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BUC Office Rebuild

13 March 2011 Watford, UK [Victor Hulbert, tedNEWS] Just two years and four months following a devastating fire at the British Union Conference offices in Watford, England, Pastor Ted Wilson, President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, was able to stand outside the doors of the rebuilt office and cut the ribbon – to the applause of several hundred guests who had gathered from as far away as Scotland and Ireland for the occasion.


The Secrets of Life Shared with the Thousands

11 March 2011 Targu Mures, Transylvania [Pastor Erno Szasz, tedNEWS] “The Secrets of Life with Confidence” series of lectures were organised between 18 February and 14 March 2011, in Targu Mures, Transylvania in the Hall of Maros Artistic Ensemble. The evangelistic series was followed on screen in most of the local churches and was broadcasted by Speranta TV (Hope Channel Romania) and Voice of Hope Radio. Other local cable TV companies agreed to include Speranta TV within their programme selection of channels. Interested listeners were also able to access the information and broadcast on the Internet at: www.bizakodoelet.ro, www.sperantatv.ro, and www.remenytv.hu.


Record Earthquake Strikes Japan: ADRA Responds

11 March 2011 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States  [Julio C. Muñoz, ADRA]  A powerful 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook the island nation of Japan damaging infrastructure and triggering a massive tsunami that swept through Japan’s north-eastern coast, killing hundreds of people according to initial media reports. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is responding, coordinating efforts and assessing the needs in the worst hit areas in the northern region of Japan. ADRA has committed an initial response of $25,000 and has sent an assessment team toward the affected area to evaluate and prepare a broader response. ADRA Japan is providing food and shelter for train passengers that are stranded in Tokyo. This is taking place at the Central Tokyo Seventh-day Adventist Church.


Interfaith Event in Jordan Opens New Conversation with Islamic World

08 March 2011 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States [Bettina Krause/IRLA/ANN staff] A religious liberty conference held in Jordan last week represents a historic step forward in dialogue between the Islamic world and advocates for religious freedom, organizers said. The Teaching Respect for Religions Symposium gathered scholars, political representatives and legal experts at the Amman College of Al-Balqa Applied University on March 1. The event marked just the second time the International Religious Liberty Association (IRLA) has met in the Middle Eastern in its 119-year history. Organized in 1893 by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the IRLA is the oldest association dedicated to freedom of conscience for people of all faiths and persuasions.


Al Waad Witnesses an Extraordinary Phenomenon

02 March 2011 Beirut, Lebanon [Amir Ghali, tedNEWS] Al Waad Media Center is witnessing an extraordinary phenomenon shortly after the launch of its broadcast. While the Audience Relations Department has witnessed a surge in the number of received emails and hits on Al Waad website (www.al-waad.tv), something new and unexpected is now taking place. As viewers began watching the broadcast of Al Waad, they got excited about this new Christian channel. So excited, in fact, that many of them started promoting Al Waad Channel on their own websites.


ADRA to Cut Staff at World Headquarters

22 February 2011 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States [ANN] The president of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency today announced the agency will cut staff and adjust its management structure at its international headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States. In an e-mail, President Rudi Maier said the move follows three years of "gradual decline" in revenue. No figures on finance or proposed staff cuts were immediately available. ADRA International currently employs 77 people, said John Torres, an agency spokesman.


Changing the World - One Brick at a Time

23 February 2011 Lillehammer, Norway [Britt Celine Oldebråten, tedNEWS] 400 Youth participating in the annual Seventh Day Adventist Floor ball tournament collected NOK 16 000 (approximately GBP 1750) for a wall around the “Keep Girls Safe”-shelter in Northern Thailand. The event is arranged by the Seventh-day Adventist children and youth society in the Norwegian Union and has also involved ADRA for the last couple of years.


Sanitarium Responds to Christchurch Crisis

25 February 2011 Christchurch, New Zealand [Jarrod Stackelroth, Record] In the wake of the devastation wreaked by the earthquake in Christchurch, the Adventist Church and its entities have jumped into action, in an effort to help in any way they can. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA NZ) has been working closely with the civil authorities and the Salvation Army to provide immediate physical relief to those scattered in the three or four evacuation centres around Christchurch.



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