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New book encourages joy and diversity for children
How do you instill community and joy in your children when you live in one culture, but come from another? The answer for Judith Nyirenda is simple:“Write a book.” Judith is from Malawi but has lived in the UK since she was 19. She originally studied at Newbold College of higher educationbefore diversifying in her career path, including being the mother of three children. Having worked in journalism and marketing, she wondered how she could show her children to be proud of their home culture;...
 

Adventist Christian Fellowship Institute equips students to“Be the Difference” on their campuses.
The 2019 Adventist Christian Fellowship (ACF) Institute was hosted at the University of California, Berkeley, on May 20-25. About 80 students from the U.S. and Canada attended. Some had attended previous years, but most of them were new to the ACF Institute. The theme for this year is“Be the Difference.” The second annual Public Campus Ministers Conference was also held at the same location. Attendance increased from eight in 2018 to 45 this year from across the NAD.ACF helped host the...
 

Adventist Church in Costa Rica and Nicaragua commit to reaching former members
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Central American Union, which comprises of Costa Rica and Nicaragua, officially launched Inter-America’s territory-wide initiative to seek out former church members during a special training throughout its six regional church fields.  More than 1,300 church elders, pastors, and Sabbath school leaders gathered earlier this month to be trained in how to reach former members and bring them back to the church.More than 100,000 members have left the...
 

Adventist doctor pioneers possible cancer cure
An Adventist doctor from Sydney is at the forefront of a revolutionary treatment that could potentially cure cancer.In an interview with Australian current affairs program 60 Minutes, Dr. Ken Micklethwaite from the Westmead Institute said he and his team have been working with modified immune cells, called CAR T cells, which could help cure blood cancer. In regular circumstances, our immune system cannot distinguish cancer cells from regular cells. However, these modified CAR T cells can.“We...
 

Washington Adventist University's Enactus Team places third at national exposition
The Washington Adventist University (WAU) Enactus Team received a 3rd place award in the Opening Round of the 2019 Enactus National Exposition held in Kansas City, Missouri held May 5-7, 2019.  The competition featured 86 universities who for three days presented their entrepreneurial-based projects aimed at empowering their communities.Led by Andrea Baldwin, Ph.D., the WAU team presented its annual report on two year-long projects.  The first focused on consultancy services and business...
 

Adventist University will participate in Pan American Games Lima 2019
The Universidad Peruana Unión (UPeU) signed an inter-institutional collaboration agreement with the Special Project for the Preparation and Development of the 2019 XVIII Pan American Games and Sixth Parapan American Games on Thursday, May 30, 2019. The agreement will enable students to participate as volunteers on the staffteam of the Pan American Games, through the establishment of terms of coordination and mutual cooperation within the framework of the Lima 2019 Volunteer Program. The...
 

ADRA project for children with disabilities is carried out in Georgia
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is implementing a project to increase the availability of educational social services for children with disabilities in Georgia. The project includes creating three care centers located in Gori, Tbilisi and Kareli; as well as coordinating advanced training for the staff of these centers. During the course of the project, ADRA Georgia will overhaul the premises of the existing institutions by providing new equipment and furniture to provide the...
 

St. Maarten, members rededicate church building destroyed by Hurricane Irma
Twenty-one months after the Ephesus Adventist Church on St. Maarten was destroyed by Category 5 Hurricane Irma, the church opened its doors to members and friends for a special celebration on June 2, 2019. More than 300 members were seated in the newly refurbished church building for the rededication service, which was led by Pastor Desmond James, president of the North Caribbean Conference.“We all know what happened here two years ago and rebuilding a church is like rebuilding a nation,”...
 

ADRA Chile aids tornado victims in the south-central area of the country
South-central​​Chile residents shuddered in the wake of  a tornado that swept through Los Angeles, followed by a waterspout near​​Talcahuano and Concepción on Thursday, May 30, and Friday, May 31. Nearly 600 homes were affected, according to the latest balance made by the Minister of Housing in Chile, Guillermo Rolando. The Adventist Church in the region immediately rallied to action through the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Chile. Several volunteers from the Bio-Bio...
 

God overrides wishes of missionary parents
The four Papaioannou missionary children wanted a pet for a long time.They begged for a cat or a dog when the family from their homeland in Greece in Europe to work far away in the Philippines in Asia.Father was busy teaching at the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, and Mother was caring for the four children and studying for a master’s degree in education. Besides, the parents weren’t all that interested in having a pet at home. They didn’t want to feed a cat or clean...
 

