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After the Vatican has called for national Sunday laws, the pope now calls it "freedom" to rest on the sun day.

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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.

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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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Delbert Baker Appointed Vice Chancellor, Adventist University of Africa

 

New vice chancellor pledges advancement, excellence and adventure for the Adventist University of Africa

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Delbert Baker brings decades of experience in developing students and leaders to his new position in Kenya.

The Adventist University of Africa (AUA) in Kenya Wednesday celebrated the inauguration of Delbert Baker as its new vice chancellor. The two-day celebration was attended by Church and governmental officials along with a host of other leaders and dignitaries from Adventist institutions, the local community and the Seventh-day Adventist world church headquarters. 

The consecration service featured a keynote address by Paul Ratsara, president of the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The installation service was led out by Ella Simmons, general vice president of the Adventist world church and chair of the AUA Council, along with Blasious Ruguri, president of the Adventist Church’s East-Central Africa Division, and chancellor of AUA

The event culminated with special celebratory speeches from Seventh-day Adventist world church president, Ted Wilson, Adventist world church general vice president, Geoffrey Mbwana, Oakwood University president, Leslie Pollard, family ministries director for the Adventist Church, Willie Oliver, education director for the Adventist Church, Lisa Beardsley-Hardy, and a host of others. 

Baker was introduced by his son, Benjamin Baker, who serves as the associate director of the Office of Archives and Statistics and Research of the Adventist church. 

In his remarks, the new vice chancellor challenged the university family to join him in pursuing "unstoppable advancement, academic excellence and adventures under the Almighty."

During the ceremony, the chancellor of AUA, Blasious Ruguri, said: "We are delighted to welcome Dr. Baker to the Vice-Chancellorship of one of the greatest Adventist universities in the world. He has an outstanding reputation as both a denominational and academic leader in the Adventist church. We look forward to working with him to help take AUA Onward and Upward."  

Baker has a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication. He is also a Certified Executive Leadership Coach and a Certified Trainer in Emotional Intelligence. He has authored more than fifteen books, including, “From Exile to Prime Minister: The Life and Leadership of Samson Kisekka;” “Make Us One: Celebrating Spiritual Unity in the Midst of Cultural Diversity;” and “The Unknown Prophet: The Life and Times of William Ellis Foy.” 

Prior to coming to AUA, Baker served as general vice president for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (2010-2015), the 10th president of Oakwood University (1996-2010), special assistant to the president and director of diversity at Loma Linda University (1992-1996), associate director of the Ellen G. White Estate (1992), editor of Message Magazine (1985-1992) and as a pastor in the Allegheny West Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (1975-1985).

Throughout the years, Baker has been dedicated to the work of the church, community building, evangelism and the development of students and leaders with a focus on excellence. 

In 1975, Baker married Susan (Lee). Their marriage has formed the foundation of their collective ministry. Susan holds a doctorate in science (Loma Linda University, 1999) and has had a notable career in physical therapy, administration and education. The Bakers have three adult sons: David, DPT, physical therapist; Benjamin, PHD, historian; and Jonathan, MS, human resource professional. They have three grandchildren: Isabella, Zachary, and Jackson; and two additional grandchildren who are scheduled to arrive later this year.

Though based in Kenya, AUA is directly affiliated with the Adventist Church’s world headquarters and offers Adventist graduate-level education throughout Africa. Doctoral programs are taught on its main campus, and other programs—such as theology and business—are taught by revolving faculty on Adventist campuses throughout the continent.

 

 

Elder Wilson in Samoa

Tuesday morning, 19 April 2016, was an exciting time for the Seventh-day Adventist Church members in Samoa, when the President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Elder Ted Wilson and his wife, Nancy Wilson, arrived in Samoa, about 26 years since the last visit of a General Conference President. They were accompanied by Pastor Maveni Kaufononga, President of the Trans Pacific Union Mission in Fiji. Under Police escort, as is done for heads of churches and visiting dignitaries, the Party travelled from Faleolo Airport to the Samoa Mission headquarters at Lalovaea where they were welcomed by students of the Samoa Adventist College and shortly thereafter, they met with members of the press. Later that afternoon, they flew from Fagalii Airport to neighbouring American Samoa where they met with the church members there. They returned to Samoa the following morning, 20 April 2016.

