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Vatuvonu Adventist High School case heads to the appeals court
The long-running case between the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Fiji and the Fijian Government over Vatuvonu Adventist High School returns to court today (February 14).The case will be heard by three judges in the Fiji Court of Appeal after the government launched an appeal against the judgement handed down by the High Court of Fiji on November 22, 2019. In its judgement, the High Court rejected an application by the Ministry of Education to take over management and control of Vatuvonu...
 

: In Puerto Rico, Adventist schools offer free enrollment in the aftermath of earthquakes
In the aftermath of a series of earthquakes, which have forced more than 800 public schools to close, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Puerto Rico is offering free enrollment to its church-operated schools across the island.“We are not sure when schools across the island will open again and we understand that it is important that students complete their school-year, so we are more than happy to offer free enrollment to our primary and secondary schools which have classroom space available,”...
 

Ted Wilson touts Total Member Involvement to Malawi’s president
If anyone in Malawi had never heard of Total Member Involvement, there was a good chance that they had learned about the Seventh-day Adventist initiative by the end of a whirlwind visit by church president Ted N.C. Wilson.Wilson emphasized Total Member Involvement, or TMI, at a meeting with Malawi’s president, during talks with the mayor of Malawi’s national capital, and in a Sabbath sermon attended 40,000 people in the country’s largest stadium. Thousands more Malawians heard about the...
 

Liberia’s Minister of Education supports “Every Child. Everywhere. In School” petition
To gain support for the Every Child Everywhere in School campaign, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency in the West Africa region has worked closely with the Adventist Church and community members to get word out about the petition. Since the campaign’s launch last year, nearly 100,000 signatures were collected in Ivory Coast, West Africa. Word of the campaign spread to government officials, including Liberia’s Minister of Education Ansu D. Sonii, Sr., who praised the global cause. In a...
 

Sydney Adventist women stand united against domestic violence.
More than four hundred women from across Sydney came together dressed in white to make a stand against domestic violence at the recent“UNITED NIGHT 2020” held by Sydney Adventist women’s ministries on February 1. “I love how the women respond[ed] by wearing white outfits in support of the anti-domestic violence movement. Together we stand as one, against any form of violence in our community,” said Women’s Ministries Director for the Greater Sydney Conference, Beryl Landers. Women were served...
 

Coronavirus claims first Adventist
Seventh-day Adventists are being asked to pray and show Christ-like compassion as the new coronavirus claims its first church member in China and threatens to disrupt public mission work in various parts of the world.In China, the local branch of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency is shipping in protective gear to help health authorities deal with the viral outbreak that has killed more than 1,000 people, all but two in China, and infected more than 42,000 others worldwide, said...
 

World Church leaders back creation of leadership institute
Solomon Maphosa worked as a pastor for three years in his native Zimbabwe before being asked to serve as conference stewardship director.On the first day, the conference president prayed with Maphosa and showed him to his desk. That was it. Maphosa didn’t know what to do. He called around, but no one seemed able to help. He had to come up with his own ideas for how to work. “No one held my hand. No one,” he recalled. “It was a swim-or-sink experience.” The scenario was repeated when he...
 

East-Central Africa Division celebrates mission in Uganda
Delegates from the 11 countries that make up the East-Central Africa Division (ECD), recently joined together in Kampala, Uganda, to celebrate the mission achievements in the region. The Mission Extravaganza was held on the outskirts of Kampala, at the Nelson Mandela National Stadium in Namboole. Inside the stadium, praises and prayers could be heard from a distance, as the congregation listened to missionary reports, testimonies of salvation and future plans for mission.Prior to the...
 

World Church offerings funds local projects
Plans for two mobile medical clinics, Hope TV and radio studios, and an animated children’s series have got the green light after the South Pacific Division (SPD) received funds through a 2019 world Church offering. The SPD received more than $880,000USD ($A1,329,580) from the third quarter 13th Sabbath offering for projects put forward by the Trans Pacific Union Mission (TPUM) and the Australian Union Conference (AUC).In TPUM, funds will go to the“Medical Ministry on the Move—Save 10,000...
 

Ted Wilson prays with Ghana’s president
Ghana’s president promised to protect religious freedom during a meeting with Seventh-day Adventist Church leader Ted N.C. Wilson, and he enthusiastically accepted an offer by Wilson to read the Bible and pray together. Signaling thriving religious freedom in the West African country, 20,000 Adventistsalso gathered over the weekend to celebrate a milestone in Africa’s church history. Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo raised the issue of religious freedom after welcoming an...
 

