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The Seventh-day Adventist Church wants you to be a digital missionary.

The global Seventh-day Adventist Church is gearing up to launch what might become the largest digital evangelism series in history. Every Adventist is being challenged to become a ‘Digital Missionary’ as church leaders are hoping to recruit 5,000 digital missionaries in 5 days.  “Sometimes it is difficult for everyone to be involved in regular public meetings,” says Williams Costa Jr, director of communication for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. “But when it comes to digital...

The Adventist Church in North America to hold department and ministry elections after 2021 General Conference Session

Due to the impact of COVID-19 and the postponement of the 2020 General Conference (GC) Session until May 2021, and the North American Division (NAD) of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church policy that requires the election of NAD vice presidents and department directors be held after a General Conference Session, the North American Division Committee (NADCOM) voted on May 21, 2020, to hold division elections on May 26, 2021, in Indianapolis, Indiana. This date is...

Seventh-day Adventist students, teachers help feed 400 families in Brazil’s capital

One of Brazil’s largest favelas, or slum districts, located 22 miles (35 kilometers) from the nation’s capital buildings in Brasília, has been helped by Seventh-day Adventist students and educators during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. Adventist Education Network teachers and students distributed 400 food baskets to residents of Sol Nascente, a neighborhood that sprouted on the capital’s outskirts some 20 years ago. Now home to perhaps as many as 100,000 people, it rivals the Rocina favela...

COMMENTARY: Fighting the killer disease: The only way to really win

In this time of crisis everybody is trying to find somewhere or some way to protect themselves from this killer disease known to the world as COVID-19. The question many are asking is what should we do to save ourselves during this pandemic? No one wants to die. And therefore our societies are trying everything. Governments, health services, churches and other organizations around the globe are putting together strategic plans to help their citizens and members survive this killer disease. ...

North American Division Names New Retirement Plans Administrator

On May 21, 2020, the North American Division (NAD) elected Edwin G. Romero to serve as the administrator and chief executive officer of the North American Division Retirement Plans, filling the vacancy left by Raymond Jimenez. Like his predecessor, Romero was also elected associate treasurer for the NAD. “Edwin has served admirably as the chief financial officer for three years and has a tremendous grasp of the complexities of the operation,” said Randy Robinson, NAD treasurer and Adventist...

Commentary: Before and After: The main thing

Man gets used to everything. And perhaps many of us are already accustomed to both quarantine and self-isolation. Once in Heaven, many of us will probably be interested in asking Noah how he suffered isolation in the ark? It was a kind of quarantine that had never happened before, with absolutely closed doors. How did Noah get along with his family in this enclosed space? While still in the ark and dreaming of the end of the flood, Noah probably came to the conclusion that the Earth they would...

In Brazil, Seventh-day Adventists help collect 17,000 food baskets during pandemic

Things were desperate for Izaílde Silva, in fact, they were about as bleak as they could be: it was lunchtime and the 58-year-old housekeeper had no food on the stove. There was nothing in the pantry at the woman’s home in Belém do Pará, a city of 1.4 million people in northern Brazil. Victoria and Paola, Silva’s granddaughters, didn’t know it yet, but there would be no lunch, and likely no dinner, either. Silva’s work as a maid—and the income that provided meals for Victoria and...

New Caledonia celebrates baptisms and ordinations

The Adventist church in Mare and the New Caledonia Mission celebrated a special day on May 9 with the ordination of three elders and the baptism of five people. The elders were ordained during the morning Sabbath service, followed by communion. Then, the baptismal candidates—Arlette Roine, Charles Roine, Evelyn Waheo, Tom Wright, and Edmond—publicly gave their hearts to Jesus in the afternoon. Each person baptized had an inspiring story to share. In particular, Mr Roine’s baptism sent...

Sonscreen Film Festival 2020 goes virtual

The 2020 Sonscreen Film Festival, in collaboration with new partner CoLab, was on track to be held April 2-5, 2020. Those plans drastically changed the second week of March as novel coronavirus disease closures caused the North American Division (NAD) to cancel the festival that was to be hosted at the Loma Linda University Church in California.  By April 13, after long hours of reorganizing, shuffling, and creating, the festival moved online. It became the first NAD event to successfully...

Nine-year-old raises money for first responders through poem book sales

On May 18, Matthew Rushing, 9, from Moreno Valley, California, delivered dozens of boxes of snacks to Loma Linda University Medical Center Emergency Department staff, aiming to lift their spirits during the COVID-19 pandemic. In just a little over two weeks, Rushing raised more than $400 for his project by selling his book of poetry called “Poems for Hard Times.” He said he wanted to donate to emergency department workers at Loma Linda University Medical Center because his pediatrician works at...