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New book encourages joy and diversity for children

Tue, 2019-06-25 01:25
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.

Tue, 2019-06-25 01:07
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

Mon, 2019-06-24 04:00
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

Sun, 2019-06-23 23:05
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

Sun, 2019-06-23 23:02
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

Sun, 2019-06-23 23:00
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 staff team 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

Sun, 2019-06-23 04:00
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

Sat, 2019-06-22 22:50
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

Sat, 2019-06-22 22:47
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

Sat, 2019-06-22 22:45
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

Sat, 2019-06-22 04:30
“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

Fri, 2019-06-21 22:32
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

Fri, 2019-06-21 22:30
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

Fri, 2019-06-21 22:22
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

Fri, 2019-06-21 09:24
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

Thu, 2019-06-20 23:02
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

Thu, 2019-06-20 23:01
“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

Thu, 2019-06-20 23:00
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

Tue, 2019-06-18 09:30
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

Tue, 2019-06-18 07:22
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...

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