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Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:12:45 Z

AdventistHelp was founded in 2015 as a medical humanitarian initiative in response to the overwhelming refugee crisis in the Middle East at the time. Their first major project was to provide an emergency mobile medical unit for refugees crossing the dangerous channel from Turkey into Greece. This was a life-changing experience.  In a brief history provided on their Facebook “About” page, they share: “We treated thousands of patients in our bus clinic on the beachfront in Skala Sykamineas. This...

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 14:33:00 Z

“During a disaster, 5-gallon buckets filled with much-needed cleaning supplies are like gold to someone who just survived a natural disaster,” Marshall Gonzales, Southwestern Union Conference and Texas Conference Adventist Community Services (ACS) director, shares. “When a disaster strikes, we distribute the filled buckets, what we call clean-up buckets, by the thousands, so it is imperative to have clean-up buckets on hand. Supplies to fill 5,000 buckets were delivered to the Pathfinder...

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 14:30:00 Z

More than 150 people from around New Zealand gathered at Auckland University of Technology in Manukau to attend the first Digital Discipleship Conference (DDC) in New Zealand, held from August 9 to11. With the aim to inspire and empower churches and individuals to both be and create digital disciples, the conference brought together a community of people, from different generations, who are passionate about using technology and the digital space to share their faith. A handful of New...

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 18:30:00 Z

Giovanna, 6 years old, did not like fruits or vegetables when she arrived to attend the Christian Holiday School in Bahia, Brazil. She just wanted to eat sweets, pizza and other goodies. However, after a week of activities and experimentation in the kitchen and making snacks from healthy recipes that were tasted right there, she was impressed.  As she participated in a prayer of appeal and consecration for a healthier and better life, Giovanna was overcome with emotion and began to cry. “I...

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 14:30:00 Z

I met Toni and Buck at a sandwich shop, where all three of us lamented being stranded at the Anchorage, Alaska, airport. They wore the tired, ragged look of people who had spent the past four days at the airport. I sat across from them as they finished the last of the soup they were sharing, the whiff of alcohol escaping with every bite. I had nothing to complain about with my two-hour delay compared to their long ordeal of getting back home to Saint Mary’s village in bush Alaska. Over time,...

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 14:30:00 Z

Roger and Ariel Lantigua, brothers from the Bowman Hills Pathfinder Club in Cleveland, Tennessee, won the theme song contest for the 2019 Chosen International Pathfinder Camporee. Event organizers announced in July that the piece created by 19-year-old Roger and 18-year-old Ariel was chosen to be the official theme song for the camporee. More than 55,000 Pathfinders and staff from all over the world are attending the Chosen International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, from August 12...

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 14:02:00 Z

Thursday, August 8, marked a momentous occasion that has been more than a decade in the making. The doors of Adventist Health Care’s brand-new White Oak Medical Center(WOMC) were opened. Special guests, including Seventh-day Adventist World Church president Ted N.C. Wilson, filled the lobby for the long-anticipated dedication ceremony. Erik Wangsness, president of WOMC said, “We’ve worked on building a hospital for years. And to see it filled with music, with colleagues, with family was very...

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 14:00:00 Z

The Breaking the Silence campaign, organized by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in South America, took place in the community of Três Rios, in the interior of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 4th. It has been held annually, in August, since 2002, in eight South American countries: Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. This year's goal is to show people how to protect children from child sexual violence and what to do to help victims recover. In 2018, children...

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 23:00:00 Z

Visitors walking through the four hangars on the campus of the 2019 International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, have the opportunity to experience a microcosm of Adventism — from bumping into Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, to earning a one-of-a-kind humanitarian ADRA International pin, to completing a short list of requirements to obtain a special North American Division (NAD) pin from one of the three officers, to meeting recruiters from Seventh-day...

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 22:59:00 Z

Jhonny Alberto Peña clearly remembers March 22. It was the day he left his native Venezuela for the city of Medellin in neighboring Colombia. “It was hard when I left, to leave my family, my small babies, my wife, in search of a better future for them,” said Peña. Peña now lives in Medellin, together with his family who joined him three months ago.  His family, like many migrant Venezuelan families, fled the political and economic turmoil in Venezuela in search of a better life. Peña’s family...