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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

Vatican Official Exhorts the Sunday

Sunday should be a day for worship, rest and time with family and friends, said Monsignor Miquel Delgado Galindo, under secretary for the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

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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."

 

 

Christian History

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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 God's Second Book

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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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87 Evangelistic Meetings in Zimbabwe

 

10,000 gather in Zimbabwean field for Evangelistic Series

Elder Wilson and division president Paul Ratsara

At least 60 people request baptism on the first night of countrywide meetings.

A major two-week evangelistic series began on Sunday evening with thousands of people gathering at 87 sites across Zimbabwe, including 10,000 people in a large field and parking lot outside the capital, Harare.

The “Revelation of Hope” meetings, part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Mission to the Cities initiative to share Jesus in the world’s biggest cities, will culminate on Sabbath, May 30, with an expected 30,000 baptisms.

About 60 people requested baptism after Adventist Church leader Ted N.C. Wilson spoke about Nebuchadnezzar's great image in Daniel 2 and the historical accuracy of the biblical prophecy to the 10,000 people gathered in a field near a shopping center in Chitungwiza, a town about 30 minutes by car south of Harare.

“I have never made an appeal for baptism on the first night of an evangelistic meeting but was urged to do so,” Wilson said. “Many people have been through Voice of Prophecy Bible lessons or been prepared in small groups, so I made a general appeal to be ready for Christ’s soon coming and then made an appeal for baptism.”

The 60 people will be welcomed into instructional classes that are being held ahead of the two-week evangelistic series. Some 5,000 small groups have been meeting countrywide for months.

“This portends for a wonderful evangelistic series through the power of the Holy Spirit,” Wilson said. “We urge all to pray for God’s Spirit to fall on the many evangelistic series being held across the greater Harare area and across Zimbabwe.”

Attendance in the field is expected to grow in the coming days from the 10,000 who showed up at 5:30 p.m. for opening night, church leaders said. No rain is forecast for the week, and the temperature was a mild 75 degrees Fahrenheit (25 C) throughout Sunday, dipping to a slightly chilly 61 F (16 C) in the evening.

Before the main prophecy presentation began, audience members listened to a health seminar by Dr. Alex Llaguno, health ministries director for the Adventist Church’s Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division, which includes Zimbabwe.

Comprehensive health ministry is also a strong focus of the evangelistic series, with people being offered practical information that meets both their spiritual and physical needs.

Meetings also were held on Sunday evening at 61 evangelistic sites across Harare and at two dozen sites in 17 other cities. Among those preaching in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest city, are Anthony Kent, associate secretary of the Adventist world church’s Ministerial Association, and Lael Caesar, associate editor of the Adventist Review and Adventist World magazines.

In anticipation of the 30,000 baptisms, local church leaders have divided many local churches into two to accommodate a surge in new believers.

A new church building also started going up Sunday in Darby, near the central Zimbabwean city of KweKwe. Church members are constructing the church as part of a “zonde,” or work bee, with church members coming for a week to build the church and do evangelism in the area.

Zonde, pronounced zon-day, is a well-known Zimbabwean emphasis on working together to accomplish something.

Church members have been leading small groups in the area for some time, and evangelistic meetings this week represent the “reaping” when participants are invited to accept Jesus.

Wilson, division president Paul Ratsara, and other church leaders attended a ground-breaking ceremony for the new church on Sunday and will return to the site on Sabbath, May 23, to dedicate the building and witness its first baptisms from the evangelistic meetings.

 

 

Evangelist Ron Halvorsen Sr. Dies

Halvorsen is a former New York gang member who led thousands of people to baptism.

 
Adventist Evangelist Ron Halvorsen Sr. Dies

 

Ron Halvorsen Sr., a New York gang member who gave his heart to Jesus at age 17 and became a Seventh-day Adventist evangelist who led thousands of people to baptism, died on Friday after a lengthy illness. He was 76.

His son, Ron Halvorsen Jr., announced the death on Facebook late Friday evening and asked for prayers for his family, especially his mother, Carrol, and sister, Diane.

“I’m in transit to dad and mom. Just before they closed the door to the plane in Dayton, I received news that my dad has passed away,” Halvorsen Jr. wrote.

