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Paraguay’s vice-president takes Bible verse to heart

Thu, 2019-04-25 09:00
Paraguay’s vice president pledged to make justice, mercy, and humility a part of his work and personal life after reading about Christ-like leadership in an Andrews Study Bible presented by Seventh-day Adventist Church president Ted N.C. Wilson. Vice President Hugo Velázquez Moreno followed along in the Spanish-language Bible as Wilson, accompanied by a delegation of a dozen church leaders, gave an impromptu Bible study on Micah 6:8 in a government office in the South American country’s...

Adventist cyclists share Christ during Giros Athinas event

Thu, 2019-04-25 08:50
Despite starting near the rear of around 2,000 cyclists participating in a popular 15 km ((a little over 9 miles)around Athens cycling event, a team of Adventist cyclists finished the ride near the front, and with the ability to share their faith. The ABC or Adventist Bikers for Christ Team is based in Athens and ride most Sundays, covering 50 to 60 km (31 to 37 miles) at an average speed of 15 km/hr (9mph). Their motto is, ‘Every Ride is a Mission’. The club has around 15 members, about a...

In Inter-America, thousands of Pathfinders pitch their tents for spring break

Thu, 2019-04-25 08:48
For thousands of young Seventh-day Adventists across the Inter-American Division (IAD) territory, spring break week in April is pathfinder camporee time – a time to go camping with their peers, learn new skills, and engage in community-driven activities. A pathfinder camporee is an event that gathers dozens of regional or in some cases international pathfinder clubs every year to reaffirm their place in this world as Christ-loving young people ready to serve wherever they are. Camporees draw...

600 Adventist women halt traffic in Tonga

Wed, 2019-04-24 00:43
Traffic in the main street of Nukuʻalofa, Tonga’s capital, came to a halt as a parade, on April 18, involving 600 Seventh-day Adventist women from around the Pacific made its way to the Royal Palace. Led by the Tongan Police band, the parade was the focal point of the day’s activities for the 2019 Trans Pacific Union Mission (TPUM) Women’s Congress, which opened the night before. Wearing colorful traditional dress and waving the flags of their nations, the women carried banners and posters...

Volunteers paint, build and provide health education in Costa Rica

Wed, 2019-04-24 00:39
In late March 2019, 106 volunteers from 11 separate groups joined together in Costa Rica for Maranatha’s annual “Multiple Group” mission trip, focusing on work sites near the town of Guayabo, in Guanacaste province. Volunteers helped construct a kindergarten classroom for the Guayabo Adventist School, where Maranatha had previously built a large school building in 2000. They painted the Agua Claras and Bagaces Seventh-day Adventist churches, provided children’s programs in the community near...

The Eco-College in leafy Royal Berkshire.

Wed, 2019-04-24 00:35
In celebration of Earth day, 22 April 2019 How do you heat a redbrick Jacobethan mansion built in 1864. That was the challenging question facing Governors at Newbold College of Higher Education. The boilers were ageing and running on a crude, thick black heating oil. I know, I used to clean them when I was a cash-strapped Theology student earning my fees back in the 1970s! So dirty was the job that I got paid time-and-a-half for taking on a task that few wanted to do. And it wasn’t just the...

Southern Asia-Pacific Division makes statement about the attacks in Sri Lanka

Tue, 2019-04-23 05:24
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Southern Asia-Pacific expresses its deepest sympathies to the families and friends troubled by the horrifying incident in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019. 290 were reported killed and more than 450 individuals injured as random blasts destroyed four hotels and three churches around Sri Lanka’s city’s capital. While the number of casualties continue to rise, our hearts and prayers go out to the families who lost their love ones, and to...

President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church reacts to the tragedy in Sri Lanka.

Mon, 2019-04-22 09:18
Our hearts go out to the grieving families of those killed in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in a terrible, senseless tragedy of killing this morning.  Churches and other areas were targeted.  Let us pray for the families and for the Prince of Peace to reign in the hearts of all including those who perpetrate such horrific acts.  They need the grace and love of God in their hearts to bring them to Christ and His forgiveness.  Soon Jesus will come to take us to heaven where there will be no more pain,...

ADRA’s President urges support for disaster efforts

Wed, 2019-04-17 22:00
In the month of March, numerous disasters occurred, including the worst tropical storm on record to affect the southern African regions of Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. During that same month, Nepal and Indonesia were also hardest hit by heavy rain and floods.  With these countries combined, thousands of lives were lost and hundreds of thousands more were displaced and forced to seek refuge in shelters. Ongoing needs assessments are being put in place by ADRA to help all people affected,...

