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Adventist Church leaders approve plan for tithe parity among divisions

Wed, 2019-10-16 09:34
Achieving parity in tithe contributed by world church divisions to the Adventist Church’s world headquarters dominated the Monday afternoon discussion of the delegates to the Fall 2019 General Conference Executive Committee meeting, called the Annual Council. The term “parity in financial matters” describes a future scenario in which all thirteen Seventh-day Adventist world territories (called divisions) contribute the same base percentage of their tithe to the denomination’s global...

Recommendations resulting from the 2018 Annual Council Compliance Action

Tue, 2019-10-15 09:01
A document outlining recommendations resulting from the 2018 Annual Council Compliance Action was distributed to General Conference Executive Committee members today.  The 2018 decision was a continuation of the discussion from the 2017 Annual Council of the General Conference Executive Committee. The 2018 Annual Council vote outlined a process for addressing matters of non-compliance within the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  The Executive Committee members will review and discuss the proposed...

Despite uncertainty, Adventist Church finances are on target, Treasurer says

Tue, 2019-10-15 03:30
Adventist Church treasurer Juan Prestol-Puesán began his financial report to the members of the Executive Committee attending the 2019 Annual Council in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States, by giving “first and foremost” credit to God for His blessings. “We wish to acknowledge our dependency on God for His continuous presence, guidance, and sustaining grace,” he said on October 14, 2019 as he reported on Adventist Church finances through September 30. Prestol-Puesán said the church’s...

The Adventist Church and its agency, ADRA, make public appeal to help out of school children worldwide

Tue, 2019-10-15 02:59
The Seventh-day Adventist Church and its international humanitarian agency, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), announced today a new global campaign, “Every Child. Everywhere. In School.” The joint campaign is an urgent call to leaders around the world that all children, regardless of race, age, nationality, gender, religion or origin, have a right to earn and complete an education, and that being in school is a recognition of the value and potential of each individual child. ...

Seventh-day Adventist World Church Secretary’s report emphasizes “Mission First”

Mon, 2019-10-14 21:54
“I’m glad to be alive today!” G. T. Ng, executive secretary of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, began the 2019 Secretary’s Report with an exclamation and a smile. He then continued by talking about the concept of Reflex Influence, a concept Ellen G. White mentioned six times in the last few years of the 19th century--significantly, a period of time during our church’s history when we experienced rapid missionary growth and serious financial challenges.  In 1900, White wrote, “The...

Sharing Our Mission: Sabbath at Annual Council

Mon, 2019-10-14 01:21
As the sky darkened, indicating Sabbath had begun, the Friday evening portion of Annual Council began with song service led by Charles Haugabrooks, a regular on programs such as 3ABN and Hope Channel. Following opening prayer, representatives from around the world presented a series of brief spotlights on mission projects in their communities. Missions of Jeremiah and Abraham Viktor Alyeksyeyenko, secretary of the Euro-Asia Division, spoke of a two-option mission program they have developed....

Statement on the Biblical View of Unborn Life and Its Implications for Abortion

Sun, 2019-10-13 23:37
Following a period of study and discussion, a diverse group of Seventh-day Adventist theologians, medical experts, healthcare administrators, ethicists and Church administrators have worked to produce a draft Statement addressing a biblical view of abortion. The last time the denomination issued guidelines on abortion was in 1992. A voted Statement outlines the Adventist Church’s official position on a specific matter. Guidelines offer direction for practical application on a specific subject. ...

“God’s Restoring Salvation---Our Last-day Message”

Sun, 2019-10-13 03:30
Editor's Note: President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church gave the sermon, Saturday, October 12, 2019, during the 2019 Annual Council meeting of the Church's Executive Committee. Below is a transcript. Ephesians 2:8-10: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”...

2019 Annual Council Begins with LEAD & Youth Ministries

Sun, 2019-10-13 01:36
After Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, officially opened the Annual Council session on Thursday evening, Gary Blanchard, youth director for the Adventist World Church, led those present in a call and response exercise.  “Pass it on!” he called from the stage.  Following Blanchard’s instructions, everyone in the audience replied, “Identity! Mission! Leadership!” and then leapt from their seats, fists in the air, shouting, “Pass it on!” Thus began the Annual...

Women’s congress in Papua New Guinea opened by Prime Minister

Sat, 2019-10-12 00:30
Almost 5000 women attended a weeklong women’s congress in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, opened by the nation’s prime minister. The event, held at Bautama campsite from September 23 to 29, was the third Adventist Women’s Congress organized by the Central Papua Conference. The Papua New Guinean prime minister, James Marape, spoke at the congress opening ceremony and shared with the women how important they are to their country, their community and their Church. The event was themed “Empowered...

