Wind blew but fire stood

Jun 21, 2018
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Ccacaccollo, Peru
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Making lunch took some work for Alejandro Gonzales Qquerar, a farmer and father of four children in Peru.

First, he needed to dig a hole in the ground. Then he would place wood and stones into the hole and light a fire. When the flames caused the stones to turn red and then black, he would throw some potatoes on top of them. After that, he would cover the potatoes with dirt and cold rocks, which would put out the fire. The potatoes would bake in the hot earth and, after about 20 minutes, they would be ready to eat.

Alejandro got to work, digging the hole in a small clearing in his field of barley. The crop was dry and nearly ready to harvest. Alejandro placed the wood and stones into the hole and lit the fire.

A strong wind began to blow.

As the fire slowly grew in the hole, the wind caught hold of a spark and blew it over to the barley field. The dry stalks quickly ignited and the flames, fueled by the wind, raced across the field and entered a neighbor’s barley field. Several other neighbors also had fields nearby.

Alejandro helplessly watched in horror. His raw potatoes lie forgotten at his feet. The wind blew harder, and he had to put his hand to his head to keep his hat from flying off. The fire was out of control, and he couldn’t stop it.

Crying to God

He fell onto his knees and took of his hat.

“God, what are you doing now?” he cried out. “If all the crops burn, I don’t have the money to reimburse my neighbors. Please perform a miracle and put out the fire. Amen.”

The Moral Challenge of Forcing Apart Migrant Families

How we got here, and what’s next

Unless you’ve been in a cave or in a coma, you already know about the Trump administration policy of separating children from apprehended migrant families. This morally reprehensible policy was briefly defended by the Trump administration through a twisted reading of Scripture. The policy and its defense caused moral outrage across the US and across the world, drawing rebukes from all living First Ladies, from the majority of US citizens, and from many leaders around the world. Like many other faith-based organizations, the Seventh-day Adventist Church released a statement of disapproval. 

The separation policy has now been rescinded and, given the chaotic age in which we live, our collective attention will soon shift to some new outrage or some new point of dispute. But before that happens, let’s dwell for a moment on why migrants are attempting to enter the United States. It is important that we do; their plight is very much related to the battle between Christ and Satan, the fulfillment of prophecy, and the living-out of the character of God by His people in the last days. 

Most migrants to the US from Central America (they come primarily from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador) are pulled by the economic opportunities and relative stability of the US. But what most don’t know is that the “pull” on them is relatively weak, while the “push” is very, very strong. To be clear: most migrants don’t actually want to be migrants —  they are fleeing their countries out of desperation.

In part, they are pushed by criminal violence and weak governance, a combination that leaves average citizens exposed to the high risk of all manner of crimes with little protection and little recourse. Fearing for their lives and the lives of their children is part of daily life for many who make the agonizing decision to migrate. But violence and fear are only a part of the “push” side of the equation. What has propelled the majority of migrants into desperate action over the past four years — and has destabilized their society further — is that they simply have not been able to get enough to eat. 

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Adventist Church in UK and Ireland | National Site


22nd June 2018

Members of Preston Seventh-day Adventist church marked the culmination of its £1m renovation through a heritage celebratory launch. 

The renovation included the replacement of the ornate west leaded window; replacemilment of the north spire and renovation of the church roof. Pathfinder organiser Carol Love, said: “The work has been a massive undertaking and we are grateful to the Heritage Fund and Historic England for its funding and support with these projects. Members also raised in excess of £100,000. 

“As part of mill2the latest phase of works, we wanted to engage with the local community in celebrating the heritage of the Grade II-listed church building. We are grateful to the Preston community who have come forward to share with us their knowledge and experiences about this building on Grimshaw Street.” mill

The celebration included a drum corps and flags presentation by the Preston Seventh-day Adventist Pathfinders, musical items and a presentation of a World War Memorial booklet. The Mayor of Preston, Cr Trevor Hart, also unveiled a mural on the history of the various denominations that built and used the church. This was drawn by Christine Andrews of Dream Jar Design.

Local Minister Pastor Jeff Couzins, in reflection of the event said,

“It has been a long time in the process,  but we have finally completed the building works on the church sanctuary. 

“As a Grade II listed building, everythjng we did to the building had to reflect how it would have originally looked. Consequently everything was more expensive than for a non-listed building. The members pulled together to help raise over £100,000 that was the Preston church contribution to the building repairs and restoration.

We are grateful to God for His guidance and strength that He gave us to persevere in challenging times. We are looking forward to worshippingin the sanctuary after years of praising God in the church hall.

Adventist Theologians Approve Statement on Biblical Eschatology

Document reaffirms role of Bible prophecy and its missiological implications.

Seventh-day Adventist theologians and administrators from around the world meeting in Rome, Italy, for the Fourth International Bible Conference from June 11-21, 2018, voted a Consensus Statement at the closing of the event on June 20. The conference theme was biblical eschatology, or the study of last-day events according to the Bible. The document voted reaffirms the Adventist understanding of biblical prophecy, end-time events, and its missiological implications for the church. Below is the full text of the document approved. ~ Editors 

CONSENSUS STATEMENT
Fourth International Bible Conference
Rome, Italy
June 11-21, 2018

Introduction

The Fourth International Bible Conference was held in Rome, June 11-21, 2018, with the theme of “Biblical Eschatology.”  Almost four hundred Adventist scholars, pastors, educators, and church leaders, sharing a deep commitment to Scripture and a biblical worldview, gathered from around the world to explore biblical, theological, historical, ethical, missiological, and scientific perspectives on eschatology. The goal of the Conference was to affirm and explore biblical eschatology, foster fellowship and unity, and to bring about a renewed sense of the times in which we live so as to be better equipped to serve the Lord and His Church. We have been spiritually and intellectually enriched through Bible study and worship, seasons of prayer, lectures, discussions, and educational tours to significant biblical, historical, and archaeological sites. 

