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Commentary: How the Volatility of the Financial Markets Is Affecting the Adventist Church

Mon, 2020-05-25 06:30
In the turbulent times we are all currently traversing, Seventh-day Adventists everywhere are also pondering what impacts the health and economic crises of the moment are having upon the Church. Is the Church able to do anything to mitigate its effects? Most nations of the world and vast areas of their economies have been all but shut down, with no clear road map to re-entry, even in places that have cautiously implemented a loosening of social restrictions. What started as a mild inconvenience...

Leonard Brand talks science and faith

Mon, 2020-05-25 06:30
Leonard Brand is former department chair and professor of biology and paleontology in the Department of Earth and Biological Sciences at Loma Linda University, California (U.S.), where he has taught and researched since 1970. He talked with Bookshelf about his long-term interest in the integration of faith and science and the contribution his books make to this project. Tell us about your personal and professional interest in science and faith. I have confidence in what the Bible tells us...

Adventist Clinic Delivers Fifteen Hospital Beds to Hospital in Peru

Mon, 2020-05-25 04:30
In a scenario where the capacity of the Carlos Monge Medrano hospital in Juliaca, Peru, has reached its limit due to COVID-19, the American Clinic of Juliaca—a health ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church—has agreed to support the national health ministry’s contingency plan. In this instance, it made 15 electric hospital beds available to the population for the care of patients infected with this deadly virus. Juliaca is a city of more than 276,000 people and is the capital city of San...

The Power of the Publishing Work

Mon, 2020-05-25 01:55
For many years the Seventh-day Adventist Church has used various methods to share the biblical message of salvation to people. Public evangelistic series have been held, as well as local evangelistic drives and small group ministries. Bible studies have been offered and sharing the gospel through the church’s health ministries. Other methods, such as Christian education, social networks, and radio and TV ministries have been used. These ways of practicing evangelism have resulted in significant...

Sabbath, Church, and Mission: The Post-lockdown View

Mon, 2020-05-25 01:13
What should church be like after lockdown? Has an ‘enforced’ rest modified the way we look at Sabbath? How about mission? Will we do it differently? To answer those questions, we invited three guests to join us for the Trans-European Division’s (TED) “Words of Hope” 10: Sabbath, Church, and Mission: The Post-lockdown View. Mission Nenad Jepuranović, TED treasurer, shares how careful planning, revised budgeting, and a focus on the core reason for our existence as a church was reflected in...

In North Colombia, Adventist families witness from their balconies every evening

Mon, 2020-05-25 01:07
Six Adventist families in Barranquilla, North Colombia, have taken to their apartment-complex balconies to play and sing hymns, read the bible, pray and spread hope to neighbors and pedestrians every night for nearly two months. “Ever since the government implemented social distancing measures on March 24, we have been out every night to point to God and pray for the concerns and difficulties of our community, for the persons who are out providing a vital service and others who have requested...

Playful ideas for children during quarantine

Sun, 2020-05-24 23:00
As a result of the suspension of classes in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the recreation of children and the management of their learning is now handled within each home, presenting new challenges for each family. The restrictions now imposed on our lives lend us to hearing and saying “NO” more often than perhaps we’d like. The writer Ellen White points out in relation to children and their entertainment that “we must provide them with innocent recreation, to lead them along pleasant...

Loma Linda Medical Center earns prestigious Magnet Recognition

Sun, 2020-05-24 23:00
Loma Linda University Medical Center recently earned Magnet Recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program.  Helen Staples-Evans, DNP, RN, NE-BC, senior vice president of care services and chief nursing officer at Loma Linda University Medical Center, thanked the ANCC for their commitment to excellence and for the recognition, but attributes the honor to the nursing staff. “Today is a celebration about each one of our nurses. I hope you will...

Academic excellence continues online at Newbold

Sun, 2020-05-24 22:30
Newbold College of Higher Education has announced an extension of their remote online learning experience for the 2020 autumn semester. As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and following thorough consideration, the decision was made to ensure that the health and safety of both students and staff remain a top priority. The decision is in line with the pathway being taken by a number of other universities and higher education providers worldwide. Given Newbold’s close community setting, its...

ADRA donates 3,000 masks to Moscow region hospitals

Sun, 2020-05-24 22:29
On April 27, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) donated 2,100 masks to the Central District Hospital of Pavlovsky Posad, Moscow Region. The next day, 800 masks were transferred to Psychiatric Hospital No. 8 in the city of Orekhovo-Zuevo, Moscow Region. The donated masks were sewn by members of the Adventist community of Ivanovo, who continue to work on making more. Church members plan to distribute 6,000 masks around the Central Association territory. ADRA expresses its gratitude...