Courtesy calls on the Head of State and the Deputy Prime Minister took place on Wednesday, 20 April, and at 4.15 pm, they were driven to the grandstand of the hockey field at Tuanaimato, part of the sporting compound, with gyms which were used for the UN SIDS Conference a few years ago and which continues to be used for national and regional events.

A couple of weeks earlier, the Sabbath Keepers received an invitation from the Leader of the Samoa and Tokelau Mission, inviting them to a meeting where President Ted Wilson will speak. The Sabbath Keepers accepted the invitation.

The Police Band led a parade to the grandstand. The Sabbath keepers who were in the marching group included members from Savaii, Solaua, Laulii, Apia Park, Malololelei, Tiapapata, Lalovaea, Tulaele, Siusega, Vaitele-uta, Afega, Saleimoa and Samatau. It was good to have Malaga La’ifaga from the Logan Church, South Brisbane, and Maiava Toese from the Deception Bay Church, North Brisbane, joining the Sabbath keepers. In the group were about 20 Samoa Independent Seventh day Adventist Church (SISDAC) members, from the approximately 800-900 SISDAC members who also worship on Saturdays.
With heads held high, bright smiles and wearing blue or blue and white, the Sabbath keepers were the last to enter the compound, proudly marching behind their banner with the words: “Saturday Sabbath Keepers – Welcome Elder Ted and Nancy Wilson”. As the Sabbath keepers marched towards the centre of the grand stand, to the beat of their blue drum, there was clapping and cheering from the spectators and STM members; the Sabbath keepers reciprocated with smiles and waving of hands. Over the loudspeaker, Pastor Sione Ausage, the Secretary of the Samoa and Tokelau Mission, announced in Samoan: “We are delighted to welcome our sisters and brothers who worship on Saturdays. Thank you for accepting our invitation to join us in welcoming Elder Ted Wilson and his wife, Nancy Wilson.”

In his message to the Church, the President said, in part:

“We are a people who are called to proclaim the message of Revelation – the ‘Three Angels’ message… We need to turn back to the true worship of God… The third angel talks about not receiving the mark of the beast. We, through the power of the Holy Spirit need to listen to what the Holy Spirit is telling us. We need to accept the ten commandments. We need to believe that God created the world in six days, not millions of years. Get acquainted with the Spirit of Prophecy. The Spirit of Prophecy is one of God’s greatest gifts to the Seventh-day Adventist Church…
“Unfortunately, spiritualism is becoming stronger and stronger all over the world and if you are not grounded in the Word of God, you will not be able to withstand the challenges in these last times…..
“I know that the Church here has faced some challenges at times in terms of the change … but I want to tell you that this is a peculiar and uniquely specific situation which is right here in this area because around the world, we do not have the dateline. It is mainly in the Pacific. So we have placed that with the TPUM to find the best way to approach this challenge.
“I want you to be strong in your faith. I want you to understand that it is not going to die in some corner; you are part of the worldwide movement. Don’t get discouraged. Bring about reconciliation. Bring about reconciliation to follow God’s powerful way.
… “In Samoa you do not have huge cities and you need to try and reach some of those people, and you need to understand that God has a special message in life to help them. I hope you are sharing the Health message…..

