The Global Adventist Internet Network 2021 has officially begun :Adventist News Online

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On Monday, April 19, 2021, Global Adventist Internet Network (GAiN 2021) commenced. This year, the event is taking place online due to the current pandemic. Approximately 100 participants are present, including professionals, leaders, and workers within the industry, most of whom are from Europe, with some representatives from Asia, Africa, and the Americas. GAiN 2021 was organized by the two European divisions of the Seventh-day Adventist Church: the Inter-European Division (EUD) and the Trans-European Division (TED), overseen by the two Directors of Communication, respectively, Corrado Cozzi (EUD) and Victor Hulbert (TED), as well as HopeMedia Europe, which is managed by Klaus Popa.

Thus began the official launch of the Global Adventist Internet Network 2021. In an age defined as “the Digital Age”, the use of technology and media is becoming increasingly important, even at a spiritual and religious level. “We are digital ambassadors of Jesus Christ,” affirmed Tor Tjeransen, Director of Communications for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Norway, during his meditation. “We pay attention to the words we write and profess because it is our duty to speak as Jesus spoke. People should see Jesus in us,” continued Tjeransen, concluding, “There are three keys to Christian communication: truth, kindness, and timeliness.”

In his brief introductory video, Victor Hulbert, Director of Communications for the TED—who was absent for health reasons—underlined the importance of “spreading hope and peace through our communications.”

The proceedings also included some touching testimonies by some Seventh-day Adventist communicators who were/had been sick with COVID-19 and/or cancer. They all testified that they had experienced a period of intense and deep faith, which helped them to increase their awareness and mature spiritually. “Periods of trial are opportunities for growth.”

Among the Church’s communication workers are some remarkable professionals who have greatly contributed to the Church in the recent decades. Hence the General Conference wanted to confer, through its European divisions (EUD and TED), a special award to Stephan Brass – current Director of Communications for the German Union – and to Tor Tjeransen – current Director of Communications for the Norwegian Union. Both are friends and both studied Theology, together, in Germany, at the Marienhöhe, in the 70s. Brass was one of the pioneers in digital evangelism in Germany, while Tjeransen led the Church in Norway for many years as president, focusing on media and communications. The World Director of Communications for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Williams Costa, virtually awarded the prize to the two colleagues, underlining the fact that “the Church will always need the advice and contributions of professionals like Brass and Tjeransen”. At the end of the award presentation, Brass thanked all of his colleagues: “Without their help, I would not have been able to do anything”, while Tjeransen put forth a strong and clear message to all those present: “Use all the means of communication possible to share the most important news – Jesus’ return!”

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