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CHURCH REACHES OUT AFTER BEIRUT EXPLOSION

God’s love to this country at a time when many have lost hope,” says Rick McEdward, president of the church in the MENA region. “Church workers and members are looking for ways of being God’s hands and feet [...] Thousands of people were injured and over 100 killed. All Adventist workers and members have been accounted for and are safe, but some Adventist contacts have been injured. Leaders of the Middle [...] greatly appreciated for the church and the institutions that have been affected by the crisis in Lebanon and the explosion yesterday. McEdward appeals, “Please pray for the church in Lebanon as it seeks

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SEVERAL ADVENTIST SCHOOLS AND CHURCHES DAMAGED AFTER BLAST ROCKS BEIRUT, LEBANON

of the global Seventh-day Adventist Church, Ted N.C. Wilson, also asked for members to remember those in Lebanon in their prayers, “I have prayed for our church members in Lebanon and for the country. It [...] Middle East and North African Union (MENA) has reported their staff has been accounted for and are safe. However two churches, the Middle East University, two high-schools and a learning center for refugee [...] refugee children suffered damage from the blast In an email, the president of the Adventist Church in MENA, Rick McEdward, said, "Our hearts go out to the people of Lebanon who have already experienced

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ADRA Mourns the Loss of Former Leader Richard W. O’Ffill

Early leader of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency passes to his rest.

was also fluent in Spanish. He used to do the Mission Spotlight at my church, the Washington Spanish [Seventh-day Adventist Church] in Maryland. Even before I met him and started working for ADRA in the [...] interview program produced by Layman Ministries. “My father valued spiritual revival in his church and its members. Even after retirement he never stopped reaching people and drawing them closer to Jesus [...] O’Ffill, who was instrumental in the founding of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), lost his long battle with Parkinson’s Disease on July 29, 2020, in Orlando, Florida. He was 79. O’Ffill

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275 Adventists Have Died From COVID-19 in Southern Mexico

Church is mourning the loss of church members, employees, and a retired pastor.

Seventh-day Adventist Church in the state of Chiapas is feeling the pain of losing hundreds of church members in recent weeks. Church leaders have accounted for 275 deaths of members from COVID-19. Among [...] Hundreds of church members sent messages of Christian solidarity for the loss of Alvarez and shared their experiences of working with him. Mayra Cadena thanked church leaders and fellow members for their [...] family,” Navarro said. The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Chiapas, Mexico, has nearly 258,000 members and 3,229 churches and congregations. The church in that region operates a university and 31 primary

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Too Much Screen Time?

There has never been a more critical time to take a “digital Sabbath.”

family and friends, to conduct church and small groups, and for businesses to function. But it has also meant screens dominate our lives even more than ever before. We’ve lost interpersonal interactions to [...] temptation of endless scrolling is more widespread, there is a chance for the church to get ahead of the curve and help members cultivate healthy online habits. There are some innovative outreach ministries [...] ever before — as digital spaces become the only spaces we are interacting in, working in, watching church in — there might be value in taking a digital Sabbath. We need to find ways to detox and to slow

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CARE IN A CRISIS: REFLECTIONS FROM A ‘RETURNED’ INTENSIVE CARE NURSE

Over the weeks we have sadly lost many patients to COVID-19, marking many harrowing days. However, no one has died on their own, despite the fact family members often could not be present, and the [...] story was first told in the 8 May 2020 edition of Messenger, Journal of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the UK & Ireland. Our thanks and prayers are with Moira and the many thousands of others who are

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INTER-EUROPEAN DIVISION SPRING ADMINISTRATIVE MEETING

MID-YEAR MEETING OF INTER-EUROPEAN DIVISION VIA ZOOM: NO OBSTACLES TO THE REGULAR ADMINISTRATIVE WORK.

approval from the ExCom members. The most important pillar of the Seventh-day Adventist church (Adventist) finances is the tithe that the members return to their local churches. “Thanks to the [...] the local church of almost 50 percent. Of course, this may be due to the churches not being able to actually meet and so people that are used to give their tithe personally to the local church, could not [...] Apostles. The early church was very successful and expanded rapidly because they were united to each other and worked in close connection with of the Holy Spirit. The actual leader of the Church was the Holy

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How the Volatility of the Financial Markets Is Affecting the Adventist Church

Investment expert discusses what the church is doing to mitigate current trends.

come to mind when church members think about impacts on this global movement: the volatility in financial markets. One piece of the economic pain the pandemic is inflicting on the Church is the likelihood [...] also pondering what impacts the health and economic crises of the moment are having upon the Church. Is the Church able to do anything to mitigate its effects? Most nations of the world and vast areas [...] likelihood of a substantial drop in tithes returned by members. Although there are no official statistics available yet, as people lose their jobs, their ability to congregate on Sabbath, or both, it’s plausible

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Young Woman Teaches the Bible to 45,000 Followers on TikTok

In Brazil, Brenda Matos’s project is thriving during the COVID-19 lockdown.

suggestions for reading the books of Adventist Church cofounder Ellen White, and a series of stories about Protestant reformers. Her TikTok account has 45,000 followers, and people have “liked” her [...] network. “I recently studied the Bible book of Mark with 15 people, including Adventist church members and people from other faiths,” Matos said. The original version of this story

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ADVENTIST LEADERS MOVE TOWARD GREATER COMPLIANCE WITH CORE GOVERNANCE POLICIES

AT SPRING MEETING, LEADERS REPORT AND VOTE MEASURES TO REDUCE NONCOMPLIANCE LEVELS.

of the Adventist Church to increase transparency and integrity in governance. “It is important that Adventist members know that the Church has policies in place and that Church leaders consider these [...] Conference and church regions around the world have pledged to do to work toward compliance with core church policies. Given that the focus and scope may differ from region to region, church divisions shared [...] on April 14, 2020. For one, noncompliance often pushes church leaders to make uninformed decisions, which can ultimately put the noncompliant church organization in jeopardy, he explained. Douglas’s

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