The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in the Dominican Republic trained some 209 Seventh-day Adventist ministers in emergency response and community service earlier this month in preparation to the hurricane season which begins in June.
The two-day certification program held Apr. 6-7 at the Najayo Adventist Campgrounds in the San Cristobal province, was the first intensive training meant to equip church pastors to manage security and communicate soundly during future emergencies.
Going more than 30 years without a haircut did not disqualify a 66-year-old Jamaican man from baptism.
But his decision to dart out of an evangelistic meeting and find a barbershop on a Sunday night convinced the pastor that he was willing to sacrifice all for Jesus.
April 2, 2015 | Barquisimeto, Venezuela | David Buenaño/IAD Staff Over the course of only 10 days in March, 2,009 new members joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church in West Venezuela thanks to the committed efforts of hundreds of pastors, lay preachers and thousands of church members during a five-city impact carried out in the region. [...]
For the fifth consecutive year, teachers and students throughout schools of the North Caribbean Conference put away their academic activities in their classrooms on Mar. 6, to reflect on God’s blessings, pray, study the Bible and participate in a day of prayer for schools.
Education leaders at the North Caribbean Conference said that this year was historic because for the first time all the schools came together to share in the occasion through the software application Skype, where all the schools were able to share in the program while viewing the presentations of the other schools.
Thousands of Seventh-day Adventists in Medellin, Colombia, brought a smile, hope, and a health message to more than 80,000 people during a city-wide impact initiative held on Mar. 14, 2015.
The activity, coined as “A Smile for Medellin”, saw hundreds of students and faculty from Colombia Adventist University joined by thousands of church members eager to make the 2.1 million-populous-city, the happiest city in Colombia, organizers said.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cuba made history with 2,000 young people donating blood, conducting health screenings, and distributing thousands of books at two of the communist island’s most revered sites.
Many of the young people traveled for hours and over hundreds of miles to reach the city of Santiago de Cuba and participate in the event on its Plaza de la Revolución, the site of major government demonstrations, and Abel Santamaría Park, where an armed uprising in the early 1950s helped kick-start the country’s revolution.
Thousands of people, many hugging each other and weeping with joy, thronged around a vast lake for a mass baptism last weekend that concluded the Adventist Church’s first major evangelistic series in Nicaragua.
Dozens of pastors wearing white shirts and ties baptized 1,884 people in the rippling waters of Lake Nicaragua on Sunday. Another 200 people who could not make it to the lake were baptized in local churches, bringing the total number of nationwide baptisms since October to 12,000.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church has opened its first wellness center in Venezuela, offering 60 patient beds, massage rooms, and a swimming pool for water treatments on a forest-covered mountain.
The facility, Centro Integral Adventista de Vida Sana, will provide natural remedies and preventative medicine to the surrounding community of more than 55,000 people and, church leaders said, serve as a testament to the power of God to provide construction materials at a time of economic crisis.
The Adventist Church in El Salvador has baptized 1,500 people, including 870 people on a sweltering Sabbath day, as it presses ahead with plans to establish 100 new churches in the first half of this year.
The church service at the Adventist Training School of El Salvador started early, at about 7:45 a.m. on March 14, to ensure that the 520 baptisms planned for the school could be held before the sun rose too high.
The mayor of Belize’s largest city praised the Seventh-day Adventist Church for its work in the Central American country and underscored his appreciation for its large network of local schools.
Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley, flanked by a vice mayor, welcomed Adventist Church president Ted N.C. Wilson and his wife, Nancy, at the airport upon their arrival Thursday for the start of a six-country tour of the church’s Inter-American Division.