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Adventist Pastor Admitted to the Jamaican Supreme Court Bar

Omar Oliphant, created history in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica by becoming the first ordained minister to become an attorney-at-law. He was admitted to the Jamaican Bar on Dec. 7, 2017, in a ceremony held at the Jamaican Supreme Court in Kingston.

Oliphant, who pastors a district of five churches with a membership of over 1,000 is also the communication and youth director of the church’s northern region comprising St. Ann and Trelawny.

December 11, 2017 in From the Field, RSS English by

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In St. Croix, Pathfinders Distribute Goods and Share Joy in the Community

Dozens of pathfinders from the Central Seventh-day Adventist Church in St. Croix volunteered their time to prepare care packages for the community during Thanksgiving weekend, which is celebrated in North America near the end of November every year.

Leaders and pathfinder volunteers gladly assembled gifts and personal notes that were shipped from the Adopt a Family, USVI, a volunteer organization which responded to wish lists posted by families impacted by the hurricanes which swept across the Unite States Virgin islands in September 2017. The gift packages were distributed in the community on Nov. 25, 2017.

December 7, 2017 in From the Field, RSS English by

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Adventist Advocate Encourages an “Inclusive Society” in Visit with Colombian Leader

As war-weary Colombia confronts the challenges of peace-building following decades of conflict with rebel groups, a Seventh-day Adventist leader has reminded government officials that minority religious groups have a valuable part to play.

“An inclusive dialogue, one that draws in voices from all parts of Colombian society, will help foster a strong and lasting peace,” said Ganoune Diop, director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty for the Adventist world church, during a meeting last month with Colombia’s Minister of the Interior, Guillermo Rivera Flórez.

December 6, 2017 in From the Field, RSS English by

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Adventist Church Distributes 400 New Bicycles to Needy Families in North Colombia

Four hundred new bicycles were donated to children across the Wayuu ethnic community in North Colombia earlier this month, as part of a special initiative led by the Seventh-day Adventist Church called “Wheels to Educate.” So far, 1,000 bicycles have been donated to children in Uribia, La Guajira, the most drought-stricken area in the region. Over 600 bicycles were distributed last year.

November 29, 2017 in From the Field, RSS English by

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ADRA Continues to Assist Victims of Earthquakes in Mexico

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Mexico continues to assist hundreds of families affected by the earthquakes which struck several states in September, toppling buildings, killing dozens, destroying homes and leaving many homeless.

ADRA Mexico will have assisted some 13,000 people who distributed food baskets in dozens of communities in the States of Morelos, Puebla and Mexico City, at the end of this month, according to César Hernández, ADRA Mexico director.

November 16, 2017 in From the Field, RSS English by

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In St. Croix, Adventist Church Begins to Coordinate Counseling Services After Hurricanes Irma and Maria

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in the North Caribbean Conference territory is counseling church members and community members as they continue to recover from the devastation of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

A team from the CW Educational and Behavioral Center based in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, toured several churches and communities in St. Croix and provided crisis counseling, which helps individuals cope with life after traumatic events.

November 9, 2017 in From the Field, RSS English by

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ADRA Assists Families After Tropical Storm Nate Hit Costa Rica

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency in Costa Rica is providing assistance to hundreds of affected families after Tropical Storm Nate hit the Central American country. The storm, which hit on Oct. 5, 2017, took the lives of more than two dozen people. It also caused widespread flooding, resulting in mudslides and the destruction of roads, bridges, and homes. Thousands of people were displaced.

The government reported that 42 roads were damaged across seven provinces, and more than 7,200 persons stayed in shelters. Nate hit the country after two straight weeks of heavy rainfall.

November 8, 2017 in From the Field, RSS English by

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In Jamaica, Adventist Blind Senator Achieves Doctor of Philosophy Degree

It is said that “Perfection is an unattainable goal, but it is in striving for it that makes us achieve greater levels of excellence.” This statement is true and reflective of the life of Senator Floyd Morris who received the Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) from the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, Nov. 3, 2017.

Senator Morris, the second blind person to achieve the highest level of academia at the university in its 69-year history, was one of eight visually impaired individuals who earned their degrees in the 2017 graduation exercises.

November 7, 2017 in From the Field, RSS English by

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Adventist Church Inaugurates New Headquarters in Southeast Mexico

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Southeast Mexico opened its new headquarter office during a special ceremony held in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico, on Oct. 22, 2017. Dozens of top church administrators from across the Inter-American Division (IAD), along with local church leaders and members, witnessed the ribbon cutting ceremony and toured the new facility.

November 3, 2017 in From the Field, RSS English by

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Adventists in West Venezuela Share Hope and Smiles Throughout Their Communities

She was afraid to smile because of her missing teeth but thanks to a dental clinic held during a special initiative by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in West Venezuela, Martha Ferrer can smile again.

“I am so happy and thankful because now I can smile big with the five new teeth that this dental clinic has provided for me,” said Ferrer.

November 2, 2017 in From the Field, RSS English by

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