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In Mexico, thousands of Adventists clean the street in Chiapas

More than 5,000 Seventh-day Adventists in Tuxtla Gutierrez in Chiapas, Mexico, cleaned streets in support of the city’s “Let’s Clean Tuxtla” initiative.  Thousands of children, young people and adults, from dozens of Adventist Churches in Tuxtla, woke up early Sunday, Apr. 28, to sweep, clear debris, and collect trash in four areas near the city’s main road, Belisario Dominguez Boulevard. Wearing Pathfinder uniforms or special shirts identifying them as Seventh-day Adventists, the group...

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#Ask2019 in Southern Asia-Pacific region readies and equips Adventist millennials for leadership

More than 1,600 Adventist young men and women within the Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD) were challenged  to ask for wisdom so that each one of them may be fully utilized for mission.  The challenge came during the #Ask19 SSD Youth Leadership Summit held at the Central Philippine Adventist College, Bacolod City, Philippines.  “Ask 2019” is part of the SSD youth departments five-year initiative, “Pass it on.”  Saw Samuel, president of the Adventist Church in the Southern Asia-Pacific...

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Adventist Media wins awards at national Christian media conference

Adventist Media was acknowledged at the 2019 Christian Media & Arts Australia (CMAA) conference, winning two awards at the Excellence in Media Awards presentation on Wednesday, May 15. Maryellen Fairfax was announced as winner of the “Emerging Talent” category, beating four other finalists from prominent media institutions. She is a panelist on Mums At The Table and also one of the hosts of I Am, both productions of Adventist Media. “Receiving this award has been absolutely surreal! Every...

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Seventh-day Adventist Church responds to Equality Act

On Friday, May 17, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act (H.R. 5). The bill, if it were to become law, would extend protection to gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals across a broad spectrum of U.S. civil rights laws. Thi...

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Commentary: What Seventh-day Adventists face in Burundi

The following is a commentary on recent and concerning events in the African country of Burundi. For additional details and context to this developing story, we encourage you to also read a previously posted article available at this link. ~ Editors Th...

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ADRA President: “Faith communities can change the dialogue from hate and ignorance to peace, love and acceptance.

During a recent summit held in Geneva, Switzerland, Jonathan Duffy, president for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) joined hundreds of interfaith world leaders to discuss fostering inclusivity and countering hate speech to enhance the ...

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Empowering women through education

“Education is the key for change in women’s lives to shape a better future,” says Raquel Arrais, associate director of Women’s Ministries for the Seventh-day Adventist World Church and who manages the scholarship program.  The Women’s Ministries department of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church focuses on six areas that impact women globally: health, workload, poverty, illiteracy, education and leadership opportunities, and abuse. “When we looked at these six issues, and we agreed if you...

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Tennessee governor rejects pleas for clemency in Adventist death row case

Despite urgent efforts by top Adventist leaders, lawyers, family and friends, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee will not stay the scheduled execution of Don Johnson, an Adventist inmate on death row.  Lee issued a brief statement on Tuesday evening. “After a prayerful and deliberate consideration of Don Johnson‘s request for clemency, and after a thorough review of the case, I am upholding the sentence of the State of Tennessee and will not be intervening.” In December 1984, Donnie “Don” Johnson was...

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Seventh-day Adventist Church appeals to Burundi government

Seventh-day Adventist world church president Ted N.C. Wilson has issued an urgent appeal for prayer following the recent arrest and detention of 22 Adventist leaders and members in the central African nation of Burundi. The arrests were ordered by the national government and follow six months of illegal interference on the part of the Burundi government in the administration of the Adventist Church in that country.  “I call on all Seventh-day Adventists to pray for our church members in...

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Ontario Conference’s inaugural Earth Day Summit inspires thousands to care for the planet

According to a U.N. report released on May 6, one million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction.[1] Moreover, four decades after the first Earth Day in 1970, the global population has doubled, we’re emitting 2.4 times more Co2 — causing sea levels to rise — and more than 170 animal species have been declared extinct.[2] Only a “transformative change” in how we engage with nature will stall these trends.[3] Enter the 2019 Earth Day Summit, held on April 21, in Mississauga,...

