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Seventh-day Adventist Broadcasts Flourish in China

 

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Why Adventist Church’s Chinese broadcasts Are flourishing

Billy Liu, executive director Chinese Union Mission media center  Photo: Chinese Union Mission

Some 8 million podcasts are downloaded every day in China.

The Seventh-day Adventist radio broadcaster faced a dilemma.

Protests were taking place in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, and radio studio staffers in Hong Kong wondered whether to mention it on the air.

“We were facing a lot of pressure. Should we tell our people what was happening?” said Billy Liu, his brow furrowing as he remembered that day on June 4, 1989.

“We prayed, and we decided, ‘No, we are only going to preach the gospel,” he said. “Jesus’ teaching was that His kingdom was not of this world. We are to submit to higher powers and should not be involved with earthly affairs.”

The decision proved prudent for the Chinese Voice of Hope radio team, whose Hong Kong production center had only been established two years earlier in a cramped room at the headquarters of the Adventist Church’s Chinese Union Mission. Other Christian media saw their broadcast signals jammed. The Adventist broadcasts continued uninterrupted.

Keeping the focus on Jesus and biblical principles of healthy living is a strategy that has prospered the Chinese Union Mission media center, which now consists of the Xi-Wang (“Hope” in Mandarin) radio production center and Chinese Hope TV.

Remarkably, about 8 million Mandarin Voice of Hope radio programs are downloaded as podcasts every day in mainland China, according to Adventist World Radio, which also broadcasts the programs on shortwave from the Pacific island of Guam.

“We are thrilled that the good news of Jesus is being downloaded by so many people,” Robert Folkenberg Jr., president of the Chinese Union Mission, said Thursday. “Can you think of any other media platform where we can share Jesus directly with people all across China — right into their computers and into their mobile phones where they can listen freely at their leisure? God is good.”

An Astounding Reach

The media center has only three full-time employees and one part-time staff member. They produce 10 hours of Mandarin programs a day, including segments that some Chinese believers record in their closets.

“There are natural acoustics there,” said Liu, a former producer who now serves as the media center’s executive director.

The media center’s impact has astonished senior church administrators. Ella Simmons, a general vice president of the Adventist world church, called the operation “impressive” after taking a recent tour.

“They are reaching far more people than I expected,” she told the Adventist Review. “At first glance I thought it was a small operation. But when I found the range of their reach, it was just astounding to me.”

Adventist World Radio started broadcasting from Guam in 1987 from a shortwave station built with funds from a special offering at the 1985 General Conference Session and donors around the world.

“That station was built primarily to reach the people of China,” said Greg Scott, senior vice president of Adventist World Radio, who served as the program director in Guam from 1987 to 1995.

Today, the Guam’s broadcasts blanket not only China but also the entire continent of Asia with the gospel message in more than 30 languages. The station transmits 320 hours a week and has the capacity for even more.

All programs aired worldwide by Adventist World Radio have been available as downloadable podcasts since 2010, Scott said. The podcasts have grown to 12 million subscribers for programs in more than 100 languages.

Chinese Hope TV, which began broadcasting via satellite in 2011, can be viewed by potentially 300 million Chinese people. TV programs are supplemented by material that producers in Hong Kong dub into Mandarin from Hope Channel’s headquarters in the United States.

While the media center is small compared with the largest Adventist media center, located in Brazil with 300 staff members, its potential audience is enormous.

The majority of its Chinese audience is Christian but not members of the Adventist Church, Liu said. About 60 million people in China’s population of 1.4 billion are Christian, according to Chinese government figures. The Adventist Church has an estimated 410,000 members in China, or less than 1 percent of all Christians.

“There is much more we need to do,” Liu said in an interview in his small office.

‘I Believe in Media’

Media, he said, is the best way to reach the Chinese people in a part of the world where it is challenging to invite them to attend church and to send missionaries.

“I truly believe in media,” he said. “Media is the way we can go into people’s homes to spread the message.”

Restrictions remain in place for media in China, and many Christian broadcasters beam their programs from other locations. A major concern for Liu is to keep his media center’s broadcast standards high so it can be competitive now and can apply for an official television channel if that becomes possible one day.

“If God opened the media door in China, do you think we as Adventists could go in and compete with them?” he said. “We are trying to prepare ourselves.”

The key ingredient to being prepared is keeping the focus on Jesus, just as the media center decided to do in 1989, he said.

About two months after the 1989 decision, the media center received a letter from a listener in China who was grateful that the radio was still on the air. It read, “We prayed for the station and for you because we need you and your message.”

