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In South America, Seventh-day Adventists Reschedule Massive Literature Outreach

Thu, 2020-06-18 23:01
“The Greatest Hope,” a book centered on the soon return of Jesus Christ to a sin-scarred planet, will hit the streets of South America on October 31. Thousands of Seventh-day Adventists in the region will go from slum districts to penthouses sharing the good news of Christ’s second coming on that day, church leaders said. The Impact Hope event (Impacto Esperança in Portuguese) now in its thirteenth year, is noted for the tremendous enthusiasm of church members for distributing a missionary...

Part of wearing a mask is washing a mask!

Thu, 2020-06-18 23:01
Now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended wearing face masks in public to slow the spread of COVID-19, it’s important to know how to properly wash, disinfect and handle reusable cloth masks. Ryan Sinclair, PhD, MPH, associate professor of environmental microbiology at Loma Linda University School of Public Health says his research supports that fabric, when not properly disinfected, are carriers for both bacteria, including E. coli, and viruses — norovirus...

19 people baptized during Kambubu spiritual revival week

Thu, 2020-06-18 23:00
A spiritual revival week at Kambubu Adventist Secondary School, New Britain New Ireland Mission, Papua New Guinea, culminated in the baptism of 19 people. The week-long series about salvation was attended by more than 300 people each night, including students, staff and families, and members of Kambubu English church and Kambubu Pidgin church. Two screens were set up inside and outside the chapel to cater for the attendees. An appeal was made on the Friday evening, which saw staff, students...

Experts discuss the future of lives after the pandemic

Thu, 2020-06-18 23:00
As lockdowns and other pandemic-related restrictions ease, what will happen to Seventh-day Adventist church attendance in the South American Division? It’s not entirely clear, but church-sponsored research offers some potential insights. A recent survey of 1,930 Adventist Church members and attendees in the Brazilian Central Plateau region showed that 82.3 percent of them have regularly followed, in the past three months, the online services and schedules of their or even other Adventist...

Relationships During COVID: A focus on marriages and families

Thu, 2020-06-18 10:35
In early June, Willie and Elaine Oliver, directors for the department of family ministries at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, hosted a live online event focused on the intersection of marriage, families, and prayer as a part of the World Covid-19 Marriage and Family Day of Prayer.  “We were concerned about the rising accounts of distress and abuse in marriages and families due to the COVID-19 quarantine,” Elaine states. “Even in previously stable homes, people were feeling...

Commentary: Hubs of hope

Thu, 2020-06-18 08:59
One word that has been bouncing around in my mind for the past few weeks is hope. While 2020 has certainly brought its fair share of uncertainty, doubt and fear, I come back to the calming power of hope. Jesus often spoke about hope and His words hold a special kind of meaning right now: “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:3, ESV). I truly believe it is because of His overcoming that we can have hope, despite our current circumstances. ...

Seventh-day Adventists in northern Bahia, Brazil, aid families thanks to energy firm’s partnership

Thu, 2020-06-18 08:54
A generous donation from ENGIE Brasil means 150 families in the northern region of Bahia will have food and protective masks, highly necessary supplies during the current coronavirus pandemic. The donated goods—purchased with a $1,200 (US) gift to the Adventist Solidarity Action unit—were distributed at the Umburanas Seventh-day Adventist Church, an outpost in a city of 17,000.  ASA turned the money into the food baskets and supplies, which were distributed to vulnerable families in the area....

In Inter-America, Church Leadership Pauses for a Week of Prayer Emphasis

Thu, 2020-06-18 08:51
Seventh-day Adventist leaders, staff and their families at the Inter-American Division headquarter office concluded a week of special emphasis on prayer on Sabbath, June 13, 2020. The more than 70 workers employed by the IAD in Miami, Florida, and their families spent time in prayer and fellowship—all from the comfort of their homes. This is the first time that the annual week of spiritual emphasis was held via Zoom, due to the current quarantine regulations, but one that proved to be filled...

Digital tools extend reach of Adventist Church’s “How to Quit Smoking” course

Thu, 2020-06-18 08:48
Seventh-day Adventists in the Santa Catarina state of Brazil won’t let a mere global pandemic stop their quest to help people live free of smoking: the University Adventist Church in Florianópolis, the state capital, recently produced a five-day stop smoking clinic online, and the impact was life-changing.  Here’s an example: 57-year-old Zelene has been smoking for about 40 years, and now smokes about 12 cigarettes a day. She prayed for an answer, and through a neighbor, she learned of the...

Seventh-day Adventist network in Chile airs first season of "On the Gospel Route"

Wed, 2020-06-17 23:50
After 126 years in the Republic of Chile, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is known—there are 104,000 members in a nation of approximately 19 million people—but its multifaceted work in sharing the Gospel could be better understood. A just-concluded series of programs for church-owned Nuevo Tempo Network was produced to do just that. “On the Gospel Route” concluded its first season of 24 episodes. The goal was to publicize the work carried out by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Chile,...

