28 September 2016 | St Albans, England [Victor Hulbert]
Torben Bergland launched a surprise attack on Trans-European office staff at a special presentation on Tuesday, 20 September. As Health Ministries director for the TED, and as a qualified psychiatrist and psychotherapist, he pointed out that, according to the NHS UK Livewell website, 1 in 3 people are addicted to something.
26 September 2016 | London, England [Andrew McChesney, AR/Natasha Mirilov, SEC/tedNEWS]
A multi-location evangelistic outreach across London and the South East of England has resulted in 87 baptisms, hundreds more contacts, and even the conversion of a woman was preparing to be a high priestess for Satan.
She hated Seventh-day Adventist evangelist John Lomacang.
22 September 2016 | Riga, Latvia [Victor Hulbert]
A church which started as the forerunner of Adventism in the Russian Empire celebrated its 120th birthday this past weekend with a mixture of worship, history, an ordination service and an inspiring musical concert. In 1914 a German colporteur, Gerhard Perk, headed north to Latvia. He was soon joined by LD Conradi, at the time, President of the European Division of the Adventist Church.
21 September 2016 | Watford, UK [Richard Daly/tedNEWS] A circular garden, lit at night, with seating in tranquil surroundings and a three tier fountain as centrepiece is now a national memorial and living tribute to all those who have stood for peace in wars past and present.
19 September 2016 | Riga, Latvia [Andrew McChesney/AR] Valdis Zelčs, a millennial in Latvia, felt dejected after strangers showed little interest in his street invitations to attend health expos and other Seventh-day Adventist evangelistic events.
So he began to pray for an alternative to knocking on apartment doors and stopping people on the street in this country where less than 5 percent of the population of 2 million attends church regularly.
15 September, 2016 | Riga, Latvia [Andrew McChesney/AR] People have called Dariusz Ginda foolish and worse for turning down a nearly $500,000-a-year football contract in Poland.
Ginda, a lifelong Seventh-day Adventist, said he does not enter into controversy over his decision to keep the Sabbath rather than play in the premier league.
19 September 2016 | Riga, Latvia [Andrew McChesney/AR] Rain risked ruining the biggest day of the year for Latvia’s Pathfinders.
Fifteen minutes remained until the annual Pathfinder camporee was to open with a pomp-filled ceremony last July. But a downpour was drenching the campground as Pathfinders huddled in tents with non-Adventist friends, younger children from the Adventurers club, and adult leaders.
16 September 2016 | Riga, Latvia [Andrew McChesney /AR/ tedNEWS] Over the weekend of 16 and 17 September, Latvia’s 4,000 Adventists are remembering their heritage and looking to the future as they review their 120-year history. In a weekend filled with music, memories, and even an ordination service of two pastoral families, three stories, from the past and the present, make a strong impression.
16 September 2016 | Zageb, Croatia [Neven Klačmer / tedNEWS] Pastor Drago Mojzes was elected president of the Adriatic Union of Churches at a specially convened session of the AUC Executive committee on Friday, 16 September. For the past three years he has served as President of the Croatian Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Now he will also oversee the work of the Church in Albania and Slovenia.
14 September 2016 | Warsaw, Poland [Andrew McChesney/AR] Seventh-day Adventist youth in Poland have drawn up an eight-point plan to share their faith connected to the November 4 release of Mel Gibson’s film “Hacksaw Ridge” about the life of U.S. World War II hero Desmond Doss.
12 September 2016 | Belgrade, Serbia [Andrew McChesney/AR] Seventh-day Adventist pastor Igor Mitrović once believed that the church’s prophetic calling was to proclaim the Second Coming of Jesus.
But after working on the frontlines of Europe’s refugee crisis for the past year, Mitrović sees a second and equally important prophetic calling: to help the helpless.
11 September 2016 | Novi Sad, Serbia [Andrew McChesney/AR] The Adventist Church’s first free hug day in Serbia delights passersby — and a visiting journalist. I’d never seen a Seventh-day Adventist hug-a-thon before. But after joining a group of hugging teens on a walk through the Serbian city of Novi Sad last Saturday, I am ready to be a bear.
9 September 2016 | Belgrade, Serbia [Andrew McChesney/AR] A lecture series is building confidence among a wary population in Belgrade. Three times a week, a group gathers in a small conference room adjacent to a martial arts studio and a yoga center to hear a public health lecture on the third floor of a shopping center in Serbia’s capital.
9 September 2016 | Belgrade, Serbia [Andrew McChesney/AR/tedNEWS] The Knjigolovka bookstore, literally meaning 'book-pencil' is growing a center of influence in a society wary of Protestantism.
Seventh-day Adventist books filled the shelves of ordinary bookstores in Serbia’s capital for about six years, so church leaders became concerned when the stores began to reject the books last year. No store owners would explain why they had changed their minds. Church leaders suspected the behind-the-scenes involvement of the influential Serbian Orthodox Church.
