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Issue 800

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Issue 800

United in the Essence of Worship

28 October 2014 | Bracknell, United Kingdom [Kärt Lazić, tedNEWS] On 17 October 2014, about 140 worship leaders from all over Europe gathered in Bracknell, England for the European Worship Conference, prepared to spend the next four days experiencing and exploring the essence of worship. That is exactly what the conference focused on  – not on the matters of personal taste... Read more


 

"Connect to Escape" in Hungary

27 October 2014 | Budapest, Hungary [Christa Zarka, tedNEWS] Almost 13,000 viewers watched the programme “Connect to Escape” on LCTV (www.lctv.today) during the first two weekends in October 2014. The main presenter was Dr Miroslav Pujić who discussed different social issues and possible solutions found in the ancient book, The Holy Bible... Read more


 

1844: Embracing Disappointment

Every year on October 22 a good friend of mine sends me a tongue-in-cheek “Happy Great Disappointment Day” message. He wonders aloud about the continued delay of Christ's return. It’s a light-hearted way of raising a good question “What happened on October 22, 1844?” And “why is there such a delay?” October 22, 1844, is of course the day... Read more

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Issue 799

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'Come to the Spring' - TED Women Conference

6 October 2014 | Rogaška Slatina, Slovenia [Sandra Golding, tedNEWS] ‘Come to the Spring’ was the motto for the first Trans-European Division (TED) Women’s Conference held in Rogaška Slatina, Slovenia, from 24-28 September 2014.  The conference brought together more than 200 women from 9 unions across the TED and also included attendees from Australia, Israel and the USA... Read more


 

Adventists Play Important roles in Ukrainian/Russian Dialogue

24 September 2014 | Oslo, Norway [Tor Tjeransen, tedNEWS] From 9-11 September 2014, religious leaders from Russia and Ukraine gathered in Oslo for dialogue to agree on a common communiqué regarding the situation in eastern Ukraine. Given the different perspectives of the two delegations, that was not the most likely outcome. Adventist leaders played important roles... Read more


 

Adventists Urged to Study Women’s Ordination for Themselves

24 September 2014 | Silver Spring, Maryland, United States [Andrew McChesney/Adventist Review] Ted N. C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, appealed to church members worldwide to earnestly read what the Bible says about women’s ordination and to pray that he and other church leaders humbly follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance on the matter... Read more


 

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Issue 798

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Dublin geared up for City of Hope Climax

11 September 2014 | Dublin, Republic of Ireland [Irish Mission Communications, BUC News] There is a sense of expectancy hanging over Dublin. After many months of preparation, pre-meetings, town centre witnessing, training and prayer, the three-week climax to the 'Dublin: City of Hope' programme launches on Sunday, 14 September at the downtown Ballsbridge Hotel... Read more


 

'In Christ we Commit' – Youth Congress in Greece

18 September 2014 | Kalamos, Greece [Yiannis Samaras, tedNEWS] From 4-7 September 2014 at Kalamos Camping site in Greece, Greek Mission (GM) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church organised a Youth Congress entitled ‘In Christ we Commit’, inspiring their youth to not only share the good news of the Gospel, but to do a lot more... Read more


 

100 visit Relay Outreach Café in Split

2 September 2014 | Split, Croatia [Paul Tompkins, tedNEWS] Forty lively participants and staff met in Split, Croatia, from 24-30 August 2014, for the latest week of Relay Youth evangelism outreach. Each morning, training sessions in Discipleship and Leadership were led by Janos Kovacs-Biro, Evangelism Director at the Trans-European Division of Seventh-day Adventists, and Paul Tompkins... Read more


 

Newbold alumni Alastair Agbaje appointed as Chaplain/Dean of Men

4 September 2014 | Bracknell, United Kingdom [Judith Makaniankhondo, tedNEWS] Newbold alumni Alastair Agbaje has returned to Newbold after accepting the call to be Chaplain/Dean of men. Upon arrival on campus Alastair instantly expressed how happy he was to be back! He added that the same sentiments were... Read more


