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Ground broken for new Center of Influence in Philippines

Mon, 2018-11-12 04:23
The Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD) headquarters in Silang, Cavite, Philippines, will soon feature a new four-level addition housing SSD’s Center of Influence for health education, community services, and other activities. Other church entities that will also relocate to this new building arethe General Conference Auditing Services (GCAS), Sunplus, Media Center, Information Technology, and the Adventist World Radio (AWR) Center for Digital Evangelism. The building will feature a convention...

Peruvian viewer begins keeping the Sabbath after watching Hope Channel TV.

Mon, 2018-11-12 04:20
Sometimes it seems that life goes in a straight line. However, there are situations that can change the course and send us in the opposite direction. “Hope Channel is an angel of God that flies through the air to reach homes, and it taught me great things that changed my life,” Isidoro Urrubari shares as he prepares for a short interview at Hope Channel Peru headquarters in Lima, Peru. He remembers that one day he was flipping through television channels, when suddenly his attention was caught...

Facts to know about sudden cardiac arrest that could save lives

Mon, 2018-11-12 04:12
Nearly 400,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital each year in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. An electrophysiologist offers four tips he hopes will help make a difference in survival rates of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).​ Tahmeed A. Contractor, MD, clinical cardiac electrophysiologist at the Loma Linda University International Heart Institute, says that many of the patients he sees who have suffered from SCA have ignored their symptoms or knew very...

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America issues joint statement on Thousand Oaks, California, Shooting

Sun, 2018-11-11 00:38
Members of the Seventh-day Adventist church family mourn all loss of life, but especially cry out against mass violence such as took place last night in Thousand Oaks, California, very close to our headquarters for the western United States, the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Our hearts are shattered for those who lost family and friends last night and for those who will suffer greatly as a result of this senseless violence. As a family of faith, we pray for healing for...

Ethiopian Student failed 3 times because of Sabbath

Sun, 2018-11-11 00:34
The first two years of studies at Addis Ababa University flew by for Sintayehu Berhanu. But then a teacher scheduled the final statistics exam for Saturday. Without a passing grade, Sintayehu would not graduate. The young Ethiopian had done well in the class, and he approached the teacher for help. “I believe that Saturday is the Sabbath,” he said. “I spend the whole day serving God. Can I stay in church?” The teacher laughed scornfully. “This is an academic institution,” she said. “We are...

President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church calls for prayers after fire in California

Sat, 2018-11-10 11:00
We want to express our sincere condolences and Christian love to the many people who are facing great loss from the horrific fire in the town of Paradise and other parts of Butte County in northern California. While we do not yet know the full extent of the damage, our hearts go out to all who are affected by this calamity. We particularly extend our sympathy to the members and friends of the Paradise Seventh-day Adventist Church, who have lost their beautiful church home. We praise God that,...

Adventists and War – 100 years on since Armistice Day, November 11, 2018.

Sat, 2018-11-10 10:36
It was called ‘the war to end all wars’.  Sadly, history tells another tale.  Despite the World War I (WWI) deaths of 17 million soldiers, with the injury of 21 million more, the Imperial War Museum in London records that war has taken place every single year since, killing an estimated 187 million people. This week the world looks back 100 years to armistice day 1918 and the end of WWI.  Yet reflecting — and looking forwards — provides a paradox for Seventh-day Adventist Christians.  As...

Adventists and War – 100 years on since Armistice Day, November 11, 2918.

Sat, 2018-11-10 10:36
It was called ‘the war to end all wars’.  Sadly, history tells another tale.  Despite the World War I (WWI) deaths of 17 million soldiers, with the injury of 21 million more, the Imperial War Museum in London records that war has taken place every single year since, killing an estimated 187 million people. This week the world looks back 100 years to armistice day 1918 and the end of WWI.  Yet reflecting — and looking forwards — provides a paradox for Seventh-day Adventist Christians.  As...

Adventists join in Kids Off Nauru call

Sat, 2018-11-10 10:30
Seventh-day Adventists were among a group of Australian Christians calling for the release of children held in immigration detention on Nauru. The statement was made by participants at the Justice Conference at the Melbourne Town Hall on October 27. “As Christians, we cannot in good faith be complicit in, or bystanders to acts of injustice,” said the statement. “When we see any of God’s children prevented from living life in all its fullness, we must speak out. “That is why we are adding our...

In Antigua, government officials praise the Adventist Church and call for help in promoting a healthy lifestyle

Tue, 2018-11-06 03:44
Top government officials praised the work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Antigua and called on leaders and members to assist with combating the scourge of non-communicable diseases, during the church’s 130th years of Adventism celebration on the island, on Oct. 20, 2018. Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams, and Prime Minister, the Honorable Gaston Browne, spoke to dozens of church leaders and church and community members at Gilbert’s Estate. ...

