24 October 2016 | St Albans, England [tedNEWS]
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Lars-Eric Andersson, husband of Trans-European Division Executive Secretary, Audrey Andersson. Lars died instantly following an industrial accident near their farm in Sweden on Sunday, 23 October 2016, age 55.
24 October 2016 | Nicosia, Cyprus [Marica Mirilov]
The first weekend in October saw twenty couples in Nicosia, Cyprus benefiting from a free, unforgettable three-day marriage enrichment programme. It was hosted by the local Seventh-day Adventist church.
20 October 2016 | Kaarina, Finland [Ruut Palviainen]
Time for a free bus pass? Maybe time to readjust the aches and pains that come with age! Or, how about bounce forwards with a spring in your step? For a Health Ministries association it must surely be the latter!
For sixty years now, ETRA, the Finnish Health Ministries Association, has been serving the church and the community.
19 October 2016 | St Albans, England [Victor Hulbert]
Congratulations to Audrey Andersson, Trans-European Division Executive Secretary. On Tuesday, 11 October she was presented with the 'Woman of Excellence award 2016' during a small ceremony at Seventh-day Adventist World Church headquarters in Silver Spring, MD, USA.
19 October 2016 | Binfield, England [Helen Pearson]
Newbold College’s 2016 Beach lecturer, Dr. Philip Lewis, visiting fellow at York St John University, was admirably qualified to speak about Christian-Muslim relations in Britain. He has lived alongside Muslims both in the UK and in Pakistan while for more than three decades, studying, writing and lecturing about Islam. His lifework has been advising churches and secular organisations and encouraging Muslim-Christian understanding.
18 October 2016 | Sokobanja, Serbia [Darinka Mihajlović/tedNEWS]
Churches across the South-East European Union are successfully meeting the needs of the public by running health clubs – sometimes in church buildings, but often in a public hall. From the hundreds who attend, a number joined one of two health camps run this summer. This report comes from one participant who went to the ‘Healing of Life’ camp in Sokobanja, Serbia:
17 October 2016 | St Albans, England [Victor Hulbert]
Take a blank sheet of paper. Sit quietly for a few moments and jot down five ways that your church could best tell its story.
Finished? Pause again. Think big. Think very big! Think Hollywood big!
11 October 2016 | Silver Spring, Maryland, USA [tedNEWS]
On Tuesday, 11 October 2016, the leadership of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, meeting during Annual Council in Silver Springs, Maryland, voted a document entitled, Unity in Mission: Procedures in Church Reconciliation. Its aim is to provide guidance on how to facilitate reconciliation “with entities that appear to have overlooked or ignored the biblical principles as expressed in the Fundamental Beliefs, voted actions, or working policies of the Church.”
11 October 2016 | Silver Springs, USA [Victor Hulbert]
On Sunday, 9 October 2016 the Netherlands Union Conference (NUC) closed a 44-year-old anomaly by changing status from a Union of Conferences to a Union of churches. The recommendation, made to the Annual Council of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church came as a result of a report from a commission that looked at the structure, history, growth and financial status of the Adventist Church in the Netherlands.
10 October 2016 | Silver Springs, USA [tedNEWS]
How do you pack the essence of mission into a five-minute time slot? That was the challenge given to Victor Hulbert, Trans-European Communication director when asked to prepare a presentation on Mission to the Cities for Friday night vespers at the Annual Council meetings of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church. His answer, the only one he knew: “Tell stories”.
6 October 2016 | Kristiansand, Norway [Tor Tjeransen, Norwegian Union Communication Director]
Pastor Per de Lange and his wife, Monica, were honoured by the Norwegian Bible Society when they received the Bible Prize 2016 during in inter-denominational meeting in the cathedral of Kristiansand, Norway at the end of September.
5 October 2016 | Helsinki, Finland [Victor Hulbert]
A Helsinki congregation recently took the brave decision to sell the church building they have owned for the past fifty years, purchase a shop in a needy part of town, and intentionally serve the community. It is the best decision they ever made.
21 September, 2016 | Riga, Latvia [Andrew McChesney/AR]
Liene Meiere, an English-language teacher in a small Latvian town, is the unlikely leader of a Seventh-day Adventist congregation whose members include Baptist and Pentecostal ministers, people from Denmark and Canada, and a woman who decided against suicide after a Bible story and music.
3 October 2016 | Tampere, Finland [Victor Hulbert]
A struggling school with as few as 14 students has been transformed into a vibrant success story by enhancing its Christian credentials. Parents who send their children to the Seventh-day Adventist Christian School just outside Tampere, Finland, understand that their children will get both a first class education and a safe space to explore their Christian beliefs.
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.
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.
Bible Prize Norway
Trans-Europepan Division Annual Council Report, GC 2016
Tampere Christan School, Finland
Latvian Adventist Radio - Cerības balss
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