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Mildred de Cubilla, a teacher at the Metropolitan Adventist School, gave the Bible released by the Adventist world church’s Women’s Ministries Department to First Lady Lorena Castillo de Valera as she watched the parade with her husband, President Juan Carlos Valera.

First Adventist Church Opens in North Siberia

Members prayed 23 years for the building.

By Andrew McChesney

Thrilled believers traveled long distances to attend the opening of the first Seventh-day Adventist church in Siberia’s far north, an inhospitably cold region akin to the Arctic, where church members are few and live far apart.siberia

The church in Nyagan—a city of 56,000 people located 2,500 kilometers (1,550 miles) northeast of Moscow—is an answer to 23 years of prayers by the first Adventists in the city and echoed by others over the years, said Vasily Stefaniv, president of the Adventist Church’s West Siberian Mission.

“As they gathered to worship in the homes of various church members, they dreamed about having their own church, a modest place to worship,” Stefaniv said in a statement. “The opening of the church building is clear evidence of the answer to their prayers.”

The new church is the West Siberian Mission’s first in a northern region poorly covered by the Adventist message, according to the Euro-Asia Division, which oversees the mission and released the statement by Stefaniv. “God’s children live many kilometers apart from one another, and there are no churches,” Stefaniv said.

“Therefore, the opening of the church in Nyagan was a long-awaited and welcome event for all.” The West Siberian Mission has 1,156 church members worshipping in 31 congregations, according to the latest statistics from the Adventist world church’s Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research.

The entire Euro-Asia Division has about 115,000 members and nearly 3,000 congregations. In Siberia, Adventists traveled from the nearest towns and villages located up to 500 kilometers (300 miles) away from Nyagan to reach nthe city on Friday and participate in a choir rehearsal for the dedication service on Sabbath.

The sermon centered on Psalm 37:3, 4, which says: “Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” “Indeed,” Stefaniv said, “in the dedication of this house of worship, the Lord fulfilled the desire of many hearts!”

 


 

Delbert Baker Takes Reins at Adventist University of Africa

By Andrew McChesneyafrica

Delbert W. Baker, a veteran Seventh-day Adventist administrator and former general vice president of the world church, has assumed leadership of the Adventist University of Africa near Nairobi, Kenya.

Baker said he had accepted an invitation to work as the university’s vice chancellor, a position akin to president, “with the conviction of God’s providence.”

The Adventist University of Africa, established in 2005 to provide postgraduate education to future Adventist leaders across Africa, has a theological seminary and a school of postgraduate studies that offer degrees in ministerial, leadership, and selected health-care programs.

The university also hosts the only Ellen G. White Estate branch office in Africa. Baker, who served as general vice president of the General Conference from 2010 to 2015, has an extensive background in education, working for 14 years as president of Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, and as special assistant and director of diversity for the president of Loma Linda University for four years.

The Adventist University of Africa is playing a key role in training Adventist leaders to serve on a continent where membership growth is booming, according to former vice chancellor Brempong Owusu-Antwi (see Adventist Review’s General Conference Bulletin Supplement, July 2015). The university graduated 348 students from 2010 to 2015 and enrolled 649 students for the 2015 academic year, he said.

 


 

Adventist Gives Bible to Panama's First Lady

By Inter-American Division staff
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Seventh-day Adventist presented a special women’s study Bible to Panama’s first lady during a parade to celebrate the 112th anniversary of the Central American country’s independence.

Mildred de Cubilla, a teacher at the Metropolitan Adventist School, gave the Bible released by the Adventist world church’s Women’s Ministries Department to First Lady Lorena Castillo de Valera as she watched the parade with her husband, President Juan Carlos Valera.

“This is a Bible that the Adventist Church has prepared for women,” nCubilla told the presidential couple as students from the Metropolitan Adventist School played their percussion instruments and marched to the beat of the band in front of the presidential palace during Panama’s annual independence celebration.

“We wanted to give this to you so that it can be your main guide as you lead this country along with your husband,” she said, offering the Bible as a gift from the school.
Castillo de Valera later wrote on her Facebook page that she had prayed for a message from God when she opened the Bible to read it for the first time. “I opened the Bible to Psalm 112—112 years of independence—it cannot be more clear,” she said. “The Lord continues to guide us. THANK YOU.”

Psalm 112 describes the blessed state of the righteousness and begins with the words: “Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments.”

 


 

 

Adventists Assist After Devastating Floods in India

By Andrew McChesney

Seventh-day Adventists have put aside their usual work to distribute desperately needed humanitarian aid as Chennai (Madras), an Indian city of 9 million people, and the surrounding region clean up from flooding caused by the heaviest rainfall in 100 years.

Floodwaters started receding in Tamil Nadu state, where at least 280 people died in early December after nearly 40 days of rainfall blamed on nclimate change.

“Dazzling December has become disastrous December, creating havoc in the hearts of people,” said Daniel Devadhas, president of the Southeast India Union, which is helping coordinate the relief work. “These people have lost everything,” he said. “No shelter, no food. It has affected the middle class as well as higher-class people.”

All Adventist Church employees, except for Bible workers, have been deployed to distribute food, clothing, and bedding, Devadhas said. The Southeast India Union is coordinating relief efforts in partnership with ADRA India, Hope Channel India, the South-Central India Union, and many Adventist students and church members.

So far 18,150 kilograms (40,000 pounds) of rice, 6,800 kilograms (15,000 pounds) of dhal, 20,000 liters (5,300 gallons) of oil, 2,000 bedsheets, 2,000 mats, 5,000 liters (1,320 gallons) of bottled water, thousands of articles of clothing, and 15,000 meals have been handed out to Adventist church members and their neighbors in the southern and northern parts of Chennai, Devadhas said.

 


 

 

What Did Ellen White Say About Islam?

The Ellen G. White Estate answered this question in a 2007 reply.

Did Ellen White say anything about the rise and threat of militant Islam? There is only one reference to Moslem, Muslim, Mohammed, or Mohammedanism (as the Islamic faith was referred to in her day) in her writings.islam

It is found in The Home Missionary, September 1892, Article A, paragraph 4: “The Saviour has said, ‘He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.’

He says again, ‘And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.’ “Mohammedanism has its converts in many lands, and its advocates deny the divinity of Christ.
Shall this faith be propagated, and the advocates of truth fail to manifest intense zeal to overthrow the error, and teach men of the preexistence of the only Saviour of the world?

“O how we need [men and women] who will search and believe the Word of God, who will present Jesus to the world in His divine and human nature, declaring with power and in demonstration of the Spirit that ‘there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.’

O how we need believers who will now present Christ in life and character, who will hold Him up before the world as the brightness of the Father’s glory, proclaiming that God is love!”

The prophets do not seem to receive messages regarding every political, or even religious, movement that may arise. There is nothing in the Bible or Ellen White’s writings about Nazi Germany, for instance, even though it had a major impact on the world in the mid-twentieth century.

The same may be said for Communism, which added a direct challenge to religion and certainly the Seventh-day Adventist faith. The messages of the prophets, it seems, focus on the core issues and players for the great controversy that is now going on.

Ellen White was shown a different power at the core of the conflict in the last days. It was not Islam (see ellenwhite.org/ content/file/islam#document).

 

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