Home Health Prisoners in El Salvador challenged by church members to read about Jesus; and other world news

Prisoners in El Salvador challenged by church members to read about Jesus; and other world news

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this week on a nnn we hear about projects from the adventist development and relief agency in sri lanka czech republic and more in el salvador church members fund and distribute books to prisoners and thousands are baptized after an online evangelism event in tanzania these stories and more coming up thank you so much for joining us this week first in the news the pear-shaped island nation of sri lanka is on the verge of a health crisis and with a population of more than 21 million hope for the coven 19 pandemic to recede in the country remains neutral the adventist development and relief agency or adra is teaming up with local authorities the adventist church and interfaith partners to address the most challenging preventative issues arising on the island adra developed the program titled brave an acronym for building resilience and vaccine awareness brave will collaborate with interfaith groups address sri lanka country director matthew woody says our team has been organizing and providing water sanitation and hygiene efforts to meet the needs of people since the first wave of the pandemic our efforts have recently shifted toward helping the most vulnerable communities get through this health crisis we realize that in the likely event of disasters such as this pandemic occurring in the future forming relationships and being prepared are key to minimizing severe impacts it is commonly known on the island that places of worship religious organizations congregations and spiritual leaders provide the best means of support for their communities additionally places of faith are often seen as safe havens or shelters in times of trouble an interfaith pandemic relief team will work with and increase the capacity of faith leaders to head the forums then identify families with the most vulnerable members that would be prioritized for vaccination each forum will focus their efforts to address covet 19 preventative measures debunk vaccine myths and provide accessible resources about vaccines faith leaders who lead out in forums will also undergo a psychological first aid training the online training will include the basic responses needed when responding to any psychological need and will only be applicable until an individual is referred to a professional for support another supported group in sri lanka are the deaf adult will be working with the country’s ministry of health to develop video messages that use sign language interpretation to address coven 19 prevention awareness woody shared that adra will also be working with an adventist youth group known as the youth inspire team to offer support adria had to switch gears from his brave program planning a few days ago to respond to recent flooding and landslides in the southern region several districts were flooded due to heavy rains that affected more than 270 000 people killing 20. more than 26 800 survivors are staying in safety centers and local authorities report that there have been some structural damages woody says his team will be at the forefront continuing to spread awareness about coven 19 prevention and target people at risk of contracting the virus seventh-day adventist church members and pastors in eastern el salvador distributed thousands of books in two major prisons in the region on june 9. the initiative saw more than a dozen local avenues churches join forces to fund collect and distribute the books to two major correctional facilities ciudad barrios in the san miguel region and san francisco goterra in the morrison region there are a total of 5 500 inmates in both facilities pastor and initiative organizer edwin lopez shared that in early 2021 some church members who have relatives in those correctional facilities approached him asking for christian literature the collection of donations for the project coincided with literature evangelism month celebrated by the adventist church every may among the books distributed were several classics by adventist church co-founder ellen g white including spanish editions of steps to christ desire of ages and the great controversy churches also distributed other books by adventist authors on topics such as prophecy end time events and the seventh-day sabbath leaders shared that after obtaining funds and purchasing the materials every participating church dedicated the books to god on june 5. members asked for a special blessing on each book and on the person who would receive it on june 9 a group including representatives of several church departments joined the pastor elders women’s ministry leaders master guys and addre leaders to take the books to the correctional facilities at the end of the initiative church leaders and members say they thanked god for allowing them to be the hands and feet of jesus on this earth they also asked for the prayers of others lopez emphasizes that this is not the end but just the beginning with god’s help it is our goal to carry the hope in jesus to other correctional facilities on june 24 a sudden tornado with winds estimated at 136 miles per hour struck several villages in the czech republic local authorities in south moravia reported that so far six people have died more than 250 people are injured and hundreds more are without homes eyewitnesses say the tornado tipped over cars and buses uprooted trees and showered hailstones the size of tennis balls the forceful wind and hailstones knocked down power lines and destroyed a retirement home and local zoo the admins development and relief agency which has been serving in the czech republic since 1992 has already met with local authorities and has set up fundraising efforts to help affected residents according to addre czech republic country director radomir spinka adro has a hub at breckclav adventist church located near mauravaska novavest one of the villages impacted by the tornado to organize emergency aid adra in slovakia has also