Friday, August 16, 2013

Mob attacks and burns Adventist church in Egypt

In Egypt, Muslim neighbors rescued a Seventh-day Adventist pastor and his wife from their burning church on Wednesday night.

According to Adventist News Network, a mob attacked and set fire to the Assiut Seventh-day Adventist Church during political rioting.

The church's pastor and his wife had been hiding from the mob in their upstairs apartment above the church and were not found by the mob, ANN reported.

You can read the full article by Adventist News Network below:

Monday, August 12, 2013

In Serbia, European Adventist youth impact community, strengthen faith

[Photos: Corrado Cozzi/Adventist News Network]

Seventh-day Adventist young people helped clear the air this week in Novi Sad’s Liberty Square, where they asked passers-by to trade their cigarettes for watermelon and other fresh fruit on a warm summer day.

Benjamin Zihlman and Reimo Butscher from Switzerland expressed surprise when most of the residents were willing to swap not just their lit cigarettes, but their entire pack of cigarettes. Others went further, indicating a desire to quit smoking altogether and exchanging contact information with the young volunteers.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Adventist boy still missing in Bangladesh after deadly building collapse

In Bangladesh, an Adventist boy is still missing after a building collapsed and killed more than 1,000 people.

Adventist News Network reports Bitu Baroi had been working at one of the garment factories inside the building when it collapsed on April 24.

The eight-story building housed five garment factories that employed thousands of workers, according to the Associated Press.

Ten Adventist young people were among the first responders. They helped rescue 30 victims, four of whom, were still alive, ANN reported. A few days later, 125 more Adventist youth helped the rescue teams.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Buzzfeed features Adventist culture: "31 Signs You Grew Up Seventh-Day Adventist"

Buzzfeed is a popular website famously known for posting funny lists on just about everything.

On Friday, it featured Adventist culture in the United States with a post titled, "31 Signs You Grew Up Seventh-Day Adventist"

Saturday, April 6, 2013

7-year-old kid preaches at more than 50 churches

Samuel Green is only 7 years old, but is preaching God's love!

(Photo by Joe Ellis/The Clarion-Ledger)

Who says kids can't preach or be in charge of church service? Age is no limit for this 3rd-grader in Jackson, Miss.

For the past two years, Samuel Green has preached his own memorized sermons at more than 50 churches and events —and he's only 7 years old!

USA Today featured the Seventh-day Adventist kid preacher in an article reprinted from a local newspaper.

Here's how he does it:

Saturday, March 23, 2013

One year later, Adventist pastor still in Togo prison

Adventist Pastor Antonio Monteiro, center, prays during a recent visit with church leaders in the Civil Prison of Lomé, where he has been held without bail for a year. [photo credit: Adventist News Network]

A year after Seventh-day Adventist Pastor Antonio Monteiro was imprisoned in Togo on unsupported charges, church lawyers and human rights activists are redoubling efforts to secure his release.

Togolese government officials this week rejected the Adventist Church’s fifth request for Monteiro’s immediate release, according to a lawyer from the church’s Sahel Union Mission working closely on the case.

Global Youth Day was the Adventist Church’s largest social media event

Last Saturday’s Global Youth Day was the single largest international mobilization of Seventh-day Adventists through social media, said Gilbert Cangy, the world church’s Youth Ministries director.

As hundreds of thousands of Adventist youth participated in community outreach, the church’s Youth departments worldwide reported their service activities live on Hope Channel in Australia, Germany and the United States.

More than 80,000 youth were connected through the social media – including Facebook and Twitter – and over 4 million people were talking about the initiative on the Internet.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Youth around the world are skipping church today to share God

On Sabbath, March 16, millions of youth around the world will hear one less sermon and instead BE the sermon.

Instead of sitting in church and listening to a sermon, the General Conference Youth Ministries Department wants youth to share God through acts of kindness in their communities. The GC Youth Ministries Dept. says 8 million youth will be participating.

This is all part of something called Global Youth Day. The theme is "One in Compassion," and it is meant to kick off the worldwide Youth Week of Prayer.

Why they're doing it

The GC wants youth to feel that they are part of a global movement and that they are all working together with a common mission of service.

The Youth Department hopes Global Youth Day will be "a much needed positive and constructive response to perceived fragmentation," according to the department's proposal.