Ron Halvorsen Sr. was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer that starts in the bone marrow’s plasma cells and affects the whole body, in November 2014. 

He had successfully fought off three previous bouts with cancer and believed that he would land on his feet again, making plans to travel to Norway and engage in other evangelistic activities, said Ruthie Jacobson, who prayed with Halvorsen just hours before he died.

“He was still working for the Lord,” she said, adding that he had recently told her that he still had a lot of work to do.

Condolences poured in from around the world, with friends describing Halvorsen as humble, approachable, and gracious.

“Elder Halvorsen was one of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s great evangelists, and he preached the straight truth of the Bible,” said Ted N.C. Wilson, leader of the Adventist Church. “It hit home to those who listened attentively.”

“A giant has fallen. A true giant,” said John Bradshaw, director and speaker for It Is Written, where Halvorsen worked for more than a decade as an evangelist and prayer coordinator after he retired.

“Ron believed in preaching the power of the gospel,” Bradshaw said. “It had changed him, and he knew it could change others. And as God worked through Ron, it did so many times.”

Evangelist Mark Finley said Halvorsen left an enduring legacy as a Christ-centered, fearless biblical preacher who loved people and had a passion for evangelism that was undimmed through the years.

“He was consumed with the overwhelming desire to see men and women, boys and girls won for Christ,” said Finley, who called Halvorsen a dear friend whose life was intertwined with the Finley family for decades. “He was one of a kind but would to God we had 1,000 preachers like him whose whole life was consumed with winning the lost.”

He Prayed to the End

Jacobson, prayer ministry leader for the North American Division who worked with Halvorsen for the past two decades, praised him for the way he merged evangelism and prayer.

“He would not do evangelism without a lot of prayer,” she said.

He prayed to the end, she said. Jacobson prayed with Halvorsen often in the months after she attended a special anointing for him in November.

Halvorsen called her last Sabbath morning and said, “Please pray. I cannot breathe.”

After Jacobson prayed, he said, “Wonderful, I can breathe. God is so good.”

He called her again for prayer on Friday morning, but his voice was weak.

“He had been going downhill all week,” Jacobson said.

She prayed and promised to visit him in the hospital where he was staying in a suburb of Orlando, Florida. She arrived five minutes after he died.

Over 10,000 Baptisms

Halvorsen was born in a tough neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, and joined a gang as a teenager in the 1950s. But his life changed drastically when a teenage friend, Jim Londis, helped lead him to Jesus when he was 17. 

Halvorsen and Londis remained lifelong friends. Londis, a former pastor of Sligo Church and former president of Atlantic Union College, is now retired and living near Collegedale, Tennessee. He was traveling abroad and could not be reached immediately.

After accepting Jesus, Halvorsen went on to serve as a pastor in churches in Connecticut, Tennessee, and Takoma Park, Maryland, as well as at Southwestern Adventist University in Texas.

But he will no doubt be best remembered as a powerful evangelist with a remarkable personal testimony and an active prayer life. He never forgot how God changed his life as a young gang member on the streets of Brooklyn.

“I’ve held an evangelistic meeting every year of my life ever since” being converted at the age of 17, Halvorsen said in an interview on It Is Written about two years ago. “I told my wife, ‘Honey, if I die before Jesus comes, put a pulpit in my casket because I’ll come up preaching.”

He acknowledged to friends that he had lost count of how many people he had baptized. His best estimate put the figure at more than 10,000.

A Thrilling Story

A favorite story that Halvorsen told about evangelism and baptisms occurred after he passed the 6,000 mark. As the story went, he approached a church leader and said, “Elder, I understand that series you held in New York City some years ago was a great success!”

The church leader looked not only puzzled, but embarrassed.

“No, I think you’re mistaken,” he replied. “That meeting didn’t turn out nearly as well as we had hoped.”

Halvorsen smiled. “Well, I think the number I’m hearing is that there were at least 6,000 baptisms in that meeting,” he said.

The pastor looked truly confused. Halvorsen had to have his facts terribly mixed up.

