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Relief Agency Partners with AdventHealth to Aid Vista del Jardín Medical Center in the Dominican Republic

Sat, 2020-07-04 08:34
Dominican Republic healthcare workers on the frontlines of COVID-19 received thousands of personal protective gear, masks and essential supplies to treat critically ill patients at Vista del Jardín Medical Center (Garden View Medical Center) in Santo Domingo. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) joined forces with AdventHealth to donate and ship the medical equipment to the Caribbean nation’s hospital. The global shortage of protective gear is one of the major issues that has...

Understanding Daniel and Revelation: An Interview with Mark Finley

Sat, 2020-07-04 08:33
Mark Finley's Understanding Daniel and Revelation have just been released from Pacific Press Publishing Association. Finley has conducted evangelistic meetings around the world — and on just about every continent for the past 50 years. He has taught and preached on the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation, and applied these books to everyday real life. This chapter-by-chapter commentary is written to show our day in the light of Bible prophecy. It is a sharing commentary! Recently Dale Galusha,...

Adventist Church Hosts Community Food Drive for Dozens of Families in Sint Maarten

Sat, 2020-07-04 08:32
The Cole Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sint Maarten recently hosted a community-wide food drive to assist dozens of families still struggling to cope with the effects of the pandemic. Church member volunteers gathered earlier in June to prepare the 125 hampers which included canned and dry goods, beverages, produce, cleaners, personal care and other items, organizers said. “Many families have been struggling to cope with the emotional, mental and financial challenges exacerbated by the...

How to Back the Correct Conspiracy

Sat, 2020-07-04 08:30
In unsettling times it seems the number of conspiracy theories jumps. Perhaps you’ve heard of “plandemic,” the many theories in which COVID-19 was caused by 5G towers, or that Bill Gates engineered the virus to reduce the global population. Maybe you’ve heard COVID data is inflated or, in Australia, that the government is chasing some malicious goal by tracking people through the COVIDSafe app. Conspiracies exist due to a lack of trust in the government and the idea that the ruling powers are...

Adventist student helps Brazilian state prepare, launch COVID-19 brochure for kids

Sat, 2020-07-04 08:30
A Seventh-day Adventist student in the Brazilian state of Bahia is helping youngsters learn about the novel coronavirus and related COVID-19 infection—and most important, how to avoid catching or spreading the disease. Miralva Santos, a Seventh-day Adventist Church member in Salvador, Bahia’s capital, is a publicity and advertising student who’s also an intern at the state’s regional nursing center’s communications department. Santos shared her idea for a children’s booklet with the group’s...

Norwegian Junior College Gains Best Individual Result in 30 Years

Sat, 2020-07-04 05:34
With a positive learning environment, Norway’s Adventist Junior College, Tyrifjord videregående skole, has always delivered good results. This year they were exceptional. One student received top grades in all 22 subjects listed on her diploma. She was among 65 students who graduated on Sunday, June 21, following 13 years of schooling. Tonje Karoline Knutsen received top grades in every single subject. While the school is proud to annually graduate students with very high grades, this is the...

Adventist Church reorganizes spending amid pandemic

Sat, 2020-07-04 04:50
Recognizing the economic strains caused by the novel coronavirus and subsequent global lockdown, Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders in South America have reorganized budget and spending priorities.  Administrative expenses have, for several months, been cut with in order to prioritize resources in fulfilling the Church’s mission of preaching the gospel.  “The moment is one of gratitude to God, because the Lord is sending the means for missionary projects to remain strong, relevant and with a...

New book recalculates the value of giving

Sat, 2020-07-04 04:44
According to Sydney business consultant Dr Ken Long, many people are reluctant to give because when they do, they are left with less to live on. It can feel like a threat to our independence and standard of living. Economic security is a cause for concern—especially with so many people working reduced hours or being out of work. But Dr. Long’s first book The Giving Equation, released recently by Signs Publishing, recalculates this equation, offering a biblical and mind-shifting perspective on...

Baptism brings joy to Betikama community

Sat, 2020-07-04 04:40
Staff and students at Betikama Adventist College, Solomon Islands, celebrated the baptism of 11 individuals at the conclusion of a recent Health Week series. Pastor Gary Ian Manele presented a series of health messages embracing the core principle of obedience to God’s natural laws of health. He said this becomes the basis to which obedience to God’s moral laws becomes possible. The series helped the staff and students to recognize the importance of obedience to God in this end-time period. ...

Birthday opens window of opportunity at Samliju Campsite, Estonia

Sat, 2020-07-04 04:25
A former Soviet era holiday home on the Pärnu River in central Estonia has become an active campsite for Pathfinders, youth, and even nearby churches. Purchased in 2016, the beautiful 2.5-hectare (6.2-acre) site is slowly being upgraded into a fully functioning church campground. But how to make it better? In particular, the main building is in need of renovation and improvement. Although the Estonian Conference has developed a renovation plan and has the relevant permissions, the budget is...

