The official news service of the Trans-European Division of the Seventh-day Adventist church



Tiny particle creating huge problems

30 March 2020 | Oslo, Norway [Tor Tjeransen]   It is hard to believe that something so small can cause so much damage! Over recent weeks, the news has been flooded with reports about COVID-19 and the huge problems this pandemic is creating across the world. But how much do you know about the miniscule culprit responsible for all the chaos?

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Helping children (and others) with viral anxiety

The coronavirus outbreak has naturally triggered an enormous outpouring of anxiety. The escalating crisis is in the news every time we turn on the TV or tap on our phones. Life has suddenly turned upside down and the rules are being rewritten daily. Families are working, studying, caring for each other and trying to stay healthy in confined spaces, with limited resources, and often a long way from those they love. When we feel anxious, we’re more likely to be irritable with each other and that causes even more anxiety.

Dear Grandparents – a message of love from around the world

One of the 15 children sharing a message of love to their grandparents27 March 2020 | St Albans, UK [Victor Hulbert / Corrado Cozzi]  #dear grandparents, a short social media clip released today is already bringing both a smile and a tear to grandparents, parents and children around the world.Already being translated and subtitled in a multitude of languages including Romanian, Slovenian, Spanish and Swedish, 15 children show their love and concern for their grandparents, each speaking in their own language in a global act emphasising that “you are not alone”.

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Prayer without borders – defying social isolation

26 March 2020 | Tallinn, Estonia [Mervi Kalmus]  After suffering from a mild temperature (and psychosomatic chest pains, of course) a couple of days ago, I realised the only responsible thing for me to do was to isolate myself and bring my social contacts to zero. It’s a strange situation for a minister, since being around and with people seems to be one of the most basic principles of our work. So, my first instinct was to throw up my hands and sigh in resignation. “Oh, I have been rendered completely useless!”

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Caring for community even in lockdown – churches across Europe respond

26 March 2020 | St Albans, UK [Victor Hulbert]   Adventist Churches and institutions across the Trans-European Division are working hard to support members, students, and community during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The value of one life. Ethical decisions in a time of crisis

25 March 2020 | Athens, Greece [Yannis Vrakas/ tedNEWS]  Yannis Vrakas, Associate Secretary-Treasurer for the Greek Mission, reflects on the ethical implications of the current coronavirus lockdown affecting his country and large parts of Europe. How much does a life cost? How much does keeping someone alive cost?

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Hungarian pastor cares for marriages during coronavirus isolation

25 March 2020 | Budapest, Hungary [Tamás Ócsai]   The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a threat to our physical health, but equally a challenge for our emotional and relational lives. As the quarantine in China loosened, people went in unusual numbers to the offices to apply for divorce.i 

Zagreb Earthquake – damage to church property, members safe

22 March 2020 | Zagreb, Croatia (Advent Press Zagreb/APN, Neven Klačmer/tedNEWS)  A 5.3 magnitude earthquake, followed by a series of aftershocks, struck Zagreb, the capital of the Republic of Croatia on Sunday, 22 March just after 6 am. The epicentre was only 6 miles (9.6 km) from the city centre. It is the largest earthquake to hit the country in 140 years.