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Thu, 25 Apr 2019 22:13:43 Z

Weeks after the nations of Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe are recovering from Cyclone Idai, the countries of Mozambique and Tanzania are being hit by another powerful cyclone.  Cyclone Kenneth, which intensified from a category 1 to a category 3 storm, with 140 mph wind gusts, is currently bearing down on the coast of northern Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province. The storm according to reports may cause life-threatening storm surges and possible widespread flooding.  Local authorities have...

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 22:09:35 Z

Seventh-day Adventist church member Darrell Patterson’s religious discrimination case against Walgreens continues to gain interest and support. Patterson asked the United States Supreme Court to hear his religious discrimination case (see the September 2018 edition of Adventist Journey for more detail). He was fired by Walgreens in 2011 because he refused to work at a call center on the Sabbath. Since Patterson’s petition was filed last fall, several encouraging developments have occurred....

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 22:05:48 Z

As Delbert Pearman, the president of the Adventist presence in Sri Lanka, jogged along his usual route early on Sunday, April 21, he approached the field where he usually played soccer when he is in the capital city of Colombo. He was supposed to be in committee meetings at the Sri Lanka Mission (SLM) office that morning, but the meetings had been unexpectedly postponed. He decided to use the time for exercise. For reasons he couldn’t explain, Pearman felt tired and decided not to play soccer...

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 23:00:27 Z

Paraguay’s vice president pledged to make justice, mercy, and humility a part of his work and personal life after reading about Christ-like leadership in an Andrews Study Bible presented by Seventh-day Adventist Church president Ted N.C. Wilson. Vice President Hugo Velázquez Moreno followed along in the Spanish-language Bible as Wilson, accompanied by a delegation of a dozen church leaders, gave an impromptu Bible study on Micah 6:8 in a government office in the South American country’s...

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 22:50:50 Z

Despite starting near the rear of around 2,000 cyclists participating in a popular 15 km (a little over 9 miles) around Athens cycling event, a team of Adventist cyclists finished the ride near the front, and with the ability to share their faith. The ABC or Adventist Bikers for Christ Team is based in Athens and ride most Sundays, covering 50 to 60 km (31 to 37 miles) at an average speed of 15 km/hr (9mph). Their motto is, ‘Every Ride is a Mission’. The club has around 15 members, about a...

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 22:48:22 Z

For thousands of young Seventh-day Adventists across the Inter-American Division (IAD) territory, spring break week in April is pathfinder camporee time – a time to go camping with their peers, learn new skills, and engage in community-driven activities. A pathfinder camporee is an event that gathers dozens of regional or in some cases international pathfinder clubs every year to reaffirm their place in this world as Christ-loving young people ready to serve wherever they are. Camporees draw...

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:43:29 Z

Traffic in the main street of Nukuʻalofa, Tonga’s capital, came to a halt as a parade, on April 18, involving 600 Seventh-day Adventist women from around the Pacific made its way to the Royal Palace. Led by the Tongan Police band, the parade was the focal point of the day’s activities for the 2019 Trans Pacific Union Mission (TPUM) Women’s Congress, which opened the night before. Wearing colorful traditional dress and waving the flags of their nations, the women carried banners and posters...

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:39:37 Z

In late March 2019, 106 volunteers from 11 separate groups joined together in Costa Rica for Maranatha’s annual “Multiple Group” mission trip, focusing on work sites near the town of Guayabo, in Guanacaste province. Volunteers helped construct a kindergarten classroom for the Guayabo Adventist School, where Maranatha had previously built a large school building in 2000. They painted the Agua Claras and Bagaces Seventh-day Adventist churches, provided children’s programs in the community near...

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:35:44 Z

In celebration of Earth day, 22 April 2019 How do you heat a redbrick Jacobethan mansion built in 1864. That was the challenging question facing Governors at Newbold College of Higher Education. The boilers were ageing and running on a crude, thick black heating oil. I know, I used to clean them when I was a cash-strapped Theology student earning my fees back in the 1970s! So dirty was the job that I got paid time-and-a-half for taking on a task that few wanted to do. And it wasn’t just the...

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 19:24:19 Z

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Southern Asia-Pacific expresses its deepest sympathies to the families and friends troubled by the horrifying incident in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019. 290 were reported killed and more than 450 individuals injured as random blasts destroyed four hotels and three churches around Sri Lanka’s city’s capital. While the number of casualties continue to rise, our hearts and prayers go out to the families who lost their love ones, and to...