Inter-America Celebrates Adventist Volunteers Serving Around the World

Sun, 2020-05-24 07:30
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Inter-American Division (IAD) recently celebrated dozens of volunteers who are currently serving throughout the territory and around the world. Church leaders praised the commitment of the 74 volunteers  during a special online Zoom event to celebrate what has been coined as Adventist Volunteer Service Day. Adventist Volunteer Service is an official program of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists that matches volunteer skills with...

Drive-By Greetings and Online Giving

Sun, 2020-05-24 06:30
For Pastors Phil and Jan White of the Simi Valley Seventh-day Adventist church in Southern California, the transition from normal church services to live-streaming and online giving was seamless. The church was live-streaming services pre-pandemic, and, for the past eight years, has been using Adventist Giving online. “A small percentage of the membership used adventistgiving.org before, for convenience,” said Pastor Phil White, “and now about 50 percent of our church family is using the...

Demons and Death

Sat, 2020-05-23 23:00
Leena abruptly turned to her friends, Anneli and Timo, during a Bible study in her apartment in Raahe, a Finnish town located about 370 miles (600 kilometers) north of the capital, Helsinki. “I have a bad feeling,” she said. “Let’s pray.” The three university students sank onto their knees. At that moment, a tall dark figure burst into the living room and darted over to Anneli. She reeled in stark horror as the dark figure tried to grab her. Timo and Leena prayed more earnestly. Then a light...

Rest

Sat, 2020-05-23 22:30
In 1996, 7-year-old Jessica DuBroff was attempting to be the youngest student pilot to fly across the United States. Accompanying her were her father and her flying instructor. The first couple of days went uneventfully, but as often happens, the media were closely following this attempt and hounded the instructor pilot for midnight and early morning interviews.  While talking with his wife on the phone from Wyoming, the instructor told her how frustrated he was with all the media...

Saved by a Pandemic

Sat, 2020-05-23 22:30
While being under “shelter-in-place” orders for the past two months, I finally had the opportunity to read Joseph Wolff’s (1795-1862) Travels and Adventures[i]. I’ve deeply admired Wolff ever since I first read about him in The Great Controversy.[ii] For those not familiar with his story, Wolff was one of many heralds of the Second Advent spanning the globe during the nineteenth century. Brief Biographical Sketch Wolff was the son of a Jewish rabbi in Germany. At the age of 7, while getting a...

Hope in the corridors Covid-19

Sat, 2020-05-23 22:30
In these times of pandemic, it has become daily to speak of “a new normal” at the frontlines of action, crisis, anxiety, and anguish. Some speak of a slowed-down world, but there are situations where their world has begun to run at an unimaginable speed. In Peru, as in many cases, the pandemic has placed at the top all the fragility that healthcare centers have today. Without hospitals available, without the necessary resources, and without basic biosecurity measures in many cases that above...

COVID-19 sparks surge in Bible study inquiries

Sat, 2020-05-23 08:00
Interest in Hope Discovery Center (HDC) courses has spiked over the past week, with dozens of people expressing their desire to learn more about forgiveness and other faith-based topics. The HDC team, based at Adventist Media in Wahroonga (NSW), sent letters to contacts who had previously completed a course on forgiveness (entitled “Forgive to Live”). Of the 80 people who received letters, 40 wrote back asking to be enrolled in the follow-up “Forgive to Live 2” Bible study. HDC manager Sharon...

Headway in India During COVID-19

Sat, 2020-05-23 07:30
Despite stringent lockdown restrictions throughout the nation during the coronavirus pandemic, Maranatha Volunteer International’s local crews in India have continued to move the mission forward where permitted. Since March, crew members have been sheltering-in-place at each worksite, taking precautionary health measures, and communicating with local officials to ensure compliance. In the northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya, a new 12-classroom campus for the Jingshai Mihngi Adventist School...

Adventist humanitarian agency installs portable sinks in Recife

Sat, 2020-05-23 07:30
Joining forces in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency in Brazil  (ADRA)  installed public “solidarity sinks” May  19, in the São José neighborhood, in Recife, Brazil’s fourth-largest city. The action is a protective measure for people on the street and takes into account the risk of contamination and the importance of hygiene for the whole society. Aware of the need, volunteers came together to buy, assemble, and distribute handwashing...

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital awarded US$3 million grant to further ‘Help Me Grow’ Initiatives

Sat, 2020-05-23 07:30
Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital has received a three-year US$3 million grant from First 5 Riverside and First 5 San Bernardino to further the efforts of the Help Me Grow Inland Empire (HMGIE) program, providing developmental screening to children and social services resources for their families. With more than 366,000 children (ages 0-5) across both counties, Children’s Hospital, First 5 Riverside, and First 5 San Bernardino have partnered to promote healthy development through the...

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