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Adventist Church in Alabama gives away cars to single parents

Pastor Debleaire Snell presenting the first car to Lori Murray at First Church in Huntsville, Alabama. Image by Kimberlie Langford

A Seventh-day Adventist church in the U.S. state of Alabama has presented two cars as gifts to single parents and expects to give away five more vehicles by year’s end.

The car giveaway at the First Seventh-day Adventist Church in Huntsville may be the first initiative of its kind by an Adventist church to reach out to the community — and it has made two single mothers very happy.

May 5, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Annual report tracks ‘serious and sustained assault’ on religious freedom

A woman being baptized in China, one of the countries mentioned in the new U.S. report. Image by Gary Krause / PARL

The state of religious freedom worldwide has deteriorated over the past 12 months, according to a report released May 1 by an independent United States advisory body. The 270-page report compiled by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) documents continuing abuses in 33 countries and regions, but focuses particularly this year on the plight of prisoners of conscience and the increasing numbers of refugees fleeing religious persecution.

May 4, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Christian Record Services for the Blind Joins NAD

Ernesto listening to audio books on digital cartridge through the Christian Record lending library. Image by Josh Bascom/NAD

The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s North American Division (NAD) has voted to receive governance of Lincoln, Nebraska-based Christian Record Services for the Blind, a former Seventh-day Adventist world church institution.

The transfer of governance, made at a specially called NAD Executive Committee meeting, affirms a larger restructuring plan that was implemented in January this year by action of the Christian Record board of directors.

May 1, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Crowds line up for free mega-clinic in the “City of Angels”

Hundreds of people waiting for free dental care at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Wednesday. Image by Tanya Musgrave/North American Division

Crowds lined up at the sprawling Los Angeles Convention Center in the U.S. state of California on Wednesday for the opening of a Seventh-day Adventist-organized mega-clinic that hopes to provide $30 million worth of free healthcare to 10,000 people over 2 ½ days.

Separate lines of people seeking dental, medical, and vision services began to form a day early, with several hundred people staying the night to be among the first to enter the complex in downtown Los Angeles when the doors opened at 7 a.m.

April 28, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Adventists to partner with Newseum for unique religious freedom summit

Image courtesy of the Newseum Institute

The steady rise in rates of religious persecution around the world in recent years has led Seventh-day Adventists to search for new, more effective ways to advocate for religious freedom. Studies, such as one conducted last year by the Pew Research Center, suggest that some 5.1 billion men, women, and children around the world live in countries where their ability to worship freely is restricted or denied by either an authoritarian regime, terrorist groups, extremist organizations, or by social pressures.

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

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Adventist humanitarians in Northern Italy combat loneliness through a lunch program

Senior residents sharing a meal at "Lunch Together." Image courtesy of the Inter-European Division

On April 13, a unique outreach project for the elderly organized by Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Italy drew the attention of political figures from the city of Cesena.

The local officials, including Stefano Bonaccini, governor of the Emilia-Romagna Region, Paolo Lucchi, mayor of Cesena, Lia Montalti, regional councilor, and Simona Benedetti, municipal councilor, participated in “Pranzassieme” or “Lunch Together,” which reaches older residents in the city who are lonely and in need of social relationships.

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

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Andrews University gets top marks for promoting physical activity

A student exercising at a fitness center at Andrews University. Image by Heidi Ramirez/AU

Andrews University has become the first private university in the world to be awarded gold-level status by the American College of Sports Medicine for its efforts to encourage the campus community to engage in physical exercise.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church-owned university in Berrien Springs, Michigan, received the recognition after implementing the American College of Sports Medicine’s “Exercise is Medicine on Campus” program, which promotes physical activity among students, faculty, and staff at colleges and universities worldwide.

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

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Britain’s Queen awards Adventist student for work in Papua New Guinea

Bal Kama meeting Queen Elizabeth II at an awards ceremony in London. Image by Sonja Larsen via Adventist Record

Queen Elizabeth II has presented a Seventh-day Adventist law student with the Commonwealth Pacific Young Person of the Year award for his efforts to provide scholarships to teens in remote villages in Papua New Guinea.

Bal Kama, a doctoral student at the Australian National University College of Law and a member of the Canberra National Adventist Church, was announced as the regional winner of the 2016 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work at a ceremony in London last month.

April 21, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Inter-America postpones satellite transmission from Venezuela

Pastors pray for four new believers before baptizing them. More than 4,000 new members were baptized at Estadio Universitario de Caracas, during the church's "Lord Transform Me," evangelism program on Apr. 16, 2016. Image by Libna Stevens/IAD

Inter-America’s satellite program scheduled for today from Caracas, Venezuela, has been postponed for a later date.

“We faced some technical issues beyond our control for this transmission,” said Abel Marquez, communications director for the church in Inter-America in charge of overseeing the satellite connection.

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

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Tim Northrop named president of Adventist Risk Management

Tim Northrop, incoming president and CEO of Adventist Risk Management. Image by ARM/ANN

The board of Adventist Risk Management has named Tim Northrop as the new president and chief executive of the company and its affiliated Gencon Insurance companies.

Northrop, who has held multiple positions within the company, most recently as senior vice president, replaces Robert E. Kyte, who will retire May 31 to pursue other business opportunities in Idaho.

April 14, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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