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Adventists Are Fastest-Growing Denomination In North America

01 April 2011 USA [Global News, sizly.com] The Seventh-Day Adventist Church has long been known for quaint beliefs and rigid regulations, but surprisingly it is the fastest-growing Christian denomination in North America at the moment. Data shows Seventh-Day Adventism growing by 2.5% in North America annually, whereas Southern Baptists and other denominations are declining. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or Mormons, registered 1.4 percent growth. Their denomination also prioritizes numeric growth. Observers are surprised by the gains being posted by Adventism, known for resting on the Sabbath, and adhering to Old Testament dietary laws, including vegetarianism.

Remembrance: McFarland Helped Millions Quit Smoking with Five-day Plan

24 Mar 2011, Loma Linda, California, United States [Ansel Oliver, ANN] Dr. J. Wayne McFarland, a Seventh-day Adventist health advocate who co-authored the Five Day Plan to Stop Smoking, which drew millions to seminars in the 1960s, died March 14 at a retirement facility in Loma Linda, California. He was 97. Dr. J. Wayne McFarland helped millions quit smoking as the co-author of the Five Day Plan to Stop Smoking. Above, he addresses a luncheon at the Sheraton-Chicago hotel in 1969. [photo courtesy McFarland family]

In Japan, Adventist Church Intensifies Earthquake Relief Effort

24 Mar 2011, Silver Spring, Maryland, United States [ANN] The Seventh-day Adventist Church continues to rally support in the wake of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that stuck northeastern Japan March 11, spawning a tsunami and widespread devastation. An Adventist Development and Relief Agency volunteer fills bowls with traditional Japanese miso soup for displaced persons at an area evacuation center. The church's humanitarian arm is among organizations aiding those most affected by country's March 11 earthquake. [photo courtesy ADRA International]

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.