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Global Healthcare Conference shares leadership and governance education to international healthcare leaders.

Tue, 2018-10-23 23:00
More than 300 Seventh-day Adventist healthcare leaders from 44 countries attended the eighth Global Healthcare Conference, one of Loma Linda University Health’s ongoing international initiatives that support the development of the church’s healthcare institutions in developing countries around the world. Held October 18 to 21 in Loma Linda, this year’s theme focused on leadership, governance and management issues faced by healthcare organizations around the world. Conference attendees...

Stewardship Ministries launches a five-month evangelism campaign with featured film

Tue, 2018-10-23 22:55
A film produced by the North American Division Stewardship Department and One Mustard Seed seeks to teach parents and children what it means to be a good steward. The Mysterious Note is available for churches to use October 22-February 22, 2019, as part of an evangelistic and/or fundraising campaign. The Mysterious Note is about a family from Chicago that is caught up in a self-serving lifestyle. The unexpected happens when the father brings his family on an overnight business trip to a small...

Double amputee woman to complete upcoming New York City full marathon

Tue, 2018-10-23 04:35
Brazilian athlete Adriele Silva, 31, looks forward to crossing the finish line at mile 26.2 of the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 4. The New York Road Runners, who has organized the race since 1970, believes she will be the first female double amputee to complete the New York City Full Marathon. “I hope to inspire people when they see me run and challenge them to go after things that seem unachievable,” says Silva who will be running her first full marathon. “Where I come...

In Jamaica, Church celebrates baptisms during ‘Year of the Child and Adolescent’ initiative

Tue, 2018-10-23 02:18
Dozens of children were among the 82 persons baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica, during a special “Baptism of Praise” which gathered hundreds of church leaders and members at the Falmouth Adventist Church and other churches on Sep. 29, 2018. The event was part of a 12-month initiative in Jamaica and across the Inter-American Division (IAD) territory focused on celebrating the “Year of the Child and Adolescent,” this year. The theme for the day was “Healthy and Happy in...

Students excited to be out of tents and into new classrooms

Tue, 2018-10-23 02:03
Eight months after Tropical Cyclone Gita devastated Tonga, life has mostly returned to normal for students at Seventh-day Adventist schools in the Pacific Island nation. During a visit to Tonga earlier this month, Trans Pacific Union Mission associate education director Mele Vaihola found most of the damaged buildings had been rebuilt and students were excited to be in their new classrooms. Beulah College was one of the worst affected by the cyclone, with many of the buildings suffering...

Young hikers take gospel to Solomon Islands’ jungles

Sat, 2018-10-20 23:35
It all began in 2014 when a group of young people from the capital of the Solomon Islands went on a hike in a mountainous jungle. The young people — belonging to Ambassadors, the stage after Pathfinders Master Guide and for ages 16 to 21 — met a single mother living with her children in a hovel. Touched by her plight, they handed over their food and spare clothes. After the encounter, the group decided to hike to remote places regularly to deliver food, medicine, second-hand clothes, and...

A new worship center is becoming a Center of Influence in Costa Rica

Sat, 2018-10-20 23:30
A new worship center in San Jose, Costa Rica, is becoming a center of influence thanks to a committed group of Seventh-day Adventists who are striving to reach city dwellers across the capital city. Known as “LoveHouse,” the center was formed by a group of church members in the south central church region and opened its doors for worship on Friday evenings and Saturdays eight months ago. Affiliated with the church’s South Central Conference, the center began offering a number of classes and...

Resources for the blind available to all people in the world

Sat, 2018-10-20 07:54
Christian Record Services for the Blind in collaboration with General Conference Special Needs Ministries publicly announced, at Annual Council in Battle Creek, Michigan, on October 17, their joint endeavor to provide resources to individuals with visual impairment in Divisions outside of North America. “The Seventh-day Adventist Church believes that people who are blind and those with low vision not only need to be reached with the gospel but also empowered to use the spiritual gifts God has...

Global Public Campus Ministries weekend to take center stage

Fri, 2018-10-19 23:05
Seventh-day Adventist university students who study in public campuses around the world will take part in a special weekend event coined as Global Public Campus Ministries (PCM) Weekend, October 19-21, 2018. The Global PCM Weekend aims to connect and involve students, academic and professionals in mission and service in their universities, home churches, and communities. It is the third such joint event organized by PCM Ministries around the world church. “We trust that our university students...

Church plants don’t happen by accident

Fri, 2018-10-19 22:59
A strategic decision to employ specialist discipleship coaches in Scandinavia and the Balkan regions of south east Europe is bearing fruit. An intensive four-day workshop in Serbia means 20 pastors from seven countries are now equipped and energized to plant churches in their local areas. Nikolaus Satelmajer and Simon Martin were appointed as Discipleship Coaches in October last year and, since taking office, have both been involved in a careful listening and mentoring exercise. For those in...

