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12-year-olds heart stops for an hour

Sun, 2019-02-03 02:00
Twelve-year-old Naomi Felicia Maftei was running late to church school in Constanta, Romania. Knowing that she had already missed morning worship, she rushed straight to her classroom. The teacher stopped her at the door. “You have to go to worship,” she said. Naomi turned around and raced to the worship hall. She could feel her heart pounding as she ran. She didn’t even think about stopping to rest. She was terribly late for worship. At the worship hall, she stopped to look for a place to...

Church members on mission for God in Tampa

Sun, 2019-02-03 01:30
It’s 9:30 on Sabbath morning, and Alethea Truman is already on her way to the newly planted Breath of Life Church in Tampa, Florida, where she is set to participate in the divine worship service. But, she is not simply reading Scripture or collecting the offering. On this particular Sabbath, she is scheduled to deliver the sermon. Most people would be terrified to stand in front of a crowd and deliver a message, but not Truman. She is a local elder at the Mt. Calvary Church in Tampa, and she is...

11 -year-old boy never runs out of money

Sat, 2019-02-02 07:38
Little Alvan Harold liked hearing coins jingling in his pocket as he walked home from school in Kisumu, Kenya. Then he could stop by a shop and buy some crunchy nuts or a creamy ice cream. One day, the Bible teacher shocked Alvan by talking about his beloved pocket money to his fifth-grade class. “You should not spend all your pocket money on nuts and ice cream during the week but save some to give to God on Sabbath,” she said. Alvan put money in the offering place on Sabbath. It was money...

Mission impossible becomes mission possible

Sat, 2019-02-02 01:05
Burundi Adventist soldiers are playing an important role in evangelism that has already led many souls to Jesus. The troops are on a peace-keeping mission in Somalia, assigned to them by the United Nations. Since other Adventists in Burundi are doing their part to share the gospel through Total Member Involvement (TMI), these soldiers felt called to share their faith in the place where God had placed them as well. Adventist beliefs were unknown in the Burundian army. There are no Adventist...

IAD president encourages members still recovering from hurricanes in St. Maarten

Sat, 2019-02-02 01:00
Hundreds of Seventh-day Adventists were commended and encouraged by Pastor Elie Henry, president of the church in Inter-America, as he concluded a three-day pastoral visit to the twin-nation island of St. Maarten earlier this month. “I have enjoyed all the celebrations that revealed a church committed to the proclamation of the greatness of God…resilient members who came from adversity, strong in faith and works, a pastoral team very much engaged with the comprehensive mission of the church and...

Students impact indigenous communities in mountainous region in North Mexico

Fri, 2019-02-01 02:33
Nearly 50 students, teachers, medical staff and volunteers from Montemorelos University, recently visited several indigenous communities in the mountainous region in the State of Chihuahua in North Mexico, sharing hope and giving out toys, blankets, clothing, bible books, and solar radios. The 300 solar radios, or godpods, included bible study lessons, songs and programs in the Rarámuris native language, and were donated by Adventist World Radio. In addition, free medical and ophthalmology...

National camp celebrates 40 years of impact

Fri, 2019-02-01 02:24
More than 200 Indigenous Australians gathered together in Victor Harbor, South Australia, for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ministries (ATSIM) national camp from January 16-21. From Geraldton (WA) to Kuranda (Qld), from the Finke and Tennant Creek (NT) to Port Augusta (SA), from Hammond Island in the Torres Strait to Tasmania, and everywhere in between, they flew, caught buses and drove great distances to gather in the beautiful coastal town. One lady even claimed to have flown in...

Nairobi Central Church applies Christ’s method of evangelism

Fri, 2019-02-01 02:19
Church members are becoming more inspired for mission as Total Member Involvement catches the fire of the Holy spirit in the East-Central Africa (ECD) region of the World Church. With the conviction that only Christ’s method will rescue our perishing world, the Nairobi Central Adventist Church organized a wholistic evangelistic campaign in Siaya county resulting in  273 baptisms. Senior pastor Jean Pierre Maiywa-Massai explains that church members engaged in active evangelism in their community...

Mail Company issues commemorative stamps for the 60th anniversary of Pathfinders in Brazil

Tue, 2019-01-29 07:12
Correios, a Brazilian mailing company, launched eight exclusive stamps for participants of the 5th South American Pathfinder Camporee recently held in Barretos, Sao Paulo. The series commemorates the 60th anniversary of the first Pathfinder Club in Brazil, established in 1959. Businessman Samuel de Paula, with his sister and business partner Priscila Silvana de Paula, initiated the project, in association with the government. “This is memorable, because it is the first time the Pathfinders have...

Balakovo Adventist community ends year with special thanksgiving service

Tue, 2019-01-29 07:06
The Balakovo Adventist Church in Russia’s Saratov region held a special thanksgiving service on December 30 to end the year with parishioners and community guests.  New Year’s is the time of summing up, when people look back and analyze the outgoing year and make plans for the future. The Balakovo community is grateful to God for all the blessings granted in 2018. Every element of the New Year’s program centered on “thanksgiving,” from solos and choral performances to the general hymns...

