Internet connects Bible student in Pakistan and pastor in New Zealand

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T he beginning of this story is in Pakistan. Henrique* and his family had a Bible at home and started to study it on their own, and one night, the boy began to pray to God for a direction in his life. The answer came through a social network.

Henrique was browsing Facebook and noticed a profile that caught his eye. 

“When he saw me among his list of suggested friends, he was curious and visited my page. There he saw that I was an Adventist pastor,” says Willy Cruz, a volunteer in New Zealand. 

They had no mutual friends on Facebook; for Henrique, it was God’s response. He got in touch with Cruz by message and there began a friendship and a great effort to be understood in a language which neither of them spoke: English.

Cruz volunteers at an Adventist college in New Zealand. Brazilian, he also served in Uruguay and Argentina. When he received the first message in August, he was surprised. From there he started to exchange Bible verses and introduce Henrique to the Adventist Church.

Just over a month later, the young Pakistani expressed interest in visiting an Adventist church. It was then that Willy contacted other Adventist volunteers around the world in search of a pastor in that region. Through a young woman who served in East Timor, he found another volunteer, a Pakistani, who said that her uncle was a pastor in that region. They connected him with Henrique.

Thereafter, the local church welcomed the family and began to teach Bible studies personally. Today they attend the Adventist Church and are getting to know Adventists better.

Internet preaching

Just as these people connected via the internet during the period of social isolation, thousands more used Bible study platforms, videos, podcasts, and more to speak and learn more about the gospel. 

Nomeado novo líder de Mipes, Escola Sabatina e Evangelismo para região Centro e Sul do ES

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A nomeação aconteceu nesta manhã (24) durante a comissão diretiva na sede da Igreja Adventista para o Centro e Sul do ES.

Por Emilly Martins
24 de novembro de 2020

A Comissão está reunida nesta terça-feira (24) na sede administrativa da Igreja Adventista para o centro e sul do ES.

 

A Comissão Diretiva Plenária que é formada por membros, pastores distritais e administradores da sede da Igreja Adventista do Sétimo Dia para o centro e sul do ES, votou na manhã desta terça-feira (24), o novo líder do Ministério Pessoal, Escola Sabatina, Evangelismo e Ministério das Prisões, pastor Wagner Andreatta que estava atuando como pastor distrital na cidade de Afonso Cláudio.

Wagner é casado com Raiane Andreatta com quem tem um filho, o Matheus.

Biografia 

Wagner Magalhães Andreatta Júnior nasceu na cidade de Varginha (MG) . É formado em Teologia pelo Centro Universitário Adventista de São Paulo (Unasp). Antes de atuar no distrito de Afonso Cláudio, Andreatta foi pastor em Sobreiro e Itapemirim.

Novos caminhos

Os cargos eram ocupados pelo Pr. Fernando Júnior que foi escolhido para ser o novo Secretário Executivo da Associação Rio de Janeiro.

Nossa gratidão e reconhecimento ao trabalho realizado durante os últimos anos para cumprimento do Evangelho de Cristo na região da Associação Sul Espírito Santense. Que Deus continue o abençoando.

 

 

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Adventists in Mexico Pull Together to Assist Thousands Affected by Flooding :Adventist News Online

M ore than 150,000 people suffered damage to their homes and were displaced after Hurricane Eta’s wrath in Central America swelled rivers and flooded communities in the State of Tabasco in southeast Mexico. In a region already saturated by the torrential rain from two previous hurricanes, Delta and Zeta, Eta’s downpour caused flooding two meters (6.6 feet) high, covering homes and leaving many to seek refuge in shelters.

Leaders in each of the country’s regional church areas accounted for its members’ properties as early as Nov. 5, then began transporting people to churches operating as shelters, and collected food and toiletries to assist the needy. Leaders reported that 3,778 Adventist families were affected. Most lost all their belongings and their homes. In addition, leaders reported that 102 of its 259 churches were flooded across the state.

In a special message, Pastor Isaias Espinoza, president of the church in southeast Mexico, reminded church members in Tabasco to cling to God. “As a church, we have one another,” he said. “Let’s trust in the Lord because he is with us; do not be dismayed.”

Union administrators toured the city of Villahermosa, Tabasco, on Nov. 7 to assess the damage and gather funds from its regional offices to assist the affected families. Other unaffected conferences and missions across the southern states began collecting food to distribute to dozens of families.

The Nicanor Gonzalez Mendoza Adventist School in Villahermosa made its school bus available to transport dozens of people out of the flooded areas and into shelters.

So far, 38 Adventist churches and schools across the state have taken in 850 displaced people and are providing hot meals as well as medical, psychological, and spiritual care.

