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Nature Testifies of God

Upon all created things is seen the impress of the Deity

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Christ says, "I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore, . . . and have the keys of hell and of death."     Revelation 1:18.

Looking upon His disciples with divine love and with the tenderest sympathy, Christ said, "Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in Him." Judas had left the upper chamber, and Christ was alone with the eleven.

Justification by Faith

Signs of the Times

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Jesus said "Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars....For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places."

 

 

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In the great final conflict, Satan will employ the same policy, manifest the same spirit, and work for the same end as in all preceding ages. That which has been, will be. Satan's deceptions will be more subtle. If possible, even the very elect would be deceived.

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Nature is an open book which reveals God. All who are attracted to nature may behold in it the God that created them.

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Young Seventh-day Adventists Bless Oaxaca Mexico

 

Generation Hands in Action - Hands for Oaxaca

  Hands for Oaxaca                                                                                      [photo: Inter-Oceanic Mexico Union]

To help reach the Mexican city of Oaxaca with a population of 600,000 people, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the region recently launched a group of youth who flooded the territory with prayers and hope. More than 100 youth took off from work and studies to participate in "Generation Hands in Action – Hands for Oaxaca," which began the week of July 10. The event was also coupled with daily evangelism training sessions for the visiting delegates.

Young people also took part in praying for the city, helping communities build family gardens, singing praise songs in buses, distributing meals and food baskets and working with local church leaders to share the gospel in communities where there is no Adventist presence.

At the end of the two-week project, nearly 100 youth stayed to be part of the second phase to assist in a public campaign led by Adventist Evangelist Jose Vicente Rojas. Tonny Gil, director of youth ministries for the Seventh-day Adventist Church's Inter-Oceanic region, said, "We hope to have a well-prepared army of young people, fully involved in bringing in other young people to proclaim the message of the crucified, resurrected and soon coming Christ."

 

 

Huge Outreach in Venezuela

In Venezuela, Adventists share hope and kindness in more than 50 cities

 "Smile, God Believes in You." [Photo: East Venezuela Union]

“Close to You Venezuela—Smile, God Believes in You” reaches more than 700,000 people as leaders call it the biggest impact the country has ever seen.

Thousands of Seventh-day Adventists flooded cities and communities across Venezuela with a touch of kindness, a helping hand and a message of hope during a week-long outreach program held Aug. 7-13, 2016.

The program coined as “Close to You Venezuela—Smile, God Believes in You,” has become the church’s most comprehensive social program, benefiting more than 771,000 people in 50 cities in a single week.

Church leaders are calling it the biggest impact the country has seen since the social program began in the eastern part of the country three years ago.

This year both major church regions in the east and western parts of the country joined efforts with nearly 27,000 volunteers participating in dozens of coordinated activities. Activities included massive blood donations, planting trees in abandoned parks and areas, distribution of food baskets, restoring recreational areas, free medical check-ups, hospital and nursing home visitations, donating hair for children and women with cancer, teaching moral values in vacation Bible schools for children, health talks, exercise activities, and more.

Thousands of young people stood by traffic lights sharing smiles and message of God’s love, said Prieto, coordinator of the “Close to You Venezuela” in the East Venezuela Union. Volunteers aimed to collect pictures of people smiling to display one million smiles on social media networks.

The initiative was covered through national television, radio, print and social media.

“This has been a great breakthrough for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Venezuela,” said Prieto. “In the four years that the initiative has taken place, we have seen how God has blessed us and how our hero volunteers have given the best of themselves to help the community.”

Prieto said that thousands of church member volunteers gave of their time, money and effort to donate food for those in need, even in the midst of limited supplies and economic challenges.

In the east Venezuela region alone, where the “Close to You” initiative originated, more than 47 cities and municipal districts were reached. Over 400,000 people received free medical checkups and 141 Adventist churches opened its doors as centers to teach about health and family and to teach vacation bible schools. Almost 1,400 blood and plasma donations were collected, 676 young people donated their hair for cancer patients, 3,000 pieces of clothing were donated, 1,336 trees planted, and more than 300,000 pieces of literature were distributed.

“We are proud of our young people who have gone out to show the world that they are a different generation, ready help others, taking the message of hope, sharing hugs and smiles to a country that needs it so much,” added Prieto.