The refugees in our family
“When we arrived at Christmas Island, we were so happy,” Kate recalls. “I just wanted to kiss the ground.” For a few moments, it felt like freedom, safety, a new beginning, a whole new set of opportunities. But the photo taken in those moments portrays a different reality, an ordeal only just beginning and a nation largely uninterested in their story. It was April 2, 2013. The photo showed Kate and her husband Eric being frisked by Customs officers, while their two-and-a-half-year-old son,...
 

“Room for Women” – Refugee and migrant girls and women share their stories in ADRA’s new publication
ADRA`s publication“Room for Women” is a place where voices of refugee and migrant girls and women are heard. Today we join with ADRA in commemorating World Refugee Day. The number of people fleeing their home around the world is increasing every year, leaving them without home, security or ways to meet their basic needs. Girls and women among them make an especially vulnerable group and demand our additional attention while responding to their needs.On behalf of ADRA Serbia, we are proud to...
 

Community exchanges recyclable materials for organic products
In honor of World Environment Day, elementary students of the Adventist School of Porto Feliz,in the interior of São Paulo, held a sustainability fair in the town square. They wanted to raise awareness of the importance of caring for the environment and conscious discarding.Service started early and residents lined up to dispose of plastic bottles, used batteries, aluminum cans and other recyclables. After disposing of them, each visitor received a voucher that was exchanged for organic...
 

Adventist Elder helps hundreds of youth gain employment
During a thanksgiving service organized by the beneficiaries and hosted by the Seventh-day Adventist church in Gada Bivu Jos, group leader Sylvester Dalong shared they were initially adhoc staff with the Ministry of Lands and Survey for Plateau State, but the State government approved their permanent employment in April 2014. Unfortunately, the succeeding administration terminated their appointment in 2015 without any justifiable reason.  "By the intervention of Yohanna Manoah, an elder in the...
 

Uganda celebrates World Refugee Sabbath inside refugee settlement
President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Uganda and Board Chairman for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Uganda, Daniel Matte, applauded the leadership of General Yoweri Museveni, president of the Republic of Uganda, for opening the borders of Uganda to those who have fled into the country.Matte was speaking at a ceremony held during World Refugee Sabbath. The event was held in an unprecedented location—a refugee settlement. Matte was accompanied at the ceremony by...
 

Seventh-day Adventists recognize World Refugee Day
World Refugee Day, recognized on June 20, is a day dedicated to raising awareness for the displacement of families from their home countries due to civil unrest and conflict. It is an occasion that educates the public on this global concern, creates a motion to leverage political will and offers resources to help solve the issue. It is also a chance to reinforce the achievements of humanity, uniting people who are demonstrating support and finding those who would like to start doing so.The...
 

In North Colombia, church assists Adventist Venezuelan migrant families
“If cancer hasn’t beaten me, neither will hunger,” said Norbis Sánchez before leaving her native Venezuela for Colombia to get away from the economic, social, and political strife plaguing her home country. Sánchez, a Seventh-day Adventist, now resides in Cúcuta, Colombia, a city which shares a border with Venezuela, a border she and her family crossed with no money or Passports. “My passport is the Lord,” she said in front of more than 550 Venezuelans who were gathered on May 19, 2019, at the...
 

More than 300 participate in annual family festival organized by St. Petersburg church
The St. Petersburg Adventist church recently held their annual festival for the whole family. Over 300 people came out to enjoy the many exhibits and activities. A Christian literature booth offered books for sale on spiritual topics, health, nutrition, family relationships and parenting. In addition, festival guests received the magazines The Hidden Treasure and Your Keys to Health.Oleg Chumak, a member of the Union of Artists of Russia, presented a special art workshop "Discover the...
 

Statement for 2019 World Refugee Day
June 20 is World Refugee Day when the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) joins the United Nations and the world to commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees, and show support for families forced to leave their homes due to persecution or conflict. ADRA remains committed to supporting and protecting refugees and other displaced children, women, and men, providing food, shelter, safe water, hygiene goods, psychosocial support and other services to...
 

In Mexico, Adventists further health impact across Chiapas with new mobile health vehicles
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Chiapas, Mexico, highlighted its comprehensive health impact plan with eight brand-new vehicles during a special ceremony held in Tuxtla, Gutiérrez, Chiapas, June 3, 2019. The new vans will be used to expand the health and medical missionary work at the eight conferences that comprise the union territory.“Health is one of the important pillars the church should invest in to be used as a light where it is needed most, as part of fulfilling the mission,” said...
 

