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South Queensland hosts creative conference

Céin D’Costa leading out in worship during the Creative Conference.

Adventist artists, musicians, filmmakers, writers, social media influencers and other creatives attended a Creative Conference organised by visual communication ministries associate director Charmaine Patel from the South Queensland Conference (SQC) on November 13 and 14.

Hosted at Springwood Seventh-day Adventist Church (Brisbane) and livestreamed to YouTube and Facebook, hundreds of people either tuned in or attended the venue to watch keynotes and practical presentations by Adventists who use media and creativity in their professional or personal spheres.

Across four sessions, attendees enjoyed presentations from Wes Tolhurst (filmmaker and storyteller), Ray Moaga (social media influencer), Haynes Posala “Haynza” (songwriter), Michael Petrie (worship leader), Karen Collum (creative writer), Catalina Arevalo (host of Connected Adventist podcast) and Laura Weslake (photographer).

Interspersed between workshops and presentations was an interview with interior designer Raquel Fletcher, as well as a presentation from GiGi magazine and podcast creators Steph, Esther and Maria Espinoza, a live painting by Patty Gillespie, and original music by songwriters KC and Sydney Wolverton.

“What an amazing weekend!” Ms Patel said. “It was an honour to organise it and see it come to life. We are so blessed to have amazing, talented, creative people in our local churches who can empower us to be more creative in our churches and ministries. We were inspired to dream bigger, to lean into the Spirit’s promptings more and to reflect the light God gives us to give to the world in creative ways.”

To watch the conference, you can visit the South Queensland Adventist YouTube page.
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Mulher conhece igreja adventista através da meditação: Surpresas do céu

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Josiane Pereira conheceu o livro enquanto cuidava da sua mãe no hospital.

Por Emanuele Fonseca 24 de novembro de 2020

Josiane Pereira, mora em uma cidade chamada Redenção, interior do Pará. Ela é casada com Doriel Pereira e tem três filhos: Jade (11), Vitor (17) e o Denner (20). Em novembro de 2019, Josiane precisou ir para Belém – PA, porque sua mãe estava com uma doença rara e precisava de atendimento em um hospital maior. Chegando lá sua mãe ficou internada e Josiane com o seu esposo alugaram uma casa, próxima ao hospital para poderem acompanhá-la. Um dia, Josiane teve a ideia de comprar um livro para ler para sua mãe. Ela, que sempre foi um apreciadora da leitura, saiu atrás de alguma livraria próxima ao hospital.  “Eu estava há dias no hospital, cansada e sem forças, tentando entender qual era o propósito de tudo aquilo que estava acontecendo.  Então, Deus me lembrou que um livro poderia me fazer companhia, dessa forma o tempo naquele hospital não passaria tão devagar”, compartilha Josiane. Ao encontrar a livraria, a paraense foi atraída por um livro que estava bem na vitrine, chamado: Surpresas do Céu. “Foi especial, e quando olhei para a Meditação da Mulher, tudo me chamou a atenção: Desde a capa, por ser um devocional e principalmente por ter as mensagens da Palavra de Deus”. O primeiro texto que Josiane leu para a sua mãe, foi no dia 6 de janeiro, era uma meditação em formato de uma carta de Jesus para o leitor. No final da leitura, Josiane percebeu que o nome da autora era o mesmo que o dela, e isso chamou muito a sua atenção.

Segunda chance

Maria Dalva, mãe de Josiane, recebeu alta do hospital, e a família voltou para a cidade no interior. Porém, em março de 2020, ela piorou e Josiane retornou para hospital na capital, dois meses depois sua mãe chegou a falecer.

In Inter-America, Adventist Women Leaders Celebrate Mission and Focus on ‘I Will Go’ Efforts – Seventh-day Adventist Church

November 24, 2020 | Miami, Florida, United States | Libna Stevens, Inter-American Division News Seventh-day Adventist women’s ministries leaders in Inter-America celebrated the culmination of a mission-driven year across the territory with a special online congress, on Nov. 20-21, 2020.  The event highlighted the thousands of women who are committed to sharing hope in their communities and who are ready to intensify their efforts as they engage in the church’s I Will Go mission initiative for the next five years. “We are here to praise God together and speak of His wonderful blessings and power,” said Dinorah Rivera, women’s ministries director for the church Inter-America. “We are living in difficult times. There are so many persons without a home, have lost so much, their homes flooded to the roof because of the recent hurricanes.” Rivera reminded them that God promises to give each His power.  “As women, we are not just here to say we are ready to serve but ready to go where is needed the most,” she said.

