This week on ANN: A new report calls attention to religious liberty trouble spots, the church in Denmark votes to suspend all ministerial ordination until two thousand fifteen, and Adventist volunteers in Ecuador break the country’s record for blood donations
This week on Adventist News Network ... relief efforts in the wake of flooding in Brazil - Adventist radio reaches the world’s oldest Christian country - And why Mexico City, Bogota and Caracas are the spotlight of upcoming outreach
ANN Video Full Episode transcript - May 11, 2012
This week on Adventist News Network, relief efforts in the wake of flooding in Brazil
… Adventist radio reaches the world’s oldest Christian country
… and why Mexico City, Bogota and Caracas are the spotlight of upcoming outreach
These stories and more, coming up.
This is Adventist News Network, a service of the Seventh-day Adventist world church. Thanks so much for joining us.
First in the news, residents of Brazil’s Amazon region are battling near-record rainfall. Severe flooding and mudslides have forced tens of thousands of families to evacuate their homes in recent weeks. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency in Brazil is distributing emergency supplies to hundreds of affected families. ADRA also sent a team of doctors and other health professionals to a flooded local hospital. The agency is expected to collect additional food, hygiene supplies and clothing for distribution in the coming weeks. Officials have declared a state of emergency in dozens of districts. They’re hoping to avoid a repeat of Brazil’s worst natural disaster just one year ago, when heavy rainfall and mudslides claimed the lives of seven hundred people.
Adventist media officials say two new Adventist World Radio FM stations in Armenia will connect with residents of the world’s oldest official Christian country. Armenian programming is the latest in a line-up of more than eighty languages offered by Adventist World Radio. AWR producers in Armenia say programming will focus on spirituality, health and family issues. They say residents of the historically Christian nation are more open to spiritual issues than many of their more secular neighbors. In the coming months, Armenians living abroad can find the new programming on demand at AWR dot org and as podcasts through AWR dot org and iTunes. An estimated four million Armenians live outside of their home country.
One year after a devastating earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand, the church is seeing a surge in tithe given by members there. Church leaders say the seventeen percent increase came as a surprise. They had expected church finances to struggle as residents rebuilt after the earthquake.
We can only attribute an increase to the Holy Spirit working on the people’s hearts that they are continuing to trust in Him and having confidence in Him even though they were facing so much uncertainty.
The Adventist Church in nearby Australia is also reporting an increase in tithe returns. For the first time, Australian Adventists last year gave more than one hundred million dollars in tithe. Church leaders are crediting member faithfulness and the country’s strong economy.
Adventist leadership in Inter-America has pledged to better connect with the more than thirty-six million people living in three of the region’s largest cities. They will focus urban evangelism on Mexico City; Bogota, Colombia; and Caracas, Venezuela. Currently, Adventists there are reaching urban residents through marathons, health summits, cultural presentations, church plants and even a vegetarian restaurant. The outreach to cities is part of a broader church effort to evangelize the growing number of people who live in the world’s largest metropolitan areas. Top church leaders have called urban outreach a priority in the coming years.
Church members in Bosnia and Herzegovina are saying a recent conference on Adventist-Muslim relations is a step in the right direction. Southeastern Europe is home to more than six million Muslims, and Adventists there want to reach that growing community. The conference highlighted the overlap between Adventist and Muslim beliefs, such as faith in God and similarities between the Quran and the Bible. Adventist-Muslim Relations associate director Petras Bahadur told attendees that the Quran actually points to the Bible and encourages every Muslim to read it. Church leaders say attendees left excited about ministering to their Muslim neighbors.
Adventist theology students in the Czech Republic are promoting the church’s Revived by His Word program. They say previous Bible-reading programs in the region lost traction when participants asked tough questions. This time around, those questions won’t remain unanswered. The Czech theology students have launched a website, and they’re encouraging readers to offer feedback and ask questions about daily Bible passages. The students will follow the dialogue, offering theological insight and spiritual support.
