This week on ANN, the New York thirteen initiative kicks off its headlining event. Local residents in Harlem travel around the world through an international vegetarian cooking class, and what a U.S.-funded study had to say about Adventist health principles.
This week on Adventist News Network ... a safer future for girls in Thailand - Two decades after the Bosnian war, an Adventist humanitarian remembers ADRA relief efforts - And promoting free expression of belief at the seventh World Congress for Religious Freedom.
ANN Video Full Episode transcript - May 4, 2012
This week on Adventist News Network, a safer future for girls in Thailand
… Two decades after the Bosnian war, an Adventist humanitarian remembers ADRA relief efforts
… and promoting free expression of belief at the seventh World Congress for Religious Freedom
These stories and more, coming up.
This is Adventist News Network, a service of the Seventh-day Adventist world church. Thanks for joining us this week.
First in the news, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency in Thailand is working to protect girls from forced prostitution with its Keep Girls Safe program. The agency has opened a shelter for at-risk girls from underprivileged families. The girls receive food, education and protection from human trafficking. ADRA volunteers say many of the girls come from rural villages, where education is not valued. One young girl was recently rescued from life as a day laborer in the fields, where she was vulnerable to trafficking. Now, in a safe and nurturing environment, she dreams of one day working as a language teacher.
Top church officials have identified twenty-four cities where they plan to hold targeted outreach efforts in the coming years. It’s the next step in a plan voted last year by Adventist Church leadership to focus on urban ministry worldwide. In Moscow, Russia and Kiev, Ukraine, the church is expected to hold dozens of outreach meetings, followed up by small group training. Church leaders say they’ll plant new churches in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Lagos, Nigeria. They’ll also enlist alumni of Hiroshima Adventist Academy to help with outreach in Tokyo, Japan. The urban focus begins next year with outreach in New York City.
Parents of children with cognitive disabilities in Mongolia are now eligible for a government home care allowance, thanks in part to the efforts of ADRA. The agency recently joined the Association of Parents with Disabled Children and the Ministry of Social Welfare and Labor to lobby policymakers in the country. Previously, Mongolia only extended a home care allowance to parents with physically disabled children. The allowance is paid monthly and covers the cost of permanent home care for children who need assistance their parents can’t provide. ADRA officials say the decision helps change the way society views cognitively disabled children.
Two decades after the Bosnian war, Tihomir Kukolja is remembering the siege of Sarajevo. The Adventist humanitarian and journalist spent a month in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, shadowing ADRA relief efforts during the longest siege of the twentieth century. ADRA volunteers distributed food and emergency aid, delivered mail and provided medicine for the sick and injured. You can read his full story, “God has not forgotten Sarajevo,” at news dot Adventist dot org.
Religious liberty advocates, government officials, scholars and legal experts met recently to examine the influence of secularism on religious expression. Garrett Caldwell reports from meetings in the Dominican Republic.
Nearly nine hundred Representatives from more than fifty countries gathered in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for the first day of the 7th World Congress of the International Religious Liberty Association.
Taking place in the picturesque beachfront Barcelo Bavaro Convention Center, the shifting conditions of religious liberty around the world means that many advocates arrive with the circumstances of other shores on their mind.
“We have a big issue in the northern part of Nigeria whereby Christians and Muslims are having problems and Muslims are fighting Christians. So we need to equip ourselves and see how we can bring both Christians and Muslims around the table so that we may talk and agree to tolerate one another and live in peace because we are all human beings and we are all created by God. So we don’t need to fight one another we need to be in peace. So basically these are the reasons why I am here.”
IRLA president Denton Lotz said, “Where religious freedom is denied, other freedoms are also denied” as he highlighted the need to be diligent in pursuing what he called a “fundamental human right” in the first plenary session.
Speaking to the theme of the congress “Secularism and Religious Freedom” IRLA Secretary General John Graz asked several questions that would bring focus to those listening in the packed audience. “What is secularism? Is it on the rise or is it in decline around the world? Is it a threat to religious freedom?”
In a morning keynote address Robert Seiple, appointed by U.S President Bill Clinton as the first ambassador at large for religious freedom in 1999, challenged the audience with the idea that the church itself has been complicit in the rise of secularism in western societies – a thought that was referenced many times in other discussions throughout the day.
Breakout sessions met in the afternoon under the topical theme “Secular States and Religious Freedom including an evening session giving an overview of some of the challenges to religious freedom in Northern Nigeria, Mexico and North Korea.
The World Congress of the International Religious Liberty Association was first held in nineteen seventy-seven. Since then, the organization has grown worldwide, promoting its philosophy of free expression of belief for everyone.
Established in eighteen ninety-three, the International Religious Liberty Association is the world’s oldest freedom of conscience advocacy organization. It’s sponsored by the Adventist Church and holds a world congress every five years. To learn more, check out IRLA dot org.
When we come back after the break, trusting God in the face of difficulty.