You inspired me: Take charge of your health

Sat, 2020-07-04 04:16
A man recently ran into one of his neighbors and said to him, “Look at me! I’ve changed my lifestyle, lost weight, and never have felt better. Do you know why? YOU inspired me.” He went on to explain that his friend’s health journey is what had motivated him to get his health in order. That very kind of “you inspired” exclamation is what motivated It Is Written to do a seven-part health series called Take Charge of Your Health. From June 22 to 28, John Bradshaw, It Is Written president, and a...

Ahead of the launch of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s strategic plan, Ted N.C. Wilson asks: When God calls you, will you say “Here I am! Send me.”?

Fri, 2020-07-03 22:00
Hello, Friends! I’m happy to greet you this week and share some exciting news! This weekend—Friday, July 3, and Sabbath, July 4—is the worldwide launch of I Will Go—a personal call to action that every Seventh-day Adventist can embrace! And I want to invite you, personally to be involved in this amazing strategic plan to reach the world.  This plan, which was originally scheduled to launch during what would have been the final weekend of the General Conference Session in Indianapolis, is being...

ADRA provides humanitarian aid to more than 200 refugees

Fri, 2020-07-03 09:00
The numbers of refugees and immigrants are increasing, as well as the precarious situation in which a large number of citizens from different countries currently live in different parts of the world. To date, 79.5 million people have been forced to live far from their homes, according to data released by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Ecuador has the largest number of recognized refugees: 69,524 from more than 60 countries, the majority of whom are Colombians and Venezuelans who...

ADRA Gets Essential Items To Disabled In Kenya During Pandemic

Fri, 2020-07-03 09:00
As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread across Kenya, lockdowns, closure of schools, and cancellation of public meetings have caused immeasurable disruptions.  Even prior to COVID-19, persons with disabilities were living in a world of isolation, yet the effects of the health crisis have been keenly felt. Samuel Onang’o, a father of three, is a cobbler, or shoemaker, in Kibera—he is also physically disabled. His wife and children travelled to another region of the...

North American Division Bids Farewell to Its President and First Lady

Fri, 2020-07-03 09:00
On July 1, 2020, under a big white tent on the grounds of the North American Division (NAD) headquarters, more than 200 in-person and online guests bid a fond farewell to Daniel R. and Donna Jackson during a two-hour celebration of their ministry and leadership. Each ministry, service, and entity of the division had the opportunity to share memories and messages for the Jacksons, who officially retired on July 1.* Vice presidents of the division, union presidents, and special guests General...

The Trans-European Division reschedules major events following COVID-19

Fri, 2020-07-03 08:30
Youth Congress and the European Pastors’ Council will both move one year later to help with financial and logistic planning. In a joint agreement between the Inter-European and Trans-European Divisions, the European Youth Congress planned for August 2021 in Lahti, Finland, will be pushed one year later to 2022. Following the COVID-19 lockdown across most of Europe, including Finland, the level of uncertainty about a ‘second wave’ that could hit and how the winter will progress, the executive...

Discover fascinating stories from Adventist history in the new encyclopedia

Fri, 2020-07-03 08:30
Pioneer missionary Benny Tavodi and popular evangelist George Burnside are among the many individuals from the South Pacific Division (SPD) whose biographies feature in the new Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists (ESDA), which launches this week. ESDA is an exciting global project for several years in the making. Of the 8500 entries documenting the history and life of the Adventist Church around the world, 611 are from the SPD, with a further 19 currently being edited. The benefit of the...

Porn at six: How to talk to kids about sex

Fri, 2020-07-03 08:30
My daughter was six years old when she first encountered online pornography. It was during her “Angelina Ballerina” phase when one day, while she was looking for ballerina images online, a pornographic image popped up on her screen. She got a fright, shut her screen, but didn’t say anything to her dad, who was sitting right next to her but missed seeing what she’d seen. Research suggests that the average age of first exposure to pornography is getting earlier.1 Many parents tend to assume that...

Happy Reunion for Vejlefjord Children

Fri, 2020-07-03 08:30
A three-month break from friends can be difficult – especially for children. This is equally true for church congregations as many have struggled to get the same intimacy and sense of worship from a live stream or video as they get from physically attending a place of worship. Like everywhere else, Vejlefjord Seventh-day Adventist church members have missed meeting as a congregation. Denmark was one of the earliest European countries to close churches due to the COVID-19 pandemic; however, due...

My Testimony: The school that transformed my life and walk with God

Fri, 2020-07-03 08:30
Janet Kues is a Grade 5 teacher at Carr Memorial Adventist Primary School in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. While teaching, she has begun keeping Sabbath and shares how the Bible summary reading program has helped her and her students walk closer with God. This is her testimony. When I first came to Carr Memorial, it was totally different from the government school at which I taught before. The atmosphere, the environment, and even the smiling faces of teachers and students welcomed me to the...

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