ADRA Australia assisting in Nepal following deadly floods

Nepalese villagers carry their belongings while wading through a flooded street to move to safer ground in Bardia on August 15. Nepalese authorities feared an outbreak of diseases as they attempted to reach thousands of people stranded by flooding. [photo copyright by Associated Press/Bhabuk Yogi]

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is establishing two temporary health camps in Western Nepal to assist some of the 180,000 people still affected by last month’s deadly flooding.

To date, floods have killed 32 and left more than 30,000 families without food, clothing and shelter. Local authorities are reporting a rapid rise in potentially deadly illnesses including diarrhea and malaria, said Beryl Hartmann, Humanitarian Program coordinator for ADRA Australia.

September 15, 2014 in From the World Church by

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ADRA, partnering organizations sending medical supplies to West Africa

Cooper Adventist Hospital is located in Monrovia, Liberia. More Adventist Church organization's are partnering to send needed supplies to administrators and staff as the region grapples with a massive Ebola outbreak. file photo by Becky Carlton Dice/ANN

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is partnering with other Adventist organizations to provide needed medical supplies in West Africa as the region grapples with an ongoing Ebola outbreak.

In a release today, ADRA announced it is partnering with GlobalMedic to airlift $50,000 worth of supplies to Waterloo Adventist Hospital located in Freetown, Sierra Leone. ADRA is also partnering with Loma Linda University, Adventist Health International and Adventist Health Ministries to provide $92,000 worth of equipment and supplies to Cooper Adventist Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia.

September 9, 2014 in From the World Church by

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World Adventist stewardship advisory to offer education on management of resources


The Seventh-day Adventist Church is holding a global stewardship advisory later this month to offer Church leaders and members education on biblical principles of planning and managing resources.

The World Stewardship Online Conference is set for September 19 to 21 and will be offered in four languages—English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

September 5, 2014 in From the World Church by

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In the U.S., California earthquake devastates Adventist school

Furniture scattered across a classroom in the Napa Christian Campus of Education in Napa, California, United States, after a 6.0 earthquake struck on Sunday, August 24. Image courtesy of Justine Leonie

A powerful earthquake that struck the U.S. state of California last weekend badly damaged a Seventh-day Adventist school, forcing it to close just four days into the school year and to launch a drive to raise $200,000 for repairs.

The school, Napa Christian Campus of Education, appeared to be the only Adventist facility to sustain major damage in the 6.0 quake that rocked Napa County at 3:20 a.m. on Sunday, August 24. Pacific Union College, located nearly miles from the school, emerged unscathed.

September 2, 2014 in From the World Church by

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Adventist Church files amicus brief for workplace religious freedom case at top U.S. court


The Seventh-day Adventist Church filed an amicus brief today urging the United States’ top court to accept the case of a Muslim girl who was denied a job because her hijab—a head-covering—violated a company’s policy.

The Adventist Church’s “friend-of-the-court” brief is joined by seven other faith groups for the case Equal Employment Opportunity Commission vs. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. The U.S. Supreme Court will decide in October whether to accept the case.

August 30, 2014 in From the World Church by

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Adventist Church appoints Reece, Williams honorary Health Ministries leaders

Dr. E. Albert Reece, left, of the University of Maryland, and Professor David Williams of Harvard University are the newest honorary Health Ministries directors of the Adventist world church. ANN file photos

The University of Maryland medical school dean and a Harvard University professor are the newest honorary associate Health Ministries directors for the Seventh-day Adventist world church.

Adventist Church members Dr. E. Albert Reece, distinguished professor and dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and David R. Williams, a professor of public health at Harvard University, were approved as Health Ministry advisers earlier this month by the General Conference Administrative Committee.

August 27, 2014 in From the World Church by

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Andrews theologians approve statement on headship

The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary is located at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, United States. ANN file photo

The faculty of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University has voted a statement on Biblical concepts of headship, the university said Friday.

Teachers at the church’s main North American training ground for pastors adopted a seven-page study titled, “On the Unique Headship of Christ in the Church.”

August 25, 2014 in From the World Church by

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British Pathfinders Escape Bus Fire After Oshkosh Camporee

Bus in flames 
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A group of Adventist children from Britain narrowly escaped a fire that destroyed their bus as they left the International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, last weekend.

A tire blew out on the bus as it traveled on a Wisconsin highway for Atlanta, Georgia, on Aug. 17. The driver pulled over to the side of the highway to take a closer look, but then a fire quickly erupted.

August 22, 2014 in From the World Church by

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Wilson: No room for evolution in Adventist schools


Seventh-day Adventist world church President Ted N. C. Wilson forcefully asserted that life has existed on the Earth for only a few thousand years, not millions of years, as he opened an educators conference in Utah on Friday, and he said teachers who believe otherwise should not call themselves Seventh-day Adventists or work in Church-operated schools.

August 18, 2014 in From the World Church by

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At Pathfinder Camporee, Daniel reenactments deliver big lessons from big stage

Actor Bryan Roback, playing King Nebuchadnezzar, loses his crown and wig during an ardent rant in a performance on Wednesday, August 13. The nightly play at the 2014 Pathfinder Camporee presents lessons from the book of Daniel about staying faithful to God. It is presented on a 100-foot-wide stage to an audience of more than 46,000. Image by James Bokovoy

A funny thing happened on the way to the throne the other night. King Nebuchadnezzar’s wig flew off while he ranted at the front of his giant chair.

It was an unplanned physical gag that fate handed to actor Bryan Roback on Wednesday night as he sat on a 100-foot-wide stage. He was part of a cast playing to 46,000 people sitting in camping chairs on a field in the middle of Wisconsin. While the mishap didn’t cause Roback to miss a beat—nor his fellow actors, save for a few brief smirks—it got one of the night’s biggest laughs, both from the audience and a few doubled-over actors backstage.

August 16, 2014 in From the World Church by

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