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At a time of national 1uestioning, Brazil’s Adventist Network offers Prophecy programming

Wed, 2020-05-27 22:30
With Brazil surpassing Russia as the nation with the second-highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, millions are wondering about the prophetic significance of current events such as the pandemic. On May 23, Brazil reported 347,398 cases of the novel coronavirus and 22,013 deaths, second only to the United States, where there are 1.6 million confirmed cases of the virus and 97,477 deaths reported. To answer these questions with biblical truths and Scriptural assurance, Seventh-day...

Pathfinders, Adventurers go online in Paraguay during COVID-19 pandemic

Wed, 2020-05-27 22:30
As serious as the global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus is—and with over 5 million cases worldwide, it is very serious indeed—the Seventh-day Adventist Church continues an emphasis on youth nurture and development. In Paraguay, a nation of 7.25 million people in the center of South America, that means taking the church’s Pathfinder program (“Conquistadores” in Spanish) for children age 10 and up, and the Adventurers (“Aventureros”) for younger children, online. There are 12,622...

Families join together to support transport drivers with food baskets, continued income

Wed, 2020-05-27 08:00
In Brazil, one of the sectors most affected by the coronavirus pandemic has been student transport. With schools closed for the past two months, many school drivers have been out of work. Students and parents joined the Colégio Adventista de Itaboraí, in the metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro, to donate basic food baskets to these professionals. Some parents even chose to continue paying the monthly transportation fee. Thirteen drivers received an invitation to attend a brief meeting at the...

Graduation film project highlights reality of ‘Uncertainty’

Wed, 2020-05-27 08:00
Uncertainty: Life Without Graduation, a documentary short from North America, has brought real meaning to the word 'uncertainty.' Sharing the hopes and fears of high school, college, and university 2020 graduates, the plot line was thrown into disarray as novel coronavirus shut down campuses, cancelled graduations, and events made servers inaccessible to film editors.  When complete, Uncertainty: Life Without Graduation, will be a real, honest, and moving mix of real stories in a truly...

ADRA provides $2.4 million in food assistance and medical supplies to expand Adventist Community Services U.S. COVID-19 response

Wed, 2020-05-27 02:26
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), the humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, will provide food and medical supplies worth $2.4 million to the North American Division’s Adventist Community Services (ACS), to expand relief to families and essential workers in the U.S. who are impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 crisis. "As Christ is our example in all things, so must the Adventist Church continue to demonstrate love toward our neighbors. Working together to...

Adventist World Radio’s “Unlocking Bible Prophecies” series featuring Cami Oetman to debut worldwide May 31

Wed, 2020-05-27 02:19
As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters plague countries already in distress, many people are asking some of life’s big questions:  • Can we know anything for certain when it comes to the future? • Does God really exist, and if so, does He care about what’s happening to us? • Where is this world headed? Remarkably, the Bible—God’s Word—provides answers. From May 31 - June 13, at 7 p.m. in every time zone, Cami Oetman of Adventist World Radio will host...

Inter-European Division plans unified master’s degree program

Tue, 2020-05-26 23:00
Leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Inter-European Division—a world church region with a rich history of theological education at the graduate level—voted a new master’s degree plan that will strengthen the next generation of leadership with education in a single location, a common language, and the chance to expand their cultural horizons. The vote was taken by division leadership during the 2020 midyear meetings, with additional action on the plan expected at the region’s upcoming...

In Peru, 300 Find Free Mental Health Support from the Seventh-day Adventist Church

Tue, 2020-05-26 23:00
Mental health professionals who are also members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Peru are doing their part to assist the nation’s citizens during the emotional crisis brought on by the novel coronavirus and associated COVID-19 disease. Some 300 Peruvians have received free counseling through a service established by the Adventist Church there that links telephone callers with 70 professionals. Peruvians can connect with a professional via the Church’s website, www.esperanzaonline.org....

Adventist youth provide food baskets and spiritual support for drug addiction recovery center

Tue, 2020-05-26 22:30
A small group of Adventist young people from the Uberlândia church in the industrial district of Triângulo Mineiro, Brazil, spent the morning of Monday, May 18, visiting clients at the Casa de Refúgio Missão Hagar clinic in the city of Frutal.  Wearing masks and respecting social distance regulations, the young people delivered 50 food baskets to the drug addiction recovery center, accompanied by the Minas Gerais Military Police. In addition to donating food, the youth sang and shared messages...

Inter-European Division Votes on Relationship with Other Religious Entities

Tue, 2020-05-26 22:30
One of the questions that Seventh-day Adventists frequently ask is the appropriateness of Adventist pastors and leaders – in different positions of responsibility – participating in ecumenical and inter-religious activities and organizations. Considering the complexity of the matter, in most instances, a straight yes or no response doesn't bring a satisfactory answer to the question. Based on the Bible, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has produced various documents and statements concerning...

