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Paul Ratsara steps aside as SID president

Paul Ratsara, president of the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division, speaking at a youth rally in Pretoria, South Africa, in July 2013. Image by Daryl Gungadoo/ANN

Paul Ratsara has resigned as president of the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division of Seventh-day Adventists in what he described as an effort “to refocus the church that I love, back to its God-given mission.”

The General Conference Executive Committee, voting Tuesday, accepted a request from Ratsara to step aside for possible reassignment as a local church district pastor in his home Indian Ocean Union, which includes Madagascar, Mauritius, and Seychelles.

May 31, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Record 95,890 baptized as evangelistic meetings end in Rwanda

Baptismal candidates lining up to enter the water of Lake Kivu, Rwanda, on Sabbath, May 28. Image by Ted Wilson/Facebook

A Belgian citizen visiting relatives in a corner of Rwanda. A 19-year-old woman who will lose her job. A police officer assigned to protect Seventh-day Adventist Church president Ted N.C. Wilson.

These are among the record-breaking 95,890 people who accepted Christ in baptism during a two-week evangelistic series that wrapped up this weekend, church leaders said Sunday.

May 29, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Adventist Church highlights declining religious freedom at major conference

Dwayne Leslie opening the 2016 International Religious Liberty Summit in Washington. Images Maria Bryk/Newseum

As religious freedom deteriorates around the world, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has brought together a broad range of advocacy organizations and public leaders to consider ways to drive the issue higher on the public agenda.

The 2016 International Religious Liberty Summit, held at the Newseum’s Religious Freedom Center in downtown Washington, focused on what has become a key concern for religious freedom advocates — the relatively scarce media and political attention given to rising rates of religious discrimination and persecution.

May 29, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Loma Linda breaks ground on state-of-the-art hospital

Shovels hitting the dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony at Loma Linda University Health on May 22. Image by LLUH

With more than 3,000 people looking on, Loma Linda University Health leaders broke ground on a new hospital complex that they promised would be the tallest building in San Bernardino County in southern California and, more important, a beacon of hope for all.

The new 16-floor Loma Linda University Medical Center and expanded Children’s Hospital is to stand 267 feet (81 meters) tall and contain 693 beds once its opens in 2020.

May 26, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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President of ADRA highlights development work of the agency at historic United Nations summit

A special session of the World Humanitarian Summit. Image courtesy of the World Humanitarian Summit / United Nations

The world is witnessing the highest level of human suffering since World War II, according to the United Nations. In response to this fact, Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general, convened the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey from May 23 – 24.

Jonathan Duffy, president of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International represented the agency’s global network of humanitarians and highlighted the priorities of the organization in development and emergency work around the world.

May 26, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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In Rwanda, Adventists say ‘I Love You’ with a cow

Pathfinders keeping watch over 25 cows at a giveaway near Gisenyi, Rwanda, on May 22. Images by Andrew McChesney/AR

A husband who truly loves his wife will give her a cow. A man who wants to marry a woman will often follow the old tradition of providing a cow dowry to her family. A cow offers nutritious milk to children, a source of income, and a steady supply of natural fertilizer for gardens.

Seventh-day Adventist church members presented 25 cows to impoverished families at a festive outdoor ceremony over the weekend.

May 24, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Ellen White among most-read authors in Brazil

Women getting ready to distribute books after a women's ministries conference last Sabbath. Image by SAD

Anyone who doubts the effectiveness of distributing religious literature might want to consider the case of Seventh-day Adventist believers in Brazil.

Brazilian Adventists, who may well pass out more literature than any other Adventists in the world, are being credited with propelling Ellen G. White into the ranks of Brazil’s most popular authors and making an Adventist missionary-sharing book one of the country’s most-read books.

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

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Cows and cheap produce propel La Sierra University students to U.S. victory

La Sierra University's Enactus team celebrating on stage after being declared champions. Image by Otto Mejia/Enactus USA/LSU

A team of 20 students from Seventh-day Adventist-owned La Sierra University has placed first in a prestigious U.S. competition that showcases young business talent.

The students, led by a six-member presentation team, were declared the champions against 118 universities and colleges at the Enactus United States National Expo in St. Louis, Missouri, on May 15-17.

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

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Mega-Clinic Provided ‘Miraculous’ $38.4 Million in Services in Los Angeles

Two volunteers helping a patient check his new eyeglasses on April 29 at the free clinic in Los Angeles. Image by NAD

Final numbers for a Seventh-day Adventist mega-clinic in Los Angeles show that 8,538 patients received 18,957 health-care services worth $38.4 million, an outcome that its chief financial officer called “a miracle of the Lord.”

Your Best Pathway to Health, the group that organized the mega-clinic in partnership with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, had hoped to provide $30 million in services, and it credited God and 4,400 volunteers for making the April 27-29 event a success.

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

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Crowds overwhelm 3 free clinics in Rwanda

Some of the 800 people waiting at the free clinic in Gisenyi, Rwanda, on Sunday, May 15.  Image by Andrew McChesney/AR

Three Seventh-day Adventist clinics operating on the sidelines of a major evangelistic series in Rwanda have provided free medical treatment to more than 4,500 patients and will likely exceed their goal of 6,000, the church’s top doctor for East Africa said Wednesday.

Hundreds of people have waited in long lines for free medical, dental, and vision care from 130 doctors and nurses in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali; the lake resort of Gisenyi; and the southern city of Butare.

May 18, 2016 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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