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Programs on Miscarriage, Racial Injustice Recognized With Awards.

Wed, 2020-06-10 08:56
In May 2020, the It Is Written television ministry won five Telly Awards for two programs, “Innocents Lost” and “The Scottsboro Nine.” The two winning programs deal with hard subjects, ministry leaders said. “Innocents Lost” carefully covers the difficult topic of miscarriage. It explores the heartbreaking reality of losing someone who was never able to be truly known. John Bradshaw, It Is Written president, interviews a mother who has walked through this painful journey, and a physician who...

Adventist churches worldwide to collect special offering for Covid-19 response.

Tue, 2020-06-09 22:30
Adventist churches around the world are being asked to collect a special COVID-19 offering on July 11 to support communities devastated by the pandemic. Funds raised by local churches will be used to help respond within their region of the world. This means that all COVID-19 Response offerings given by church members will go to their local division and local fields to fund initiatives to help those suffering from this pandemic. Masks. Essential supplies. Counseling . . . Whatever it takes. ...

Commentary: A grieving Christian’s reflections on death

Tue, 2020-06-09 22:30
Over the last couple of months, I’ve experienced more deaths in my life than ever before. Two of my cousins and two people I looked up to for years died. In addition to this, two loved ones had miscarriages. The grief brought on by these deaths came with a reminder of my own mortality. It made me reflect on my understanding and feelings around death and how that affects how I live. As humans, we can be very dismissive of death. Death as a topic of discussion is taboo--especially the discussion...

Physical exercise can strengthen family bonds

Tue, 2020-06-09 22:30
Does a couple that exercises together stay together? That's what Odailson and Ellen Fonseca, married for 20 years and parents of preteen Thalissa, believe. Odailson is director of communication and religious liberty for the Adventist Church in São Paulo and Ellen is an elementary school teacher at the Adventist College of Artur Nogueira , in the interior of São Paulo. Since they began dating, both have maintained an exercise routine and living together has allowed them to practice various...

Adventist-owned hospital resumes service in Peru’s Amazon region

Tue, 2020-06-09 08:30
Despite massive infections of the COVID-19 virus affecting 190 of its 245 employees, the Ana Stahl Adventist Clinic (Clínica Adventista Ana Stahl in Spanish) in Iquitos, Peru, is back in operation. Substitute workers from Lima, Peru’s capital some 745 miles away, and doctors from Cuba came to the 94-year-old hospital at the gateway to Peru’s Amazon region to help while many regular staffers were ill. Reports indicated 80 percent of the population of Iquitos had contracted the new coronavirus,...

AdventHealth chaplains, leaders meet human needs amid Coronavirus pandemic

Tue, 2020-06-09 08:30
About a year into his job as a chaplain at AdventHealth Orlando in central Florida, Jamie Ricketts, a native of Alberta, Canada, encountered something none of his training prepared him for: a global pandemic had reached the community he serves. “Who could have imagined something like this happening?” Ricketts said. “The impact is so unprecedented it requires us to innovate as we work.” Worldwide, according to data released June 8* by Johns Hopkins University, more than 7 million people have...

8-year-old girl pays tribute and thrills health professionals

Tue, 2020-06-09 08:30
The simple actions of an 8-year-old girl in the central Brazilian city of Planaltina won the hearts of healthcare workers and first responders. Challenged by speakers at an online youth camp organized by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Federal District, little Maria Eduarda decided to honor healthcare workers with greeting cards sent to employees of the area’s Mobile Emergency Care System known as Samu. Shaped like a heart, the cards read: “Thank you, angels from the health area! May...

South-Western Angola Union Publishing Department embraces digital platforms during COVID-19 pandemic

Mon, 2020-06-08 23:00
What happens when a global pandemic blocks the distribution of printed Seventh-day Adventist literature? In Angola, a nation on Africa’s west coast, books are offered digitally, with unexpected results. For Seventh-day Adventists, sharing the “book of the year,” in this case Hope Beyond Tomorrow by evangelist Mark Finley is a traditional means of bringing the gospel message to many who might not be receptive to a Bible study invitation or another approach. When a lockdown was imposed, leaders...

Young people from Santa Catarina distribute lunch boxes during a pandemic

Mon, 2020-06-08 23:00
Homeless people in the city of Lages, the largest city in the mountainous region of Brazil’s Santa Catarina state, received food and encouragement from Seventh-day Adventist youths on the evening of May 30. Seventeen young adults from the city’s Central Seventh-day Adventist Church participated, first visiting a temporary shelter managed by city officials. The shelter is designed to help protect the homeless from extreme cold temperatures and other conditions. The young people distributed 33...

Deaf and Deaf-Blind International zoom meeting

Mon, 2020-06-08 23:00
 During the last weekend of May 29-June 1, 2020, the second International Adventist Congress for the Deaf and Deaf-blind was anticipated by a large number of European Deaf Seventh-day Adventists. The first event, held in Seville, in 2016, had been successfully considered and many were looking forward to the second congress in 2020. But the Congress was not exempt from the restrictions lockdowns attributed to the global coronavirus pandemic. Even though many were willing to attend the event, it...

