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Girl forgoes birthday gifts to help children with cancer

Fri, 2019-09-27 08:25
Is there a minimum age to exercise solidarity? The generous initiative of 7-year-old Maria Fernanda is evidence there is not. The little girl chose to celebrate her birthday by having a party with her 1st grade classmates at Itabuna Adventist College, in southern Bahia, Brazil on August 22nd. The fact would be unremarkable, if not for the theme and purpose of the celebration. Maria Fernanda gave up receiving gifts, preferring instead that her classmates bring milk powder, which would then be...

Inter-American leaders see Hurricane Dorian destruction firsthand

Fri, 2019-09-20 09:30
Snapped brown pine trees, downed electrical poles, mangled steel buildings, destroyed businesses, flattened neighborhoods, churches destroyed, and debris everywhere. That was the sight that greeted Seventh-day Adventist leaders from the Inter-America Division (IAD) during a recent tour of the damage caused by Hurricane Dorian on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. Marsh Harbour, Abaco “You look at it all and think where to start? Where to rebuild? When will it be possible for them...

ADRA distributes food and water to families hardest hit by Tropical Storm Podul

Fri, 2019-09-20 07:44
On August 29, Tropical Storm Podul crossed into northeast and northern Thailand bringing heavy rainfall and high winds causing flash flooding and landslides across 32 provinces.  Due to the torrential rain, waters rose significantly higher than above normal levels in Ubon Ratchathani, the tenth most populous city in Thailand. The flood resulted in widespread flooding in 22 districts. Many people are still living in their flooded homes without electricity and food supplies. Flood victims in ten...

Volunteers support Venezuelan families in Maranhão

Fri, 2019-09-20 07:41
“The resident alien who lives with you will be treated as a native of the land. Love him as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. ” This advice from Leviticus 19:34 was given to the Hebrews, fresh from their Egyptian exodus, more than four thousand years ago.  Taking this divine counsel seriously, Adventist volunteers from Northeast Maranhão, Brazil,  organized a charitable event in August to help Venezuelan families who are camped in the makeshift bus terminal area in São Luís, the state...

Christian Record Services for the Blind extend services worldwide

Fri, 2019-09-20 06:28
Christian Record Services for the Blind (CRS), a ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, has extended access to its proprietary online library to all of the divisions outside North America. This includes several different reading formats, including audio streaming, large electronic print and refreshable Braille. The library is available to verified members who are legally blind and can be accessed through computers, tablets and some smartphones. This offer represents...

Mark Finley talks about the Church

Wed, 2019-09-18 08:00
Mark Finley is an experienced public evangelist, who currently serves as Assistant to the President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, Ted N.C. Wilson, located in the U.S. of Maryland. He has written more than 70 books and spoke recently about his new book, The Church Triumphant. Do you believe that God’s people, coming from various cultures and perspectives, can find solutions to issues facing the church today? I have great confidence in the ultimate triumph of God’s church. I...

City Hall changes Independence Parade start time to accommodate Pathfinders

Wed, 2019-09-18 07:44
Brazilian Independence Day is celebrated on September 7. This national holiday is marked by public celebrations in small and large cities all around the country. In Carlos Chagas, in eastern Minas Gerais, the civic parade began later than usual, just after sunset. According to the city hall, the change occurred so that regional Pathfinder clubs could participate. “We have changed in consideration for the Pathfinders Club, which does a wonderful job here,” explains Mayor Acassio Vieira. “We...

In the Bahamas, Adventist Church assists members relocating in Nassau

Wed, 2019-09-18 07:23
“You are not alone. Your church family is with you and God is touching many hearts all over the world to help you endure through this process,” Peter Kerr, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Atlantic Caribbean Union, as he spoke to dozens of church members who evacuated Abaco and Grand Bahama after Hurricane Dorian destroyed their homes and communities earlier this month. The nearly 100 displaced members gathered at the Hillview Adventist Church in Nassau, Bahamas, on Sep. 14,...

Former Undertreasurer for the Seventh-day Adventist World Church passes to his rest.

Tue, 2019-09-10 00:13
Donald Robinson, former Undertreasurer of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, passed to his rest Friday evening, September 6, 2019. He was 79. “On behalf of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the worldwide church family, we offer our sincere sympathy and Christian condolences to Elaine Robinson and the entire Robinson family,” stated Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, in an email.   “Don was a very diligent, astute, and sincere...

ADRA prepares food and water assistance to help families in the Bahamas

Fri, 2019-09-06 09:22
Four days have passed since Category 5 Hurricane Dorian dumped heavy rain on the Abaco and Grand Bahama islands for more than 40 hours. As the storm tapers off, the devastation is immense. Families have been left stranded in their homes, knee-deep in high-rise water levels, while countless others are left homeless.  Aid Restricted Temporarily “Seventy percent of the islands are covered in water and there’s no way to get to them right now,” says Leonardo Rahming, executive secretary of the...

