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Students from the Adventist School of Serra (EAS) in Grande Vitória in Brazil filled a clothesline with books and letters they wrote themselves. The material speaks of hope in an action that connects …… https://sdahymnal.net/
OO n August 6, 1945, Hiroshima, Japan, became the first city in history to be destroyed by a nuclear bomb. Although the devastation and loss of life was atrocious, 75 years after that event, we can reflect on the stories of members of the Hiroshima Seventh-day Adventist Church – all of whom survived. Asako Furunaka was born on August 12, 1921, the daughter of a successful businessman in Japan. Determined and very intelligent, she attended night school after graduating as a teacher. At 32, she became a newspaper reporter, a rare thing for a woman of her time. She married a university professor and, although they would not have children, they had a seemingly happy life together. One day, during her early 20s, Asako’s life was shattered when her husband confessed that he had a lover and wanted a divorce. Feelings of despair and anger dominated her; sadness and hatred for her husband filled her days and nights. She felt she could never fully trust anyone or believe in anything again and she fell into a deep depression. When her life was at its worst, someone invited Asako to a Seventh Day Adventist church, and she started attending regularly. She learned about forgiveness and found hope in the Bible. Peace had returned to her heart. However, she hadn’t decided to be baptized.
Unbelievable storiesBecause of her skills and qualifications, Asako was asked to be the children’s Bible teacher at the church. She happily accepted the position and began teaching the Sabbath School lessons to the children. One day, the lesson was about the story in the book of Daniel about the three young men who were kept safe despite being thrown into a fiery furnace. She taught the lesson fervently, but when it was over, one of the little boys exclaimed, “I don’t believe it!” Then one of the girls said, “I believe it, because my grandmother told me that no member of the Hiroshima Adventist Church died when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.”
Semana da Esperança começou e no centro-norte capixaba um drive-in solidário marcou o início deste momento no Aeroporto Internacional de Vitória. Num combo de festividades, o encontro também celebrou o Dia Estadual do Jovem Adventista, que no Espírito Santo, é comemorado em 19 de setembro. A programação começou por volta das 19h30 e contou com a participação do quarteto Arautos do Rei e do pastor Gilson Brito, orador da A Voz da Profecia. Neste domingo (20), será a vez de São Gabriel da Palha (ES) receber a caravana. A região também contará com um drive-in solidário para a região norte do estado. A Semana da Esperança deste ano terá como título “A maior Esperança, prepare-se para uma nova vida” e será uma oportunidade para que pessoas interessadas possam conhecer os planos de Deus para o ser humano. Esta semana especial ocorrerá simultaneamente no Brasil em mais sete países da América do Sul. Os administradores da Igreja Adventista para os estados do Rio de Janeiro, Espírito Santo e Minas Gerais (USeB) participaram deste momento que dá o pontapé do projeto aqui no estado. O presidente da Igreja Adventista do Sétimo Dia (IASD) para a região central e norte do Espírito Santo, pastor Luis Mário de Souza, enxerga o momento como uma oportunidade da igreja se mostrar relevante em um período delicado de pandemia. “A igreja é um organismo vivo e por isso a gente não pode parar. Nós temos começado hoje uma semana de Evangelismo que vai até o dia 26. Queremos que este drive-in seja um momento para que a igreja entenda a missão pra qual ela foi chamada que é a de pregar o evangelho”, reforça.A
DD uring the campaign A voice of hope from August 15-22, Ester Brítez offered her testimony. Brítez, along with her daughters Aylén and Alma, decided days before the series, to give her life to God through baptism. “We are very happy for the decision we made,” she expresses. And her decision had an even greater impact: Her father and sister also decided to study the Word of God. Stories like Brítez’s were repeated throughout Argentina by families in crisis, extreme health situations, toxic relationships, and with lack of love and faith in God. There are countless events that lead human beings to hear again a voice that provides hope and comfort in complex moments like the ones we are living through this year. In the eight programs of the A Voice of Hope series, dozens of people decided to give their lives to God through baptism, just as Brítez did. Following all the health and safety protocols, on Saturday, August 22, in various regions of Argentina, 80 people were baptized. Hundreds of messages with the phrase “I accept” arrived through the social networks of Nuevo Tiempo Argentina and WhatsApp in a request to participate in Bible studies. In addition, about 120 Facebook pages broadcast the programming organized by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Argentina. Through the message of Pastor Bruno Raso, who is serving as vice president of the Adventist Church in South America, the families found a reason to continue fighting and believing in an all-powerful God, who is capable of embracing each of us and offering hope. God will continue to build roads and restore lives so that, together, the church will continue to be a voice of hope for those in need of Jesus. Adventist churches across South America are now looking forward to the Week of Hope, taking place on official digital platforms from September 19-26. This is a special week in which the Seventh-day Adventist Church presents itself as A Voice of Hope to offer special messages and hope for all people as we continue facing this terrible coronavirus pandemic.
