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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 Adventists also 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...