When we come back after the break, find out what’s inside this week’s issue of the Adventist Review.
Welcome back. Here’s Gina Wahlen with a preview of this week’s issue of Adventist Review.
“Women and Their Words" is the title of this week's cover story in the Adventist Review. You may be surprised at the role that women have played in the Seventh-day Adventist Church's flagship magazine.
It all began when a 20-year-old wife and mother named Ellen White received a heaven-sent vision in November, 1848. She afterwards told her husband, James, "You must begin to print a little paper and send it out to the people . . . From this small beginning it was shown to me to be like streams of light that went clear round the world."
Since that time numerous women have touched thousands of lives through their work as writers, correspondents, assistants, and more recently as editors. You can read more about some of your favorite authors and editors in this week's Adventist Review.
In this week's Biblical Studies section, Gerald Klingbeil, takes us on a trek into "The Wilderness."
"The book of Numbers lives a quiet life in biblical studies," he writes. "Preachers seldom visit it as they feed and challenge the flock. . . The wilderness," which is the Hebrew title of the book, is not a place we like to frequent. It’s dry. It’s dusty. It’s dreary. It is discouraging.
But through his article, Klingbeil opens our eyes to the many oases to be found in this mirage of a wilderness.
And finally, in her powerful yet bittersweet article, "Oh, Mom . . ." Deanna Strand shares how her "nosy" yet caring mother wouldn't give up on her, making an eternal difference in Strand's life and the life of her children.
Adventist World Aviation reaches remote areas of the world with Bible workers, supplies and food. The supporting ministry also trains young Adventists to serve as missionary pilots. Jared Kannanaikkel has this report.
Adventist World Aviation is all about the Great Commission that Jesus gave each one of us—to go into the world and make disciples for Him. One way that Adventist World Aviation is accomplishing this goal, is through their aviation school program, at various Adventist academies across North America.
While earning their high school diplomas, many young people have the opportunity to also receive their private pilot’s license. By combining this with a Christian education, many of these young people will have the chance to become a missionary pilot, serving in one of the many unentered areas of the world.
The schools currently participating in this aviation program are Thunderbird Adventist Academy in Arizona, Heritage Academy in Tennessee, Blue Mountain Academy in Pennsylvania, and Monterey Bay Academy in California.
As the young high school students are learning aviation skills, they are also being taught about the duties and responsibilities of mission pilots, and how their service is so vital in bringing others to Jesus. Through medical evacuations, flying in Bible workers, supplies for church and school projects, delivering medical supplies, food supplies, and other important items needed in various villages, lives are changed. Villages quickly begin to trust the pilots who help make their lives safer and more meaningful. Soon that trust leads to the opportunity of sharing with the villagers about Jesus—the One who loves them and has a home for them in Heaven.
There is a great need for more missionary pilots around the world, and it is goal of Adventist World Aviation to train and groom new pilots that are willing to fly for Jesus. Your prayers for these young student pilots, their instructors, and the aviation programs, as well as Adventist World Aviation’s ministry in this area are appreciated.
Do you follow ANN on Facebook or Twitter? Megan Brauner shares your Mother’s Day stories on this week’s Adventist social media highlights.
This weekend is Mother’s Day, the day we thank the special women in our lives for all their hard work and sacrifice. We asked our social media friends to tell us how their mothers influenced them for the better.
On Twitter, Delta Diva said her mother taught her to remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.
AnhP’s mother taught him that calling himself a Christian didn’t make it true. He said his most important lesson was, they shall know you for your love for one another.
SportsGenius777 said his mother taught him to pray every day.
JennaHyde’s mother told her when she did her best, not even the angels could do better.
CariBera says, thank you for the prayers and words of encouragement.
On Facebook, Nyakerario says, my mum is such a wonderful mother, with all she underwent to bring me up to be the person I am today, through thick and thin...may God bless her so much...Happy mother's day.