Welcome back. Here’s Sandra Blackmer with a preview of this month’s issue of Adventist World.
We’re thrilled when we hear reports of God’s miraculous deliverance in challenging situations or healing from disease in answer to fervent prayer. These accounts grow our faith and courage. But not every story has a happy ending. So how do we relate to those situations that don’t turn out as we hoped, such as when a loved one—perhaps a faithful Christian—succumbs to a devastating illness? Most of us can’t help but ask God, “Why?”
The cover story in this month’s issue of Adventist World, “Hope Without Healing,” is one of those “Why?” stories. The author, Olen Netteburg, and his wife, Danae, serve as missionary physicians at the remote Adventist hospital in southern Chad, Africa. As the only physicians for a population of 200,000 people, and with very limited supplies and facilities, the Netteburgs are often the only hope for healing that many of them have. But when a severely burned child is brought to Olen for treatment, he determines not to get attached to what he terms “a hopeless case.” In spite of his best efforts, however, Dr. Netteburg can’t help but be drawn to 8-year-old Emmanuel, and through this very difficult ordeal, he learns that when questions are unanswerable, we can still trust.
Also check out the Devotional titled “Obedience 101,” in which author Lyndelle Chiomenti learns that sometimes the frustrations we have with training our beloved pets might just be similar to those God has with us.
Also take time to read the World Health column on “Huffing and Puffing About Tobacco,” where GC doctors Handysides and Landless discuss what is described as “one of the greatest immerging health disasters in human history”—and what we as Adventists can do about it.
This is an issue you won’t want to miss.
Decades ago, Frazier Mathis pledged to impact the lives of orphans. Now he’s watching them embrace the same spirit of sacrifice. Tanya Holland has this report.
Todays guest on Meet a Missionary is Frazier Mathis founder, director of Global Vessels. Frazier set a goal more than 23 years ago to make a difference in other peoples lives. He says "the key to life is helping others." That is exactly what you are doing right now in Tanzania, you have built homes and an orphanage for children in Africa – Tell us what that is like, the kids there.
The kids are really fabulous, I can tell you one story about one of your little boys, Simon. What we decided to do was gather food and take it out into the community, and clothing, so we passed out all the food and the clothing and we were done and all the children were excited, they were able to help somebody because we try to instill within them, even though you are an orphan you need to be able to give back. We were riding back in the vehicle and one little boy in the neighborhood runs and he catches up to the van and we stop and he says, “do you have any more clothes?” and we say, “no, we are out.” My little five year old Simon pulls off his shirt and gives it to the little boy. Everybody was just like, “Simon.” We were all in tears because he really got what we were trying to get them to understand. It pays to be of service.
That is amazing. Adventist missionaries are not a thing of the past, they are serving all over the world. They come from everywhere. They go everywhere. And they're doing all kinds of things to tell the world about God's love and soon return. Join them by becoming a missionary, visit our website at Adventist Volunteers dot org.
Do you follow ANN on Facebook or Twitter? Megan Brauner shares your ideas on this week’s Adventist social media highlights.
Here on ANN, we’ve been talking a lot about religious liberty. This week in social media, we asked you to tell us, what does freedom of religion mean to you?
On Twitter, Jarod Thomas quotes Joshua 24: 15, saying Religious liberty means that I can "choose this day Whom will serve" according to my conscience without fear.
On Facebook, Josephine says it is freedom of whether to worship, where to worship and how to worship.
Ondielo says religious freedom is being able to worship the Lord God, the creator of the universe without any hindrance from any arms of the law...
Victoria says it means she can worship the Lord God the way He directs her to worship Him through His Holy Word, the Bible.
Grace says religious freedom means we are one in God despite the fact that we have different doctrines.
Jim adds, freedom of religion means Serving GOD according to the bible’s teachings, without anybody forcing you otherwise.
Hache says it means freedom of choice.
And Williams says, freedom of religion means everything.
Thanks for joining our discussion this week. Don’t forget to check in on Twitter and Facebook for next week’s question.
Still ahead on Adventist News Network, a church supporting ministry meets the infrastructure needs of burgeoning church growth in Zimbabwe.
But up next, this week’s Tech Corner.
Welcome back. If you want to share a presentation, there are plenty of options beyond passing around a thumb drive. John Beckett explains on this week’s Tech Corner.
People who make presentations are often asked for a copy, or would like to share them more easily. Of course one option is to share them on a flash drive or attach them to an e-mail. However these options can be a bit clunky, since everyone needs Powerpoint or some other presentation software on their computer. Today we'll talk about a several ways to easily share your presentations online and why you might like them.
There are lots of choices for sharing presentations online. I think a few of the best are: googledocs, slideshare.net, and sliderocket.com. With all of these services, you can upload your powerpoint file and get a link to the file to share with others or on your web site. If you want the presentation to appear as part of the site, copy the embed code instead of just using the link. Google Docs is completely free, and slideshare and sliderocket also offer free, but limited accounts. Be aware that both of slideshare and sliderocket make uploaded presentations public, unless you upgrade to a paid account. Their free accounts also have other limitations.
