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Issue 789

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Issue 789

How Global Youth Day Impacted Young People in TED

24 March 2014 | St Albans, United Kingdom [Paul Tompkins, Kirsten Oster-Lundqvist and Steve Thomas] The Trans-European Division (TED) hosted two of the 22 worldwide live transmissions as part of Global Youth Day (GYD) on Saturday, 15th March 2014 from Vik, near Oslo and Newbold College, England. These transmissions were hosted by young people at both venues and went on air at 5pm local time... Read more


 

Festival Outreach in Hungary

20 March 2014 | Budapest, Hungary [Krisztián Ömböli, Judy Plaatjes/tedNEWS] Imagine 350,000 people from around Europe gathering in one place at one time. Imagine being among them, interacting with them. Perhaps you are the only Jesus they will ever meet. Every year, one of the biggest music festivals in Europe, the Sziget Festival, takes place in Hungary and last summer... Read more


 

New Ellen White Encyclopedia Highlights Lifetime of Ministry

11 March 2014 | Silver Spring, Maryland, United States [Mylon Medley/ANN] A recently released encyclopedia on the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s co-founder Ellen G. White gives an overview of her stance on numerous topics and offers an opportunity to dispel misconceptions on the life and literary influence of the denomination’s most known figure, publishers said... Read more


 

Be a Clear Communicator!

The Bible reveals that all suffering and pain in human life began with communication. The Serpent in the Garden of Eden distorted God’s word. He deceived Adam and Eve by saying some things that were not true and other things that were only partially true. In sharp contrast to this fatal dialogue, Jesus taught the true word of God, and people were amazed at what he said. He was fond of engaging his disciples in questions... Read more

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Issue 788

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Ambitious Regeneration Plans Voted for Newbold College

24 February 2014 | Bracknell, United Kingdom [Kirsty Watkins, tedNEWS] On 10 February 2014 the Newbold College of Higher Education Board of Governors voted to regenerate the College over the next 18 months. “The regeneration model calls for an estimated increase of 100 full-time equivalent students over the next two academic years (2014/2015 and 2015/2016),” Dr Bertil Wiklander... Read more


 

Innovation Key to Relevance in New ‘Attention Economy,’ Media Experts Say

18 February 2014 | Linthicum Heights, Maryland, United States [Elizabeth Lechleitner/ANN]  Pushing the boundaries is no longer enough. Seventh-day Adventist tech and media professionals at this year’s Global Adventist Internet Network conference were challenged to leave the boundaries in the rearview mirror or risk... Read more


 

Ten Best Bible Stories in the Netherlands

27 February 2014 | Meppel, The Netherlands [Rudy Dingjan and Judy Plaatjes, tedNEWS] Most people in the Netherlands know something about the Bible and have a favourite story they can recall from childhood.  So in 2013, nine Christian denominations, including the local Seventh-day Adventist church, in Meppel, Netherlands decided to join hands and conduct a survey in malls,... Read more


 

The Voice of Women in Leadership

I was in my office and a prospective parent of a secondary school student wanted to speak to me.  We had never met and he called my assistant to ask me a few questions.  The call came through to me at my desk, and the conversation followed something like this: Me: “Hello.  Can I help you?” Pause on the other end of the line... Read more

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‘Meaningful Beginning and Hopeful Future’ in Denmark

03 February 2014 | Odense, Denmark [Kim Hagen Jensen, tedNEWS] To conclude a large experimental evangelistic outreach effort in Denmark, which included showing Henry Stober’s Creation movie and lectures at local universities, Janos Kovacs-Biro, Evangelism Ministries Director at the Trans-European Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, was invited to Odense, Denmark... Read more


 

Belgrade Central Church Book Fair Outreach Project

12 February 2014 | Belgrade, Serbia [Ivan Milanov & Judy Plaatjes, tedNEWS] 25-27 October 2013 saw the Belgrade Central Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church organise a creative outreach project (COP) at the famous International Belgrade Book Fair. This book expo is one of the most attended annual cultural events in Serbia with more than 100,000 people visiting... Read more 


 

