The Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean region is outraged by the recent, current xenophobic attacks against foreign nationals in South Africa. There is no justifiable reason to warrant the senseless violence and prejudice bringing shame to a new and free democratic South Africa. To embrace true freedom means to renounce a spirit of domination, abuse or violence against people.
Without reservation, our leadership and almost 3.5 million Seventh-day Adventist members in Southern Africa condemn all these senseless and horrendous acts of violence and hatred which has also affected members of our church.
Inter-American Division President Pastor Israel Leito jumps rope with elementary students at the Mahuma Zuid Adventist School in Curaçao on March 9, 2015. Pastor Leito and leaders from the Adventist World Church, stopped by the school as they surveyed the proposed location for the soon-to-be-approved Dutch Caribbean Union. The new union will be comprised of Inter-America’s attached fields of Aruba Mission, Bonaire region and Curacao Image by Elbert Presentacion.
Joaquin Tzoc (center) with 110 years of age is helped out of the water after being baptized by Pastor Anibal Perez (left) in San Andres, Sajcabaja, in Quiche, Guatemala, on Jan. 31, 2015, as fellow Seventh-day Adventists look on. Soc becomes the eldest member of the Agostadero Adventist Church in Quiche, in the northwest region of Guatemala. Image by Rosita Hernandez/IAD.
Small group leaders study the Bible during a special lay training organized by the Adventist Church in west Guatemala, on Jan. 24, 2015. Some 950 laypeople from San Marcos, Quetzaltenango and Huehuetenango regions gathered to sharpen their leadership skills in sharing the gospel in their communities through a certification program from Central American Adventist University. Image by Melvin Batz/IAD
IAD President Israel Leito talks to the media at El Palacio de los Deportes in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, during a press conference held Jan. 17, 2015. Pastor Leito spoke on the work of the Adventist Church on the island and around the globe during the culmination of evangelistic efforts which resulted in hundreds of baptisms. Image by Reynaldo Carela/IAD
Seventh-day Adventist Church President Ted N. C. Wilson unveils the new sign, officially changing the name of 7th Street in La Romana, Dominican Republic, to Ellen G. White Street, or “Elena G. de White” on Jan. 15, 2015. The street is located in the Villa Alacrán community and connects two neighboring communities. District Councilman Wanchy Medin (second from left) was credited for the idea of renaming the street. Images by Libna Stevens/IAD
Seventh-day Adventists listen in as Pastor Everett Brown, president of the church in Jamaica, calls on them to ‘press on’ to be involved in the mission of the church and nation building during a special worship service at the Mandeville Seventh-day Adventist Church in Mandeville, Jamaica, Nov. 8, 2014. The service featured a symposium to launch activities and initiatives during the commemoration of 125 years of Adventism in the country to be held next year. Image by Nigel Coke/IAD.Man