Ambassadors arrive with great show and pomp, in cars, usually with banners waving, maybe with soldiers with rifles. Even though you may not arrive like an ambassador, nevertheless, you are an ambassador for Jesus Christ and regardless of what difficulties you face, you can be a tremendous ambassador for Jesus.
“I would like us to focus on scripture to clearly understand how you can be an ambassador for Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”…. If we are new creatures, we can truly understand being ambassadors for Christ for we are new creatures in Christ.
“In verse 18, it says that God has given us the ministry of reconciliation. I want to urge all of you here, in your Church, in the community: bring about reconciliation. Be a minister or agent of bringing people together, not pull them apart.
“Let us look at verses 19 and 20, ‘that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation … Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, we implore you, be ye reconciled to God.’ Recognise that you are a representative of the Ruler of the Universe, that God Himself wishes to work through you. God can use you as a powerful ambassador for Him. As SDAs, God is calling you to be leaders in his Church.
“When we are in the time of trouble, we are told that our bread and water will be sure. We may not get a feast as we have enjoyed in Samoa, but we will have sufficient.
“Brothers and sisters in Samoa, God wants you to stand firm as ambassadors for Him; He wants you to be members of the world-wide family of Jesus, people who are filled with the Holy Spirit, people who are filled with God’s true purpose.
“Spirit of Prophecy 158 – SDAs have been chosen by God to be a peculiar people; He has called them to be ambassadors for Him … The Lord has a unique and special work for every single one of you… you may not have people believe you when you go to their homes… you may have people rebuffing you for giving them the truth in a loving way but one of these days, soon, if you look at the sky, you will see a small cloud and it will get bigger and brighter .. in the middle of the cloud, you will see, not the High Priest who is ministering for us right now, but we will see … our Lord and we will look up and say, ‘This is our God we have waited for and He will say, ‘Thou faithful servants of Samoa, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord and you will be with the Lord forever.
“On this earth, you may not have honour guards, but when you get to heaven, the angels will salute you, the angels will wave you into heaven – what a precious and wonderful future! By God’s grace, be an ambassador for Jesus – young person, women, men – all can be ambassadors for Jesus. If you want to commit yourself to be ambassadors for Jesus, begin tonight. If you would like to be an ambassador for Jesus, would you stand to your feet and commit yourself to Jesus.”

 

 

Religious Liberty Conference in Washington DC

 

Adventists to Partner with Newseum for Unique Religious Freedom Summit

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The steady rise in rates of religious persecution around the world in recent years has led Seventh-day Adventists to search for new, more effective ways to advocate for religious freedom. Studies, such as one conducted last year by the Pew Research Center, suggest that some 5.1 billion men, women, and children around the world live in countries where their ability to worship freely is restricted or denied by either an authoritarian regime, terrorist groups, extremist organizations, or by social pressures.

Yet even as conditions deteriorate around the globe, religious freedom activists in the United States sometimes struggle to communicate their message, and to persuade lawmakers to support international religious liberty initiatives.  

It is this reality, says Dwayne Leslie, an associate director of the church’s Public Affairs and Religious Liberty department (PARL), that has driven plans for an event that will be held May 24 at one of Washington D.C’s leading museums--the Newseum.

“The idea of ‘religious freedom’—what it really means, and how it relates to other civil rights—has become a divisive issue within American politics and society over the past few years,” says Leslie, who is organizing the Newseum summit. “Not surprisingly, then, it has also become increasingly difficult for religious freedom advocates to build consensus around religious liberty concerns, and to promote positive legislative action.”

The International Religious Liberty Summit, which is jointly sponsored by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the Newseum’s Religious Freedom Center, will bring together public leaders and religious liberty advocates to consider current challenges to religious freedom around the world, and explore ways to collaborate on shared goals.  

But, for Leslie, one of the most exciting aspects of the event will be its focus on the role of the media in shaping the public’s perceptions about religious freedom issues. “This has been a piece of the puzzle that we have perhaps neglected in the past,” says Leslie. “But in this difficult environment for religious freedom advocacy, it’s vital for us to learn how we can sharpen our message, and to communicate the need for action more clearly and effectively.” 