So here's the plan:

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Anti-Christian mobs burn Adventist homes and churches in Pakistan

Residents of a Christian community in eastern Pakistan, among them Seventh-day Adventists, are reeling after a mob torched their homes and businesses in response to alleged insults against Muhammad.

The unrest began last week after a report circulated that a young Christian man had committed blasphemy against Islam’s prophet. By March 9, the situation had escalated and thousands of protesters began setting fire to property owned by Christians in a Lahore neighborhood.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Why Sabbath is extra special for these students

College students share what Sabbath means to them in this new video by Southern Adventist University.

Bored on Sabbath? Here are some ideas that might help!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

How to write a worship song (in 5 minutes or less)

Too funny! Favorite part: the slides.

What do you think? Add your comments below:

Friday, February 15, 2013

Coming Soon: Adventist Church's steampunk miniseries to begin production this Monday

The Record Keeper banner

This Monday, production will begin on a new steampunk miniseries sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist world church headquarters, according to the North American Division.

The Record Keeper, is a new take on "The Great Controversy" by Ellen G. White, according to Adventist News Network (ANN).

The 11-episode series is scheduled to be released online this Spring, according to its Facebook page.

The project is being produced by Big Puddle Films, and is funded by the Adventist World Church and private donations, according to ANN.

You can watch the pilot episode below:

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Adventist Universities do the Harlem Shake

Students at Walla Walla University joined the latest online craze when they danced the Harlem Shake at the library Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Students were asked to follow two ground rules before participating in the video: don't break anything and keep the dance moves silly and appropriate.

Students at other Adventist universities have also been doing their own versions of the Harlem Shake.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

NBA Player Chris Paul agrees to meet with Adventist girl who lost her mom to cancer

UPDATE: Chris Paul agrees to meet with Leah Clayton. Watch her reaction

Image credit: NBA

Students at Southern Adventist University have been asking us to spread the word about this. So we're joining them to #HelpLeeMeetCP3.

Laurence Clayton, a student at Southern Adventist University, had a very difficult decision to make.

His mom had terminal cancer and he didn't know how long she would live.

But Laurence was only one semester away from graduating. If he stayed at school, there would be a chance that his mom would get to see him become a college graduate. However, there was also a chance she could die without her son at her side.

Friday, January 25, 2013

He is Something more.

"One man's life changed the course of history for billions of people across the globe. He is both revered and reviled, famed and feared and you know who he is without a single mention of his name." —Moving Works

Content Advisory: If blood makes you squeamish, feel free to skip past 00:06-00:12. It shows a just-born baby that still has some blood on him.

Friday, January 11, 2013

The 25 Best Adventist memes of 2012

Memes. Oh, memes...

2012 definitely flooded our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds with those pictures.

In case you you don't know what a meme is (we won't judge you), a meme is "an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture," according to the dictionary.

Well, soon people started creating memes about Seventh-day Adventist culture in North America.

These memes —part humor, part commentary, and part self-reflection— gave us a chance to look at ourselves and laugh.

And while you may be as tired of memes (as we are), we thought we'd take one last look at some of our favorite Adventist memes of 2012 (give or take a few days).

So here are our favorites, in no particular order. Credit for each meme can be found beneath each image. At the bottom of the post, vote for your favorite meme. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

1,500 Adventist youth march against world hunger

Hundreds of young people march to end world hunger

Photo credit: Nathan Brown / Facebook

1,500 Adventist young people decided this week that #enoughisenough.

On Jan. 3, around 1,500 Adventist kids and teens marched the streets of Brisbane, Australia asking people to do more to end world hunger, Record magazine reported.

Watch live online: 1,800 Adventist youth attend South Pacific Division youth congress

Pastor Sam Leonor addresses the hundreds of youth gathered at the World Changers Youth Congress

Photo credit: Nathan Brown / Facebook

More than 1,800 Adventist young people are camping out and worshipping together at a division-wide youth congress in Australia, Record magazine reported.

Kids from more than 14 countries across the South Pacific are attending the South Pacific Division's World Changers Youth Congress in Brisbane, Queensland.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Next GYC conference to take place in Orlando

The 13th annual Generation of Youth for Christ (GYC) conference is scheduled to happen January 1-5, 2014 in Orlando, Fla.

According to the event website, the theme will be “Before Men and Angels,” and is based on a Bible verse found in 1 Corinthians 4:9:

"For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men." 1 Cor. 4:9 (NKJV)

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