Adventist Community Services mobilizes support efforts in wake of Typhoon Yutu

Tue, 2018-11-06 03:40
Devastation brought on by the year’s strongest storm to date, which slammed into the Northern Mariana Islands on October 24, activated response efforts by Adventist Community Services (ACS) in the North American Division’s Guam-Micronesia Mission. The Category 5 Typhoon Yutu destroyed more than 100 homes and buildings, killed two people,* and flooded roads, especially on the Saipan and Tinian islands. Residents also experienced widespread power loss, which continues to persist. The islands,...

Adventist Church helps secure asylum status for Iranian student in the U.S.

Mon, 2018-11-05 02:36
An asylum claim submitted by the Seventh-day Adventist Church on behalf of an Iranian student who converted to Adventism in the United States was recently granted, ending a four-year process. "It's important for members to know the Church takes issues of religious discrimination seriously,” said Todd McFarland, associate general counsel of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. “The Church is protecting members who may face consequences because of their faith if they were forced to return to their...

Adventists among National Honors recipients in Jamaica

Mon, 2018-11-05 02:22
Pastors Everett Brown, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica and Aston Barnes, former treasurer of the West Indies Union were among 206 individuals who have been accorded national honors for 2018. The appointments, which became effective on Jamaica’s Independence Day on Aug. 6, 2018, were presented to them by His Excellency, the Governor General of Jamaica, the Most Honorable Patrick Allen at Kings House on National Heroes Day, in Kingston, Jamaica, on Oct. 15, 2018. Pastor...

Creation Sabbath celebrates the wonder of God's handiwork

Mon, 2018-11-05 01:25
The Village Church in Berrien Springs hosted Creation Sabbath – a celebration of God's work in creation as described in the book of Genesis and affirmed throughout Scripture.  Timothy Standish, senior scientist from The Geoscience Research Institute of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Loma Linda, California, partnered with the Village Church in organizing a weekend, which had an attendance of more than 700. Many came to see Creation paintings recently completed by world-renowned artist,...

Weet-Bix celebrates its 90th birthday

Fri, 2018-11-02 07:19
Iconic breakfast cereal Weet-Bix turned 90 on October 28. Celebrating the milestone, Sanitarium executive general manager Todd Saunders said while much has changed since 1928 one thing has remained constant—families just want breakfast to be simple. “It’s what Weet-Bix has championed for the last 90 years—uncomplicated, affordable and tasty nutrition,” he said. “And it’s why nine decades later, Weet-Bix remains a firm favourite in the breakfast aisle with a box in almost half of all Australian...

ADRA in Europe promotes greater wellbeing

Fri, 2018-11-02 07:07
European leaders from the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) met in Budapest, Hungary, October 22-2-5, to discuss and find new approaches to make a bigger impact around the world.  The aim was to accelerate the wellbeing of disadvantaged people and to build a stronger ADRA network. ADRA Country Directors from Europe, together with leadership from ADRA International and ADRA Europe, came together for the annual European ADRA forum which combines their executive committee and planning...

How your church works: What is the General Conference Administrative Committee and what is Its role in decision making?

Thu, 2018-11-01 22:45
What is GC ADCOM and how is it different from the GC Executive Committee?             It stands for the General Conference (GC) Administrative Committee (ADCOM), a committee of approximately 58 (46 members and 12 invitees) leaders that generally meets weekly at the world headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to oversee a number of items related to the church and its operation.  The GC Executive Committee is a larger group of leaders, with 345 members from around the world and 129...

Reconciliation leads to mass ordination service in Hungary

Thu, 2018-11-01 09:49
Two mass ordination services on Sabbath, 27 October will see a further step in the reunification of two branches of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hungary. The two groups divided over forty years ago, principally over issues of government control during the then communist regime. In recent years the two groups, the official Seventh-day Adventist Church and the KERAK group, have spent considerable time actively listening to each other, seeking forgiveness for past mistakes, and building...

Renewed vision of the Society of Adventist Communicators affirms professionals and students

Thu, 2018-11-01 06:43
"We're here to serve with purpose, to have passion in work that we do to spread the gospel, and to build partnerships with communicators," said Libna Stevens, president of the Society of Adventist Communicators (SAC), about the 29th convention. Nearly 300 dedicated professionals and eager students attended the annual convention, which was hosted at the headquarters of the North American Division (NAD) in Columbia, Maryland, on Oct. 18-20, 2018. Stevens’ statement unpacked the convention’s new...

A Statement from the World Jewish-Adventist Friendship Center: A Terrible Tragedy in Pittsburgh

Thu, 2018-11-01 06:21
As you are no doubt already sadly aware that on October 27, a gunman shouting “All Jews must die!,” opened fire on a Jewish congregation gathered to celebrate Shabbat at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Media are reporting eleven people dead, multiple more injured, in a scene of carnage being described as “horrific.” Let’s pray for the families and the survivors. We, the members of the World Jewish-Adventist Friendship Center, wish to convey our sincerest condolences and...

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