West-Central Africa Division collects over 80,000 signatures for every child everywhere in school petition
University students went out on the streets of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), West Africa, during one week, gathering petitions to promote education for all children in the world.“We started campaigning on Monday, January 20, and midway into the week we collected over 16,000 sign ups,” says Emmanuel Amegnito, associate regional director and regional liaison for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency in the West Africa Division. “Friday, January 24 was the International Day of Education, and...
 

A Message of gratitude from former General Conference President Jan Paulsen
Editor’s Note: The following note was made available by former General Conference president Jan Paulsen. We ask the Seventh-day Adventist World Church to join us in continued prayer for the Paulsen family in this time of loss, and that very soon, we will all be united again in Heaven. Loss comes to us all. It shows no favors. It just leaves one with an emptiness craving for healing.That's where I am—remembering Kari. Many came to the service held in Mjondalen church in Norway, but many more...
 

Special worldwide prayer for appeal for Wuhan, Hubei Province, and China
[Editor’s Note: At the end of 2019, the World Health Organization [W.H.O] heard first reports of an unknown virus, with pneumonia like systems, in Wuhan, China. Since then, the Coronavirus, has infected more than 7,700 people in China and close to 70 worldwide. 170 people have died from the virus. The W.H.O. is set to meet on Thursday, January 30, to decide if the highly-contagious coronavirus can be classified as a global emergency.]I appeal to you to pray across this globe for the ongoing...
 

Adventist school expands drastically in Jordan
A Seventh-day Adventist school operating for 78 years in the Middle Eastern country of Jordan has doubled in size as it grows its curriculum to include after-school classes on health, language, and music for the local community.Speaking at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Adventist world church president Ted N.C. Wilson compared Adventist National School to biblical patriarch Jacob’s dream about a ladder reaching from earth to heaven. Angels ascended and descended on ladder in the dream, which Jacob...
 

Stand Together– 75 years since Auschwitz
It is 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops on January, 27 1945. There are now few survivors. Fewer to tell the story. It is a horror that has haunted history and blemished Europe. Adventists had a small part in that story—some hiding and protecting Jews, some ending up in the death camps themselves. LATVIA Visit Adventist Church headquarters in Riga, Latvia, and you will find a small star of David in the pavement outside the building. Scattered across the city, the...
 

President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church sends letter of encouragement to members in Burundi.
Editor's 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...
 

Kari Paulsen, wife of former Seventh-day Adventist World Church President, passes away.
Kari Paulsen, wife of Pastor Jan Paulsen, former president of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, passed away in Norway, January 10. Pastor Paulsen was by her side. Ted N.C. Wilson said in a post on his Facebook Page,“Please pray during this 10 Days of Prayer and beyond for Pastor Paulsen and the Paulsen family as I have. Mrs. Paulsen was a very capable person and a strong support for Pastor Paulsen in his life and their ministry together over many decades in different parts of the...
 

Adventist Church still assessing damage after earthquake hits Puerto Rico
Seventh-day Adventist leaders in Puerto Rico are still baffled by a series of earthquakes which began yesterday, and culminated with a 6.4 magnitude tremor early this on January 7. The earthquakes have hit the southern parts of island the hardest, mainly in Guayanilla and Guánica, killing one person and injuring a dozen others, and causing power outages. There have been no deaths reported among church members. “We have never as a country dealt with such earthquake in all my years,” said Jose A....
 

A special prayer appeal to the Worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church for the Lord’s intervention in stopping the horrific fires in Australia
Please pray for Australia! Our hearts go out to our dear brothers and sisters down under, and to the entire country of Australia as they are experiencing a catastrophic situation with long-burning fires—resulting in enormous loss of life and property. So far, the fires have burned more than six-million hectares (12.35 million acres) of land across Australia, at least 24 people have lost their lives, and more than 1500 homes have been destroyed, including many belonging to Seventh-day Adventist...
 

Electronic cigarettes have alarming risks, expert warns
Both conventional and electronic cigarettes are devices for administering nicotine, which causes one of the largest known chemical dependencies. The electronic cigarette was initially to have an advantage over the conventional one. But is this a reality?The South American Adventist News Agency sat down with pulmonologist Sergio Henrique Santos, a specialist for the Brazilian Society of Pulmonology and Tisilogy. Santos, a Seventh-day Adventist, also serves as a university lecturer and believes...
 