loaned its help bus for the team to use in relief efforts andrew recently met with residents of murabaska novavez village to assess damages and needs they plan to serve hundreds of survivors in need of immediate assistance according to local reports tornadoes in europe are not uncommon but often go unreported because they touch down in spacely populated rural areas a young professional and growing together project officer for western australia lucy dussington was the keynote speaker for the weekend she shared about the significance of acknowledging our longings and losses and finding our song within our brokenness what it means to abide with jesus and how we can make space for purpose worship interruptions and sacrifice as we make space for his kingdom on sunday 85 leaders gathered for the annual young adult leaders breakfast including pastors elders and young adults from local churches around south queensland stephen argued co-author of growing with and a specialist in emerging adulthood and spirituality provided the kino presentation uh via zoom from the united states for a live webinar in addition the conference featured live interviews panel discussions and male female breakout sessions giving attendees ample opportunity to gain practical insights into their lives and purpose young adult specialists for south queensland’s church support and development team alina van runsberg said throughout the weekend made possible by over 70 volunteers we were challenged and empowered to step into a new season of spiritual growth and renewal more than 28 000 people sealed their acceptance of the adventist message with a spectacular baptism ceremony in the country of tanzania following a three-week evangelistic campaign the message was broadcast live from the city of dodoma at kizota aventis church and relayed to more than 3 000 sites across the country the program was the result of a partnership between hope channel tanzania and morningstar radio and a purposeful use of evangelism through social media the theme of the campaign was shanghai a key swahili phrase that means joy in his way in his comments president of the adventist church in south tanzania and main speaker of the event mark wawa malenkana asserted that biblical joy is a fruit of the spirit that does not change with circumstances he added that the newly baptized understood clearly that only jesus can protect them against the hardships of the world and commended lay people and church leaders for their involvement in the campaign each sermon was preceded by compelling health and family life presentations with practical solutions for social issues the programs not only gave information and tips for physical mental fitness they also provided tips for maintaining family bonds besides church health workers the government of tanzania sent equipped nurses who tested attendees for some non-communicable diseases additionally church members were involved in compassionate ministries during the campaign they visited the poor in the slums of dodoma listening to them and providing financial aid since 2016 the media in tanzania has been instrumental in bringing thousands of new members every year to the church most of the meetings are organized under the umbrella of hope channel net events coming up andrew madagascar says a study reveals ancient cereal grain may be helpful in drought-affected countries but up next the country of bosnia has said galvina is invaded with love how are you are you okay dear vl i can’t even remember how long we’ve been staying at home now because of this virus for now it’s just nice to hear your voice with your face nothing beats playing outside in the dirt though which reminds me are your hands clean yeah mommy and daddy says not a lot of kids get caught in 19. but it’s always nice to be extra safe we should wash our hands before picking our noses washing our hands protects us but it also keeps us from spreading the virus in case we touch something dirty let’s always be clean and safe okay love joey [Music] welcome back from june 20 through 27 20 young people from around bosnia and jerezah galvina joined together to spend a week in tusla as part of the project invasion of love the purpose of the event was to share messages of love and perform different acts of kindness in the past this part of the balkan peninsula has experienced many types of invasions that divided people and communities after volunteers decided on a different kind of invasion demonstrating how showing love and doing random acts of kindness can bring people together the group of 20 youth arrived in tesla on sunday june 20 to tour the city and make preparations for the following five days of activities they started by visiting the accident an emergency unit fire department communal services and the local police station bring along boxes filled with different types of goodies to express their gratitude for the dedicated service they give for citizens every day the volunteers also delivered six packages of humanitarian aid to socially endangered families they also cleared windshields at parking lots leaving the following message on the cars we saw that your windshield was a bit dirty so we decided to wash it and expand your view among other things the young people offered cold drinks to passers-by in different locations and gave away flowers the group collected more than 50 bags of trash in the town’s picnic area and brought surprise smiles to the passers-by as part of a health initiative a health bazaar was set up in the area’s largest shopping center offering free massages blood pressure checks oxygen level checks blood sugar level checks and weight testing as well as two survey tests to find out people’s biological age and evaluated their lifestyle one morning was solely dedicated to motivating tesla citizens to give up smoking by giving them an apple in exchange for a cigarette in the afternoon they invited people to bring their cars for a free car wash at the seventh-day adventist church parking lot invasions of love are annual camps that aim to tear down walls among people and communities and help establish not only tolerance but true unity