Kärt Lazić to head new plans for Newbold English Language Centre

9 February 2016 | Newbold College, Binfield, UK [Kirsty Watkins] Kärt Lazić, is brimming with ideas for an exciting future. She has just taken over as interim head for the newly rebranded English Language Centre (ELC) at Newbold College of Higher Education. The change in name is just one of a series of changes which will be rolled out during 2016 as the college responds to changing demographics in the teaching of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Come September, most of the major changes will be in place ready for the new academic year.

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Global Youth Day is coming!

9 February 2016 | St Albans, UK [Janos Kovacs-Biro] Can Adventist youth be relevant in their local communities? That certainly is the plan for the 4th Global Youth Outreach Day, planned for Sabbath, 19 March 2016. A world-wide project of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, millions of Adventist Youth will be mobilised to 'be the sermon' for the people around them.

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Newbold celebrates 70th anniversary at Binfield campus

3 February 2016 | Binfield, UK [Kirsty Watkins]  Sabbath, 6 February will mark the 70th anniversary of Newbold College of Higher Education's relocation from its previous campus in Warwickshire to its current home in Binfield, Berkshire.

The date also coincides with the annual offering for Newbold which this year will support the College's iconic Moor Close building and gardens. As locations that many students and graduates hold dear it is a fitting project to commemorate the anniversary.

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Ministerial health in Scandinavia

3 February 2016 | Scandinavia [Victor Hulbert] January might be the coldest time of year to visit Scandinavia, but for Pastor Patrick Johnson, Ministerial Association secretary for the Trans-European Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the snow outside was balanced by the warmth of the ministerial welcome he received at venues in Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

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New staff join Newbold's Department of Theological Studies

27 January 2016 | Binfield, UK [Kirsty Watkins] Newbold's Spring Semester commenced this week, and with it came Dr Ivan Milanov, a brand new addition to the Department of Theological Studies. Dr Milanov and Tihomir Lazić, who commenced last semester, are two of the newest members of the academic community at Newbold.

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ADRA Serbia and the European refugee crisis – more than just a job

26 January 2016 | Belgrade, Serbia [Mirko Rudic and N'Deane Helajzen] What do you do when, even in the middle of winter, between one and four thousand refugees are passing through your borders every day? For some, it may be to turn a blind eye, to lock their front door – or even to protest and hold rallies, but for seventy highly motivated field workers across Serbia, their compassion leads them to try and make a difference, no matter how challenging the circumstances.

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Persistence despite prejudice builds bridges

28 January 2016 | Novi Sad, Serbia [tedNEWS] When you see a good thing you want to bring it home. That, at least, was the case for Marijana* who has been involved with the Relay youth club in Novi Sad, Serbia, since it started in September 2012. She had seen the positive effect of the club on local children and how, working in cooperation with ADRA, the team were even able to give them special New Year presents. For 2016 she decided to do the same in her local village, just over an hour's drive south-west of Serbia's second largest city.

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Grandchild ministry leads to growth in Greece

28 January 2016 | Athens, Greece [Victor Hulbert] It just takes one committed grandparent and a new church can be established. That committed lady recently became an Adventist and is part of a small church that meets roughly one hour outside of Athens. In her turn she has nine children. They are all married and have children of their own. The whole family now attend church, their children making up a large proportion of the twenty children in attendance.

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European refugee summit to coordinate ADRA & Church activities

19 January 2016 | Zagreb, Croatia [Victor Hulbert] It can never be easy to sit in a comfortable hotel room when you know that just two hours down the road there is a major refugee transit point. However, comfort was not the issue as directors of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) joined with Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders from across Europe to openly discuss the European refugee crisis and seek ways as to how the Church and ADRA together can better respond to the current needs of refugees pouring through Europe.

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Fundraising dream completes a new school in Albania

14 January 2016 | St Albans, England [Victor Hulbert] Twenty-five years on from his initial visit to the former totalitarian state of Albania, Pastor John Arthur, a now retired director of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) both in the UK and later the Trans-European Division, sits comfortably in his wheel-chair, rejoicing that a lifetime dream has been achieved. He is also a little surprised, and maybe embarrassed, that a newly rebuilt school in a remote mountain village is now called the John Arthur School.

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