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In War-weary Colombia, Adventists look ahead to post-conflict challenges

Gabriel Villarreal on left, Ganoune Diop right. Image by ADRA Colombia

As the Colombian government and rebel groups move toward ending the country’s long-standing civil conflict, Seventh-day Adventists are seeking ways to support the peace efforts and to help rebuild a society damaged by almost five decades of violence.

A two-day peace forum held last month at the Adventist Church’s South Colombia headquarters in the capital, Bogotá, brought together religious leaders, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academics, and others, to discuss strategies for supporting post-conflict reconciliation and rebuilding.

April 20, 2016 in From the Field, RSS English by

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In Guatemala, Church strives to improve infrastructure in educational system

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The Adventist educational system in Guatemala continues to strengthen as leaders invest resources in its infrastructure, school expansions, teachers and ensuring quality Christian education to its thousands of students.

Just recently, a large new school was inaugurated in Guatemala City as “Juan el Bautista, Adventist School” (or John the Baptist Adventist School) with a large campus of 34 classrooms and with the capacity for 800 students.

March 31, 2016 in From the Field, RSS English by

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In St. Maarten, Bible Café brings Adventist young adults to study the Word of God

Young people share during a Bible Cafe session earlier this month.

A Bible Café in the Caribbean island of St. Maarten is keeping Adventist young adults interested in studying their Sabbath School lesson every week. For nearly a year now, some two-dozen young adults from the Philipsburg Adventist Church take time to munch on the Word of God together and connect in a friendly environment.

March 30, 2016 in From the Field, RSS English by

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In Cuba, Adventist Church remains hopeful for positive change after US presidential visit

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President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Cuba this week inspired hope in the Seventh-day Adventist Church on the island. The church believes that a thaw in US-Cuba relations could mean greater opportunities for evangelism and church growing.

Aldo Perez, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cuba, was one of only 20 religious leaders selected by the Cuban government to attend President Obama’s speech in Havana yesterday.

March 23, 2016 in From the Field, RSS English by

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In Jamaica, educator calls for greater collaboration to transition special needs students

Heather Lyn, Education Officer for Special Education in the Ministry of Education with responsibility for the supervision of special education programmes in primary schools. Image by Nigel Coke/IAD

A lack of information is hindering the process of transition of specials needs students in primary schools. This was disclosed by Education Officer for Special Education in the Ministry of Education Heather Lyn during her presentation at the Abilities Transition Conference hosted by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica.

Lyn, who has responsibility for the supervision of special education programs in primary schools said that information is crucial to the process of transition of students with special needs from home to school, grade to grade, school to school, and school into the wider community.

March 23, 2016 in From the Field, RSS English by

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Adventists in Jamaica mourn the passing of NCU professor

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The Seventh-day Adventist family and the faculty, staff and students of Northern Caribbean University (NCU) is mourning the sudden passing of Dr. Teran Milford, late Professor and Interim Dean of the of the College of Education and Leadership at NCU.

Dr. Teran Milford. Image by Orville Morgan/NCU

Dr. Milford died March 3, 2016, after he collapsed during his regular morning walk. He was 65.

March 11, 2016 in From the Field, RSS English by

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Adventist Church in the Cayman Islands hosts national service on International Women’s Day

Carol Best-Gould (à gauche), responsable des Ministères de la Femme à l’église Adventiste du Septième Jour de Kings en compagnie de Miriam Foster, Directrice du Centre de Ressources Familiales lors du lancement national du Mois des Femmes à l’Honneur aux Iles Caïman le 5 mars 2016. Image de Patricia Ebanks.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Cayman Islands hosted this year’s national service to launch Honouring Women Month kick off at the Kings Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grand Cayman, on Mar. 5, 2016. The Honouring Women Month, comprises a month-long program of activities organized in conjunction with the observance of International’s Women’s Day.

Premier of the Cayman Islands Hon. Alden McLaughlin praised women for being “the most powerful prayer warriors,” he said. “Prayer develops powerful thinking.”

March 10, 2016 in From the Field, RSS English by

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In Nicaragua, Adventist School is first secondary school in nation to integrate digital technology

High school seniors take part on the new digital boards in class at the Adventist School in Managua, Nicaragua, Image provided by COVANIC

A Seventh-day Adventist school in Nicaragua was featured on national television as the first secondary school in the nation to integrate digital technology in the classroom. Students at Colegio Vocacional Adventista de Nicaragua, or Adventist Vocational School in Nicaragua, (COVANIC) began using digital boards, and tablets as the school year began earlier last month.

Channel 2 News Media, one of the largest television stations in the country, featured the story in a 5-minute report.

March 7, 2016 in From the Field, RSS English by

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Adventists cycle for health and hope through the streets of Mexico City

Des Adventistes du Septième Jour font du vélo dans les rues principales de Mexico dans le cadre d’un programme de jeunesse visant à promouvoir la santé et l’espérance. Des milliers de livres et de magazines ont été distribués à l’occasion de cette activité le 31 janvier 2016. Image de la Fédération Métropolitaine du Mexique.

Hundreds of Seventh-day Adventists rode their bicycles on the main streets of Mexico City last month as part of a youth event to promote health and hope. The more than 500 young and old pedaled through some 34 kilometers of the city while hundreds walked and passed out thousands of books, magazines and free online gift cards.

“We wanted to mobilize our young people, their friends and our young-at-heart members to be active and take part in new and attractive ways to witness in this great city,” said Enoc Ramirez, youth ministries director of the metropolitan conference and organizer of the event.

February 19, 2016 in From the Field, RSS English by

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In Dominica, ADRA begins rebuilding after TS Erika devastation

A few church member volunteers from North Caribbean region help in the building of a home for a family left homeless from Tropical Storm Erika back in August 2015. ADRA is leading in the rebuilding in an initial eight homes in Cohualta, Dominica. Images courtesy of Henry Peters/IAD

The Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA) in Dominica is leading the rebuilding efforts after hundreds of families were left homeless by Tropical Storm Erika last August.

Teams of church member volunteers from across the U.S. Virgin Islands and nine neighboring islands have been traveling since last month for one-week assignments to assist in the nation’s rebuilding efforts.

February 12, 2016 in From the Field, RSS English by

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