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Wed, 2019-04-17 05:00
The Steward Department of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church is launching a video series targeted at millennials. The series is part of a broader initiative entitled “GodFirst” which aims to help members understand the principles of tithe and offering. “The act of tithing develops allegiance, commitment, love, and relationship with God”, says Marcos Bomfim, Stewardship Department director, “If you put your treasure with God, your heart will also be there.” A desire to reach out to members...

Book launch shares stories of journeying in the footsteps of Jesus

Tue, 2019-04-16 22:38
A mini-road trip of its own marked the launch of a story of a trip through the Holy Land. Of Falafels and Following Jesus tells the story of a tour through Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories that the authors—Nathan Brown with Michelle Villis and Brenton Stacey—took in October last year. “I had the idea for this book while visiting Israel in 2015,” said Mr Brown. “I was trying to work out why we take trips like that, and then had a growing interest in how I might be able share some...

Sickle cell patient cured through Children's Hospital's first stem cell transplant

Tue, 2019-04-16 22:35
Doctors at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital recently conducted the institution’s first stem cell transplant in a sickle cell disease patient, effectively curing her of the inherited blood disease. The successful procedure offers hope and accessible treatment to those suffering from the disease in the Inland Empire and surrounding regions. Children’s Hospital doctors had worked for nearly a year to build a program focused on helping hematology patients, specifically hemophilia and...

Adventist youth initiative offers educational grants and free healthcare in Central Jamaica

Tue, 2019-04-16 22:30
Twenty students received grants as part of the overall free medical and physical work undertaken by approximately 5,000 young people during the annual Operation Save-a-Youth (OSAY) held on March 17, 2019, in Manchester, Jamaica.  OSAY is a youth empowerment ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Central Jamaica region. The main feature of this year’s OSAY was the community outreach projects where the youth assisted in the construction and beautification of homes in communities such...

World Service Organization highlights non-combatancy position

Tue, 2019-04-16 08:30
The official position that advocates non-combatancy was the focus of the two-day Seventh-day Adventists and Military-related Service Conference at the General Conference Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. “Traditionally, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has advocated a non-combatant status,” says Mario E. Ceballos, Director/Endorser, General Conference World Service Organization and Director, General Conference Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries. “Union and Division World Service Organization...

Support Center for families with autistic kids opens in Porto Alegre

Tue, 2019-04-16 01:23
Members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Jardim Lindoia, in Porto Alegre, Brail, recently started the “Support Center for Families of Autistics Kids,” a space created to bring together those who live and take care of people with autism. In two different rooms, one for meetings and the other filled with toys, crayons and paper for drawings, family members and children are cared for by volunteers who are dedicated to provide an open environment of fellowship. The project, created by Gissele...

Schools benefit from hosting church activities

Tue, 2019-04-16 01:20
An initiative to bring church members onto school campuses in Papua New Guinea is having a positive impact on the schools. Jim Yawane, national director for Adventist Education for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Papua New Guinea, said they were encouraging church programs and activities to be held on school campuses. By bringing church members into the school, they can learn about it and see the needs that it may have. “They know that the school is an Adventist school but they don’t often...

Union College faculty and students manage flood donation warehouse

Tue, 2019-04-16 01:17
The Union College Red Cross Club was called into action to manage a multi-agency warehouse in Omaha for donations coming in from around the country for victims of the March 2018 flooding across Nebraska. Union College Red Cross Club members, mostly international rescue and relief students and faculty, used their disaster management training to get the warehouse up and running, and will continue to manage volunteers and accept, organize and distribute donations over the coming weeks. Rick...

ADRA Colombia provides assistance to thousands of Venezuelan migrants

Mon, 2019-04-15 02:23
For the past seven months, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency  (ADRA) in Colombia has been providing assistance to thousands of migrating Venezuelans who have crossed into the eastern border of Colombia to escape the economic and political instability in their homeland. The project represents an assistance of over 2.5 million US dollars, the largest the Adventist agency has been managing in the country, ADRA Colombia officials said. According to recent government statistics, there are...

ADRA Columbia provides assistance to thousands of Venezuelan migrants

Mon, 2019-04-15 02:23
For the past seven months, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency  (ADRA) in Colombia has been providing assistance to thousands of migrating Venezuelans who have crossed into the eastern border of Colombia to escape the economic and political instability in their homeland. The project represents an assistance of over 2.5 million US dollars, the largest the Adventist agency has been managing in the country, ADRA Colombia officials said. According to recent government statistics, there are...

Record Attendance, Film Submissions at 2019 Sonscreen Film Festival

Mon, 2019-04-15 02:20
The Sonscreen Film Festival broke records this year as 265 student filmmakers, professors, professionals, and enthusiasts screened 57 official selections during the event held at La Sierra University in Riverside, California, on April 4-6, 2019. The official selections came from a pool of 95 submissions.  The three-day festival, run by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America (NAD), screened the official selections from student filmmakers, and gave the young adults the opportunity to...

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