The Adventist Church in the West Venezuela region joined the initiative for the first time this year mobilizing more than 9,000 volunteers through the streets of Barquisimeto and eight other cities. More than 371,700 people benefited from the outreach program, with 1,161 blood donations, 2,200 new trees planted, 478 hair donations for cancer patients, 357,000 pieces of literature distributed and hundreds of prayers offered for people in need.

Volunteers also cleaned beaches, painted faces, visited orphanages, performed concerts, offered free massages, hair cutting services, and more.

“‘Close to You Venezuela’ has been a very significant initiative because the program is about the method Jesus used to connect with people, by socializing and meeting their needs,” said Pastor Julio Palacio, president of the church in West Venezuela. “This encourages us as a church to get closer to the community, because the community needs more of our presence,” said Palacio.

Luis Marquez was among those who benefited from a massage in the city of Valeria. “I thank the group of the Adventist Church for this program because this motivates people in these moments of crisis to move forward, to have hope and not lose faith at any moment.”

Showing that the church is concerned for the needs of people is at the core of the initiative, said Paul Gómez, who oversees a district in the north part of the city of Barquisimeto. “We saw so many people filled with joy and grateful for everything they received,” said Gómez.

The sacrifice of church members was a blessing to see, added Gómez. “Many of our members shared God’s blessings by donating vegetables from their gardens, baked goods and donated food items from what they had in their homes to distribute 4,000 food baskets,” said Gómez.

This is about the church understanding it’s mission well, said Emilio Perche, communications director for the church in West Venezuela. “It is about getting outside of the four walls of the church to be in the streets, in the community,” said Perche.

“As church leaders this initiative has helped broaden our vision to be closer to people, to the community, to keep the churches open during the week and continue with ‘Close to You Venezuela’ as a permanent initiative,” said Pastor Palacio.

Church leaders from both church regions vowed to continue the national annual initiative and carry on weekly activities to benefit those in need in their communities.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Venezuela has more than 314,600 members worshiping in 1,676 churches and congregations.

For more information on the “Close To You Venezuela” initiative, visit cercadetivenezuela.com

 

 

Pray for Nepal

Members asked to pray after Nepal bans evangelistic outreach

Dedication of a new Adventist church in Kaping, Nepal, in April 2016. [Photo: Umesh Pokharel]

The Adventist leader in Nepal says a new approach is needed to share the gospel.

The leader of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nepal has called for prayers amid a state clampdown on evangelistic outreach, including the distribution of religious literature and even having a Bible in a Christian orphanage.

All evangelistic activity is prohibited under a new Nepalese Constitution that came into force in September 2015. Article 31(3) of the Constitution says that “any act to convert another person from one religion to another, or any act or behavior to undermine or jeopardize the religion of another, [is] punishable by law.”

“It is time to reconsider our approach toward reaching other communities with the gospel,” said Umesh Pokharel, president of the Adventist Church’s Nepal Section.

The Constitution does not spell out what constitutes “any act to convert,” but the authorities have started to interpret the law. The Social Welfare Council, the government agency responsible for approving foreign aid used to conduct local programs, has stopped approving Christian activities, Pokharel said. Distributing Christian literature invites punishment, and the authorities have warned the leaders of Christian boarding schools and orphanages that they face large fines, the confiscation of property, and closure if a single piece of literature is found on their premises. The government also has banned adults for praying with children and giving them Bible studies.

The clampdown could expand even further, Pokharel said.

“Holding church services accessible to all or organizing events to help underprivileged and disadvantaged people could be interpreted as evangelistic and considered a violation of the law,” he told the Adventist Review.

The Adventist Church has about 5,000 members worshipping in 37 churches and 16 companies across the country of about 28 million people.

Pokharel said Adventist believers have experienced challenges for decades in the predominantly Hindu nation, which has never officially recognized Christianity as a religion.

“But Christianity has been increasingly under threat in recent times,” he said.

“In this difficult time for Christian community in Nepal, we kindly solicit your sincere and continuous prayer for all our brethren, evangelists, pastors, and co-workers serving in parts of this country,” he said.

 

 

 

ASI Convention in Phoenix Arizona

Ted Wilson encourages Total Member Involvement during ASI convention

 ASI in Phoenix, Arizona                                        [Photos: Mylon Medley / ANN]

Most world division presidents attend the annual convention for the first time.

Nearly all Seventh-day Adventist world division presidents attended ASI’s annual convention for the first time as church leadership stepped up efforts to encourage every church member to actively share the gospel as part of its Total Member Involvement program.