Central Church of Ponta Gea supports communities and the Central Hospital of Beira during Covid-19

Tue, 2020-05-26 22:30
Seventh-day Adventists in Beira, Mozambique—the African nation’s fourth-largest city—took to social media to recruit blood donors and distribute face masks during the Coronavirus pandemic, which struck the region one year after Cyclone Idai heavily damaged the port city. Members of the Ponta Gea Central Church responded to the blood shortage at the province’s largest hospital, with approximately 40 church members participating. Donor recruitment coordinator Ano Jaime Sumba, thanked the...

Commentary: Would You Become a Locavore?

Tue, 2020-05-26 08:00
During the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are planting gardens, not only for something fun to do during quarantine but also to enjoy the fresh produce that will grow abundantly with minimal care. Eating locally grown foods is increasingly popular as the locavore movement continues to gain momentum.  Locavore was designated “Word of the Year” in 2007 for Oxford University Press (OUP). According to the OUP blog, this word is the creation of Jessica Prentice of the San Francisco Bay...

Project distributes hygiene kits to homeless people

Tue, 2020-05-26 08:00
Thanks to the work of a self-published author, homeless people in Goiânia, the capital and largest city of the central Brazilian state of Goiás, are receiving personal hygiene kits to help them through the novel coronavirus pandemic of 2020. Yonara Aniszewski, a writer and Seventh-day Adventist whose books include “Só hoje eu vou vencer” (“Today I’ll Win”), decided to embark on the campaign, using proceeds from online book sales. “My husband and I have always helped several institutions and...

Pocket Edition of Live More Happy released

Tue, 2020-05-26 08:00
A new pocket edition of Live More Happy offers opportunities to share insights into emotional wellbeing with family and friends, as well as the wider community, at a time when its message is “so needed,” according to author Dr. Darren Morton. “Recently we saw the appointment of Australia’s first deputy chief medical officer for mental health,” said Morton, director of the Lifestyle Medicine & Health Research Centre at Avondale University College, speaking of the Australian government’s response...

Loma Linda University Health using convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19 patients.

Mon, 2020-05-25 23:30
Loma Linda University Health is currently treating eligible patients battling severe novel coronavirus (COVID-19) with convalescent plasma in hopes of boosting their ability to fight the virus. The patients are treated while in the hospital through a transfusion of serum containing virus-neutralizing antibodies, which were removed from a recovered individual’s donated blood. Tait Stevens, MD, president of medical staff at Loma Linda University Medical Center, said some evidence shows that...

Medical students write, publish illustrated coronavirus book for children

Mon, 2020-05-25 23:30
Two Class of 2021 medical students from Loma Linda University School of Medicine created a book to help children understand why their worlds have changed dramatically in the last few months and why it’s important to stay home during this time. Authors Devon Scott and Samantha Harris created the illustrated story that explores questions about the coronavirus pandemic with sisters Millie and Suzie. The book, “Why We Stay Home,” has been downloaded more than 35,000 times since its release on April...

Latest #dearcoronavirus clip focused on anxiety

Mon, 2020-05-25 23:30
There are some Bible text that sound nice but are hard to apply in the middle of a pandemic. Here is one of them: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. [Philippians 4:6 NIV] Anxiety is something that currently surrounds us. Is it safe to go out? How are my friends and family? How much longer can I cope working from home, schooling my kids, and trying to balance a reduced income? And that is before I...

Online Adventist Youth Society event encourages commitment and service

Mon, 2020-05-25 22:30
The Youth Ministries department in Inter-America launched its first online Adventist Youth Society program in three languages as part of an ongoing initiative to encourage the youth across the territory to engage in youth leadership and community service. The online program included spiritual reflections from world youth leaders, visits to cities and countries in Inter-America, and initiatives and activities in which young people can involve themselves. Pastor Elie Henry, president for the...

Working Overtime: A group that’s kept our nation going

Mon, 2020-05-25 22:30
Colloquially known as “Black Summer,” this year began with a devastating bushfire season in Australia—18.6 million hectares (46 million acres) burned, 5900 buildings destroyed, 34 people, and 1 billion animals killed. If it wasn’t for our firefighters, who toiled night and day to save land, lives, and livestock, it could have been a lot worse. Our firefighters deserve to be heralded and honored for their work. On the heels of Black Summer came COVID-19. Handshakes were banned, hugs out of the...

South Australian youth reach out to struggling international students

Mon, 2020-05-25 22:27
Adventist youth in South Australia are working to supply food boxes to a demographic that have been largely overlooked in the COVID-19 crisis: international university students. “A number of them haven’t been able to go back home with everything that’s been happening,” explained South Australia Conference youth director, Pastor Joel Slade. “Many of them have also lost their jobs because the hospitality industries they were employed in have been shut down. The government doesn’t provide any...

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