Halvorsen continued: “You see, elder, there was a woman at that meeting who was baptized along with her son. Her son was my friend and brought me to the Lord. I was baptized, and so far I’ve baptized more than 6,000 people in my ministry. So it seems to me you’ve had over 6,000 baptisms for that series you held.”

“Oh, thank you for telling me that,” the church leader said, tears welling up in his eyes.

They both shed tears as they thought about the amazing ways that God works.

‘Relentlessly Lifting Up Jesus’

Among the people whom Halvorsen baptized were Finley’s mother and sister.

“He was our local pastor in Norwich, Connecticut, when I was a college student,” Finley said. “I looked forward to coming home to hear his powerful Christ-centered sermons.”

Years later, Finley and Halvorsen held evangelism series together.

“One of my fondest ministry memories is holding an evangelistic meeting with Ron in San Diego, California, alternating preaching and baptizing hundreds of seeking people,” Finley said.

Halvorsen worked as an evangelist for the Carolina Conference, Faith For Today, and the General Conference in New York. He also taught homiletics at various colleges and was ministerial director of the Mid-America Union. Before retiring, he worked as church growth director for the Southern Union. He wrote two books, “From Gangs to God” and “Prayer Warriors.”

In retirement, he conducted prayer seminars for the North American Division and worked at It Is Written.

Bradshaw said the last evangelistic series that Halvorsen held was for It Is Written in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2013.

“It was vintage Ron, relentlessly lifting up Jesus,” Bradshaw said. “If there was one thing Ron loved to emphasize, it was God’s love and grace, God’s willingness and ability to save the worst of sinners. What an amazing thing to be remembered for.”

He said Halvorsen’s legacy would be the countless lives that he had influenced with the gospel.

“The first person I told of Ron’s death told me how her sister — who been away from God for 35 years — returned to faith in Jesus after hearing Ron lift up Jesus,” Bradshaw said. “And that has happened countless times. … All he wanted to do was tell people about the love of God; that they had hope in Jesus.”

 

 

Dr. Ben Carson For President

 

Seventh-day Adventist Neurosurgeon, Ben Carson is in the race for president of the United States. He believes he occupies a good position because he is not a politician. He may be right since politicians are not high on anyone's list as being liked or moral. In fact they are very low on the list of respected people.

Dr. Carson just made his formal announcement in Detroit this morning. He began by saying "America remains a place of dreams.....A lot of people are trying to get in here, and not a lot of people are trying to escape." He spoke of the government having exceeded its constitutional responsibilities and said "it is time for the people to rise up and take the government back."


Watch his formal announcement.  http://remnant-online.com/smf/index.php/topic,16688.msg178557.html#msg178557

 

 

Church Defends Muslim Dress

 
Adventist Church files amicus brief for workplace religious freedom case at top U.S. court

 

Church hopes Supreme Court will take case of Muslim girl who was denied job

 

The Seventh-day Adventist Church filed an amicus brief today urging the United States’ top court to accept the case of a Muslim girl who was denied a job because her hijab—a head-covering—violated a company’s policy.

The Adventist Church’s “friend-of-the-court” brief is joined by seven other faith groups for the case Equal Employment Opportunity Commission vs. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. The U.S. Supreme Court will decide in October whether to accept the case.

The Church’s move follows a decision last year by a federal appeals court that ruled against the girl and created additional statutes that violate protections of the U.S. Civil Rights Act. That ruling, by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, said the religious observance or practice in question must be mandatory, not just encouraged by the employee’s religious beliefs.

The brief claims last year’s ruling also mandates undue responsibility on applicants to raise concerns over religious observance. Applicants might not always know the employer’s requirements.

Church legal counselors said the ruling then allows an employer’s ignorance to eliminate protections for religious-observant applicants, which violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

“If this decision were to stand, employers would be able to avoid their obligation to provide reasonable accommodation for employees of faith,” said Todd McFarland, an associate general counsel for the Seventh-day Adventist Church headquarters. “It could mean that everyone from Sikhs who are wearing a turban to Seventh-day Adventists and Jews who need Sabbath off from work could be denied a reasonable accommodation.”

