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In El Salvador, Adventist Church dispenses hundreds of free books and magazines.

Wed, 2019-12-18 05:56
Azucena Quintanilla wanted to make a difference in her local Seventh-day Adventist Church. She wanted to engage more members in spreading hope in the community of Santa Tecla, a municipal district in La Libertad in San Salvador, El Salvador. Quintanilla, 21, wanted to have a free Adventist book dispenser placed in the middle of the town’s main park. It was as simple as anyone pressing a button for a free book or magazine. She brought her idea to the church board and the members so they could...

Trans-European Division acknowledges mistakes of the past, seek ways to move forward

Wed, 2019-12-18 02:00
This year marked the 90th anniversary of the formation of the Trans-European Division as one region of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Initially established as the Northern European Division, it has gone through several reconfigurations over the years. Starting as a predominantly Scandinavian and British Isles based unit, it has grown to now encompass countries in central and south-eastern Europe, and over the decades it has also had a specific mission impact in West Africa,...

Philippines struck by nine weeks of natural disasters

Wed, 2019-12-18 02:00
The Philippines is known for being a disaster-prone country, ranking second on the global climate risk index in 2018 and fourth in the countries most affected by extreme weather events since 1999. This is largely due to its geographical location along a typhoon belt and in the Pacific Ring of Fire. From February to August, ADRA conducted five disaster relief interventions in the most affected districts in the Philippines. This included mosquito nets, woven sleeping mats, blankets for the fire...

ADRA and Adventist Mission in Thailand lend support to global education campaign

Fri, 2019-12-13 00:00
Following the official launch of the global advocacy campaign, Every Child. Everywhere. In School., held at the General Conference’s Annual Council in October, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and the Thailand Adventist Mission together kicked-off an education campaign at its year-end meeting on December 2. ADRA’s Asia Region Director, Mark Webster, introduced the joint advocacy campaign to school administrators and church leaders who attended the meeting. Following the...

ADRA appoints Annetta Gibson as new Vice President for Finance

Wed, 2019-12-11 10:13
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has announced the appointment of Annetta “Ann” Gibson as vice president for finance. Gibson began her appointment, effective December 4. Gibson steps into the role previously held by Michael Kruger who now serves as president of ADRA.   “Ann is a widely respected leader and we’re pleased to welcome her to ADRA as our newest executive team member,” says Ella Simmons, board vice chair and general vice president of the General Conference of...

A New Commandment

Fri, 2019-12-06 11:16
Jesus is our perfect example of the way to live in this world. While on earth, He gave His disciples a “new” commandment, that is, “love one another” just as He loved them (John 13:34, ESV). He faithfully lived out this commandment in His life and ministry. He loved people fearlessly, unconditionally, and extravagantly.  Boundless Jesus was infamously indiscriminate in displaying His love. No exception was ever practiced. Jesus greeted all people “as children of God” (Ellen G. White, Christ’s...

With religious freedom under threat, is there a way forward?

Fri, 2019-12-06 09:55
Editor’s note: At a Capitol Hill press conference today, U.S. Representative Chris Stewart (R-UT) announced the introduction of a proposed law called Fairness for All. The legislation, which was introduced into the House of Representatives, aims to ensure that the free and open exercise of religion cannot be eroded, regardless of future political trends. Seventh-day Adventist religious liberty advocates were among those who participated in the event to express their support.  Therewas a time,...

Middle East University reaffirms God’s guidance at the 80th anniversary

Wed, 2019-12-04 13:16
Anyone would be challenged to cover eight decades of miracles in one weekend, but on November 15-17, 2019, Middle East University (formerly Middle East College) campus in Beirut, Lebanon, commemorated 80 years of operation with storytelling, music, and moving testimonies.  Even as Lebanon is gripped with current economic and political challenges, the theme for the event spoke of MEU’s story, “We Walk By Faith.”   The weekend featured yellowed photos of the visionaries who invested wealth and...

ADRA Samoa responds to deadly measles outbreak

Fri, 2019-11-29 05:07
ADRA Samoa staff are working tirelessly in response to the deadly measles outbreak in the country. According to ABC news, 32 children have died as a result of the outbreak—most of the victims are under the age of four. Last week the Samoan government declared a state of emergency and a compulsory mass vaccination campaign was launched. The government has also closed all schools and banned children from public gatherings. ADRA South Pacific director Greg Young said ADRA Samoa, with its...

ADRA responds to five earthquakes that rattle Albania

Thu, 2019-11-28 08:15
A 6.3 magnitude earthquake recently struck Albania mostly affecting the city of Durres and Kruja, and the village of Thumana, Kruje. Reportedly, the death toll stands at 31 with at least 650 people injured. Rescue efforts are currently underway as bodies are still being pulled from the rubble. “Specific areas in Durres and Thumana are still restricted due to military and special risk team interventions,” says Altin Rexhepi, country director for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)...