Top Adventist statistician links mission offerings to prosperity at home

Fri, 2019-10-11 23:35
The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s top statistician has examined and statistically verified a conviction by church co-founder Ellen G. White that prosperity in the home work depends on generosity in giving mission offerings to foreign fields. David Trim, director of the church’s Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research, said months of research by his team, together with support from statisticians at Berrien Springs, Michigan-based Andrews University, has yielded data that supports a...

ADRA takes initiative to minimize onset disasters

Fri, 2019-10-11 23:31
Disasters take a toll on people’s lives. Millions lose their homes and jobs because of extreme weather, and countries are impacted heavily by economic losses and potential environmental hazards. In recognition of the United Nation’s Sendai Framework, a 15-year global initiative to reduce disaster risks, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has been mobilizing awareness campaigns in support of the world-wide humanitarian effort. “Disaster risk reduction (DRR) is an investment in...

In St. Thomas, church impacts families through neighbor-to-neighbor community initiative

Sat, 2019-10-05 05:04
Seventh-day Adventists from the Shiloh Adventist Church recently provided spiritual support, health and wellness services, school supplies and personal items to dozens in the surrounding community of Anna’s Retreat in St. Thomas, the US Virgin Islands.  Church members spent the day ministering to community members on Saturday, Sep. 14, 2019. “This is part of a national initiative to minister to the social needs of the community in a more significant way because the Adventist Church is not just...

ADRA president Jonathan Duffy steps down

Thu, 2019-10-03 23:23
Jonathan Duffy, president of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International, has stepped down, effective immediately, from his role due to personal reasons.  “The ADRA Board has accepted Jonathan’s resignation and expresses appreciation for his service,” says Ella Simmons, board vice-chair and general vice president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. “Jonathan served as president of ADRA since his election in 2013. He has led the network of more than 130...

Return to Palau: A journey of healing and restoration

Thu, 2019-10-03 22:18
Editor’s Note: This weekend, President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Ted N.C. Wilson will interview Melissa Gibson on his program “Revival For Mission.”The program airs this Friday, Oct. 4, 8:30 p.m.(EDT), on Hope TV. It will also be streamed on hopetv.org. Following the broadcast, it will be available on-demand 24/7 on revivalformission.tv. Melissa and I first met 15 years ago. On Dec. 23, 2003, I received a call from the General Conference informing me that a missionary family had...

Students plant tree seedlings to strengthen the environment

Thu, 2019-10-03 22:13
Students at Posse Adventist School in Goiás, Brazil, recently planted more than 300 Ipê tree seedlings on the school campus as part of the “Sustainable School” project, an initiative of the Adventist Education Network in Midwest Brazil. This special initiative emphasizes environmental preservation.  Data from the National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) indicates that from August 2018 to July this year, 2625 square miles of the Amazon has been deforested. Another statistic presented by the...

Chosen International Camporee—donated items pour in to aid ministries

Sun, 2019-09-29 23:30
When Kiana Roat, former principal of Green Bay Adventist Junior Academy in Wisconsin, approached Pathfinder area coordinator Becky Zeismer last year with the idea of collecting sleeping bags no longer needed after Oshkosh, the two had no idea what to expect. Roat was heading the homeless ministry at the Green Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church and thought this might be an avenue to find some much-needed supplies. It wasn’t until Zeismer traveled to Michigan for a meeting pertaining to Oshkosh...

How you can help your kids deal with suicidal thoughts

Sun, 2019-09-29 23:00
Situations that cause people to feel hopeless are unique in each case — but having suicidal thoughts is not. These thoughts can be overwhelming and frightening, and it can be challenging for a child or teen to know the best way to cope. Serafin T. Lalas, MD, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center, says talking to your children about their suicidal thoughts can also be a challenge. “If your child confides in you that they are having suicidal...

No leg, new life

Sat, 2019-09-28 23:30
Lepani Kuruduadua felt like his life was over. The retired schoolteacher accidentally cut his right leg with a knife while repairing a church in a Fijian village, Naqarani. The wound didn’t heal and, because Lepani had diabetes, only got worse. Finally, the doctor said the leg had to be amputated. After the operation, Lepani lay in bed for months, wondering what was left in life. He felt especially sad because he had joined the church 17 years earlier but had never used his two good legs to...

Church member encourages 165 people to study Sabbath School Lesson

Sat, 2019-09-28 23:00
Helping people meet Jesus goes beyond an invitation to go to Sabbath morning worship services. It is necessary to bring our neighbors to a deep knowledge of the Word of God, so they may have the freedom that comes from the divine promises. For this reason, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Brazil developed the Mana Project. Its characteristic name takes us to the biblical story of the bread that God sent from Heaven to feed His people. Adventists understand the study of the Sabbath School...

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