The case stems from a 2008 incident in which Samantha Elauf wore a hijab when applying for a sales position at an Abercrombie & Fitch store in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After a manager confirmed with a supervisor that Elauf’s headwear violated store policy, she was deemed ineligible for hire without discussion of religious accommodation.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed a lawsuit on Elauf’s behalf, said the move defied Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The title obligates employers to take steps to “reasonably accommodate” a prospective employee’s “religious observance or practice.”

While a federal judge sided with the EEOC in 2011, the 10th Circuit’s ruling last year upended that decision, claiming Elauf never told Abercrombie she needed a religious accommodation, even though she was wearing a hijab in the interview.

And that, Adventist legal counselors say, places undue responsibility on the applicant to determine whether her religious beliefs or practices conflict with company policy.

Today’s amicus brief points out that “Frequently, an applicant will be unaware of a work-religion conflict simply because of her inferior knowledge of the employer’s work requirements.”

Also, a hiring process can be technologically structured so that an employee can’t raise the issue of potential conflict, such as online applications asking applicants which days of the week they are available to work.

Religious clothing and the observance of Sabbath and other holy days are the most common areas of conflict in the workplace, McFarland said. Hijabs, turbans, yarmulkes and other head coverings frequently conflict with a company’s “look” policy, while Sabbath observance can clash with scheduling.  

The Adventist Church is joined on the brief by the National Association of Evangelicals, Union of Reform Judaism, Christian Legal Society, The Sikh Coalition, American Jewish Committee, KARAMAH: Women Lawyers for Human Rights, and the American Islamic Congress.

Abercrombie & Fitch changed its policy on headwear approximately four years ago. The Ohio-based company has settled similar lawsuits in California, the Associated Press reported last year.  

—additional reporting by Elizabeth Lechleitner

 

SDA on Everest During Quake

 

lMiracle on Everest: Adventist climber escapes death from avalanche after earthquake in Nepal

Ernesto Olivares (right) in Nepal. [photo: Ernesto Olivares, SAD]

“Amid the flood, God took my hand,” recounts the survivor

Ernesto Olivares Miranda, a Seventh-day Adventist from Chile, is a member of a team of mountaineers who were on Mount Everest when the 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal on Saturday, April 25.

“We were at the base camp when it began to tremble. The glacier sounded with movement and cracking. The clouds that covered the surrounding mountains did not allow us to see much. Suddenly, the noise began to get louder, echoing through the mountains, and it sounded like something was coming closer, but we couldn’t see anything,” Olivares Miranda said. 

Olivares and his team were at a base camp located 17,585 feet (5,360 meters) above sea level. 

“There were eternal seconds of uncertainty. We looked back and saw a cloud of snow approaching at a high speed. We decided to wait a few seconds to see if it was going to hit us. It was in that moment when we decided to throw ourselves onto the ice next to a pile of rocks,” Olivares said. “For a few seconds we felt a strong wind pass over us and snow began to fall.”

Olivares also told the South American News Agency (ASN) of the bleak scene from the aftermath. “We helped to rescue the injured, and just covered the dead. Those were very sad days. The majority of those killed were chefs and their assistants,” he said.

Olivares and his team were 50 meters from where the avalanche passed.

“In that moment I asked God to allow me to hug my family one more time. I remembered Psalm 91, ‘for he will command his angels concerning you…so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Olivares told the Adventist University of Chile Radio, “in that moment I clung to that promise.”

Hours later, personnel from the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) made contact with Olivares via WhatsApp and received a report of Olivares’ location and condition.

On Wednesday, April 29, Landerson Serpa, director of ADRA Bangladesh, and friend of the Chilean, informed ASN that the team Olivares was leading is still on the mountain waiting for help. “He is awaiting rescue at the Everest basecamp together with hundreds of isolated mountain climbers, they are well, but sad for the 20 people who died in the avalanche,” Serpa reported.

Chilean media disclosed that since the quake, Oliveras and his team have been assisting rescue workers. Olivares told the Chile Adventist University Radio that his team will also descend Everest to visit more basecamps “with the hope of being able to help.”