 

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Issue 797

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Wilson Urges All Adventists to Reaffirm Stance on Creation

26 August 2014 | St. George, Utah, United States [Andrew McChesney/Adventist Review] Seventh-day Adventist Church President Ted N. C. Wilson expanded his recent call for Church educators to reaffirm their conviction that God created the Earth several thousand years ago to include all 18 million members of the denomination, saying the issue “involves the eternal destiny of each of us.”... Read more


 

Liberty and Truth at Religious Liberty Symposium

21 August 2014 | West Bromwich, United Kingdom [John Surridge / Victor Hulbert] Friday, 15 August 2014 saw more than 100 Seventh-day Adventist pastors and leaders, together with guests from the world of politics and civic leadership, meet at the Bethel Convention Centre in West Bromwich for the first Religious Liberty Symposium run by the Adventist Church in the United Kingdom... Read more


 

UK Adventists Affirm Religious Liberty at Major Festival

21 August 2014 | West Bromwich, United Kingdom [Victor Hulbert with Dan Serb / John Surridge, BUC NEWS] A site of 400 years of religious and political turmoil was a fitting location for the first Religious Liberty Festival to be organised in the British Isles on Sabbath, 16 August. In welcoming over 2,000 visitors to the Bethel Convention Centre, Councillor Derek Rowley... Read more


 

Students complete Part I of the Certificate in Health and Wellness at Newbold

21 August 2014 | Bracknell, United Kingdom [Judith Makaniankhondo, tedNEWS] On Friday, 15 August 2014, the Certificate in Health and Wellness Students successfully completed their first five weeks of the programme at Newbold. The ten-week intensive course is scheduled to be completed in two summers... Read more


 

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Issue 796

“More to Explore” TED Pathfinder Camporee

19 August 2014 | Ommen, The Netherlands [Paul Tompkins, tedNEWS] The 11th Trans-European Division (TED) Pathfinder Camporee took place in Ommen, Netherlands from 29 July - 5 August 2014. These camps are long anticipated by Pathfinders from around the Division and nearly 2,200 participants from 18 countries met at the Gilwell Ada's Hoeve campsite under the theme 'More to... Read more


 

Heritage Singers in Belgrade

20 August 2014 | Belgrade, Serbia [Pavle Trajkovski, tedNEWS] On 16th August 2014, the Heritage Singers gave a concert in the famous Sava Centre in Belgrade, Serbia. The venue was packed, since little bit less than 4,000 visitors came to see them. Buses started coming in as early as 13:00, even though the concert was scheduled for 19:00. What followed was an evening of... Read more


 

Wilson: No Room for Evolution as Truth in Adventist Schools

18 August 2014 | Silver Spring, Maryland, United States [Andrew McChesney, Adventist Review] Seventh-day Adventist world church President Ted N. C. Wilson forcefully asserted that life has existed on the Earth for only a few thousand years, not millions of years, as he opened an educators conference in Utah on Friday, and he said teachers who believe otherwise should not call themselves Seventh-day Adventists... Read more


 

Choosing the Best Medium of Communication

Successful communication depends on the medium you decide to use. Your choice depends on what you want to achieve with your message. Consider five basic forms of medium when you communicate: Written Word: This is the basis for organisational communication because it is relatively permanent and accessible. When you want to say something that you need to remember... Read more

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Issue 795

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Modelling Jesus’ Caring Compassion at Great Commission and Laity Festival in Hungary

28 July 2014 St Albans, United Kingdom [Michael Hamilton, tedNEWS] Over three hundred-twenty Seventh-day Adventist members representing seventeen countries converged at the Ramada Hotel on the shores of the beautiful Lake Balaton in Hungary for the Trans-European Division's (TED) first joint... Read more


 

Lest We Forget

30 July 2014 Watford, United Kingdom [Victor Hulbert, BUC News] With giant-sized poppies on major roundabouts, Union flags flying along High Streets, and vigils and commemoration services arranged the length and breadth of the British Isles, the public are prepared for a major, sombre reminder of the 8.5 million who lost their lives during the First World War... Read more


 

Homeward Bound - Fond Memories of Albania

24 July 2014 Tirana, Albania [Jennie Hall, tedNEWS] What an amazing time we have all had in Albania. We have been truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to come to, as Leslie says, this 'hidden treasure', Albania! On our last night a group of us carried our beds out and slept under the stars. It was great to be outdoors, looking up at the clear starry skies, and reflecting on... Read more


 

What Have They Seen in Your House?

