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 ... health outreach in the U.K. meets Olympic enthusiasm - Church leaders call for harmony as questions surround women’s ordination - And a multi-million dollar grant funds development projects in the Solomon Islands
ANN Video Full Episode transcript - July 6, 2012
This week on Adventist News Network, health outreach in the U.K. meets Olympic enthusiasm
… Church leaders call for harmony as questions surround women’s ordination
… and a multi-million dollar grant funds development projects in the Solomon Islands
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 this week.
First in the news, Adventists in the United Kingdom are gearing up for this year’s Summer Olympics. As the country prepares to host one of the world’s biggest sporting events, Adventists are finding ways to reach an influx of athletes and tourists. They’re opening community cafes where neighbors and friends can watch the games, meet church members and enjoy refreshments. Adventists also plan to pass out copies of a special “Olympics Edition” of Steps to Christ by church co-founder Ellen White. Adventists in the region say health is perhaps the church’s biggest connection to the Olympic games. Many churches in the U.K. are hosting sports and fitness events, including basketball camps and bike rides. Others are organizing health expos to inspire positive lifestyle changes and encourage healthy, active living.
Adventist world church leaders are responding to regional administrators who have shown support for women’s ordination. In a recent statement, top church officials urged local leaders to move forward in harmony with the world church. The call comes after several church administrative units voted to further the role of women in ministry. Some voted to support the idea of women as ministers, while others took independent actions to make women’s ordination a reality. The statement reminds local church administrators that only a decision by the Adventist world church can change official policy on women’s ordination. It also urges local leaders to join in a current Adventist Church study of ordination. Over the next several years, church leaders will explore the Biblical theology behind the tradition of ordination.
Church members in Jakarta, Indonesia are celebrating one hundred years of Adventism in the city. Australian missionary Petra Tunheim first established an Adventist congregation in Jakarta in nineteen twelve. The small group of believers met secretly due to government restrictions. Today, the Adventist community in Jakarta is vibrant and growing. Fifteen thousand Adventists gathered in West Jakarta to celebrate their church history and look to the future. The centenary also drew public officials, including the mayor of West Jakarta, who thanked Adventists for their community impact.
Pedestrians in Villa Nueva, Guatemala were met with a surprise recently. Adventist young people carried signs offering prayer and messages of hope for the at-risk community. Gang activity and drug trafficking have made Villa Nueva one of the country’s ten most violent cities. The community recently shut down neighborhood streets over the weekend so families could enjoy safe recreation. Now, Adventists are taking the opportunity to impact hundreds of these families. They carry signs that read “We’re praying for you” and other messages. Local church leaders say the prayer campaign is part of a witnessing program in south central Guatemala that will grow to include health outreach and book fairs.
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency in the Solomon Islands has agreed to carry out dozens of humanitarian aid projects funded by the European Union. The more than two million dollar grant will fund the construction of six new clinics in the region. Each clinic includes staff housing, community toilets, lighting, a permanent water supply and solar power to run a refrigerator for storing vaccines. The grant will also fund the renovation of twelve existing clinics in the Solomon Islands. ADRA officials say leftover funding from the European Union will provide clean water systems for dozens of remote villages. Three more villages will receive coconut mills to support their economy by making coconut oil.
This week the church’s official television network, Hope Channel, launched Ministry in Motion, a new program to support pastors and other church leaders. Ministry in Motion co-host Anthony Kent sat down with Derek Morris earlier today to talk about the program.
Thanks so much.
Tell us about this new program, Ministry in Motion.
Well I am really excited, Anthony, because it is a program where we explore best practices for ministry in the twenty-first century, it is fresh and it is practical.
Who is the program for?
Well actually, you are the host of the program and I am your co-host so we are working together, it is for pastors and lay leaders and I am just excited to see how God has been leading in this journey.
Exactly. Derek, who are some of the guests that we are looking forward to hosting?
Well sometimes one, sometimes two guests – specialists. One, Mark Finley is going to be talking about life changing evangelistic preaching. Willie and Elaine Oliver, great program on how to protect your marriage and another one on how to have a healthy relationship with your children. I know as we engage with these specialists and we are impacted as seasoned leaders, we know it is going to bless tens of thousands of leaders around the world.
You are right. Now how can somebody watch this program?
Well it is going to be delivered in a variety of ways, it will be on the Hope Channel in North America on Direct TV channel 368 and you can find the schedule by going to the Hope Channel website. Also it will be available as a podcast, on our website, ministry in motion dot TV. It will be available a lot of different ways.
Right. Is there any cost involved in watching the program?
Absolutely free and also free to download and share with friends and leaders. It will be a resource that will be extremely helpful.
How does someone contact us about the program?
Well they can certainly go to our website which is up and running at ministry in motion dot TV or they can write to us at feedback at ministry in motion dot TV if they would like to share some suggestions or some areas they would like to learn.
Thanks so much, Derek.
Welcome back. Here’s Sandra Blackmer with a preview of this month’s issue of Adventist World.