Questions on the Document Voted at #GCAC18

Thu, 2018-10-18 09:44
Following Sunday’s vote on the document “Regard for and Practice of General Conference Session and General Conference Executive Committee Actions”, many questions have been asked about the meaning of the vote and how it impacts church governance. In the following article, we try to answer some of these questions.  What was the document about? “Regard for and Practice of General Conference Session and General Conference Executive Committee Actions” is an attempt to answer one question and that...

Harmony with the World Church

Thu, 2018-10-18 09:40
On Sunday, October 14, the General Conference (GC) Executive Committee approved a document, Regard for and Practice of General Conference Session and General Conference Executive Committee Actions by a vote of 185 to 124. The decision was an extension of a vote by the GC Executive Committee at its October 2017 meeting.  The purpose of this voted document is to preserve the God-given, Bible-based authority of church organization and provide a redemptive process of enabling church entities to be...

Church leaders get a lesson on marmite and mission

Thu, 2018-10-18 08:49
As a boy growing up in Australia, Gary Krause enjoyed spreading Marmite on wholegrain toast for breakfast. He then ate the salty yeast spread with a sense of pride.  He knew that revenue from the sale of Seventh-day Adventist-produced Marmite was helping missionaries in South Pacific islands. “For me, it was a symbol of mission,” Krause said. “Every time I saw it, I remembered missionaries.” He had heard that Adventist missionaries also were spreading the gospel beyond the South Pacific. But...

2018 Secretary’s Report highlights mission

Wed, 2018-10-17 02:58
“Where are you physically and where are you prophetically are the two questions we’re going to try to answer during this report,” stated  G T Ng, executive secretary of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, during the opening remarks of his statement to the 2018 Annual Council delegates.  Known for his quizzes, Ng asked attendees to answer facts about each division. His final question? How many countries and territories does the United Nations recognize (235) and how many countries does the...

Adventist Church presents new ‘I Will Go’ strategic plan

Wed, 2018-10-17 00:46
The Seventh-day Adventist Church unveiled a five-year strategic plan called “I Will Go” and approved an updated mission statement that aims to more closely reflect the wording of Jesus’ Great Commission. The draft strategy pursues many goals of the current five-year plan, “Reach the World,” but simplifies the plan while retaining its sharp focus on spreading the gospel and nurturing church members. It will be voted on at 2019 Annual Council and, if approved, be implemented from the 2020 General...

New mission textbook launches at fall Annual Council

Wed, 2018-10-17 00:29
A new Adventist missions textbook is now available, thanks to the results of a study the Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research (ASTR) for the Adventist Church performed just a few years ago. The textbook was revealed onstage during the Sunday morning business session at the Fall Annual Council in Battle Creek, Michigan. Institute of World Mission (IWM) director Cheryl Doss related that according to the ASTR study, very few universities have mission classes or class resources. The IWM...

Treasury report emphasizes accountability, faithfulness in the use of funds

Tue, 2018-10-16 07:49
The Seventh-day Adventist Church takes the use of church monies very seriously, said General Conference treasurer Juan Prestol-Puesán in presenting the Treasury Report on October 14, 2018. Prestol-Puesán’s report, which opened the business sessions of the 2018 Annual Council in Battle Creek, Michigan, United States, shared some of the ways the church ensures a careful managing of its funds. “Tithe is sacred,” he noted, “and we do not deal with it trivially.” Substantial Tithe Increase ...

Adventist Church launches new service that encourages lifestyle of service

Tue, 2018-10-16 02:10
The Seventh-day Adventist Church launches VividFaith to connect people with mission opportunities. This service will be available as a website and an app.  Expanding on existing models of online volunteer recruitment such as Adventist Volunteer Services (AVS), VividFaith redefines mission service to include more than short- and long-term opportunities overseas.  “VividFaith is going to enhance our understanding of service and Adventist lifestyle,” says G T Ng, Executive Secretary of the...

Adventist Church embarks on ‘New Era’ in missionary work

Mon, 2018-10-15 21:05
Jeff Scoggins, a U.S.-based pastor and the son of missionaries, received a call to the Euro-Asia Division, a vast territory that encompasses Russia and many of the other former Soviet republics. Eight months later, he was flying with his wife, Becky, to Moscow to serve as field secretary in charge of Global Mission projects and strategic planning at the Euro-Asia Division.  Scoggins took one month of Russian-language lessons in preparation for the trip.  This scenario for becoming a...

Annual Council delegates vote to adopt compliance document

Mon, 2018-10-15 12:28
Following more than five hours of presentations and discussion, delegates to the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s annual meeting of its full Executive Committee approved a recommendation from the church’s Unity Oversight Committee (UOC) to create a new compliance process to assist with the need to implement church policies and voted actions. Today’s action, expressed in a vote of 185 to 124, with two abstaining, approved a document entitled Regard for and Practice of General Conference Session...

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