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Eye-opener meetings for Antillean Churches in the Netherlands

13 February 2011 Rotterdam, the Netherlands [Cherrel Francisca, tedNEWS]  “Inspirational, an eye-opener, practical, insightful, tremendous” were the words used by church members to describe the special programme organised for the Antillean Community in the Netherlands.   On the 12th February 2011, the Rotterdam International church of Seventh-day Adventists was the host church for a compelling meeting on how to understand the postmodern people of this age, minister to their needs and make worship service relevant in our age. More than 400 people from different parts of the Netherlands attended the meeting and afterwards were inspired and motivated to go and connect with people outside the church in order to help them see the relevancy of Jesus Christ. 

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.