Pastor Raafat Kamal Re-elected as TED President

6 July 2015 | San Antonio, Texas, USA [Victor Hulbert, tedNEWS] On Monday afternoon, 6 July, Pastor Raafat Kamal, 51, was re-elected as president of the Trans-European Division of the Seventh-day Adventists Church (TED), based in St Albans, United Kingdom.

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Faithful Christians – Seek the Truth

6 July 2015 | San Antonio, Texas, USA [Victor Hulbert, tedNEWS] There could not have been a more appropriate day for Seventh-day Adventists to be reviewing their fundamental beliefs. As delegates gathered for worship and then business at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, Dr Daniel Duda, Trans-European Education director, took to the floor to remind delegates that it was 600 years to the day since the religious reformer, John Huss was martyred. A forerunner of the reformation he gave his life for his Bible-based beliefs.

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Brothers & Sisters Making the Same Journey, in Different Places

5 July 2015 | San Antonio, Texas, USA [Katie Allen, tedNEWS] Esther Knott, Associate Director for the NAD Ministerial Department, introduced the evening programme, on Sunday, 5 July, with prayer. "We are brothers and sisters making the same journey, in different places." She appealed to God for help in recommitting ourselves to taking the Gospel to different parts of the world.

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Patience in the Midst of Confusion

5 July 2015 | San Antonio, Texas, USA [Victor Hulbert, tedNEWS] After the high Sabbath, Sunday morning's business session hit the ground with a bump. A total of 26 Church Manual revisions were proposed – only eight had been approved by the end of the day. Some were minor edits to make explanations more understandable or to make language more inclusive. Others were to clarify issues of church discipline, the authority of the General Conference, and to reconcile the Manual with GC working policy.

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Healthy Living Part of Adventist DNA at 5K Run

5 July 2015 | San Antonio, Texas, USA [Katie Allen, tedNEWS] La Villita, the historic arts village in downtown San Antonio, looked beautiful lit by strings of lights at 5am on Sunday, 5 July. What added to the surroundings was the enthusiasm of around 2,000 attendees of General Conference (GC) Session warming up to run, or walk, a 5K course!

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NAD Building Blocks & MENA Mission Plan to Reach Millions

4 July 2015 | San Antonio, Texas, USA [Katie Allen, tedNEWS] The North American Division report, on Saturday evening, 4 July, coincided with American Independence Day celebrations. While fireworks began on the peripherals of the San Antonio skyline, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, an Adventist and representative for Texas' 18th congressional district, welcomed everyone to the General Conference Session.

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Little Red Book Illustrates Decades of Global Mission

4 July 2015 | San Antonio, Texas, USA [Katie Allen, tedNEWS] With 1 Adventist to every 392 people on earth, the mission to reach all people across the world is a challenge sometimes out of our comprehension. Daniel Wang Xin Jiao, Secretary of the Chinese Union Mission, spoke of his family's first-hand experience with the challenges in the mission field to attendees of the Church in Mission programme, on 4 July, at General Conference Session.

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‘Finishing the Work’ Effective Mantra for Treasury Report

4 July 2015 | San Antonio, Texas, USA [Victor Pilmoor with Victor Hulbert, tedNEWS] The after-lunch slot is never the best time to speak – so when lunch is delayed due to the late finishing morning session it was impressive how many delegates made it back for what is usually the most technical – and therefore, the most sleep-inducing of reports. However, British Union Conference Treasurer, Victor Pilmoor, has a high regard for retiring World Church Treasurer, Bob Lemon – so made sure he was back in time for the full impact of his report:

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See the Adventist World on “Spectacular” Display

3 July 2015 |  San Antonio, Texas, USA [Katie Allen, tedNEWS] Walking into the Exhibition Centre at General Conference (GC) Session is an experience akin to walking through the doors of international conferences like the International Broadcaster's Convention Exhibition, held annually in Amsterdam, or Comic Con International, in San Diego. The difference? You are spiritually encouraged wherever you turn!

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