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Franco-Belgian-Luxembourg Union releases statement following the deadly attack in Stasbourg, France

Fri, 2018-12-21 02:00
On the occasion of the recent events that took place last night in Strasbourg, the Adventist Church condemns all forms of violence, and even more so, if possible, under the pretext of religious intolerance or the imposition of a religion. Ruben de Abreu,President of the Franco-Belgian-Luxembourg Union, comments: “The murderous act of violence that took place last night in Strasbourg is execrable, intolerable and, moreover, I condemn it in the strongest possible terms. It would not be right to...

Maranhão approves State Day of Caleb Mission

Fri, 2018-12-21 01:56
On November 19th, the Official Gazette of the State of Maranhão, Brazil, published the approval of a law that establishes the last Saturday of July as State Day of the Caleb Mission. Law number 10,948 is already in force. The proposition notes that that date will be included in the official state calendar. This enables use of public spaces for celebration and for work. The 35,000 volunteers who acted in the 2018 campaign will have much to celebrate in 2019! Caleb Mission is an initiative of the...

Sydney Adventist Hospital best in NSW for outpatient cancer services

Fri, 2018-12-21 01:53
Sydney Adventist Hospital’s outpatient cancer services are the best performing in NSW, according to a survey of more than 11,000 patients from 50 public and private clinics. The Bureau of Health Information survey was released last week. In 25 of the measures surveyed the San’s Integrated Cancer Centre was “significantly more positive” than the NSW average. Clinical director of San Cancer Services, Associate Professor Gavin Marx, and San CEO Brett Goods applauded members of the San team...

Adventist student wins medal at Astronomy Olympics

Thu, 2018-12-20 10:18
Diogo Rodrigues da Silva (14), a student at Esteio Adventist Academy in Rio Grande do Sul, was among the three winners of the Brazilian Astronomy and Astronautics Olympiad (OBA). The test, for students from the sixth to ninth year of Elementary School in public and private schools, took place during the month of May.  The Brazilian Astronomical Society and engineers from the Brazilian Space Agency have been holding this competition for 21 years. This year it brought together over 700,000...

Coming soon, Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists online

Thu, 2018-12-20 10:12
Recently my daughter researched the history of the Adventist Church for her public high school project. She saw the project as an excellent opportunity to share Adventist heritage with her class. I immediately suggested several books on Adventist history that we had in our home library. As a parent and teacher, I make every effort to share reliable and trustworthy information with my children and students, because trusted information significantly shapes people’s habits, worldview, and choices....

Inter-America celebrates success of the Year of the Child and Adolescent

Thu, 2018-12-20 10:06
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Inter-America celebrated the culmination of its Year of the Child and Adolescent initiatives and activities during an online program held in Miami, Florida. The event drew church leaders and regional directors from across the Inter-American Division (IAD) territory on Dec. 8, to wrap up a year that reinforced Christian values and encouraged youngsters to study, live and share the message of the gospel with their friends and neighbors. The 12-month-long...

Adventist Health leaders meet government representative in Fiji

Thu, 2018-12-20 10:01
Representatives of the Seventh-day Adventist Church recently met with Dr. Isimeli Tukana, who serves as non-communicable diseases advisor to the government of Fiji. Trans Pacific Union Mission health director, Dr. Paul Wood, and Fiji Mission health director, Dr. Alipate Vakamocea, met with Dr. Tukana to see how the Church and government can continue to tackle the huge problem of lifestyle diseases, which have reached epidemic levels in the Pacific. During the meeting, attendees discussed the...

SSD Mission adventures 2 happens in Indonesia

Tue, 2018-12-18 10:24
Adventist young adults in the Southern Asia-Pacific region (SSD) teamed up with mission oriented young professionals from all across Indonesia, Myanmar, and the Philippines to experience the joy of service and the adrenaline rush of adventure during a week of volunteer work.  This year’s Mission Adventures trip is the second of its kind within the region designed to involve young volunteers and service-oriented individuals. This year’s call for adventure takes the delegates to Makassar,...

Loma Linda University Health hospitals receive recognition for top quality

Tue, 2018-12-18 10:20
Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital was named a Top Children’s Hospital for the second year in a row, and Loma Linda University Medical Center – East Campus received its inaugural recognition as a Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization. Announced yesterday, the Leapfrog Top Hospital awards are widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors...

La Sierra University film student’s PBS, NAD projects aim for positive impact

Tue, 2018-12-18 10:14
Michelle Noland, a senior La Sierra University Film and Television Production major, recently launched into the world of professional storytelling where she is using her talents to impact others’ lives. PBS affiliate KQED inked a distribution deal with Noland in August for inclusion of her award-winning short film “She Isn’t Here” in the nationwide series, “Film School Shorts.” The film, which is expected to be released in April 2019, explores the anxiety disorder agoraphobia. Stewardship...