“Welcome Children,” ADRA Brazil program, changes young lives across vast nation

Mon, 2020-06-08 23:00
Children whose first memories of life involve deprivation, abuse, and sorrow are finding refuge, healing, and hope at “Welcome Children” centers across Brazil. The centers, called “Casas de Acolhimento” in Portuguese, are sponsored by ADRA Brazil, the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s relief and development arm. From a very young age, Juliana do Rosário experienced the life of an abused child. She was sexually abused by her mother and stepfather when living with them. Relocation to her biological...

Remembering the professional life of Pastor Walter L. Pearson, Jr.

Mon, 2020-06-08 21:58
Pastor Walter L. Pearson, Jr. was born on November 18, 1945, in Mobile, Alabama, in the United States.  He graduated from Oakwood College (now Oakwood University) in 1967 with a degree in Religion and Theology.  Pastor Pearson joined the Adventist ministry in 1969 as the Associate Pastor of the Glenville Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, alongside his mentor and Senior Pastor, Pastor Harold L. Cleveland.  Pearson was later ordained at the Allegheny West Conference Camp Meeting in...

Adventist counseling program helps Brazilians find hope, new life

Mon, 2020-06-08 08:30
A free psychological counseling program sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Brazil is helping people find hope amidst crisis—and new life in Jesus Christ. Ouvido Amigo, or “Friendly Ear,” offers “support in a time of crisis” via its website. Those in need are connected with professionals who provide counseling and also to spiritual resources aimed at helping. Some 45 professionals volunteer to staff the program and have already fielded more than 2,000 calls for help and counseling....

Commentary: Not Only Words

Mon, 2020-06-08 08:30
As are most of you, I am outraged over the heartless murder of George Floyd, the brutal slaughter of Breonna Taylor, and the Klan-style killing of Ahmaud Arbery. Yet, as I have sought to properly direct my anger and process my despair for change, I am reminded that I was equally outraged over the heinous executions of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Freddie Gray, all in 2014; and before them, the senseless, vigilante-style killing of Trayvon Martin in 2012. Perhaps one of the most traumatic for...

In Brazil’s interior, Adventists reach out to thank health workers

Mon, 2020-06-08 08:30
Seventh-day Adventists in Santana do Araguaia, a city of 55,000 located in the south of Brazil’s interior Pará state, offered thanks and support to healthcare workers during the month of May. The expression of appreciation was heightened by the volume of work physicians, nurses, and others have faced during the novel coronavirus pandemic. "I was happy to know that the Church has this sensitive view towards health professionals", said local nurse Kelly Cristina Lins. “In the midst of all the...

Canned, cooked tomatoes can reduce the risk of prostate cancer

Sun, 2020-06-07 23:00
Cooked tomatoes may reduce the risk of prostate cancer according to a recent study conducted by researchers at Loma Linda University Health. Tomato Consumption and Intake of Lycopene as Predictors of the Incidence of Prostate Cancer: The Adventist Health Study-2, published in Cancer Causes and Control on Feb. 25, found that men who consumed canned and cooked tomatoes 5 to 6 times per week had a 28% decreased risk of prostate cancer compared with men who never consumed this food.  First author...

Commentary: The Power of Diversity and Peaceful Protest

Sun, 2020-06-07 23:00
Christopher McCorvey, Eric Reason, Micheal Lorenzo Dean, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.  These are just some of the black people who have lost their lives to police brutality in 2020 alone. For over 400 years, black people have been fighting for their lives; fighting for basic human rights; fighting against racism, prejudice, and police brutality in the United States.  Currently, numerous cities around the world are being bombarded with mass protests as a response to the senseless death of...

Sanitarium helps fight food security crisis

Sun, 2020-06-07 23:00
Throughout Australia and New Zealand this year, Sanitarium Health Food Company has been making generous donations of food to help individuals and communities suffering from bushfires and COVID-19. In Australia alone, Sanitarium has donated more than 670,000 serves of Weet-Bix, So Good, UP&GO and Peanut Butter since March. In addition to ongoing support for their long-term community care partners like Foodbank, ADRA and KickStart for Kids, Sanitarium’s most significant new partnership is one...

GAiN Europe Zoom edition launches major summer program

Sun, 2020-06-07 08:30
As coronavirus hit Europe in March 2020, the 150 participants of the GAiN Europe conference scheduled for Romania, 24-28 April were understandably disappointed that their annual networking opportunity was cancelled. That cancellation included the launch of the much anticipated ‘Uncertainty’ initiative, a series of films, documentaries, video clips and a book that aimed to explore hope in context of our uncertain lives. “In April the focus on the world was on Coronavirus – and a series on any...

Commentary: Pentecost and mission

Sun, 2020-06-07 08:30
Fifty days after the Passover came the feast of Pentecost. This was the third feast in Israel’s yearly cycle of feasts. It celebrated the harvest of the first fruit and served as an annual reminder of God’s blessing. In spiritual terms, “first fruits” is a mission concept. It is a celebration of people won to Christ. The Church’s nature has always been a continuing witness to the salvation and power of God. This is true for the Old Testament where God raised up a people out of nothing to be His...

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