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Inter-American leaders see Hurricane Dorian destruction firsthand

Snapped brown pine trees, downed electrical poles, mangled steel buildings, destroyed businesses, flattened neighborhoods, churches destroyed, and debris everywhere. That was the sight that greeted Seventh-day Adventist leaders from the Inter-America Division (IAD) during a recent tour of the damage caused by Hurricane Dorian on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. Marsh Harbour, Abaco “You look at it all and think where to start? Where to rebuild? When will it be possible for them...

ADRA distributes food and water to families hardest hit by Tropical Storm Podul

On August 29, Tropical Storm Podul crossed into northeast and northern Thailand bringing heavy rainfall and high winds causing flash flooding and landslides across 32 provinces.  Due to the torrential rain, waters rose significantly higher than above normal levels in Ubon Ratchathani, the tenth most populous city in Thailand. The flood resulted in widespread flooding in 22 districts. Many people are still living in their flooded homes without electricity and food supplies. Flood victims in ten...

Volunteers support Venezuelan families in Maranhão

“The resident alien who lives with you will be treated as a native of the land. Love him as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. ” This advice from Leviticus 19:34 was given to the Hebrews, fresh from their Egyptian exodus, more than four thousand years ago.  Taking this divine counsel seriously, Adventist volunteers from Northeast Maranhão, Brazil,  organized a charitable event in August to help Venezuelan families who are camped in the makeshift bus terminal area in São Luís, the state...

Christian Record Services for the Blind extend services worldwide

Christian Record Services for the Blind (CRS), a ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, has extended access to its proprietary online library to all of the divisions outside North America. This includes several different reading formats, including audio streaming, large electronic print and refreshable Braille. The library is available to verified members who are legally blind and can be accessed through computers, tablets and some smartphones. This offer represents...

Mark Finley talks about the Church

Mark Finley is an experienced public evangelist, who currently serves as Assistant to the President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, Ted N.C. Wilson, located in the U.S. of Maryland. He has written more than 70 books and spoke recently about his new book, The Church Triumphant. Do you believe that God’s people, coming from various cultures and perspectives, can find solutions to issues facing the church today? I have great confidence in the ultimate triumph of God’s church. I believe...

City Hall changes Independence Parade start time to accommodate Pathfinders

Brazilian Independence Day is celebrated on September 7. This national holiday is marked by public celebrations in small and large cities all around the country. In Carlos Chagas, in eastern Minas Gerais, the civic parade began later than usual, just after sunset. According to the city hall, the change occurred so that regional Pathfinder clubs could participate. “We have changed in consideration for the Pathfinders Club, which does a wonderful job here,” explains Mayor Acassio Vieira. “We have...

In the Bahamas, Adventist Church assists members relocating in Nassau

“You are not alone. Your church family is with you and God is touching many hearts all over the world to help you endure through this process,” Peter Kerr, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Atlantic Caribbean Union, as he spoke to dozens of church members who evacuated Abaco and Grand Bahama after Hurricane Dorian destroyed their homes and communities earlier this month. The nearly 100 displaced members gathered at the Hillview Adventist Church in Nassau, Bahamas, on Sep. 14,...

Former Undertreasurer for the Seventh-day Adventist World Church passes to his rest.

Donald Robinson, former Undertreasurer of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, passed to his rest Friday evening, September 6, 2019. He was 79. “On behalf of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the worldwide church family, we offer our sincere sympathy and Christian condolences to Elaine Robinson and the entire Robinson family,” stated Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, in an email.   “Don was a very diligent, astute, and sincere...

ADRA prepares food and water assistance to help families in the Bahamas

Four days have passed since Category 5 Hurricane Dorian dumped heavy rain on the Abaco and Grand Bahama islands for more than 40 hours. As the storm tapers off, the devastation is immense. Families have been left stranded in their homes, knee-deep in high-rise water levels, while countless others are left homeless.  Aid Restricted Temporarily “Seventy percent of the islands are covered in water and there’s no way to get to them right now,” says Leonardo Rahming, executive secretary of the...

In the Bahamas, Adventist Church accounting for members after Hurricane Dorian

Seventh-day Adventist leaders in Nassau, The Bahamas, are still waiting to know the fate of the hundreds of members who have been affected by the devastating effects of Hurricane Dorian on the hardest hit islands of Abaco, Grand Bahama, Bimini and the Berry Islands.  The Category 4 hurricane pounded the northern Bahamas for over 40 hours starting on Sep. 1, packing winds of over 185 miles per hour, flooding the islands, stranding residents and killing at least seven people. “This is something...