“It’s some kind of miracle,” Liu said. “God keeps protecting this small studio and what we do.”

 

 

New Union Office in Kenya

 

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Adventists in Kenya Inaguarate a Brand New Union Office Headquarters

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Kenyan president praises contribution of the Adventist Church in the areas of health and education.

More than 3,00 leaders and members from the Adventist church’s East-Central African Division celebrated the inauguration of the newly built West Kenya Union Conference headquarters last week in Kisumu, Kenya. The state of the art complex includes a brand new media center, two cafeterias and a host of offices and meetings rooms. 

Special guests included His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, president of the country of Kenya. East-Central Africa Division president Blasious Ruguri welcomed the nation's president and acknowledged the work of Union president Kenneth Maena, whose leadership was able to inspire the building of the new three-story office complex in just 15 months.  

The two-day celebration included a special dedication service on February 6, followed by an inaugural ceremony on February 7, where the president of Kenya was the guest of honor. 

The nation's president commended the Adventist Church for its exemplary role in transforming the country and building communities. “You have established hospitals, schools, and other socially beneficial amenities. You have uplifted communities, empowered our citizens and built our nation,” the president said. 

Kenneth Maena thanked the Kenyan president for his support of the Church and shared that he and his team were dedicating the new offices to the mission of evangelism and discipleship. 

The West Kenya Union Conference has only been in existence for two years. The rapidly expanding region has more than 300,000 members and more than 2,000 churches.

 

 

New Seventh-day Adventist Church in Iraq

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In Iraq, Adventist Church Leader Prays for New Church

Pastor Wilson and wife in new church  [photo MENA]

Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, prayed at the construction site of a new church in Iraq as he made a weekend visit aimed at encouraging Adventist believers living 20 miles (30 kilometers) from Islamic State-occupied territory.

Wilson, accompanied by his wife, Nancy, and a small group of church leaders, visited the city of Erbil, the thriving capital of Iraq’s autonomous region of Kurdistan, where high-rise construction was booming until oil prices fell and dining options include popular U.S. chains such as KFC and TGI Fridays. 

Kurdish armed forces vigilantly guard the region’s borders, rebuffing militant advances and creating a refuge for hundreds of thousands of people displaced by violence elsewhere in Iraq and in Syria.

Wilson praised Kurdish authorities for preserving religious freedom and urged the Erbil Adventist Church’s small but growing congregation to remain faithful.

“When the going gets tough, remember that God has written on every flower and blade of grass, ‘God is love,’” Wilson said in a Sabbath sermon in the basement conference hall of the Ankawa Royal Hotel.

Noting that Noah’s ark probably came to rest on mountains north of Erbil, Wilson said God is urging people to enter “the ark of safety” today just as He did in Noah’s days.

“God is calling us to come into his church, His ark of safety,” Wilson told the audience of 75 church members and their friends and neighbors. “No matter what happens this coming week, never give up your faith.”

In the afternoon, Wilson visited the gray concrete shell of the new Adventist church, a three-level, 400-square-meter building that will also house a pastor’s family and a small school. He paused to pray in the main sanctuary, which will have seating for about 100 people.

“We pray for our church members in this city. We pray for the growth that is taking place,” Wilson said. “We ask that You will continue to increase your membership here so that soon this room will be too small to contain your believers.”

25 Members and Growing

 

The Adventist Church, established in Iraq in 1924, formed in Erbil in 2012 when two families decided to worship together, said George Yousif, leader of the Adventist Church in Iraq. The church has since grown to 25 members, a mix of Iraqis and expatriates, and many guests. Adventist expatriates include a Kenyan citizen who works in Erbil as a senior official with the United Nations World Food Program and a third-generation Adventist from Romania who owns a local construction firm.

The church currently meets in a rented building, but its growth prompted church leaders to begin construction of the new building in October 2014. Liquidity problems in Iraq’s banking system have indefinitely delayed the church’s scheduled Feb. 6 opening, but Wilson, who is on a weeklong tour of the Middle East, arrived at the invitation of local Adventist leaders anyway.

“People are more important than buildings,” Tibor Szilvasi, executive secretary of the Adventist Church’s Middle East and North Africa Union, said in introducing Wilson before the sermon. “We are glad that Elder Wilson came.”

The Erbil church supports internally displaced people in the region and houses two displaced families in its rented building. It also provided a meal to the Kurdish armed forces, known as Peshmerga, during the Muslim holiday of Ramadan last year.

“We thanked them for helping protect this region,” Yousif said.

