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‘Hacksaw Ridge’ talking points: A guide for church members

Desmond Doss with his Medal of Honor, the highest U.S. military honor. (Desmond Doss Council)

Hacksaw Ridge,” a film about Desmond Doss’ extraordinary faith and service during World War II, is not a Seventh-day Adventist movie.

But it is likely to thrust Adventism into the spotlight worldwide.

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

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Church governance and unity to be discussed at Annual Council

People attending Annual Council at church headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, in October 2015. (Brent Hardinge / ANN)

General Conference Secretariat has released two documents about church governance and unity that are to be considered by church leadership at the Annual Council business meeting in October.

The main document, titled “A Study of Church Governance and Unity,” is a 50-page analysis of references from the Bible, the writings of Adventist Church cofounder Ellen G. White, and Adventist Church history as relating to policy and unity.

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

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On the sidelines of the G20 Summit, Adventist advocate talks peace-building

Ganoune Diop (Left) standing with Rt. Rev. Yoshinobu Miyake (Right) from the Konko Church of Izuo (Shinto), Japan, during the G20 Interfaith Summit in Hangzhou, China. The Summit allowed religious leaders to consider how religion can help foster international dialogue and problem-solving. [Photo courtesy of Ganoune Diop]

As the world’s political leaders gathered earlier this month for the G20 Economic Summit in Hangzhou, China, an international group of religious scholars met in Beijing to consider how religion can help foster international dialogue and problem-solving.

Ganoune Diop, director of public affairs and religious liberty for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, was invited to address the group of some 40 scholars and religious leaders. He told the group that before talking about our differences, we must first recognize shared human values.

September 23, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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General Conference to review operations amid economic uncertainty

A view of the Adventist world church headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. Image by San Suvankham/ADRA/NAD/Facebook

The General Conference, the administrative body of the Seventh-day Adventist world church, announced to its employees that it was facing budgetary constraints amid global economic uncertainty and would review its operations in an effort to reduce costs.

General Conference treasurer Juan R. Prestol-Puesán, speaking at a special meeting in the auditorium of the Adventist Church’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, emphasized the importance of prudence and said the church’s mission to share the gospel would go forward.

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

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27-year-old swaps door-to-door evangelism for a Food Shop in Latvia

A salesperson, left, assisting a customer at the Dabas Stacija health food store in Riga, Latvia. Images by Victor Hulbert/TED

Valdis Zelčs, a millennial in Latvia, felt dejected after strangers showed little interest in his street invitations to attend health expos and other Seventh-day Adventist evangelistic events.

So he began to pray for an alternative to knocking on apartment doors and stopping people on the street in this country where less than 5 percent of the population of 2 million attends church regularly.

September 20, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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In Poland, Adventists gear up for release of Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

A copy of Victor Hulbert's magazine about Desmond Doss lying on the meeting table in Warsaw, Poland, on Sept. 13.

Seventh-day Adventist leaders in Poland are looking forward to release of Mel Gibson’s film “Hacksaw Ridge” about the life of U.S. World War II hero Desmond Doss.

Their interest is not in promoting the movie but in sharing the story of a Doss, an Adventist medic who stood true to God and saved the lives of 75 soldiers during a single battle. Doss became the first conscientious objector to receive the U.S. Medal of Honor.

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

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Helping Refugees ‘as Important as Preaching the Second Coming’

A boy playing in the refugee center that ADRA helps run in Belgrade, Serbia. Image by Igor Mitrović

Seventh-day Adventist pastor Igor Mitrović once believed that the church’s prophetic calling was to proclaim the Second Coming of Jesus.

But after working on the frontlines of Europe’s refugee crisis for the past year, Mitrović sees a second and equally important prophetic calling: to help the helpless.

The two callings are not unrelated, Mitrović said in an interview at a refugee crisis center that he helps run in Serbia’s capital, Belgrade. By reaching out to those who cannot help themselves, Adventists are sharing the gospel with as much power as with an evangelistic series.

September 12, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Solomon Islands Prime Minister speaks of slain missionaries and Ellen White

Anniversary attendees visiting the gravesite of slain Adventist missionary Mary Semi. Images by Kent Kingston/Adventist Record

The prime minister of the Solomon Islands paid an emotional tribute to slain Seventh-day Adventist missionaries and cited church cofounder Ellen G. White in a speech celebrating the 50th anniversary of a remote Adventist hospital.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogovare joined hundreds of people for the three-day celebration at Atoifi Adventist Hospital on the eastern side of the island of Malaita, a location that can only be reached by boat or aircraft. The country’s capital, Honiara, is a 40-minute airplane flight away.

September 8, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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In Baltics, Adventists learn how to share Jesus through health

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Rising at 6:30 a.m. each day, sitting through lectures and practical exercises, and then going to bed early might not be your idea of a vacation.

But for 20 people from the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Baltics, plus a couple from Finland, this was their regime for four weeks of health evangelism training.

Sound tough? Maybe, but nobody complained.

The 22 people joined in music and singing in twice-a-day worships, prayed and supported one another, laughed and cried together, and learned both the theory and practical aspects of sharing a positive message of health.

September 7, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Brexit sets stage for major evangelistic series in London

Team members praying for the London meetings in a 3ABN studio in Thompsonville, Illinois, as they left this week. Image by 3ABN

Something unusual is happening in London amid two seemingly unconnected events.

People are showing an unprecedented interest in the Seventh-day Adventist health message after a series of church-organized fairs, and public uncertainty is running high following Britain’s recent vote to leave the European Union.

September 6, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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