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Cigarette causes more than 50 types of diseases, including cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute (INCA), more than 150,000 people die annually in Brazil from complications associated with smoking. Around the world, more 8 million die each year because of tabacco. The World Health Organization has designated May 31 as World No Tobacco Day, a day set aside each year to talk about the risks of tobacco use.  Smoking is considered the leading cause of preventable death around the world. According to cardiologist Everton Padilha, more than 50 diseases...

World Refugee Sabbath to be celebrated June 20

What do you think the kingdom of God is like? What do you dream of when you think of the kingdom of God? As Seventh-day Adventists, we long for a kingdom of peace where there is no pain, no fighting, and no sin. What an image and contrast that is when we compare that kingdom with our world today! So, we turn to God and plead for help. We ask Him to change the circumstances here on Earth; we pray for His kingdom to come on Earth as it is in Heaven. But, have you ever thought about how you and I...

Creationist series takes teens to explore the Galapagos

To help strengthen belief in the Bible account of Creation, Seventh-day Adventists in South America have produced “Adventures in Galapagos,” a two-episode television series as part of an interdisciplinary learning program for Adventist schools in the division and beyond. Eight nations in South America, as well as Mexico and the United States, will be able to view the program, which is available in Portuguese, English, and Spanish via the Feliz7Play online platform. Edgard Luz, education...

Commentary: Let’s Open Our Eyes

A solution to the problem of the great global crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic would be that we would be able to see the virus. The fact that borders and non-essential businesses have been closed, events have been canceled, we are forced to stay at home, and other restrictions derive from the fact that we don’t know where the virus is and, therefore, we have no way of attacking and destroying it. Imagine going out of your home and, as you drive down the road, you suddenly see a cloud...

When pandemic cut blood supply, Korea’s Seventh-day Adventists stepped in

A Seventh-day Adventist congregation in Cheonghak-ri, a village in South Korea’s Gyeonggi region, held a blood drive to help replenish stock diminished by the coronavirus pandemic. On a recent Sabbath morning,  a blood donation bus from the Korean Red Cross arrived at the parking lot of the Cheonghak Seventh-day Adventist Church, after a deacon, Seong KiYeol, organized the effort. Seong, a nurse at a Seoul hospital, had  asked a blood supplier to deliver blood to the facility and was told he’d...

Seventh-day Adventists in Brazil promote religious liberty amid pandemic conditions

An annual observance of State Religious Freedom Week in the Brazilian state of São Paulo took on special significance in 2020 due to the global pandemic and lockdown. The São Paulo Legislative Assembly, or ALSEP, hosted a multi-day meeting on “Religious Freedom in the Pandemic.” Dr. Damaris Moura, a state deputy and member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Brazil, chaired the event, which featured several national and international experts and religious movement representatives. Notable...

Online prayer meeting for PMM Missionaries during pandemic quarantine

Thirty-four missionaries from the Northern Asia Pacific Division (NSD) of the Seventh-day Adventist world church took to the internet recently for a prayer meeting with division officials. Part of the Pioneer Missionary Movement (PMM), an outreach to unentered areas, the missionaries were unable to gather in person due to the global pandemic. The NSD Adventist Mission department planned for a special prayer meeting for the PMM missionaries using the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Social...

Inter-America’s online SeLD Conference will focus on leadership in unusual times

The 4th Annual Segment Leadership Development (SeLD) Conference promises to be one of the largest leadership training sessions for Seventh-day Adventist Church administrators and leaders across the Inter-American Division (IAD) territory.  More than 3,000 leaders are expected to be part of the July 6-9, 2020, annual event which will feature more than two dozen speakers and experts. Their presentations promise to help administrators, departmental directors, institution leaders, pastors, and...

Blessed hope or blessed calculation?

When will Jesus come again? It is what we as Seventh-day Adventists call ‘the blessed hope’. It is part of our name – our calling. We are Adventists! But when will he come? Recently there has been a considerable rise in speculation, not just over the nearness of Christ’s return – something we all hold dear, but with some specific dates associated with it – and, in particular, the year 2027.  Is this something we can test against the Bible? That is a question we asked Newbold’s professor...

Racism versus justice, mercy and humility

When the GAiN* Europe leadership team chose the subject of racism and discrimination for the 11th dearcoronavirus video clip, they had no idea of the horrific headline that would appear near the top of this week’s news agenda. The coronavirus pandemic has increased issues of hate against various people groups. Overcoming that hate was the primary target for the week, but the tragic death of George Floyd in Minnesota, USA, highlights that prejudice in all its forms is something we need to stand...