The Adventist Church, which has about 100 members in Iraq, has struggled in recent years in the country of 30 million people. Suicide bombers have twice targeted the Adventist church in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, but no one was injured and property damage was minimal, Yousif said. The church continues to meet, and its children’s and women’s ministries are especially active, he said.

Elsewhere in Iraq, Adventist believers meet every Sabbath in a rented hall in the city of Kirkuk.

In Mosel, located only 20 miles from Erbil, the Adventist Church has two church buildings but doesn’t know their status since the Islamic State seized the city and turned it into its capital in Iraq. Yousif said the church hoped to reclaim the buildings one day.

Wilson is the first Adventist Church president to visit Iraq since 1990, when Robert Folkenberg attended a special session of Christian churches in Baghdad. The Iraqi government gave the Adventist Church 10 seats and invited Folkenberg to chair the first meeting of the session when he reached Baghdad, said Basim Fargo, former leader of the Adventist Church in Iraq.

Meeting With a Kurdish Leader

 

Fewer than 350,000 Christians remain in Iraq, including 100,000 in Baghdad and the south, and another 250,000 in Kurdistan, many of whom fled violence elsewhere in the country, Khalid Jamal Alber, a senior official with Kurdistan’s religious affairs ministry, told Wilson during an official visit to his office on Sunday. Some 50,000 Iraqi Christians have also fled to Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan, he said.

Alber rolled out the red carpet for Wilson on Friday at Erbil’s sleek international airport, which was constructed in 2010 at a cost of $550 million. A crew from Ishstar TV, a satellite Christian broadcaster in Iraq, followed Wilson on his three-day visit.

Despite Erbil’s relative calm and prosperity, electricity is an occasional issue for its 500,000 residents. The lights abruptly went out during Wilson’s meeting at the religious affairs ministry, leaving the office in pitch darkness for about 30 seconds. The electricity also died twice during Wilson’s sermon on Sabbath. No one took notice of any of the power outages, however, and the meetings continued uninterrupted.

At the religious affairs ministry, Wilson thanked Alber for Kurdistan’s efforts to care for internally displaced people and told him about visits he made to two camps for Christians on the outskirts of Erbil. One camp has restrooms built by the Adventist Church in Iraq with the help of a donation from Adventist Frontier Missions, while the other has a children’s center that ADRA began to operate in January.

“This is one of the best opportunities that you have to help children see a future and have hope,” Wilson said. “The Seventh-day Adventist Church will continue to help you with specific projects. We believe in what you are doing.”

Wilson prayed with Alber and presented him with a “Plaque of Love” from the Adventist Church, saying, it represented the love “that you show to the Kurdistan region and the world.”

“We are all working in this ministry as servants,” replied Alber, whose office’s walls are adorned with photos of him meeting popes Francis and Benedict XVI. “As it says in the Bible, I have to serve and not to be served. This is the motto of my office.”

This is a motto that Wilson also urged Adventists in Erbil to follow. Wilson and his wife led a Sabbath afternoon presentation on Total Member Involvement, a world church initiative that encourages each of the church’s nearly 19 million members to participate actively in personal evangelism and witnessing. Erbil members were asked to find ways to serve their neighbors, perhaps by carrying groceries or visiting the elderly.

“The simple things in life that you can do are the most important,” Wilson said.

 

Innocent SDA Condemned, Lawyers Threatened in Pakistan

Lawyers for a Seventh-day Adventist man, currently serving a life sentence under Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws, were reportedly threatened by gunmen last week while traveling to an appeals hearing in the High Court of Lahore. According to ACI Prensa news agency, the two lawyers were detained on the road between Kasur and Lahore by armed men, who warned of violence if the lawyers persisted in their defense of 31-year-old Sajjad Masih Gill.   

Masih, an Adventist Church member, was convicted in 2013 of sending text messages defaming the Prophet Mohammad, an act he has consistently denied. He was found guilty in spite of a trial that was defined by controversy and irregularities. In the course of the prosecution, Masih’s original accuser retracted his allegations and the prosecutor failed to produce any evidence of the alleged crime. At the time, Masih’s defense lawyer, Javed Sahotra, said that intense pressure by extremists played a decisive role in obtaining a conviction, despite the lack of evidence. 

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws have garnered international condemnation, and have generated reports of false accusations and wrongful convictions. Since 1986, when the definition of blasphemy under Pakistan’s Penal Code was expanded, the number of accusations and convictions under the laws have increased dramatically. Under the laws, those convicted of words or actions defaming the Prophet Mohammad—the most serious of the blasphemy offenses--must be sentenced to either death or life in prison. According to many international watchdog agencies, these laws are extremely susceptible to abuse, and accusations of blasphemy are often leveled against individuals as a way of settling personal scores. The most vulnerable under the blasphemy laws are religious minorities, including Christians, who make up only around 2 percent of Pakistan’s population.

