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Pope Calls for Sunday Rest

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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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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New Medical School in Rwanda

 

Ted Wilson lays cornerstone for Adventist medical school in Rwanda

Ted Wilson with Lisa Beardsley-Hardy [Photos: Andrew McChesney / AR]

Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist world church, laid the cornerstone of a new medical school in Rwanda that church leaders declared could become a crown jewel of Adventist medical education.

Wilson, wearing a white hard hat and yellow construction worker vest, shoveled wet cement into a hole Thursday at the stone-laying ceremony for the $6.1 million (USD) complex on the Masoro campus of the Adventist University of Central Africa (AUCA) in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali.

The first phase of the medical school, which encompasses the construction of women’s and men’s residence halls, a cafeteria, and a guesthouse, is scheduled to open for students in September 2017. Classes will be held in a state-of-the-art science center that opened on campus last year.

“Students who walk from this place will not just receive a diploma to entitle them to a professional approach to life,” Wilson said in a speech to Rwanda’s education and health ministers and other dignitaries at the future construction site. “They will receive a diploma to follow in the steps of Jesus. Jesus is the Good Samaritan. Jesus is the Master Teacher. Jesus is the Master Physician. And Jesus is our Savior.”

Guests from across Rwanda, the church’s East-Central Africa Division based in Nairobi, Kenya, and the Adventist world church headquarters in the U.S. state of Maryland, gathered under two large canopies on the carefully manicured campus of the Adventist University of Central Africa for the ceremony.

Lisa Beardsley-Hardy, director of the education department of the Adventist world church, said the medical school would be the seventh operated by the Adventist Church and could excel by working with the other schools.

The Adventist Church also operates medical schools at Adventist universities in Montemorelos, Nuevo León, Mexico; Liberator San Martín, Entre Rios, Argentina; Ñaña, Lima, Peru; Silang, Cavite, Philippines; and its flagship school in Loma Linda, California, United States.

“This may well be the crown jewel in Adventist medical education, drawing on more than 150 years of medical education experience and furthering the healing ministry of Jesus Christ,” Beardsley-Hardy said.

She read congratulatory letters from Richard Hart, president of Loma Linda University Health and Adventist Health International, and Peter Landless, director of the health ministries department of the Adventist world church. 

“Loma Linda University Health and Adventist Health International are committed to working with AUCA on this important project,” Hart said in his letter. “A quality medical school, with the right orientation and affiliations, can be a major boost to Adventist hospitals and clinics throughout Africa.”

Both the health ministries department and the education department pledged funds toward the project. Beardsley-Hardy said she and her husband, Frank Hardy, who was present at the ceremony, were also making a personal donation.

Blasious M. Ruguri, president of the East-Central Africa Division and the university’s chancellor, said the university was preparing for a flood of medical students from across Africa and perhaps from Europe and North America as well.

An initial class of 30 nursing students will be enrolled, but the medical school is expected to train about 450 students a year when it reaches full capacity, university vice rector Ndahayo Claver told the Adventist Review. The $6.1 million first phase will be followed by future phases that will include anatomy labs and a hospital and cost $20 million to $30 million.

Education Minister Papias Musafiri, stepping out of a major, three-day Africa meeting of the World Economic Forum in Kigali to attend the ceremony, called the medical school a welcome step toward the further development of his country. He expressed hope that he would be invited back soon for the grand opening of the first phase.

“We thank you, General Conference president and the leadership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, for your great decision to bring this medical school to Rwanda,” he said.

 

 

Fire Forces Largest Canadian Evacuation

According to Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, the Fort McMurray fire has caused 80,000 to flee their homes, the largest fire evacuation in Alberta’s history. "Walls of flames flanked the road as they made their way out of the northern Alberta city of Fort McMurray. 'It was something out of a movie,' she told the Guardian. 'It was absolutely apocalyptic, there were vehicles stranded everywhere, the sky was black and orange, there were – and are still – so many people trapped.'” source



 

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US Commission Report Reveals Assault on Religious Freedom

 

Annual report tracks ‘serious and sustained assault’ on religious freedom

This year’s report by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) adds eight more countries—Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan,Vietnam, Tajikistan, Syria, and Central African Republic—to its list of “countries of particular concern.”

The state of religious freedom worldwide has deteriorated over the past 12 months, according to a report released May 1 by an independent United States advisory body. The 270-page report compiled by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) documents continuing abuses in 33 countries and regions, but focuses particularly this year on the plight of prisoners of conscience and the increasing numbers of refugees fleeing religious persecution.

Among those who fled religious abuses last year, according to the report, were thousands of Rohingya Muslims in Burma, an estimated half million Eritreans escaping their country’s repressive regime, and millions of men, women, and children, both Christians and Muslims, who were displaced by ongoing violence in Syria and Iraq. 

The report also cited a dozens of examples of religiously motivated imprisonment over the past 12 months, including a poet and artist in Saudi Arabia, who was sentenced to death after being accused of spreading atheism. His punishment was later changed to 800 lashes and eight years in prison. Among continuing state abuses in China documented by the report are a Christian pastor and his wife who are serving a 12-year prison sentence for opposing a government campaign to remove crosses from the top of churches.

Dr. Ganoune Diop, the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty, calls the report’s focus on prisoners of conscience “a troubling confirmation of longstanding global trends.” 

“In reality, though, there is no way to verify the scale of this tragedy,” says Diop. “Many cases are never publicized, and untold numbers of men and women around the world suffer imprisonment or worse under laws that enforce a particular religious worldview.”  

Diop points to the case of Sajjad Masih, a 32-year-old Adventist Church member in Pakistan who was sentenced to life in prison in 2013 after being falsely accused of defaming the Prophet Muhammad under the country’s controversial blasphemy laws. 

“Laws that oppress religious minorities on behalf of a majority faith not only run counter to international law and human rights norms, but they distort the very nature of faith itself,” says Diop. “The Adventist Church believes that freedom of conscience is the foundation of true faith. And this is a freedom that is grounded in the innate dignity of every human being—an inalienable gift of our Creator.”

Dwayne Leslie, an associate director of the PARL department, says that the Adventist Church continues to advocate for greater awareness of religious freedom abuses, and for intervention by governments. This month, the church will partner with the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute in downtown Washington DC to hold an “International Religious Liberty Summit.” Leslie, who is organizing the event, says it will bring together public leaders, religious liberty advocates, and journalists to consider current challenges to religious freedom around the world, and explore ways to collaborate on shared goals.  

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.   

According to Nelu Burcea, the associate director of PARL who represents the church at the United Nations in New York and Geneva, the USCIRF report is "a potent reminder that the church and all those who advocate for religious freedom must keep these abuses before the international community.” While it is important for individual governments, such as the United States, to take unilateral action in support of international religious freedom, says Burcea, real progress requires a concerted international effort to pressure noncompliant countries to fulfill their obligations under international law.  

The full USCIRF report can be seen here. The Commission is a federal government agency that was created 18 years ago to advise the US Executive and Congress on how best to promote religious freedom internationally.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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

Tell of His Grace

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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