Saturday, November 24, 2007

University running out food

Source: Adventist News Network

This past Thursday, millions of Americans gave thanks for all their blessings, yet in a few hours, these same people made mad rushes to buy on-sale items before the surrounding mob did. And while all this is happening, an Adventist-owned university is literally running out food!

So what do you do to feed the estimated 3,200 students, faculty, and staff in a country where drought and hyperinflation have brought a national food crisis? Due to low food supply, Solusi University (located near Bulawayo, in the Southern part of Zimbabwe) is on the verge of sending its students home! The university has been facing this situation since February 2007.

Kumashinda Square located in Solusi University (near Bulawayo, Zimbabwe)

Adventist universities in North America such as Union College (Lincoln, Nebraska), Loma Linda University (Loma Linda, California), and Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Michigan) are collecting funds for Solusi.

"This has to be an ongoing effort," says Larry Blackmer, vice president for Education for the church in North America. "Otherwise, Solusi will get a bunch of food in one load and none afterward." Blackmer anticipates the project will continue for six months to a year.

Jaranda Street (Zimbabwe)

The first collection of funds, Blackmer says, has already been sent to the church's regional headquarters in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where the money will be used to purchase food in Botswana, Mozambique or South Africa and trucked across the border into Zimbabwe. University officials estimate US $120,000 would buy enough food in Zimbabwe's neighboring countries to sustain Solusi for a year.

University officials say they plan to obtain an irrigation system and farming equipment in an effort to achieve food self-sufficiency within six months.

Solusi University, established in 1894, is Zimbabwe's largest private university. The campus also includes an elementary school and a high school.

Go out and help someone in need --anyone! I'll guarantee you'll have a warm and satisfying feeling, more than what any Thanksgiving dinner or shopping spree can give!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

"The Happiest Place on Earth" isn't Disney World...

I seriously can't wait to get to the "Happiest the Happiest Place on Earth!" Now in case you're thinking of Disney World, let me correct myself: "The Happiest Place that will be on Earth!" Of course I'm talking about heaven! Think about it, Jesus is coming back for the second time to pick you up and take you to heaven! No more crying, no more death, no more sin…. Happiest place on earth, remember?

What will the New Jerusalem look like?
The Bible says the New Jerusalem will be laid out in the shape of a square. There are 3 gates on each side of the city, and since the city is a square, there are 12 gates in total. On the gates are written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. Each gate is made of a single pearl and the gates will always be open!

The foundations of the City are decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation is Jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst! Talk about colorful!

The New Jerusalem’s streets are made of pure gold! So pure, that it is like transparent glass! There is also a river, clear as crystal, flowing through the city from the throne of God. On both sides of this river is the Tree of Life! This tree gives a different kind of fruit every month, and it'll be for the "healing of the nations."

Jesus is also creating us a mansion for when we get there! Our own mansion made by the King of the entire universe, just for us!

Spending time with my Savior is going to be so amazing! I really don't want to miss out! Hope to see you there!

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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Generation of Youth for Christ 2007

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Last year, over 2,600 young people registered for the Generation of Youth for Christ meetings in Baltimore, Maryland. Over 4,000 showed up for the Sabbath events and activities. Now if you're going, "Wait, what? 4,000 young people like me, and I wasn't there? What's going on?" then allow me to explain. Generation of Youth for Christ (formerly General Youth Conference) is an Adventist movement organized and led by young adults. Since the first annual conference in 2002, more and more people are attending every year.

This year’s conference will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minnesota from December 19-23, 2007. And what is this year’s theme? Simple: “Be,” as in “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Roman 12:2) With 17 seminars and their national and internationally recognized presenters along with 8 plenary speakers, this year’s conference is sure to be inspirational!

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