I am new to Adventism. Please pray for me to grow in faith, and for my parents to accept my religion.
Let’s all pray for more faith and love in Jesus. May the things of this world not disturb our beliefs and faith. Pray for my family and my health.
Please pray for my sister. She is serving as a missionary teacher and has experienced some discrimination in her mission field. Pray that God will intervene. Also, she needs some winter clothes and comforters. She has difficulty with the cold weather.
Pray for me, please. I am HIV positive and have cancer as a result.
Please pray for us. My mother has cancer and her condition is advanced. Please pray for her and my family to be protected in these difficult times.
Please pray that God’s hand will be over a young woman in her divorce and child custody situation. We need His power and intervention for a satisfactory conclusion to a difficult set of circumstances, and His peace for all.
—Tia, United States
I need prayer about spiritual struggles. I haven’t been to church in a long time and have not respected the Sabbath like I should.
I gave up smoking cigarettes five years ago, but 34 years of it have damaged my lungs, and I now have obstructive lung disease. I became an Adventist five years ago and am very interested in the health emphasis of the church. Is there anything that can be done for my lungs, or are they beyond hope?
The name “chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,” or COPD, is used for the disorder seen in many smokers in which the bronchi become chronically inflamed and narrowed. The small air sacs often are broken and excess mucus is produced, giving rise to chronic cough and sputum production. The disorder tends to be progressive—especially in anyone unable to stop smoking—and leads to breathlessness and wheezing.
It used to be more common in men, but as men as a group have reduced their smoking and women have taken up the habit, we now see equal numbers with COPD. It’s on course to become the third-largest killer in the world, especially as smoking is becoming such a problem in developing countries.
People with COPD often report an inability to tolerate exercise as the major symptom, and fatigue accompanies this exercise intolerance. It’s in this fatigue and lack of exercise that we have the cause of the general problem of muscle weakness seen in people with COPD.
Because exercise makes for breathlessness, many people with COPD become sedentary. This leads to a decrease in aerobic muscle fibers and blood supply. There’s an increase in inflammatory cells in the muscle and a faster rate of cell death. Couple this with the weight gain that often accompanies inactivity, and we have a formula for disaster.
Actually, because you have stopped smoking, there will have been an improvement in your lung function; unfortunately, much damage is not repairable.
Although exercise will not change the lungs’ capacities, it will ease the muscular and circulation problems. It does this by building muscle function, which bolsters the muscles of respiration by strengthening the diaphragm and intercostal muscles. Exercise also reduces anxiety and depression, which builds positive feedback to the exercise process. Another factor that may be of great significance is the reduction in sensitivity to breathlessness in the brain. This helps a person to push a little more with exercise.
The process of pulmonary rehabilitation involves a group of specialists. Some specialists will help with obtaining relief from bronchospasm, and the possible use of oxygen mixed with helium may ease the work of breathing. This emphasis, however, is aimed at permitting more exercise, the cornerstone of improvement.
Walking is the best exercise to begin with, but guidance by a physical therapist can be invaluable in building muscle strength, endurance, and mass.
Many hospitals have outpatient programs for pulmonary rehabilitation, and you would be well advised to take advantage of such a program. A typical program will run for eight weeks, with three sessions a week of three hours each.
It’s with difficulty that we overcome the years of abuse, but life is worth the effort. It’s a pity that so many young people are being ensnared by nicotine addiction in their youth. The statistics show that 90 percent who commence smoking in their teens are still smoking in their 50s. If only youth realized what age will tell, they would avoid so many hazards to health!
For centuries a vast network of trade routes linked Europe and Asia. As they meandered through kingdoms and empires, far more than goods were traded. These travelers also exchanged ideas and beliefs.
Today this ancient Silk Road marks a path where Christianity is hardly known—cities with no Adventist believers, whole regions without Christian congregations. This path travels through places such as the Middle East, India, China, and central Asia. One of these countries is Kyrgyzstan. This mountainous, landlocked country in central Asia is bordered by Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and China.
The earliest known inhabitants of Kyrgyzstan were Sakan-speakers. They were gradually overrun by Turkic expansion into central Asia, and by the fifth century A.D. the first known Turkic state was established in central Asia. Today Kyrgyzstan is one of six countries in the world (including Turkey) with Turkic roots.
