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Pathfinders at Oshkosh Camporee fill 5,000 golden buckets

Mon, 2019-08-19 00:33
“During a disaster, 5-gallon buckets filled with much-needed cleaning supplies are like gold to someone who just survived a natural disaster,” Marshall Gonzales, Southwestern Union Conference and Texas Conference Adventist Community Services (ACS) director, shares. “When a disaster strikes, we distribute the filled buckets, what we call clean-up buckets, by the thousands, so it is imperative to have clean-up buckets on hand. Supplies to fill 5,000 buckets were delivered to the Pathfinder...

Kiwis become digital disciples

Mon, 2019-08-19 00:30
More than 150 people from around New Zealand gathered at Auckland University of Technology in Manukau to attend the first Digital Discipleship Conference (DDC) in New Zealand, held from August 9 to11. With the aim to inspire and empower churches and individuals to both be and create digital disciples, the conference brought together a community of people, from different generations, who are passionate about using technology and the digital space to share their faith. A handful of New...

Children learn about healthy eating benefits during holiday

Sun, 2019-08-18 04:30
Giovanna, 6 years old, did not like fruits or vegetables when she arrived to attend the Christian Holiday School in Bahia, Brazil. She just wanted to eat sweets, pizza and other goodies. However, after a week of activities and experimentation in the kitchen and making snacks from healthy recipes that were tasted right there, she was impressed.  As she participated in a prayer of appeal and consecration for a healthier and better life, Giovanna was overcome with emotion and began to cry. “I...

Children learn about healthy eating benefits during holidaycc

Sun, 2019-08-18 04:30
Giovanna, 6 years old, did not like fruits or vegetables when she arrived to attend the Christian Holiday School in Bahia, Brazil. She just wanted to eat sweets, pizza and other goodies. However, after a week of activities and experimentation in the kitchen and making snacks from healthy recipes that were tasted right there, she was impressed.  As she participated in a prayer of appeal and consecration for a healthier and better life, Giovanna was overcome with emotion and began to cry. “I...

I want to know more.

Sun, 2019-08-18 00:30
I met Toni and Buck at a sandwich shop, where all three of us lamented being stranded at the Anchorage, Alaska, airport. They wore the tired, ragged look of people who had spent the past four days at the airport. I sat across from them as they finished the last of the soup they were sharing, the whiff of alcohol escaping with every bite. I had nothing to complain about with my two-hour delay compared to their long ordeal of getting back home to Saint Mary’s village in bush Alaska. Over time,...

Tennessee Pathfinders win Oshkosh theme song contest

Sat, 2019-08-17 00:30
Roger and Ariel Lantigua, brothers from the Bowman Hills Pathfinder Club in Cleveland, Tennessee, won the theme song contest for the 2019 Chosen International Pathfinder Camporee. Event organizers announced in July that the piece created by 19-year-old Roger and 18-year-old Ariel was chosen to be the official theme song for the camporee. More than 55,000 Pathfinders and staff from all over the world are attending the Chosen International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, from August 12...

Dedication of a new Adventist hospital in the U.S. state of Maryland

Sat, 2019-08-17 00:02
Thursday, August 8, marked a momentous occasion that has been more than a decade in the making. The doors of Adventist Health Care’s brand-new White Oak Medical Center(WOMC) were opened. Special guests, including Seventh-day Adventist World Church president Ted N.C. Wilson, filled the lobby for the long-anticipated dedication ceremony. Erik Wangsness, president of WOMC said, “We’ve worked on building a hospital for years. And to see it filled with music, with colleagues, with family was very...

Adventists make Três Rios residents aware of effects of child sexual violence

Sat, 2019-08-17 00:00
The Breaking the Silence campaign, organized by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in South America, took place in the community of Três Rios, in the interior of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 4th. It has been held annually, in August, since 2002, in eight South American countries: Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. This year's goal is to show people how to protect children from child sexual violence and what to do to help victims recover. In 2018, children...

A slice of hanger life

Fri, 2019-08-16 09:00
Visitors walking through the four hangars on the campus of the 2019 International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, have the opportunity to experience a microcosm of Adventism — from bumping into Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, to earning a one-of-a-kind humanitarian ADRA International pin, to completing a short list of requirements to obtain a special North American Division (NAD) pin from one of the three officers, to meeting recruiters from Seventh-day...

In North Colombia, Adventist University provides Venezuela migrant families with business opportunities

Fri, 2019-08-16 08:59
Jhonny Alberto Peña clearly remembers March 22. It was the day he left his native Venezuela for the city of Medellin in neighboring Colombia. “It was hard when I left, to leave my family, my small babies, my wife, in search of a better future for them,” said Peña. Peña now lives in Medellin, together with his family who joined him three months ago.  His family, like many migrant Venezuelan families, fled the political and economic turmoil in Venezuela in search of a better life. Peña’s family...