Dinorah Rivera, women’s ministries of the church in Inter-America, encourages thousands of women leaders across the territory to press on ready to serve in mission wherever they live. She was speaking during the church’s women’s ministries online congress held Nov. 20-21, 2020. [Photo: IAD Screenshot]

Themed  I will go, God will give me His power, the online congress featured bible readings, music and drama performances, spiritual messages, testimonies, and more. Adventist World Church President Pastor Ted N.C. Wilson, in his spiritual message on Sabbath, reminded women leaders that they have a tremendous potential for touching the lives of so many, including women, men, children, family members, the community, the church and the global community. “Jesus has promised to be with you to support you and encourage you as you go,” said Pastor Wilson. “He asks you to be a mighty missionary for Him and be a voice of hope and encouragement in the community and be a stabilizing factor, a proactive person that helps others to see there is hope at the end of the day.”

Nomeado novo diretor associado de Publicações para o sul de Minas Gerais

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Por Ayanne Karoline 24 de novembro de 2020

Pastor Josemar ao lado da esposa Larissa. (Foto: Arquivo Pessoal)

Foi nomeado, na manhã desta terça-feira (24), o novo diretor associado para o departamento de Publicações da Associação Mineira Sul – sede administrativa da Igreja Adventista para a região da Zona da Mata e sul de Minas Gerais. Quem assume é o pastor Josemar de Almeida Campos. Ele ocupa o cargo que, anteriormente, era do pastor Marcos Roberto Duarte Alves – que assume um distrito pastoral. O pastor Josemar trabalhará junto com o pastor Fabrício Moraes – diretor do departamento de Publicações – promovendo, incentivado e estimulando a distribuição massiva de literaturas e coordenando as atividades do colportores estudantes. Natural de Curitiba (PR), o pastor Josemar é graduado em Jornalismo pelo Unasp-EC (2009) e graduando (2020) em Teologia, pela mesma instituição. Ele é casado com Larissa Panato de Almeida há 9 anos, que cursa Gastronomia pela Unicesumar. O pastor trabalha com publicações há 20 anos, sendo 46 campanhas como colportor e 10 como líder.
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Children’s Hospital Delivers Life-saving Gene Replacement Therapy to Infant

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L oma Linda University Children’s Hospital recently gave its first administration of a new gene replacement therapy to an infant who screened positive for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the top genetic killer of children under the age of two, potentially providing a symptom-free life for the patient. Children’s Hospital physicians said the new drug therapy, Zolgensma, is a revolution in neurological pediatric care. “This therapy represents a new opportunity for us to intervene and change children’s long-term prospects, and sometimes if we can treat the disease in time, we can restore them to full health,” said David Michelson, MD, chief of the division of child neurology and director of the pediatric muscular dystrophy association clinics at Children’s Hospital. “This therapy is a chance to wipe a patient’s health slate clean.”  The patient was diagnosed with SMA through the state of California’s newborn screening program. Even though the patient seemed perfectly healthy during the first weeks of life, the healthcare team was working against the clock to treat the patient before the first potential onset of symptoms. Studies have shown that infants who receive the therapy as soon after diagnosis as possible have better outcomes than those who receive delayed treatment. SMA is a rare genetic disease that causes a person’s muscles to weaken and become smaller over time. In an infant, this affects development, including crawling, walking, sitting, and head control. Severe types of SMA affect the muscles used for swallowing and breathing and, untreated, lead to ventilator dependence and a high risk of mortality. According to Michelson, the patient’s neurologist, there are four types of SMA. These types differ in both their severity and at what age they will manifest in a person’s body. SMA type I, the most common of the severe forms, can present in infants as early as three months and is often fatal by the age of two.

