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Hospitality: A reminder of grace and blessing

Mon, 2019-05-13 09:00
Can you believe it? In 2019, twenty people per minute are still forced to leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror. A shocking 68 million are currently refugees or displaced people. That is equivalent to the population of the world’s 20th largest country. Not one of them chose to live the life they have been forced to follow. Yet it is not all bad news! Churches, individuals and charities, often supported by personal donations, business or government funding, have been...

San celebrates mums

Mon, 2019-05-13 02:30
In an early celebration for Mother’s Day, hundreds of moms, babies, doctors and midwives gathered on the front lawn of Sydney Adventist Hospital for the fifth annual San Teddy Bears Picnic. Under sunny skies, the event featured special music, a complimentary morning tea and a “goodie bag” for each mom. The youngsters were entertained by children’s TV presenter Justine Clarke and a variety of other activities. The Teddy Bears Picnic is an invitation-only event for mothers who have had a baby at...

A Ministry of Presence

Sun, 2019-05-12 02:00
Devastation. Loss. Hope. The juxtaposition of miles of destruction beside yellow daffodils and blooming trees left a sense of irony hanging in the air. While much of the world has moved on from the destruction caused by the fire in and around Paradise, California, last November, the members of the community are still reeling from the trauma of losing their homes, their loved ones, and their livelihoods.  During the 2019 spring break, a group of 17 students, faculty, staff, and alumni from Walla...

Twelve-classroom building dedicated in India

Sat, 2019-05-11 22:40
One year after breaking ground at the Khunti Seventh-day Adventist School in India, the large 12-classroom Elementary Education Center (EEC) on campus is complete. The school has an enrollment of 1,300 but is forced to turn away hundreds of children each year due to lack of space. Classrooms are crowded, elementary grades are scattered throughout campus, and there is no space large enough for the entire school to assemble. Deteriorating buildings are also a deterrent for existing and prospective...

No Shoes, No Parents

Sat, 2019-05-11 22:35
Antonio is 21 years old and very brave. He goes five days a week to the crowded Tacumbu prison in Paraguay’s capital, Asunción, to give Bible studies to 11 inmates. But Antonio wasn’t always so brave. He grew up with a violent father and didn’t own a pair of shoes until he was 13. He says it is a miracle that he only visits the prison and is not an inmate living there. Some of Antonio’s earliest memories are being beaten by his father. His parents cleaned houses for a wealthy man and cared for...

Adventist volunteers deliver food to parents in pediatric hospital

Sat, 2019-05-11 22:30
While some children live happily with their parents, others sleep in a hospital ward. Many have been in these hospital’s for years. Their parents visit them as much as possible, for as long as possible, regardless of the weather, if they’re hungry, or lack sleep. To make this situation more bearable, the group “Adventist Hospital Volunteer,” led by Abel Vivanco, visited the Exequiel González Cortés Pediatric Hospital, in Santiago Chile to give breakfast and dinner to the parents of the children....

Mobile museum brings ancient history and Bible truths to life

Sat, 2019-05-11 05:21
Ancient Egyptian history is now accessible in schools across Australia, courtesy of a mobile museum. Tutankhamun: The Roadshow, affectionately known as the “King Tut Roadshow”, is a collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts housed in a semi-trailer. Curated and founded by Seventh-day Adventist Dr Wayne French, the vision for the roadshow is to bring history to schools and communities—particularly rural areas—on the east coast of Australia. During the roadshow experience, participants move...

ADRA Canada reports how "ADRA School" in Uganda helps refugee students

Sat, 2019-05-11 05:18
Conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo is causing thousands of people to flee to safety across the border into the country of Uganda. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has been engaged in helping the refugees as they make new lives for themselves. The government of Uganda has welcomed these incoming refugees. Not only have they provided a haven for people fleeing for their lives, they have generously given each family a small plot of land where they can grow vegetables....

Justin Woods, manager of Web Services & Tech Trailblazer

Sat, 2019-05-11 05:14
Justin Woods, Manager of Web Services for Hope Channel International will be one of the keynote speakers at PLAY 2019, an annual three-day conference for the online video industry hosted by Brightcove. Every year, PLAY invites a small group of industry leaders to share solution-based best practices to an audience of more than one-thousand video and technology innovators. This isn’t the first time Justin caught the attention of Brightcove for the PLAY conference, he’s been on their radar before....

Food, shelter, and non-food items remain a high need as survivors of Cyclone Fani try to regain normalcy

Fri, 2019-05-10 00:42
INDIA  Since tropical Cyclone Fani made landfall in the Odisha State of India on May 3, many people have been grappling with water shortages and power cuts. The cyclone has also been blamed for the deaths of 29 people.  “Storm casualties could have been worse, but thanks to evacuations of more than 1 million, many people were saved. Now that the storm is over, people are returning to their villages and houses,” says Weston Davis, country director for ADRA in India. “But many of the thatched...