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Media Academy in Bulgaria inspires youth to serve the church

Inspired by the cross-media interaction of ideas and teams during the 2018 GAiN Europe* conference in Valencia, Spain, Communication leaders in Bulgaria committed themselves to develop similar outreach projects in their own country – a land that is traditionally Orthodox but that is today very secular. While Bulgaria is part of the Inter-European Division [EUD], it shares common ground with many of the media challenges in the TED, resulting in Trans-European Division Communication director,...

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Appeal from Seventh-day Adventist World Church President for urgent prayer

I am earnestly appealing to Seventh-day Adventist church members, and others worldwide, to begin a strong, worldwide prayer initiative for our members and church organization in the central African country of Burundi, who are experiencing systematic re...

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Seventh-day Adventist World Church President makes an appeal in U.S. death penalty case.

The Seventh-day Adventist World Church President, Ted N.C. Wilson, has written a letter of appeal to the governor of the U.S. state of Tennessee, Bill Lee, asking for a stay of execution for Donnie Johnson. Johnson has been convicted of killing his wif...

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Desmond Doss story inspires Norwegian soldier to faith

Christian Ødegård had barely heard about Seventh-day Adventists. However, while serving in the Norwegian armed forces he saw a war movie that made a huge impact on him. The film was Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge with the young Adventist paramedic, Desmond Doss, as the main character The way Doss stood up for his Christian convictions really impressed the young Norwegian soldier. He was fascinated that the American soldier in the movie kept the Sabbath and was a vegetarian. Over lunch one day, his...

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Literature evangelist partners with church plant

Partnering with a team of literature evangelists has proved beneficial for a church plant in Western Australia. “We’ve been working with literature evangelists (LEs) for a couple of years now,” says Pastor Abby Aviles from Hope Spring Fellowship, an Adventist church plant in Kwinana. “I find their work inspiring. They are bringing the kingdom of God to people’s doorsteps.” For the past couple of years, literature evangelists have assisted Pastor Aviles with prayer meetings, doorknocking and...

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Church invests in technology to get closer to people

In recent years, technology has been getting more prevalent in our daily lives. It is everywhere - in our financial systems, culture, entertainment, economics, education, communication and even the religious environment. Because of this, the ...

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Iconic ‘Baby Fae’ surgeon Bailey dies at age 76

Leonard Bailey, MD, the renowned Loma Linda University Health surgeon who garnered international media attention in 1984 for transplanting a baboon’s heart into a human infant known as “Baby Fae,” the research from which spawned human-to-human infant heart transplants and other cardiac treatment breakthroughs, died today at the age of 76 following a battle with cancer. Bailey’s pioneering and controversial procedure became one of 1984’s biggest news stories, drawing daily attention of national...

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Hospitality: A reminder of grace and blessing

Can you believe it? In 2019, twenty people per minute are still forced to leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror. A shocking 68 million are currently refugees or displaced people. That is equivalent to the population of the world’s 20th largest country. Not one of them chose to live the life they have been forced to follow. Yet it is not all bad news! Churches, individuals and charities, often supported by personal donations, business or government funding, have been...

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San celebrates mums

In an early celebration for Mother’s Day, hundreds of moms, babies, doctors and midwives gathered on the front lawn of Sydney Adventist Hospital for the fifth annual San Teddy Bears Picnic. Under sunny skies, the event featured special music, a complimentary morning tea and a “goodie bag” for each mom. The youngsters were entertained by children’s TV presenter Justine Clarke and a variety of other activities. The Teddy Bears Picnic is an invitation-only event for mothers who have had a baby at...

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A Ministry of Presence

Devastation. Loss. Hope. The juxtaposition of miles of destruction beside yellow daffodils and blooming trees left a sense of irony hanging in the air. While much of the world has moved on from the destruction caused by the fire in and around Paradise,...

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