Mongols conquered the region during the 1200s and subdivided the country’s regions among a number of chieftains. China took over Kyrgyzstan in 1758 and maintained control until the Khanate of Kokand conquered Kyrgyzstan during the 1830s. In 1876 the Russian Empire expanded into central Asia and declared Kyrgyzstan its own. Russia made Kyrgyzstan into an autonomous region from 1924 until 1936, when it officially became part of the Soviet Union. On August 31, 1991, Kyrgyzstan declared independence from the Soviet Union. Exactly four months later on December 31, the Soviet Union dissolved, and Kyrgyzstan gained its independence.
Today two main ethnic groups live in Kyrgyzstan. The larger group is the Kirghiz, who make up more than half of the population. They have their own language and are known historically as nomadic tradespeople who live in yurt homes made of wool and animal skins. Their traditional way of life was to herd sheep, goats, and cattle. Today only a small minority of Kirghiz live in yurts, and those who do use them do so only during the summer in the mountains. Nearly all Kirghiz are Muslim, organized into large kinship groups called clans. Families play an important part in Kirghiz social lives. A household can be made up of multiple generations living under one roof. These clans can transcend regional and national politics and government offices.
The other group in Kyrgyzstan is the Russians, who make up nearly 20 percent of the population. Most speak Russian as their primary language and live in Kyrgyzstan’s cities, commonly working in the technical or industrial field. People in urban areas mostly live in Soviet-era apartment buildings or small, one-level houses. Nearly all are members of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Adventists in Kyrgyzstan
Kirghiz and Russian
Muslim and Russian Orthodox
ADVENTIST TO POPULATION RATIO
* General Conference Office of Archives and Statistics, 146th Annual Statistical Report—2008
Kyrgyzstan is part of the Southern Union Conference in the Euro-Asia Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Shortly after the end of Communism in 1993, there were 10 Adventist churches in Kyrgyzstan, with a membership of 667. Today the church has nearly doubled in size, but there is still a long way to go to reach the people of this country.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church took a special offering this past spring for central Asia, called “Lighting a Path of Hope,” as part of the 2010 General Conference session, which will help the Adventist Church grow over the next five years in this challenging mission field through a variety of ministries, including education, media, literature, Global Mission pioneers, family and health, humanitarian care, and tentmakers.
To learn more about the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s worldwide mission work and the “Lighting a Path of Hope” offering, visit www.AdventistMission.org.
Jesus invites us to come to Him just as we are. It is not necessary to change before we come; as we respond to the invitation, by the convicting power of His Holy Spirit we will be changed. We come to Jesus just as we are, but we don’t stay as we are. The same grace that pardons us empowers us; it’s all of grace. His grace enables us to grow as Christians. There’s no such thing as a genuinely committed Christian who is not a growing Christian. Jesus daily imparts the grace we need to grow. In this lesson we will study how to keep growing in grace.
1Read 2 Peter 3:17, 18. What solemn warning and earnest appeal does the apostle Peter give to each one of us?
2As a result of Adam and Eve’s fall in the Garden of Eden, our planet was plunged into sin. Read Romans 5:17, 20. What does Jesus offer to counteract the ultimate consequences of the Fall? What incredible good news! God’s grace is greater than our sin. Where sin abounds, God’s grace abounds much more. Through grace the chains of sin are broken. Through grace Satan is a defeated foe. Through grace we are victorious over the wiles of the evil one. Whatever hold sin has upon us, as we daily grow in grace the stranglehold of sin is broken.
3Read James 4:6. What is one of the basic conditions of receiving God’s life-changing grace? Humility of heart is a fundamental prerequisite of receiving Christ’s transforming grace. Pride shuts us out from His grace. It is our acknowledgment of our basic need for Jesus and His grace that prepares us to receive it.
4Read Titus 2:11-14. According to the apostle Paul, what does this grace of God, which has appeared to all humanity, accomplish in our lives?
