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Administrative Committee Takes Step Forward in Unity Process
Document to be Considered at the 2018 Annual Council

Hope Above Water
ADRA Romania project provides first aid to flooded families

Mega Medical Mission serves over 8,000 patients in West Philippines
Three-day clinic commended by local authorities

ADRA Canada responds to Volcano aftermath in Guatemala
On June 3, 2018, the Fuego Volcano (Volcano of Fire) in Guatemala erupted, causing large amounts of destruction to the surrounding communities. The eruption produced the descent of pyroclastic flows and fiery clouds with temperatures reaching 700 degrees Celsius. Ash columns were formed, reaching up to 10,000 meters above sea level and affecting communities as far as 40 kilometers away. The volcano is 27 miles southwest of the country's capital, Guatemala City.This...

Adventists Help commemorate Colombia’s National Religious Freedom Day
Future peace can only be built on respect for human dignity, says Adventist religious freedom advocate.

Students get a glimpse into the future of medicine at San careers forum
Three hundred students got a glimpse into the future of medicine—including the use of virtual reality—during a careers forum hosted by Sydney Adventist Hospital last Wednesday morning. The free Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) initiative was designed for female students to help inform their future career choices, with women identified in an UNESCO report as under-represented in science, technology and medical careers despite growing demands and significant labor...

President of Trinidad and Tobago visits campus of Adventist University
The President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes recently paid a courtesy visit to the University of Southern Caribbean (USC), a Seventh-day Adventist operated institution in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Her brief visit included a meeting with USC administration and a group of students and a tour of the campus on June 21, 2018. President Weekes applauded USC officials for educating thousands of students every year and said she was impressed with the...

Adventists help in volcanic eruption aftermath in Hawaii
ACS assists in helping shelter and feed the displaced; children flown to Adventist summer camp.

Loma Linda University study says ADHD severity is associated with video game addiction severity
A study by Loma Linda University School of Behavioral Health researchers found that attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) severity is associated with severity of video game addiction.The study,“Video game addiction, ADHD symptomatology, and video game reinforcement,” published June 6 in The...

ADRA to launch first extreme adventure trip in Brazil
More than 200 students from Adventist universities will help build a school from Amazon dwellers

Children challenged to focus on health
Children from Adventist schools in New Zealand participated in a variety of fun and healthy activities as part of Adventist Health Week 2018.The children and their teachers were involved in a daily health challenge for five days; those who completed the challenge received a Health Week certificate.The focus of this year’s Health Week was the 10,000 Toes campaign, an initiative of Adventist Health and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency to tackle the epidemic of diabetes in the South...

Adventist school uses World Cup to encourage good study habits
Students become "stickers" in album that motivates academic excellence

Grant for racial justice and equity awarded to Southern Adventist University
This month, Southern Adventist University received a $50,000 grant from Lumina Foundation’s Fund for Racial Justice and Equity, a project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, to fund a multi-pronged project addressing racial justice and equity on campus. Project components include recording and sharing oral histories, inviting nationally-recognized speakers to Southern, funding creative student-led programs, and researching the impact of all these efforts on employee and student attitudes. ...

ADRA continues assisting fishing communities still recovering from Hurricane Irma
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in the Dominican Republic recently finished the construction of a loading dock, built to help the family-owned fishing businesses in the Boba community of the Maria Trinidad Sanchez Province. 30 homes were destroyed and dozens of lives affected when a tidal wave caused by Hurricane Irma hit the coastal community in September.In addition to the loading dock, ADRA has also been rebuilding dozens of homes and has provided two fishing boats. ADRA...

Adventist University of Africa celebrates seventh graduation ceremony
Guest speakers encourage graduates to use degrees to transform the world

Adventist theologians approve statement on Biblical eschatology
Document reaffirms role of Bible prophecy and its missiological implications.

Wind blew but fire stood
Making lunch took some work for Alejandro Gonzales Qquerar, a farmer and father of four children in Peru.First, he needed to dig a hole in the ground. Then he would place wood and stones into the hole and light a fire. When the flames caused the stones to turn red and then black, he would throw some potatoes on top of them. After that, he would cover the potatoes with dirt and cold rocks, which would put out the fire. The potatoes would bake in the hot earth and, after about 20 minutes, they...

Effective conversations about suicide and other mental health issues
Melissa J. Pereau, MD, has a passion for helping people during a critical point in their lives, which is why the psychiatrist spends her days working with patients thinking about or who have attempted suicide. As a medical director and psychiatrist at the Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center, Pereau is faced daily with the realities of suicide and how the topic—...

More than 1,000 people celebrate the Adventist Church’s 90 years in Italy
"Today we enjoy religious freedom and I want to thank the Italian government for this" said Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Adventist World Church. He was a guest in Rome on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Italian Union of Adventist Christian churches (UICCA)."Thank God every day for the religious freedom you enjoy in this great country of Italy," he added."Never take this achievement for granted. Religious freedom requires constant...

