A Hand Out and a Hand Up
The story of Adugnaw Worku, “A Hand Out and a Hand Up” (May 2011), is very encouraging and inspiring. I pray and hope that those young people who read this article will also be inspired and encouraged to follow his footsteps. Acquiring an Adventist Christian education is not only for the rich and young but for everyone who is determined, diligent, and has perseverance in what they aspire for with God’s leading, guidance, and blessings.
Rosie Clamor Abraham
London, United Kingdom
Of Hope and New Birth
I was touched by the poem “New Birth,” penned by Kathryn Barnett Elting (February 2011). There is a message of hope in her poem. Once the Holy Spirit comes to us and convicts us of all our sins, wickedness, and transgressions, a new birth from our old nature unfolds and comes to reality. There are things to abandon, as did Paul, who considered all he once considered as his wealth, honor, riches, higher education, and worldly prestige trash—as the poem’s author portrayed. From where I stand, earthly things such as talents, honor, wealth, and prestige are not contrary to our Christian faith as long as they are not above God’s laws and commandments.
As long as God is on top of our priorities (such as obedience to His commands), then wherever and whatever we do, as long as it does not violate God’s will, would be on the right track.
I hope Elting will write more poems like this one in future editions of the Adventist World.
Quezon City, Philippines
When Someone Cares
In the January 2011 issue of Adventist World, Jean Cummings responded to Sudha Khristmukti’s story, “Mustaq”
(October 2010). Why is Cummings surprised and appalled at Mustaq’s story? In most schools around the world some unfortunate child is picked on to some degree. I was picked on, and sadly, after I was accepted, I picked on another child. Bullying of any degree is not acceptable.
I happen to know Sudha and her family well. Her parents, now deceased, were two years senior to me in medical school. Sudha was born during
their residency years. Our ways then parted as we left to serve in different mission hospitals in India. So I was very interested to read Sudha’s article, someone whom I had known only as a baby.
I have managed to track her down and make contact. This was her experience when she was in school. The school was run by a non-Seventh-day Adventist Christian church—there are scores of such schools in India. The majority of students in these schools are non-Christian, but Adventist children in Adventist schools also bully at times. In Mustaq’s case someone did care, and that was Sudha, a Christian who demonstrated Christ’s spirit and rallied her friends to help Mustaq.
Cummings is right in pointing out that such sad things happen at times in our own churches.
I am a retired pastor living in Spain. I’m currently working on a Global Mission project in the province of Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha, where we have organized two new groups, Ciudad Real and Tomelloso. I frequently receive Adventist World, and I congratulate you on this special magazine. The last issue I read was dated October 2010, and I could empathize with the spirit of Global Mission (see cover story “Mission Matters,” by Stephen Chavez). I found wonderful ideas in the articles—inspiration to assist in the completion of our holy task of preparing the world for the glorious return of my Jesus.
I loved the article “Hungering for the Word,” by Sylvia Renz. I identified with her experience of living the Word of God. The article “The Greatest Story Rarely Told,” by Herbert E. Douglass, is on a profound subject, but the author wrote briefly and explained things well, so it was simple to understand. I photocopied this article and sent it to a friend.
I wish your magazine, Adventist World, and Global Mission would spark a loud cry throughout the world.
Moisés Bolaño Herrera
My Favorite Things
Thank you for continuously publishing Adventist World. I love to read everything in the magazine, especially the Fundamental Beliefs and Discovering the Spirit of Prophecy articles—they deepen my understanding and faith.
I also like the cover stories and Adventist Service features, for they stir in me a desire to also witness for Christ in my own little ways. I share copies of this magazine with non-Adventists and strangers alike so that they too may find hope from the pages of the magazine. Again, thank you and God bless you.
Makati City, Philippines
Keeping Every Issue
Readers may have the same mind-set I had every time I came across a magazine: I look at the date and throw it away if it is not the “current” issue. I brought the same attitude to Adventist World, until one day out of sheer boredom I began to flip through the pages of “old” issues. I soon regretted having discarded all those back issues.
Adventist World is God’s all-weather message, immune to the dynamics of human developments. Please keep every issue you come across!
Johannesburg, South Africa
What an appropriate title Adventist World has! How grateful we are you can distribute it to almost the entire globe simultaneously.
May God bless your achievement—to unite our family of Adventists in one hope, Jesus Christ.
Warrington, United Kingdom