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Presidential statement of condolence in light of recent violence

Wed, 2018-10-31 08:15
Over the past few days the Seventh-day Adventist Church has been deeply saddened by the news of violence and the loss of innocent lives due to prejudice and hate. We express our deep condolences to the families of the two African-Americans who were senselessly shot and killed in what appears to be an act of racially-motivated violence at a supermarket in Jeffersontown, Kentucky.   We sorrow with the families and friends who lost loved ones last Sabbath during the shooting that took place at...

Amish Adventists plant seeds of hope at West Salem Mission

Wed, 2018-10-31 08:00
One of the highlights of the recent 2018 Annual Council was Andy Weaver’s incredible testimony shared with World Church delegates on Monday, October 15.  Andy Weaver and his wife Naomi were born and raised in the Amish community, a Christian traditionalist group related to the Anabaptists. They are known for their quiet ways, plain clothes, and excellent craftsmanship. With their own hardware and bulk food stores and insurance provided by the church, they are largely independent from the...

Social Media & Big Data Services partners with Center for Online Evangelism, releases free resource to Empower Ministries in online outreach

Mon, 2018-10-29 07:11
Partnering under a shared goal to empower Seventh-day Adventist churches, schools, and ministries to capitalize on the growth opportunities in online ministry, the North American Division (NAD)’s Social Media and Big Data Services department (SMBD) and the Center for Online Evangelism (COE) are distributing Search Engine Optimization as Evangelism: A Guide for Seventh-day Adventist Ministries to denominational organizations worldwide This one-of a kind resource is a comprehensive digital manual...

Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America makes statement on Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

Mon, 2018-10-29 04:24
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America is deeply saddened and troubled by the shooting that took place during Sabbath services at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 27, 2018, where 11 people lost their lives and four more were injured. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those killed, and to all our Jewish brothers and sisters. The United States was founded on the promise of religious freedom and when one faith group has this right taken away, we...

Ground-breaking Sabbath lawsuit could expand religious freedom protection in Korea

Fri, 2018-10-26 10:05
Seventh-day Adventists in Korea are requesting prayers from their world church family as a landmark Sabbath-keeping lawsuit makes its way to the nation’s Supreme Court. First-year medical student Jiman Han is suing for the right to take university exams outside of Sabbath hours. His predicament is one that thousands of Adventists in Korea have faced through the years, with many university and professional accreditation exams scheduled on Sabbath. This will be the first time Korea’s highest court...

Ophthalmologists travel to Fijian village, performing 137 surgeries in six days

Fri, 2018-10-26 09:57
The head of ophthalmology at Loma Linda University Health assembled a team of cataract surgeons to perform corrective eye surgeries in Fiji, a country where vision care and glasses are limited and procedures to restore eyesight aren’t common. Michael Rauser, MD, department chair of the Loma Linda University Eye Institute, and a team of world-renowned cataract surgeons traveled to Nadi, Fiji, last month to perform 137 surgeries in six days. According to Rauser, the group performed 135 cataract...

Adventists join call for more action to protect migrant and refugee children

Fri, 2018-10-26 08:56
Heartrending accounts of violence against refugee and migrant children set the tone for a unique gathering this month in Rome, Italy, which brought together representatives of more than 80 international faith groups and non-governmental organizations. The three-day summit, called “Faith Action for Children on the Move,” began October 16 and drew some 200 attendees. Its goal was to forge new partnerships to help protect the estimated 28 million vulnerable young people and children worldwide who...

Mystifying Myths

Wed, 2018-10-24 01:00
If a myth is repeated often enough and loud enough a lot of people will accept it as reality. For centuries people believed the earth was flat, and the sun revolved around the earth. Even reputed scientists and scholars of the day taught and repeated the myth. A myth is a myth no matter how loud it is trumpeted and no matter who shouts it.  Myths are running rampant on social media about the document, “Regard for and Practice of General Conference Session and General Conference Executive...

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...

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