Neri says, I can say that my mom is a mom of encouragement, she was able to send us in college, though we are four, she never get tired of encouraging us to continue to finish our college degree though it's been hard since we are lacking financially. Thank you mother.
You can still join in and tell us why your mother’s are so important you you on our facebook and twitter accounts.
Are some styles of music more appropriate for worship than others? Gilbert Cangy shares his perspective on using instruments to praise God.
As I travel for youth ministry events, there is one issue that I get confronted with just about all the time – Music and worship – I don’t intend to resolve this ninety seconds but just one perspective, my education in and my journey in music started very early, as a born-again young Seventh-day Adventist, after giving my heart to Jesus I had left behind things that I had succeeded with the world, I used to play in a soul band, I used to play bass guitar and so there was no way I was going to bring this into my worship of God because that was part of my previous life. I only used the acoustic guitar and the piano regularly at church but one evening a bunch of friends invited me to go and attend an evangelistic program that was run by a group, Youth for Christ from South Africa. When I went there I was really shocked because they were teaching Jesus with the backing of a band with all the instruments that I had left behind so I went and I talked to the leader after the program and asked, “What are you doing in my country?” He answered, “Well, we are teaching about Jesus.” I said, “teaching about Jesus with those instruments?” And he said, “Well what do you mean?” I said, “I left those instruments behind because they are instruments of the world.” Then he said to me, “You know what? I have never used those instruments except for the worship of God and teaching about Jesus. The problem is not the instruments, the problem is the association that you have with these instruments in your mind.” That was the confronting question and he set me on a journey that caused me to review the way I looked at the use of instruments in worship. Just a perspective for you to think about.
Still ahead on Adventist News Network, a new perspective on God’s creation.
But up next, this week’s Tech Corner. We’ll be right back.
Welcome back. Let’s turn to Andrew King for this week’s Tech Corner. Last time, Andrew gave us his tips on shooting better video. This time, we’ll find out how to share those videos using the file-transfer service WeTransfer.
What do you do when you need to send large files to someone using the Internet?
Email works great if the files you are sending are relatively small - the safe limit is usually around 5mb. That's a few pictures or songs and plenty of space for most documents.
But if you need to send anything larger, like lots of pictures or video files email is not going to work.
Here at Adventist News Network we have found the most reliable and simple way to send large files is using a free service called We Transfer.
Just go to we transfer dot com. Once you are there, there are just a few things you need to fill out - theres a place to upload the files you want to send, the email address of the person who will get the files, and your email address.
Then just click the transfer button, and the person you are sending to will get an email with a link to download the files.
The service is free, and the files are available to be downloaded for up to two weeks. The file limit is 2 gb per transfer - so if you have files that are larger than that, you will have to split them up into multiple parts.
To use this service, just visit we transfer dot com.
Adventist stewardship leaders are launching a new, interactive website. We asked Penny Brink how members worldwide can connect with the ministry.
The General Conference Stewardship Ministries is going online and interactive with immediate effect.
God gives us the good gifts of life, health, relationships, talents, nature and resources. If you want to learn about, or to share, how to be a good steward of these gifts, we invite you to join the conversation at adventiststewardship.com
• Our new logo or header that you will see there is in the shape of a ruler which implies going the whole nine-yards – giving our all in response to God's all.
• The two crowns of Christ symbolize His salvation and His Lordship of my life.
• Read the Dynamic Steward Journal online and catch the latest news clips from the field.
• Meet our team and send in your questions
• Watch inspiring testimony stories and share your own.
• Learn about the stewardship of nature through these magnificent photos courtesy of photographer and storyteller, Dick Deurksen.
• Go global and locate the Adventist stewardship ministries near you!
• And order some useful resources, like the one on how to plan your family budget!
• Remember to Like our Facebook page and share us on your facebook page!!