Twelve of the 13 division presidents and Rick McEdward, president of the Adventist Church in the Middle East and North Africa, flew to the U.S. state of Arizona to participate in the annual gathering of lay people: business owners, individual professionals, and supporting ministries.

Adventist Church president Ted N.C. Wilson said he invited the world church leaders to come to Phoenix from Aug. 3 to 6 to gain a better understanding of ASI and to see lay members in evangelistic action.

“They have been well-impressed and will take back a great appreciation for the variety of mission outreach activities on the part of lay people,” Wilson told the Adventist Review. “They will return with a renewed zeal for combined effort of lay people and church workers in Total Member Involvement. They will return with a united approach to finishing God’s work in their territory through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

ASI president Steve Dickman said he was thrilled that the church was prepared to work hand-in-hand with lay people to complete its mission of spreading the gospel to the world.

“Lay people are the core element of ministry that needs to be completely utilized, and the church is beginning to see that,” Dickman said in an interview. “Praise God for it. ASI and the church are now trying to bring this to light in a concerted and positive way.”

He said Adventist believers have struggled in some parts of the world in the past because lay ministry was not accepted by a pastor, an elder, or some other local church leader.

“This is going to be an encouragement to lay people who want to do something for good,” he said of the impact of the convention. “We’re demonstrating that we really do want a close partnership. We are talking about working together more effectively and bearing the burden of this work from a lay standpoint.”

Eye-Opening Experience

Division presidents, many attending an ASI convention for the first time, met with ASI leaders and partner organizations to better understand how established supporting ministries like ASAP Ministries are working with the Adventist Church to train local believers to be missionaries to their own people in Asia, or how ASI members are funding the publication of Ellen G. White books in Arabic, Farsi, and Turkish for the church’s Middle East and North Africa Union.

The experience was eye-opening for some of them.

“It was very informative — a lot of interactions,” said Ezras Lakra, president of the Southern Asia Division, whose territory encompasses Bhutan, India, and Nepal. “I feel very good to have been here with lay members whom I would not have met otherwise.”

Lakra, a first-time ASI convention attendee, said he was already holding talks with fellow division officers about how to establish an ASI chapter in the Southern Asia Division.

“When I go back, we will start it,” he said.

Saw Samuel, president of the Philippines-based Southern Asia-Pacific Division, and also a first-time attendee, said six ASI chapters already are in operation in his division, but their work would be tweaked based on what he observed in Phoenix.

“Over there we have lay members seeking funds, but here people are coming to give,” he said. “So we have to make a little bit of an adjustment. I have learned a lot about how to make it more effective and more participative. Praise the Lord for this opportunity.”

The only division president not to attend, Israel Leito, of the Inter-American Division, missed the event because of a constituency meeting, and he was represented by a division vice president.

The other presidents participated in a televised question-and-answer session in the main convention hall on Sabbath afternoon. Afterward, Wilson gathered the leaders on stage and asked ASI administrators to lay their hands on them for a prayer of consecration.

The division presidents and McEdward also joined dozens of ASI attendees at a Total Member Involvement (TMI) seminar introduced by Wilson and the church’s TMI director, Duane McKey, on Friday afternoon. Wilson and McKey explained how the total involvement of church members in Rwanda had resulted in an unprecedented 100,777 baptisms in the African country earlier this year. Also at the seminar, young adults Heidi Carpenter and Ranela Kaligithi of the North American Division’s Fishers of Men 101 ministry discussed how TMI could be implemented in North America.

$100,000 Check

TMI echoed across the four-day event. A group of 120 people eager to share Jesus in the workplace gathered Aug. 3 and 4 on the sidelines of the convention for a first conference of young Adventist entrepreneurs called Fruition Lab.

In all, about 2,000 registered attendees attended the convention, a figure similar to last year, organizers said. It Is Written speaker and director John Bradshaw gave the Sabbath sermon, which like the rest of the event was broadcast by 3ABN television.

ASI aimed to raise $1.6 million in Sabbath offerings for 38 projects, including the construction of One-Day Churches for new members in Rwanda and the mailing of Andrews Study Bibles to U.S. inmates. But after the Sabbath sermon, ASI leaders announced to audience applause that $1.8 million had been collected.

Dickman said in the interview that 15 to 20 people gave more than $10,000.

One of the bigger contributions was a $100,000 check collected by Lisa Beardsley-Hardy, director of the General Conference’s education department.

