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A Special Message from Pastor Ted Wilson on the Coronavirus Crisis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#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

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...