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Adventist Leaders Get in Shape in Jamaica

Tue, 2019-02-05 06:50
Top Seventh-day Adventist leaders are experiencing the church’s health message in a whole new way as they do blood tests, adopt a special diet and exercise program, and attend lifestyle seminars on the Caribbean island of Jamaica. The 12thannual Global Leadership Summit, themed “Wholeness in Christ: Mission Vision in Action,” seeks to reaffirm world church leaders’ commitment to follow a healthy lifestyle and to equip them to share good health practices at home, organizers said.  The weeklong...

Adventists organize aid for victims of disaster in Brumadinho, Brazil

Tue, 2019-02-05 04:00
On Friday, January 25, a large mining dam burst in Brumadinho, Brazil, flooding nearby offices and homes with wastewater and trapping cars and people under a sea of mud and sludge. The state fire department has confirmed that nine people are dead, 300 are missing, and multiple families are homeless. This accident is the second in this area in three years. The Adventist Church's headquarters in the central region of Minas Gerais immediately mobilized to serve the families affected by this...

Adventist Center of Influence opens in Battambang

Tue, 2019-02-05 03:58
On January 22, 2019, the Adventist church in Cambodia celebrated the inauguration of its very first center of influence in this major city of Battambang. The Battambang Essential Life Center officially opened its doors to the community after its inauguration and a prayer dedication led by Saw Samuel, president of the Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD).  Present during the successful event were other officials of SSD.  Leaders of the Adventist Church in Southeast Asia (SAUM) lead by Somchai...

Stewardship movie shows success as evangelistic and fundraising tool

Tue, 2019-02-05 03:52
Last March, Adventist News Network (ANN) featured a story about The Mysterious Note, a unique movie produced in partnership with the North American Division (NAD) Stewardship Department. Richard Aguilera, also known as Guide Magazine’s “Mud Guy,” and the creator of One Mustard Seed, a multifaceted youth ministry, was the driving force behind the concept. He also wrote the screenplay and starred in the film. Aguilera has been producing children's resources for the NAD Stewardship Department for...

Adventist Health Policy Association opens new office in Washington D.C.

Mon, 2019-02-04 01:10
Just blocks from the U.S. Capitol, the Adventist Health Policy Association (AHPA), an affiliation of five Seventh-day Adventist health care systems, has opened a new office. Here, Carlyle Walton, AHPA president, leads the association’s efforts to advance crucial policy and advocacy priorities that ensure member hospitals can provide high quality, accessible health care. In this new role at AHPA, Walton "is building up the first Washington policy shop and establishing a stronger national voice...

Adventist awarded Medal of the Order of Australia

Mon, 2019-02-04 01:00
Many years of service to his local community has seen an Adventist man recognized in the 2019 Australia Day honors. Robert (Bob) Kalaf was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in recognition of his services to the Cooranbong (northern NSW) community, including building the Waratah Medical Center, and helping to establish the Cooranbong shopping village and Morisset industrial estate. He was president of the Cooranbong Chamber of Commerce from 1990 to 2006 and also volunteered as a...

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...

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