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 ... new horizons for the church’s media ministry in South America - An Avondale College staff member bicycles one thousand kilometers for charity - And our commentator has an update on Adventist anti-smoking efforts
ANN Video Full Episode transcript - May 25, 2012
This week on Adventist News Network, new horizons for the church’s media ministry in South America
… an Avondale College staff member bicycles one thousand kilometers for charity
… and our commentator has an update on Adventist anti-smoking efforts.
These stories and more, coming up.
First in the news, Adventist world church President Ted Wilson recently put his foot down -- literally. Wilson and church leaders in South America left their footprints on maps of the region at a ceremony this month. The symbolic gesture was meant to claim South America for Jesus. The church there has pledged to raise fifty million dollars to fund outreach in dozens of locations next year, including big cities like Buenos Aries and Rio de Janeiro. The efforts are part of the world church’s current focus on urban ministry. In Argentina, Adventist plan to open a clinic, vegetarian restaurant, schools and churches. They’ll also host community service projects and a satellite evangelism series.
The Adventist Church’s media ministry in South America continues to grow. The Novo Tempo media center recently inaugurated new offices, a new auditorium and a museum. New television studios are also coming soon. Church leaders say the changes signal a more integrated approach to sharing the Adventist message of hope in the densely populated and culturally diverse region. The inauguration also brought Adventist media officials together from around the world, giving them a chance to sharpen the focus of their ministry.
Adventist media officials say the experience broadened their horizons, spiritually and professionally. Equipped with new ideas, officials say they’ll return home with a fresh perspective on media outreach.
Novo Tempo is part of the Adventist Church’s official television network, Hope Channel. It broadcasts religious, health, educational and family life programming on satellite and cable networks in Brazil.
Heavy rains followed by below-freezing temperatures have left hundreds of families in Peru vulnerable to frostbite. The extreme weather patterns are threatening one of the country’s poorest regions. Many families there are not equipped to deal with the cold, so the Adventist Development and Relief Agency is distributing more than one thousand blankets to affected communities. Volunteers will prioritize children, the elderly and families living in higher-altitude areas.
An Avondale College staff member has raised twenty thousand Australian dollars for mission – and all from the seat of a bicycle.
Director of Student Services Kevin Judge set off from Brisbane and arrived at Adventist-run Avondale College’s Lake Macquarie campus less than five days later. The one-thousand kilometer ride benefits One Mission Africa. The student-led charity is raising money to fund health education in Zambia and Botswana. One Mission Africa is set to distribute HIV/AIDS testing kits, establish mobile medical clinics and present health and evangelistic programs during an upcoming semester break.
Health advocates are gearing up for this year’s World No Tobacco Day. The annual emphasis day is sponsored by the World Health Organization and falls on May thirty-first. World No Tobacco Day is meant to educate policy-makers and the general public about the tobacco industry’s tactics. This year, anti-smoking advocates will focus on ways to counter tobacco advertising campaigns. World Health Organization officials report that tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death. The global tobacco epidemic is said to claim nearly six million lives every year. Earlier today I sat down with Doctor Peter Landless to find out how the Adventist Church contributes to the anti-smoking effort.
Thanks for speaking with us today, Dr. Landless. Last year, ANN reported on a new policy in the U.S. requiring cigarette manufacturers to include bigger warning labels on cigarette packs. Can you update us on that requirement?
Yes, I am very excited about it, I think it is something that is overdue, something which should be done and I think it is something which indicates how much it should be done because the tobacco companies are fighting it madly. So, it is a great thing that is being done, it is not being accepted by everybody but it needs to be done.
In the sixties, the church’s Five Day Plan to Stop Smoking put Adventists at the forefront of the anti-tobacco movement. Where are we focusing our efforts now?
You are bringing up a tender area for me particularly, because yes, we did have absolute precedence with the five-day plan and it has been noted around the world. However, we tended to become a little bit slack. There are two reasons for that, number one, because many other people came up with smoking cessation programs and of course with the media developing the way they have, you can get in on a chat room, you can get this constant – going to an interactive website where you can get help for smoking. The other thing, we have maybe lost a little enthusiasm because people who could readily give up smoking give up quite easy with something like breathe free or the five-day plan but, we are left with the hard-core group and it is much more difficult for them.
In recent years, the Adventist Church has been partnering with the World Health Organization to promote community health. What results are we seeing so far?
You know, we are not at the point where we are seeing huge results yet but what we are seeing is extensive collaboration, with the Pan American health organization, which was actually the founding organization prior to the World Health, we have extensive collaboration going on in South America particularly but all over the world there is an increased interest because if we don’t decrease the number of people who are smoking and only focus on ceasing initiation we will not win this battle.
Thanks, Dr. Landless. When we come back after the break, find out what’s inside the upcoming issue of Adventist Review.
Welcome back. Here’s Kimberly Maran with a preview of this month’s issue of Adventist World.