Australian Bushfires update
As Australia’s bushfire crisis continues, here’s an update on how Adventists have been impacted and what the Church is doing to support fire-impacted communities. Cobargo the worst affected in NSW Cobargo, in south-east New South Wales, has been the worst affected area in the state, with the township engulfed by fire. Seven Adventist families lost their homes, properties and businesses. The house that Cobargo church company—a total of 15 members including children—used to meet in has also been...
 

Adventist families among those affected by massive flooding in Indonesia
While the world welcomed the New Year on the evening of December 31, 2019, citizens of Jakarta, Indonesia braced themselves for torrential rains and severe flooding as monsoons and rising rivers submerged the Indonesian capital affecting the population of over 30 million people.Local authorities initiated a city wide evacuation as landslides and electrocutions continued to raise the death toll. According to reports, 53 people were confirmed dead and many more were reported missing. 113,000...
 

Adventist Church in Australia responds to bushfire tragedy
Leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church have expressed their heartfelt sympathies for those impacted by the bushfires currently raging across Australia.Jorge Munoz, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia, said he is shocked and saddened by the unfolding tragedy.“I extend my deepest condolences to those who have lost loves ones in these devastating fires,” Munoz said. “There is so much suffering, it is absolutely heartbreaking.” In New South Wales, the fires have...
 

Adventist paramedic in Northern Territory receives award
Katherine Seventh-day Adventist Church attendee Rebekah Tierney was announced as“New Practitioner of the Year” for St John Ambulance Australia (NT) during an awards ceremony at Parliament House in Darwin on November 28.Tierney moved to Katherine at the end of 2018 to complete her new grad year with St John Ambulance as a paramedic.Of particular note for Tierney was the integral role she played in the rescue of a female hiker who became trapped under a boulder during a rockslide along the...
 

The Gift of Jesus Christ
As we come to the close of another year, I would like to invite you for a moment to consider the most amazing gift of Jesus Christ. While we do not know exactly when He was born, the important thing is that we know for certain He was born, and that He came to this Earth on a very special mission.Foretold by prophecy and announced by a heavenly being more than 2,000 years ago, we read in Matthew 1:21—“And she [Mary] will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His...
 

Is Christmas pagan?
Commonly referred to as“The most wonderful time of the year”, Christmas sees an increase in generosity, families and friends gathering together, and Jesus celebrated. Yet some Christians have difficulty with this day. In the mid-19th century, a Protestant minister, Alexander Hislop wrote a book called, The Two Babylons, in which he compared the Roman Catholic Church to ancient Babylon. In his zeal to prove such a connection, he jumped over a few facts on several occasions.1The idea of...
 

Bar owner closes store to serve church
For 40 years, smoking was part of 65-year-old Osvaldo Henrique da Costa’s life. Four decades of this habits brought him constant tiredness, a cough and difficulty breathing. The vice chained and anguished him. Until one day he met a friend in his bar who told him: “Do you want to quit smoking? I’m attending a course and I’ve already stopped smoking.” Excitedwith the achievement, he did not think twice and attended the “How to quit smoking” course at an Adventist home in Bandeirinhas...
 

Adventist humanitarian agency helps fishermen families in the northeastern region
A November oil spill in Brazil has become the country’s worst marine environmental disaster. Now, the disaster has begun to impact the finances of the families in the northeastern region of the country. After collecting more than 5 thousand tons of oil from the Brazilian coast, people’s willingness to consume fish and other marine food lowered considerably. Environmental groups estimate that in the state of Pernambuco alone, sales of clams, crab and oysters fell by 90%, while fish sales fell by...
 

President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church sends message to Adventist members in Burundi.
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...
 

Philippine Island of Negros to Receive its First Cath Lab, Provide Expanded Cardiac Services
The more than 4 million residents of the fourth largest island of the Philippines, Negros, will soon have access to better diagnosis and treatment for heart conditions thanks to a donation by the U.S.-based, 50-hospital health system AdventHealth.AdventHealth’s Global Missions team shipped a donated cardiac catheterization lab on Oct. 24 from Orlando, Florida, to the 120-bed Adventist Medical Center (AMC)– Bacolod facility. Expected to arrive by the end of the year, it will be the first...
 

