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Senior Youth Leadership

Wed, 2019-10-30 06:04
Any Adventist in any part of the world can tell you what Pathfinders and Adventurers are. These well-established groups serve what the church calls “junior youth,” or children ages 4-15, and those who are the leaders of these groups are known as Master Guides. But what about the youth ages 16 and over--the “senior youth?” This is where Ambassadors (ages 16-21) and Young Adults (ages 22-30+) come in--all to be led by a relatively new group called the Senior Youth Leaders. SYL was presented...

Two Loma Linda University Health facilities receive American Heart Association awards

Mon, 2019-10-28 01:30
Loma Linda University Medical Center and Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital are recipients of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s 2019 Get With The Guidelines® — Resuscitation quality achievement awards, designating both facilities as exemplary in implementing high standards of resuscitation care.  Both entities took home four awards combined — one Silver and three Gold. Children’s Hospital received the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for the Pediatric...

Searching in 13 Churches

Sun, 2019-10-27 00:30
Mary John Ijaa never realized that it could be so hard to find a church. She grew up attending worship services in a major Christian denomination in what is now South Sudan. But she didn’t feel happy. She didn’t see any unity or love. So at the age of 16, she moved to another church. At the new church, she noticed people competed fiercely to be deacons and elders. They argued constantly about who was in charge. She didn’t see any love, so she left after two years. The next church seemed to be...

Hundred’s run during ‘Let’s Move to Live’ race in North Colombia

Sat, 2019-10-26 00:00
More than 400 Seventh-day Adventists and friends recently ran across parts of the coastal city of Santa Marta in North Colombia, during the annual race to promote healthy living under the church’s “Let’s Move to Live” and “I Want to Live Healthy” initiatives. Adventist delegations and friends from cities across the coastal region gathered early on Sunday, Oct. 6, to do warm up exercises, promote health and invited onlookers to join the six-kilometer race. This is the third event  by the church...

Iceland photo tour inspires and trains Adventist photographers

Sat, 2019-10-26 00:00
Jump back just ten years and social media was mainly text based. Slowly photos came to prominence and now video is an indispensable element. Jump back even further and church magazines were text based. Today an article without a photo will not get published. Photos are essential. Yet sadly, while photos are crucial, not all photos are good. To address this issue, a small group of photographers from Europe, North America and Iceland met together from 5-12 September 2019, at the Hlíðardalsskóli,...

Seventh-day Adventist World Church President writes letter to Adventist members in Burundi

Fri, 2019-10-25 07:00
Editor’s Note: According to the East-Central Africa Division (ECD), this morning, October 24, Burundi Union President, Lamec Barishinga was arrested on his way to the ECD year-end meetings in Nairobi, Kenya.  Below is a letter to the Adventist Church in Burundi from Seventh-day World Church President, Ted N.C. Wilson.  ECD has issued a statement regarding the situation, which you can read here. For more information, and background on the situation in Burundi please see here and here. Dear...

International film festival commends GAiN Europe ‘Fathers” film

Fri, 2019-10-25 06:45
On Wednesday 9 October, an international jury presented awards to the very best of over 1,700 submissions to the festival. This was the climax of the nine-day event as film makers from across the world gathered in the small mountain town of Madonna di Campiglio to commend the 2019 winners. “The quality of the films this year was very high,” said the founder, Lia Beltrami, who now acts as spiritual advisor to the event.  Winning entries came from as far away as Iran, China and Japan as well as...

Southern Adventist University creates distance education classroom for the Cuba Adventist Theological Seminary

Fri, 2019-10-25 06:36
Southern Adventist University helped the Cuba Adventist Theological Seminary become one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the country by creating a distance education classroom with funds donated to the Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists – allowing the seminary to offer three master’s degrees. The school has been in need of additional Adventists academic professors. Since the Cuban government prohibits foreigners from entering the country to teach, the installation,...

Not for Sale

Tue, 2019-10-22 06:18
The room watched in anticipation as G.T. Ng, general secretary for the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, approached the onstage table and took a chair. Rolling it to the front of the platform, Ng then began, as can be expected, with a joke. As the laughter rolling through the auditorium quieted, the secretary asked, “Have you ever been disappointed with an election?” Ng then shared questions he has received from various individuals over the years:  Is it true that God appoints but the...

World Church Executive Committee Considers Statement on Abortion

Sat, 2019-10-19 01:00
Members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s top decision-making body deliberated over a period of two days during the 2019 Annual Council about a proposed Statement on the Biblical View of Unborn Life and Its Implications for Abortion. The document emerged in September from a longer period of study and discussion among Adventist theologians, medical experts, healthcare administrators, ethicists and Church administrators. A previous article outlined the process followed by various committees...

Executive Committee Members Debate Proposed Compliance Action

Fri, 2019-10-18 12:23
Tuesday afternoon’s much-anticipated discussion of possible discipline for church entities deemed not compliant with ordination votes and policies witnessed surprising turns as delegates to the Annual Council wrestled with competing values. Multiple speakers underlined the contrasting importance of preserving church order while also acting with fairness toward church organizations whose constituents have voted for alternate approaches to voted positions on ordination. On the floor were two...

“God in Shoes” coordinates widespread outreach in Orlando, Florida, to serve women and their families

Fri, 2019-10-18 01:30
"Tomorrow, your character, smile, and everything you carry is going to be about God and immolating the aroma of Christ to wherever you are going to serve,” said Jo Dubs, founder and director of the “God in Shoes” ministry, to a room of hundreds of women receiving orientation for a day of service during the 2019 North American Division Women’s Convention in Orlando, Florida. “Tomorrow is all about serving, it's not about us." Since 2009, the Georgia-Cumberland Conference-based ministry, God in...

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...

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. ...

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