To me, slideshare seems really nice for embedding presentations in web pages. However, googledocs and sliderocket both have creation tools that let you work with other people to build the presentation. Sliderocket also has a very nice selection of themes to choose from.
Since all these tools are free or have a free level of service, I recommend trying each of them out to figure out which one works best for you. In the end, I'm sure you can find one that will help you do a better job of sharing your presentations online.
Maranatha Volunteers International is a supporting ministry of the Adventist Church. The organization provides volunteer opportunities to build churches and schools around the world.
Zimbabwe is back in the news at Maranatha. The East African country has been confirmed as the site of a new primary school in Bulawayo. Teachers, Administrators and parents are all excited that the existing High School will be augmented with a new elementary school. Zimbabwe church leaders are requesting 1300 churches and hundreds of schools.
Plans for this year's Ultimate Workout and Collegiate project continue to come together in the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua. The event will give more than 160 young people an opportunity to build much needed churches in these remote communities.
Maranatha is celebrating the completion of the Cary Adventist school in Huggeli, India. The new school campus built by volunteers, moves the children from dark, cave like classrooms to this bright facility constructed with one day classrooms.
Construction crews finished the Chesifu school in Mizuzu, Malawi. The One Day school campus will give four hundred children an opportunity to receive a Christian Education.
One Day churches built by Maranatha around the world now number 2,348. And 304 One Day Schools have been built to date. Maranatha has a goal in 2012 to construct another 1,300 churches and 250 schools. The One Day churches and schools have become the most sought after solution to the rapidly growing Seventh-day Adventist church -- especially in hard to reach places.
Learn how you can get involved at maranatha.org.
When we come back, this week’s iShare report.
And later in the program, a chaplain’s role in Adventist education.
Welcome back. Here’s Sergio Gonzalez with the news you reported this week.
Welcome to iShare, where you bring us the news. First up today, members of the Bern Adventist Church in Switzerland recently held an outreach event giving away free books and DVDs to the local community. The church members also shared balloons with a message about Jesus’ love with the children.
Our second update comes from the members of the Army of Youth Ministries.
They told us about an upcoming event, the Ambassadors: Mobilized Medical Missionaries training conference. The conference will feature topics like grief and family counseling and natural healing. Army of Youth currently hosts revival meetings and weekends of prayer in the United States. To learn more, visit armyofyouth.org.
Thanks for watching, and don’t forget to send us your stories at news.adventist.org/ishare.
Many young people are the product of Adventist education, but does that background ultimately prevent them from leaving the church? Mario Ceballos thinks chaplains could play a key role.
One of our greatest challenges that we have is the retention of our young people. We have schools all over the world, thousands upon thousands of young people go to our schools but many times, many of them leave the church. We all have friends and family that have been in our schools, myself, I am the product of Seventh-day Adventist education. I know many of my friends including some of our children, children of our pastor’s that have left the church. The challenge is, how are we going to keep them? I’d like to suggest that we need to place in each one of our schools, chaplains. Chaplains that can take full care of the needs of our young people, chaplains that are trained in counseling. Chaplains that have experience, chaplains – not just a young person or someone that didn’t have enough baptisms – but chaplains that have experience that they can train our young people. Their minds are ready to be nurtured, to be shaped, to be formed, we need the best pastors so that they can help our young people and help them stay in the church.
Now let’s turn to Benjamin Baker for a look at Adventist history. This week, details on the life of a prominent Adventist Japanese minister.
Welcome to This Week in Adventist History.
In 1899, on April 30th, Hide Kuniya was baptized in the Meguro River, in Tokyo, Japan, by W.C. Grainger. Kuniya was one the first Japanese converts to Adventism, and the first ordained to the Seventh-day Adventist ministry. He was a super-pioneer, not only effectively spreading the gospel in Japan, but introducing the message in North and South Korea. After over 60 years of ministerial service, Kuniya died just shy of the century mark in 1962.
In May of 1893 Albert B. Stauffer entered Brazil, the first Seventh-day Adventist literature evangelist to canvas in the country. Although working Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, it was in the state of Rio Grande do Sul that Stauffer’s literature led to the baptism of Claudina and Germano Preuss, hoteliers in the city of Taquari. The Preuss’ lent their residence to the fledgling cause, and it became a center for Adventist evangelistic efforts in Brazil.
Finally, on May 3, 1992, Adventist World Radio broadcasted from Moscow, Russia. AWR was the first Christian media outlet to originate from within Russia for external broadcast.
And that was This Week in Adventist History.
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Our good news for this week comes from Philippians chapter four. Verses six and seven says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ.” Until next week, God bless.
-- transcribed by Carol Little