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The day hope died; Incredible hope restored

Sat, 2020-04-11 09:00
The Day Hope Died Luke 24:21 (NKJV): “But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel . . .” Hope died slowly on that terrible day. The first prickles of fear had begun in the garden when they were jolted from their stupor by the sound of an unruly mob crashing through the darkness toward them. In disbelief they had watched Judas, their friend and colleague, step forward and identify Jesus with a kiss, then melt back into the shadows. Rough hands secured their Master and...

Challenging Loneliness. Challenging Coronavirus. Providing Hope.

Sat, 2020-04-11 06:28
With the strong ‘stay at home’ message from governments and authorities, loneliness can be one of the negative side effects of this Coronavirus pandemic. Easter is a time when traditionally people and families meet for extra times of fellowship and worship – and often take the opportunity of spring sunshine to get out in nature.  Sadly, this Easter is different. We are at home. Isolated. Many are lonely.  Loneliness is one of the side effects of the coronavirus. The separation from our loved...

Adventist members from Mainland China initiates rice distribution to underprivileged families in the Philippines

Sat, 2020-04-11 06:01
A simple text message sent to Adventists friends in mainland China has raised $20,000 US dollars in less than 12 hours. Samuel Wang, Chinese Evangelist to the Southern Asia-Pacific region, has coordinated the fund-raising project via group chat to help the poor who are seriously affected, in the Philippines,  by the government lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The first batch of rice distribution, held in the municipality of Silang, Cavite, started on April 3, where more than 1260...

100DaysofPrayer: A Message and Prayer from Pastor Ted Wilson

Fri, 2020-04-10 08:03
Editor’s Note: Below is a transcript of a message, posted to You Tube on April 9, from president of the Adventist Church, Ted N.C. Wilson. Elder Wilson will release a new video each week, during the Coronavirus pandemic, which you can view here.  Brothers and sisters around the world, what a privilege to be able to be in contact with you in various ways through digital activity, through electronic means, social media, digital activities in the realm of reaching people all around the world. What...

“Good Goes Viral”

Fri, 2020-04-10 04:49
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is launching the Good Goes Viral (#GoodGoesViral) campaign, a movement to inspire the world to engage in acts of kindness starting this Easter weekend, to pray for those affected by the COVID-19 crisis, and to support ADRA’s global response to the pandemic. During a time when millions of people are staying home, the Good Goes Viral campaign is encouraging people to do good by sharing love and kindness in creative ways that creates connectedness...

Coronavirus victims fight back in the latest #dearcoronavirus video

Wed, 2020-04-08 00:30
Most of us know somebody with coronavirus or, perhaps, have it ourselves. Sadly, some of us know friends or family who have lost the battle. Pedro Torres is a survivor. Along with six others, he chooses to speak out about his battle, his faith and his hope as a ‘virus victim’. You will be encouraged and moved by this video. This latest #dearcoronavirus video is the third in a series produced by GAiN leadership in Europe along with active partners from other parts of the world. You can watch...

ADRA finds innovative ways to help the most vulnerable

Wed, 2020-04-08 00:30
In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Australia programs are continuing to find innovative ways to serve their communities. Community meals have now become takeaway, counselling services have moved online and care packages, including toiletries, are being delivered to the most vulnerable. In amongst the chaos, people are finding refuge in the service of ADRA volunteers. “People are all very anxious about what’s happening,” said Helen Hiscock,...

A Special Message from Pastor Ted Wilson on the Coronavirus Crisis

Sun, 2020-04-05 02:28
Editor’s Note: Below is a transcript of a message, posted to You Tube on April 2, from president of the Adventist Church, Ted N.C. Wilson. Elder Wilson will release a new video each week, during the Coronavirus pandemic, which you can view here.  Greetings, Brothers and Sisters around the world, our wonderful church family, our worldwide family. God is in control of all of our aspects as we place ourselves in His hands. Now, during this coronavirus pandemic, I want you to be encouraged in the...

Serving the homeless, sick, and food insecure in the face of a pandemic

Fri, 2020-04-03 10:26
Social distancing. It’s a term that has become ubiquitous in light of the coronavirus disease pandemic. According to the Johns Hopkins Medical Center, “Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19.” Unprecedented, widespread measures have been enacted to decrease gatherings and increase physical space between individuals in public spaces. While...

Baptism in Croatia plea despite coronavirus lockdown

Fri, 2020-04-03 10:22
This was no ordinary baptism but, in the small village of Utolica, Croatia, a little more than 60 miles (100km) south of Zagreb and near the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina, it became a small but significant event.  Marijan Plačković, a native to the region, had begun studying God's Word before the coronavirus crisis hit. On the basis of his new knowledge and experience with God, he made a decision to stand with Christ and publicly express it through baptism. He regularly attended the local...