In the Bahamas, Adventist Church accounting for members after Hurricane Dorian

Fri, 2019-09-06 02:57
Seventh-day Adventist leaders in Nassau, The Bahamas, are still waiting to know the fate of the hundreds of members who have been affected by the devastating effects of Hurricane Dorian on the hardest hit islands of Abaco, Grand Bahama, Bimini and the Berry Islands.  The Category 4 hurricane pounded the northern Bahamas for over 40 hours starting on Sep. 1, packing winds of over 185 miles per hour, flooding the islands, stranding residents and killing at least seven people. “This is something...

Rwandan President, along with President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, inaugurates new Adventist medical school in East Africa

Fri, 2019-09-06 02:49
His Excellency Paul Kagame, the president of the Republic of Rwanda, and Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church, recently unveiled the new East-Central Africa Division (ECD) School of Medicine.  Eustace Pennicook, founding dean of the medical school, highlighted the four phases of the school and explained to the attendees the first phase that has been completed. This phase is composed of four main parts, including a science complex which contains nine...

Dinosaur research draws world-wide acclaim, inspires new TV series

Thu, 2019-09-05 08:17
Big things are happening with Southwestern Adventist University’s Dinosaur Research Project. With its Dinosaur Science Museum housing a world-class collection of over 25,000 bones and its ever-increasing media exposure, the project is drawing unprecedented attention. For those who can’t visit the project’s dig site in Wyoming, Hope Channel is preparing to release a six-episode documentary on the project this fall, giving viewers a small glimpse of what hundreds of students, researchers, and...

Adventist volunteers provide care to pilgrims in Minas Gerais

Thu, 2019-09-05 08:13
Every year, Catholic pilgrims leave their homes throughout Minas Gerais, Brazil, to walk to the city of Romaria for one of the greatest religious festivities in the state, which takes place on August 15. Some of these pilgrims start walking as early as August 1st. This year, the members of the Espaço Adventista da Colina in Uberlandia set up a tent along the pilgrim’s route, as part of the “Living Water” project. Beginning with prayer and a lot preparation, volunteers spent the weekend of...

Adventists in Rwanda celebrate 100 years of mission

Thu, 2019-09-05 07:59
More than 40,000 Seventh-day Adventists in Rwanda flocked to the Amahoro National Stadium, located in the capitol city of Kigali, to celebrate 100 years of Adventism in the country.  President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Ted N.C. Wilson,  preaching to the congregation on Sabbath, called the event “momentous” and reminded everyone of God’s leadership throughout the ages.  Reading from the book of Joshua, Wilson took them through the experience of the children of Israel and the crossing...

ADRA readies to assist the Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands slammed by Hurricane Dorian

Wed, 2019-09-04 05:38
Since Monday, September 2, the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama in the Bahamas were hardest hit by Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 185 mph with gusts of up to 220 mph. Local reports in the Bahamas indicate at least five people are dead and 21 people injured. The hurricane’s windspeed was recently downgraded to Category 2, but still lingers over the Bahamas.  “This [Hurricane Dorian] is the worst and largest storm the Bahamas has ever experienced,” says Leonardo...

Adventist Church works to clarify its stance on abortion

Fri, 2019-08-30 07:16
A diverse group of Seventh-day Adventist medical experts, theologians, healthcare administrators and ethicists are currently engaged in an attempt to clarify the Church’s official stance on the controversial issue of abortion. The denomination last offered guidelines, but not an official statement on abortion, in a 1992 document. Beginning two years ago, the Biblical Research Institute of the General Conference (BRI), which offers biblical and theological insight to the church on many issues,...

New program coming to Hope Channel

Fri, 2019-08-30 07:00
Hope Channel International will launch a new television program entitled, “Revival for Mission” that will premiere on Hope Channel every Friday, starting September 6, 2019 at 8:30pm (EST).  Hosted by President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, Ted N.C. Wilson and President of Hope Channel International, Derek Morris, Revival for Mission will be a weekly half-hour program that will explore ways people are actively serving the community around them. The mission-focused television series...

Bangladesh: Thousands affected by slum fire, lose everything

Mon, 2019-08-26 23:49
Reports estimate more than 15,000 people were heavily affected by a recent fire that swept across a densely populated slum in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. The left three people injured, and more than 2,000 houses damaged beyond repair. The local government has been working to place people in temporary shelters. “Thousands of families are now homeless and are in need of non-food items, such as mosquito nets, clothes for children, cooking materials, and more,” says Victor Boidya,...

AdventistHelp and ADRA partner to construct field hospital in Uganda

Tue, 2019-08-20 21:12
AdventistHelp was founded in 2015 as a medical humanitarian initiative in response to the overwhelming refugee crisis in the Middle East at the time. Their first major project was to provide an emergency mobile medical unit for refugees crossing the dangerous channel from Turkey into Greece. This was a life-changing experience.  In a brief history provided on their Facebook “About” page, they share: “We treated thousands of patients in our bus clinic on the beachfront in Skala Sykamineas. This...

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