Beardsley-Hardy, attending an ASI convention for the first time, volunteered to act as a “sweeper” during the offering call, which meant she followed the ushers down the aisle to allow people who had not managed to put their envelopes into the offering bucket the first time to still give something. An elderly woman asked Beardsley-Hardy to accompany her out of the main hall and wait at a distance as she made some calculations on a calculator. The woman, a first-time attendee, finally called Beardsley-Hardy over and put an envelope into her bucket. Beardsley-Hardy later learned that it contained the check for $100,000.

“That was my only envelope,” she said with a broad smile.

 

 

The Church in Vietnam

 

Adventist leaders meet with vice minister for the Department of Religion of the Vietnamese government

 

Leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Southern Asia-pacific region last week met with Bui Thauh Ha, vice minister for the Department of Religion of the Vietnamese government in Hanoi. The purpose of the courtesy visit was to discuss existing Adventist programs for the community and future plans for expanded programs.

The vice minister then praised the Adventist Church's community development in the areas of health and education. Adventist Leaders hope to obtain approval for a center of influence that would offer health classes and other programs of community interest. 

Ha said the government welcomes programs such as the center of influence that benefit communities. In addition, the Adventist leaders and the vice minister discussed a potential Bible school and a new place of worship for believers in the northern region of the country.

 

 

 

1,500 take refuge on Seventh-day Adventist compound in South Sudan

 

1,500 take refuge on Seventh-day Adventist compound in South Sudan

Seventh-day Adventist/ADRA compound in South Sudan's capital of Juba [photo: ADRA International]

Adventist Development and Relief Agency focuses on critical needs for internally displaced persons.


Around 1,500 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have taken refuge on the Seventh-day Adventist Church/ADRA compound in South Sudan’s capital of Juba as renewed violence erupted in the city last week.

Most of the IDPs are women, children, and elderly from the surrounding community. The church building, school classrooms, and even covered verandas are full to capacity, and heavy rains have added further concerns, but continued violence means a likely increase in the number of people seeking safety.

ADRA’s immediate plans focus on emergency food, shelter, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) solutions, and other critical needs for the IDPs on the compound.

South Sudan marked the 5th anniversary of its independence on Saturday, but the young country has been plagued by much violence in its short existence. There is also a widespread food shortage this year, with some areas of South Sudan reportedly on the edge of famine.

 

Elder Ted Wilson Makes World-wide Appeal to Church

 

Appeal to Seventh-day Adventists worldwide from Ted Wilson

                                                   Ted Wilson  [photo: Robert East]

We need to stand as beacons of spiritual light and anchors of moral influence at a time of rampant uncertainty.

As we view the societal landscape of the world, it is becoming more and more violent.

Very recently — from South Sudan to the United States to Bangladesh to Iraq to Turkey and on and on — it appears that the winds of strife have increased and heated to the point of boiling over. Innocent and unsuspecting people have been terribly affected. I have prayed for these places, families involved and the various situations. 

Although we do not wish to be alarmists and must maintain heaven-inspired balance, trust and hope, it seems as if the world is increasingly disintegrating on a daily basis. Although we know that these types of difficulties and tragedies will become more commonplace at the end of time, we need to stand as beacons of spiritual light and anchors of moral influence at a time of rampant uncertainty.

Our spiritual influence can only come as we are completely leaning upon the Lord, our Rock and Salvation. Christ admonishes us in Matthew 24:12-14 (NKJV): “Because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

As we place ourselves, our families, our communities and our church in God’s omnipotent hands, let us realize that He alone can protect and care for us as we head into the last days of Earth’s history. The lawlessness that seems pervasive in so many places can extinguish the love for others, but as we ground ourselves in the love of Christ, our love for others can flourish as we share that heavenly love with others and our heaven-blessed actions will be a great witness to all around us. 

Truly the gospel of the kingdom is being preached throughout the world, and church members are actively participating in Total Member Involvement showing the world the love of Christ in word and deed. However, it is even more crucial that we increase our efforts to personally and corporately, as the Seventh-day Adventist Church, share the wonderful good news of the three angels’ messages pointing people to Christ and His power to change lives to become more and more like Him.

Christ Is Our Compass 

It is only in Christ and His righteousness that we can find true direction for our lives, the lives of our families, for our communities —.and for society as a whole. The powerful and forceful prophetic messages of God’s last-day proclamation must be seen in our practical daily Christian lives and in the proclamation we give. This is the hour and the time for Seventh-day Adventists to show the world, through the power of the Holy Spirit, what it means to have hope in the Lord’s power to bring about change in our lives and in society. 