among people in bosnia and herzegovina since 2015 the adventist development and relief agency or adra in partnership with usaid has implemented a food project in south madagascar which has been heavily affected by severe drought and widespread crop failure sargum is an ancient cereal grain that grows as tall as corn and is drought resistant it doesn’t require much water to grow and can be ground and to flower or used as livestock feed it is gluten free and can be substituted for wheat flour and is reportedly packed with nutritional benefits in southern madagascar successive drought cycles have led to widespread crop failure such failure disproportionately affects chronically undeserved communities whose primary source of food and income is farming address program manager emanuel dacosta said given the consistent recurrent nature of the drought cycle the region cannot recover from one cycle before the onset of a new one worsening and extending recovery from subsequent shocks in addition the rainy season has shifted by more than two months from the onsen in september to onset in november with poor distribution and lower overall rainfall as a result adra found that crop yields for maize cassava and rice dropped by 95 between 2015 and 2016 in the south this reductionist and crop yield left nearly 50 percent of the population in southern madagascar approximately 845 000 people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance adra began implementation of the food project in four stages targeting drought-affected households for four years adra has also implemented projects that included water hygiene and sanitation during the first year of implementation agrofocused on promoting drought tolerant food crops like maize cassava sweet potatoes and cow peas however drought led to severe crop losses especially for maize estimated at 70 percent by the fourth year of the project’s implementation andrew connected with nearly 30 000 households to adopt sorghum as a food crop for production a post survey of over 200 households was conducted to see how sorghum did compare to maize survey participants reported it was easier to cultivate sorghum and that the grain does not depend on quality soil for production adra’s implementation of sorghum in south madagascar significantly strengthened the local community and farmer’s view on a tiny grain students from escola adventist de annapolis in brazil joined together to help the little abandoned light of jesus institute which shelters children teenagers and people with physical and mental needs according to the organizers 72 food baskets were donated as well as school supplies baby bathtubs and books with messages of hope the project was organized by the school’s mission agency in adventist education initiative the objective of the agency is to encourage students to participate in mission and learn to talk to others about jesus along with delivering the donated items the students interacted with shelter residents students and residents enjoyed singing songs playing games and praying together according to the organizer of the event renin abreu they have a vision to help the local community he reports that in addition to the sense of outreach that was instilled in the students the students learn lessons for life through the projects abreu said i believe that the greatest learning is empathy and a sense of appreciation in small things the needy reality of those children we cared for caused emotion in the students they reported that they have everything but sometimes they don’t appreciate it as they should coming up david trim is here for this week in adventist history but up next aventis mission shares the story of a young man planting churches in the u.s state of north carolina we may look pray read think worship sing and share differently but we all look forward to the sabbath and we all look forward to the future when jesus will come again with this message in mind we arrived at a core component for a new identity system the creation grid a simple seven column structure for layout the grid is a reference both to the prophetic timeline as well as to the creation week that culminated in the seventh day sabbath the first six columns of the grid belong to the designer they can be filled with anything text images illustrations patterns and logos but the seventh column the sabbath column does not belong to them it is meant to be different and special regardless of what or where you are designing you can always find information to help you communicate that we are all seventh day adventists [Music] welcome back as a child jimmy was part of a large population of karen who escaped persecution to live in a refugee camp in southeast asia now jimmy is planting churches for caring refugees in the u.s state of north carolina adventist mission has more [Music] when jimmy was a kid his father fled to the border of a neighboring country chased by soldiers his people the koran were being persecuted with help jimmy was eventually able to travel through the dense jungle to reunite with his father together they journeyed to a refugee camp in southeast asia jimmy attended an adventist school in the camp operated by helen hall a missionary from australia when he graduated she asked him to teach one day while he was teaching a visitor from the city promised to sponsor his education he studied theology and later coordinated the work among the karen planting churches and setting up feeding centers orphanages and schools for korean refugee and internally displaced children later when his name came up for resettlement in the united states he was sent to north carolina within two years he already had three budding karen church plants and was finding adventist karen refugee families scattered across north america there are about 80 000 korean refugees in the united states many are just trying to adapt to a new way of living in a foreign land some have found refuge and support in the adventist church especially while being able to worship with other korean refugees you know like i have more friends in church in like current church so we can speak like korean and we can understand