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Seventh-day Adventist Church Responds to U.S. Supreme Court Employment Decision Impacting Religious Liberty

Tue, 2020-06-16 06:00
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today in Bostock v. Clayton, County, Georgia is a landmark decision with far-reaching consequences in the area of civil rights, including religious liberty. In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects individuals from sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination.   The Seventh-day Adventist Church supports protections for LGBT individuals in the workplace that include robust religious liberty...

5 Steps to Becoming a Digital Evangelist

Tue, 2020-06-16 00:30
Only 20 percent of Americans regularly attend church, and only 2 in 10 millennials consider regular church attendance important. The church no longer has the option of embracing change or leaving it to the next generation. The time is now; otherwise, we will become irrelevant. Change is never easy, but with the Lord, anything is possible (see Matt. 19:26). At the same time—and particularly during the nationwide lockdowns of the past few months—people search online for answers to life’s big...

Jiang Say church gets government recognition

Tue, 2020-06-16 00:23
There are approximately 1,443 Seventh-day Adventists in the southeast Asian nation of Laos, out of a population of 7,123,205. While very small in numbers, the dedication of church members in the country—where the first Adventist missionary arrived in 1957—is a remarkable story of miracles under difficult circumstances. A case in point is the Jiang Say church, the first Seventh-day Adventist church for the Ya Hern or Nyahon tribe of southern Laos. Now called the Muen Luang Village Church, this...

Youth Online Quiz on the book of Proverbs in the East Dnieper Conference

Tue, 2020-06-16 00:14
For millions around the world, the quarantines imposed by the spread of COVID-19 have meant new and different ways of doing things, from remote working to “virtual” church services via video conferencing. Young Seventh-day Adventists in the church’s East Dnieper Conference, headquartered in Dnipro, Ukraine, a city formerly known as Dnipropetrovsk, experienced this recently as a Bible competition normally held in person went online instead. The virtual event took place on May 30, 2020. The...

PTSD — Finding healthy ways to cope in crisis

Mon, 2020-06-15 23:57
Most people think post-traumatic stress disorder affects soldiers home from war or people who have suffered horrifically abusive situations. The reality is that PTSD can overwhelm almost any person who has lived through times of severe stress. In fact, the major international events of 2020 have likely caused you a number of stressful moments.    Understanding the diagnosis of PTSD is important, and experts say taking care of your mental health during a crisis is the best way to minimize more...

Why giving blood is necessary during a pandemic

Sun, 2020-06-14 23:46
COVID-19 brought much of the world to a screeching halt, isolating people in their homes, taking kids out of school and closing the doors to many businesses. Despite this, hospitals across the country have remained open and operational, dedicated to providing lifesaving care to patients. Because of this, the need for blood donation still exists, according to Tait Stevens, MD, a pathologist and president of medical staff at Loma Linda University Health. “Modern medicine depends on blood...

In Jamaica, Northern Caribbean University Alumni Launches Fundraiser for COVID-19 Scholarships

Sun, 2020-06-14 23:43
The Northern Caribbean University’s Alumni Federation recently organized its most ambitious fundraiser event to help hundreds of students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The media-thon raised US$350,000 in pledges and donations on May 24, 2020. The event, held on the Mandeville, Jamaica, campus, marked the official launch of a fundraising drive to raise US$1 million by July 31, 2020. This is the first time that the university has been able to raise so much money in a single fundraising...

Adventists raise over 3,000 tons of food

Sun, 2020-06-14 23:36
Since the COVID-19 pandemic was officially announced, thousands of people have been affected financially. During this difficult time, small acts of compassion bring relief and help to minimize the effects of the virus on society. It was for this purpose that the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s South American Division promoted the Easter Mutirão, (coordinated work project) as conducted by Adventist Solidarity Action (ASA). The project brought several departments together in initiatives spread...

Oakwood University establishes George Floyd Scholarship to support education

Sun, 2020-06-14 23:34
Oakwood University answered the challenge issued by Scott Hagen, president of North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the U.S. to establish a George Floyd Memorial Scholarship to support students. During the funeral service for Floyd held on June 4, 2020, Hagen was quoted by Forbes.com as saying, “I am now challenging every university president in the United States to establish your own George Floyd Memorial Scholarship Fund.”  Leslie Pollard, Oakwood University president, said,...

COVID 19 Prevention: The Good, The Bad and The Other.

Sun, 2020-06-14 23:25
Nowadays, everywhere one turns, many signs are encouraging various strategies to prevent Corona Virus Disease of 2019 (COVID-19). But we all need to appreciate that like everything else in life, these initiatives have good and not so good effects. Let us analyze the most common strategies, namely: washing of hands regularly with soap or sanitizer; using a mask to cover the nose and mouth whenever in public; and social distancing. Regular hand-washing with clean water and soap or sanitizer The...