There is no shortage of mission stories within the Adventist Church. Our call to take the gospel message worldwide has spurred countless people to travel to far-off places on short-term mission trips to share God’s love. Hein and Melissa Myburgh, however, who are featured in the July Adventist World and run an independent ministry called Mukuyu Outreach in a remote region of southern Zambia, call the place “home” and say they are there to stay.
The Myburgh’s outreach ministry is surrounded by a population plagued with poverty and superstition, a low education level, and no reliable health-care system. But in the last six years Hein and Melissa have built an orphanage; developed a medical launch for tribal groups living along the banks of the Zambezi River; created a women’s training center and a community center to help feed senior citizens; set up a Bible-worker evangelism program; and built a school.
What could entice a young married couple to leave a comfortable lifestyle in South Africa to live in a snake-infested region with no indoor plumbing, no electricity other than that provided by a generator, and limited medical resources? I guess you’ll just have to read the story to find out.
Also don’t miss the special feature on the Generation of Youth for Christ event convening in Austria later this month, as well as Lynn Burton’s take on the biblically challenging topic of speaking in tongues. This is definitely a can’t-put-it-down issue.
Adventist Single Adult Ministries offers support for church members dealing with death or divorce. Andre Hicks has more.
Most Single Adults have had their heart broken during this journey called life. ASAM (Adventist Single Adult Ministries) can educate our single adults, in healing their hearts.
Life with a spouse is an exceptionally beautiful experience for most couples. Death or divorce may unsettle our sense of who we are, blame and/or distrust others, and at times shakes our confidence in God. Grief is a natural response to loss. Because losses by death or divorce are extremely painful - survivors go through stages in the grief process - denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.
Regarding Grief, the way out is walking through it! Do not set a timeframe for grieving based on another survivor’s coping style. Healing from death or divorce takes time. However, time does not heal unless appropriate efforts are directed towards this goal. Getting back to life’s routines helps to provide a sense of control over what seems totally out of control.
Awakening the heart to love again is a choice! When the will of God is released, this act engages the creative powers of the Holy Spirit. It is He who brings grace, strength, and healing to the distraught heart.
This week our Facebook and Twitter followers discussed how singles can live full, happy lives. Megan Brauner has some of their thoughts in this week’s Adventist social media highlights.
Last week we asked for advice from our happily married social media followers, so this week, we wanted to hear from the single people. We asked you to tell us your secrets to a satisfying life.
On Twitter Katie Layne says balance is the key. She says it’s easy to be wrapped up in singleness and focusing all your time on dating, work or friends, but we can find balance in Christ.
Tofu agrees that dating shouldn’t be an obsession. He says, don’t brood on the fact you are single, have fun with friends to just keep yourself positive.
Our Facebook friends also weighed in. Carol Anne said, Find something you are passionate about, maybe gardening, maybe sports, maybe just walking your dog, but trust God for the future - "whatsoever state you are in, be content."
Arlene says she finds it pretty easy to stay positive. She says, As long as I have God in my life I’m very happy... To be happy as a single you must let God to be the ruler of your life... Let Him use you in doing His ministry...you entrust yourself to the Lord.
And Arwenn says she trusts God to do things in his time. She says, surrender to Him everything and give Him the right to control your life because He knows what's best for us.
Thanks to all our participants for another great week in social media. We hope our viewers in the United States had a great July 4th, and don’t forget to check our Facebook and Twitter page next week for a new discussion question.
A recent training event in Mongolia explored how stewardship can support the church’s emphasis on spiritual renewal. Erika Puni has more.
Seven recommendations to improve stewardship ministries strategies were voted for consideration and implementation by the Adventist Church in the Northern-Asia Pacific region at a Stewardship Summit held in May, in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia – just one of the countries served by the church in that region. A summit like this one, typically targets top regional administrative church leadership, including executive committee members, officers and departmental leaders, as well as selected theologians from the region’s Adventist Universities and Colleges, selected pastors and lay delegates. There were approximately 80 participants in all, including pastors from Mongolia – where the Summit was being held.
The aim was to provide specialized orientation in stewardship ministries for these delegates. The emphasis was on a holistic approach to stewardship and how Biblical stewardship can serve the church’s emphasis on world-wide revival and reformation, at both personal and corporate levels; and inform the practice of leadership. Attendees seemed to appreciate this approach which certainly includes encouraging members to be faithful to God by returning His tithe and giving freewill offerings.
Still ahead on Adventist News Network, supporting church growth in India.
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A new Hope Channel program is ministering to the needs of pastors and other church leaders. Carmen McMurdy has this week’s update from the church’s official television network.
Your local pastor ministers to everyone, but who ministers to your minister?
Well Hope Channel is doing exactly that.
A new program called "Ministry in Motion" is starting this month on Hope Channel.
The show is hosted by Derek Morris -- Host of "Hope Sabbath School and editor of Ministry Magazine.
While the primary focus of the program is the needs of pastors and those in church leadership, anyone with an interest in doing ministry will enjoy the show.
Topics include leadership problems, protecting the marriage from ministry stresses, avoiding burnout, effective preaching and Bible study.