5Read Romans 6:14; 8:14-17. How is the bondage of sin broken in our lives? What does it mean to be under law? What does it mean to be under grace? God’s grace breaks the bondage of sin in our lives. We are no longer under the condemnation of the law we have broken. To be “under the law” means to be under the law as a method of salvation. If this is true for us, we will daily feel the pangs of guilt over breaking the law; we will be in bondage. Filled with condemnation, we will feel hopeless of ever being saved. But if we are under grace, it is a different story altogether. To be under grace means that grace is our method of salvation. His grace pardons us, empowers us, and transforms us.
6Read 2 Peter 1:2-4 and James 1:21. When will we grow in grace daily? How can growth in grace take place in our daily lives? God reveals His grace in His Word. As we fill our minds with the Word of God, His grace will flow into our lives. As we meditate upon His Word, we will have fresh glimpses of Jesus and His life-changing power.
7What promise does the apostle Paul give about receiving His life-changing grace in 2 Corinthians 3:17, 18? As we behold the glory of God in the selfless sacrifice of Christ upon the cross, our hearts are changed. We cannot remain the same in the light of God’s love streaming from Calvary. Growth in grace occurs as we spend time with Jesus. Beholding Him, we become like the One we most admire. Why not make a decision today that you will spend time with Jesus every day and watch what He does in your life?
Does the Bible teach that the Noah’s flood was universal?
An unbiased reading of Genesis 6-8 unquestionably demonstrates that Noah’s flood was universal. Reasons for its denial are located in sources from outside the Scriptures, such as scientific arguments and the mythology of the ancient Near East. Universal catastrophism can no longer be ignored. For instance, those who argue that the temperature on the planet is rising know very well that this phenomenon will result in catastrophes of a global nature. We may not be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the flood was universal, but we can clearly argue that this is what the Bible teaches. We will summarize here some of the biblical data.
1. Universality of Sin: The first two chapters of Genesis are mainly interested in the creation of our planet and all forms of life within it. It has a clearly universal outlook. Although the fall into sin takes place in the Garden of Eden, sin itself soon became a universal phenomenon (Rom. 5:12). By the time of Noah the human heart was corrupt beyond repair and “every inclination of the thoughts” of the human heart “was only evil all the time” (Gen. 6:5). “The earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence” (verse 11). Humans had corrupted their ways and, in order to correct this situation, the Lord was ready “to destroy both them and the earth” (verse 13). This emphasis on the universality of the problem points to the universality of the means used by the Lord to deal with it.
2.All Humans: The language used to refer to humans is also universal and all-inclusive: “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal”; God was grieved “that he had made human beings on the earth” (verses 3, 6). It is obvious that the phrase “that he had made” is referring to the creation of humans in Genesis 1:26-28. In other words, God is bringing to an end the lives, not of certain ethnic groups, but of the humankind He had originally created. The Lord’s preservation of Noah and his family demonstrates that the rest of humanity perished in the Flood: “Only Noah was left” (Gen. 7:23).
3. All Living Things: The language used to refer to the animals is also universal. God is bringing to an end “all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it” (Gen. 6:17; cf. Gen. 7:22). The language used here goes back to the Creation account (Gen. 1:30). In other passages we read: “Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth” (Gen. 7:21). The Lord was to “wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made” (verse 4). Again, the language points back to Creation (Gen. 2:6; 1:25). This is “the end,” the eschatological end of that generation. During the Flood God judged humankind: He gave humans a probationary time (Gen. 6:3), investigated the evidence (verse 5—“the Lord saw”), concluded that the earth was filled with violence (verse 13), pronounced a sentence (verse 7), and executed judgment against His creation (Gen. 7:11-24).
4. All the Waters: The Hebrew word mabbul is used exclusively to refer to the flood of Noah and not to local floods. Its waters destroyed all living things, including humans (Gen. 6:17), and covered the highest mountains of the earth (Gen. 7:20). The torrential rain and the breaking of the fountains of water of the earth lasted 40 days (verse 17). Noah had to wait inside the ark one year and 10 days (verse 11; Gen. 8:13, 14).
The Flood was a divine act that perhaps we’ll never be able to explain through the study of the natural world. It was a divine act of de-creation—almost returning the earth to its original condition—followed by the divine act of re-creation through an eternal covenant with humans and nature. When sin had apparently conquered the world, God preserved for Himself a faithful remnant through whom He would fulfill His plan for the human race. This universal judgment against human sin became a type of the universal judgment at the return of Christ (Matt. 24:38, 39). At that moment He will preserve His end-time remnant people.