Although the Masih case deals with a false accusation, Dr. Ganoune Diop, director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty for the Adventist world church, points out that blasphemy laws are fundamentally incompatible with the principles of freedom of religion or belief. “These laws tend to be used to restrict the activities of religious minorities, to limit free expression of religious thought or conscience, and, at times, to target groups or individuals for discrimination or persecution,” says Diop. “While it’s important to always treat others with respect, true religious freedom allows all people to make claims according to their own convictions, without being demeaned, harassed, or subject to violence."

A recent Pew Research Center study found that more than 20 percent of the world’s countries—including many countries of the Middle East, as well as Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia—have anti-blasphemy laws or policies. 

Attorney Dwayne Leslie, an associate director of the Public Affairs and Religious Liberty department of the Adventist world church, has also followed Masih's case closely and urges church members to continue praying for Masih and his family. “Religious minorities in Pakistan live not only with the fear of accusation under blasphemy laws, but also with the knowledge that these cases are often not prosecuted justly,” says Leslie.   

In light of the January 29 incident, the lawyers for Sajjad Masih have sought a postponement of his appeals hearing, and this has been rescheduled for February 16.

 

 

Mexican Governor Eruviel Ávila Pledges Support

 

Mexican State Governor pledges support for Adventist efforts in religious liberty and social programs

                                   Photo courtesy of Libertad de Creencias, Asociación Azteca

For Adventist Church leaders, the visit kicked off a weekend-long focus on conscience and religious freedom, and highlighted the church’s work in building a healthier, more peaceful society.

Human rights and religious freedom were the focus of a meeting last week between Ganoune Diop, the Seventh-day Adventist world church’s religious liberty leader, and Eruviel Ávila Villegas, governor of Mexico’s most populous state. The two, along with representatives of the Adventist Church in central Mexico, met on January 22 in Toluca de Lerdo, the state capital, and discussed ways in which Adventists work to improve the quality of life within communities.

“I want you to know that you have an ally in the the government of Mexico,” said Governor Eruviel Ávila. He pledged continued support for the Church’s work not only in promoting human rights, but also its efforts in health care, education, and other social welfare programs. The governor thanked Diop for his worldwide work in safeguarding religious freedom, and described him as, “a man who promotes peace and who develops alliances to do good and to support those who need it most.” In turn, Diop expressed gratitude to the governor for his continuing support for religious freedom as a fundamental and universal human right.

The meeting took place the day before a weekend-long Religious Liberty Congress—the first ever to be held in Mexico City—which was organized by the Azteca Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Some 220 people, mainly university students, professionals, and local church pastors, attended the event. Along with Diop, speakers included Daniel Silva, a constitutional law expert and city leader, Raul Ruz, an author and professor from Veracruz University, and Fernando Crespo, a human rights lawyer and professor from the Santander University System. 

For Adventist Church members in many parts of Mexico, religious liberty is more than just a theoretical concern. Ruben Ponce, religious liberty director for the Adventist Church’s Azteca Conference, cites a long list of of challenges that Sabbath-keepers regularly encounter, including public university admission tests scheduled on Saturdays, on-the-job employment discrimination against Sabbath-keepers, and in the State of Mexico, a mandatory state-wide evaluation for teachers that has been held on Saturdays. Adventist doctors who object to performing abortions on conscientious grounds sometimes also meet with legal complications. Diop says that constitution of Mexico establishes the right to religious liberty and conscience for all Mexican citizens, and confirms the equality of every person. He encouraged Adventists to continue to express their gratitude for these liberties, while working to make these freedoms even more clearly reflected within Mexican society.

[Reporting and translation assistance from Libna Stevens and Ruben Ponce.]

 

 

Sabbath Over Soccer

Goalkeeper stuns Brazil’s sporting world by refusing to play on Sabbath

Goalkeeper stuns Brazil’s sporting world by refusing to play on Sabbath

 

An up-and-coming soccer goalkeeper has stirred up a storm in Brazil’s sporting world by announcing that he would no longer play matches scheduled from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.

Carlos Vítor da Costa Ressurreição, 30, who was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church last month, told reporters about his decision a few days ago, sparking a wave of surprise, sympathy, and even anger from fans and sports commentators who struggled to understand his rationale.

