Government officials from the British Virgin Islands recently praised the work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for its positive impact on the youth on the islands at a recent weekend celebration for Adventist Youth, and the Pathfinder and Adventurer clubs from across St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas and Virgin Gorda.
The celebration took place at the Sports Complex in Tortula, May 27-29, 2016. The event marked the 40th year anniversary of its Pathfinder ministry.
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Colombia recently delivered 52 tons of humanitarian aid in La Guajira–one of the most remote regions in the northeastern part of Colombia. La Guajira is an arid state stricken by a severe drought that has claimed the lives of hundreds of children and livestock during the last five years.
“The crippling drought added to the closure of the border between Venezuela and Colombia and has greatly influenced the tragedy that this area has been suffering for lack of food and water, so we worked to extend assistance to families in need there,” said Gabriel Villarreal, ADRA Colombia director.
Representatives from the Ministry of Health from the city of Monterrey, Mexico, stood next to Seventh-day Adventist leaders in North Mexico to sign a memorandum of understanding, last month. The group of leaders agreed to work together in promoting health across the more than 300,000 homes where more than one million people live in the metropolitan city, during a ceremony held at the España Park, May 23, 2016.
It is the first large-scale memorandum of understanding that the church has signed with the city to promote a healthy lifestyle, with the church’s “I Want to Live Healthy” program. The “I Want to Live Health” program centers around the health message, which focuses on the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of the person.
Seventh-day Adventist leaders in North Mexico are rejoicing for the first opportunity the church had to gather Adventist students enrolled at Antonoma University of Tamaulipas, a public institution, for a special program last month.
The four-hour gathering at the university’s auditorium brought the church’s public campus ministries leaders, professionals and students together for the historic meeting which officially launched the beginning of the ministries on the campus.
She saw homeless children. She saw troubled young people. She saw the forgotten elderly. These were heart-breaking scenes that moved Fulbia Castrellón as she passed the run-down community park in Concepcion la Vieja–a neighborhood in Panama City, Panama.
What could she do to bring hope and make a difference in their lives? Her idea was simple: Soup. That was the spark that drew the interest of women’s ministry leaders across the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Panama City.
Pharmacologist and Dental Surgeon, Dr. Lincoln Edwards, is the new president-elect of Northern Caribbean University (NCU). Dr. Edward was elected yesterday, during a meeting of the Board of Governors of the Seventh-day Adventist-owned institution at the church’s headquarters in Mandeville, Jamaica.
Dr. Edwards, who is a native of Jamaica and graduate of the University of the West Indies and Loma Linda University has served as an assistant professor in the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry at Loma Linda University, and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, School of Dentistry in Houston.
Hundreds of students, children, teachers, staff and leaders at Venezuela Adventist University (Instituto Universitario Adventista de Venezuela) engaged in a historic prayer marathon that lasted more than 186 hours during a spiritual emphasis week, May 13-21, 2016.
University leaders wanted this year to be different during the week of prayer. Instead of holding a prayer marathon for the first 24 hours of the week like they have done the last three years, they, along with theology students, organized a seven-day prayer marathon on campus.
Inspired by the need to have individuals protected after a 2014 outbreak of the Mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus (Chik-V) in Jamaica, which claimed scores of lives both locally and regionally, two Northern Caribbean University (NCU) students created an organic repellent, Guardana, which placed sixth in the annual International Business Model Competition (IBMC).
As the debt crisis and economic recession in Puerto Rico worsens, the Seventh-day Adventist Church on the island is struggling to reassure its membership while strengthening its schools and institutions.
Reports show that more than 100,000 people left the island for good in 2015. Among them were more than 1,000 church members, said Luis Rivera, treasurer of the church in Puerto Rico during a telephone conversation with Inter-American Division leaders.
His Excellency Governor of the Virgin Islands John S. Duncan recently visited the British Virgin Islands Adventist School for a special assembly to commemorate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“It is a special time for the British Virgin Islands whose link to the crown stretches back over 300 years,” said Governor Duncan to more than 300 pupils and teachers. The visit by the governor was intended to engender support for the celebrations and to help students appreciate their history.