Adventist World, the international paper for Seventh-day Adventists, is rapidly adding new languages in print and online to serve more and more of the 16 million baptized members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church around the world.
Six months after the online launch of a German-language edition, an estimated 25,000 Adventist Church members in Germany and Switzerland began receiving Adventist World monthly, in print, in their own language. The launch came in partnership with Advent-Verlag, a church-owned publishing house based in Lueneburg, near Hamburg, Germany, which is launching a new denominational magazine for its membership area at the same time.
Capitalizing on this development, the Austrian Union Conference plans to launch a new magazine, with Adventist World inserted, to be distributed throughout Austria.
These are important developments in the German-speaking territories. “We at Advent-Verlag are excited on behalf of our readers in the German-speaking territory,” said publishing house editor Eli Diez-Prida. “We have always published short news about the work in our magazine. But now the relationship and the identification with the world church will be promoted much more. A broadening of the national and even of the European horizon will be very beneficial to all of us.”
Among the countries of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria are about 45,000 German-speaking Seventh-day Adventist Church members.
Another important milestone was reached when the first online Vietnamese edition of Adventist World was launched in October 2009. The move comes about a year after the Seventh-day Adventist Church received official recognition by the government there.
This development opened up new perspectives for the 14,000 Vietnamese members in the country, who for several decades felt marginalized from the world church as very little material could reach them. In addition, according to govern- ment sources, more than 300,000Sabbathkeepers gather in home churches throughout the country. These believers will also benefit greatly from being able to better identify with the world church by having access to Adventist Worldin their language.
Two additional versions of Adventist World were introduced on the Web in January 2010. The new editions target Romania, with about 100,000 Seventh-day Adventist members, and Urdu, Pakistan’s dominant language, with about 12,000 Seventh-day Adventists. Although the latter group is comparatively small, “it is a group worth supporting,” according to Claude Richli, director of marketing and associate publisher of the magazine. “These people live in a strongly Muslim environment and need to be better connected with their brothers and sisters worldwide for support and encouragement. In addition, we know of non-Adventist Christian readers in Pakistan who long to strengthen their Christian faith and who would find our material of great interest to them if it were presented in their language.”
Together with these new developments, Adventist World will be published in seven languages in print editions and 11 different language editions on the Web, including Russian and Chinese. Online versions of the magazine can be accessed at www.adventistworld.com.
Launched in 2005 as an initiative of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists,Adventist World’smission is to “uplift Jesus Christ, uniting Seventh-day Adventists everywhere in beliefs, mission, life, and hope.” Editorial offices are located in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States, and in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
—Adventist World Staff.
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