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Kari Paulsen, wife of former Seventh-day Adventist World Church President, passes away.

Kari Paulsen, wife of Pastor Jan Paulsen, former president of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, passed away in Norway, January 10. Pastor Paulsen was by her side.   Ted N.C. Wilson said in a post on his Facebook Page, “Please pray during this 10 Days of Prayer and beyond for Pastor Paulsen and the Paulsen family as I have. Mrs. Paulsen was a very capable person and a strong support for Pastor Paulsen in his life and their ministry together over many decades in different parts of the...

Adventist Church still assessing damage after earthquake hits Puerto Rico

Seventh-day Adventist leaders in Puerto Rico are still baffled by a series of earthquakes which began yesterday, and culminated with a 6.4 magnitude tremor early this on January 7. The earthquakes have hit the southern parts of island the hardest, mainly in Guayanilla and Guánica, killing one person and injuring a dozen others, and causing power outages. There have been no deaths reported among church members. “We have never as a country dealt with such earthquake in all my years,” said Jose A....

A special prayer appeal to the Worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church for the Lord’s intervention in stopping the horrific fires in Australia

Please pray for Australia! Our hearts go out to our dear brothers and sisters down under, and to the entire country of Australia as they are experiencing a catastrophic situation with long-burning fires—resulting in enormous loss of life and property. So far, the fires have burned more than six-million hectares (12.35 million acres) of land across Australia, at least 24 people have lost their lives, and more than 1500 homes have been destroyed, including many belonging to Seventh-day Adventist...

Electronic cigarettes have alarming risks, expert warns

Both conventional and electronic cigarettes are devices for administering nicotine, which causes one of the largest known chemical dependencies. The electronic cigarette was initially to have an advantage over the conventional one. But is this a reality? The South American Adventist News Agency sat down with pulmonologist Sergio Henrique Santos, a specialist for the Brazilian Society of Pulmonology and Tisilogy. Santos, a Seventh-day Adventist, also serves as a university lecturer and believes...

Australian Bushfires update

As Australia’s bushfire crisis continues, here’s an update on how Adventists have been impacted and what the Church is doing to support fire-impacted communities. Cobargo the worst affected in NSW Cobargo, in south-east New South Wales, has been the worst affected area in the state, with the township engulfed by fire. Seven Adventist families lost their homes, properties and businesses. The house that Cobargo church company—a total of 15 members including children—used to meet in has also been...

Adventist families among those affected by massive flooding in Indonesia

While the world welcomed the New Year on the evening of December 31, 2019, citizens of Jakarta, Indonesia braced themselves for torrential rains and severe flooding as monsoons and rising rivers submerged the Indonesian capital affecting the population of over 30 million people. Local authorities initiated a city wide evacuation as landslides and electrocutions continued to raise the death toll. According to reports, 53 people were confirmed dead and many more were reported missing. 113,000...

Adventist Church in Australia responds to bushfire tragedy

Leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church have expressed their heartfelt sympathies for those impacted by the bushfires currently raging across Australia. Jorge Munoz, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia, said he is shocked and saddened by the unfolding tragedy. “I extend my deepest condolences to those who have lost loves ones in these devastating fires,” Munoz said. “There is so much suffering, it is absolutely heartbreaking.” In New South Wales, the fires have...

Adventist paramedic in Northern Territory receives award

Katherine Seventh-day Adventist Church attendee Rebekah Tierney was announced as “New Practitioner of the Year” for St John Ambulance Australia (NT) during an awards ceremony at Parliament House in Darwin on November 28. Tierney moved to Katherine at the end of 2018 to complete her new grad year with St John Ambulance as a paramedic. Of particular note for Tierney was the integral role she played in the rescue of a female hiker who became trapped under a boulder during a rockslide along the...

The Gift of Jesus Christ

As we come to the close of another year, I would like to invite you for a moment to consider the most amazing gift of Jesus Christ. While we do not know exactly when He was born, the important thing is that we know for certain He was born, and that He came to this Earth on a very special mission. Foretold by prophecy and announced by a heavenly being more than 2,000 years ago, we read in Matthew 1:21—“And she [Mary] will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His...

Is Christmas pagan?

Commonly referred to as “The most wonderful time of the year”, Christmas sees an increase in generosity, families and friends gathering together, and Jesus celebrated. Yet some Christians have difficulty with this day. In the mid-19th century, a Protestant minister, Alexander Hislop wrote a book called, The Two Babylons, in which he compared the Roman Catholic Church to ancient Babylon. In his zeal to prove such a connection, he jumped over a few facts on several occasions.1 The idea of...