This week's Adventist Review is a treat for our readers! I'm not sure where to start this is our special summer issue which is jam packed with stories on summer camp, NAD camp meeting, Vacation Bible School, summer reading suggestions, recipes, historical Adventist locales to visit, and things to do on Sabbath afternoons whether you're staying home or going on vacation. And did I mention the recipes we've included from Review staff members? Our May 24 issue has all this and more. It's 48 pages of summer reading! Be sure to check out our camp meeting story by Celeste Perrino Walker, our devotional by Gerald Klingbeil, and a short history of summer camp by Bill Wood. Also take a look at the photos we included showing summer camp, and several unusual NAD camp meetings. Oh, and I had fun interviewing three church groups and writing an article on Vacation Bible School that might help churches and members as they gear up for summer 2012! To read some of these features visit www.adventistreview.org. And enjoy a taste of summer!
A Serbian Global Mission pioneer has planted a church in an unlikely location. We find out where from Hans Olsen.
Global Mission, the Adventist church’s frontline mission arm has pioneers around the world that plant churches under the trees and their homes, at work, but in Serbia I met a church planter who planted a church in a sweet shop which is unusual – it was a big public square, he noticed there were lots of people, and he said, “how can I plant a church here?” so he went to the owner of a sweet shop who had a large open are just outside his shop and said, “Would it be okay if I spoke to people, if they came, I bought sweets for them and gave them a little talk about Jesus Christ?” The owner said, “fine, that sounds fine to me, sounds like more business.” Over the next few weeks he had meetings every night, more and more people came. Eventually, he said, “you know what, I am a Seventh-day Adventist minister, I would like to have you come to my church.” People came to his church and now he has a gathering of about one hundred people who come each and every week to hear the Gospel. This gentleman actually started out as a Shepherd and he enjoyed that but he said I want to be a shepherd of men, I want to follow what Christ has called me to do and plant churches and lead his people.
This week our Facebook and Twitter followers talked about answered prayer. Marvin King has some of their stories on this week’s Adventist social media highlights.
We’ve been thinking about answered prayers lately, so we asked our Twitter and Facebook friends to tell us about a miraculous event they experienced recently.
On Twitter, I Count 123 says, God protected me from a poisonous snake bite.DHolmstock thanks God for His assistance in getting out of debt. He says, faithful tithe yields God’s bigger blessing.
Tad900rr says his answered prayer was a job.
On Facebook, Jim is praying that God would grow his church from the outside in, meaning new people [would] come in through outreach efforts. He thanks God because this has already it has begun.
Jonathan is giving thanks for the rapid recovery of a GYC-Europe team-member Jessica who was hit by a truck just three weeks ago and now is basically back again to normal life and has already recovered. Jonathan says, “Many people have been praying for her and we can see how God used this tragedy to bless so many people. God is good, all the time!”
Thanks for your participation this week, and don’t forget to find us on Twitter and Facebook to join our weekly discussions.
Still ahead on Adventist News Network, an important health reminder.
But up next, this week’s Tech Corner.
Welcome back. Want to stay connected to your Adventist Church family around the world? Andrew King shows us how on this week’s Tech Corner.
Keeping up to date with the Seventh-day Adventist community of faith around the world can be overwhelming. Let me give you a few ways you can stay in touch with Adventist news using the web.
First, log onto the Adventist News Network website by visiting news.adventist.org
ANN writes all our stories in English - but we also work hard to translate these stories into three other languages. At the top of the page you can see links for English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.
As you look down the page you can see the most recent articles on the left, and on the right are all the past video clips for the program you are watching right now. So if you ever saw a video and wanted to share it with someone you can easily find it on our website.
Speaking of finding stories, there are two ways to find what you are looking for. First, search for a keyword at the top of the page. This finds what you type with all our news stories going back to 1995.
The second way is to browse. Scroll to the bottom of the page. Here you can see different categories of news, as well as news from different regions of the world.
And finally at the very bottom of the page, if you enter your email address we will send you one email per week with all the news - this is a very easy way to stay connected with the Adventist church around the world.
Adventist Women’s Ministries leaders are encouraging daily Bible study with a new resource for personal and small group use. We asked Raquel Arrais to preview the department’s Bible study guide.
The Bible study Women in the Bible and Me, prepared for General Conference Women's Ministries, is a powerful tool for personal and small group Bible study. Each lesson features a different woman in the Bible, presenting different aspects of Christian life. Here are some 5 ideas on how to use these lessons in a small group:
1. PRAYER: Open the study session with a time of prayer.
2. READING FROM THE TEXT: Encourage all participants to read the text ahead of time.
3. DISCOVERY: This is to provide a framework for studying about the character. What is the setting, time, the culture, the background? What does it say about Jesus and God's character?
4. WORDS FOR TODAY: Encourage participants to apply the discoveries to their own lives.
5. QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION: Encourage sharing of members' personal stories and experiences.
Take the Bible, and on your knees plead with God to enlighten your mind. If we would study the Bible diligently and prayerfully every day, we should every day see some beautiful truth in a new, clear, and forcible light.
Do you know what your blood pressure is? Our resident doctors demonstrate why you should on this week’s Health feature.
Wow, Handysides you have a very sophisticated, single animated blood pressure cuff.
