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New Middle East Studio: Sharing the Good News of Freedom

22 June 2011 Silver Spring, USA [Shelley Nolan Freesland, tedNEWS] This July, Adventist World Radio will begin broadcasting new shortwave programs in Arabic for four hours daily – morning and evening – to listeners countries such as Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Yemen, Oman, and Saudi Arabia. Arabic is spoken by more than 230 million people in the world. It is a high?priority language for AWR, and there have been Arabic broadcasts in existence since AWR was established in 1971. But there are a large number of dialects within the major forms of Arabic. “This new programming in ‘Classical Arabic’ represents a new approach for AWR, which we believe will more effectively serve Arabic listeners in diverse countries,” says AWR senior vice president Greg Scott. The new programs are being produced at a studio that was built this year in the Middle East; in addition to shortwave radio, they will also be available worldwide as podcasts, through awr.org and iTunes.

250 Bibles: 10,000 Bible Studies

21 June 2011 St Albans, United Kingdom [tedNEWS] This week the Quiz28 website at www.quiz28.org, which is based on the 28 Fundamental Beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, clocked up its 10,000th completed Bible study. The average time taken to complete each online study is 15 minutes, which means that the site has engaged people from all over the world in some 2,500 hours of Bible study.

Al Waad Receives First Request for Baptism

14 June 2011 Beirut, Lebanon [Amir Ghali, tedNEWS] It was different from all the other reuests which Al Waad (Hope Channel North Africa/Middle East) usually receives. People often write in to request Bibles, or to enroll in a correspondence course, or to ask theological or general questions. This request was different. It was unusual. A few days ago a person (name and country withheld) wrote to Al Waad requesting baptism for him and his family. "Thanks to your channel, I have found Christ and I am now convinced that he is my personal Savior". He writes, "I would like to get baptized along with my family because I now know that to be a Christian I need to get baptized like Jesus did. Please keep this request very confidential because I'm afraid that other people may know. However, I feel peace in my heart."

Get Ready for the Present – Invest in the Future

13 June 2011 St Albans, United Kingdon [John Sanches, tedNEWS] A new Master of Public Health in Lifestyle Medicine (MPH in Lifestyle Medicine) will be offered in 2012 by Loma Linda University as an “Off-Campus” programme at the Adventist University of France Adventist University (AUF) in Collonges-sous-Salève, France. This unique offer will target predominantly European and Middle Eastern countries with a state-of-the-art academic degree in a field of increasing importance in medicine and health care.

One. Life. One. Jesus. One Gathering

Come join us this October for the first One project gathering in Europe, in partnership with the Finnish Union Conference and the Danish Union of Churches. Helsinki, Finland - Oct 31-Nov 1, 2011. The ONE Project is committed to the idea that a Jesus-driven, Jesus-bathed, Jesus-backed, Jesus-led, Jesus-filled, Jesus-powered, all-about-Jesus Adventist Church is the uncompromising directive from our past, the joy of our present, and the hope for our future.

Miracle in the Desert

26 May 2011, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates [Clement Arkangelo, tedNEWS] For the first time in history the Seventh-day Adventist Church owns a building in the Gulf region. Some called it historic, but George Mathew, the Elder of Ras Al Khaimah Adventist Church, called it a miracle seeing the reorganization of the Gulf Section into a Field and the inauguration of the new Seventh-day Adventist Church Centre in Ras Al-Khaumah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The building has church facilities for about 1000 people, offices as well as apartments and guest rooms. It is no less than a miracle of God that the series of events happend in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, took place. This miracle was not only securing the permission and funding for the construction of the Church premises, it was also a historic moment for the Middle East Union when on 20 May 2011, under the leadership of Dr. Kjell Aune, the Gulf Section was reorganized into a Field and held its first session.

Al Waad Leader Meets Prominent Muslim Figures in Jordan

19 May 2011 Amman, Jordan [Amir Ghali, tedNEWS] It was a historic visit. In an endeavor to meet Al Waad’s objective of being a Muslim friendly and a respectful TV channel, a team of professionals from the media center recently went to Amman, Jordan. There, they met prominent Muslim figures in the Jordanian community. The four-day trip included visits to the Jordanian Supreme Court, the University of Islamic Studies, the Institute of Muslim-Christian Dialogue, and the Arab Bridge Institute for Human Rights. “We had the unique privilege of dialoguing with our Muslim friends about ways to build bridges of trust and respect,” says Pastor Abed Dwais, an Adventist pastor in Jordan and the coordinator of the visit.

Statement on Violence Against Homosexuals

18 May 2011 Utrech, the Netherlands [Wim Altink, tedNEWS] The Executive Committee of the Netherlands Union of Seventh-day Adventists, on 17 May 2011 unanimously pronounced itself against violence towards homosexuals, which goes in harmony with the Statement on Human Relations by General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Church World Headquarters*. Violence against homosexual men and women – subtle or less subtle – occurs regularly in this country. They are beaten up, harassed, bullied or called names and on occasions their cars are damaged or their houses plastered with hate language. In many places they dare not to be open about being homosexual.