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Celebrating freedom through singing

Wed, 2019-07-24 07:20
Estonia is a small state by the Baltic Sea in north-eastern Europe with the population of 1.3 million. Right on the border between east and west it is a country squeezed between two mindsets – resulting in it being desired as well as possessed by different rules over centuries. Thus, while the Estonian nation is ancient, the republic is remarkably young at a mere 101 years. Inhabitants were first called Estonians in 1857; until then, they had been referred to as ‘slaves’ or ‘the country...

Lay-led evangelism yields over 370 baptisms in Southern Philippines

Wed, 2019-07-24 07:16
A group of Adventist lay people in the Southern Philippines teamed up to participate in the Total Member Involvement initiative by holding a public evangelistic meeting, which resulted in the baptism of 370 precious souls. The members of the team, who are all from a wide range of lay professional backgrounds, took turns preaching, singing, and giving lectures every night of the weeklong campaign held in Tagum City, Davao del Norte from June 31 to July 6, 2019. Most of the team members trace the...

Justice Prevails in Angola for Five Adventist Men

Tue, 2019-07-23 07:38
A full acquittal by the Supreme Court of Angola on May 15 has ended a two-year legal ordeal for four Seventh-day Adventist Church pastors and one layperson falsely accused in an abduction conspiracy. The false accusations of kidnapping against the men stemmed from an incident that took place in 2015, involving an elaborate staged abduction of a former Adventist conference president and a demand for money from the church. Those responsible for the fake kidnapping sought to cast blame elsewhere,...

ADRA President: “Poverty plants the seeds of religious violence”

Tue, 2019-07-23 07:36
Jonathan Duffy, president of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, spoke in front of a packed room during the second annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom Summit at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. to address the preservation of religious liberty for all. Focusing on the theme, “Religious Freedom in Conflict and Crisis Zones: Protecting Vulnerable Minorities,” Duffy spoke about the connection between poverty and religious violence on a panel with humanitarian...

Jefferson City mayor thanks Iowa-Missouri Conference for disaster relief efforts

Tue, 2019-07-23 03:46
On Sabbath, June 8, Jefferson City mayor Carrie Tergin stopped by the 2019 Iowa-Missouri Camp Meeting in Centralia, Missouri, to express her thanks for recent disaster relief efforts Adventists have undertaken in and around the city. “On behalf of Jefferson City, we appreciate each and every one of you,” she said. “We will rebuild. We will be stronger.” Joining her were Jody Dickhaut, the Iowa-Missouri Conference’s Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS DR) coordinator for...

Single mother presented with a renovated house

Tue, 2019-07-23 03:16
Nilda Santos da Silva, 51, is a single mother of five children. For 13 years she has lived in a small house with two rooms—a kitchen and bedroom—in Jardim Colombo on the west side of São Paulo. She often dreamed of having a comfortable home for her children, but knew it was impossible since she earns less than minimum wage as a day laborer.  "It's a struggle to make ends meet, even more alone. When you have work, we do not refuse at all," explains Santos da Silva. Jardim Colombo is part of the...

Adventist University of the Philippines celebrates first commencement of College of Medicine

Tue, 2019-07-23 02:58
Referred to as the “Prima Lux” or “First Light,” sixteen aspiring physicians celebrated their historic achievement June 21-23, 2019,  as the first graduates from the Adventist University of the Philippines College of Medicine (AUP COM). During Baccalaureate, the highly esteemed pioneer batch testified of the Master Physician’s power and their unique experiences throughout their four-year training in the COM and clinical internships at Batangas Medical Center. Several representatives from the...

Unexpected pregnancy changes Polish Mother’s heart

Sun, 2019-07-21 00:00
Halina Pastuszko decided that she didn’t want any more children after giving birth to a third daughter in Poland. But she learned at the age of 42, the same year that her first grandchild was born, that she was five months pregnant. The pregnancy alarmed the physician, and he warned that the child might be born disabled because of Halina’s age. Poland lacked facilities to raise disabled children at the time. The physician suggested an abortion and gave Halina the telephone number for a doctor...

The Adventist Church in North America honors historic promotion of an Adventist Chaplain serving in the U.S. Air Force

Sat, 2019-07-20 00:17
Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries of the North American Division recognized Chaplain John Elliott of the United States Air Force on July 3, 2019, for his recent promotion to colonel. He is only the second Seventh-day Adventist Air Force chaplain to achieve the rank — the first was Chaplain David Buttrick, who was promoted in 2017. “Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries is proud of our chaplains who have milestone events. We have a Flame Award we present to military chaplains when they achieve the rank...

More than 200 children participate in health summit in Ukraine

Sat, 2019-07-20 00:15
Youth from the Lugansk Seventh-day Adventist church and other faith communities recently organized and conducted “Land of Health,” a children’s health summit, in the city of Lugansk, Ukraine. The young people attended training seminars prior to the event on how to effectively run a children’s health program. The program took place at the city center in Komsomol Park, sponsored by Exod-Lugansk, a charitable organization. Approximately 210 children visited the eight “Health Countries”—thematic...