Generous Pathfinders support mission, share talent

Fri, 2019-08-16 08:57
Trans-European Division (TED) Pathfinders raised almost £16,000 for two mission projects in Albania and the Dominican Republic during their international camporee in Ardingly, England, 30 July – 6 August 2019 While talent was clearly in evidence during the week via the music and special presentations in worships, the almost 70 activities on offer each day, and during the music, skits and laughter of Sunday’s International concert, it was the talent and ingenuity climaxing in Monday’s...

Seventh-day Adventist World Church President writes letter of encouragement to church members in Burundi

Sat, 2019-08-10 11:30
The following message has been sent to our faithful brothers and sisters in Burundi via the East-Central Africa Division, and a copy has been posted on the website of the East-Central Africa Division Dear Faithful Brothers and Sisters in Burundi, What a privilege to address you as brothers and sisters who are part of the worldwide family of Seventh-day Adventists. You are loved, appreciated, and prayed for. You are dear to our hearts and God is watching over you in a special way. We thank...

Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America issues statement against recent shootings in Texas and Ohio

Fri, 2019-08-09 03:07
Hatred. Bigotry. Racism. These utterly deplorable words and actions are on the hearts and minds of many people today. Acts of violence are becoming a regular occurrence, and the shock at these increasing catastrophes tragically starts to wear thin with each new event. People are hurting. People are scared. Questions are being asked, but they outnumber the answers being provided. The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America empathizes with those directly impacted by the evil that has sprung...

Adventist Community Services Supply Spiritual and Emotional Support After El Paso, Texas, Mass Shooting

Fri, 2019-08-09 03:04
Shortly after a gunman fired on crowds in a Walmart and its parking lot in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, local Adventist Community Service Disaster Response (ACS DR) leader Marshall Gonzales reached out to W. Derrick Lea, North American Division (NAD) ACS DR director, to ascertain how ACS could be of help. Twenty-two people were killed and dozens injured in the Walmart shooting. On Aug. 6, 2019, Lea met with American Red Cross and Emergency Management contacts overseeing the Family Assistance...

The Texico Conference and Ohio Conference of Seventh-day Adventists respond to mass shootings in their territory.

Mon, 2019-08-05 23:28
Editor’s Note:  On Saturday, August 3, 2019, a lone gunman opened fire in an El Paso Walmart in the U.S. state of Texas. 20 people were killed and at least 26 more wounded. The suspect was captured alive.  In the early morning hours of Sunday, August 4, a gunman opened fire in a busy neighborhood in Dayton, Ohio, also in the United States. 9 people were killed, including the suspects sister, and 27 more injured. The gunman was killed by police.  Below are statements from both the Texico and...

“Put a pin in it”

Wed, 2019-07-31 05:35
Tens of thousands of Pathfinders are preparing for the Chosen International Camporee that will take place in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on Aug. 13-17, 2019. They’re double checking the website for the schedule of activities, camping locations, and FAQs. The camporee, which occurs every five years, is the largest Pathfinder-related event of its kind. As they prepare, there’s one thing the Pathfinders must have in pristine condition — their uniform. From the tan top, black bottoms, belt, scarf and sash...

Half of Polish baptisms generated from one, special campground

Tue, 2019-07-30 08:13
They come for many reasons – but they principally come because of the dream of one man, Ryszard Jankowski. Thirty years ago, he was Youth and Pathfinder director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Poland.  Desperate for a campground for youth and Pathfinders he was told about a remote location deep in the forest. On visiting the campground he noted, among other things, graffiti on an outbuilding facing the lake, “God doesn’t exist”. Through a series of remarkable miracles, the land became...

La Sierra University Enactus Jamaica eLibrary project lands team in national spotlight.

Tue, 2019-07-30 08:10
As La Sierra University Enactus teammates Patrina Jamieson and Sherika Moulton watched from the floor of the cavernous Kansas City Convention Center on May 7, 2019, an emcee blared final results of the Enactus national championship, a competition of college and university humanitarian entrepreneurial initiatives.  The final round of a two-day competition had just concluded. Student teams from La Sierra University and three universities in Utah, Missouri, and Hawaii had just completed slick,...

Good mood foods: Can you munch your way to happiness?

Tue, 2019-07-30 08:04
We all know that eating well is important for your health, but did you know it can impact your mood as well? Your brain works 24/7 and, just like a car, it will perform better with premium fuel. What you eat can make a big difference to your mood, anxiety and even depression. Research from Duke University shows that if you change your diet you can feel the benefit in a relatively short space of time. Nutritious foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants nourish and protect...

Amidst the Ebola virus outbreak, ADRA works to ensure malnourished children are fed

Tue, 2019-07-30 07:57
ADRA has been working in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 1984. From that time, the team has responded to the Ebola virus disease that struck the country ten times. The most recent outbreak, which began since August 2018, has reportedly been the longest lasting and second biggest outbreak to strike the country. ADRA has been providing support through clean water, sanitation and hygiene best practices. The most vulnerable of the population who face dire needs during the epidemic are...

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