ADRA collaborates to train mental health provides in Sint Maarten
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in the Caribbean recently co-hosted psycho-social training for mental health professionals in St. Maarten to assist in building community resilience as the island still recovers from three hurricanes that hit last year. The training became the third major intervention by ADRA on the island, ADRA leaders said.More than 80 percent of the homes on the island are still damaged and have tarps on their roofs. In addition, rebuilding has been slow...

ADRA partners with World Food Program to help feed 85,000 refugees in Uganda
Thousands of refugees in Uganda will receive food assistance, thanks to a recent cooperation established between the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), the World Food Program (WFP) and the Government of Uganda, through the Office of the Prime Minister. The partnership, agreed upon in June 2018, will allow ADRA to provide food for more than 85,000 refugees currently settled in the district of Kamwenge, western Uganda. An influx of refugees is reported to increase as...

Roland R. Hegstad, longtime Liberty Magazine editor dies at 92
Hegstad was both an extraordinary editor and mentor

Vanuatu MP opens Adventist music festival in Efate
A Vanuatu member of parliament postponed important appointments to attend and officially open the 7th Adventist Music Festival of Efate, running from June 7 to 11. This annual gospel singing event was initiated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 2012 to celebrate the Adventist movement in Vanuatu.The Honorable Minister of Internal Affairs, Andrew Solomon Napuat, said the program was special because it promoted original songs from singing groups.“I believe in the process of...

World Refugee Sabbath programming impacts lives around the world
Trapped in housing where a family of six may share just one room– and then share cooking and washing facilities with other similar families, migrants in Serbia can suffer deep socio-psychological problems.  Two years ago, ADRA Serbia was busy providing emergency aid to the tens of thousands who weekly passed through their country in hope of a new life further west.  Now it is providing much needed aid for those living for longer periods within its borders; helping with social...

“Suffer the Little Children …”
An Appeal From the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America

Larry Lichtenwalter is New President of Middle East University
Lichtenwalter undertakes a mission of cultivating future Adventist leaders in the region.

ADRA officially opens first water kiosk in Mozambique
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) officially launched on June 12 its first safe water kiosk in Mocuba, Mozambique, which will provide 20 liters a day of safe water for more than 1,000 people. Mocuba, a district of the Zambezia province in Mozambique, has suffered from inadequate safe water supply for years, but the prolonged drought conditions in Southern Africa has made the situation far worse. More than 100 people attended the grand opening of the new water kiosk,...

Lebanese president affirms Adventist Church’s service
Adventist Church leaders paid a courtesy call on President Michel Aoun

San surgeon recognized in Queen’s birthday honors list
Sydney Adventist Hospital neurosurgeon Professor Brian Owler was among a diverse group of Australians recognized for their contributions and service to the community in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honors list. Professor Owler, past president of the Australian Medical Association, was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM), acknowledging “significant service to medicine through the leadership and administration of professional medical organizations, and to...

Europe takes lead for World Refugee Sabbath
Seventh-day Adventist Church comes together to draw attention to refugee crises on June 16.

Multiple launch for Hope Channel Sweden
On February 10, 2018, Seventh-day Adventist churches in Sweden celebrated the official premiere of Hope Channel Sweden. Rather than having a grand opening ceremony at some fancy media center, the celebration was held across all the local congregations.Church members celebrated with balloons and drank juice served in cups with the Hope Channel logo. They also received Hope Channel promotional material that they can share with their friends. The rational is that Hope Channel Sweden will become...

Seeking Understanding: David Pennington
GeoScience Research Institute release documentary ahead of Creation Sabbath

ADRA Czech creates game app to help Syrian refugees
When anti-government demonstrations began in March 2011 in Syria, what ensued was violent government crackdown and armed opposition groups fighting back. Syria’s ongoing war has left an estimated 6.5 million people without homes in the country, and more than five million people fled to neighboring countries like Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. In 2016, ADRA Czech desired to help Syrian refugees and had gotten their chance by way of developing a game app.“The creators of the game...

Camp for young men held by Adventist Church in Novosibirsk
The fifth-annual Camp Sibiryaki for young men, aged 13-17, was recently held in Novosibirsk. Participants from Kemerovo, Barnaul, Topchikhi, Kamen-na-Obi, Novoaltaysk and Novosibirsk came together to not only learn to communicate better, but also to develop in different areas.Healthy lifestyle was heavily emphasized during the camp. Early each morning, the boys participated in an exercise routine including running, pull-ups, push-ups, squats and other activities.Physical health was not the...