Presenters at the summit will include former Representative Frank Wolf, who was a leading supporter of international religious freedom legislation throughout his congressional career; Knox Thames, Special Advisor for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South/Central Asia at the US State Department, and The Honorable Erastus J.O. Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union. Among the journalists who will address the group will be E.J. Dionne, nationally known political commentator and opinion writer for the Washington Post and Lynn Sweet, Washington, D.C. bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times.  

The Adventist Church has been a leading advocate for religious freedom—for all people, no matter what their faith—since the church’s inception in the mid-1800s. “The ability to worship freely, according to one’s conscience, is a God-given right which finds its genesis in the dignity of every human being,” explains Dr. Ganoune Diop, director of PARL. “It is a foundational value that undergirds all other human rights.” 

The upcoming Religious Liberty Summit at the Newseum is just one of many activities of PARL, a department that is charged with building relationships on behalf of the Adventist Church with public officials, thought leaders and other religious communities. As part of its responsibilities, the department maintains a presence at the United Nations in New York and Geneva where it advocates on behalf of religious freedom.  "The International Religious Liberty Summit supports the overarching goal of PARL, which is to help position the church and its services to a standing of credibility, trust, and relevance in the public sphere,” adds Diop.  

For further information about the Newseum event—International Religious Liberty Summit: Effective Advocacy during the 2016 Elections and Beyond—visit the Religious Freedom Center. 

 

 

7.8 Earthquake Shakes Ecaudor

Powerful earthquake in Ecuador kills 413, injures more than 2,500

Photo: ADRA Ecuador

The South American country of Ecuador has declared a state of emergency after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck at 6:58 p.m. Saturday, killing at least 413 people and injuring more than 2,500. The earthquake caused widespread destruction in the country, including four local Adventist Churches.  

Pedernales, a city of about 46,000 people located 165 miles (270 kilometers) west of the capital, Quito, was flattened by the earthquake, its mayor said.

The 600 local church members set up donation centers to collect food and clothing for those affected by the earthquake. Church members were working closely with the ADRA, said Felipe Lemos, director of the press office for the Adventist Church’s South American Division, whose territory includes Ecuador.

“Adventist members in Pedernales are establishing centers to collect food and clothing in every district for distribution to places in need,” Lemos said. “Let’s remember the people of Ecuador in prayer.”

Adventist humanitarians respond

On Monday the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) distributed food to 239 people in temporary camps and 87 people in shelters. ADRA volunteers were even able to assist a woman who gave birth in the street, as well as assisting her wounded relatives.

All of these activities were carried out in coordination with Ecuador’s MIES (Ministry of Economic and Social inclusion).

ADRA volunteers in the area of Pedernales and 30 volunteers from Santo Domingo and Quito, are working on an initial rapid needs assessment in order to better understand the situation on the ground and continue to provide the most relevant humanitarian aid.

ADRA is also working to set up a water purification unit in Pedernales to better serve the affected population with the supply of drinking water.

Additional emergency response team members from the global ADRA network are travelling to support the team in Ecuador.

Damaged churches in Pedernales

Church members were meeting in one of the churches, the Palmitas Seventh-day Adventist Church in the coastal city of Pedernales, when the earthquake rocked the region, said Giovanny Izquierdo, president of Adventist Church in Ecuador.

“Church members were in the church at the exact moment when the earthquake occurred and they immediately fled outside,” Izquierdo said in a WhatsApp text message.

The church building collapsed shortly afterward. The church has 80 members.

“Many buildings have fallen and the Palmitas church is completely destroyed,” the church’s pastor, Washington Guaranga, said in a separate WhatsApp message.

The WhatsApp messages were sent to Samuel Saito, director of the Adventist Church-operated Nuevo Tiempo (Hope Channel) radio network in Ecuador, and viewed by the Adventist Review.

 “We haven’t experience the loss of any church members in the middle of this tragedy, only material damages,” Izquierdo said earlier on Twitter. “Thank you for praying for us.”