First virtual Global Healthcare Conference supports growth, education of Seventh-day Adventist healthcare and educational leaders world wide

For the first time, Loma Linda University Health held its annual Global Healthcare Conference in a virtual format to continue its ongoing international initiative to support the development of the chu…… https://sdahymnal.net/

Pastor Sérgio Siqueira dos Santos é o novo Ministério Jovem da Missão Mineira Norte

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Pastor Sérgio foi membro da igreja de Vila Jadete na cidade de Januária, onde deu seus primeiros passos na fé

Por Samuel Nunes 24 de novembro de 2020

Pastor Sérgio Siqueira Santos é casado há 11 anos com a administradora Flávia Fernandes e tem uma filha, Valentina de 04 anos. ( Foto: Divulgação)

Na quadrienal da Missão Mineira Norte, realizada no último domingo, 22 de novembro, o pastor Sérgio Siqueira dos Santos, que exercia o seu ministério na cidade de Pirapora, foi eleito como Ministério Jovem da Missão Mineira Norte. Natural da cidade de Januária, é casado há 11 anos com a administradora Flávia Fernandes e tem uma filha de 04 anos, Valentina Siqueira. Tem Jeremias como seu personagem bíblico predileto, e Jeremias 31: 3 como verso que toca o seu coração:  “De longe se me deixou ver o SENHOR, dizendo: Com amor eterno eu te amei; por isso, com benignidade te atraí. Primeiros passos Pastor Sérgio foi membro da igreja de Vila Jadete na cidade de Januária, onde deu seus primeiros passos na fé e também veio a paixão pela pregação do evangelho. Nesta mesma igreja, pastor Sérgio teve a oportunidade de ser ancião, diretor de jovens, professor de classes da Escola Sabatina, diretor de pequeno grupo e diretor de clube de jovens e aventureiros. Em 2013 Sérgio Siqueira concluiu a faculdade de teologia no SALT-IAENE na Bahia, e logo depois, iniciou seu ministério como pastor distrital  de Manga e cidades vizinhas. Permaneceu por 03 anos nesta cidade até ser transferido em 2017 para o distrito Cidade Jardim em Pirapora-MG, onde permaneceu até novembro de 2020. Influência de pastores Com sensibilidade e sentimento de gratidão, pastor Sérgio lembra da influência que dois pastores exerceram em sua vida, um deles já falecido, o pastor Aliomar. Segundo ele, pastor da sua família no início dos anos 90. Lembra que ainda criança, “deste grande homem surgiu o sonho de ser pastor.

ADRA raises USD 23,000 during live broadcast

23 November 2020 Mjøndalen, Norway [Tor Tjeransen]   ADRA Norway raised USD 23,000 for educational projects in South Sudan during a two-hour-and-half programme by Hope Channel Norway on Saturday, November 14. The programme was a livestreamed from the Mjøndalen Seventh-day Adventist Church, and featured what Adventist churches and schools across the country had done for the ingathering programme during the pandemic. The live event marked the end of the week of prayer and the annual ingathering campaign. The programme showcased how church members have been active as part of the initiative ‘Total Membership Involvement’. ADRA’s Secretary General, Birgit Philipsen, is very pleased with the positive response viewers across the country gave to the programme. “It has been really encouraging to see Adventists in Norway support ADRA’s work to provide education for children and youth in South Sudan. I am especially pleased to note that even during the pandemic, members are able to see beyond their own challenges and think of people who are facing larger problems. This inspires us at ADRA to continue our work,” says Philipsen. During the broadcast, viewers saw video reports from Adventist churches and schools across the country. In a year marked by the Corona pandemic, many schools have nevertheless collected significant sums for the development work that ADRA manages. “I am happy to see young and old working together and see how involved they are,” says Philipsen. Britt Celine Oldebråten, an ADRA employee, was in charge of an auction during the live transmission. Bids were submitted via Facebook. “We did not know if people were going to watch the programme and if they were going to bid, but there was a huge response, and we received a fantastic sum,” says Oldebråten, who got very busy towards the end of the auction, when bidders were particularly active.

