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Justice Prevails in Angola for Five Adventist Men

A full acquittal by the Supreme Court of Angola on May 15 has ended a two-year legal ordeal for four Seventh-day Adventist Church pastors and one layperson falsely accused in an abduction conspiracy. The false accusations of kidnapping against the men stemmed from an incident that took place in 2015, involving an elaborate staged abduction of a former Adventist conference president and a demand for money from the church. Those responsible for the fake kidnapping sought to cast blame elsewhere,...

ADRA President: “Poverty plants the seeds of religious violence”

Jonathan Duffy, president of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, spoke in front of a packed room during the second annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom Summit at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. to address the preservation of religious liberty for all. Focusing on the theme, “Religious Freedom in Conflict and Crisis Zones: Protecting Vulnerable Minorities,” Duffy spoke about the connection between poverty and religious violence on a panel with humanitarian...

Jefferson City mayor thanks Iowa-Missouri Conference for disaster relief efforts

On Sabbath, June 8, Jefferson City mayor Carrie Tergin stopped by the 2019 Iowa-Missouri Camp Meeting in Centralia, Missouri, to express her thanks for recent disaster relief efforts Adventists have undertaken in and around the city. “On behalf of Jefferson City, we appreciate each and every one of you,” she said. “We will rebuild. We will be stronger.” Joining her were Jody Dickhaut, the Iowa-Missouri Conference’s Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS DR) coordinator for...

Single mother presented with a renovated house

Nilda Santos da Silva, 51, is a single mother of five children. For 13 years she has lived in a small house with two rooms—a kitchen and bedroom—in Jardim Colombo on the west side of São Paulo. She often dreamed of having a comfortable home for her children, but knew it was impossible since she earns less than minimum wage as a day laborer.  "It's a struggle to make ends meet, even more alone. When you have work, we do not refuse at all," explains Santos da Silva. Jardim Colombo is part of the...

Adventist University of the Philippines celebrates first commencement of College of Medicine

Referred to as the “Prima Lux” or “First Light,” sixteen aspiring physicians celebrated their historic achievement June 21-23, 2019,  as the first graduates from the Adventist University of the Philippines College of Medicine (AUP COM). During Baccalaureate, the highly esteemed pioneer batch testified of the Master Physician’s power and their unique experiences throughout their four-year training in the COM and clinical internships at Batangas Medical Center. Several representatives from the...

The Adventist Church in North America honors historic promotion of an Adventist Chaplain serving in the U.S. Air Force

Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries of the North American Division recognized Chaplain John Elliott of the United States Air Force on July 3, 2019, for his recent promotion to colonel. He is only the second Seventh-day Adventist Air Force chaplain to achieve the rank — the first was Chaplain David Buttrick, who was promoted in 2017. “Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries is proud of our chaplains who have milestone events. We have a Flame Award we present to military chaplains when they achieve the rank...

More than 200 children participate in health summit in Ukraine

Youth from the Lugansk Seventh-day Adventist church and other faith communities recently organized and conducted “Land of Health,” a children’s health summit, in the city of Lugansk, Ukraine. The young people attended training seminars prior to the event on how to effectively run a children’s health program. The program took place at the city center in Komsomol Park, sponsored by Exod-Lugansk, a charitable organization. Approximately 210 children visited the eight “Health Countries”—thematic...

Adventist leaders challenged to understand their role in carrying out the Mission

President for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Inter-America (IAD), Elie Henry, challenged church administrators and leaders at this year’s territory-wide leadership training conference opening last night to examine how they manage the church organization, understand their role and effectively carry out the mission of the church. “We must recognize first that God is the owner of everything that exists and we are simply stewards managing our Father’s property, so the question we should ask...

A ‘friends’ view of Adventists and military service: Biblical, Historical and Ethical Perspectives

Seeing ourselves as others see us is not always easy. Even at a recent conference on Adventists and Military Service, men, and it was mostly men, cordially differed on the value, ethics and efficacy of Adventist involvement in the military, including in chaplaincy. This highlights the real value of a recently published book reflecting on lessons learnt in the 100 years since World War I. Adventists and Military Service: Biblical, Historical and Ethical Perspectives is an initiative of the...

ADRA responds across south Asia to help thousands affected by monsoons

Torrential rainfall has already devastated many households in the regions of India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, causing landslides. The recent downpour has been blamed for the deaths of 180 people and reportedly affected more than 44 million people.  ADRA is working closely with local authorities in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh to assess damages and community needs. Below are updates on aid provided by ADRA in each country. INDIA Shelters have been established for more than 45,000 people who lost...