The furor is in no small part linked to the fact that Ressurreição has made a number of important saves in the past year that moved his Londrina Esporte Clube up from Serie C to Serie B in the Brazilian National Championship, the main soccer league championship in the country. Ressurreição was named player of the year, resulting in a job offer from Serie A team Chapecoense that would have doubled his salary.

Ressurreição turned down the job because it wouldn’t have allowed him to observe the seventh-day Sabbath as mandated by the fourth commandment, according to the newspaper Lance!

Moreover, Ressurreição’s future is up in the air because a number of Serie B matches are held on Friday nights and Saturdays. His team has announced that it will not renew his contract when it ends in May.

But Ressurreição is clinging to his convictions, telling a news conference on Jan. 20 that he wouldn’t even be playing soccer if it weren’t for God.

A year before his baptism, he said, he spent four long months at home in Salvador, in the state of Bahia, without a signed contract with any team. During that time, his wife, Gabriela, was approached by a friend at a hair salon and offered a partnership in producing handbags. The two women subsequently created their own label and formed a business that grew quickly, Ressurreição said.

“In a short amount of time, the profit grew larger than my salary had been in the soccer club,” he said. “That was the moment that I understood that God had several possible ways to care for my family.”

After this realization, Ressurreição set aside his fears about not being able to land a soccer contract and instead began a process that he called “intimacy with God.” He started to study the Bible and pray every day.

“My faith is not based on words said by a pastor or anything like that,” he said. “I studied the Bible and came to the conclusion that I needed to grow spiritually.”

As he studied, he became convinced that his mother-in-law, Tânia Rocha, a Seventh-day Adventist, had been right when she had told him about the Sabbath 12 years earlier. He was baptized on Dec. 27.

The uncertainties that Ressurreição now faces may be as daunting as those that he had when he didn’t have a soccer contract a year ago. But he expressed calmness about the future when a reporter asked him at the news conference whether he was prepared to choose between his faith and his career.

“Without any doubt, I choose my faith,” he said. “Many others came before me, giving me this opportunity to choose.”

But he isn’t sitting around. As the clock ticks down in his current contract, he has started a Bible study group with his teammates.

“I’m at peace because my life is in the hands of God,” he said. “As long as there are teams that respect my beliefs, sports will always be an option. If not, the Lord has already shown me in the past that He will take care of me.”

Ressurreição’s stand is winning admiration from some sports commentators.

“I’m not religious, but I’m touched by Vítor’s choice,” said Ayrton Baptista Jr., a sports blogger with Globo Esporte, one of the best-known sports websites in Brazil. “His faith speaks loudly.”

India Blockade Hurting Nepal Hurting Quake Survivors

 

A prison report from Bhim in the attachment and a visit to the Widows in an earthquake affected area from Rajani below.

Bhim’s English is very cute,  I think you will understand what he means, we really appreciate his faithfulness and his hard work for the needy.  When a person is not educated in English it is difficult for them to get it all correct.

Thanks to you all and please keep praying

Helen

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I went to distribute the blankets in earthquake victims area for the widows women yesterday. The place where I went was kunta besi kavre, 130 km  (two way) from my place.

 

This is really touching part and kind act done by us. The act was distributing of fiber blanket to the widows in the kavre. It showed generosity and made them feel cared. However, the act of kindness was very little. Among many widows approximately 1500, only 78 got the help from 9 villages. It is literally nothing as compared to the size of 1500 widows and to the people who are affected mentally, physically due to the earthquake. It showed some act of women empowerment in the region and made the people feel that widows are also cared and have value in the society, especially in a country like Nepal where widows are not treated well by the society.  

Many people became fatherless, motherless, childless, orphans due to the massive earthquake hit. We all people should help the people in the time of need. We can help each other so that every individual can be better living their life. There is nothing better than the feeling we get from helping the people in need.

This time l bought fiber blanket which is more warmer than the cheaper one. The cheapest one also we need to give two or three per each so the cost of 3 cheaper blankets is equal to 1 good quality fiber blanket, that is why I bought good quality of fiber blanket which is more warmer than the cheaper one.

I gave them some Bible lessons and health messages too. They were very happy and thankful. l have attached some photos of them.

Thank you so much for your great help to them. They all have sent a big hug and lots of love and thanks for you all.  Thank you so much once again for your kindness and love to them. Praying for you all.

 

 

Boston Court Rules Against Catholic School

In a first of its kind ruling, a Boston state court judge ruled the Milton Catholic school discriminated against a homosexual man when they rescinded a job offer after learning he was married to another man. http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/01/07/milton-catholic-school-loses-gay-bias-case/

 

 

 

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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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