Adventist leaders challenged to understand their role in carrying out the Mission

Sat, 2019-07-20 00:10
President for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Inter-America (IAD), Elie Henry, challenged church administrators and leaders at this year’s territory-wide leadership training conference opening last night to examine how they manage the church organization, understand their role and effectively carry out the mission of the church. “We must recognize first that God is the owner of everything that exists and we are simply stewards managing our Father’s property, so the question we should ask...

A ‘friends’ view of Adventists and military service: Biblical, Historical and Ethical Perspectives

Fri, 2019-07-19 23:00
Seeing ourselves as others see us is not always easy. Even at a recent conference on Adventists and Military Service, men, and it was mostly men, cordially differed on the value, ethics and efficacy of Adventist involvement in the military, including in chaplaincy. This highlights the real value of a recently published book reflecting on lessons learnt in the 100 years since World War I. Adventists and Military Service: Biblical, Historical and Ethical Perspectives is an initiative of the...

ADRA responds across south Asia to help thousands affected by monsoons

Fri, 2019-07-19 00:33
Torrential rainfall has already devastated many households in the regions of India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, causing landslides. The recent downpour has been blamed for the deaths of 180 people and reportedly affected more than 44 million people.  ADRA is working closely with local authorities in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh to assess damages and community needs. Below are updates on aid provided by ADRA in each country. INDIA Shelters have been established for more than 45,000 people who lost...

One boy’s song leads two to Christ

Fri, 2019-07-19 00:00
The choir director had an exciting announcement. “Our Christ’s Kids children’s choir has been invited to sing at a musical concert at the big Cabaret des Artistes concert hall,” she said. “We need to rehearse.” The 30 children in the Christ’s Kids choir from the Seventh-day Adventist English Church would sing five songs at the concert in Libreville, Gabon. Children’s choirs from other Adventist churches also would sing. Twelve-year-old Bonte Medou couldn’t wait for the big day to come. He...

President of Colombia reassures religious freedom to faith-based leaders

Thu, 2019-07-18 08:11
President of Colombia Ivan Duque shared his commitment to upholding religious liberty in Colombia during a special breakfast to commemorate its Religious Liberty National Day in Colombia, on July 4, 2019. More than 130 religious leaders were invited to the Bolivar de la Casa de Nariño Room in the Presidential Palace, in Bogotá, Colombia, to continue contributing to the social actions and sustainable entrepreneurship in Colombia. “For me to have the presence of all of you today, is the...

100 years of Adventist education at Stanborough School

Wed, 2019-07-17 22:14
Among the 40+ Adventist primary and secondary schools across the Trans-European Division, Stanborough School in Watford, England, is one of the oldest. The weekend of July 6 and 7 saw crowds of more than 1,000 people coming together to mark the centenary year (1919-2019) of both the Primary and Secondary School. Two events were planned through the weekend: a Sabbath service held on the Stanborough Park grounds under a marquee, then a family fun and recreation day held on the Sunday. Both events...

President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, Ted N.C. Wilson, reflects on the 104th anniversary of Adventist Church co-founder Ellen White’s death.

Wed, 2019-07-17 05:17
Today, July 16, is the 104th anniversary of Ellen White's death in 1915, and we are still here. By God's grace, I hope we will soon be in heaven.  However, the Lord has given us such amazing instruction in the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy to help us in daily living, our mission outreach, and our focus on Christ's soon coming.  I want to encourage each of you to participate in the reading of the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy as you engage in "Believe His Prophets." I urge you to pick up the...

Residents benefit from GAiN Jamaica Conference free health fair in Montego Bay

Mon, 2019-07-15 07:50
More than 120 residents of the Lilliput Community were treated to a free health fair on July 7, 2019. The fair was organized by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica through its Global Adventist Internet Network (GAiN) Conference and held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, July 4-6, 2019. The health impact was a collaborative effort with the WJC Transforming Lives Foundation Ltd., Three Angels Mobile Clinic and the Lilliput Seventh-day Adventist Church, as a way to give back to the community,...

Stepping forward to help during the U.S. border crisis

Mon, 2019-07-15 07:44
As was reported by the Los Angeles Times, a way that a Seventh-day Adventist Church in Blythe, California (part of the Southeastern California Conference), has addressed community needs is by setting up a shelter at their church. The church, which starting helping the homeless in 2018, has been doing this for several months, and local Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS DR) leaders have requested assistance. “The city of Blythe has been taking in refugees during the last three...

Dead woman talking

Sun, 2019-07-14 00:30
Tomasz Karauda, a 28-year-old Seventh-day Adventist physician in Poland, was asked to sign the death certificate of a woman who was still alive. A nurse wheeled the woman over to the respiratory unit where Tomasz was doing his hospital residency. By all appearances, she was dead. She had lung cancer, brought on by years of smoking. Rigor mortis was setting in, with the blood settling in her lower back. Her skin, usually pink as oxygen-filled blood flowed through her capillaries, had turned...

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