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Indonesia: ADRA Responds to Flash Floods and Mudslides in Papua Province

Sat, 2019-03-23 03:12
On March 16, flash floods and mudslides hit the eastern Indonesian province of Papua near the subdistrict of Jayapura. Reports are the flood waters left at least 104 dead, 60 missing, 74 injured and displaced more than 4,000 people. Over 350 houses and two main bridges are also reportedly damaged. Additionally, more than 11,700 households in total are affected.   With roadways underwater, getting to communities affected has delayed ADRA aid workers. Currently, ADRA staff and volunteers in local...

Rise Up Against Abuse rally held at Andrews University

Sat, 2019-03-23 03:09
The first-ever Rise Up Against Abuse Rally was held on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, from March 7-10, 2019. Sponsored by the Offices of University Health & Wellness and Diversity & Inclusion, this rally was the official launch of the new Rise Up Against Abuse initiative, designed to help people use awareness, education, intervention, and prevention to take decisive actions against all forms of abuse. More than 225 people registered for the three-day rally, which...

ADRA UK launches urban initiative in the United Kingdom on Global Youth Day

Sat, 2019-03-23 03:06
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in the United Kingdom completed its second phase of the ‘I AM URBAN’ initiative for Global Youth Day on March 16 in the Holloway and Willesden district of churches in London.  ‘I AM URBAN’ is a joint venue between ADRA in the United Kingdom (Lead Partner) and the Adventist Community Services (ACS) of the British Union Conference (BUC) and includes partnerships with several other entities of the church in the United Kingdom, including the...

A launches urban initiative in the United Kingdom on Global Youth Day

Sat, 2019-03-23 03:06
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in the United Kingdom completed its second phase of the ‘I AM URBAN’ initiative for Global Youth Day on March 16 in the Holloway and Willesden district of churches in London.  ‘I AM URBAN’ is a joint venue between ADRA in the United Kingdom (Lead Partner) and the Adventist Community Services (ACS) of the British Union Conference (BUC) and includes partnerships with several other entities of the church in the United Kingdom, including the...

Adventists in the South Pacific respond as Christchurch reels from deadly attacks

Sat, 2019-03-23 03:03
Seventh-day Adventist churches and members from around New Zealand have offered comfort to the country’s Muslim community in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings that left 50 dead and many others wounded on March 15. The city, which has suffered the shock of recent devastating earthquakes, is now reeling from what people are calling an “unnatural disaster”—an unprecedented attack on a faith community at worship in New Zealand. In response, church leaders have shared statements of...

Death toll rises as flash floods and mudslides devastate East Indonesia

Wed, 2019-03-20 10:43
Flash flooding and mudslides resulting from torrential rains in East Indonesia destroyed millions of buildings and left more than 50 people dead, 70 people injured and thousands displaced in the Northeastern town of Sentani, near the provincial capital of Jayapura. Authorities expect the death toll to rise as search and rescue efforts are still on-going.  Emergency response teams are having difficulty reaching locals especially those in areas submerged in neck-high water and mud.  The flash...

Global Youth Day 2019 challenges participants to adopt people, causes to serve

Wed, 2019-03-20 10:37
On Saturday, March 16, Adventist young people around the world mobilized to serve as the hands and feet of Christ in their communities for Global Youth Day 2019 (#GYD19). The theme for the annual service Sabbath was “Adopt.”  Regional reporting stations around the world took turns sharing stories about everything from Adventist youth in northern China adopting a nursing home to youth running anti-gambling drives in Italy. Participants uploaded a torrent of social media updates using hashtag...

Cyclone Idai: ADRA continues to provide aid in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe

Wed, 2019-03-20 10:35
As swiftly as it came, Cyclone Idai barreled through Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe over the weekend, leaving thousands of people displaced. Reports also now estimate that 84 people are confirmed dead in Mozambique, but according to Mozambique’s president, Felipe Nyusi, the death toll could likely rise to nearly 1,000 people in Mozambique alone. In total, more than 1.5 million people are being affected throughout the three countries in the aftermath of the cyclone.   President of Zimbabwe,...

Health ministry paves the way for Total Member Involvement evangelism in Ethiopia

Wed, 2019-03-20 10:32
Prior to Total Member Involvement evangelistic meetings, Adventists in Ethiopia have organized a series of health expositions in various parts of the country.  Unlike other countries within the East-Central Africa Division (ECD) territory, Seventh-day Adventist membership in Ethiopia is very low. While the population is more than 100 million, there are only 184,000 Seventh-day Adventists in the country. The Seventh-day Adventist Church isn’t well known in Ethiopia and events that feature health...

