Adventist Church responds to tragedy in Nice, France and beyond

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."

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Newbold celebrates 40 graduands at Annual Awards Ceremony

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.

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Mission of the 442

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.

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Serbian Adventists take a lead in World NO Tobacco Day

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.

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Norwegian Junior College praised by local community students

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.

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Mission H7 impacts Serbian village

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.

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Not your average Conference experience...

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.

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Leadership changes in the British Union Conference

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.

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The most unchristian Christian

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!"

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A Passion for Volunteering

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.

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Resignation of TED Youth Director

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.

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