Yeah, you see I don’t just work with tape measures, this is a very good one. Press that button and you will see my blood pressure will be recorded there. Blood pressure is very important to record, everybody should know what their blood pressure is, there are two numbers that come up, the high number called systolic blood pressure and the low number called diastolic – if either one of them is elevated, you may be in trouble. So everybody should know their blood pressure and go and see their doctor. If it is above 130 it could be a problem and if it is above 90 – it is a problem. So what is my blood pressure?
It is still counting?
Hurry up machine, television viewers can’t wait.
It is 146 over 96.
Man, I will tell you, being on television really scares me, it is usually 120. I am going to go and see my doctor. Thank you.
The June issue of KidsView is coming up. Here’s Wilona Karimabadi with a preview.
Get ready for a brand new edition of KidsView. Here's what you can look forward to in our June edition! Do you know who Marian Davis was? You will after reading our story. And who doesn't love all kinds of cute critters scampering around your yard? Aside from being fun to watch, these little animals are near and dear to God's heart, and you can read all about that in this issue. In addition, what happened when kids from Tennessee went to Guatemala on a mission trip? We've got the scoop! As always, our fun KidsView calendar is loaded with things to do and days to remember. And for the months of June and July, you can visit our website and download the entire issue of the magazine as a high res PDF-perfect for sharing with family and friends! For all this and more, visit www.kidsviewmag.org.
When we come back, this week’s iShare report.
And later in the program, we find out how the church’s television ministry began.
Welcome back. Let’s turn to Sergio Gonzales to find out what news you reported this week.
Our news today comes out of Frederick, Maryland – a small city located close to the capital of the United States. Recently three Adventist dentists opened their practice for one day of free dental care to community members who began lining up for the event at 2am. As part of the “Dentistry from the Heart “ program, Premier Dental Arts offered free fillings, tooth cleaning, or an extraction for members of the community who were in great need.
The dentists worked from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and extracted over 80 teeth. One dentist alone pulled 39 teeth! More than 100 people showed up to receive free dental care.
Dr. Michelle Wear said that one thing that inspired her was that every member of the practice - from the dentists, assistants and hygienists to the community volunteers and people working in the office - took a day without pay to give back to the community. It was also a family event. Dr. Wear’s daughters came, as well as kids of several other staff members who brought them to volunteer. Members from the community donated drinks, snacks, and pizza. Several distributors donated dental supplies.
Dr. Wear says this will definitely become an annual event. If you would like to know more about this event or have one of your own, please visit the following link: www.dentistryfromtheheart.org. or www.premierdentalarts.com
If you or someone you know is doing something to help your community, please do not forget to share with us at news.adventist.org/ishare.
Three small churches in the Philippines pooled their money to rent a space in downtown San Pablo. As May-Ellen Colon explains, it soon became a center of influence in community.
Three little churches in San Pablo City, Philippines, had very little money, but they had a LOT of desire to impact their large city in Jesus’ name. With only 60 Pesos ($1.20 in US money) they paid the first rent payment on a small building in San Pablo, which became a center of influence from where they served their community by responding to the needs they discovered. They also held periodic reaping meetings there. After two years 4,000 people were served, 1,000 people were baptized and 5 new congregations were organized.
Adventist Community Services International (ACSI), part of the General Conference Sabbath School & Personal Ministries Department, provides tools to help your church impact your community too. For example, go to our website, www.sabbathschoolpersonalministries.org/acsi. Click on “Resources” and then “IICM Community Services Certification Program Curriculum.” There you can access several user-friendly modules that are ready to be taught by local instructors all over the world, so that you and all of God‘s church will be better equipped to transform communities in Jesus name!
Now let’s turn to David Trim for a look at Adventist history. This week, a Faith for Today broadcast kicks off the church’s television ministry.
Welcome to this week in Adventist history—a week that sees the 149th anniversary of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination.
May 20, in 1863, was the first day of a "general council" of seventh-day Sabbath-keeping Adventists, held at Battle Creek, Michigan to consider whether to organize what they called "a General Conference." In 1861, the name Seventh-day Adventist had been adopted, in order to formalize ownership of the Review and Herald press. In 1862 the first conference, the Michigan conference of Seventh-day Adventists had been organized. But believers were spread across the northeast of the United States, not just in Michigan and the same needs that prompted the founding of the Michigan conference resulted in the call for Adventist leaders across the US to come to Battle Creek to consider a General Conference.
And on the next day, May 21, 1863, those leaders, under the chairmanship of J. M. Aldrich founded the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and elected John Byington the first President Uriah Smith the first Secretary, and E. S. Walker the first Treasurer.
On May 21 in 1950, “Faith for Today” aired for the first time on the TV station WABC, New York. It was the first Adventist television broadcast and owed much to the faith and vision of William Fagal. Adventist Television ministries started that day in 1950. That was this week in Adventist history.
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Our good news for this week comes from Philippians four, beginning in verse twelve. In the passage, the Apostle Paul says, “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
That’s our show for this week. Don’t forget, you can always visit news dot Adventist dot org for daily news and videos. Until next time, God bless.
-- transcribed by Carol Little