Adventist School Changes a Community in Panama|

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Adventist School Changes a Community in Panama

Call it the power of a Seventh-day Adventist school. Eighteen years ago, Adventist volunteers built a school in Changuinola, a humid coastal town of about 30,000 people in a northeastern corner of Panama. This summer, a group of 150 young volunteers …
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Adventist publishing house in India spreads message of health and wellness

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Nearly 1,000 copies of the Church’s world missionary book are distributed in Maharashtra.

September 17, 2015 Prema Marshall/ANN Staff


Adventist publishing house in India spreads message of health and wellness

Spicer Adventist University Professor Dr Roy Jemison Injety and OWPH Treasurer Mr Samuel Chacko holding the ‘Health and Wellness’ flags as they lead the rally out of the Mission campus. [Photo courtesy of Prema Marshall]

Volunteers of all ages rallied on August 27 to distribute health materials and nearly 1000 copies of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s world missionary book in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The rally to distribute the book, “Health and Wellness—Secrets That Will Change Your Life,” by Mark Finley and Peter Landless, was organized by the Oriental Watch Publishing House, which prints Adventist publications in English, Tamil, Marathi, Hindi, Kannada, and several other Indian Languages. 

Before the 110 volunteers including employees of the publishing house, students of Spicer Adventist University and youth of Salisbury Park marched through a local community to distribute the book, leaders emphasized the importance of adopting a comprehensive healthy lifestyle. The publishing house’s editor-in-chief, Vara Prasad Deepati, highlighted how chronic diseases can be avoided by following methods described in the book. 

Deepati underscored “making wise choices about the riches entrusted to each of us – a body that has the potential to heal itself, a mind capable of the extraordinary, and a spirit that longs to be reunited with the Creator.” 

The Maharashtra state’s minister for social justice, Shri Dilip Kamble, attended the rally, applauding the publishing house’s ongoing dissemination of health knowledge throughout the nation. Pierson David, secretary of Adventist Health International, presented the minister with a copy of the English edition of “Health and Wellness,” and Dr. Vivek Gaikwad, chief medical officer of Pune Adventist Hospital, presented the minister with the Marathi edition.

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Adventist Church in Europe responds to migrant crisis|

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Adventist Church in Europe responds to migrant crisis

Europe's refugee and migrant crisis has escalated over the summer, leaving the continent divided over how to deal with a flood of people led by Syrians fleeing war in their homeland. The desperate migrants and asylum seekers now flooding into Europe by …
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A new networking association is formed for Christ’s “unusual ambassadors”

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The World Adventist Public Officials Association (WAPOA) aims to connect Adventists around the world who serve their country as elected or appointed officials.

July 22, 2015 Bettina Krause


A new networking association is formed for Christ’s “unusual ambassadors”

WAPOA luncheon during GC Session. [photo courtesy of GC PARL]

It can be an isolating experience for Seventh-day Adventist Church members who hold high public office: this was one of the key messages to emerge from a unique gathering of Adventist public officials earlier this month in San Antonio, Texas. Some 21 leaders from ten countries—ambassadors, ministers of state, members of parliament, a senator, a deputy chief justice, and high-level officials within international organizations—came together for a lunch meeting on July 8 to discuss both the challenges and opportunities facing Adventists within the public realm. 

Elder Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Adventist world church, attended briefly and encouraged his fellow church members. “You are the Esthers, the Josephs, the Daniels of our world,” he said. “You make a difference in an arena that most of us never touch. And never forget you are there for a purpose; you are where God has placed you. Yes, you serve your country, or a particular legislature. But most importantly, because you are a Seventh-day Adventist, you are working under the very highest authority: Jesus Christ our Savior. You are called to be unusual ambassadors for Christ.” 

Those seated around the table spoke frankly about the need for better networking between Adventists who serve their governments, and about the loneliness that often comes with serving in a political or civic role. Some expressed their disappointment that holding elected office is sometimes seen as “off limits” for faithful church members—a sign that someone has compromised their integrity. All spoke about their desire to carry their spiritual values into the public realm and to reflect Christ’s character in their service to their country. 

Senator Floyd Morris, Senate President of Jamaica, was voted as the first president of WAPOA. Philippine Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Bienvenido V. Tejano, was chosen to serve as the association’s secretary, and Damaris Moura Kuo, president of the Religious Liberty Commission of the Brazilian Bar Association’s São Paulo Division, was selected as its public relations officer. 

According to Senator Morris, the first order of business will be to identify more Adventist public officials—whether they serve their national government, or their local city council—and invite them to join the association. The group plans to communicate regularly and to organize a meeting of the association in 2017.

The gathering was hosted by the Public Affairs and Religious Liberty department of the Adventist world church, and took place during the General Conference Session, which some of the public officials were attending as delegates.

Dr. Ganoune Diop, the newly elected director of PARL for the world church, says he hopes the association will promote a vigorous dialogue between Adventists who hold prominent and often-influential positions. “These men and women need our support and our prayers,” he says. “They are first and foremost our brothers and our sisters, but they are also called to represent Christ’s kingdom and His values within often-difficult and sensitive circumstances.”  