The ‘call’ to the gospel ministry is a great and solemn responsibility that God lays on the heart of an individual. Yet, pastors who are blessed with families also have another priority – the great privilege of leading them to the kingdom. Neither responsibility should be discharged to the detriment to the other. Isaiah 38 & 39 tells the story of Hezekiah’s failure to testify of God’s goodness to... Read more

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Issue 794

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Raafat Kamal Newly Elected President of the Trans-European Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Europe

10 July 2014 I St Albans, United Kingdom [Miroslav Pujić, tedNEWS] Pastor Raafat Kamal, 50, is the newly elected president of the Trans-European Division of the Seventh-day Adventists Church (TED), based in St Albans, United Kingdom. Kamal’s name was recommended by the TED Executive Committee on 27 June and elected by the General Conference Executive Committee on 10 July 2014.

“I am honoured to be selected for this position and I accept it with sincere gratitude”, says Kamal, “I look forward to working with the TED team, Unions and Fields, and institutional leaders to make God known among our communities in Europe and bring glory to His name. I approach this new task prayerfully,” concluded Kamal.

Pastor Kamal’s appointment follows a nineteen-year tenure by Dr Bertil Wiklander, the longest serving president of the TED, who decided to retire to Sweden, his home country, with effect from 31 July 2014.

Responding to the vote, Wiklander commented, “I am delighted with the choice of my successor, Pastor Raafat Kamal. We have worked closely together for several years, and I know him as deeply committed to the church, its message and mission. He has a broad education and a wide international experience. Rarely has a division president come to his position with such deep knowledge of the division he will serve. He combines a brilliant mind with extraordinary humility. I know his great burden is to see the church grow in Europe. I will give him all my support in the future. I wish him and Heidi, his wife, God's abundant blessings.”

Kamal, originally from Lebanon, has lived and worked in England, Norway, Pakistan and Iran. He married Heidi Kamal Kendel from Norway, a registered nurse, in 1987. The couple have two daughters.

An ordained minister, Pastor Kamal holds graduate degrees in Business and Theology and four post-graduate degrees in Systematic Theology; Educational Administration and Curriculum; Islamic Philosophy and Theology; and Business Administration.

During his career, Kamal has served the Church for four years as a teacher and school administrator, and 18 years mainly in administrative and executive posts. His position for the last seven years and until his appointment as president was field secretary and assistant to the TED President, with additional departmental responsibilities for Adventist Mission, Public Affairs & Religious Liberty and Stewardship.

Pastor Ted Wilson, president of the World Church, who chaired both committees made a comment: "God has a special regard for His church and its mission outreach in the Trans-European Division where people are bombarded with secular and materialistic influences. The proclamation of the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14 is needed in an ever-increasing way to bring the Good News of salvation in Christ and complete restoration by God to the people of the TED territory. As we look forward to that expanded role of evangelistic outreach in TED, it is a privilege to have Pastor Raafat Kamal as the new president of that division. He has a great personal burden to share with the TED territory the Biblical message of Christ’s love and the unique prophetic messages entrusted to Seventh-day Adventists as we share with the world the news of Christ’s soon second coming. We welcome Pastor Kamal to the senior leadership team of the Seventh-day Adventist Church as we humble ourselves before the Lord as a prophetic movement with a prophetic message engaged in a prophetic mission. We also take this opportunity to thank Pastor Bertil Wiklander, as he retires, for his many years of service and leadership to the Trans-European Division," concluded Wilson.