Relay - Youth Evangelism 

13 February 2014 | St Albans, United Kingdom [Paul Tompkins, tedNEWS] The Relay Institute of Youth Evangelism is a unique youth outreach training programme operated by the Trans-European Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (TED). It is unique in that the practical modules are taken on the road and held in situ at each of  the participating countries and most importantly also... Read more


 

Albania Mission Trip

Dates:  23 June - 07 July, 2014; Destination: Albania, Tirana and surrounding areas; Cost: 150 Euros, plus airfare from your home country to Tirana, Albania; Target Age Group: 18-35; Project Overview: This project will be made up of 20 participants. The group will be split into two teams of 10. One team will spend... Read More

 

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Issue 786

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TED President Retires

On 12 February 2014 Dr Bertil Wiklander, President of the Trans-European Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (TED), informed the Union Presidents and Division Office staff that he is planning to retire as of 31 July this year.

Dr Wiklander announced his decision at the staff devotional on Wednesday morning during two days of leadership training for union presidents. Appreciation for his service was expressed by the staff through the Executive Secretary, Audrey Andersson, and by Sandra Grice, General Conference Auditing Service (GCAS) Associate Director.

‘I have enjoyed my work and the many people I have come to know in various parts of the Division, and I will leave my responsibility with much gratitude to God and my colleagues. I will greatly miss the fellowship and friendship within our office, which I think is something very unique and precious. May God bless you all and his work in this part of the world,’ said Dr Wiklander.

In a brief statement, he continued: ‘In July this year I will have served the Division for nineteen years and in September I will have reached an age that is well beyond pension age. I am grateful to God for the blessings I have received, the many things I have learnt, and especially for the wonderful team I have had around me in the Division Office and in the unions and other fields within the Division. It is good for me to be able to spend more time with my family, and there are some interesting book projects and biblical research that I want to attend to in my retirement. I have talked to Elder Ted Wilson at the General Conference about this, and he will care for the process of electing a successor.’

Prior to coming to the TED, Dr Wiklander served in his native Sweden as Principal of Ekebyholm School, Union Executive Secretary and President.

Over the past 19 years Dr Wiklander has exhibited outstanding leadership. His passion, enthusiasm and commitment to the mission of the church and making God known in the challenging secular environment of many of the TED countries has inspired leaders at all levels of the church.  He has the rare ability to combine a keen academic intellect with the practical insightfulness necessary to be a successful administrator.

During his term of office at the TED there have been two realignments of territory. Dr Wiklander has provided stability of leadership during the transitions and helped the Division to redefine its vision and purpose, keeping the focus on the Mission of God.

It was appropriate that the announcement came during leadership training for the union presidents as Dr Wiklander is a keen advocate of growing leaders and providing opportunities for people to try new ideas and to grow.

At this point in time it is difficult to envisage the TED without Dr Wiklander. We wish him and his family God’s richest blessings as they transition to a new phase of life. We ask for your prayers for God’s guidance as Elder Wilson leads the process to elect a new president for the Division. [tedNEWS]


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Issue 785

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Issue 785

Message for the New Year

As this year comes to an end and a new year begins, we who work in the Trans-European Division (TED) Office want to wish you all a good new year filled with God’s grace. God, and his loving care for us, is the foundation for all that we hope for and he has made it known to us in Jesus Christ by his Holy Spirit... Read more


 

Introduction to the TED Theology of Ordination Study

In consultation with the chairman of the General Conference (GC) Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC), the Trans-European Division (TED) herewith publishes its Study Report on Ordination: ‘The Mission of God through the Ministry of the Church: A Biblical Theology of Ordination – with Particular... Read more


 

Who is listening?

Hidden in the nobility of Leadership talk is the inconvenient reality that Leaders are supposed to influence others to achieve something! This is easy when demands suit our craving. However, when the object becomes onerous, when roles diverge, when the pace of progress is unacceptable, when egos clash... Read more

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Issue 784

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100 Years on Cyprus

28 November 2013 | Nicosia, Cyprus [Audrey Andersson, tedNEWS] He was not the typical missionary. A refugee from Antioch, Moses Boursalian, an Armenian comb maker arrived in Cyprus 100 years ago. Moses and his family initially let their lives do the preaching as they became the first Seventh-day Adventists to settle on the island. It was not until 1932 that the first official workers came to the island... Read more


 