“In the Pomoca area, our brothers and sisters have been severely affected, but they are supporting each other by sharing hot meals, clothes, and a place to rest,” says Pastor Humberto Lara, president of the church in the South Tabasco conference. He says pastors are holding support brigades to care for needy families in five of the most affected districts.

Adventist university students win national competition


Abel Sangama, Aldo Soraluz, Merling Ramírez, and Wilian Huamanttupa, students of the systems engineering professional career at the Universidad Peruana Unión (UPeU) , obtained first place in the IEEE ……

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Brazil’s highest court weighs Sabbath exemptions; initial reports find two jurists split

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C ases involving two Brazilian Seventh-day Adventist educators—one seeking to take a placement examination on a day other than the Sabbath, or Saturday and the other who’d been penalized for observing the Sabbath—are expected to be heard by the full Federal Supreme Court on November 25.

 

Initial assessments of each case took place on November 19, resulting in a split decision. Supreme Court president José Antonio Dias Toffoli said requiring an exam on the Sabbath does not characterizer a violation of the right to worship. But Justice Luiz Edson Fachin said even probationary employees deserve to have their religious exercise respected and protected.

 

Court president Toffoli offered his report in the case of Geismario Silva dos Santo, a teacher employed in São Paulo State who was disciplined for not working on Friday evenings. Seventh-day Adventists believe the Sabbath begins at sunset on Friday and concludes at sunset on Saturday, meaning he could not work at the municipal public school during those hours.

 

Geismario, a resident of Pará, spent years of preparation for the position, but was unable to continue because of the recorded absences.

 

According to Toffoli’s report, “although protecting the freedom of belief and conscience and the principle of the free exercise of religious practices, the [Brazilian] Federal Constitution does not prescribe, at any time, the state … to promote conditions for the exercise or access to the determinations of each [faith community].”

What’s more, Toffoli argued that making such religious accommodations would disadvantage members of other religions, and those who practice no faith at all: “Admitting the creation of special conditions for the exercise of legal faculties based on religious belief would mean establishing a privilege that cannot be extended to those who have other beliefs or simply do not believe,” the court president stated.

Funcionários do Hospital Adventista do Pênfigo são batizados

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Por Charlise Alves
24 de novembro de 2020

Pastor Alex Bahia fazendo os votos batismais com a família

A piscina do CVS (Centro de Vida Saudável) localizada na Unidade Matriz do Hospital Adventista do Pênfigo foi palco de uma cerimônia batismal no sábado, 14 de novembro. O cenário a céu aberto, rodeado por árvores, flores e pássaros deixou o programa ainda mais emocionante. Os funcionários tiveram a oportunidade de assisitr a apresentação do grupo Ministério Louvor e Vida e a pregação do pastor Alex Bahia. Em sua pregação, o pastor enfatizou que os funcionários precisam ter a missão em seu coração. “Deus colocou você no Hospital Adventista do Pênfigo para ser um agente de Deus para salvar”, disse.

O funcionário Maycon Jeferson Amorin de Souza e sua família tomaram a decisão pelo batismo ao iniciarem uma série de estudos bíblicos com o colega de trabalho, Alcides Ferreira da Silva juntamente com o capelão do HAP, pastor Claudiney Primo. Maycon e Alcides trabalharam juntos na vigilância em 2018. Atualmente Maycon está em outro setor, mas mesmo assim a amizade entre os dois continuou e rendeu bons frutos. Alcides e sua esposta Martha da Silva, que trabalha no hospital há 35 anos, foram batizados em 2007. Na época, eles também receberam estudos bíblicos de um funcionário. De lá pra cá, o casal tem compartilhado o que aprendeu com seus colegas de trabalho e são membros atuantes na igreja adventista.

A cerimônia batismal foi realizada pelo pastor Alex, que conduziu os batizandos até a piscina na companhia de Alcides. O público teve o privilégio de assistir o batismo de Maycon, sua esposa Eliane de Almeida e do filho do casal Pedro de Almeida, de 13 anos. A emoção tomou conta principalmente de Eliane que ao ver seu filho e esposo sendo batizados veio as lágrimas. Logo após o batismo, o público celebrou o momento com uma salva de palmas. Maycon disse que se entregar a Jesus tinha mudado a sua vida. “Estou muito feliz e emocionado”, afirmou.

Panama Church Mobilizes to Assist Families Affected by Hurricane Eta :Adventist News Online

T he outer bands of Hurricane Eta struck western Panama on November 3, 2020, after its destructive path through Honduras and Guatemala, causing deaths, flooding, and the destruction of bridges, homes, and roads. So far, 17 people have been confirmed dead by local authorities, including one Adventist church member. In addition, authorities have reported 25 landslide sites and more than 800 people rescued. There are currently 19 shelters in use.

