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Nine Young People Baptised in Iceland

03 May 2011 Reykjavik, Iceland [Eric Gudmundsson, tedNEWS] Baptisms are not really about numbers and they should be used only carefully as a measurement of church growth. We all know that baptism as such is only one of many contributing factors to a thriving, let alone a blooming church. Recently, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Iceland could celebrate nine baptisms within two weeks. This may not sound so spectacular in regions where hundreds are baptised even in one day but here in Iceland, it certainly does.


Angélique Hornis Receives a Royal Decoration

03 May 2011 Emmen, The Netherlands [Wim Altink, tedNEWS] On Friday 29 April 2011 Mrs. Angélique Hornis van der Horst received a Royal Decoration and thus became a member of the Order of Orange Nassau. She received a ribbon which was pinned up at the Grote Kerk in Emmen. Angélique is a member of the Adventist church in Emmen and despite her disability caused by rheumatism, she places herself above it for the cause of her fellow men. “When I was 21 years old, I consciously decided to become a Christian. It has always been my desire to share with others the message of Jesus as the Saviour of this world. I am trying to show it by my way of living but also whenever I have an opportunity, I would talk about it, too. God deserves all the honour because He has given me the strength to do it. This faith is my support and I am a happy person.” said Angélique in her speech this morning.


Tragic Accident Involving Nile Academy Students

28 April 2011, Cairo, Egypt [tedNEWS] A tragic accident happened on Wednesday, 27 April 2011 when a mini bus carrying fifteen students from Nile Union Academy in Egypt crashes, resulting in the death of one student and serious injuries to the others. The group of students were returning back from their Easter holiday break travelling from Zewek, a village in Upper Egypt, when the driver of the mini bus fell asleep and lost the control over the vehicle. The bus rolled over several times on the road until it finally stopped. One young man, a senior student, died as a result of injuries caused by the accident and yet, another is in a critical condition needing an expensive operation. The rest of the group, including the driver of the bus, has suffered serious injuries and broken bones.


Gentle Voices Has Won the Finals

28 April 2011, Rotterdam, The Netherlands [Madelon Comvalius, tedNEWS] The Dutch gospel vocal group “Gentle Voices” from the Adventist churches Rotterdam North and Rotterdam South wins the finals of The Sing Off programme on SBS6 on Saturday 16 April 2011. In the past weeks, SBS6 has been broadcasting the music programme, The Sing-Off. The participating groups in their unique format not only sang, but all instrumental sounds and beats were created by their voices. After a thrilling finals show, by which a great deal of singing was performed without musical arrangement, the six men of the vocal group 'Gentle Voices' at the end ousted the vocal group 'Sharp'. By winning the acappella contest, they also won a record deal with Sony Music and they were invited to perform with the popular Dutch group 'De Toppers'.


tedMEDIA Productions Website Launched

27 April 2011, St Albans, United Kingdom [Jemina Da Silva Macedo, tedNEWS] As of this moment, tedMEDIA Productions, media unit of the Trans-European Division's Communication Department has gone live. Complete with all their productions to date, the website also allows you to get to know the team, gives updates on current projects, behind the scenes photos and footage and of course, allows you to view any one of their numerous clips and episodes.


I-CHANGE, U-CHANGE, WII-WERE-CHANGED

27 April 2011, Telford, United Kingdom [Victor Hulbert with Catherine Boldeau and Peter Jeynes, BUC News]   The crescendo of the Michael W Smith song filled the hall at Telford International Centre: "Crucified, laid behind a stone. You lived to die, Rejected and alone..."  It reflected the emotional intensity in the air as 500+ young adults found themselves challenged and inspired by the power of the resurrected Christ, at the BUC Youth Congress, organised by Des Boldeau, BUC Youth director.


Wilson Opens Spring Meeting Sermon With Call to Christ's Righteousness

'Our only hope' at history's close, Adventist world church leader says 12 April 2011, Huntsville, Alabama, United States [Mark A. Kellner, Adventist Review] Capping a morning of joyous singing, scripture contemplation and heartfelt prayer, Pastor Ted N. C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist world church, delivered a call to seek Christ's "all-encompassing righteousness" at the Oakwood University Seventh-day Adventist Church in Huntsville, Alabama, United States today. The message came during Sabbath worship at the start of the Adventist world church's spring leadership meetings, being held at the Oakwood campus this year, instead of its usual location at the church's Silver Spring, Maryland, headquarters. "Christ's all-encompassing righteousness is our only hope as we rapidly come to the close of earth's history," Wilson said to an onsite congregation of approximately 2,100 as well as a live global television and Internet audience. "Seventh-day Adventists have been called to proclaim the truth as it is in Jesus. He and He alone is our salvation," he added. Wilson said Christ "calls us to accept His righteousness and to be empowered by the Holy Spirit to accomplish the last great work of proclaiming Christ, His righteousness, and His soon coming. This is the message that has been entrusted to the Seventh-day Adventist Church as His last-day remnant people."


Evangelism Reports Begin Spring Meeting Business Sessions

Council on Evangelism and Witness highlights regional outreach; Great Controversy book distribution preview 12 April 2011, Huntsville, Alabama, United States [Ansel Oliver, ANN] Top regional leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist world church shared reports on evangelism efforts in their territories during the Council on Evangelism and Witness, which lasted throughout the first morning of business at Spring Meeting on April 10. Presidents of many of the denomination's 13 world divisions highlighted how coordinated outreach approaches are leading people to join the church, while others supported an initiative to widely distribute versions of the book The Great Controversy, written by church co-founder Ellen G. White. One president shared the results of a public perception survey in his region. "That's risky if you're not secure," said Mark Finley, assistant to the president for evangelism. Finley led the presentations at McKee auditorium at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, United States, where some 130 members of the world church's Executive Committee met for two days of business meetings.



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