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The New Normal: Back to church in Papua New Guinea

Mon, 2020-06-01 23:00
As Pastor Gaza Asitore stood up to deliver his message he was hit with a rush of mixed emotions. Looking out, he saw just a few church members, physically distanced, who had come to dedicate the safety and hygiene items to be used by the Rainbow Adventist Church and its six branch churches in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG). The last time the church was filled to capacity was on March 21, for a health talk by Dr. Moses Lester of ASPEN Medical about awareness of COVID-19. On March 23, the...

Cigarette causes more than 50 types of diseases, including cancer

Mon, 2020-06-01 09:33
According to the National Cancer Institute (INCA), more than 150,000 people die annually in Brazil from complications associated with smoking. Around the world, more 8 million die each year because of tabacco. The World Health Organization has designated May 31 as World No Tobacco Day, a day set aside each year to talk about the risks of tobacco use.  Smoking is considered the leading cause of preventable death around the world. According to cardiologist Everton Padilha, more than 50 diseases...

Pacific schools respond to coronavirus crisis

Mon, 2020-06-01 08:30
Feeling as though the campus was the safest place they could be, teachers and ancillary staff of Betikama Adventist College (BAC) and their families remained on campus during the COVID-19 lockdown.  College administration looked for ways to pull together as a team to support each other, and activities were held to bring support and comfort to everyone. The church organized 50 Days of Prayer readings for each morning and evening, and two weekends of fasting and prayer. Work bees were held at the...

World Refugee Sabbath to be celebrated June 20

Mon, 2020-06-01 08:30
What do you think the kingdom of God is like? What do you dream of when you think of the kingdom of God? As Seventh-day Adventists, we long for a kingdom of peace where there is no pain, no fighting, and no sin. What an image and contrast that is when we compare that kingdom with our world today! So, we turn to God and plead for help. We ask Him to change the circumstances here on Earth; we pray for His kingdom to come on Earth as it is in Heaven. But, have you ever thought about how you and I...

Creationist series takes teens to explore the Galapagos

Mon, 2020-06-01 08:30
To help strengthen belief in the Bible account of Creation, Seventh-day Adventists in South America have produced “Adventures in Galapagos,” a two-episode television series as part of an interdisciplinary learning program for Adventist schools in the division and beyond. Eight nations in South America, as well as Mexico and the United States, will be able to view the program, which is available in Portuguese, English, and Spanish via the Feliz7Play online platform. Edgard Luz, education...

Commentary: Let’s Open Our Eyes

Sun, 2020-05-31 22:30
A solution to the problem of the great global crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic would be that we would be able to see the virus. The fact that borders and non-essential businesses have been closed, events have been canceled, we are forced to stay at home, and other restrictions derive from the fact that we don’t know where the virus is and, therefore, we have no way of attacking and destroying it. Imagine going out of your home and, as you drive down the road, you suddenly see a cloud...

When pandemic cut blood supply, Korea’s Seventh-day Adventists stepped in

Sun, 2020-05-31 22:30
A Seventh-day Adventist congregation in Cheonghak-ri, a village in South Korea’s Gyeonggi region, held a blood drive to help replenish stock diminished by the coronavirus pandemic. On a recent Sabbath morning,  a blood donation bus from the Korean Red Cross arrived at the parking lot of the Cheonghak Seventh-day Adventist Church, after a deacon, Seong KiYeol, organized the effort. Seong, a nurse at a Seoul hospital, had  asked a blood supplier to deliver blood to the facility and was told he’d...

Seventh-day Adventists in Brazil promote religious liberty amid pandemic conditions

Sun, 2020-05-31 22:30
An annual observance of State Religious Freedom Week in the Brazilian state of São Paulo took on special significance in 2020 due to the global pandemic and lockdown. The São Paulo Legislative Assembly, or ALSEP, hosted a multi-day meeting on “Religious Freedom in the Pandemic.” Dr. Damaris Moura, a state deputy and member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Brazil, chaired the event, which featured several national and international experts and religious movement representatives. Notable...

Online prayer meeting for PMM Missionaries during pandemic quarantine

Sun, 2020-05-31 08:30
Thirty-four missionaries from the Northern Asia Pacific Division (NSD) of the Seventh-day Adventist world church took to the internet recently for a prayer meeting with division officials. Part of the Pioneer Missionary Movement (PMM), an outreach to unentered areas, the missionaries were unable to gather in person due to the global pandemic. The NSD Adventist Mission department planned for a special prayer meeting for the PMM missionaries using the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Social...

Inter-America’s online SeLD Conference will focus on leadership in unusual times

Sun, 2020-05-31 08:30
The 4th Annual Segment Leadership Development (SeLD) Conference promises to be one of the largest leadership training sessions for Seventh-day Adventist Church administrators and leaders across the Inter-American Division (IAD) territory.  More than 3,000 leaders are expected to be part of the July 6-9, 2020, annual event which will feature more than two dozen speakers and experts. Their presentations promise to help administrators, departmental directors, institution leaders, pastors, and...

