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Adventist doctors assisting 650 refugees in Greek camp

Refugees gathering around the Adventist Help bus at the Oinofyta camp near Athens, Greece. Image by Michael-John Von Hörsten

Seventh-day Adventist volunteers are providing medical care to 650 refugees at a recently opened camp near Greece’s capital, and they are appealing for assistance as more refugees arrive every day.

Adventist Help, a bus-based medical clinic operated by ASI Europe, an Adventist supporting ministry, has been tasked by the Greek military with caring for the refugees since the Oinofyta camp opened 30 miles (50 kilometers) from Athens in April.

August 30, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Scholars ask why religious repression is rising despite international pressure

IRLA secretary-general Ganoune Diop speaking at the Meeting of Experts at Harvard University. Image by Nelu Burcea / PARL

Seventh-day Adventist scholars in partnership with an international body of specialists are studying what they call a disturbing paradox: while the principle of religious freedom has gained a strong foothold within international law, restrictions on religious practice are actually on the rise around the world.

The group of scholars, who met at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, expressed concern that the ideal of religious freedom as a universal human right remains elusive in practice and religious repression continues unabated in many countries despite decades of international support and promotion.

August 29, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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109-year-old Sunday school to become Adventist Health Center in Scotland

This 109-year-old Sunday school building is being turned to an Adventist health center in Paisley, Scotland. Image by John Wilby

Historic Environment Scotland, a government agency that helps renovate historic buildings, has allotted £104,280 (US$139,000) toward the future Hope Healthy Living Center in Paisley, a city located just 7 miles (11 kilometers) east of Glasgow and 50 miles from Edinburgh.

John Wilby, treasurer of the Paisley Seventh-day Adventist Church, said that the new center could potentially serve 25 percent of Scotland’s population of 5.3 million and that the church was actively seeking to raise the remaining $470,000 needed to make that happen.

August 27, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Church members spring into action after deadly earthquake in Italy

A view of the Italian city of Perugia before Wednesday's earthquake. (Pixabay)

Local Seventh-day Adventist believers have sprung into action after a powerful earthquake killed dozens of people in central Italy on Wednesday.

The 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck a mountainous area located about 65 miles (100 kilometers) northeast of Rome at 3:36 a.m. local time, killing at least 159 people and injuring about 360 others. Rescuers feared that many people might remain buried in rubble.

August 25, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Church Manual updated after inadvertent omission

Then-Undersecteary Homer Trecartin reading the Church Manual at the 2010 GC Session in Atlanta. Image by Robert East / ANN

The Seventh-day Adventist Church has updated the Church Manual after finding that part of an amendment voted at General Conference Session last year was unintentionally excluded.

“It has come to our attention that there was omission on p.127 of the current Church Manual. The correction has been made, and a statement has been issued in that regard,” Hensley M. Moorooven, associate secretary of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, said Wednesday in an e-mail to General Conference employees.

August 25, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Adventist insurer tells churches and schools not to overreact to ‘Pokémon Go’

A July 14 tweet shows a Pikachu from "Pokémon Go" on La Sierra University's campus in Riverside, California. Image by @lasierranews

Adventist Risk Management, the Seventh-day Adventist Church-owned insurer, has issued guidelines on how churches and schools should respond to “Pokémon Go” players, advising them to avoid overreacting and to seek opportunities to leave a good impression about Adventists.

“Pokémon Go,” a game app that requires players to catch Pokémon characters with their mobile devices at real-life locations, has taken the gaming world by storm since its release in July.

August 22, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Adventist Community Services in North America responds to unprecedented flooding in Louisiana and damaging fires in California

One of 30,000 homes flooded on Aug. 14, 2016, in the US state of Louisiana. ACS DR is helping recovery efforts in the state. Image by Sherry Watts

Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS DR) sprang to action after disasters hit Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Clayton, California last week. Volunteer teams comprised of church members and ministry leaders are working together in response to historic flooding in Baton Rouge that has displaced more than 200,000 residents, and a massive fire that has destroyed 175 homes and building in Clayton.

August 22, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Adventist App aims to make evangelism easier

Thomas Beihl, founder and chief executive of Disciples, a church management app. Image by Andrew McChesney/AR

Thomas Beihl didn’t get the desired response when he went door to door at the men’s residence hall at Southern Adventist University, asking fellow students whether they had conducted Bible studies.

About 150 students had signed up to conduct Bible studies during a 2006 evangelistic series in the U.S. state of Tennessee. Beihl, a freshman at the time, had agreed to track their progress on an Excel spreadsheet.

August 16, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Adventists asked to pray after Nepal bans evangelistic outreach

People attending the dedication of a new Adventist church in Kaping, Nepal, in April 2016. Image by Umesh Pokharel

The leader of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nepal has called for prayers amid a state clampdown on evangelistic outreach, including the distribution of religious literature and even having a Bible in a Christian orphanage.

All evangelistic activity is prohibited under a new Nepalese Constitution that came into force in September 2015.

August 15, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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First Adventist awarded ‘Nobel Prize for Blindness’

Ray McAllister holding the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award for his work in coding Braille. Image by Andrews University

In a first, a Seventh-day Adventist believer has received the “Nobel Prize for Blindness” for coding Braille in ancient biblical languages that allow blind students to study the original texts on their own.

Ray McAllister, a blind adjunct teacher at Andrews University and a licensed massage therapist, and his organization, the Semitic Scholars, were awarded the prestigious Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award by the National Federation of the Blind in July.

August 11, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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