‘Religious liberty is human rights’
“These people had been falsely labelled religious bigots and mystics.” Sound familiar. There has been lots of talk about religious freedom in Australia and the Church lately. Many Christians may feel they’ve been falsely labelled. The independent commentator continues. “I could not admire [enough] their steadfastness in remaining true to their faith after eight years of daily persecution, even when they couldn’t meet together as a congregation, after their preachers had been driven away from...
 

Loma Linda University Health diabetes prevention program merits CDC recognition
Loma Linda University Medical Center’s Diabetes Treatment Center was recently awarded the prestigious Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognition for a quality diabetes prevention program, a designation that underscores the facility’s expertise in delivering a proven diabetes prevention lifestyle changes for patients. The recognition affirms the center’s ability to help patients make lifestyle changes designed to help them lose weight, reduce blood glucose levels and control...
 

Hundreds attend NAD Myanmar Convention in Indiana
During the first weekend of June 2019, almost 600 people from across the U.S. gathered for the bi-annual North American Division’s Myanmar Multilingual Convention held at Timber Ridge Camp in Spencer, Indiana. Organized by Samuel Ngala, an Indiana pastor and church planter, speakers included John Kitevski, evangelist, elder, and one of the leaders at Gateway Congregations in Melbourne, Australia; Tony Anobile, North American Division (NAD) Multilingual Ministries; Rahel Wells, Andrews University...
 

My Ministry: More than a mobile soup kitchen
Are you feeling lonely? You’re not alone. A 2018 survey conducted by the Australian Psychological Society and Swinburne University has found that one in four Australian adults are lonely. One in two (50.5%) Australians feel lonely for at least one day in a week, while one in four (27.6%) feel lonely for three or more days.And high levels of loneliness are associated with a number of other alarming symptoms such as higher social anxiety, poorer psychological wellbeing and lower quality of life....
 

In Inter-America, leaders unveil soul-winning plan to baptize more than 200,000 in 12 months
The Seventh-day Adventist Church leadership in the Inter-American Division (IAD) wants all of its administrators, pastors, lay preachers, Bible instructors, small group leaders and church members to focus on a comprehensive plan to baptize more than 200,000 new believers by the end of this quinquennium, which ends in June 2020. For that to take place, the church at all levels needs to stay focused on evangelism initiatives and activities in the weeks and months to come, top church leaders said...
 

Student leads many to baptism in Gabon
Rorive Vinga introduced a friend to Christ when he was only a boy.Father, a soldier in the Gabonese military, was stationed in the eastern city of Koulamoutou. So, Rorive moved into a new home there with his parents and four younger brothers and sisters.But they had a problem. There were no other Seventh-day Adventists in the city. There was a church, but it had been closed for many years because no one worshipped there anymore. The building was old and falling apart.Father called Rorive...
 

The Ten: Bible verses for World Refugee Sabbath
1. Romans 15:7* Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.2. Zechariah 7:9,10 This is what the Lord Almighty said:“Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.” 3. Job 31:32 But no stranger had to spend the night in the street, for my door was always open to the traveler. 4. Luke10:36,37 [Jesus asked,]“Which of these...
 

World Refugee Day Sabbath
We would rejoice if there were NO World Refugee Sabbath - because there were NO refugees.  Sadly that is not the case, so for the fourth year running, the Trans-European Division, in partnership with the Inter-European Division and ADRA Europe, is highlighting the needs of refugees and migrants in Europe. Our focus this year is Hospitality, based on the words of Hebrews 12:2 "Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers..."Watch our documentary film that brings you fascinating reports from...
 

U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black Named 2019 Canterbury Medalist
Barry C. Black, 62nd Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, has been named Becket’s 2019 Canterbury Medalist for his honorable defense of religious liberty for people of all faiths. The Canterbury Medal, Becket’s highest honor, recognizes an individual who has demonstrated courage and commitment to defending religious liberty in America and around the world. In carrying outa tradition that goes back to the first Continental Congress in 1774, Chaplain Black honors his position just as the founding fathers...
 

God and Genocide
A quarter of a century has passed since the world stood by, while approximately one million Rwandans were slaughtered by their neighbors and fellow citizens. How can such an outburst of undiluted evil ever be explained? Like all evil, there is no real sense to be made of it, but the influence of theories about race and a view of humans very foreign to what the Biblical record reveals are clearly evident in this tragedy.As a church, we have to wrestle with the fact that there were many who...
 

