Euro-Africa: New Outreach Efforts,
Seminary Program Reported
Outreach in the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Euro-Africa region is moving forward, regional church leaders were told during recent annual business meetings. At the same time, two Adventist schools in the region are uniting to develop an advanced theology degree program that is expected to help pastors enhance their skills.
One of the most important and interesting reports concerned the new Romanian Speranta TV station, which began operation a few weeks ago. Teodor Hutanu, Adventist Church in Romania president, explained, “For Romanian Adventist families, the Romanian Hope Channel is a providential gift and a God-given challenge to bring the everlasting gospel to this end-time generation.”
WITNESSING TOOLS: Two new books from the
Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Euro-Africa region
(pictured in from a projection presentation) are
intended to introduce Adventists, and Christian
faith, to people.
At the same time, leaders of two regional publishing houses, Elí Diez-Prida and Eckhard Boettge, from Advent-Verlag and Saatkorn-Verlag in Germany, presented a multifaceted program of publications and plans that would enable the church to share the good news of salvation in a new way.
The first part of the project, a book titled “Vibrant Christianity—Living the Faith in Today’s World,” was presented to the committee in its original German version. The editor of the book, Diez-Prida, explained, “This is a new and easy-to-read public relations book and also an exciting witnessing tool. It introduces the Seventh-day Adventist Church in an unobtrusive way with the main emphasis lying in presenting Jesus Christ and His love for humanity.”
This book will be followed by a second volume, Journey of Hope—An Adventist Confession of Faith. This second book will contain an easy-to-understand explanation of the 28 Fundamental Beliefs of Seventh-day Adventists. The whole project encompasses further products such as CDs, DVDs, brochures, and magazines.
During the Frankfurt Book Fair to be held in October 2007, a consultation of Adventist publishing houses in Europe will take place. During this conference, the publication program will be presented along with the English version of the books and information pertaining to further translation and adoption for use in other territories and linguistic areas.
JOINING FORCES: Adventist educational leaders
in Euro-Africa and officials of Friedensau Adventist
University in Germany and Saleve Adventist Institute
in France sign agreement to create a Master of Arts
degree for French-speaking students, with the hope
of expanding it across the church region.
The second exceptional event that took place during the regional executive committee session was the signing of a contract betweenFriedensau Adventist University in Germany and Salève Adventist Institute in France. These two institutions, owned and operated by the church, have the common mission of preparing future pastors and other employees for the church and its subsidiaries.
Udo Worschech, director of the Friedensau University, explains: “The cooperation agreement between the Theologische Hochschule Friedensau (ThHF) and the Campus Adventiste du Salève in Collonges, France, allows the Salève campus to grant a Master of Arts degree to its students. The degree is a state-recognized program from Friedensau and, according to the Bologna agreement, is accepted by all European universities. Besides the state recognition that gives a positive profile to theology students of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, it also allows students who do not continue in the pastoral ministry to take up further studies in related fields.”
Richard Lehmann, director of the Campus Adventiste du Salève in France, added: “The agreement between Friedensau and Collonges underlines the reinforcement of the bond that links these two institutions of higher education in the Euro-Africa Division. It brings a rich prospect of future and progress. Because of its international influence and more particularly that of its [theological faculty], Salève can, with this agreement, offer the possibility of education leading to a master’s degree that is recognized by all European States. This master’s degree is available to all French-speaking students as well as to those who speak other Latin languages. This model of synergy can serve as an example and inspire the exploration of other agreements between our two campuses for the benefit of all parties involved.”
—Karel Nowak/Euro-Africa Division/AW Staff.