Hurricane Joaquin badly damages 6 Adventist churches in The Bahamas

The damaged Landrill Point Seventh-day Adventist Church in Crooked Island with adjacent pastor's residence after Hurricane Joaquin slammed into the southeastern Bahamas region Oct. 1-2, 2015. Image by Alvarico Moss/ATCU

A powerful hurricane badly damaged or destroyed at least six Seventh-day Adventist churches in The Bahamas, local church leaders said as they struggled to assess the destruction and account for church members a week after the Caribbean disaster.

Hurricane Joaquin flooded buildings and ripped off roofs amid two days of fierce winds of up to 140 miles an hour (225 kilometers per hour) on Oct. 1 and 2.

October 8, 2015 in From the Field, RSS English by

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In Mexico, more than 6,000 children in impoverished communities get schools supplies

Children pose with their new backpacks full of school supplies in one of the dozens of communities in south central Mexico in the church's Inter-Oceanic Mexican Union territory in Puebla, in late August, 2015. Images courtesy of Inter-Oceanic Mexican Union

More than 6,000 children in south central Mexico received backpacks full of school supplies days before the new school year began, thanks to the local Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and thousands of Seventh-day Adventist church members in the region.

The initiative, coordinated by ADRA’s office in the Inter-Oceanic Mexican union, involved thousands of church members contributing funds on Sabbaths in May to ensure that needy children would have the basic supplies to begin their school year.

October 8, 2015 in From the Field, RSS English by

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In Jamaica, Church awards dozens of members during 125th anniversary of Adventism celebration

A teary-eye Aneak Riley from St. Mary hugs Pastor Everett Brown, president of the church in Jamaica, after the announcement that she is the Jamaica Union's 125th anniversary recipient of a full four-year scholarship at Northern Caribbean University, during the ceremony of Oct. 3, 2015. Image by

One hundred and twenty-five Seventh-day Adventists, groups, churches and organizations were recognized for exemplary service during the 125th Anniversary Celebration of Adventism in Jamaica, this past weekend.

The event drew thousands of church members to the Seventh-day Adventist Conference Centre in Montego Bay, on Oct. 3, 2015.

October 7, 2015 in From the Field, RSS English by

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Children’s health expo attracts over 500 in St. Maarten

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Over 500 children from the communities Philipsburg, St. Maarten, took part in a first-of-its-kind Children’s Expo organized by Seventh-day Adventist churches across the Caribbean Island last month.

The initiative, themed “Healthy Me”, attracted youngsters and their parents for free medical screenings and activities in an effort to bring awareness to obesity, poor nutrition, and other juvenile health problems, said Margaret Peters, children’s ministries director for the church in the North Caribbean Conference.

October 6, 2015 in From the Field, RSS English by

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In North Colombia, hundreds of children are taught to live healthy

Children from across Andventist churches in southwest Medellin, Colombia, participate in an annual talent showcase held at the Colombia Adventist University's auditorium, Sep. 19. More than 400 children participated in the event focused on teaching children to make healthy choices and preparing them to be healthy church leaders in the future. Images by Shirley Rueda/IAD

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North Colombia recently gathered more than 400 children during a special event to showcase their skills, talents, and to demonstrate what they learned about healthy habits.

The annual event, which was held Sept. 19 at the Colombia Adventist University Auditorium in Medellin, brought hundreds of children from all over the city to preach, sing, and exhibit their art projects to parents, teachers and church members from across the region.

October 2, 2015 in From the Field, RSS English by

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Maranatha builds 4 churches as membership surges in Dominican Republic

Maranatha leaders and church members pose for a picture in front of the newly completed Luz de Javilla Adventist Church located in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Previously, members were meeting in a patio-like structure, with a rusting metal roof, termite-infested rafters, and paper tarp walls. The new church is one of four churches dedicated Sep. 4-5, 2015. Image by Yuma Molina/MVI

Four new churches with seating for 600 members opened in the Dominican Republic this month as the Seventh-day Adventist Church races to keep up with surging membership in the Caribbean island nation.

A total of 35 new churches were dedicated in the Dominican Republic last year, nearly half of which were built by Maranatha Volunteers International. Maranatha also built the four newest churches.

September 25, 2015 in From the Field, RSS English by

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In Dominica, ADRA delivers in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika

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Days after Tropical Storm Erika devastated the Caribbean Island of Dominica, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Dominica, with the help of local Adventist church member volunteers, are active in providing meals to those left homeless from the most affected communities on the island.

The storm hit the small island of approximately 72,000 people on Aug. 27, triggering mudslides, destroying roads, bridges and homes. Over 30 people died and dozens went missing.

September 15, 2015 in From the Field, RSS English by

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In West Venezuela, Church continues to expand amidst challenges

New leaders of the Yaracuy Mission in West Venezuela pose with IAD President Pastor Israel Leito after the special ceremony Aug. 16-17, 2015. Images courtesy of West Venezuela Union.

Against a background of serious challenges, spiraling inflation and a shortage of basic necessities, the Seventh-day Adventists in Venezuela continues to be faithful and its territory continues to rapidly expand, according to top administrators of the church in the Inter-American Division (IAD).

IAD President Pastor Israel Leito completed a trip in Venezuela where three new missions were organized in the West Venezuela Union. The church there oversees five conferences, and three new missions.

September 13, 2015 in From the Field, RSS English by

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In Colombia, Adventist students are challenged to be missionaries in their secular university campuses

University students participate in song service during the three-day event held in South Colombia.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Colombia asserted hundreds of its members studying across public campuses and working professionals of their value and role in becoming disciples of Christ during a three-day event held in Chachipay, Cundinamarca, Sep. 4-6, 2015.

Some 300 university students from 35 universities were challenged to become missionaries by developing leadership skills, committing to evangelism and serving the church, the community, and their campuses. In addition, 150 Adventist professionals also participated in the training.

September 10, 2015 in From the Field, RSS English by

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In North Mexico, Adventist Hospital coordinates over 500 eye surgeries in five days

Ophthalmologists and medical staff perform eye surgery on patients during a five-day medical initiative to help individuals of low-income resources. Images by Montemorelos University.

More than 520 low-income individuals from Nuevo Leon, Mexico, received eye surgeries thanks to a joint collaboration between La Carlota Adventist Hospital, the non-profit organization Medical Ministry International and a group of Christian ophthalmologists from the United States.

Patients crowded the Vision Institute Center in La Carlota Hospital, located in Montemorelos, Mexico, last month to benefit from the five-day medical initiative.

September 4, 2015 in From the Field, RSS English by

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