Creating a healthy sleep schedule for your family
Many of us can remember having a strict bedtime checklist when we were little. Brush your teeth, read a bedtime story and lights off at 8pm.As we compete more and more with distracting screens and busy schedules, the idea of having such a tight routine can feel like an impossible feat most nights!Research has proven the positive impact that a simple, consistent routine before sleep has on children’s health and wellbeing—both short and long-term. Looking at phones or eating sugary snacks...
 

Montemorelos University is recognized for contribution to health during International Congress
Montemorelos University leaders were recently presented with a first-place win for their research findings of a study that will contribute to the international health community network around the world. The recognition came during this year’s IX Ibero-American Congress of Health Promoting Universities in Monterrey, Mexico, held May 21-23 Montemorelos professors were among 340 individuals from 18 countries in Europe, Latin American and different public and private institutions. The academic...
 

Thirty baptism decisions made during junior high school student-led evangelism meetings in Michigan
For the sixth year in a row, junior high school students at Ruth Murdoch Elementary School pitched a tent on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, and preached sermons directed to their peers as well as the general community.As in past years, baptism interests were generated, but this year the baptism requests soared— 30 youth and adults. Some made the decision again and again throughout the course of several nights. “This wasn’t just a fleeting decision,” said Ben...
 

Adventist Review receives‘Best in Class’ Award
Adventist Review, the flagship magazine of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, recently received the Associated Church Press 2018 Best in Class Award for a denominational magazine. The award was presented by ACP at its annual Best of the Church Press Awards ceremony in Chicago, Illinois, United States, on April 11.“For more than 35 years, the Adventist Review family of magazines have been an active part of the Associated Church Press— the oldest religious press association in North America,”...
 

Loma Linda University Medical Center Murrieta recognized for excellence in stroke care
Loma Linda University Medical Center– Murrieta has received two recognitions for excellence in stroke care from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.​ LLUMC – Murrieta was presented with the 2019 Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Quality Achievement Award from the associations on May 31 during public educational event.​ This marks the third year LLUMC– Murrieta has been recognized by the by the American Heart...
 

Ted Wilson shares Bible tips with Pakistani Minister
Seventh-day Adventist Church president Ted N.C. Wilson prayed and shared biblical advice with a powerful Pakistani leader even as he encouraged church members to shine as a light in Pakistan.Wilson, making his first visit to Pakistan, and an accompanying delegation were warmly welcomed by the leader of Pakistan’s Sindh province tohis ornate Chief Minister House in Karachi, the country’s largest city and commercial hub, on June 9. Wilson thanked Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah for the...
 

A week-long celebration of religious freedom takes center stage in Brazil’s largest city
A packed agenda of events and high-level protocol visits marked“Religious Freedom Week” in the Brazilian city of São Paulo May 24 to 27. The celebrations were coordinated by Seventh-day Adventist Church member and State Congresswoman Damaris Moura, an attorney and long-time religious freedom advocate in the country, who organized the week of events in partnership with the Religious Freedom and Citizenship Association (ABLIRC).A special guest for the celebrations was Dr. Ganoune Diop, director...
 

Loma Linda University Health named to national list of best places to work in healthcare
Loma Linda University Health has been named to Becker's Hospital Review as one of its 2019 list of the "150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare.” The May 21 announcement included the organization as one of the top hospitals, health systems and healthcare companies that promote diversity within the workforce, employee engagement and professional growth. “Our employees are the foundation of our organization. Their dedication to providing the highest quality service every day is key to how we fulfill...
 

The SAN celebrates 40 years of cardio surgery
Hundreds of students from Wahroonga Adventist School formed the shape of a heart on the front lawn of Sydney Adventist Hospital yesterday (May 30) to celebrate a special anniversary.The event was to commemorate 40 years since the San became the first private hospital in Australia to offer a full cardiac program, and to educate children about the importance of heart health.To begin the celebrations, the children, who were wearing red clothing, participated in some exercises and dance moves ....
 

In Inter-America, church leaders challenged to retain, engage and empower youth
“Sometimes we don’t like the shoes or the crazy hair our young people wear, but they are the future leaders of our church,” said Josney Rodríguez, who oversees thousands of pastors and church elders under the ministerial association for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Inter-America. “You must train them so they can be our leaders soon.” Rodriguez was among dozens of speakers who took part in a special online youth ministry certification training program geared for youth directors, church...
 