Health expo focuses on a new start
Murray Barracks Seventh-day Adventist church in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, conducted a mini-health expo on Sunday, June 3.Based on the NEWSTART lifestyle program, the day-long event was held in the main gymnasium at the local army barracks, with attendees including community members and soldiers who live at the barracks.In line with the acronym NEWSTART, health stations were set up to cover aspects of nutrition, exercise, water, sunlight, temperance, air, rest and pastoral counselling....

Lake Union Youth distribute petition urging fairness and humanity in U.S. immigration and gun control policy
More than 300 participants attending last weekend's Hispanic Youth Congress on the campus of Andrews University signed petitions requesting fairness and humanity in policies pertaining to U.S. immigration and gun control.According to Carmelo Mercado, Lake Union vice president and director of Multicultural ministries, the decision to circulate the two petitions grew out of discussions leading up to a social justice workshop at the youth congress, as“we wanted to not just talk the theory, but...

God changes hearts with 5 baptisms on Pitcairn
From a community in crisis, we have become a community united in 18 days. It is nothing short of a miracle!

Going on 10 years, community soccer league promotes healthy living in Inland Empire
A soccer league that promotes community and wholeness education to families is celebrating a decade of service at Loma Linda University Health.The Goal 4 Health soccer league, an annual initiative that encourages physical activity, drew 260 community participants during this year’s two-month run, up from the usual 200 participants each year. The community soccer league, held on the sports fields of the Drayson Center, ran from the last week of March through the first week of June and featured...

Police officers invite Alaverdi residents to Health Expo
Three-day event is the first in this region

Sabbath message leads 115 to be baptized in PNG
More than 100 former members of the Abundant Life Church (ALC) at Puri Kona, Jiwaka Province, Papua New Guinea, were recently baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist faith.Their decision was largely triggered by former ALC member Buddy Power who, after studying the Bible, came across texts referring to the Sabbath. Power, who had donated land to build the ALC church, asked his pastor about the different Sabbath passages in Scripture. Unhappy with the response, he decided to leave the ALC...

One step closer to opening Hope Channel Iceland
Fifteen Icelandic volunteers completed a full weekend of media training, 11-13 May 2018. The idea was simple, to inspire the very talented Icelandic media volunteers with creative ideas, and to provide them with knowledge, both technical and practical, on how to create content to be used on video websites and in social media.The training was provided by Victor Hulbert, TED Communication and Media director, and by Yngvar Børresen of Hope Channel Norway. “I am really looking forward to seeing...

Revelation of Hope yields over 19,000 baptisms in Tanzania
Series reached more than 4,000 sites via Hope Channel broadcast

ADRA assists families affected by the recent volcano eruptions in Guatemala
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Guatemala, with the help of its church member volunteers, continues to distribute water and food to families displaced by the deadly volcano eruptions in the south central region of Guatemala.  The Volcano of Fire began spewing lava and ash on June 3, covering villages, leaving more than 75 dead and more than 200 persons missing, government officials reported.
More than 1.7 million people have been affected by the eruption. Over...

ADRA and Sligo Church Host First Refugee Awareness Event
The humanitarian agency aimed to engage people to respond to refugee crises worldwide.

Religious Liberty advocates called to reach out beyond comfort zones
Annual dinner speakers appeal for increased bridge building

Global community celebrates World No Tobacco Day
Adventists have been breathing free for years

Mayor visits Adventist school canteen to learn about vegetarian meals
A small mayoral delegation from Raiatea has visited Tiarama Adventist College in Papeete, Tahiti, to learn more about the canteen’s plant-based meals. The canteen provides vegetarian meals daily to around 340 primary and secondary students. New Zealand Pacific Union Conference education director Rosalie McFarlane said the mayor wanted to find out about the meals, including how the food is prepared, the costs, and the benefits and possible difficulties of setting up a vegetarian canteen. ...

In St. Thomas, services resume in church building damaged by Hurricane Irma
Eight months after Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on the Philadelphia Adventist Church building in St. Thomas, worshipers returned for services in the lower level of the church on Sabbath, May 19, 2018.Since the category-5 storm hit last September, the 1,400-member Philadelphia church merged with Shiloh Adventist Church, which did not suffer significant damage. The merger fostered a stronger relationship between the two congregations.When asked about the working relationship, Pastor Jerry...

Digital evangelism platform will offer Bible studies in Spanish
The platform already exists in Portuguese, but soon it will be launched in Spanish.

Over 500 run Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center 5K to support mental health awareness
“Stand Up to Stigma,” a 5K run/walk sponsored by the Loma Linda University Health Behavioral Medicine Center in Redlands, drew more than 500 runners and walkers of all ages on Sunday, May 20. By participating in this second-annual event, runners demonstrated their support for mental health services. The event featured honorary attendees:

  •     Stephen Silva, a past Loma Linda...


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