Two Adventist teachers spared from tragic Ethiopian plane crash

Fri, 2019-05-10 00:33
Everything seemed to proceed according to plan when two teachers, Pradeep Tudu, vice-president for finance and development and Youssry Guirguis, a lecturer in Religious studies,  from the Asia-Pacific International University (APIU) received a notification from Ethiopian Airlines updating them about their upcoming flight to Kenya. Little did they know that they would be a part of a story they would want to share with the world.  Tudu and Guirguis are colleagues from APIU who wanted to take a...

Ted Wilson appeals to 52,000 to have beautiful feet in Peru

Wed, 2019-05-08 02:36
Seventh-day Adventist Church president Ted N.C. Wilson urged 52,000 people packed into a sports stadium to always have “beautiful feet” after many of them spent an afternoon distributing 2 million copies of the 2019 missionary book, “Hope for Today’s Families” in Lima, Peru. Thousands of Adventists passed out copies of the book by Willie and Elaine Oliver, directors of the Adventist world church’s family ministries department, across Peru’s capital after Sabbath worship services on May 4. The...

Millions affected as Cyclone Fani hits India and Bangladesh, ADRA readies response

Tue, 2019-05-07 00:10
After making landfall in the eastern state of Odisha, India, Cyclone Fani continued its path northeast of Bangladesh on Saturday, May 4, destroying thousands of households and leaving towns submerged in floodwaters in the two South Asian countries. Cyclone Fani is said to be the strongest typhoon to hit these two countries in the last five years. After hitting land on Friday, India’s Meteorological Department said Fani lost power and was downgraded to a depression.  However, locals in...

Oakwood University Touring Choir Involved in Fiery Bus Accident

Tue, 2019-05-07 00:07
The Oakwood University Aeolians touring choir was involved in a fiery bus accident, just hours before a scheduled performance in San Francisco, California.  According to a press release from Oakwood University’s Office of Integrated Marketing and Public Relations, the accident occurred around 12:25 am PST on May 4, 2019, as students traveled  from the San Francisco airport to their hotel accommodations.  Additional news sources reveal that a broken down SUV in the road triggered the accident,...

Peru’s parliamentary speaker honors Ted Wilson

Tue, 2019-05-07 00:03
Peru’s parliamentary speaker presented Seventh-day Adventist Church president Ted N.C. Wilson with an official certificate for making a positive contribution to Peruvian society, and Wilson immediately declared that the honor represents the commitment of faithful church members in Peru and around the world. Daniel Salaverry, whose official title is Congress president, welcomed Wilson and other church leaders to a 20-minute meeting in his ornate chambers in the sprawling marble national...

Athletes of all abilities triumph at annual PossAbilities Triathlon, 5K and Kids Triathlon

Sun, 2019-05-05 22:30
Nearly 1,000 athletes of all abilities triumphantly ran, walked, wheeled, biked and swam their way through the 17thannual PossAbilities Triathlon, 5K, & Kids' Triathlon held at Loma Linda University's Drayson Center, Sunday, April 28. The event included both an adult and children’s triathlon, 5K run, fun activities, and vendor booths for families to explore. All athletes received official finish times and a finisher medal. ​ Cotie Williams, interim program director of Community Development and...

Project focuses on education to reduce violence

Sun, 2019-05-05 22:25
Recently, in Curitiba Brazil, the “Child Disarmament” campaign aimed to take hundreds of violent toys from the hands of young people.  On April 15, students from the Centennial Adventist College gathered to participate in the “Child Disarmament” campaign. The secretary of security for the State of Paraná chose the school to be one of the campaign’s headquarter schools. The campaign encourages children to exchange toy weapons or violent games, for a ball. The idea is for them to have new...

Screenagers, glass and the gospel

Sun, 2019-05-05 04:30
The Adventist Church’s brand promise is: “We can help you understand the Bible to find freedom, healing and hope in Jesus.” The Sabbath School Bible Study Guides provide a great avenue towards fulfilling this promise. However, as I’ve travelled to different churches around the world, I’ve seen that many of our teens and youth don’t read or engage with the Sabbath School Study Guides. It’s certainly rare to find a church on Sabbath morning where all the Sabbath School classes are overflowing...

Man is baptized after finding DVD “The Great Conflict” in the garbage

Sat, 2019-05-04 22:00
This is the story of Antonio Soto, 58, a man who, for 19 years, studied the Bible with a DVD he found in the trash. "I worked in a cleaning company, in the San Joaquin district of Santiago, Chile, and it was very expensive. I picked up some DVDs and one caught my attention because it said “The Great Conflict,” Soto said. "I started watching the DVD and I liked everything that Pastor Luís Gonçalves spoke about. Inside me I felt that God was speaking to me,” Soto continued. “I was very moved by...

2019 Pathfinder Bible Experience turnout and support stuns youth leaders

Fri, 2019-05-03 22:33
The 2019 Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) Division Finals on April 26-27 drew a record-breaking 210 teams to Rockford, Illinois, located nearly 100 miles northwest of Chicago. This was the first time in PBE’s history that more than 200 teams participated in the division level testing. Approximately 3,500 people filled the sports complex of the Rockford Valley Community College, a number that shocked organizers. “One of the things that really surprised us is that there are so many clubs coming...

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