 

 

GC Dedicates Additions at HQ

 
 
The Adventist Church’s Headquarters Dedicates Three New Additions To Its Facility

The gallery, visitor center and library highlight the Bible and Adventist History

 

Executive officers of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sunday dedicated three physical additions to the Church’s headquarters during a grand opening ceremony.

The program on April 12 marked the opening of the Eden to Eden Art Gallery, Ellen G. White Estate Visitor Center and the Biblical Research Institute Library.

The Eden to Eden art exhibit is a permanent display that illustrates salvation’s story from creation to the restoration of the new earth after the second coming of Christ. Eden to Eden transforms the headquarters’ main lobby into an art gallery that contains more than 70 pieces of art with Biblical stories. Seventh-day Adventist artists, including Nathan Greene, and Lars Justinen, created all of the artwork showcased in the gallery.

Plans for the gallery began shortly after Ted Wilson was elected president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 2010. Elder Wilson wanted the Church’s headquarters to give an immediate impression of an institution that believes in the Bible and is centered in Jesus.

“What I’m hoping people will take away from here is the incredible love of God, and his willingness to enter into our lives and be able to guide us towards his eternal purposes for each of us,” Wilson said. “And as they view what God has done in the past, and the way he’s leading now, they will see that God has truly led in their own life. And when they leave here I hope they’ll be inspired to keep their hand in God’s hand.”

Church leaders also had the opportunity to get a sneak peak of the Ellen G. White Estate Visitor Center, which is also located in the headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The newly renovated Estate was designed to give a 21st century take on the life and ministry of Ellen G. White, the co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The various interactive exhibits feature many aspects of her life, including her humble beginnings, her acceptance of her prophetic gift and her writings.

Jim Nix, director of the Ellen G. White Estate, had a passion to create an experience for visitors that would prompt them to get to know the woman behind the prophetic call.

“It’s been a dream for a long time. I’ve dedicated my life to try to bring Adventist history to life, for our members, for our young people, and the visitor center in a sense is a culmination of that,” Nix said.  “I really wanted a place where parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, families on vacation; they could come here with their young people; pastors can bring new members here, and they can see a bit about Ellen White’s life and her ministry.”

The newly renovated library of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Biblical Research Institute was also dedicated on Sunday.

During the program, Artur Stele, general vice president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and Chair of the Biblical Research Institute, presented an award of recognition to Gerhard Pfrandi, part-time associate director of the Biblical Research Institute. Pfandi was honored for his instrumental role in the renovation of the library and for his long-standing commitment to the institution.

 The institute promotes the study and practice of Seventh-day Adventist theology. The library will support the institute’s mission by providing Church leaders, employees and researchers the ability to explore scholarly and theological materials.

While the Eden to Eden gallery is currently open to the public, the Ellen G. White Estate Visitor Center is undergoing further touchups and adjustments before its permanent opening to the public in June.

 

 

 

SDAs Killed in Kenya Massacre

 

Church Leaders Confirm 10 Adventists Were Killed in Garissa University Massacre

 

Gunmen stormed Garissa University College, located in Garissa, Kenya on Thursday, April 2, leaving an estimated 147 people dead.  It is being reported that members of a terrorist group targeted and killed Christian students, including 10 Seventh-day Adventists. 

Among the dead was Eric Nyumbuto, the leader of the student-led Adventist Church on campus.

Stanley Rotich, a member of the local Garissa Adventist Church, reported he was in a nearby building when he heard the gunshots, which prompted him to call Nyumbuto. The conversation abruptly ended when the phone was disconnected. He later learned of his friends’ death.

Over the course of the attack, 500 students managed to escape, and several were left severely injured.  

 One of the first policemen to respond to the attack was Philmon Okal, a Sabbath School Superintendent for the local Adventist Church in Garissa.

 “Words can’t describe how horrific this event was to experience. But this attack reminds me that the second coming of Jesus is very near,” Okal said. “We must continue to look for that day when violence, death and destruction will be no more.”

Several people have already been arrested in connection to the attack and the Kenyan government has promised to bring swift justice to all those involved.

