The Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Dominican Republic recently inaugurated its first church equipped with a radio antenna to spread the message of hope to communities in the Maria Trinidad Sanchez Province on the northeast part of the island. The new church transmits the church’s Radio Amanecer station programming from its rooftop to a population of more than 195,000.
The new church called “Radio Amanecer I” becomes the 39th church to be built on the island in 2016, as part of an on-going annual church construction plan. The difference with the new building is that it’s not just a structure to transmit radio waves, but also a real church.
Bella Vista Hospital, a facility owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, inaugurated its first helicopter during a short ceremony last month. The modern helicopter, which sits atop the hospital’s newest tower, represents a historic moment for the 62-year-old facility.
“With this new acquisition, Bella Vista Hospital is making history by providing air transportation to patients in need of immediate medical attention and direct access to the intensive care unit, operating room, and the emergency room service of our hospital,” said Luis Rivera, administrator of Bella Vista Hospital.
The Dominican Adventist University held double graduation ceremonies with a record number of students completing their undergraduate and post graduate degrees last month. Some 530 graduates from 17 undergraduate and 3 graduate programs marked a historic moment in the 41-year history of the Adventist institution in Sonador, Bonao, Dominican Republic, on Nov. 27, 2016.
ome 600 children from the Wayuu ethnic community in Uribia, La Guajira, North Colombia, received a new bicycle thanks to the Seventh-day Adventist Church and its members who volunteered to motivate children to attend school every day. The initiative coined as “Wheels to Educate” concluded its annual initiative by delivering the bicycles to one of the most drought-stricken areas, Nov. 7-12, 2016.
A newly formed Adventist Church for the deaf began with a special inaugural worship service at the Portmore Adventist Church in St. Catherine, Jamaica, last month. The event brought more than 80 people including deaf, or hard-of-hearing, individuals, family members, supporters and church officials to the ceremony held on Nov. 12, 2016.
Executive Director for the Jamaica Association for the Deaf, Dr. Iris Soutar, commended the Adventist Church for being the first to organize a church for the deaf. “You are empowering this community and that is very good,” said Soutar.
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in West Venezuela provided assistance to hundreds affected by the mudslides and flooding last month, after torrential rain hit communities in Timotes, in the State of Mérida. It was the first time in 30 years that several ravines gave way, causing rocks, mud, and debris to cover homes, streets, and vehicles, local leaders said.
Nursing students from the University of the Virgin islands (UVI) in St. Croix partnered with two Seventh-day Adventist congregations to offer health screenings and join a health expo that featured mental health counseling and healthy lifestyle.
Seventh-day Adventists took to the streets of several cities and towns last weekend to spread hope for a better future in Jesus as U.S. elections draw to a close in the coming days.
Hundreds of church members waved flags and caravanned through communities in Aguas Buenas, Cidra and Cayey in the southeastern part of the island. It was the last in a multi-city plan to point people to Jesus Christ as the end of primary elections takes place on Nov. 8, organizers said.
Seventh-day Adventists in the Dominican Republic shared messages of hope with hundreds of people in the city of Azua in the southern part of the island during a citywide impact on Oct. 22, 2016. Church leaders and members provided music and drama performances on Bible prophecy and distributed magazines at the Juan Pablo Duarte Park.
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in the Dominican Republic distributed dozens of backpacks filled with school supplies to needy children of the city in coordination with the Hispanic Association for Citizenship Development in the Dominican Republic.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in El Salvador celebrated the inauguration of the church’s new headquarter office during a special ceremony yesterday in San Salvador, El Salvador.
“You have this beautiful great office now, so may everyone who comes to this building see the glory of God shinning through you,” said Tim Aka, associate treasurer for the Adventist world church, as he spoke to the hundreds of top church leaders from the Adventist World Church, the Inter-American Division, local church members and neighbors witnessed the historic event.