Local churches and Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Panama have mobilized to bring relief to those affected by the storm.

“Panama doesn’t usually experience natural disasters like this,” says Augusto Reyes, who lives in Quiriquí, located on the west coast of Panama. “I hurried home when my wife called and when I got there, I found the water rising from the nearby Quebrada Bruja.” 

Reyes was able to get his family out minutes before his home became inaccessible.

“We are thankful God protected us,” says Reyes.

Unfortunately, 48-year-old Mercedes Rodríguez, a church member in Quiriquí, died when a mudslide covered her home. She is mourned by her fellow church members.

Donation centers open

The Adventist Church in Panama City, where the church’s headquarters are located, opened five donation centers where 500 church member volunteers and 100 volunteers from the community gathered to collect food, clothes, and toiletries to assist those in need.

ADRA Panama sent in five trucks and several pickup trucks on a 450-kilometer (280-mile) journey with food, clothes, and toiletries to Quiriquí on Nov. 5. 

“About $50,000 worth of goods have been donated so far,” says Jose Smith, ADRA Panama director. “Every conference field was organized to receive donations from church members and those from the community goods with dozens of young people volunteering per region. Our emphasis is always to help everyone in need without distinction of religion or creed.”

Event highlights importance of women in the mission to evangelize

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I n Joinville, the largest city of Brazil’s Santa Catarina state, Seventh-day Adventist women are making a difference in each other’s lives—and for eternity.

The Central Joinville Seventh-day Adventist Church in the city’s Boehmerwald neighborhood offered a program, Sewing Life for Eternity from November 7 to 11 and gathered members from all the district’s churches.

 

Among the subjects covered during the services were the biblical stories of people who had their lives transformed when they met Jesus, as was the case with Mary Magdalene, Zacchaeus, and the cure of the paralytic in Capernaum.

 

Singer Jéssica Dantas was a featured participant. The meetings also saw the baptism of several new members, as well as praise meetings and the distribution of gifts to the participants.

 

“They all felt valued, and the church was able to feel the strength of women,” said Ana Paula Andrade, one of the organizers.

 

The event was attended by the Adventist Church’s Women’s Ministry leader for the southern region of Brazil, Denise Lopes, and Marlinton Lopes, her husband and the Adventist Church leader for the South Brazil Union.

This article was originally published on the South American Division’s Portuguese news site

 

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Itajaí Central Adventist Church Celebrates 100 Years


STORY  In 1919, Elesbão Florentino Nunes, a resident of Itajaí in Brazil, got to know the Adventist message and was baptized. The pioneering work of a pastor from Brusque saw more people following the……

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Iglesias Hogar: Formación de líderes en Gran Canarias

Los días 13 y 14 de noviembre, con la visita de Gabriel Díaz como responsable de Ministerio Personal de la UAE, se llevó a cabo el Seminario de Iglesias Hogar en la iglesia de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

A pesar de las limitaciones de aforo el seminario tuvo buena acogida, ya que participaron los líderes de las cinco congregaciones de nuestra isla. Todos se han ido a sus iglesias con el ánimo, y la disposición, de implementar este modelo bíblico de las Iglesias Hogar en sus respectivas congregaciones.

Entendemos que es el plan de Dios para todos los tiempos, pero especialmente ahora que estamos viviendo momentos difíciles, con el cierre de iglesias y la asistencia al templo limitada debido a la Covid- 19.

Un modelo que involucra a todos los miembros

Esta es  una opción legítima y probada, para que la iglesia pueda implementar y consolidar la formación de Iglesias Hogar que lleguen a ser centros de reavivamiento espiritual y centros de misión, que son en esencia su ADN. Además es un modelo que involucra a todos los miembros, de forma que puedan experimentar la fraternidad.

La exposición fue clara y precisa, se nos enfatizó la importancia de conocer y aplicar la filosofía, la estructura y la dinámica, de las Iglesias Hogar, tres elementos vitales a la hora de asumir el modelo de Iglesias Hogar de forma que el proyecto se establezca sobre bases sólidas.

En el seminario de formación para líderes de Iglesias Hogar, se nos sugirió un plan práctico a seguir para su implementación. Ya esa misma noche el director de Ministerio Personal de la Iglesia de Telde me presentó la organización de las Iglesias Hogar por su zona de residencia y con sus respectivos lideres. Esperamos en el próximo consejo de Iglesia implementarlo de forma oficial.