In South America, Seventh-day Adventist Web Evangelism Rises For first time online viewers interact with pastor during series
Márcia Ebinger, South American Division
ONLINE EVANGELISM: Luís Gonçalves (center) was the speaker for “Countdown,” a region-wide outreach of the church’s South American Division.rom the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s South American headquarters in Brasilia, South American youth spent eight nights in “Countdown.” The web-based evangelistic effort ran from September 20-23 in Portuguese, and from September 27-20 in Spanish. Transmitted on esperanca.com.br and esperanzaweb.com, the two events were coordinated by the Youth Ministries Department of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in South America, along with the Evangelism, Novo Tempo [Hope Channel] Network, and other departments. The initiative made possible, for the first time, interaction between participants and the official speaker, Luís Gonçalves.
The Public Identifies the Topics The general program coordinator, Areli Barbosa, explained youth-targeted evangelism efforts require different language and music, and an opportunity for interaction between participants and presenters. “We are keeping up-to-date on modern media that reaches the youth, but the message we share is prophetic and biblical, that is, the same message that has [already] transformed so many lives,” he said.
YOUTH PARTICIPATION: Seventh-day Adventist youth participate as volunteers.According to Gonçalves, end-time topics were covered for two main reasons: “People are focused on the Mayan calendar and the possibility of the world ending this year, so it’s time to clarify the facts. In addition, we had a survey on the Internet offering various topics. Of all the options, prophetic subjects stood out as the public’s preference.”
For that matter, those who think youth aren’t interested in last-day events are fooling themselves. In a Youth Department survey, topics related to the Apocalypse and the end of the world were voted as being of greatest interest for Internet presentations. With these results in hand, the four topics chosen were “Signs of the Times,” “If there’s just one God, why so many religions?,” “The seal of God and the mark of the beast,” and “The enigmatic number 666.”
Members Volunteer in Web Evangelism
In Mogi das Cruzes, Sao Paulo, Carolina Rodrigues do Prado, 17, hopes that the program helped promote volunteer evangelism projects such as the one she has been coordinating for two years, called Tweet KM. It’s a group of 400 youth from various parts of the country who gather virtually to pray for friends and to post videos and Bible materials in a language used by youth. It has just one mission: to share the gospel with everyone.
“For us, Countdown was really important because it motivates us to use our talents to serve God,” says Rodrigues do Prado.Another important impact of the series sharing messages of biblical prophecy was that the hashtag #ContagemRegressiva made it, at various moments, onto the Trend Topics Brazil, a real-time list of Twitter’s most-published phrases. “We reached almost 2,000 tweets per hour at the start of the program, which translates to 1.7 million views (the number of times those tweets appeared on user timelines) per hour,” said Rogério Ferraz, the program’s technical coordinator.
Other numbers also stand out. Over the four nights of programming in Portuguese, 43,000 computers were connected with an estimated public of 84,000 users. In Spanish, there were 23,000 computers for some 45,000 users. These numbers were calculated with a sample of Internet users who responded to the question “How many people are watching the program with you?” Fifty-two percent watched the series with one or more companions, while 48 percent watched alone.
The average age of those watching “Countdown” in Portuguese was between 25 and 34 years old, and in Spanish the most frequent users were between 18 and 24.
Ferraz noted the program required a team of more than 40 professionals who, as he stated, “worked hard and held nothing back from making sure that every programming detail was done right.”
What People Said About Countdown
Johnatan Elías Adarme Rodríguez—Colombia: “This program has incredible potential, not just for South America, but for other areas, too. Here we have youth gathered in homes with groups of friends to watch “Countdown.” I suggest that other countries copy the idea.”
Fabiana Büchert Lerch—Venezuela: “Excellent initiative. There should be more programs like this.”
Silvia Fulchignoni—Brazil: “The program was really good. I wish we had live Bible studies online every day. I’m a businesswoman and my time is so limited.”
