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Adventist youth help at-risk pregnant women with needed supplies, encouragement

Assembling a baby's layette is a special moment for expectant mothers. Sometimes, these parents-to-be don’t always have the means to purchase these necessities. That’s what happened to Lavínia Bispo, who is 23 and expecting her first child. Married and with a planned pregnancy, she saw her world fall apart when the marriage ended. At eight months pregnant and unemployed, she left the city of Maceió, capital of the state of Alagoas, with to restart her life in Curitiba, Paraná. “When I got here,...

Closing Down or Opening Up?

Literature evangelists (LEs) are facing unusual challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. While these challenges appear daunting, the pandemic has also provided some unique opportunities. Even when some doors are closing, so to speak, others are opening.  Each LE in our region has been counseled to follow the local ordinances where they live regarding COVID-19 protocol. As they have practiced social distancing, they have found God is still able to work and open hearts. Here are several recent...

The Adventist Church And ADRA Italy provide relief during the Coronavirus pandemic.

"Hi, I'm from ADRA. I'd like to bring you some food because I know you could use it. I’ll bring enough for two weeks for you and your children, and then I'll bring you more. May I?"  The answer: "Yes, you can! But tell me who you are and why you're doing this."  "I'm a Christian, a Seventh-day Adventist, and a health care worker, I distribute an all-powerful drug: love!” This is one of the incidents experienced by Adventist volunteers in Rome during the long weeks of confinement at home....

Pandemic of racism

While 2020 has seen the world caught in the COVID-19 pandemic, another important global issue has risen to the fore—the pandemic of racism. On May 25, African-American man George Floyd was murdered by a white Minneapolis police officer. Mr. Floyd’s death is one of several deaths recently at the hands of law enforcement officers. Within hours of the live video of his death going viral, the United States erupted in protests and the movement gained momentum on the international stage. In major...

Scholarships Will Support Black and Hispanic Psychology Students

Loma Linda University’s School of Behavioral Health will be distributing US$2.97 million in scholarship funds to students in the Department of Psychology during the coming five years, following receipt of a grant award from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The grant program originated in the HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program. The grant will be overseen by Bridgette Peteet, principal investigator and...

San staff thank students for their support

Staff at Sydney Adventist Hospital (San)  have thanked students from a local school for their heartwarming and inspiring letters of support and hope sent to bolster their spirits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Close to 100 students from Brigidine College created moving and soulful messages acknowledging the pressures on doctors, nurses, and other support staff, voicing their thanks for the expertise and sacrifices they were making in caring for the ill and preventing the spread of infection. ...

Cyprus, Norway and Serbia say ‘Thank You’

Three building projects across Europe aim to become centers of influence as a result of member generosity this last quarter. The gift of 13th Sabbath offerings will help build a Church Center of Influence in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, develop another center that is already a fledgling project in Norway, and allow a church plant to develop in an increasingly popular but secular suburb of Belgrade, Serbia. New Belgrade The church plant in New Belgrade, a suburb of Serbia’s capital city, is...

Human signs

X Æ A-Xii is the name Elon Musk, the maverick billionaire who recently financed the first private trip into space, tried to call his son. Isaiah, the prophet, was told by God to name his child Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz, meaning quick to plunder, swift to spoil (Isaiah 8:1–4). He was told before his wife was pregnant to register the name with the priest and write a sign about it.  Later, Isaiah was asked by God to take his clothes off (Isaiah 20:1-4) and live naked for three years (I am pleased God...

Program seeks to motivate youth Bible study at home in northern Bahia state, Brazil

Seventh-day Adventists in the north of the Brazilian state of Bahia cheered June 27 when two churches reopened and four people were baptized in the pre-dawn hours of that Sabbath day. But for others still at home, especially children in homes without internet access, it was still a lonely Sabbath, like the dozen or so before it thanks to the novel coronavirus and resulting quarantines. In the village of Itatiaia, in Capim Grosso, Bahia, Edileusa de Jesus Nunes arrived at a gate of a house in a...

Hundreds of Minneapolis youth march for justice and healing

On Saturday, June 20, 2020, hundreds of youth and young adults took to the streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota, with “A Cry for Justice and Healing,” an outreach event aimed at rebuilding the city and regaining a sense of peace. The event, held in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder on May 25, was attended by more than 350 volunteers, 16 Adventist churches, and officials from three conferences (Lake Region, Central States, and Minnesota conferences). The day began on the steps of Minneapolis...