Twenty-five deaf people were baptized in the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s first deaf baptisms in Burundi as church members step up efforts to share the gospel with the hearing impaired across East Africa.
A total of 27 people were baptized during a joyous ceremony at the Kamenge Seventh-day Adventist Church in Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura, on March 25. In addition to the 25 deaf people, the baptismal candidates included a blind person and a hearing person.
A Seventh-day Adventist school archaeology center will be directly involved in the development of a long-planned, state-of-the-art museum in an ancient town with biblical significance. Douglas Clark, director of the Center for Near Eastern Archaeology Center in La Sierra University, an Adventist-operated school in Riverside, California, United States, recently signed on a grant that will launch the project in the Jordanian town of Madaba.
Seventh-day Adventist college and university student leaders and church leaders in the North-American Division (NAD), or church region, met in the first Facebook Live Event on the campus of Union College, in Lincoln, Nebraska, United States, on March 14.
The 100-minute Q&A session with NAD president Daniel Jackson and executive secretary Alexander G. Bryant, entitled “Is This Thing On?” brought together Union College students and Adventist Intercollegiate Association (AIA) student leaders from across the division, who had traveled to Nebraska for the 2017 AIA Convention.
Women in rural communities from across the East-Central Africa region are now closer to becoming experts in the art of vegetable farming and evangelism after attending a recent one-week training event at the Northern Tanzania Union Conference, or church region, headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. Hosted by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Africa in partnership with the East-Central Africa Division (ECD) women’s ministry department, the one-of-a-kind event looked for ways to equip women with essential skills for self-sufficiency and poverty eradication in their rural communities.
Thousands of Seventh-day Adventists impacted their communities in more than 100 countries on Saturday, March 18 during the annual Global Youth Day event.
As pictures and videos were shared on social media with the hashtag #GYD17, the campaign generated an impact of more than 137 million impressions across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This sets a new Seventh-day Adventist social media record.
A Seventh-day Adventist science teacher and educational administrator was recently named “Environmental Educator of the Year” by an organization supporting restoration and environmental education efforts in the State of Maryland, United States.
Ophelia Barizo, a science teacher and current Vice-president for Advancement and STEM at Highland View Academy (HVA), a Seventh-day Adventist secondary school based in Hagerstown, Maryland, United States, received the honor awarded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, a non-profit organization that has funded environmental education at HVA since 1999.
Instead of unwrapping gifts at his birthday party, Ulysses Hsu, 9, of Eastvale, California, United States, was taking donations forLoma Linda University Children’s Hospital(LLUCH), a Seventh-day Adventist healthcare institution in Loma Linda, California.
At his ninth birthday party, Hsu told his friends that he wanted to help support “Vision 2020: The Campaign for a Whole Tomorrow,” and by doing so he raised over $1,600.
A five-year-long legal battle for the right to keep the seventh-day Sabbath has ended in a landmark victory for Seventh-day Adventist students in Kenya. The country’s top appeals court ruled last week that the religious freedom provisions of Kenya’s constitution require that Adventist students be excused from classes and other school-related activities on Saturday. The decision overturns an earlier ruling that found no constitutional protection for Sabbath-keeping students.
A leading Seventh-day Adventist religious freedom advocate was honored last month for his commitment to promoting religious liberty as a fundamental human right. Ganoune Diop, PhD, director of public affairs and religious liberty for the Adventist world church, received the 2017 Thomas L. Kane Religious Freedom Award on February 17 at the annual three-day conference of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
A major drive to engage every church member in Total Member Involvement has helped propel the Seventh-day Adventist Church past 20 million members for the first time in its history.
The Adventist Church had 20,008,779 members as of Dec. 31, 2016, a net increase of 882,332 people, or 4.6 percent, from the previous year, the church’s Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research said.