each other and if we go to uh american church and like we don’t know how to speak like like i mean english so like we don’t understand each other it is very important to worship in my language because we can understand our preaching or sharing gospel if we do it in our own language it’s important because you know the the church member and the pastor if they we can communicate straight to each other then that would be better because if they feel like needed help they don’t have to go to you know the interpreter and then the interpreter has to translate it to the pastor again because some of the personal problems we don’t want to tell to the other person so we can just go straight to the pastor jimmy shui pastors several karen congregations in north carolina and also serves as the koren church planting consultant for the north american division adventist refugee and immigrant ministries pastor jimmy did many things for the current people number one is he tried to organize every scheduled church members who came to the united states every three years we have a family campaign for the everywhere in the united states where we have our church every family is coming together to have a fellowship unless he is planning this we don’t have a fellowship you know we just stay in our own states and we don’t know each other and also because of this the young people are coming together surfing more in the church my favorite is like to be together and worship together sing together we love the way like korean people do that because you know it sounds good like when they think they sound so good and like you know because jesus gave them their voice the koran adventist believers across north america asked pastor jimmy to nurture and lead them as many still are not yet fluent in english pastor jimmy is planting churches among the koran across this territory this quarter a portion of the 13 sabbath offering will support refugee and immigrant ministry throughout the north american division it will give the opportunity for other groups like this to come together it will also provide scholarships for them to get a valuable adventist education please pray for groups like this pray that they find comfort in jesus as they transition to life in a new land thank you for supporting the 13th sabbath offering [Music] watch this and other mission stories online by visiting adventistmission.org then click on videos at the top and finally for today’s episode let’s turn to david trim for a look at adventist history this week we hear about the life and work of adelia von horn and gustav a lindsay welcome to this week in adventist history on july 8 1922 adelia van horn died in battle creek in the u.s state of michigan aged 83. born adelia patton she was welcomed into the home of james and ellen white in her early twenties and lived with them for two years assisting mrs white in preparing materials for publication you see adelia and the white family photograph together here in a picture that dates from 1864. in 1865 adelia married this man isaac van horn who had been ordained the previous year for the next three years isaac was treasurer of the general conference while adelia was editor of the youth’s instructor the church’s paper for children in february 1871 the ninth general conference session elected adelia van gaal the general conference treasurer she was the fifth person and first woman to fill that role and the first woman to be one of the three officers of the general conference she served in this role for two one-year terms in 1873 isaac was called to work in california and over the next nearly 15 years adelia supported him in ministry up and down the pacific coast of the united states pioneering in what became the u.s states of oregon and washington before they returned to ministry in michigan subsequently serving in canada and on the east coast of the states isaac died in 1910 but adelia survived him by 12 years she had a remarkable career of service helping to put the embryonic seventh-day adventist church on a firm footing on july 9 1974 gustav a lindsay died in portland oregon lindsay had been born in 1895 in mistless sweden at age 17 he emigrated to the united states where he became a seventh-day adventist in 1921 gustav graduated from broadview college the church’s swedish language seminary and the following year married hilda marie carlson after a year of ministry in the united states in 1922 the lindsays went to sweden gustav served in scandinavia as a teacher pastor evangelist and administrator for the next 24 years except for three years as a departmental director for the northern european division headquartered in britain at the 1946 general conference session gustav was elected president of the northern european division at the 1950 session when there was another strong candidate he gracefully accepted election as treasurer of the division a position he held for eight years from 1958 to 60 he served as manager of the general conference transportation bureau responsible for sending missionaries overseas until he retired in 1960. that was this week in adventist history thanks for watching a n join us next week for more news from the headquarters of the seventh-day adventist church did you know the adventist church has a youtube channel where you can watch a nnn video in an in-depth and plenty other amazing videos on prophecy health and bible study just go to youtube and search for the average’s church click the subscribe button to make sure you’re caught up each week and remember leave a comment or a prayer request we have people who are praying for you 24 hours a day seven days a week before we say goodbye here’s some good news from the book of ezra chapter 3 verse 11 the passage says with praise and thanksgiving they sang to the lord he is good his love toward israel endures forever and all the people gave a great shout of praise to the lord because the foundation of the house of the lord was laid that’s our program for this week and remember you can always visit adventist.news for daily news and videos until next time god bless take care


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