The solution? Open a bookstore.
11 September 2016 | Binfield, UK [Victor Hulbert with John Baildam & Helen Pearson] Dr John Woodfield, Head of Newbold’s English department for 30 years (1954-84), and a teacher and lecturer for 45 years, celebrated his 100th birthday on Sunday, 11 September. Much loved by students across the generations good wishes have come in from around the world, including those non-native English speakers who sometimes struggled with his erudite wit and wisdom. In a 100th anniversary tribute the College even negotiated with the local council to call a new Binfield road, Woodfield Place.
8 September 2016 | St Albans, UK [Victor Hulbert] Zlatko Musija was elected as the new Youth Ministries director for the Trans-European Division at a meeting on Thursday, 8 September. Musija, who currently serves as president of the Adriatic Union Conference, will replace János Kovács-Bíró who resigned for personal reasons in June.
8 September 2016 | St Albans, UK [Victor Hulbert] David Neal and Zina Keshishyan are already making an impact within the Trans-European Division office in St Albans, England.
8 September 2016 | St Albans, UK [David Neal] “Faithful stewardship is not a merely optional Christian grace.” (Marguerite Shuster) As I read those words in the July edition of Ministry Magazine, the light went on. Every word Marguerite Shuster uses in that one brief line, sums up for me what the Trans-European Division is seeking to do in raising the new Department of Stewardship Ministries.
5 September 2016 | Rezekne, Latvia [Alla Nõmmik] Rising at 6:30 am each day, sitting through lectures and practical exercises, then heading for an early night might not be your idea of a holiday, but for twenty people from the Baltic Union of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, plus a couple from Finland, this was their regime for four weeks of health evangelism training.
2 September 2016 | London [Andrew McChesney / Adventist Review / tedNEWS] Something unusual is happening in London amid two seemingly unconnected events. People are showing an unprecedented interest in the Seventh-day Adventist health message after a series of church-organized fairs, and public uncertainty is running high following the UK’s recent vote to leave the European Union.
31 August 2016 | St Albans, UK [Victor Hulbert] St Albans Seventh-day Adventist church opened its doors to welcome Syrian refugee families on Monday, 22 August. Church members were delighted to facilitate a celebratory event organised by Herts Welcomes Syrian Families and St Albans for Refugees in collaboration with the Refugee Council and several other charities.
23 August 2016 | Põltsamaa, Estonia [Averonika Beekmann] It is not just youth that like camping! The same spirit of exuberance, togetherness, worship and joy can be experienced at the opposite end of the spectrum. That is certainly true in Estonia where, for the past ten years, older members of the Church have gathered together for an annual camp.
22 August 2016 | Stadskanaal, Netherlands [Chigemezi N. Wogu] Ghanaian Seventh-day Adventist believers from across Europe descended on the small Dutch town of Stadskanaal on Wednesday, 17 August to encourage one another and share Jesus in the local community. They were among over 1,000 people attending the 22nd annual Ghanaian camp meeting themed ‘Living in Expectancy’, 14 – 21 August at a holiday centre in Stadskanaal, a town of 32,715 people in the northeast of the Netherlands.
18 August 2016 | Hlíðardalsskóli, Iceland [Victor Hulbert] Until Tuesday, 9 August, most of the 75 delegates at the European Faith and Science Conference would have supposed that lava was only lava – the molten rock that flows out of volcanos destroying everything in its path. Now they are wiser – after all, spending a week on an island composed almost entirely of lava can quickly make you an expert, especially when accompanied by a local geologist.
19 August 2016 | Huis Ter Heide, the Netherlands [Nelske Verbaas] Pastor Wim Altink, President of the Netherlands Union posted a message of forgiveness on the Netherlands Union website after an overnight burglary at the Seventh-day Adventist Church headquarters in Huis Ter Heide was foiled by an effective alarm system and a rapid response by police and emergency services.
11 August 2016 | Pembrey, Wales [Victor Hulbert] Peter-Bo Bohsen likes to have fun. That fun is infectious and has been spreading across Pathfinder Camporees and camps in Serbia, Norway, Denmark, the UK and Poland this summer. Taking on a new role in the Trans-European Division as Pathfinder director he comes to the camps bringing a high level of expertise in Pathfindering, pioneering, and making Christianity real and practical for a new generation of children and youth.
3 August 2016 | Jõhvi, Estonia [Averonika Beekmann] Musically talented children and youth from Estonia and Latvia joined together for a music camp, 23 – 30 July in Jõhvi. Now running for the fourth year – and for the second time with Latvian youth, the camp is the brainchild of two girls from Tallinn who, according to camp organizer, Hans Soosaar, did not want to participate in worship alone, rather including others in their music making.