Saturday, September 5, became a happy day both for those who were baptized and for many witnesses of the holiday on earth and in heaven. On this day, nine different people, from Rostov, Russia, with d…… https://sdahymnal.net/
II n mid-August, a field school for youth took place at Aydar Sanatorium in Russia. Led by a team from the sanatorium the event included six instructors teaching eight students. Anatoly Kulikov taught “God’s Healing Program,” Evgeny Vashchinin covered “God Calls You,” “A Beautiful Way,” and “Righteousness by Faith in the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy.” Sergey Kulikov taught occupational therapy and sports; Anastasia Zavyalova did First Aid, Dmitry Kulikov covered massage, and Anatoly Figol led a course called “Healing Service.” The program included training and relaxation, jogging, swimming in the Aydar River, teaching massage, delicious meals, companionship and work, donkey riding, horizontal bars and push-ups, sweet sleep and early awakening! Each new day gave the students a vision of both spiritual and real life with God, as they learned to walk with God in everything, like Enoch. They began to rewrite the Holy Scriptures, and to keep a diary of their personal spiritual life. Those in attendance received a vision of God’s enterprise in the countryside, which has become a corner of paradise thanks to the painstaking daily work of the entire team of the Aydar Sanatorium. While there, the group befriended a group of vacationers also staying at the sanatorium. One woman, an elementary school teacher, heard the questions of the youngest participant of the Field School (age nine), and said that even a modern teacher does not have the knowledge that this young man had. On Friday and Saturday, four people from among the vacationers in the sanatorium were present at the solemn services and enjoyed wonderful fellowship with the field school participants. They believe that the Lord worked his miracles of salvation on those days. On their way home, the field school students traveled with a young woman who had been on a personal retreat at the sanatorium. She had been there twice before and admired how the New Start (8 Health Principles) program really helps. The woman works as a manager in Kharkov, and her constant desire is to come back to the sanatorium. At home she tries to live as taught in the Aydar sanatorium. The group prayed and talked with her, and by the end of the trip she expressed interest in attending church with them.
AA t the closing of the A Voice of Hope evangelism campaign, the Adventist churches of the Cuyo region of Argentina experienced a very special and exciting Sabbath. The week began with baptismal ceremonies held in the city of General Alvear, on Saturday, August 15, with baptisms performed by Pastor Matías Nieto. Providentially, Pastor Nieto had moved forward the baptismal ceremonies he had planned for Saturday, August 22, and was able to baptize six people, because on Friday, August 21, the municipality ordered mandatory quarantine and the closure of churches, which would have prevented the planned baptisms from taking place. However, God led his minister to baptize people on time. On Friday, August 21, in Ugarteche, Mendoza’s Uco Valley region, Pastor Samuel Hengen baptized Diego Armando Maraza at his own home. There were moments of great emotion in Maraza’s home when he and his wife gave their lives to Christ in the courtyard of their house. The pandemic did not stop the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the Marazas. Early on Saturday, August 22, in Gutiérrez, Mendoza, María Matus was baptized by pastor Marcelo Coronel. The ceremony was attended via videoconference by Pastor Iván Rosales from the Adventist Church in Argentina, and Pastor Herbert Boger from the South American Adventist headquarters, who gave a message of encouragement to those present. In the afternoon, the Adventist administrative headquarters in the Central West of the country, under the leadership of Pastor Gabriel Cevasco and Valeria and Gustavo Gueico, made a special broadcast in which several baptisms were live streamed. It was an exciting afternoon. In virtual attendance was the president of the Adventist Church in Argentina, Pastor Darío Caviglione, as well as Pastor Bruno Raso, vice president of the Adventist South American headquarters. The reaction of the church witnessing the baptisms live after several months without being able to be celebrated due to the pandemic was one of joy, gratitude to God, tears of emotion, and renewed commitment to continue preaching the Word in this complex global context.
AA Seventh-day Adventist teenager in Bahia, Brazil, has accomplished something remarkable: Her Christian-themed videos have attracted 1.2 million followers on the social media application Tik Tok. Inspiration for Jey Reis came during a sermon. She was already using Instagram to talk to friends about Jesus, but the preacher shared interesting news: “The Tik Tok app was the most downloaded in 2019!” Jey believes that the Holy Spirit touched her heart right there, and a video career was born. Her more than 300 videos have the exclusive objective of talking about Jesus and have already received more than 22 million likes. The Adventist South American News Agency spoke to Jey Jey, as she’s called on social media, about the initiative’s process and results: What motivated you to start videos on Tik Tok with a Christian approach to young people and teenagers? Currently, Tik Tok has more than 1.5 billion users. In Mark 16:15, Jesus says, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Where else could we go to reach everyone if not in a place where more than 1.5 billion people are? I believe that the internet is a pulpit for the preaching of the gospel. How do you define the themes? Do you talk to someone, read something or get inspired by some other influencer? My videos are quite varied. I have videos preaching, music videos, and comedy. But always with a Christian theme. To base myself on what I am going to talk about, I always seek the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and, of course, study the Bible. I have a daily study routine; I research a lot on the internet and I always talk to my parents about various topics. From these conversations, the best ideas for my videos surface. How do you manage the reaction of teenagers who see you as an influence?