Faith FM providing hope and support in troubled times

Fri, 2020-04-03 10:16
While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause incredible pain and hardship around the world, it’s also giving the Seventh-day Adventist Church an unprecedented opportunity to share God’s peace and hope, and to demonstrate Christianity in action. Adventist-owned radio network Faith FM has implemented a number of spiritual and practical initiatives to support communities around Australia. “Amidst the isolation, people in our communities may find themselves in need of practical support, and we...

ADRA Mexico distributes thousands of hand sanitizers in Mexico City and Monterrey

Thu, 2020-04-02 06:00
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Mexico began distributing thousands of antibacterial gel bottles or hand sanitizers this week to persons over 65 with chronic diseases and special needs, as cases of the coronavirus increase in the country. As of Mar. 25, Mexico’s Federal Health Secretary reported that there were six deaths as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, 475 confirmed cases, and some 1,656 suspected cases. More than 180 ADRA volunteers, most of whom are church members,...

ADRA aids the most vulnerable worldwide as COVID-19 pandemic persists

Thu, 2020-04-02 04:04
COVID-19, the disease caused by novel coronavirus, which started to appear in December 2019, has now become a pandemic and caused major disruptions globally.  The numbers look bleaker and increase by the day. To date, more than 870,000 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed, with more than 43,000 reported deaths. The good news is that more than 185,000 people who contracted the virus have recovered. Around the world, stay-at-home, lockdown, and shelter-in-place orders continue to be...

Coronavirus claims life of Adventist pastor in Indonesia

Thu, 2020-04-02 03:57
Sabbath School and Personal Ministries director of the Jakarta Conference in Indonesia, Biner Silalahi, has died of the coronavirus. The cause of death was confirmed by the local health authority, a week after Silalahi’s death on March 23, 2020. He is the first employee of the Adventist Church who has died of the Covid-19 in the Southern Asia-Pacific (SSD) region. Earlier reports from the Adventist News Network and Adventist Review confirmed one Adventist member in China and another in London...

Students produce and donate hand sanitizer to the elderly

Mon, 2020-03-30 04:52
Even with the suspension of classes, some high school students from Colégio Adventista de Maceió in Brazil continue to help their community and those in need. The students are not in the classroom, instead, they are volunteering to spend part of their day in the laboratory, producing hand sanitizer with 70% gel alcohol. The students are working under the supervision of teachers Paulo Mendes and Stephano Sousa, who are responsible for Biology and Chemistry classes, respectively. The students...

Dear Grandparents – A Message of Love From Around the World

Sat, 2020-03-28 04:58
#dear grandparents, a short social media clip released today is already bringing both a smile and a tear to grandparents, parents and children around the world. Already being translated and subtitled in a multitude of languages including Romanian, Slovenian, Spanish and Swedish, 15 children show their love and concern for their grandparents, each speaking in their own language in a global act emphasizing that “you are not alone”.  The very first reaction as the video was released this morning...

President of Seventh-day Adventist Church sends message of encouragement to members in Burundi

Fri, 2020-03-27 06:29
Editors Note: Since May of 2019, the Adventist Church members in Burundi have endured ongoing persecution from the countries government. On October 24, the president of the Burundi Union Mission, pastor Lamec Barishinga, was arrested. This arrest was part of an escalating series of threats and attacks on the Seventh-day Adventist Church by the government of Burundi. For further reading about the situation of our Adventist brother and sisters in Burundi, please visit the Pray for Burundi...

Postponed General Conference Session to focus on mission and business meetings

Wed, 2020-03-25 08:41
On March 19, the leadership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church announced the postponement of the 2020 General Conference session due to the rapid and unpredictable spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The 2021 General Conference Session will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is currently scheduled from May 20 through May 25. It was originally scheduled from June 25 through July 4, 2020.  As planning for the meetings moves forward, more details are emerging about what the 2021 General...

Zagreb earthquake – damage to church property, members safe

Mon, 2020-03-23 09:08
A 5.3 magnitude earthquake, followed by a series of aftershocks, struck Zagreb, the capital of the Republic of Croatia on Sunday, 22 March just after 6 am. The epicenter was only 6 miles (9.6 km) from the city center. It is the largest earthquake to hit the country in 140 years.  The earthquake comes at a time of restricted movement due to the coronavirus, including a shutdown of the public tram and bus network.  In fear for their lives, people fled onto the streets. There were a number of...

World Church Executive Committee Votes to Postpone General Conference Session

Fri, 2020-03-20 08:05
The Executive Committee of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (EXCOM) voted March 19, to postpone the 2020 General Conference Session until May 2021. The vote comes after a March 17 recommendation from the General Conference Administrative Committee (ADCOM) to delay the 2020 General Conference Session (GC Session) by up to two years due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The 2021 General Conference Session will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is currently scheduled from May 20...

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