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Internet Ministry Impacts Church Growth in Albania

08 March 2012 Tirana, Albania [tedNEWS] There were many reasons to give praises and thanks to God as churches and groups throughout Albania convened in Tirana for the “Festival of Faith” and Internet Ministry (IM) training on 25 and 26 February 2012.  Pr Julian Kastrati, Web Pastor for Albania, could not hide his enthusiasm as he gave the IM report in front of two hundred people present for the event.


Facelift of Student Facilities at Newbold College Begins

07 March 2012 Bracknell, United Kingdom [tedNEWS] Since commencing as Principal at Newbold College late last year Dr Philip Brown has initiated a much-need refurbishment schedule for the halls of residence, cafeteria and gymnasium. “Improving the standard of existing facilities is vital to the student experience on campus and will prove critical to boosting enrolment in 2012-13 and beyond” Dr brown said this week.


Testimony on Substance Abuse Brings Harlow South to Tears

02 March 2012 Harlow, United Kingdom [Calvin Mazengwe/SEC] A young man from Reading spoke of a life spent battling addictions to the group assembled at Harlow South Church Plant in Essex for their Youth Day, on February 4th.  Michael Oxley told the youths assembled for a program on substance abuse how he changed from an addict to a powerful speaker and finally accepted Jesus Christ.


Four Church Plants are being Organised into Local Adventist Churches in the Netherlands

29 February 2012 Huis ter Heide, the Netherlands [tedNEWS] This spring four church plants in the Netherlands Union Conference (NUC) are being organised into a recognised Seventh-day Adventist church. X-preszo team in a prayer session [photo courtesy NUC]The Netherlands Union has from the beginning of this century heavily invested in the starting of new church plants. These projects, 23 in total that have started since 2000, are always carried by teams of church members, who are monitored by a minister, usually the pastor of their ‘mother’ church. Unfortunately, three out of these 23 church plants have stopped working, however, three others were organised into a church a few years ago. These churches have become big congregations belonging to the top level in the NUC when it comes to membership and tithes numbers.


In Hungary, Amended Religion Law Recognises Seventh-day Adventist Church

28 February 2012 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States [Bettina Krause; TED] A difficult saga for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hungary took a new turn this week when the nation’s lawmakers voted to restore the denomination’s official church status. Hungary’s parliament amended the country’s controversial “Law on Churches” February 27 to expand the list of officially recognized churches from 14 to a total of 32. Among other faith groups added to the law were the Methodist Church, the Pentecostal Church, the Coptic Orthodox Church and the Hungarian Islamic Council. Tamás Ócsai, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hungary, said the vote concludes months of uncertainty for both church leaders and members. Under the Law on Churches, first passed in July last year, 14 denominations retained their traditional legal status while some 300 minority religious groups, including the Seventh-day Adventist Church, were “de-registered” and invited to reapply for church status. The Hungarian government said the law is part of its broader efforts to shore up the country’s struggling economy, and is aimed at preventing sham religious groups from claiming rights and privileges extended to churches. “The past six months have been challenging,” said Ócsai, speaking just minutes after parliament voted on the amendment. “But throughout it all, we haven’t felt alone. We’ve experienced a tremendous sense of support from our worldwide church family who’ve been praying, along with us, that God’s purpose will prevail.” Bertil Wiklander, president of the Adventist Church’s Trans-European Division, welcomed the news, saying the vote allows the church in Hungary to look to the future with renewed purpose and energy. “The Hungarian Seventh-day Adventist Church has a long tradition of community service through its houses of worship, education programs, and welfare and public health initiatives,” he said. “We’re very pleased the government of Hungary has recognized this rich heritage, and that our church’s many fine ministries for the public good can continue.” Wiklander also commended church leaders in Hungary for their “balanced, persistent approach in dealing with a complex political and legal situation.” “Today, we join our brothers and sisters in Hungary in giving thanks to God for leading them through what has been a tremendously difficult time,” he said. Raafat Kamal, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty director for the Trans-European Division, called passage of the amendment “an immense relief for all those who’ve been working tirelessly for this outcome.” But he also noted that the Law on Churches has stirred considerable international concern since it was passed last year, with some analysts saying it overtly politicizes the religious landscape in Hungary. In response to criticisms, the Hungarian government has emphasized that even religious groups without church status can continue to meet, worship, and evangelize -- rights which are protected under Hungary’s constitution. John Graz, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty director for the Adventist world church, said Seventh-day Adventists in Hungary and around the world have reason to give thanks. “My hope,” he added, “is that the government of Hungary will continue to reassess the way it deals with religious minorities. Religious freedom is best served when a government makes no legal distinction between religions, and extends the same protections and privileges to all.” The Adventist Church in Hungary was first officially recognized by the government in 1957, and today has more than 100 congregations and 5,000 members. It also operates the Adventist Theological Seminary in Pécel, near Budapest, which serves 66 students. [tedNEWS] tedNEWS Staff: Miroslav Pujic, director; Deana Stojkovic, editor 119 St Peter's Street, St Albans, Herts, AL1 3EY, England E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak50b7b42ab3035393d600d353f6a7963d').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy50b7b42ab3035393d600d353f6a7963d = 'tednews' + '@'; addy50b7b42ab3035393d600d353f6a7963d = addy50b7b42ab3035393d600d353f6a7963d + 'ted-adventist' + '.' + 'org'; var addy_text50b7b42ab3035393d600d353f6a7963d = 'tednews' + '@' + 'ted-adventist' + '.' + 'org';document.getElementById('cloak50b7b42ab3035393d600d353f6a7963d').innerHTML += ''+addy_text50b7b42ab3035393d600d353f6a7963d+''; Website: www.ted-adventist.org tedNEWS is an information bulletin issued by the communication department of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Trans-European Division.  You are free to re-print any portion of the bulletin without need for special permission. However, we kindly request that you identify tedNEWS whenever you publish these materials.


Survey of Adventist ‘Opinions, Attitudes and Spiritual Life Patterns’ Coming to Local Churches

24 February 2012 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States [Elizabeth Lechleitner/ANN] More than 60 percent of Seventh-day Adventists worldwide are women. Less than 40 percent of American Adventists study their Bible once a week. Adventist researcher David Trim reviews files in the Office of Archives [ANN file photo]Regularly cited at Adventist board meetings and business sessions, these and other so-called church statistics are not actually known to be factual. Many familiar “facts” might better be classified as “anecdotes, hunches and instincts,” says Adventist researcher David Trim.


'Bible 3D - Would the Bible fit in Harpa?'

24 February 2012 Reykjavik, Iceland [tedNEWS] Reykjavik, Iceland provided the venue for a pilot outreach project which could serve as a new method within the most secular countries of the Trans-European Division of the Seventh-day Adventists (TED). During the period 4-16 February 2012 the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Iceland organised an exhibition called ‘Bible 3D – Would the Bible fit in Harpa?’ Harpa is the capital’s most well-known Conference Centre where the church rented a 144 square metre space for the exhibition, and a second hall to hold relevant presentations on social issues and biblical themes, concerts, and the performance of the ‘Jesus Painter’ from the USA.


LIFEconnect Comes to Sweden

24 February 2012 Jönköping, Sweden [tedNEWS] LIFEconnect, a new and dynamic initiative for sharing the Gospel on the web, was introduced last weekend by Pr Miroslav Pujic, Communication & Media Ministries Director for the Trans-European Division (TED), emphasising the power inherent in social media.


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