News

Indonesia: ADRA Responds to Flash Floods and Mudslides in Papua Province

On March 16, flash floods and mudslides hit the eastern Indonesian province of Papua near the subdistrict of Jayapura. Reports are the flood waters left at least 104 dead, 60 missing, 74 injured and displaced more than 4,000 people. Over 350 houses and two main bridges are also reportedly damaged. Additionally, more than 11,700 households in total are affected.   With roadways underwater, getting to communities affected has delayed ADRA aid workers. Currently, ADRA staff and volunteers in local...

Rise Up Against Abuse rally held at Andrews University

The first-ever Rise Up Against Abuse Rally was held on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, from March 7-10, 2019. Sponsored by the Offices of University Health & Wellness and Diversity & Inclusion, this rally was the official launch of the new Rise Up Against Abuse initiative, designed to help people use awareness, education, intervention, and prevention to take decisive actions against all forms of abuse. More than 225 people registered for the three-day rally, which...

A launches urban initiative in the United Kingdom on Global Youth Day

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in the United Kingdom completed its second phase of the ‘I AM URBAN’ initiative for Global Youth Day on March 16 in the Holloway and Willesden district of churches in London.  ‘I AM URBAN’ is a joint venue between ADRA in the United Kingdom (Lead Partner) and the Adventist Community Services (ACS) of the British Union Conference (BUC) and includes partnerships with several other entities of the church in the United Kingdom, including the...

Adventists in the South Pacific respond as Christchurch reels from deadly attacks

Seventh-day Adventist churches and members from around New Zealand have offered comfort to the country’s Muslim community in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings that left 50 dead and many others wounded on March 15. The city, which has suffered the shock of recent devastating earthquakes, is now reeling from what people are calling an “unnatural disaster”—an unprecedented attack on a faith community at worship in New Zealand. In response, church leaders have shared statements of...

Death toll rises as flash floods and mudslides devastate East Indonesia

Flash flooding and mudslides resulting from torrential rains in East Indonesia destroyed millions of buildings and left more than 50 people dead, 70 people injured and thousands displaced in the Northeastern town of Sentani, near the provincial capital of Jayapura. Authorities expect the death toll to rise as search and rescue efforts are still on-going.  Emergency response teams are having difficulty reaching locals especially those in areas submerged in neck-high water and mud.  The flash...

Global Youth Day 2019 challenges participants to adopt people, causes to serve

On Saturday, March 16, Adventist young people around the world mobilized to serve as the hands and feet of Christ in their communities for Global Youth Day 2019 (#GYD19). The theme for the annual service Sabbath was “Adopt.”  Regional reporting stations around the world took turns sharing stories about everything from Adventist youth in northern China adopting a nursing home to youth running anti-gambling drives in Italy. Participants uploaded a torrent of social media updates using hashtag...

Cyclone Idai: ADRA continues to provide aid in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe

As swiftly as it came, Cyclone Idai barreled through Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe over the weekend, leaving thousands of people displaced. Reports also now estimate that 84 people are confirmed dead in Mozambique, but according to Mozambique’s president, Felipe Nyusi, the death toll could likely rise to nearly 1,000 people in Mozambique alone. In total, more than 1.5 million people are being affected throughout the three countries in the aftermath of the cyclone.   President of Zimbabwe,...

Health ministry paves the way for Total Member Involvement evangelism in Ethiopia

Prior to Total Member Involvement evangelistic meetings, Adventists in Ethiopia have organized a series of health expositions in various parts of the country.  Unlike other countries within the East-Central Africa Division (ECD) territory, Seventh-day Adventist membership in Ethiopia is very low. While the population is more than 100 million, there are only 184,000 Seventh-day Adventists in the country. The Seventh-day Adventist Church isn’t well known in Ethiopia and events that feature health...

Seventh-day Adventist World Church President offers condolences for families in Christchurch, New Zealand.

"On behalf of Seventh-day Adventists worldwide, we offer our sincere condolences and sympathy to the families and the nation of New Zealand affected by the horrendous killing of at least 50 people in Christchurch.  As Seventh-day Adventists, we believe completely in and defend religious liberty and freedom of conscience for all people and their right to worship in peace as their consciences dictate.  What a tragic event that took place at a house of worship in Christchurch.  We ask that people...

UPDATED: Ted Wilson calls for prayer as cyclone batters Mozambique

Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, appealed to church members worldwide to pray as a fierce cyclone bore down on Mozambique. Cyclone Idai made landfall with winds of up to 105 miles per hour (165 kilometers per hour) late March 14 near Beira, a port of 500,000 people where the Adventist Church operates Mozambique Adventist University. A team of church leaders led by Alberto Timm, associate director of the General Conference’s Ellen G. White Estate, were...