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ADRA begins to distribute wheelchairs in Mexico’s Inter-Oceanic region

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The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Mexico’s Inter-Oceanic region began distributing wheelchairs to people with disabilities in Cuautla, in the state of Morelos, Mexico, during a special ceremony last month.

Young people, adults and the elderly were among the beneficiaries of what ADRA is considering to be the start of a large project that will see some 135 people with their very own wheelchairs, said Martin Olvera, ADRA director for the Inter-Oceanic Mexican region.

February 9, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Adventists in Kenya inaugurate a brand new union office headquarters

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More than 3,00 leaders and members from the Adventist church’s East-Central African Division celebrated the inauguration of the newly built West Kenya Union Conference headquarters last week in Kisumu, Kenya. The state of the art complex includes a brand new media center, two cafeterias and a host of offices and meetings rooms.

Special guests included His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, president of the country of Kenya.

February 9, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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In Iraq, Adventist Church leader prays for new church

Wilson, third left, visiting the new church in Erbil, Iraq, with his wife, Nancy; Yousif, left; and Szilvasi, fourth left. Image by MENA/AR

Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, prayed at the construction site of a new church in Iraq as he made a weekend visit aimed at encouraging Adventist believers living 20 miles (30 kilometers) from Islamic State-occupied territory.

Wilson, accompanied by his wife, Nancy, and a small group of church leaders, visited the city of Erbil, the thriving capital of Iraq’s autonomous region of Kurdistan, where high-rise construction was booming until oil prices fell and dining options include popular U.S. chains such as KFC and TGI Fridays.

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

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ADRA distributes $8 million in food aid in eastern Ukraine

An elderly woman bringing empty water bottles for a refill at an ADRA water-filter station in eastern Ukraine. Images by ADRA

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency provided $8 million in food supplies to more than 100,000 people displaced by violence in eastern Ukraine last year and is continuing its relief efforts as an uneasy calm settles over the region.

The Ukrainian branch of ADRA, working in partnership with the United Nations’ World Food Program, distributed the food to internally displaced people from Ukraine’s Donetsk and Lugansk regions, where more than 9,000 people have died in fighting between independence-minded separatists and Ukrainian forces since April 2014.

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

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Enrollment booms at first Adventist school in Namibia

Students attending a class at the Mavuluma Adventist Primary School in Katima Mulilo, Namibia. Images by Maranatha

The Seventh-day Adventist Church has opened its first school in Namibia after 63 years, and enrollment has soared following the first week of classes.

The Mavuluma Seventh-day Adventist Primary School opened with 37 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through third grade on Jan. 13. A week later, the number had jumped to 56 children.

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

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Goalkeeper stuns Brazil’s sporting world by refusing to play on Sabbath

Carlos Vítor da Costa Ressurreição, 30, says he wouldn’t even be playing soccer if it weren’t for God. Images by Carol Peres

An up-and-coming soccer goalkeeper has stirred up a storm in Brazil’s sporting world by announcing that he would no longer play matches scheduled from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.

Carlos Vítor da Costa Ressurreição, 30, who was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church last month, told reporters about his decision a few days ago, sparking a wave of surprise, sympathy, and even anger from fans and sports commentators who struggled to understand his rationale.

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

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Adventists distribute bottled water in Flint, Michigan, amid water crisis

Cars driving over a Flint River bridge in Flint, Michigan. Image by Andrew Jameson/Wikicommons

Seventh-day Adventist volunteers are distributing bottled water and water filters to residents of Flint, Michigan, after high levels of lead in the local water supply left the city without drinking water.

Flint, a financially strapped city of 100,000 people north of Detroit, is mired in a water crisis following a cost-cutting decision last year to switch its water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River.

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

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Adventists file lawsuit against U.S. city for banning literature evangelism

Student literature evangelists approaching a home in Louisville, Kentucky, during a GYC convention this month. Image by Seth Shaffer

A U.S. conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and two of its members filed a lawsuit against an Arkansas city on Jan. 19 over a local ordinance that prevents door-to-door literature evangelism.

The lawsuit, filed by the Arkansas-Louisiana Conference, asks a U.S. district court to declare the ordinance enacted by White Hall, population 5,500, to be unconstitutional and a violation of the first amendment right to free speech.

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

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New Adventist encyclopedia gets off the ground

Managing editor Benjamin Baker, left, and editor David Trim discussing topics for the encyclopedia. Images by Kristina Penny

Spies are in. Subcultures are out. And cosmetics and dance belong together in a single article titled “Lifestyle.”

These were among the decisions made this week as a 26-member editorial committee behind the new Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists gathered for the first time to fine-tune topics and adjust the vision of the $1.6 million, five-year project.

January 19, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Vegan diet cuts risk of prostate cancer, Adventist study finds

Vegans differ from other dietary groups by consuming more fruit, vegetables, nuts, and soy. Image from Pixabay

Men who follow a vegan diet are a third less likely to develop prostate cancer, according to a new study by Loma Linda University Health.

The study, published in the January issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, saw a reduced risk in both white and possibly black males who adhered to a vegan diet without meat, dairy, and eggs.

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

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