Inter-America’s Bible Competition Initiative is life changing for young people

Tue, 2018-12-18 10:08
When she heard that the second place winner had only missed two questions during the final Bible competition program at the Belize City Civic Center, she held back tears and contained her excitement with a smile because she knew she had only missed one.  Moments later, Edna Ventura Perez was declared the winner of this year’s Inter-American Division (IAD) Bible Connections competition in Belize on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. At 27, Ventura felt the rush of her entire journey this year, a mix of...

At the depth of despair, Marcelo found freedom in Christ

Tue, 2018-12-18 10:02
The Apostle Peter’s sermon, recorded in Acts chapter 2, took place in a context with an impressive manifestation of the Holy Spirit. The three thousand who converted on that day lead us to reflect on the importance of individual spiritual decisions. A few years ago, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in South America reserved a week in their calendar to encourage special worship services, emphasizing public decisions for Christ. More than 30,000 sites across eight countries participated in this...

In Inter-America, Church begins effort to unify radio and television ministries

Fri, 2018-12-14 06:33
In an effort to strengthen Seventh-day Adventist-operated radio stations throughout Inter-America with the church’s Hope Channel Inter-America television network, media specialists met to network and collaborate on increasing efforts to spread the gospel. “It’s important for us to lay the groundwork for the establishment of the Hope Radio Inter-America network through collaboration, inspiration and dialogue together following our integrated media strategy plan to unify radio and television...

Pacific Union College partners with Angwin Community to Protect Against Wildfire

Fri, 2018-12-14 06:28
Beginning in January 2019, Pacific Union College (PUC) plans to begin work on an approximately 3-mile shaded fuel break to protect the Angwin, California, United States, community of 3,500 residents. With financial support from community members and alumni, the college plans to construct a shaded fuel break on a prominent ridge between Pope Valley and Angwin, running from Howell Mountain road to the Las Posadas State Forest.  Angwin Volunteer Fire Department Chief J.R. Rogers explains, “A...

Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approves student’s right to be absent from exams for religious beliefs

Fri, 2018-12-14 06:21
In a landmark decision, members of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies’ Constitution, Justice and Citizenship Committee (CCJ) approved the Clean Bill made by the Senate to Chamber Bill 130 from 2009 (originally Bill No. 2,171, of 2003, authored by federal representative Rubens Otoni)The approved text deals with the application of tests and attribution of attendance to students who are unable to attend school for reasons of freedom of conscience and religious belief. The content will, therefore, be...

In Haiti, Adventist Church launches Hope Channel Inter-America in major cities

Wed, 2018-12-12 09:35
After nearly two years of making the proper connections in the cable company business, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Haiti recently launched Hope Channel Inter-America in an effort to spread the gospel message to the millions of people on the island.  Local church leaders consider it a true blessing and milestone to have been able to launch the television channel through two special live church services held on Nov. 10, 2018, from Port-au-Prince. “This has been several years in the...

Nuevo Tiempo TV Comes to Smart TVs through Global App

Wed, 2018-12-12 09:30
On June 1, 2017, Nuevo Tiempo signed a contract with Foxxum, the German international company that provides the app ecosystem (App Store) for certain brands of smart TVs. The company was tasked with creating  an app for Nuevo Tiempo to include TV signal, radio Nuevo Tiempo Chile signal, and videos content produced by Nuevo Tiempo Chile. After months of development and testing, the app is available for smart TVs. "For us, as a team, it is a great joy and privilege to work with Foxxum, which...

Adventist voices speak for Australian aid

Tue, 2018-12-11 03:12
Four representatives and supporters of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Australia raised their voices for Australian aid as part of Micah Australia’s “Voices for Justice” gathering in Canberra, December 1–4. They joined more than 200 Christians, with representatives of Christian justice and development agencies, from across Australia for two days of worship, advocacy training and policy briefing, followed by two days in Australia’s Parliament House. “Micah lobby groups met...

Mobile Shower Van to serve New York City’s homeless is dedicated

Tue, 2018-12-11 03:08
The Showers of Blessings van, an outreach ministry of the Greater New York Conference’s (GNYC) Adventist Community Services (ACS), was dedicated on Sept. 15, 2018. Officials from the conference, Atlantic Union Conference, and the North American Division (NAD) gathered at United Camp Meeting for the dedication. The mobile showers will serve the homeless in New York City, providing clean towels, washcloths, and new undergarments, as well as an outpouring of God’s love. The ministry, partly funded...

TED providing the key for the future of mission

Tue, 2018-12-11 02:59
He started with the word ‘amazed’ on day 1 and concluded with ‘encouraged’ on day 5 -- the final day of Trans-European Division Year End meetings in Bečići, Montenegro, 21 – 25 November 21-25. Artur Stele, joined the annual gathering of TED Executive Committee members as a representative of the General Conference.  He expressed amazement that, in a context where thousands of young people are leaving some of the struggling economies in eastern and central Europe, where the church is aging in...

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