Viviane Souza Paz - Brazil: “You deserve congratulations for the [presentations]. I’m from another religious denomination and I’ve never understood the Bible as well as I do [now].”Besides the numbers, another thing that stands out was the interest many showed for learning more about the topics presented by Gonçcalves, the program speaker. Dozens of Internet users, from South America and around the world, sent questions about the signs of the coming of Jesus Christ, the millennium, the number of those who will be saved, etc. More than 50 countries were connected, including Mexico, the United States, Spain, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Colombia, South Korea, Fiji, Slovakia, and the Dominican Republic.
“Countdown” Points to Future Initiatives Erton Köhler, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in South America, said about this new evangelistic format, “The Internet-using public is growing. As a church we have to go where the people are. And if they’re on their computers, we have to go to them, speaking a language they understand.”
The project will have a sequel, Köhler said. “Once a year we will have Web evangelism in this same format. Beyond that, we will have video chats and other initiatives.” He pointed out that this first program will continue to be enhanced and “growing, maturing, we will reach a better understanding of how we should move forward with the Internet public.”
Leaders celebrated the fact that 1,869 people responded to the calls that were made at the end of each program–an example of technology being used to convert hearts to Christ.
ASeventh-day Adventist student was named Nicaragua’s “best student” after earning first place in a national competition measuring proficiency in math and science.
STUDENT HONOR: Nicaragua Adventist Vocational School student Nathon Leopold Hilton (center) is awarded by the country’s minister of education for scoring the highest in a national academic competition at a ceremony in Chiquilistagua Stadium in Managua on September 13, 2012.Nathon Leopold Hilton, 16, was recognized by Nicaragua’s Ministry of Education as the country’s top-scoring student during a ceremony at Chiquilistagua Stadium in Managua on September 13, 2012. The honor was based on Hilton’s performance on a national test covering mathematics, physics, biology, and chemistry.
Leopold, an eleventh grader, is the first student from Nicaragua Adventist Vocational School to receive such recognition, said school principal Felipe Cordero.
“We are excited for Nathon and that this recognition highlighted the school,” Cordero said, adding that school faculty and staff are committed to both strong academics and spiritual growth.
The school plans to hold a program to honor all the students who made district finals in various subjects, Cordero said.
More than 200 primary and secondary students are currently enrolled at Nicaragua Adventist Vocational School. The church’s Nicaragua Mission, headquartered in Managua, operates the school. Nearly 3,000 students attend 25 Adventist-run primary and secondary schools in Nicaragua.
There are roughly 62,000 Adventists in Nicaragua, a country with a population of about 3.2 million. —reported by Javier Castrellon/IAD Staff
EDITORIAL MEETING: Dozens of Seventh-day Adventist editors from two church-run publishing houses in South America met at regional church headquarters in Brasilia, Brazil, to integrate their efforts and network with colleagues.The council recognized the work of editors, encouraged collaboration between the two publishing houses, and provided resources and networking opportunities, church leaders said.
“Publishers are always offering so much to people, but they don’t always receive the support that they need in return,” said Erton Köhler, president of the church’s South American Division.
Numerous prominent Adventist editors led presentations during the conference. FormerAdventist Review and Adventist World editor William Johnsson shared lessons learned during his decades-long writing and editing career. Church historian, author, and editor George Knight offered examples from early church pioneers who helped shape the Adventist ministry of communication.
Alberto Timm, an associate director of the White Estate, and Wilmar Hirle, associate director of publishing ministries for the Adventist world church, spoke on major cultural and ecclesiological challenges the church is currently facing, and how editors can help offer clarity and context.
To Almir Marroni, a vice president for the South American Division, the conference served to motivate publishers, who, he said, play a key role in preparing the world for Christ’s second coming.
“The Seventh-day Adventist Church recognizes the importance of the ministry of those who were called by God to communicate the gospel through the written word in the last days of history,” Marroni said. —South American Division News with Adventist News Network
Directors of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International elected Jonathan Duffy, current CEO of ADRA Australia, to serve as president of the humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. A unanimous vote October 10, 2012, confirmed Duffy as the fourth president of the 28-year-old agency.