This is the deadliest attack in Kenya in almost two decades. The group that claimed responsibility for the attack is the same group that committed the attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya in 2013.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church mourns the deaths of the students killed last week. Members from the Garissa Seventh-day Adventist Church said, “We are heartbroken by this senseless loss and solicit your prayers for all of the victims of this terrible tragedy.”

 

UN Secretary Meets With SDA President

 

 
Adventist Church President Holds First Meeting With UN Chief

 SDA President,Ted N.C. Wilson and UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon UN photo

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concerns about growing religious intolerance worldwide during a private meeting with Adventist Church leader Ted N.C. Wilson, and he invited the Seventh-day Adventist Church to work with the UN in helping people.

Wilson, the first Adventist Church president to meet with a UN chief, noted that the church has long supported religious liberty and said it was willing to team up on initiatives that followed Christ’s ministry of helping people physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually.

Ganoune Diop, associate director of the Adventist world church’s public affairs and religious liberty department, said his department takes Jesus’ words of being the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world” in Matt. 5:13, 14 seriously. 

“Its representatives mingle with political and religious leaders in every country without losing or compromising a distinctive Adventist identity,” said Diop, who attended the meeting.

Ban met with Wilson, Diop, and John Graz, director of the public affairs and religious liberty department, at 12:10 p.m. Monday for a 45-minute meeting in his office at the United Nations headquarters in New York. 

The meeting was arranged with the personal involvement of Ambassador Joseph Verner Reed, dean of the UN undersecretary-general and a friend of Seventh-day Adventists, who regularly corresponded with Diop to make the meeting a reality, Diop said.

“It was a real privilege to meet the secretary-general and to hear his appeal for assistance for humanity,” Wilson told the Adventist Review

“Seventh-day Adventists should be ready to witness for the Lord anywhere we go and to testify of God’s blessing in our lives and what we can do in His name,” he said. “The world is waiting for this type of heaven-inspired testimony with clear answers to today’s problems.”

Ban spoke about global issues such as poverty and a lack of education before voicing his concern about religious intolerance reaching unprecedented levels globally. Just last week, a militant Islamist group killed 148 people in an attack on Christians at a Kenyan university. IS and other extremist organizations in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Libya, and elsewhere have also targeted Christians and other religious groups with often-deadly violence in recent months.

Ban underscored his belief that people should cultivate a respect for all, including those of other faiths. He indicated that he appreciated the Adventist Church’s work in promoting religious liberty as well as education, health, and humanitarian aid through the Adventist Development and Relief Agency. ADRA has worked with the UN in assisting refugees in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Wilson thanked Ban for the meeting and told about various church initiatives that correspond with the UN’s mission to help people.

“We had an excellent meeting with the secretary-general and some of his staff, sharing with them about the Adventist Church’s activities,” Wilson said. “We focused on certain things that the Adventist Church can help with, such as religious liberty, freedom of conscience, ethical and spiritual values, respect for human dignity, family guidance, encouragement for young people, and basic human necessities like pure water and fundamental education.”

Wilson added: “It is only if we are led by the Lord that we can truly be effective in our outreach to the world preparing them for Christ’s soon coming by carrying out the practical ministry of Jesus through the Holy Spirit’s power.”

Earlier Monday, Ban held talks with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, whom Wilson incidentally met during a visit to the East African country in February.

At the meeting with Wilson, Graz gave a short report about major congresses organized by the church-affiliated International Religious Liberty Association that promote religious liberty and the church’s strong support of Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which says everyone has the right “to change his religion or belief.”

Graz, secretary-general of the International Religious Liberty Association, said he was encouraged to see Ban’s concern about religious intolerance and desire to see people of goodwill work together to bring justice and freedom. 

“It was a historical meeting between the UN secretary-general and the president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church about the state of the world and how we can help people living in very difficult environments,” Graz said. 

“As disciples of Jesus, we want to help people and especially those who are voiceless, discriminated against, and persecuted,” he said. “In this way, we share the essential values of the UN.” 

Diop said he also saw ways that the church and UN could cooperate, particularly in eradicating poverty and promoting education and healthcare.

“The impressive portfolio that the Seventh-day Adventist Church has developed for the service to the whole human family remarkably resonates with the Millennium Development Goals and the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN,” he said in a statement.

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

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.

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