Two of the other three churches destroyed in the earthquake were the Central Adventist Church, also in Pedernales, and the church in the town of Maria Luiza.

Prayers for Ecuador, Japan and Myanmar

Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Adventist world church, also called for prayers for the relief and assistance efforts of the people of Ecuador.

“Remember the Ecuador Union and our local fields as they help with the recovery process during the aftermath of the traumatic and deadly event,” he said on his Facebook page.

Wilson also asked church members to pray for the people of Japan and Myanmar, two countries that also suffered earthquakes recently.

“Please also keep the people of Japan and Myanmar in your prayers as they have suffered earthquakes with tragic loss of life,” Wilson said. “As we come to the end of time, Jesus wants to use us as a positive influence in all types of difficult situations so Christ’s love can be seen through us.”

 

Rwanda Genocide Remembered

Adventist leaders in Rwanda commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the Tutsi mass genocide

Commemorative service        Photo  East-Central Africa Division

More than 700,000 Adventists across the African country of Rwanda commemorated the 22nd anniversary of the Tutsi genocide last week as they prayed, sang inspirational songs and listened to testimonies.  

In 1994, the Tutsi were an ethnic minority in the nation of Rwanda, where the majority of the population was Hutu. Hutu extremists blamed Rwanda’s social, economic, and political problems on the Tutsi population, and feared they were preparing to launch a rebellion. After propagating a message of fear throughout the nation, Hutu extremists would go on to kill three-quarters of the Tutsi community in 100 days. 

Hesron Byilingiro, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Rwanda, said, “The Adventist Church extends our hands of comfort and love to the families of over 800,000 men, women, and children who were victims of this horrible tragedy.” 

During the month-long commemoration, Seventh-day Adventist churches in Rwanda will hold prayer vigils, musical programs and grief counseling workshops to help bring healing to survivors and the countless individuals who carry the memory of the terrible atrocity.

 

 

Exchange-rate Losses Cost Church $19.4 Million

 

Shaky economy costs General Conference millions of dollars

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An unsteady global economy shaved 20 percent off the income received by the General Conference last year, and church leaders are reworking budgetary plans as they prayerfully seek to navigate the uncharted waters ahead.

While tithe and offerings remained strong worldwide in 2015, exchange-rate losses linked to the fluctuations of regional currencies against the U.S. dollar cost the General Conference, the administrative body that oversees the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a total of $19.4 million.

“My fears that were presented in October actually came true,” General Conference treasurer Juan R. Prestol-Puesán said in an interview.

Prestol-Puesán cautioned church leaders at the General Conference’s Annual Council business meeting on Oct. 12 that market uncertainties might lead to the loss of millions of dollars in church income. He confirmed that this had indeed happened at the General Conference’s Spring Meeting of church leaders on April 12.

“We are making a significant adjustment to the budget, and we are also looking at what could be in store for us for the rest of this year, 2016, and in 2017,” he told the Adventist Review.

“We are looking at a very difficult year financially for 2017, given the number of programs and commitments that we have,” he said. “Where will the Lord lead us in this? We are going to have to take it one year at a time.”

Prestol-Puesán, speaking at the Spring Council at the General Conference’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, said this year’s budget was prepared months before the end of 2015 and planners have not anticipated such a significant drop in income. The General Conference operates in U.S. dollars, but 53 percent of its income originates in other currencies.

Prestol-Puesán said his office recommended transferring $9.9 million from a reserve fund (No. 71120 Required Working Capital – Non-Tithe) to the 2017 operating budget if income continues to decline in 2016.

“Our approach to budgeting and finances for 2017 is one of caution, prudence, and common sense,” he said in prepared remarks.

The General Conference would have had $19,441,294 additional income this year if 2015 exchange rates had remained the same as in 2014, according to the treasury report to the Spring Meeting. In another loss, the variability of financial markets cost the General Conference a total of $2.8 million in capital and unrealized gains in 2015. Those investments had represented a gain of $2 million in 2014.