All this, and more, at www.adventiststewardship.com. Visit us – today!
For Adventist scientists, God’s creation is even more amazing seen through powerful microscopes. As Timothy Standish explains, these views aren’t confined to research labs.
One wonderful thing about working in scientific research is that it gives access to some amazing machines. One of my favorites is this scanning electron microscope. This kind of electron microscope allows visualization of amazingly small structures, both in living things as well as rocks and minerals. It also allows identification of the chemical makeup of various kinds of rocks so it is a very useful tool in geology. I personally enjoy working with biological specimens. Structures that look amazing to the naked eye typically look just as amazing, maybe even more amazing when their fine details are viewed. God designed living things in a way that is incredible at every level they can possibly be studied. If you are interested in seeing some of the images taken with this electron microscope, watch for the film Metamorphosis: the Beauty and Design of Butterflies, here on Hope Channel. It is one of the best and most beautiful films ever made about design in nature and I am proud to have played a modest role by providing the electron micrographs used in its production. If you can’t wait to see it on Hope Channel, you can see previews at www.metamorphosisthefilm.com.
When we come back, this week’s iShare report. And later in the program, how you can join Adventist technology professionals at an upcoming conference.
Welcome back. Here’s Sergio Gonzalez with the news you reported this week.
Welcome to iShare, where you bring us the news. This week, we heard from the Kirkland Seventh-day Adventist School in Washington, U S A. Their students recently participated in a Lego Robotics competition and they shared some photos with us.
Thank you for watching iShare. Don't forget to send us your own videos and photos on news.adventist.org/ishare. We want to hear from you.
In just a few short weeks, Adventist technology and media professionals will meet in Hong Kong for the church’s Global Adventist Internet Network conference. Williams Costa Jr. has the details.
We are just some days away from GAiN – Global Adventist Internet Network. This time the meeting will be May 23-27 in the city of Honk Kong. The venue is Royal Park Hotel. I really encourage you to be there. Yesterday, I just saw the confirmation that 16 people from Mainland, China are coming for this. Imagine to meet with these people, to talk with the, to hear the experiences. It will be absolutely thrilling. You cannot miss this experience. On the top of that, some special guests will talk about anthropology and it’s relationship with the internet. How can we deal with the cultural differences with people around the world? How can we do a better job using the internet and the web to share the good news of salvation. Look at our web page gain.adventist.org and enroll to the program. It will be a great experience. We are looking forward to your presence at the next GAiN conference.”
Now let’s turn to David Trim for a look at Adventist history. This week, an Adventist world church president shapes the early church’s mission strategy.
Welcome to this week in Adventist History.
On May 8, in 1981, Adventist Historic Properties, Inc. was organized in Battle Creek Michigan. Since then it has worked to preserve Adventist heritage, by purchasing, restoring and interpreting properties that were significant in the founding and development of the Adventist movement.
On May 10, in 1881, John Preston Kellogg died, aged 74. He is probably remembered today simply as the father of Dr John Harvey Kellogg and Dr Merritt Kellogg but John Preston Kellogg played his own role in Adventism’s early years. When in 1855 he and two other residents of Battle Creek, Michigan, gave $1,200 to buy a property in Battle Creek to provide a permanent headquarters of the Review and Herald publishing company, it was the first step towards making Battle Creek the administrative center of the early sabbatarian Adventists and then of Seventh-day Adventist Church, which it remained for some fifty years. Kellogg was also one of the first directors of both Review and Herald and the Westerner Health Reform Institute.
On May 11 in 1905, at that year’s General Conference Session, the GC President, A.G. Daniells delivered a powerful speech, about foreign missions. He urged the necessity of making global mission a priority, “until this gospel [is] proclaimed in all the world”. He set out an agenda for entering then un-entered countries, which provided a basis for denominational strategy for the next twenty years.
And those are some of the events of “This week” in Adventist history.
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-- transcribed by Carol Little