Seventh-day Adventist World Church president sends letter of encouragement to members in Burundi

Wed, 2019-11-27 00:38
Editors note: Since May of 2019, the Adventist Church members in Burundi have endured ongoing persecution from the countries government. On October 24, the president of the Burundi Union Mission, pastor Lamec Barishinga, was arrested. This arrest was part of an escalating series of threats and attacks on the Seventh-day Adventist Church by the government of Burundi. For further reading about the situation of our Adventist brother and sisters in Burundi, please visit the Pray for Burundi...

ADRA taps North American educators for development aid overhaul in Southern Africa schools

Wed, 2019-11-20 01:49
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is collaborating with the North American Division (NAD) Office of Education to offer educational development assistance at schools in Southern Africa. Recently, ADRA accompanied ten NAD education leaders to evaluate and assess the needs of schools in Malawi.  “ADRA wants to ensure that every child has the best opportunities available to thrive and succeed,” says Matthew Siliga, vice president for marketing and development at ADRA. “Nothing...

ADRA taps North American educators for development aid overhaul in Southern Africa schools

Wed, 2019-11-20 01:49
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is collaborating with the North American Division (NAD) Office of Education to offer educational development assistance at schools in Southern Africa. Recently, ADRA accompanied ten NAD education leaders to evaluate and assess the needs of schools in Malawi.  “ADRA wants to ensure that every child has the best opportunities available to thrive and succeed,” says Matthew Siliga, vice president for marketing and development at ADRA. “Nothing...

Pathfinders plant 1,400 trees to combat climate change in Dubai

Wed, 2019-11-20 01:33
To help combat climate change, Pathfinders in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) took part in planting 1,400 trees in Dubai on November 10 as a part of the “Plant A Legacy initiative” spearheaded by a Dubai private school. Seven Pathfinders, four Adventurers, two parents and fifteen Master Guides in Training and Master Guides from the Emirates of Sharjah and Dubai in UAE participated in the completion of planting 15,000 Ghaf trees in 65 days. “Plant A Legacy” (PAL) project initiative by The...

Pathfinders plant 1,400 trees to combat climate change in Dubai

Wed, 2019-11-20 01:33
To help combat climate change, Pathfinders in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) took part in planting 1,400 trees in Dubai on November 10 as a part of the “Plant A Legacy initiative” spearheaded by a Dubai private school. Seven Pathfinders, four Adventurers, two parents and fifteen Master Guides in Training and Master Guides from the Emirates of Sharjah and Dubai in UAE participated in the completion of planting 15,000 Ghaf trees in 65 days. “Plant A Legacy” (PAL) project initiative by The...

Pueblo Adventists condemn planned white supremacist attack on Jewish temple.

Fri, 2019-11-15 01:55
Joining the community of Pueblo, Seventh-day Adventists issued a statement regarding the planned bombing of Temple Emanuel, the Jewish temple in Pueblo, and delivered it to the synagogue leadership on Friday, November 8. At sunset, a dozen Adventist church members and leaders attended the Shabbat Eve Service in solidarity with the Jewish community. Rabbi “Birdie” Becker led out during this gathering of the largest congregation in Pueblo since Temple Emanuel’s opening in 1900. The synagogue that...

Pueblo Adventists condemn planned white supremacist attack on Jewish temple.

Fri, 2019-11-15 01:55
Joining the community of Pueblo, Seventh-day Adventists issued a statement regarding the planned bombing of Temple Emanuel, the Jewish temple in Pueblo, and delivered it to the synagogue leadership on Friday, November 8. At sunset, a dozen Adventist church members and leaders attended the Shabbat Eve Service in solidarity with the Jewish community. Rabbi “Birdie” Becker led out during this gathering of the largest congregation in Pueblo since Temple Emanuel’s opening in 1900. The synagogue that...

Two Adventist leaders pass to their rest

Wed, 2019-11-06 23:52
It is with sincere regret that Adventist News Network reports that two former leaders of the West-Central Africa Division, Luka T. Daniel and Robert J. Kloosterhuis, have passed to their rest. Daniel, 76, was born in the village of Ukam, Kaduna, Nigeria, in 1943. He attended Adventist primary schools and received his bachelor’s degree from the Adventist College of West Africa (now Babcock University) before obtaining a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Loma Linda University. ...

Philippines: Earthquake rocks southern island of Mindanao

Tue, 2019-11-05 08:54
The Philippine's southern island of Mindanao was hit by a series of strong earthquakes during the month of October.  On October 16, a magnitude-6.3 earthquake shook, followed by a magnitude 6.6 quake on October 29, and another quake of magnitude-6.5 hit again two days later on October 31 causing major infrastructural damage not only to the province of Cotabato where the epicenter was located, but also affecting nearby provinces where major cities like Davao are located. Residents living in the...

Seventh-day Adventist Church initiates global prayer campaign #Pray4Burundi

Tue, 2019-11-05 08:24
On October 24, Burundi Union President, Lamec Barishinga, was arrested on his way to meetings at the East-Central African division offices in Nairobi, Kenya. This arrest is the latest in an escalating series of events between the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the government of Burundi.  Read more: Appeal from Seventh-day Adventist World Church President for urgent prayer In May, through the Adventist News Network and the Adventist Review, Seventh-day Adventist world church president, Ted...

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