In all, the General Conference received $94.8 million in tithe last year, a year-on-year decrease of $2.2 million. However, it says, only three of the world church’s 13 divisions showed losses if the tithe was calculated in the predominant division currency. Those divisions were the Inter-America Division, which experienced a banking crisis in Mexico; the Southern-Africa-Indian Ocean Division, because of a decline in the value of the South African rand; and the Trans-European Division.

“We wish to thank our members for their commitment in giving so that the church can function in the world community,” he said. “Their sincerity and faithfulness is evident when we see the giving in local currencies.

World mission offerings amounted to $84.6 million last year, a drop of $4.2 million.

Prestol-Puesán said the General Conference’s income also would be affected by plans by the North American Division to relocate from the General Conference headquarters to another site in April 2017.

“The budgeted cost of the rearrangement is still to be finalized,” Prestol-Puesán said.

He predicted, however, that the departure would “represent a negative impact of approximately $1 million to $1.2 million per year to our operations.”

With uncertain times ahead, Prestol-Puesán told church leaders that “we rest in the hands of the Lord and trust in the faithfulness and generosity of our members.”

“We have nowhere else to go,” he said.

He said a piece of counsel given by Adventist Church co-founder Ellen G. White was as relevant now as when she wrote it more than a century ago.

“’Our heavenly Father has a thousand ways to provide for us, of which we know nothing,’” he said, reading from The Desire of Ages, p. 130. “’Those who accept the one principle of making the service and honor of God supreme will find perplexities vanish, and a plain path before their feet.’”

 

Rick McEdward Elected President of Middle East and North Africa Field

 

Church executive leaders elect Rick McEdward as leader of the denomination’s Middle East and North Africa field

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Executive leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Thursday tapped Rick McEdward, director of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Global Mission Religious Study Centers to serve as president of the Church’s Middle East and North Africa Union Mission (MENA). McEdward replaces Homer Trecartin, who served as MENA’s president since the union was formed in 2011.  

Trecartin, who was reelected during the first Annual Council after General Conference Session, in October 2015, has chosen to step down from the position due to health and family reasons. Trecartin will remain in his position until May 2016. 

During his time in MENA, Trecartin was part of a new team of workers charged with for setting and strengthening the mission’s strategy to reach the unreached majority group through initiatives such as the Waldensian Student initiative, a program of planting dedicated young Adventists in some of the massive universities in the MENA region, and Total Employment, which included tent making and various other mission initiatives. The motto, “Step into the Impossible,” calls people from everywhere to join the small MENA team in creatively finding ways to move foreword even when things seem impossible. 

Chanmin Chung, communication director for MENA said of Trecartin, “He encouraged sincere Adventists to go where there is no Adventist presence, in God’s promise.”  

Wilson acknowledged the invaluable work Trecartin led in a region of the world with a scarce Christian presence. In an email to Adventist News Network, Wilson said, “We are so grateful to Homer and Barbara for their incredible spiritual, administrative and mission contribution to the work in the MENA area of the world.  We praise God for the advances made and continue to be made.  We are grateful that Rick and Marcia have accepted this new and important assignment.” 

McEdward, who has been serving the church as director for Adventist Mission’s Global Mission Religious Study Centers, spoke about some of the challenges he sees ahead, but also expressed the hope he has for the church in MENA.

“The first thing I think about is loving and lovable people who have never had the chance to know or see a full plan of what God’s plan of salvation is,” said McEdward.  “So I would love to see a church that’s on fire with loving, befriending, caring, having compassion, being the solution in communities and refugees—but also to live the light in a way that people can see it.”

During his time as director of the Seventh-day Adventist Global Mission Religious Study Centers, which includes the Center for Asian Religions and Traditions, the Global Center for Adventist-Muslim Relations, World Jewish-Adventist Friendship Center, and the Center for Secular and Post-Modern Studies, McEdward worked to consistently produce more materials so that Adventists worldwide would have tools to better relate to friends of other faiths and beliefs.