As Seventh-day Adventists, we are impelled by the personal and profound conviction of the nearness of Christ’s coming as a literal, visible, personal, and worldwide event. We are keenly aware of the challenges being made to the historicist approach to biblical eschatology. These challenges include preterist, futurist, and idealist approaches to the books of Daniel and Revelation, scientific cosmologies that breed skepticism toward a divine supernatural resolution of the problem of sin and death, and speculation regarding things that have not been revealed.

Effective conversations about suicide and other mental health issues

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June 21, 2018

Janelle Ringer


Effective conversations about suicide and other mental health issues

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Melissa J. Pereau, MD, has a passion for helping people during a critical point in their lives, which is why the psychiatrist spends her days working with patients thinking about or who have attempted suicide. As a medical director and psychiatrist at the Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center, Pereau is faced daily with the realities of suicide and how the topic — and other topics around mental health — impacts nearly every community in some way. 

Despite its prevalence, a discussion about mental health discussion is often rebuffed due to the sensitivities surrounding it. Although recent high-profile suicides stirred questions that have prompted individuals to confront the issue directly, the problem is wider. Nationally, the rate of suicide has increased by 30 percent since the mid-1990s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On average, there are 123 suicides per day in the United States, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 

Pereau’s work with patients and their support groups has inspired her to be a voice for mental health awareness. Her work has exposed her to many questions from patients and their friends and families about mental health and suicide. Pereau sat down for an interview to discuss mental health issues, including seeking support, help and tools. Here are some edited excerpts.

How should a friend or family member of someone suffering from mental health issues approach the conversation in a non-harmful way?

Make sure you’re not approaching the person with judgment. Go into the conversation being willing to show your own vulnerabilities and your own weaknesses. Coming from a place of love and care can best help you address the topic of thoughts of suicide or feelings of depression or anxiety.

Let’s Talk About Suicide and Other Mental Issues

Expert discusses what to do if you or your loved ones need professional help.

Melissa J. Pereau has a passion for helping people during a critical point in their lives, which is why the psychiatrist spends her days working with patients thinking about or who have attempted suicide. As a medical director and psychiatrist at the Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center, Pereau is faced daily with the realities of suicide and how the topic — and other topics around mental health — affects every community in some way.

Despite the prevalence of mental health issues, attempts at discussion are often rebuffed due to the sensitivities surrounding them. Although recent high-profile suicides in the United States stirred questions that have prompted individuals to confront the issue directly, the problem is wider. The rate of suicide in the US has increased by 30 percent since the mid-1990s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On average, there are 123 suicides per day in the United States, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Pereau’s work with patients and their support groups has inspired her to be a voice for mental health awareness. Her work at Loma Linda University, a Seventh-day Adventist institution in Loma Linda, California, United States, has exposed her to many questions from patients and their friends and families about mental health and suicide. Pereau sat down for an interview to discuss mental health issues, including seeking support, help, and tools for coping. Here are some edited excerpts.

How should a friend or family member of someone suffering from mental health issues approach the conversation in a non-harmful way?

Make sure you’re not approaching the person with judgment. Go into the conversation being willing to show your vulnerabilities and your weaknesses. Coming from a place of love and care can best help you address the topic of thoughts of suicide or feelings of depression or anxiety.

ADRA Helps Feed 85,000 Refugees in Uganda

Initiative partners are Adventist humanitarian agency and World Food Program.

Thousands of refugees in Uganda will receive food assistance thanks to a recentcooperative partnership established between the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, the World Food Program, and the government of Uganda, through the Office of the Prime Minister. 

The partnership, agreed upon in June 2018, will allow ADRA to provide food for more than 85,000 refugees currently settled in the district of Kamwenge in western Uganda. An influx of refugees is reportedly increasing as long-standing conflicts have forced many citizens from the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan to cross the Uganda border. An estimated 1.4 million refugees are being sheltered in the country, according to a March 2018 UNHCR report. 

“As a strong supporter of partnerships, this collaborative effort between ADRA and WFP is good news for the refugees in Uganda faced with the shortage of food, and is a strong testament that ADRA Uganda’s intervention efforts are being recognized,” said ADRA International vice president for programs Imad Madanat.

Since 1987, ADRA has forged a positive presence in Uganda, creating long-standing relationships with up to 15 districts across the country. As a result of its deep-rooted network, ADRA collaborated with WFP in food distribution in 1998, 2000, 2010, 2011, and again in 2018. ADRA has also been promoting school gardening initiatives in several refugee settlements, including Rwamwanja, Adjumani, andBidibidi, to help boost school feeding initiatives in select refugee-hosting schools. 

“ADRA is committed to supporting the government’s work to achieve sustainable development goals. This newly signed partnership with WFP will enable ADRA to address the causes of food insecurity and malnutrition and also help improve the social protection system of refugees and host communities,” said ADRA Uganda country director Charles Ed II Aguilar. “One of the strategic outcomes that WFP has focused on is to see smallholder farmers, especially women, in targeted areas have enhanced and resilient livelihoods by 2030. ADRA is committed to meeting this strategic outcome,” he explained.

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