"Ministry in Motion" airs Mondays at 8:30 AM Eastern and Tuesday and Fridays at 2pm Eastern time on Hope Channel's North America feed.
You've heard about the 13 separate Hope Channels available over the air around the world, but have you heard of Hope Channel Poland, Hope Channel Indonesia, Hope Channel Italy, Hope Channel Hungary, Hope Channel Philippines?
These five new channels are internet channels that are joining the Hope Channel family.
They join other the internet channels Hope Channel Norway, Hope Channel Czech, Hope Channel Bulgaria, and Hope Channel Ukraine.
Some of these channels will become regular satellite channels by the end of the year, but only after they have produced at least 1500 programs and meet stringent criteria in production values and financial stability.
Hope Channel continues to grow explosively around the world.
Stayed tuned in the coming months for even more exciting news about how Hope Channel is taking the everlasting gospel around the world!
For Hope Channel, I'm Carmen McMurdy!
As the Adventist Church continues to grow in India, the church supporting ministry Maranatha is working to make sure new members have education opportunities and places to worship.
The Seventh-day Adventist church is growing rapidly in India.
Over the last ten years, membership has grown from just over 100,000 to more than 1.5 million. This immense growth has created a great need for new places to worship. Adventist church leadership in India has requested the help of Maranatha Volunteers International in responding to this need.
Since 1998, Maranatha has had a continuous presence in India bringing churches and schools to the vast country. During this time, more than 1,500 churches and nine school campuses have been built all over India.
Now, the One-Day Church program is helping Maranatha continue to respond to this immense need. In a short time, 115 One-Day Churches have been built in India and an additional 125 are planned for construction in 2012.
New church members want a quality, Christian education for their children. Each day, thousands of children learn about the world around them and about the God that loves them in schools Maranatha Volunteers International have built.
In 2012, volunteers built two One-Day School campuses in the southern part of the country. Maranatha is currently organizing two additional volunteer teams to build 16 One-Day School classrooms on an existing but over-crowded campus.
Learn how you can get involved in helping the people of India and all over the world at maranatha.org.
When we come back after the break, this week’s iShare report.
And coming up later, the man behind the church’s early support of mission work.
Welcome back. Let’s turn to Sergio Gonzales to find out what news you reported this week.
Sergio Gonzalez Welcome to iShare, where you bring us the news. This week we heard from Vicky Duran, who told us about three young Adventist boys who are participating in the World Choir Games. The event takes place after a three week tour of the Eastern United States. The boys perform European-style music with North Star Boys Choir. Congratulations to Marc, Connor and Misha on your accomplishment, and we wish you the best on your tour.
Have a story of your own to share? Send us your video and photos at news.adventist.org/ishare.
Adventist chaplains help thousands of law enforcement officers and emergency first responders navigate difficult work circumstances. Gary Councell explains.
When you see a police officer, do you think of them as one of God’s ministers? The Apostle Paul in Romans 13 tells us God established them as His servants. The thin blue line of men and women who serve and protect their neighbors and communities from harm daily perform challenging and difficult tasks while facing the possibility of personal injury or death. Who ministers to the policeman or woman who has just investigated an accident with severely injured or broke up a domestic, drunken disturbance, or pulled a body from the river? These traumatic events affect emergency first responders. Chaplains to law enforcement agency personnel are there to assist and support those who protect and defend. Nearly thirty Adventist ministers, including four denominational leaders, serve the greater community as police chaplains. Last year nearly 200 law enforcement officers were killed performing their duties. It matters not how they died, but how they lived and what they lived for. If you are called to serve beyond the four walls of your church, contact Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries about how you can become a chaplain in your community.
Now let’s turn to David Trim for a look at Adventist history. This week, an early church treasurer launches a program to support worldwide mission work.
Welcome to this week in Adventist history.
On the 1st of July in 1858, Walter T. Knox was born in Pittsburgh. From 1897 to 1909 he was President successively of the California Conference and the Pacific Union Conference; then for 13 years, from 1909 until 1922, he served as Treasurer of the General Conference. Knox was chiefly responsible for establishing a financial program that supported worldwide mission work by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Also on July 1st, in 1937, Helen Druillard died in Madison, Tennessee. Born Helen Rankin, she had been treasurer of the Nebraska Conference, then, as a missionary treasurer, of the South Africa Conference, before later being convicted of the need to work for Blacks in America’s South. She founded Riverside Sanitarium in Tennessee and later cofounded Madison College.
On July 2 in 1997: W. Duncan Eva, former GC Vice-President (1966-73), died in Clarksville, Maryland. South African-born Eva served as a long-term missionary, and was chairman of the committee that drafted the Church’s first official Fundamental Beliefs.
On the 4th of July in 1890, the magazine “Our Little Friend” was first published. For 56 years, it was the only Adventist publication for children.
And on July 5, 1894, the first Adventist missionaries arrived in what today is Zimbabwe, having made a long journey from South Africa by ox wagon. Soon after they established a school at Solusi—today’s Solusi University.
That was this week, in Adventist history.
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Our good news for this week comes from Isaiah forty. Verse thirty-one says, “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall. But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
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-- transcribed by Carol Little