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ADRA Mexico distributes thousands of hand sanitizers in Mexico City and Monterrey

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Mexico began distributing thousands of antibacterial gel bottles or hand sanitizers this week to persons over 65 with chronic diseases and special needs, as cases of the coronavirus increase in the country. As of Mar. 25, Mexico’s Federal Health Secretary reported that there were six deaths as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, 475 confirmed cases, and some 1,656 suspected cases. More than 180 ADRA volunteers, most of whom are church members,...

ADRA aids the most vulnerable worldwide as COVID-19 pandemic persists

COVID-19, the disease caused by novel coronavirus, which started to appear in December 2019, has now become a pandemic and caused major disruptions globally.  The numbers look bleaker and increase by the day. To date, more than 870,000 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed, with more than 43,000 reported deaths. The good news is that more than 185,000 people who contracted the virus have recovered. Around the world, stay-at-home, lockdown, and shelter-in-place orders continue to be...

Coronavirus claims life of Adventist pastor in Indonesia

Sabbath School and Personal Ministries director of the Jakarta Conference in Indonesia, Biner Silalahi, has died of the coronavirus. The cause of death was confirmed by the local health authority, a week after Silalahi’s death on March 23, 2020. He is the first employee of the Adventist Church who has died of the Covid-19 in the Southern Asia-Pacific (SSD) region. Earlier reports from the Adventist News Network and Adventist Review confirmed one Adventist member in China and another in London...

Students produce and donate hand sanitizer to the elderly

Even with the suspension of classes, some high school students from Colégio Adventista de Maceió in Brazil continue to help their community and those in need. The students are not in the classroom, instead, they are volunteering to spend part of their day in the laboratory, producing hand sanitizer with 70% gel alcohol. The students are working under the supervision of teachers Paulo Mendes and Stephano Sousa, who are responsible for Biology and Chemistry classes, respectively. The students...

Dear Grandparents – A Message of Love From Around the World

#dear grandparents, a short social media clip released today is already bringing both a smile and a tear to grandparents, parents and children around the world. Already being translated and subtitled in a multitude of languages including Romanian, Slovenian, Spanish and Swedish, 15 children show their love and concern for their grandparents, each speaking in their own language in a global act emphasizing that “you are not alone”.  The very first reaction as the video was released this morning...

President of Seventh-day Adventist Church sends message of encouragement to members in Burundi

Editors Note: Since May of 2019, the Adventist Church members in Burundi have endured ongoing persecution from the countries government. On October 24, the president of the Burundi Union Mission, pastor Lamec Barishinga, was arrested. This arrest was part of an escalating series of threats and attacks on the Seventh-day Adventist Church by the government of Burundi. For further reading about the situation of our Adventist brother and sisters in Burundi, please visit the Pray for Burundi...

Postponed General Conference Session to focus on mission and business meetings

On March 19, the leadership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church announced the postponement of the 2020 General Conference session due to the rapid and unpredictable spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The 2021 General Conference Session will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is currently scheduled from May 20 through May 25. It was originally scheduled from June 25 through July 4, 2020.  As planning for the meetings moves forward, more details are emerging about what the 2021 General...

Zagreb earthquake – damage to church property, members safe

A 5.3 magnitude earthquake, followed by a series of aftershocks, struck Zagreb, the capital of the Republic of Croatia on Sunday, 22 March just after 6 am. The epicenter was only 6 miles (9.6 km) from the city center. It is the largest earthquake to hit the country in 140 years.  The earthquake comes at a time of restricted movement due to the coronavirus, including a shutdown of the public tram and bus network.  In fear for their lives, people fled onto the streets. There were a number of...

World Church Executive Committee Votes to Postpone General Conference Session

The Executive Committee of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (EXCOM) voted March 19, to postpone the 2020 General Conference Session until May 2021. The vote comes after a March 17 recommendation from the General Conference Administrative Committee (ADCOM) to delay the 2020 General Conference Session (GC Session) by up to two years due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The 2021 General Conference Session will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is currently scheduled from May 20...

Adventist leaders discuss options for the upcoming General Conference Session

In light of recent, very rapid, and highly unusual developments associated with COVID-19 and precautions taken by organizations around the world to curb the spread of the virus, Seventh-day Adventist world church leaders have initiated a series of meetings to discuss implications for the Adventist Church. Over the course of several weeks, General Conference Session planners, health professionals, legal advisors and administrators have been carefully and prayerfully exploring possible...