We know from prophetic understanding of Daniel and Revelation that this world will degenerate into chaos and opposition to God’s Holy Word, but that does not mean that we cannot be strong sentinels of God’s grace and heavenly power to focus people’s attention on the Lord’s soon return. 

I appeal to Seventh-day Adventists worldwide to focus your attention on Christ, His Word, His righteousness, His sanctuary service, His saving power in the great controversy, His three angels’ messages, His health message, His last-day mission to the world, and His soon second coming. 

Let us plead with the Holy Spirit for the power of the latter rain so that God’s last-day message will go like wildfire through our witnessing, proclamation of the Word, and our Christ-like actions of heavenly love to others. It is imperative that we realize the time in which we are living and focus on the message and mission entrusted to the Seventh-day Adventist Church for this very time. 

Let us be faithful in proclaiming Christ’s righteousness which is the core of the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14 in contrast with the self-absorption and self-centeredness of the beast powers of Revelation 13. Let us not be distracted from our mission but focus on Christ and His power to save especially during these very difficult times around the world.

The Great Controversy on page 488 tells us: “Satan invents unnumbered schemes to occupy our minds, that they may not dwell upon the very work with which we ought to be best acquainted. The arch-deceiver hates the great truths that bring to view an atoning sacrifice and an all-powerful mediator. He knows that with him everything depends on his diverting minds from Jesus and His truth. Those who would share the benefits of the Saviour's mediation should permit nothing to interfere with their duty to perfect holiness in the fear of God. The precious hours, instead of being given to pleasure, to display, or to gain seeking, should be devoted to an earnest, prayerful study of the word of truth. The subject of the sanctuary and the investigative judgment should be clearly understood by the people of God. All need a knowledge for themselves of the position and work of their great High Priest. Otherwise it will be impossible for them to exercise the faith which is essential at this time or to occupy the position which God designs them to fill.”

Unique Position for Adventists 

God intends for Seventh-day Adventists to fill a unique position on this Earth at the end of time, and now is the time to do that. The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a prophetic movement with a prophetic message on a prophetic mission. It is led by God Himself, not by human beings. God has a special work and message to be proclaimed by every member, not just pastors and church workers. This is what Total Member Involvement is all about. Everyone doing something for Jesus, proclaiming the last-day saving message through word and through loving actions — all directed by the Holy Spirit’s power. We are told in Testimonies for the Church, Volume 9, page 117: “The work of God in this Earth can never be finished until the men and women comprising our church membership rally to the work and unite their efforts with those of ministers and church officers.” 

We are to focus people’s attention on Christ and what He has done and is doing for us. Continuing with inspiration from The Great Controversy, we read in selected sections on pages 488 to 490: “The sanctuary in heaven is the very center of Christ’s work in behalf of men. It concerns every soul living upon the Earth. It opens to view the plan of redemption, bringing us down to the very close of time and revealing the triumphant issue of the contest between righteousness and sin. It is of the utmost importance that all should thoroughly investigate these subjects and be able to give an answer to everyone that asketh them a reason of the hope that is in them. The intercession of Christ in man’s behalf in the sanctuary above is as essential to the plan of salvation as was His death upon the cross. By His death He began that work which after His resurrection He ascended to complete in heaven. We must by faith enter within the veil, ‘whither the forerunner is for us entered,’ Hebrews 6:20. There the light from the cross of Calvary is reflected. … We are now living in the great day of atonement. … All who would have their names retained in the book of life should now, in the few remaining days of their probation, afflict their souls before God by sorrow for sin and true repentance. There must be deep, faithful search of heart. The light, frivolous spirit indulged by so many professed Christians must be put away. There is earnest warfare before all who would subdue the evil tendencies that strive for the mastery. … Solemn are the scenes connected with the closing work of the atonement. Momentous are the interests involved therein. The judgment is now passing in the sanctuary above.”