Novedades de Ministerio Personal

El departamento de Ministerio Personal de nuestra iglesia tiene algunas noticias breves sobre los proyectos: Día de Impacto 2020, Iglesias Hogar, Comparte Esperanza en Navidad, o los 40 Días de Crecimiento Espiritual. 

Dia de Impacto 2020

Agradecer a las iglesias que se han sumando a esta iniciativa el sábado el 21 de noviembre de 2020 Se han pedido cerca de 60.000 libros de “Esperanza para el Futuro” Libro Misionero del 2020. El personal de la UAE en Madrid y el personal de Safeliz han participado de esta jornada y han pedido cerca de 3.500 libros Aún queda un pequeño stock…

Iglesias Hogar

El año 2021 es el año de la misión en la Unión Adventista Española, según nuestro plan estratégico … Y con motivo de este énfasis en el 2021, queremos impulsar y apoyar este modelo bíblico de Iglesias Hogar (Grupos Pequeños) Este modelo bíblico, sin duda, es una bendición para la situación actual. Algunas iglesias están cerradas, o abiertas con limitación de aforo. Además es un escenario ideal para el crecimiento espiritual y para el avance de la misión. Para que este modelo tenga un buen desarrollo en su aplicación es importante conocer la filosofía, la estructura y la dinámica de las Iglesias Hogar. Para ello tenemos un seminario de formación para ofrecer a las iglesias, y a quienes deseen ser lideres de una Iglesia Hogar. Os animamos a adoptar, y adaptar, este modelo que será una bendición para la iglesia.

Comparte Esperanza en Navidad

La Navidad es un buena oportunidad para mostrar nuestro aprecio y cariño a las personas que realmente apreciamos. Por ello ponemos a disposición de la iglesia en España el libro “El fin de la Incertidumbre”, escrito por el reconocido autor Alejandro Bullón. En sus páginas el lector podrá tener una visión de profecías bíblicas cumplidas en el pasado, las que se están cumpliendo actualmente y las que faltan por cumplirse. Tendrá un precio de 6€ gracias al apoyo de Safeliz y a la subvención de Evangelismo UAE

40 Dias de Crecimiento Espiritual

Agradecemos al las iglesias que han lanzado este plan a sus miembros, las noticias que recibimos son maravillosas. La lectura personal, en familia o en pequeños grupos esta resultando inspiradora. “Pasos para un Reavivamiento Personal” del pastor Helmut Haubeil nos anima a reclamar y experimentar el poder del Espíritu Santo Ojalá ninguna iglesia se pierda la ocasión de disfrutar de este material.

 

Growing From Zero :Adventist News Online

I n 1998, the Indian state of Haryana did not have much of a Seventh-day Adventist presence. There were no church members, and only a few Adventist pastors were stationed in the entire region. Spreading God’s love here would be a challenge, but it was an important priority for the Adventist Church. In partnership with the world church’s Global Mission office, Maranatha Volunteers International constructed 37 churches in a two-year period, 1998-1999. These buildings would eventually become the base for future growth in this area unfamiliar with Adventism. Over the years, these churches facilitated the sharing of God’s love, and the Adventist Church here has begun to draw members, not an easy task in a majority non-Christian area. By 2003, church membership grew to 2,575. Today, there are 7,751 Adventists in Haryana, an impressive sum considering the humble beginnings in an unknown territory from which the Church grew. Maranatha’s initial effort of 37 churches in 1998-1999 eventually led to the establishment of 96 additional congregations throughout the state. “[We] would like to thank Maranatha for their initial effort in Haryana, and today we are reaping the benefits,” says Pastor Rajiv Gill, director of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Haryana. “When we look at it today, we could not have even dreamed of having tripled the growth of the Church here. The impact of the growth shows that the Lord was always in control even when we were hopeless.” Maranatha has had a continuous presence in India since 1998, establishing an office while building places of worship and education throughout the country. In 2019, Maranatha started drilling water wells in areas in need of clean water. Maranatha has constructed more than 2,400 structures in India. https://maranatha.org/news-events/growing-from-zero/
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