The Trans-European Division is comprised of 23 European countries with a population of 202 million people and a membership of 84,000 members. This territory makes a total of 11 Unions and three Fields. For more information about the TED please visit www.ted-adventist.org. [tedNEWS]

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Issue 793

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Newbold College Award Ceremony 2014

26 June 2014 I Bracknell, United Kingdom [Judith Makaniankhndo, tedNEWS] On Sunday 15 June, Newbold College of Higher Education welcomed guests from around the world to witness the academic success of 35 students at the 2014 Newbold Award Ceremony. Graduating student Melissa Myklebust was... Read more


 

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14 July 2014 - 15 August 2014
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Toward a Theology of Budgets?

Having composed budgets for half of my career, and to my shame, presented them as instruments of arithmetic artistry, to the arthritic attention of bemused committees, I conclude that there must be a better way! During the recent gridlock between the President and Congress of the United States over access to... Read more

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Issue 792

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Balkan Floods: ADRA in Action to Help People

29 May 2014 I St Albans, United Kingdom [Miroslav Pujic, tedNEWS] Severe flooding across Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia has prompted the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people, and caused more than 50 deaths and thousands of homes destroyed.  Concerns have been expressed by Bosnia and Serbia over the possibility of disease being spread by the multitude of dead animals which are starting to rot in the rising temperatures.

Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia have acted quickly to be among the first to provide drinking water, food, clothes and hygiene materials, as well as helping residents to clean up their villages and cities.

ADRA-Croatia was among the first to send humanitarian help to Serbia, Bosnia and Eastern Croatia once it had heard about the devastating effects of the heaviest rain and worst floods since records began 120 years ago. A total of 107 tons of water, food, and clothes were distributed: 30 tones to Serbia, 37 tones to Bosnia and 40 tones to Eastern Croatia. The next project is to help the local people in cleaning their communities and helping them to get their life back to normal. According to Ileana Radojević, ADRA-Croatia Director, this is going to be a hard and long process to rebuild the lives of people who have lost everything.

ADRA-Serbia implemented an early response relief project within the first seven days following the declaration of the national state of emergency. In co-ordination with the Serbian Red Cross, over 640 food relief packages were distributed to families from Obrenovac, Paraćin, Šabac and Ub, that had been affected by the floods.  A total of 2,400 beneficiaries were helped in this way.

In the next phase of the relief effort, ADRA-Serbia, in conjunction with the coordinating body of the Serbian Red Cross and the leaders and members of the local emergency co-ordination board, will be involved by clearing up the mud and debris from roads and houses that have been flooded; cleaning and disinfecting and drying the flooded houses and supporting facilities; providing basic Non-Food Items (NFIs) for households; and providing revolving funds for alternative sources of livelihoods and income generation due to the destruction of the major portion of the agricultural land, farming activities and other trades.

“To be honest, we are in the middle of a humanitarian hysteria at the moment. Everyone wants to help each other, which is good! However, this will abate and then the real needs of those affected will begin to emerge, such as psychological help, support for rebuilding people’s houses and livelihoods and, most importantly, hope for their future,” says Igor Mitrović, ADRA-Serbia Director. “ADRA Serbia will do its best to be there for these people during this time. We will partner with governmental and civil organisations to ensure long-term support, especially to those in the marginalized parts of Serbia. Our moto is Taking care of all our people,” concludes Mitrović.

ADRA-Bosnia & Herzegovina was very busy providing humanitarian aid to those in great need. With the help of 40 volunteers, more than 4,000 parcels with food, water and hygiene materials were distributed.

“Our focus is mainly on the city of Doboj and we have received 250 drying machines that will dry houses for poor people as well as some important public institutions,” says Božidar Mihajlović, ADRA–BiH Director.  “We plan a project of sanitation and disinfection of the city and surrounding fields with effective microorganisms. We are also planning several volunteer actions where 100 volunteers from Sarajevo and Banjaluka will come to help in cleaning the city of Doboj.  We will invite all the experts who will make plans, not just for the rebuilding of the city, but for making a vision for a better and more beautiful Doboj then it has ever been. This has been a catastrophe but it is also an opportunity for a new future,” concludes Mihajlović.