Blessed hope or blessed calculation?

Sun, 2020-05-31 08:30
When will Jesus come again? It is what we as Seventh-day Adventists call ‘the blessed hope’. It is part of our name – our calling. We are Adventists! But when will he come? Recently there has been a considerable rise in speculation, not just over the nearness of Christ’s return – something we all hold dear, but with some specific dates associated with it – and, in particular, the year 2027.  Is this something we can test against the Bible? That is a question we asked Newbold’s professor...

Racism versus justice, mercy and humility

Sun, 2020-05-31 02:46
When the GAiN* Europe leadership team chose the subject of racism and discrimination for the 11th dearcoronavirus video clip, they had no idea of the horrific headline that would appear near the top of this week’s news agenda. The coronavirus pandemic has increased issues of hate against various people groups. Overcoming that hate was the primary target for the week, but the tragic death of George Floyd in Minnesota, USA, highlights that prejudice in all its forms is something we need to stand...

A shirt to talk about

Sat, 2020-05-30 22:30
Glenn Lie slipped on his favorite green polo shirt and boarded a subway train in Oslo, Norway. The 55-year-old teacher hoped that people would stare at him. He didn’t have to wait long. Glenn sat across from an elegantly dressed woman who appeared to be in her early sixties. The woman glanced at him and then his shirt. Her eyes remained on his shirt. Embroidered on the left breast were the words, “Advent Airlines, Steward Glenn Lie,” and the image of a jet plane. Glenn said nothing. He knew...

In India, It Is Written and local church leaders reopen churches, provide community services

Sat, 2020-05-30 22:30
After years in disrepair and closure, 53 churches in east-central India have reopened with the help of It Is Written. Spiritual, health, and social services have been initiated to keep them active. Earlier this year, the It Is Written Eyes for India program conducted a medical camp for 100 villages including the 53 villages with newly-reopened churches. Medical physicians from the U.S. provided free medical expertise and partnered with local nursing students. More than 2,300 patients were...

Words of Hope 11 shares joy, thankfulness and opportunity

Sat, 2020-05-30 22:30
If you want real thanks, then look to the children. Trans-European Division office staff have discovered that ‘office zoom worship’ has sometimes turned into ‘family worship’ as young children snuggle up to parents during worship time. Those staff children have now created a montage of thankfulness – and in Words of Hope 11, Executive Secretary Audrey Andersson explains why. Viewers have reacted to Patrick Johnson’s ideas from last week’s reflection on making Sabbath meaningful as we slowly...

Pastors resume pioneer Bible podcast

Sat, 2020-05-30 22:30
One of the first Brazilian podcasts led by Seventh-day Adventist pastors is returning online, more than a decade after its first release. BibleCast, a creation of Pastors Diego Barreto and José Flores Júnior, became wildly popular as people continue to search for answers to life’s most pressing questions. Today both presenters live far apart (Barreto in the United States and Júnior in São Paulo), but that’s not a barrier to the relaunch. The Adventist South American News Agency (ASN) decided...

Only connection with God can overcome global rise in evil

Sat, 2020-05-30 12:51
During these past weeks, we have had such unusual situations around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has destroyed many lives and disrupted daily life worldwide as we know it. Violence and hatred continue to exhibit themselves in unconverted hearts as evidenced by devastating bombings in places like Afghanistan. Oppression and lack of religious liberty are demonstrated in many places, including Burundi. Terrorism shows its ugly presence and affects innocent lives in random places around the...

Mystery Bible answers Covid-19 prayer in South Africa

Sat, 2020-05-30 08:30
Covid-19 lockdown left Sandile Khumalo on his knees in South Africa’s biggest city, Johannesburg. The national lockdown, among the most stringent in the world, shuttered the three churches where Sandile serves as pastor in the city of 5.5 million people. Tough regulations closed parks and banned jogging, dog-walking, and even the sale of cigarettes and alcohol.  Like Seventh-day Adventist pastors elsewhere around the world, Sandile moved his ministry online and began to live-stream his sermons...

Seventh-day Adventists in Mongolia bring help, health message during pandemic

Sat, 2020-05-30 08:30
With three months of a quarantine in Mongolia during the coronavirus pandemic, Seventh-day Adventists there responded to the crisis by offering practical help to their neighbors—and online worship services and Bible studies for those seeking greater answers. The Adventist Church’s Mongolian Mission distributed 3,200 masks and 70 hand sanitizers to the public and government agencies. Also participating were the mission’s youth department outreach program and local churches.  The mission also...

The Adventist Church in North America issues Response to recent deaths and racial turmoil in U.S.

Sat, 2020-05-30 04:57
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America is responding to the tragic killings of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, George Floyd in Minnesota, and other recent events that clearly document the racial divide destroying the quality of life for so many and the very fabric of our democratic society. As Christians we condemn such actions of hate and violence and call for justice to be served for the victims and their families. Walls of separation that serve to destroy the...

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