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Neal C. Wilson, former Adventist Church president, dies at 90


Neal C. Wilson served as president of the Adventist Church, overseeing the creation of the church’s Fundamental Beliefs, as well as the relocation of its world headquarters. He also helped to further mission in the former Soviet Union by obtaining permission to establish a seminary near Moscow two years before the fall of communism in 1989

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Bradshaw is new ‘It Is Written’ speaker/director


John Bradshaw, the New Zealand-born pastor of a Seventh-day Adventist congregation in College Place, Washington, is the new speaker/director of It Is Written, a pioneering Adventist television ministry.

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In Tanzania, new ADRA project to support albino community


The Adventist Development and Relief Agency in the United Kingdom is providing support and training for the albino community in Tanzania, which faces a lack of education, scarce job opportunities and segregation in the region. Launched this month, the two-year Tanzania Albino Society Support and Empowerment Project (TASSEP) will work with the region’s albino community to provide training in networking, advocacy and management from their headquarters in Dar es Salaam. The project follows previous projects by ADRA Tanzania, including the donation of sun-protection products, prescription glasses and tuition support for albino students.

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Church member walking length of New Zealand for suicide awareness


Students from the Belfast school near Christchurch came to support Karl Taaffe as he passed through town last week. Taaffe is walking across New Zealand to raise awareness of suicide, which is responsible for more deaths than auto accidents in the nation. [photos: Myke Salmon] A New Zealander is on a 2,039-kilometer walking journey the length of the country to raise awareness about suicide, which is often a taboo subject, he said

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Adventist Church leadership urges focus on prayer, spiritual renewal this Christmas, New Year’s


Amid all the gifts given and gotten during the holiday season, Seventh-day Adventist world church leadership is inviting membership to focus on the gift of God’s spirit. The world church’s Revival and Reformation initiative is gearing up for several televised events this month, meant to join membership in prayer and seeking spiritual renewal.

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In Peru, ‘historic’ religious liberty legislation passes


Members of Peru’s congress voted last week to approve legislation guaranteeing the religious liberty of all citizens, a freedom already recognized by the South American country’s constitution. Peruvian legislators during the preliminary stages of drafting legislation passed last week to guarantee religious pluralism in the country. [photo courtesy PARL] The act comes a year after more than 40,000 Peruvians gathered in the country’s capital, Lima, for a festival in support of burgeoning religious liberty there.

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In the Philippines, faith conversion offers spiritual reassurance, practical hope


Girls in the T’boli hillside region typically marry at ages 12 to 14 and soon begin having children. Adventist leaders hope newly converted members who have followed their pastor to the Adventist faith will push their daughters toward education instead of early marriage

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In United Kingdom, organ donation campaign finds traction within faith communities


Seventh-day Adventists joined representatives from other faith communities in a meeting with British Parliament members last week to formalize their work in support of the country’s organ donation campaign. With its emphasis on health, the Adventist Church is ideally equipped to raise awareness of a persistent need for organ donations in the United Kingdom. Here, Komal Adris (right), founder and director of the national Organ Donor Campaign, speaks with Sharon Platt-McDonald, who directs the church’s Health and Disability Ministries for the region.

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Increasing our media savvy will further the gospel faster


Seventh-day Adventist churches need to increase their use of the media to preach the gospel.

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Obama’s anti-child obesity initiative receives faith, community support


United States First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a Let’s Move! Faith and Communities conference call with faith leaders in the First Lady’s East Wing Office at the White House on November 29. [photo: Chuck Kennedy/The White House] The Seventh-day Adventist Church joined some 50 other faith and community organizations yesterday in supporting a national initiative of United States first lady Michelle Obama to fight the epidemic of childhood obesity

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