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In Jamaica, civic leaders praise Northern Caribbean University for Godly Heritage

Sun, 2019-01-27 02:57
Civic leaders in Manchester praised Northern Caribbean University (NCU) for its sterling contribution to the community and the wider Jamaica during a recent thanksgiving service to mark the institution’s 100th year in the parish. The church service is the first of several events to take place in 2019 to mark the institution’s contribution to the development of the parish and central Jamaica. The yearlong celebration is being held under the theme: “Serving Community for 100 Years, Changing Lives...

One girl’s baptism changes 8 lives

Sun, 2019-01-27 00:30
What is the power of one baptism? As a little girl, Yana Stoyka wanted to be baptized. But her parents said she was too young, so she put aside the idea for a while. When she was 13, she suddenly remembered her yearning to be baptized. She didn’t just remember the idea. A strong, irresistible desire filled her. “I want to be baptized!” she told herself. Yana started taking a six-month baptismal class at the Russian-speaking Seventh-day Adventist church that her family attended in Prague, the...

'Great Controversy’ transforms Filipino family

Sat, 2019-01-26 10:00
A lonely literature evangelist walked the dusty hot streets of Butuan City, Philippines. All day he toiled, and yet he sold nothing. This was his only source of income, so he was a little discouraged. But he determined to knock on one more door before going home that day. As he approached, he prayed and then knocked. A slight woman with keen eyes opened the door to greet the tired man with a smile. He made his heavenly pitch, and she could see the sincerity in his eyes and hear it in his...

Inter-America to highlight evangelism efforts through annual baptismal celebration

Sat, 2019-01-26 00:35
Seventh-day Adventists across the Inter-American Division (IAD) have been involved in evangelism outreach activities across their communities for months, and the culmination of their efforts, an annual live baptismal celebration, is set to take place on Sabbath, Feb. 9, 2019, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Pastors, elders and active church members will witness the culmination of their united efforts in sharing the gospel in Jamaica and elsewhere in Inter-America, during what the church has coined...

Adventists help following government shutdown

Sat, 2019-01-26 00:32
The federal government shutdown at the end of 2018/beginning of 2019 stopped the paychecks of 800,000 federal government employees. Seventh-day Adventists in the DMV are working to lessen the blow.  After hearing of increased reports of federal workers struggling to feed their families, staff at Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington (ACSGW), hosted a Pop Up Pantry for furloughed workers where they shared food with more than a dozen people.  Another impacted area is the national...

SAN surgeon a finalist in Women of the Year Awards

Sat, 2019-01-26 00:30
A Sydney Adventist Hospital surgeon has been announced as a finalist in the 2019 NSW Women of the Year Awards. Ear, nose and throat surgeon Payal Mukherjee is one of four finalists for the NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year, an award that recognizes an exceptional achiever who has made a significant contribution to NSW and is a strong role model for other women. Associate Professor Mukherjee is the deputy chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) NSW State Committee, the ENT...

Roscoe J. Howard, former NAD Executive Secretary, passes to his rest

Fri, 2019-01-25 03:36
Roscoe J. Howard, former North American Division (NAD) executive secretary, passed away in Apopka, Florida, on Jan. 21, 2019, after a struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Howard was working as vice president for Missions for Adventist Health System (now AdventHealth) when, in 2015, he was diagnosed with ALS, a progressive nervous system disease that weakens muscles and impacts physical function. He was 64. “Roscoe was shaped in a unique way by the hand of God to become the man and...

Museum uses 50 thousand items to tell Pathfinders’ history

Fri, 2019-01-25 03:34
One of the main attractions at the fifth South American Pathfinder Camporee is a special booth dedicated to Pathfinder Club history. Thanks to donations from 56 countries, a collection of more than 50 thousand items from the Pathfinder International Museum is on display.  Among these objects are pictures, uniforms, and manuals, as well as 7,500 event patches—including nearly all Camporees conducted by the Adventist Church in South America. There are only five patches left to complete the...

Church Territory in East-Central Africa Surpasses 4 Million Members

Fri, 2019-01-25 03:09
In his report to the members of the Executive Committee of the East-Central Africa Division (ECD) of Seventh-day Adventists, Executive Secretary Alain Coralie stated that the territory now has more than four million members. His report included the fact that at the beginning of third quarter 2015, membership was 3,116,320. ECD membership now stands at 4,097,347. This means it has increased its membership by nearly a million (981,027) in the last three years. The growth rate is 31.5%, an average...

How a passion for reading became a book market for ADRA

Thu, 2019-01-24 10:34
I love reading. I read quickly and that results in lots of books every year. The only problem is: I do not have space for all those books in my tiny flat! I remember thinking: this is not a problem only for me - many people have books they will not read again. That is how the first ADRA book market in Norway started six years ago. During the first year, we collected book donations from people in the local area. Most of our customers came from the local church and only a few new people we didn’t...