When every day could be your last: Living with Uncertainty.

Sun, 2020-06-14 23:00
How long do you expect to live? The Bible can be quite hard-hitting on the subject: “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” [1 Peter 4:24-15 NIV] The words are meant to be encouraging–and they are–but it is never nice to be reminded that life is short. And while the Psalmist talks about “three score and ten” or 70 years [Psalm 90:10] there are those who live with the...

Young woman studies the Bible with 100 people over the internet

Sun, 2020-06-14 07:30
Eighteen-year-old Ellen Chrystie Ferreira dos Santos lives in the city of Pirapora, population 56,229, in the central Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. But neither the relatively small size of her city, nor its location, nor even the current COVID-19 pandemic, keep her from sharing the good news of Jesus with people. Although she calls herself “shy,” dos Santos is today a leading online evangelist, conducting Bible studies with 100 people thanks to digital communications. Sitting at a table in...

Commentary: The Cooper Conundrum and American Adventism

Sun, 2020-06-14 07:30
As the world’s attention was captured by the asphyxiation death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota, another notable event transpired earlier that same day in New York City. Christian Cooper — a writer, editor, and avid birder — encountered Amy Cooper walking her unleashed dog in a section of Central Park where regulations specified that dogs must be leashed at all times. Unprovoked by nothing more than Mr. Cooper’s request that she leash her dog, she called the...

Diatribe or Dialogue? Words of Hope 12

Sun, 2020-06-14 07:30
When historians look back and study 2020 what lessons will they learn? Will the communal experience of the COVID-19 pandemic combined with the horror of the George Floyd killing be seen as drawing us closer together – or pushing us apart? Will the world, or will we as individuals be more caring as a result? In this special edition of TED Words of Hope we talk with two experienced communicators, looking for lessons on the way ahead. Ken Burton Ken Burton is perhaps best known as conductor of...

COVID-19 Assistance Plan to Support Missions

Sun, 2020-06-14 07:30
A COVID-19 assistance plan will support mission offices struggling financially as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The plan was approved by the South Pacific Division (SPD) boards during their quarterly meetings last week. Rodney Brady, chief financial officer for the SPD, said a number of missions have been adversely affected by a reduction in tithe and offerings due to the economic fallout of COVID-19, leaving some struggling to pay pastors’ wages. “Other missions have not been...

Why Suffer?

Sat, 2020-06-13 23:00
My sister committed suicide when she was 14. Overcome with grief, my mother decided to have another child, a girl. To her disappointment, she gave birth to me — a boy. Mother raised me in the southern Portuguese town of Faro with a brother who was nine years older. Father lived in the Middle East, working in construction. Mother was perpetually sad. That sadness deepened when Father got a divorce and my brother left home. Then she was hospitalized with cancer and I, only 11, was sent to live...

During pandemic, Taiwan’s Seventh-day Adventists respond with community education, prayer, outreach

Sat, 2020-06-13 23:00
Not even a global pandemic can stop the outreach efforts of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Taiwan. Restrictions on public worship and evangelism have sent members online to witness, as well as to share the Church’s health message. Due to the pandemic, the Taiwan Conference’s 2020 mission plans with local churches were canceled. However, the Health Ministries department encouraged local churches to conduct a vegetarian health week and made great efforts to promote the participation of...

Different generations come together in acts of love for others

Sat, 2020-06-13 23:00
In contexts of social, digital, and technological changes, relating across generations can sometimes be a challenge. However, when the theme is solidarity, thoughts and attitudes seem to converge to the biblical commandment that advises us to love God and neighbors as yourself. It was with their minds on this principle that the youth of the Adventist Church of Lagoinha, in Belo Horizonte, joined with volunteers from the Adventist Solidarity Action (ASA)  to provide for the hungry people on the...

The Biblical Story – a study guide

Sat, 2020-06-13 08:30
A new baptismal Bible study guide has been designed to help young people fall in love with the Bible and read it as one big story of God’s love.  Now available in English, The Biblical Story – A Study Guide was developed a few years ago by the Youth Ministries Department in Denmark. Pastor Thomas Rasmussen, the primary contributor of the guide, explained why he wrote it. “When I returned to Denmark after my studies at Newbold College, I soon found myself studying with young people who wanted...

Adventist Community Services in St. Thomas and St. John Assists Dozens of Homeless Families

Sat, 2020-06-13 08:30
Representing the face of compassion to communities enveloped by fear and uncertainty, the Agape Adventist Church on St. Thomas, and the Cruz Bay Adventist Church on St. John, lead a series of ministry initiatives to help individuals cope during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meeting the needs of the community is not optional for the Adventist Church, said Annette Small, community services director for the Cruz Bay Adventist Church in St. John.  “While many churches have gone to online...

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