Adventist Ministries Convention seeks to help church leaders and members serve as Body of Christ

Mon, 2019-01-28 01:05
More than 600 ministry leaders gathered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Jan. 13-16, 2019, for the “Stronger United: Many Voices, One Vision” Adventist Ministries Convention (AMC). Conference, union, and division ministry partners came together to inspire, educate, and renew church ministry leaders across the North American Division (NAD) through daily devotionals, special music, church resource exhibits, Ted Talk-style presentations, breakout sessions, and awards given to individuals for...

Proposed bill amendment raises religious freedom concerns for Adventist schools, churches

Mon, 2019-01-28 01:02
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia (AUC) is concerned that proposed amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act could adversely impact both Adventist schools and churches. It has voiced these concerns in a submission to the review of the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Removing Discrimination Against Students) Bill 2018. Adventist Schools Australia has partnered with Christian Schools Australia in a separate submission. The bill, introduced to Parliament by Senator Penny Wong on November...

Alternative to open-heart surgery now available at Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta

Mon, 2019-01-28 01:00
Surgeons at Loma Linda University Medical Center – Murrieta performed the hospital’s first transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure — or TAVR — on January 14.  Currently, it is the only hospital in the region to offer this non-invasive heart procedure to patients in the community. TAVR is a non-surgical alternative procedure that treats aortic stenosis — a heart valve disease that causes reduced blood flow through theaortic valve. Patients with aortic valve stenosis often suffer from...

Australian dad part of an international film project

Sun, 2019-01-27 06:00
Australia is part of a Seventh-day Adventist international film project that puts a spotlight on the role of fathers. Adventist businessman and father-of-two Justin Stafford is one of six dads featured in Fathers, an intercultural documentary initiated by Adventist media entities in Europe. The film’s director Adrian Dure said the project is all about creating content that can inspire, motivate and orient families, and show the importance of fathers in today’s society. “The role of fathers...

In Jamaica, civic leaders praise Northern Caribbean University for Godly Heritage

Sun, 2019-01-27 02:57
Civic leaders in Manchester praised Northern Caribbean University (NCU) for its sterling contribution to the community and the wider Jamaica during a recent thanksgiving service to mark the institution’s 100th year in the parish. The church service is the first of several events to take place in 2019 to mark the institution’s contribution to the development of the parish and central Jamaica. The yearlong celebration is being held under the theme: “Serving Community for 100 Years, Changing Lives...

One girl’s baptism changes 8 lives

Sun, 2019-01-27 00:30
What is the power of one baptism? As a little girl, Yana Stoyka wanted to be baptized. But her parents said she was too young, so she put aside the idea for a while. When she was 13, she suddenly remembered her yearning to be baptized. She didn’t just remember the idea. A strong, irresistible desire filled her. “I want to be baptized!” she told herself. Yana started taking a six-month baptismal class at the Russian-speaking Seventh-day Adventist church that her family attended in Prague, the...

'Great Controversy’ transforms Filipino family

Sat, 2019-01-26 10:00
A lonely literature evangelist walked the dusty hot streets of Butuan City, Philippines. All day he toiled, and yet he sold nothing. This was his only source of income, so he was a little discouraged. But he determined to knock on one more door before going home that day. As he approached, he prayed and then knocked. A slight woman with keen eyes opened the door to greet the tired man with a smile. He made his heavenly pitch, and she could see the sincerity in his eyes and hear it in his...

Inter-America to highlight evangelism efforts through annual baptismal celebration

Sat, 2019-01-26 00:35
Seventh-day Adventists across the Inter-American Division (IAD) have been involved in evangelism outreach activities across their communities for months, and the culmination of their efforts, an annual live baptismal celebration, is set to take place on Sabbath, Feb. 9, 2019, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Pastors, elders and active church members will witness the culmination of their united efforts in sharing the gospel in Jamaica and elsewhere in Inter-America, during what the church has coined...

Adventists help following government shutdown

Sat, 2019-01-26 00:32
The federal government shutdown at the end of 2018/beginning of 2019 stopped the paychecks of 800,000 federal government employees. Seventh-day Adventists in the DMV are working to lessen the blow.  After hearing of increased reports of federal workers struggling to feed their families, staff at Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington (ACSGW), hosted a Pop Up Pantry for furloughed workers where they shared food with more than a dozen people.  Another impacted area is the national...

SAN surgeon a finalist in Women of the Year Awards

Sat, 2019-01-26 00:30
A Sydney Adventist Hospital surgeon has been announced as a finalist in the 2019 NSW Women of the Year Awards. Ear, nose and throat surgeon Payal Mukherjee is one of four finalists for the NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year, an award that recognizes an exceptional achiever who has made a significant contribution to NSW and is a strong role model for other women. Associate Professor Mukherjee is the deputy chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) NSW State Committee, the ENT...

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