Please continue to pray for those people who are suffering and those who have lost their loved ones. If you are willing to help rebuild destroyed churches and homes in this region and help people who are in need, please contact Steve Cooper, ADRA-TE Director, by email scooper@ted-adventist.org. To see more photos, please click on the following: ADRA CroatiaADRA Serbia. [tedNEWS]


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The Worst Floods in Serbia and Bosnia Since Records Began

20 May 2014 Belgrade, Serbia [Miroslav Pujić, tedNEWS] Three months' worth of rain fell on the region in just a few days, causing rivers to burst their banks and sweep into people's homes in Serbia, Bosnia and Eastern Croatia. States of emergency have been declared in parts of Bosnia and Serbia after the heaviest rain and worst floods since records began 120 years ago. Hundreds of thousands of people have had to be evacuated from areas close to the rivers.  Around 3 million people have been directly affected.

Overflowing rivers have burst into towns and villages, cutting off whole communities, while 3,000 landslides have buried thousands of houses. Army helicopters and rescue teams have been sent to evacuate thousands of stranded residents but reports say bad weather is hampering the rescue efforts.

Some witnesses said that because the floodwaters acted as a tsunami, three to four meters high, no one was able to resist them. The report is that over 40 people died and the death toll is expected to rise as many people are still missing.

Members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church have been affected: Pastor Igor Bosnić, Communication Director, reports that 20 Adventist families have seen their homes destroyed and four church buildings have also been destroyed (Paraćin and Svilajnac in Serbia and Trnjaci and Doboj in Bosnia).

In the Doboj church, Bible Worker Josef Taši and his wife Marina ran to the second floor of the church building to escape the fast-rising water but the water reached them even there. They then escaped to the attic. At that moment they realised that their mobile phone batteries were flat and they couldn’t contact anyone.  They were trapped from 11am until 7pm on Tuesday, May 15th. Guessing what had happened, the church leaders called the emergency centre, which sent a helicopter to rescue them. They heard the helicopter’s noise but were not aware that it had come for them so they didn’t go out on the roof. Finally a boat was sent to rescue them and they were evacuated. They lost all their possessions: furniture, clothes and a car.

In Šabac, twenty students and their professors from Belgrade Theological Seminary joined a group of 6,000 volunteers to build a shield with sand sacks to protect the city, reports Pastor Dragan Grujičić, Principal of the Seminary. During the night of 17 June, they built 23 kilometres of shield at the bank of the River Sava.

The youth of the Belgrade churches also joined volunteers to help in food distribution and fill up sacks with sand.  According to Pastor Miroslav Gagić, the church members in Sremska Mitrovica had a short worship on Sabbath and then all the men went to work at the banks of the River Sava to help protect the city since the level of the water was rising very quickly.  At the same time, the ladies of the church cooked food which was distributed to the volunteers.

ADRA Serbia and ADRA Croatia have initiated collection of food, drinking water and clothes for people who have had to leave their homes.  “We have to help people in their difficult times. We should not forget them even once the water is gone,” says Pastor Zlatko Musija, the President of the Adventist Church in the Adriatic Union, which includes Croatia.

“I am deeply grateful to all people of good will who were willing to help us in this difficult situation, especially to the leadership of the Adriatic Union and ADRA Croatia and Slovenia.  Special thanks go to the diaspora churches in Stuttgart, Germany and Chicago, USA. They sent the first aid for those people who are in great needs at the moment. Our diaspora churches from Australia and other countries expressed their willingness to help with whatever they can and we are sincerely thankful. We will make sure that all the help in goods and money will reach people who lost their possessions,” says Pastor Djordje Trajkovski, President of the South-East European Union which covers Serbia and Bosnia.

Please keep praying for those people who are suffering and those who have lost their loved ones. If you are willing to help rebuild destroyed churches and homes in this region and help people who are in need, please contact Steve Cooper, ADRA-TE Director, by email scooper@ted-adventist.org.  [tedNEWS]


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