met a single mother living with her children in a hovel. Touched by her plight, they handed over their food and spare clothes. After the encounter, the group decided to hike to remote places regularly todeliver food, medicine, second-hand clothes, and...
 

A new worship center is becoming a Center of Influence in Costa Rica
A new worship center in San Jose, Costa Rica, is becoming a center of influence thanks to a committed group of Seventh-day Adventists who are striving to reach city dwellers across the capital city. Known as“LoveHouse,” the center was formed by a group of church members in the south central church region and opened its doors for worship on Friday evenings and Saturdays eight months ago. Affiliated with the church’s South Central Conference, the center began offering a number of classes and...
 

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