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



Focus on Revival and Reformation in the Baltic Union

10 February 2011 Riga, Latvia [Guntis Bukalders, tedNEWS] Dr. Pardon Mwansa, the Vice-President of General Conference (GC) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church visited the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) on the 25th and 26th January 2011. The purpose of his visitation was to explain the new General Conference initiative in revival and reformation. The following day, Dr. Daniel Duda, Education Department Director from the Trans–European Division (TED) of Seventh-day Adventists, spoke about the mission of the church and re-thinking of Adventism. “These lectures were right on time as many churches are seriously thinking about the need for revival,” said Latvian Conference president Viesturs Rekis. “In plain and simple words, Dr. Mwansa explained the process and aim of a true revival, reminding us that a relationship with Jesus Christ is central in the life of every human being.”

Re-examining Session Format

10 February 2011 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States [Elizabeth Lechleitner, ANN] Just six months after the Seventh-day Adventist world church's largest business meeting, General Conference Session planners are already mapping out the global denomination's 2020 convention. Planning for the event typically begins 10 years beforehand, meaning the location for Session 2015 was announced in 2006 after a host city selection process that included a search for venues, proposal reviews, bidding cities and site visits. The Adventist Church’s administration will not vote on a location for the GC Session 2020 until October, but some at the world church headquarters are discussing whether a downsized GC Session is on the church's horizon.

Not Left to Stand Alone

10 February 2011 Cairo, Egypt [BUC News, tedNEWS] Having successfully arranged the evacuation of non-essential ex-patriots among the Adventist staff based in Egypt during the current unrest, Field President Pastor Llew Edwards, along with his wife Karin, needed to consider their own position.

Al Waad Channel Launched

2 February 2011 St Albans, United Kingdom [Miroslav Pujic, tedNEWS] The staff of Al Waad Media Center in Beirut, Lebanon watched intently as they stood together to witness the event that they had been looking forward to for over two years. The first of February 2011 was the day that marked the launching of Al Waad Channel (Hope Channel in Arabic).

Bibles for the Sudanese

2 February 2011 St Albans, United Kingdom [Miroslav Pujic, tedNEWS] Last week, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Northern Sudan purchased some 6,000 Bibles from the Bible Society in Khartoum in different languages such as Arabic, English, Nuer and Dinka for the local people. The purchases of the Holy Bibles have encouraged efforts to share what wholesome attributes for cheerful living lie in its pages. This ancient book in the hands of the Sudanese people will bring wisdom and values that they could practice in their daily lives and make a positive impact within their families and community.

Jesus Shared in Kosovo

2 February 2011 Pristina, Kosovo [Nikola Aslimovski, tedNEWS] Pastor John Velimir Bogdanovic Stevens, Sr. held a series of daily lectures at the Grand Hotel in downtown Pristina, Kosovo. The lectures were translated into Albanian and accompanied by wonderful video presentations. All lectures were recorded for the local TV channels, including the two cable providers IPKO and KUJTESA that insured coverage throughout all of Kosovo. The lectures aired daily at a very desirable time slot of 21:00 local time and were replayed every following day at 16:00.

Adventists Safe in Egypt

31 January 2011 St Albans, United Kingdom [Miroslav Pujic, tedNEWS] The Egypt standoff intensifies as the unrest goes into the seventh day of anti-government protests. The Seventh-day Adventist Church has a number of denominational schools and congregations there. Pastor Llewellyn R. Edwards, President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Egypt, shared with us what the situation is regarding members, church properties and the work of the church: “The members are courageous and services were conducted in the churches last Sabbath in spite of the turmoil in the country. The Nile Union Academy, the boarding high school operated by the church, has been closed temporally. Most of the students have gone home but some, that have nowhere else to go. They will remain at the academy. Although there has been gunfire nearby, they feel safe and also feel that they have support of the local community.”

European Financial Woes Reflected in Adventist Church Operations

28 January 2011 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States [Arin Gencer, ANN] With unemployed members and decreased tithes, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Europe has been struggling to contend with the global financial crisis.  Particularly in Greece, Spain and Portugal -- countries whose unemployment rates are among Europe's highest and where the financial crisis has been particularly dire -- the global Protestant denomination has been forced to make adjustments, striving to do the same work with less.