Prior to his time at the Global Mission Religious Study Center, McEdward coordinated church planting throughout Southeast Asia and planted many churches in Texas and his home state of Washington. 

As McEdward prepares to lead the Church in the Middle East and North Africa, he hopes the worldwide Adventist community will remember to pray for the region as it continues to experience the effects of widespread civil unrest.

“The middle east has some unique challenges with the refugee crises, which tugs at my heart strings, and with the nations that are in conflict,” said McEdward. “I would ask people remember those effected the most in prayer and that we can find opportunities of way of helping them in crises.”

 

 

Loma Linda University Receives $6.3 Million NIH Grant


Researchers from Loma Linda University Health receive a $6.3 million grant from prominent biomedical research institute

Ravi Goyal, MD, PhD; William J. Pearce, PhD; Lubo Zhang, PhD, center director; and Charles A. Ducsay, PhD.  [Photo courtesy of Loma Linda University Health]

Thanks to the funding of the National Institutes of Health, the team's results could ultimately translate into the importance of improving perinatal care and decreasing chronic disease later in life.

Researchers from the Center for Perinatal Biology at Loma Linda University School of Medicine (LLUSM) have announced that their 417-page application for a program project grant (PPG) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been funded for a total of $6.29 million over the next five years.

Grant funding officially began April 1 with the first installment of the grant. The funds specifically come from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. 

The news is very encouraging to Lubo Zhang, PhD, center director and principal investigator on the grant, because it assures the continuity of the center, which was established in 1972 by the late Lawrence D. Longo, MD, who passed away in January. 

“Gestational Hypoxia and Developmental Plasticity,” the title for the PPG, refers to how oxygen deprivation during gestation alters a developing fetus' ability to adapt to challenges imposed during processes involved in development and growth. 

The grant will fund four separate, but related projects under the watchful attention of principal investigators Lubo Zhang, PhD; Charles A. Ducsay, PhD; William J. Pearce, PhD; and Ravi Goyal, MD, PhD. Goyal, an assistant professor of pharmacology who collaborated with Longo on a variety of research projects, will assume leadership of Longo’s project. 

The goal of the four studies is to collectively explore the physiological, biochemical, cellular, and molecular mechanisms that mediate the effects of long-term, high-altitude hypoxia on maternal health and fetal development. The results could ultimately translate into the importance of improving perinatal care and decreasing chronic disease later in life. 

Roger Hadley, MD, LLUSM dean, welcomed news of the grant that earned the perfect score.

“I’m very pleased to share this exciting news,” Hadley said. “It’s external validation of the quality of our researchers and their work, placing us among the elite research institutions around the world.”

According to Representative Pete Aguilar of California’s 31st congressional district, the grant is good news, not only for the university, but also for Southern California. 

“Loma Linda University Health’s role as both a medical services provider and a leader in research and discovery puts our region at the forefront of the health care industry and the 21st century economy,” said Aguilar. “I commend Dr. Zhang, his staff and the entire Loma Linda University Health team on this important accomplishment.” 

The Center for Perinatal Biology has been continuously funded for the past 20 years through five-year renewals of the original PPG. Officials applied for the five-year renewal in May 2015, and six months later, they were informed that their application had received a score of 10 with a percentile ranking of 1—a perfect score.

“I had never heard of anyone getting a perfect score for a PPG before,” Zhang said, adding that while he has personally received perfect scores on two R01 grant applications, achieving that on the much-larger PPG application is a very rare accomplishment. “I’m not saying there has never been a perfect score on a PPG before, but if there has, I’ve never heard about it.”

Longo learned of the perfect score just two months before his death. It was a fitting culmination to his legendary and remarkable career.

 

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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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Mar10 Demo Image Too late to move?

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.

European Sunday Law

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