Sabbath-keepers pelted with stones in post-war Italy

Thu, 2019-01-24 10:31
Father took 13-year-old Salvatrice “Salvina” Mazza on a 33-mile (43-kilometer) bicycle ride on the Italian island of Sicily. But the outing wasn’t for fun. “A family in the village of Rosolini asked for help in understanding the Bible,” Father said. “Come and listen so you can learn how to share Jesus.” Father didn’t own a car, so he and Salvina mounted their bicycles for the trip from the mountainside town of Ragusa. They were joined by a friend, Giovanni Giallanza, the first Seventh-day...

After five years, South American Pathfinders once again crowd the arena in Barretos

Thu, 2019-01-24 10:29
It’s been nearly five years since the last South American Pathfinder Camporee.  Now, once again a sea of tents was erected in Parque do Peão, in Barretos in preparation for a deluge of Pathfinders. The “Best Adventure” Camporee opened on Tuesday evening with a record audience of 40 thousand in the arena. Hundreds of kitchen, safety, medical and other support services assisted the event.  Pastor Uldocy Zukowski, Pathfinder director for eight South American countries, plunged the hatchet into a...

Families serve in India

Thu, 2019-01-24 10:26
This past Christmas, sixty-one people experienced the joy of service on Maranatha Volunteers International’s Family Project in India. Volunteers, ranging in age from one to 85, spent the holiday laying block on a multi-classroom structure at the Khunti Seventh-day Adventist School in eastern India. The team also coordinated a medical clinic and other outreach programs in the surrounding community. The youngest volunteers were especially active, spending mornings at the construction site, then...

Together with the Pathfinders, the author gives a missionary book in Brazil

Wed, 2019-01-23 09:59
Camporee gives Pathfinders many learning opportunities and is the perfect place for them to share what they’ve learned with the community around them. This is just what club members from Brazil and Chile did on Thursday, January 10, as they handed out copies of the book Hope for the Family: The Road to a Happy Ending, in the town of Barretos. Co-author of the book Pastor Willie Oliver, who with his wife, Elaine, directs Family Life Ministries for the Adventist World Church, accompanied...

Adventist Church in Inter-America embarks on mission to seek former church members

Wed, 2019-01-23 09:54
It’s no secret that people are leaving the church. This alarming fact has Seventh-day Adventist leaders in Inter-America focused on a major initiative to seek and reconcile thousands of former members across the more than 22,000 churches and congregations in the territory. Coined as the Inter-American Division’s (IAD) “Ministry of Reclaiming and Discipleship of Former Members”, the initiative was officially launched through an online program on Jan. 12, 2019, from Miami, Florida. Seeking...

NAD hosts first Religious Freedom Prayer Breakfast

Wed, 2019-01-23 09:52
According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 78 percent of the world’s population is unable to worship their God in whatever way they see fit.   Today, on Religious Freedom Day (Jan. 16, 2019), local faith and civic leaders gathered at the North American Division (NAD) headquarters in Columbia, Maryland, for the NAD’s first Religious Freedom Prayer Breakfast. They celebrated the freedoms enjoyed in the United States and prayed for guidance in further fostering and sharing it with others.  “We...

In Switzerland, Adventists take part in suicide prevention initiative

Wed, 2019-01-23 09:49
Since 1980, volunteers of the Action Solidarités-Feu-Bessières have welcomed passersby on the 75-foot (23-meter) Bressières Bridge in Lausanne, Switzerland, for conversations during the festive season from December 23 to January 3. This year, three members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church took part in this life-saving initiative. Just before Christmas in 1980, Joël Albert, a local resident, witnessed someone jump from the Bressières Bridge. For years after, Albert spent the festive season...

Member of Loma Linda University Health Team PossAbilities named to U.S. National Team

Thu, 2019-01-17 23:35
A Loma Linda University Health Team PossAbilities member, Shawn Morelli, road and track cycling two-time gold medalist in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, has been named to the 2019 U.S. Paralympics Cycling National Team. Morelli, who was first named to the U.S. National Team in 2014, says it’s always an honor to be selected. “I love wearing our country’s colors on my back and competing for not just myself but for everyone,” she says. Morelli will be headlining the team after winning three world...

NCU achieves institutional accreditation status from the Government of Jamaica

Thu, 2019-01-17 23:30
Seventh-day Adventist-owned and operated Northern Caribbean University (NCU) recently has achieved institutional accreditation status from the University Council of Jamaica. This was announced by Dr. Lincoln Edwards during a press conference held on the main campus of the university in Mandeville last month. The status is effective as of February 17, 2019, and is for a period of seven years. “The major significance of gaining institutional accreditation status is that NCU now has the...

Managing stress can be as easy as 1,2, 3

Thu, 2019-01-17 10:14
With all of life’s responsibilities, deadlines and appointments, stress can be almost unavoidable. It can come from moments of frustration, or long-term problems. Chronic stress can suppress immune, digestive, sleep, and reproductive systems, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. For optimal health, it’s important to know how to deal with the stresses in life, and to know when it’s time to seek help. David J. Puder, MD, medical director of the MEND partial and intensive...

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