ADRA Norway praised by Auditor General
In 2018 ADRA Norway received NOK 73 million (7.48 million Euros) from Norad, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, for education programs in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia, Niger, Mali, and Myanmar. This included helping children with special needs to gain an education.Now a recent report from the Office of the Auditor General of Norway highlights ADRA Norway as an example of an organization with good reporting routines on results achievement in education programming. The Office of...
 

Deaf Ministries Congress held at Zaoksky Adventist University
“Preach to every language and people.”This call from Revelation 14:6 was the impetus for the West Russia Union Deaf Congress held at Zaoksky Adventist University May 2-5, 2019.About 90 delegates took part in the congress, including guests from neighboring countries, and representatives of churches from the entire Euro-Asian division. All the participants, from ministers of the Department for Minorities to Persons with Disabilities (SLOV), deaf church members and hearing sign language...
 

Adventist youth march against knife and gun crime in their community
UK Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has described the escalation in knife crime as a‘national emergency’ with a special emphasis needed to “tackle violence among young people”. [The Guardian] As their part in tackling the problem, Seventh-day Adventists in the UK and Ireland set aside two consecutive Sabbaths as days of silent prayer, particularly in local communities beingimpacted by gun and knife crime. Hackney church, London, is just one of the churches that took part in the “rise up in prayer...
 

In South Colombia, Adventists leaders give our books to dozens of Senators
Senators at the Congress Building in Bogota, Colombia, were recently visited by a group of Seventh-day Adventists to highlight the church’s values on strong families.  Church leaders, along with a Pathfinder group, met with the president of the senate, 20 other senators and more than 80 officials to offer the this year’s missionary book Hope for Today’s Families the church is distributing across the globe.Ernesto Macías Tovar, the president of the Senate, thanked the Adventist Church for the...
 

Beekeeper delivers about a thousand books every year
If you visit Antonio Alves Costa, affectionately called Mr. Nego, it isn’t long before you’ll hear one of his many experiences of sharing books. As a beekeeper and a well-known man in the small city of Igarapava in the state of São Paulo where he lives, he begins to talk to people and ends with the classic phrase: "I want to give you this book as a gift." One day he found a client in the center of the city selling honey. She was happy to see him, for she was already reading the book he had...
 

God gives 50,000 Euros in 10 minutes
It was a tough first year at the Seventh-day Adventist college in Spain.Dante Marvin Herrmann used up the last of his savings to pay the annual tuition of about 5,000 euros. Between classes, he worked to earn another 5,000 euros to provide for his wife and two young sons.Now he faced a long summer away from home, working as a literature evangelist to raise money to pay for his second year of studies.Dante didn’t mind the hard work, but he hadn’t enrolled at Sagunto Adventist College to...
 

President of Uruguay receives copy of the book Hope for the Family
Within the framework of the Impact Hope project, the president of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, Tabaré Vázquez, received a copy of the book Hope for the Family from the leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the country.The delegation introduced the president to initiatives by the Church in the Uruguayan territory; among them is the Impacto Esperanza reading project , which takes place every year in the month of May. The president stressed that: "calling the population to turn to...
 

Breaking: Adventist named Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea
Seventh-day Adventist James Marape was elected Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (PNG) on May 30.The appointment comes after weeks of turmoil that rocked the PNG government and eventually led to the resignation of former PM Peter O’Neill. Mr Marape, the country’s former finance minister, is the Member for the Tari Pori electorate in the Southern Highlands. He is an elder of Korobosea Seventh-day Adventist Church and attended Kabiufa Adventist Secondary School in the Eastern Highlands...
 

Annual Adventist-sponsored dinner honors religious liberty advocates, supporters
The 17th annual Religious Liberty Dinner was held at The Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute in Washington, D.C., on May 20. The annual dinner is sponsored by the International Religious Liberty Association (IRLA), North American Religious Liberty Association (NARLA), Liberty magazine, and the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The dinner drew more than 120 people, making it one of the most highly attended in recent years.Distinguished guests included international ambassadors,...
 

Harold W. Baptiste, former executive secretary for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, passes Away at 81
Harold Wilson Baptiste, former secretary of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America (NAD), passed away May 25, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland, at the age of 81. Baptiste’s special burdens for urban ministry and training the next generation of Church leaders guided his ministry. Baptiste was the longest-serving executive secretary of the NAD, active from 1990 to 2002, before taking the position of general vice president at the General Conference from 2002 to 2005.“Harold Baptiste was a...
 

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