NEW ADRA PRESIDENT: Jonathan Duffy, since 2008 CEO of ADRA Australia, was elected president of ADRA International, the global humanitarian service of the Adventist Church, on October 10, 2012.According to Geoffrey Mbwana, board chair for ADRA International and a general vice president of the Seventh-day Adventist world church, the search “was a very transparent, very objective process, one that gathered information from all levels of the organization. This gave us a global input leading us to get the best candidate, whom we believe will lead this organization to the next level.”
Mbwana said that Duffy “brings the leadership qualities we were looking for. He also has the managerial experience and a very clear vision, as well as experience in the organization.”
Duffy said, “I am extremely honored to be selected for this role. ADRA has been a tremendously positive force in the humanitarian arena, bringing hope and healing to millions over the past 28 years. I believe that we have such great potential to make an even larger difference, especially with the very dedicated and talented staff around the globe. I look forward to working with the ADRA International staff, the ADRA Network, our board, organizational partners, and many supporters.”
Before joining ADRA Australia in 2008, Duffy served as director of Adventist Health for the South Pacific Division, where he had extensive experience in health promotion and community health development. He also holds a Master of Public Health degree from Deakin University in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. —reported by Mark A. Kellner with information from Crister L. DelaCruz, ADRA
After Debate, Annual Council Votes Statement on Church Polity
Following three hours of respectful study and discussion, world leaders of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists voted to approve a “Statement on Church Polity, Procedures, and Resolution of Disagreements in the Light of Recent Union Actions on Ministerial Ordination” on October 16, 2012, during the Annual Council of world church leaders held in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States.
OFFICIAL READING: General Conference vice president Lowell Cooper reads the statement.The vote was 264 in favor and 25 opposed.
The voted statement expresses disapproval of the independent actions of the union conferences, appeals for all church units “to consider thoughtfully the impact and implications of decisions” made independently of the world community, and affirms the role of women in the church’s life and ministry. The document also points toward continuing studies on the theology of ordination, the results of which are expected to be ready in 2014, ahead of the following year’s sixtieth General Conference session. No sanctions are applied, or suggested, in the document.
“This statement deals with church structure and procedures. It does not address the question of ministerial ordination practices per se,” the statement said. “The central issue is one of church polity—how the church defines its organization, governance, and operations.”
“Decisions to pursue a course of action not in harmony with the 1990 and 1995 General Conference session decisions (with respect to ministerial ordination) represent not only an expression of dissent but also a demonstration of self-determination in a matter previously decided by the collective church,” the statement said. “The General Conference Executive Committee regards these actions as serious mistakes.”
The statement text continues: “The world church cannot legitimize practices that clearly contradict the intent of General Conference session actions. . . . Accordingly, the world church does not recognize actions authorizing or implementing ministerial ordination without regard to gender.”
But the statement is also clear in stating the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s position on women: “The General Conference Executive Committee specifically affirms the important roles that women fill in the life of the church. Their giftedness and commitment is a blessing to the whole church and a necessary part of its work in mission.”
READING STATEMENT: Annual Council delegates read the statement read the statement on church polity, procedures, and resolution of disagreements.The measure passed on a secret, paper ballot after the day’s discussion, which began with comments from Ted N. C. Wilson, General Conference president. Wilson expressed the hope that the world church’s units would continue “focusing on the mission of the church, uniting in Christ, even though we will face some differences and disagreements.”
During an extended comment period, Daniel Jackson, North American Division president, sought to reassure world church leaders that the division supported the church’s mission, despite the polity question discussed in the statement.
“We want to make it abundantly clear that the NAD without any hesitation expresses our unity with the world church,” Jackson said. “We are not just an adjunct to the world church; we are brothers and sisters with every person in this room.”
Speaking with Adventist World the day after the vote, Barry Oliver, South Pacific Divisionpresident, said “many people” in that region “are hoping and praying that our church will one day soon find a way to fully recognize the special gifts God gives to all of His people. In a global church, however, we need to work together and find a way to meet all of our perspectives.”
Audrey Andersson, executive secretary of the Trans-European Division, also speaking after the vote, said her division has “a process in place, and at the division we are committed to support the process.” —reported by Mark A. Kellner, news editor, with Edwin Manuel Garcia, Adventist News Network