Those who are interested in the association can contact the Adventist Church’s PARL department through its website, www.adventistliberty.org.

35 New and Breakaway Members Baptized in Vanuatu|

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35 New and Breakaway Members Baptized in Vanuatu

Thirty-five people have been baptized in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, including 16 at the inauguration of the first Seventh-day Adventist church on a remote island, and 19 people on another island who rejoined the Adventist Church after …
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Adventists named ‘most racially diverse religious group in U.S.’

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Adventist leaders say the Pew findings reflect the church’s mission to prepare all people for Jesus’ return.

July 30, 2015 Andrew McChesney and Marcos Paseggi, Adventist Review


Adventists named 'most racially diverse religious group in U.S.'

Some of the 70,000 Seventh-day Adventists who attended the General Conference session in San Antonio, Texas, in July. [Photo by David B. Sherwin]

Don’t worry if you happen to walk into a Seventh-day Adventist church in the United States where English is not the first language of choice. Chances are you are worshiping in one of the increasingly typical Adventist congregations across the country.

Seventh-day Adventists are the most racially and ethnically diverse religious group in the United States, according to a report released Monday by the Pew Research Center, a respected non-partisan organization in Washington.

“Thirty-seven percent of adults who identify as Seventh-day Adventists are white, while 32 percent are black, 15 percent are Hispanic, 8 percent are Asian, and another 8 percent are another race or mixed race,” Michael Lipka, a Pew editor who focuses on religion, wrote in the report.

The analysis, based on data provided by the 2014 Religious Landscape Study, looked at the racial and ethnic composition of 29 major religious groups. Racial and ethnic groups were broken down into five categories: whites, blacks, Hispanics of all races, Asians, and other races and mixed-race Americans.

After collating the data, Pew gave Seventh-day Adventists a score of 9.1 in the Herfindahl-Hirschman Index, well above the national average of 6.6, where 66 percent of church membership is white. The least diverse religious group in the United States, according to the report, is the National Baptist Convention, a traditionally black denomination that received a score of 0.2.

Gary Krause, director of the Office of Adventist Mission for the Adventist world church, said the church’s very mission of preparing all people for Jesus’ Second Coming called for diversity.

“We’re not an American church. We’re not an African or Asian church. We’re not a European church,” Krause said. “We’re a worldwide movement with a mission to all people groups.”

He noted that the Adventist Church operates in 215 countries and territories. “But we’re not happy about it because the United Nations lists 22 more where we don’t have established work,” said Krause, whose office coordinates and provides funding for the church’s global mission work. “We’re all God’s children, and we love to welcome people from all races into our family.”

In the United States, the Adventist Church has grown more diverse since 2007, according to a similar Pew report carried out that year. In just seven years, the number of white Adventists has decreased by 6 percentage points, from 43 percent to 37 percent, while the number of black Adventists has increased by 11 points, from 21 percent to 32 percent. Asian members grew by 3 percentage points, from 5 percent to 8 percent, and Adventists in the other/mixed-races category doubled from 4 percent to 8 percent. 

The margin of error for both the 2007 report and the new report is less than one percentage point, Katherine E. Ritchey, communications manager for the Pew Research Center, told the Adventist Review.

Daniel Weber, communication director for the Adventist Church’s North American Division, said the 1.2 million Adventists in the United States are a direct reflection of the church’s worldwide membership of 18.5 million people and growing.

“As our church has grown overseas and is represented in almost every culture, race and language group, this same diversity has also changed in North America because our experiences with different cultures overseas has allowed us to be more effective in reaching the diverse growing populations here,” Weber said. “The Gospel Commission calls for us to reach all people of all cultures.”

The Adventist world church has not conducted research solely on its diversity. But the findings of an unpublished 2013 general survey of North American church members that included questions on ethnicity fall in line with Pew’s new report, said David Trim, director of the world church’s Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research.

Trim was not surprised by the Pew report, saying the Adventist Church as a whole is very accepting of all people and its message emphasizes commonalities such as a community in Christ and the hope in the Second Coming rather than differences.

“We have an identity that transcends national and ethnic differences — and that is not true for every church,” Trim said.

The Pew report defines a denomination as diverse if no racial or ethnic group amounts to more than 40 percent of its adult membership. Only two other religious groups fit that definition: Muslims (with a score of 8.7) and Jehovah’s Witnesses (8.6), which placed second and third, respectively, after Adventists.

The Herfindahl-Hirschman Index used by Pew is a measurement commonly applied to market share studies, among other fields. It is usually used to contrast monopolies against companies that face less competition.

On the other end of the index’s spectrum, the least religiously diverse groups tend to be denominations where most of their members are either mostly white or mostly black.

The report includes three subsets of people who are unaffiliated religiously: atheists, agnostics, and “nothing in particular.” All three groups are mostly white.

New pastor installed at 7th Day Adventist Church|

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New pastor installed at 7th Day Adventist Church

Dave Peckham was installed as pastor of the Valley Center Seventh-day Adventist Church this past weekend. This native of South Africa immigrated to the United States in 1991. Dave Peckham is a son of Africa. He is one of five children born to …
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