Lean Completely on Jesus 

Let us lean completely on the grace and merits of Jesus who alone can save us and help us share His matchless love with the world around us. We are told in Testimonies for the Church, Volume 9, page 11: “We are living in the time of the end. The fast-fulfilling signs of the times declare that the coming of Christ is near at hand. The days in which we live are solemn and important. The Spirit of God is gradually but surely being withdrawn from the Earth. Plagues and judgments are already falling upon the despisers of the grace of God. The calamities by land and sea, the unsettled state of society, the alarms of war, are portentous. They forecast approaching events of the greatest magnitude. The agencies of evil are combining their forces, and consolidating. They are strengthening for the last great crisis. Great changes are soon to take place in our world, and the final movements will be rapid ones.” 

Seventh-day Adventist brothers and sisters around the world, what a time to be alive and lean on the merits of Christ as He uses us in His last proclamation to the world telling about His plan of salvation and His everlasting love. 

Let us rally to the call given by our Lord and be part of Total Member Involvement sharing Christ’s righteousness, His love, His call to complete repentance and submission to Him, His profound three angels’ messages and His soon return. Let us lovingly share the Word of God and exemplify it in our daily Christ-like lives all through His grace and power. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

 

President of Papua New Guinea Union Mission Dies

President of the Adventist Church in Papua New Guinea passes at age 54

                                                                   Photo: Record Magazine

Church officers mourn the loss of Geoffrey Pomaleu, a beloved man of God.

Geoffrey Pomaleu, president of the Papua New Guinea Union Mission (PNGUM) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church passed away Monday, July 4, at Angau Hospital in Lae, Papua New Guinea at the age of 54, after dealing with a number of serious health issues throughout the past year, including a recent trip to the emergency room due to severe chest pains.

Ted Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist world church offered his condolences to the Pomaleu family and the Adventist church family in the nation. 

“How sad to receive news today from Pastor Glenn Townend, president of South Pacific Division, telling me of the tragic passing of Pastor Geoffrey Pomaleu, president of the Papua New Guinea Union Mission (PNGUM),” said Wilson on his Facebook page. “On behalf of the world Seventh-day Adventist Church family, we offer our deep condolences and Christian sympathy to his widow, Mrs. Jochabed Pomaleu, who is the PNGUM Children’s Ministries director and to his children and extended family.”

Wilson’s statement went on to say, “Pastor Pomaleu was a much loved church leader in Papua New Guinea.  What a hope we have in the “Blessed Hope” of Christ’s soon return!  I have prayed for Mrs. Pomaleu, for the family and for the entire church family of thousands of members in the PNGUM and I ask you to pray for the Pomaleu family and our brothers and sisters in PNGUM. This world is not our home, we are just passing through and soon we will see our Lord return to take us to our final home!" 

Before Pomaleu was elected as PNGUM’s president last September, he had previously served the Church’s territory as youth director, executive secretary and president of the Morobe Mission.

“I have known Geoffrey for eight years,” said Glenn Townened, president of the church in the South Pacific region. “He was a great family man who, when away from home, would often comment he was thinking of his wife, sons or daughters. In his work Geoffrey was a man who listened to people and God before he made a decision. He had the ability to understand the different cultures and angles involved in a situation, but was able to build a team focusing on a clear vision and mission. Geoffrey will be missed.”

Pomaleu is survived by his wife, Jochabed, who serves as children’s ministries director for the Papua New Guinea Union Mission, and their three adult children, as well as thousands of believers in Jesus, mourning but awaiting the blessed hope of Jesus’ return.

 

Food For Life

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.       2 Corinthians 3:18

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Testimonies of the power of grace to change lives......

 

I was born into a non Adventist home, well that is an understatement really. My father was and still is a heavily practicing Satanist and as such, myself being a female, made me a target for ridicule and I was most certainly placed way below my brothers in the family......Tamara's Testimony

Country Living

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Moving to the country is becoming very hard in some locations. Selling a home and financing a new one is difficult. Some government agencies want to move everyone into the cities. God's people need to take their families away from the cities, into the country, where they can raise their own provisions; for in the future the problem of buying and selling will be a very serious one. We should now begin to heed the instruction given us over and over again: Get out of the cities into rural districts, where the houses are not crowded closely together, and where you will be free from the interference of those who are opposed to the truth. Pray that God will open a way.

Religious Liberty

European Sunday Law?

The world will urge an outward compliance with the laws of the land, for the sake of peace and harmony. And there are some who will even urge such a course from the Scripture: "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. . . . The powers that be are ordained of God." But what has been the course of God's servants in ages past? When the disciples preached Christ and Him crucified, after His resurrection, the authorities commanded them not to speak any more nor to teach in the name of Jesus. "But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard." Today, our liberty is being threatened.

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