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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.