Adventist Churches in Jamaica Cautiously Reopen

Wed, 2020-06-17 23:46
Although the government of Jamaica has eased the restrictions on the number of people allowed to gather in one location, most of the Seventh-day Adventist membership on the island continues to worship virtually. Since its first positive case of the coronavirus in March, the government of Jamaica imposed several restrictions on places of mass gathering, which caused most of the more than 750 Adventist congregations, as well as those of other religious groups, to be closed. On May 16, 2020,...

Social isolation brought an opportunity to strengthen marriages

Wed, 2020-06-17 23:43
Recognizing the pressures created for families during the COVID-19 pandemic-related lockdowns, the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s South American Division held an online family ministry series aimed at helping people cope with challenges during the period. Along with the demands of the lockdown, other problems now plague some families: unemployment, interruption of schooling, decreased income, and strained relationships. Pastor Alacy Barbosa, divisional Family Ministries director, spoke with ASN...

Chance encounter leads to woman’s Adventist commitment

Wed, 2020-06-17 23:37
Mariza was devastated. Her son was in prison and it was difficult to accept his absence. The only thing left was to be strong and support her child. One Saturday, she arranged to visit her son, as she usually did. Upon arriving at the prison, Mariza observed some people gathered in the visitor’s pavilion. She walked over and asked who they were, and what activity they were doing. They told Mariza that they were part of a group of women who met every Saturday to visit, study the Bible and that...

Seventh-day Adventists in Argentina deploy mobile laundry for COVID-19 victims

Wed, 2020-06-17 23:31
Seventh-day Adventists in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital city, have prepared a mobile laundry to assist COVID-19 victims housed in a temporary care facility. In recent days, there’s been an abrupt increase in infections, particularly in the metropolitan area. Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Argentina has already deployed a mobile laundry service and disinfection station to assist those housed in the health center located in Tecnópolis, Buenos Aires. "It is a job that has...

Commentary: A young missionary gains physical and spiritual endurance through S.U.P.E.R Training for the 1000 Missionary Movement.

Wed, 2020-06-17 23:28
Due to all the chaos of evacuating after the eruption of Taal Volcano in the Philippines in January 2020, it completely slipped my mind that we had to take part in S.U.P.E.R Training.  S.U.P.E.R. Training stands for: “Spiritual Unity & Physical Endurance Reinforcement.” The annual training for the missionaries emphasizes the importance of teamwork, partnership, intimacy with God, patience, a never-give-up attitude and the spirit of obedience. I had heard so many horrendous rumors about...

Book tells stories of women dedicated to the mission

Wed, 2020-06-17 23:24
They are from different regions, social classes, and education levels, but they have a common love for preaching the gospel. Twenty-five women involved in Seventh-day Adventist ministry and outreach are profiled in a new book, History Beyond 25 (História Além dos 25), produced in celebration of the 25th year of existence of the South American Division’s Women’s Ministry. The book was prepared by the Southeast Brazilian Union headquarters serving Adventists in the states of Minas Gerais, Rio de...

Adventist Church Leaders Grapple with Declining Income, Budget Cuts

Wed, 2020-06-17 11:29
Faced with troubling projections pointing to steep declines in contributions from most regions of the global Seventh-day Adventist Church as a result of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, Seventh-day Adventist church leaders moved to recommend cuts in the world headquarter’s operating budget, including a reduction of some personnel. The General Conference Administrative Committee (ADCOM) voted in a June 16, 2020 morning session to recommend reducing 2020 Office Operating and GC Administered...

Course teaches leaders on child and adolescent protection

Tue, 2020-06-16 08:30
An unprecedented initiative by the Pathfinders and Adventurers Ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist Church has, since early March, trained more than 10,000 leaders on the Child and Adolescent  Statute (ECA), 1990 legislation. During quarantine, the the department, which coordinates the work of more than 12,000 Pathfinder clubs (10 to 15 years) and more than 7,800 Adventurer clubs (6 to 9 years) in eight South American countries, has made the course available in eight modules, totally online....

ADRA Europe aids Slovenian students In need

Tue, 2020-06-16 08:30
 Keeping “Every Child at School” is a global effort of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, or ADRA. In the Republic of Slovenia, a nation stretching from the Adriatic Sea to the Alps, that means getting computers to those unable to afford the devices so children can remain connected to classes—and schoolwork. Natasha is the mother of two young children—one in fifth grade and the other in eighth grade. The lockdown triggered by the coronavirus of 2020 and related COVID-19 infections...

Young Argentine carpenter directs live broadcasts

Tue, 2020-06-16 08:30
Church meetings changed abruptly and unexpectedly in March due to the mandatory quarantine decreed by the Argentinian government. Overnight we could no longer go to church and the only way to find corporate worship was online. But how could that be accomplished without much prior experience? Who would be in charge of all the necessary technical details for the transmissions? These were difficult questions, but God already had people willing to put themselves in his hands to serve with their...

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