Seventh-day Adventist World Church President offers condolences for families in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Mon, 2019-03-18 02:55
"On behalf of Seventh-day Adventists worldwide, we offer our sincere condolences and sympathy to the families and the nation of New Zealand affected by the horrendous killing of at least 50 people in Christchurch.  As Seventh-day Adventists, we believe completely in and defend religious liberty and freedom of conscience for all people and their right to worship in peace as their consciences dictate.  What a tragic event that took place at a house of worship in Christchurch.  We ask that people...

UPDATED: Ted Wilson calls for prayer as cyclone batters Mozambique

Fri, 2019-03-15 11:22
Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, appealed to church members worldwide to pray as a fierce cyclone bore down on Mozambique. Cyclone Idai made landfall with winds of up to 105 miles per hour (165 kilometers per hour) late March 14 near Beira, a port of 500,000 people where the Adventist Church operates Mozambique Adventist University. A team of church leaders led by Alberto Timm, associate director of the General Conference’s Ellen G. White Estate, were...

Ted Wilson calls for prayer as cyclone batters Mozambique

Fri, 2019-03-15 11:22
Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, appealed to church members worldwide to pray as a fierce cyclone bore down on Mozambique. Cyclone Idai made landfall with winds of up to 105 miles per hour (165 kilometers per hour) late March 14 near Beira, a port of 500,000 people where the Adventist Church operates Mozambique Adventist University. A team of church leaders led by Alberto Timm, associate director of the General Conference’s Ellen G. White Estate, were...

Christ and His Mission

Sat, 2019-03-09 21:25
Leading up to the Andrews University board meetings in Berrien Springs, MI this week, university president Andrea Luxton and Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, engaged in an hour-long conversation featuring questions covering a wide array of topics of interest in the church today. The conversation was part of an afternoon program held March 2 in Pioneer Memorial Church. Manyquestions were submitted to Andrews University for the afternoon event including questions on...

Adventist communicators go bold to support the mission of the Church

Wed, 2019-03-06 15:51
Seventh-day Adventist communicators closed the 2019 Global Adventist Internet Network (GAiN) Conference in Sweimeh, Jordan, with a pledge to step up and go bold with initiatives to support the mission of the church. The February 28, 2019 wrap-up session for the event, which drew more than 600 information technology (IT) experts, communication directors, television producers, photographers, videographers, radio producers, and news writers working for the Adventist Church, showed an increasing...

Videos released from Sabbatarian Adventist dialogue

Tue, 2019-03-05 19:06
A series of eight presentations delivered during a recent meetingbetween representatives of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement are now available online, says Dr. Nikolaus Satelmajer, coordinator of the two-day dialogue held in December last year.  Satelmajer, former associate secretary of the Ministerial Association and editor of Ministrymagazine, said news reports of the conversation between these two groups — which share many historical and...

Five heart health tips for the working woman

Tue, 2019-03-05 19:04
Heart disease is the number one killer in women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Stress is one of the major risk factors responsible for cardiovascular disease. According to the American Institute of Stress, work is the major stress source for American adults.  Purvi Parwani, MD, a Loma Linda University International Heart Institute cardiovascular disease specialist who focuses on women’s cardiovascular disease, says high mortality due to cardiovascular disease in...

eHuddle reinvigorates passion for evangelism

Tue, 2019-03-05 19:00
For two and a half days, on Feb. 18-20, 2019, evangelism directors of conferences and unions, church administrators, pastors, innovators, and other leaders gathered at eHuddle in San Diego to share, learn, and dialogue on how the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America can more effectively reach people in a growing, secular culture. More than 200 people attended the eHuddle event, sponsored by the North American Division (NAD) Ministerial Association, though more were able to benefit from...

In Venezuela, Church continues to operate amid challenges, death of one church member

Fri, 2019-03-01 22:02
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Venezuela is saddened by the loss of one of its members in La Gran Sabana, in the southeastern part of the country that shares borders with Brazil and Guyana. Zoraida Rodríguez, an active member of her local church in Kumarakapay, was killed on Feb. 22, 2019, during a confrontation between the military and members of nearby border communities. Her husband, two other church members and 13 other civilians were injured and are currently being treated in a...

Launch of first teen mission film contest by Adventist Mission

Fri, 2019-03-01 21:56
Following the popular My Story, My Mission film contest for college students comes the #FollowHim film contest exclusively for young people aged 18 years old and younger. Adventist Mission invites youth around the world to creatively express, in one minute or less, what it means to follow Christ in a mission-focused life. This contest is for youth who meet the age requirements and self-identify as Adventist or attend Adventist-affiliated schools. To ensure eligibility, entrants are asked to...

ADRA launches “Every Child. Everywhere. In School.” global advocacy campaign

Fri, 2019-03-01 21:49
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) announced this week a new global advocacy campaign, “Every Child. Everywhere. In School.” The campaign is an urgent call to leaders around the world that all children, regardless of race, age, nationality, gender, religion or origin, have a right to earn and complete an education, and that being in school is a recognition of the value and potential of each individual child. The campaign aims to collect one million signatures by 2020 through...

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