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New Book Sheds Insights About Ellen White in Australia

A new book about a Seventh-day Adventist Church pioneer’s life in Australia reveals new information, not about her theology but her practical ministry. The volume shows the positive difference church co-founder Ellen G. White’s faith made in her community.

Marian de Berg used primary sources—letters, mostly—in writing Stories from Sunnyside: Ellen White in Australia 1891-1900.

October 17, 2017 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Mission-minded Physician Unexpectedly Delivers Baby at World Church Headquarters

A physician praying to be used by God after hearing an Annual Council sermon about mission work in the cities unexpectedly delivered a baby in the parking lot of the Seventh-day Adventist world church’s U.S. headquarters.

Dr. Yvette C. Ross Hebron delivered a healthy baby boy in the car of the parents, who had been rushing to the hospital but pulled into the church’s parking lot in Silver Spring, Maryland, after getting lost shortly before 10 a.m. on Oct. 12.

Hebron said she believed God arranged the events.

“The most wonderful opportunity in response to our prayers was orchestrated by the Master,” she said.

October 16, 2017 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Governor of British Virgin Islands Visits Adventist Church, Shares Hope with Community

Governor of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) His Excellency Augustus Jaspert recently visited the Carrot Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church in Tortola to show solidarity to members of the community who suffered during the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

The category 5 hurricane displaced 22.5 percent of the population, which means more than 8,300 residents had to seek alternative shelter.

October 13, 2017 in From the Field, RSS English by

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Redwood Adventist Academy Destroyed by California Wildfire

On Monday, Oct. 9, the Tubbs Fire—a wildfire that has burned at least 28,000 acres in Napa and Sonoma counties in Northern California—swept into the Larkfield-Wikiup area of Santa Rosa, California, United States and destroyed Redwood Adventist Academy, located on Mark West Springs Road. No students or faculty were on campus at the time.

For much of Monday, the fate of the K-12 school was unclear. Rumors spread, but no one knew for sure what had happened.

October 12, 2017 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Adventist Church in Spain Appeals for Peace and Brotherhood

The Spanish Union Conference region of the Seventh-day Adventist Church has released an official statement condemning any manifestation of violence and advocates for respect, peace, and love. Below is the full text of the statement.

In the face of a growing climate of confrontation in the Catalonia region and recent events there, the Spain Union Conference would like to express its concern and to make an appeal to the brotherhood of believers and unbelievers alike. No matter their ideology, all are called to embrace the Christian Gospel perspective, which implies respect, peace, and charity as embodied by our example and living hope Jesus Christ.

October 12, 2017 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Adventists in St. Croix Are Encouraged to Move Forward and Serve the Community

Seventh-day Adventists on the island of St. Croix were encouraged by church leaders to press on in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The powerful storm battered the island last month with winds in excess of 175 miles per house, destroying homes, displacing residents and leaving the community hurting.

“Do not allow anything to steal your blessing,” said Pastor Al Powell, youth ministries director for the church in Inter-America, as he addressed more than 500 church members on Sabbath, Sept. 30, 2017, at Peters Rest Adventist Church.

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

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Adventist Church Launches New Mission Website

The Seventh-day Adventist Church announced a new website and app for missions, during the 2017 Annual Council meetings. Expected to launch August 2018, VividFaith will be a virtual community where those who want to serve the Church can find places around the world to serve and then be matched with the opportunities for which they are best suited.

October 11, 2017 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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In the Face of Financial Challenges, the Adventist Church Refocuses on Stewardship

The chief financial officer/treasurer (CFO) of the General Conference (GC) encourages members to return to systematic giving and increase support for stewardship ministries. “Since the 1980’s the emphasis in stewardship has somehow dwindled,” Juan Prestol-Puesán, GC CFO, told members of the Executive Committee during the 2017 Annual Council. “Teaching giving is out of fashion. It’s not something that attracts. It is a lot more attractive to give to projects.”

October 10, 2017 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Annual Council Votes to Continue Dialogue on Unity and Reconciliation Process

Following nearly six hours of discussion and debate, a majority of members of the Executive Committee of the General Conference (GC) of Seventh-day Adventists voted during their Annual Council meeting to send a document entitled Procedures for Reconciliation and Adherence in Church Governance: Phase II, back to the Unity in Mission Oversight Committee for further review.

“The body has spoken,” said Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. “It will go back to the committee. By God’s grace, we will find a way of bringing something together again.”

October 10, 2017 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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In Puerto Rico, Adventist Church Continues to Operate Despite Devastation

Nearly three weeks since Hurricane Maria destroyed everything in its path, the island of Puerto Rico and its people seem trapped in another time period. With power still out, food and gasoline scarce, banks not working normally, and not enough aid and supplies coming in, “hope seems nearly gone,” said Pastor Israel Leito, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Inter-America after a two-day visit to the island.

October 9, 2017 in From the Headquarter, RSS English by

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