Magnitude 6.9 earthquake jolted South Philippines, Adventists among those affected
A devastating 6.9 magnitude earthquake jolted Davao del Sur, South Philippines,  at around 2:11 in the afternoon, Sunday, December 15. This latest earthquake is the strongest reported in the series of tremors experienced in the South Philippines over the past two months.The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported that the epicenter of the earthquake was located almost 4 miles (6 kilometers) away from Padada, Davao del Sur, at a depth of 18 miles (30 kilometers)....
 

Adventist Church in North Colombia offers assistance to hundreds of families affected by floods
After heavy rains caused the San José River in the municipal district of Apartadó, in Antioquía, North Colombia, to overflow Seventh-day Adventists moved quickly to provide shelter and gather relief supplies to help dozens of families affected. “It was a very difficult experience for us,” said Jhon Jairo, one of those affectedby the flooding. “Before we knew it, the river overflowed and swept away everything that we had. The community was left with nothing. My ranch came all down.” Church...
 

ADRA commits to achieving objectives of the Global Compact on Refugees
On December 17 and 18, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) joined more than 2,000 humanitarian practitioners and member states at the first-ever Global Refugee Forum in Geneva, Switzerland to find transforming solutions to the world refugee crisis, benefitting both refugees and their host communities. More than a third of the world’s displaced population—some 25.9 million people, according to a 2018 UNHCR report—have been forced to flee their own countries entirely, leaving...
 

In El Salvador, Adventist Church dispenses hundreds of free books and magazines.
Azucena Quintanilla wanted to make a difference in her local Seventh-day Adventist Church. She wanted to engage more members in spreading hope in the community of Santa Tecla, a municipal district in La Libertad in San Salvador, El Salvador. Quintanilla, 21, wanted to have a free Adventist book dispenser placed in the middle of the town’s main park. It was as simple as anyone pressing a button for a free book or magazine. She brought her idea to the church board and the members so they could...
 

Trans-European Division acknowledges mistakes of the past, seek ways to move forward
This year marked the 90th anniversary of the formation of the Trans-European Division as one region of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Initially established as the Northern European Division, it has gone through several reconfigurations over the years. Starting as a predominantly Scandinavian and British Isles based unit, it has grown to now encompass countries in central and south-eastern Europe, and over the decades it has also had a specific mission impact in West Africa,...
 

Philippines struck by nine weeks of natural disasters
The Philippines is known for being a disaster-prone country, ranking second on the global climate risk index in 2018 and fourth in the countries most affected by extreme weather events since 1999. This is largely due to its geographical location along a typhoon belt and in the Pacific Ring of Fire.From February to August, ADRA conducted five disaster relief interventions in the most affected districts in the Philippines. This included mosquito nets, woven sleeping mats, blankets for the fire...
 

ADRA and Adventist Mission in Thailand lend support to global education campaign
Following the official launch of the global advocacy campaign, Every Child. Everywhere. In School., held at the General Conference’s Annual Council in October, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and the Thailand Adventist Mission together kicked-off an education campaign at its year-end meeting on December 2. ADRA’s Asia Region Director, Mark Webster, introduced the joint advocacy campaign to school administrators and church leaders who attended the meeting. Following the...
 

ADRA appoints Annetta Gibson as new Vice President for Finance
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has announced the appointment of Annetta“Ann” Gibson as vice president for finance. Gibson began her appointment, effective December 4. Gibson steps into the role previously held by Michael Kruger who now serves as president of ADRA. “Ann is a widely respected leader and we’re pleased to welcome her to ADRA as our newest executive team member,” says Ella Simmons, board vice chair and general vice president of the General Conference of...
 

A New Commandment
Jesus is our perfect example of the way to live in this world. While on earth, He gave His disciples a“new” commandment, that is, “love one another” just as He loved them (John 13:34, ESV). He faithfully lived out this commandment in His life and ministry. He loved people fearlessly, unconditionally, and extravagantly. BoundlessJesus was notoriously indiscriminate in displaying His love. No exception was ever practiced. Jesus greeted all people“as children of God” (Ellen G. White, Christ’s...
 

With religious freedom under threat, is there a way forward?
Editor’s note: At a Capitol Hill press conference today, U.S. Representative Chris Stewart (R-UT) announced the introduction of a proposed law called Fairness for All. The legislation, which was introduced into the House of Representatives, aims to ensure that the free and open exercise of religion cannot be eroded, regardless of future political trends. Seventh-day Adventist religious liberty advocates were among those who participated in the event to express their support. Therewas a time,...
 