15 July 2016 | St Albans, UK [Victor Hulbert/tedNEWS] At least 84 people are dead, including many children, while a further 50 are in a critical condition in hospital after a lorry ploughed through a crowd during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, France on the evening of Thursday, 15 July. Three members of one Adventist family are among the injured.
"It is with shock and grief we wake up to the news about the tragedies in Nice," states Pastor Raafat Kamal, President of the Trans-European Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. "We continue to witness the great controversy unfolding in our broken world and we are reminded of our important mission to speak and live the great hope of Jesus Christ and His soon return," he added. "Our prayers are with those who are grieving for the loss of their loved ones that they may be comforted."
14 July 2016 | Binfield, UK [Judith Makaninkhondo] Over 300 guests gathered to witness the academic success of 40 students at the Newbold College of Higher Education Awards Ceremony on Sunday, 10 July. Graduands included 16 from the United Kingdom, 20 from across Europe, and one each from Russia, Kenya, Guam and Brazil.
14 July 2016 | Athens, Greece [Claudio Gulyas/tedNEWS] Sea, sand and Ancient History. That is the way most people think of Greece. In more recent years it has also been known for economic turmoil and a major refugee crisis as multitudes of migrants have seen Greece as their entry point into Europe.
11 July 2016 | Belgrade, Serbia [Vlado Havran] Adventist health experts in Belgrade, Serbia, have found a way to use topical subjects to connect with their communities. In a country where smoking is still a major issue, the South-east European Union Conference Health Ministries department, together with the Belgrade Life and Health Association, developed a 'Say no to Cigarettes' programme for World No Tobacco Day.
5 July 2016 | Tyrifjord, Norway [Tor Tjeransen] The Norwegian Adventist Junior College, Tyrifjord videregående skole, received a massive thumbs-up from local community students during their 19 June graduation ceremony. A total of 55 students received their diplomas marking the end of thirteen years of schooling with many of them coming from the local community where the school is situated.
5 July 2016 | Hajdučica, Serbia [Ana Gagić/tedNEWS] Some fifty youth from across the South-East European Union (SEEUC) donated money and a week of their time to serve residents of a small village, Hajdučica, near the north-east border of Serbia. Joining them was an initially sceptical TED Campus Ministries director, Tihomir Lazić, who was amazed by what he found.
4 July 2016 | Binfield, UK [Karen Holford] Karen Holford finds herself impressed by how Newbold College 'knocked the socks off' other conference venues she has attended. She recommends it as a warm, efficient and friendly environment to host a variety of other conferences and events from across the TED.
4 July 2016 | Binfield, UK [Victor Hulbert with Andrew Willis] Two new officers, three new Mission Presidents, and five new Department directors were elected to office on the first morning of the 2016 British Union Conference Quinquennial Session, Thursday, 30 June. By the time the Session closed on Sabbath evening, 2 July, ten newly ordained ministers were added to the Union's worker force.
29 June 2016 | St Albans, UK [Victor Hulbert] The most unchristian thing I do each weekday morning is switch on the radio. I do it for one purpose: I want the travel news.
"A lane blocked on the M1 heading south." Good, that's not me. The perennially slow traffic on the M25 approaching Clacket Lane Services. Fine! I don't travel that way.
Three lanes blocked on the clockwise M25 approaching junction 17. "Oh no! That's my route. Terrible!"
27 June 2016 | Binfield, UK [Victor Hulbert] Meet Lara Žestić. She has a passion for volunteering. As a recent midwifery graduate you might have expected her to settle down, establish her career and reap the rewards of her hard work. Instead, she headed to Thailand, volunteering at 'bamboo school', an orphanage and clinic for 61 children near the Myanmar border.
27 June 2016 | St Albans, UK [TED staff] On Monday, 27 June 2016, the Administrative Committee of the Trans-European Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church received and accepted the resignation of János Kovács-Bíró as TED Youth Ministries Director.
24 June 2016 | St Albans, UK [Victor Hulbert] On Thursday, 23 June the British people voted by a margin of 3.8% to leave the European Union. With a turnout of 72%, 51.9% of the electorate made the historic decision, changing 43 years of European history since the UK joined the European Community in 1973.
23 June 2016 | St Albans, UK [Victor Hulbert] A simple change in the web-address for the Trans-European Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church has resulted in a significant improvement for the website in terms of visibility on search engines.
Valdis Zelčs - a health store that changes lives
Miracle church in Riga
From Holocaust to Hope
Mārtińš Subatovičs - a musical conversation
Novi Sad youth give Hugs 4 Life - World suicide prevention day
Book & Pencil. The bookshop with a purpose
ADRA Serbia still assisting refugees in Belgrade
Meet David Neal in a short introductory video.
Faith and Science Field Conference 2016, Iceland
Finding Faith Through Fun
Mission of Humanity
Lara Žestić, volunteer to the world
I feel I make a difference!' World Refugee Day 2016
ADRA supports Yazidis at Petra Refugee Camp, Greece