Middle East University reaffirms God’s guidance at the 80th anniversary
Anyone would be challenged to cover eight decades of miracles in one weekend, but on November 15-17, 2019, Middle East University (formerly Middle East College) campus in Beirut, Lebanon, commemorated 80 years of operation with storytelling, music, and moving testimonies.  Even as Lebanon is gripped with current economic and political challenges, the theme for the event spoke of MEU’s story, “We Walk By Faith.”  The weekend featured yellowed photos of the visionaries who invested wealth and...
 

ADRA Samoa responds to deadly measles outbreak
ADRA Samoa staff are working tirelessly in response to the deadly measles outbreak in the country.According to ABC news, 32 children have died as a result of the outbreak—most of the victims are under the age of four. Last week the Samoan government declared a state of emergency and a compulsory mass vaccination campaign was launched. The government has also closed all schools and banned children from public gatherings. ADRA South Pacific director Greg Young saidADRA Samoa, with its...
 

ADRA responds to five earthquakes that rattle Albania
A 6.3 magnitude earthquake recently struck Albania mostly affecting the city of Durres and Kruja, and the village of Thumana, Kruje. Reportedly, the death toll stands at 31 with at least 650 people injured. Rescue efforts are currently underway as bodies are still being pulled from the rubble.“Specific areas in Durres and Thumana are still restricted due to military and special risk team interventions,” says Altin Rexhepi, country director for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)...
 

Seventh-day Adventist World Church president sends letter of encouragement to members in Burundi
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...
 

ADRA taps North American educators for development aid overhaul in Southern Africa schools
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is collaborating with the North American Division (NAD) Office of Education to offer educational development assistance at schools in Southern Africa. Recently, ADRA accompanied ten NAD education leaders to evaluate and assess the needs of schools in Malawi. “ADRA wants to ensure that every child has the best opportunities available to thrive and succeed,” says Matthew Siliga, vice president for marketing and development at ADRA. “Nothing...
 

Pathfinders plant 1,400 trees to combat climate change in Dubai
To help combat climate change, Pathfinders in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) took part in planting 1,400 trees in Dubai on November 10 as a part of the“Plant A Legacy initiative” spearheaded by a Dubai private school. Seven Pathfinders, four Adventurers, two parents and fifteen Master Guides in Training and Master Guides from the Emirates of Sharjah and Dubai in UAE participated in the completion of planting 15,000 Ghaf trees in 65 days. “Plant A Legacy” (PAL) project initiative by The...
 

Pueblo Adventists condemn planned white supremacist attack on Jewish temple.
Joining the community of Pueblo, Seventh-day Adventists issued a statement regarding the planned bombing of Temple Emanuel, the Jewish temple in Pueblo, and delivered it to the synagogue leadership on Friday, November 8.At sunset, a dozen Adventist church members and leaders attended the Shabbat Eve Service in solidarity with the Jewish community. Rabbi“Birdie” Becker led out during this gathering of the largest congregation in Pueblo since Temple Emanuel’s opening in 1900. The synagogue that...
 

Two Adventist leaders pass to their rest
It is with sincere regret that Adventist News Network reports that two former leaders of the West-Central Africa Division, Luka T. Daniel and Robert J. Kloosterhuis, have passed to their rest.Daniel, 76, was born in the village of Ukam, Kaduna, Nigeria, in 1943. He attended Adventist primary schools and received his bachelor’s degree from the Adventist College of West Africa (now Babcock University) before obtaining a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Loma Linda University. ...
 

Philippines: Earthquake rocks southern island of Mindanao
The Philippine's southern island of Mindanao was hit by a series of strong earthquakes during the month of October. On October 16, a magnitude-6.3 earthquake shook, followed by a magnitude 6.6 quake on October 29, and another quake of magnitude-6.5 hit again two days later on October 31 causing major infrastructural damage not only to the province of Cotabato where the epicenter was located, but also affecting nearby provinces where major cities like Davao are located.Residents living in the...
 

Seventh-day Adventist Church initiates global prayer campaign #Pray4Burundi
On October 24, Burundi Union President, Lamec Barishinga, was arrested on his way to meetings at the East-Central African division offices in Nairobi, Kenya. This arrest is the latest in an escalating series of events between the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the government of Burundi. Read more: Appeal from Seventh-day Adventist World Church President for urgent prayerIn May, through the Adventist News Network and the Adventist Review, Seventh-day Adventist world church president, Ted...
 

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