450 Anniversary of the First Croatian New Testament

28 November 2013 | Zagreb, Croatia [Dragutin Matak, tedNEWS] On 26 October 2013, just a few days before the Protestant Reformation Day, a transliteration of the first Croatian New Testament was presented at a celebration ceremony at the University of Zagreb. The celebration marked the 450th anniversary of this landmark publication, which was completed in Urach, Germany, not far from... Read more


 

ADRA Albania Launches Newly-Renovated Health Centre

28 November 2013 | Tirana, Albania [Beatrice C. Kastrati tedNEWS] On Tuesday, November 5th, ADRA Albania launched the regional project ‘Love Your Heart: Adriatic Cardiovascular Diseases Prevention Network’ with the financial support of IPA (Instruments for Pre-Accession to EU) – Adriatic Cross Border Cooperation Programme. The ‘Love Your Heart’ Centre aims to decrease and... Read more


 

Training for the Women’s Ministries Department in Hungary

28 November 2013 | Pécel, Hungary [Maria Tokics, tedNEWS] “If God gives you a vision for your life, then He will definitely help you achieve it; thus, you can realize more in life than you have ever imagined. You are precious!” These empowering words were spoken by Clair Sanches-Schutte, Women’s Ministries Director at the Trans-European Division, at a Women’s Ministries training... Read more


 

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Issue 783

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Going Beyond Normal to Make God Known in Europe

21 November 2013 St Albans, England [tedNEWS Staff] Ninety-six delegates from the eleven Unions and three attached Fields, which constitute the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Trans-European region (TED), met from 15-20 November in Bečići, Montenegro. The theme of the Annual Council was... Read more


 

The Church in Europe challenged to 'Go Beyond Normal'

25 November 2013 | Bečići, Montenegro [Kärt Vahtramäe, tedNEWS] The Trans-European Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (TED) organised a conference entitled ‘Go Beyond Normal: Making God Known in Europe’ which took place in Bečići, Montenegro from 12-14 November 2013. The purpose of the conference was to start a journey for the participants... Read more


 

TED Executive Committee recommends inclusive ministry without gender distinctions

18 November 2013 Bečići, Montenegro [tedNEWS Staff] At its 2013 Annual Council the Trans-European Division Executive Committee received and discussed a Report on the Theology of Ordination prepared by the TED Biblical Research Committee... Read more


 

Adventists Respond to Haiyan Typhoon Disaster

14 November 2013 Watford, United Kingdom [Victor Hulbert, BUC News] In a video to be shown in Adventist churches across the UK and Ireland this weekend, Pastor Ian Sweeney, President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church expresses his emotion at seeing the TV pictures following the destruction and loss of life caused... Read more

 


 

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Issue 782

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ADRA Norway commended in Norwegian National Budget

22 October 2013 | Oslo, Norway [Tor Tjeransen & Gry Haugen/tedNEWS] Adventist Development and Relief Agency [ADRA] Norway is mentioned in positive terms in the Ministry’s detailed notes to the Government Budget. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs mentions ADRA Norway as an organisation with a high degree of goals achievement... Read more


 

What’s God got to do with it?

22 October 2013 | London, United Kingdom [Katie Ramharacksingh, BUC news] Who could say no to a fully catered meal, down-to-earth speakers and an inviting atmosphere? That is the welcome that met visitors to the Mission to the Cities Youth programme, at the Central London church, on Saturday, 19 October. The evening kicked off with a 3-course dinner. This led into... Read more


 

Creation Movie Central to Church Identity is Key to 2014 Evangelism

15 October 2013 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States [Edwin Manuel Garcia/ANN] Hundreds of church officials settled into the plush burgundy theater-style seats. Conversations faded into silence. As the overhead lights dimmed, all eyes were fixed upon the huge movie screen, assembled for the occasion. Suddenly... Read more


 

The Spiritual Heart of the Leader

Leaders lead more from who they are than any other leadership qualities or skills they may possess. Who leaders truly are influences others and if leadership is to be authentic, all leaders who function in the Christian context need to lead spiritually. Spirituality is not measured in number of hours spent in meditation... Read more

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TED Field School of Evangelism ‘Amazing and Daring’

22 October 2013 | London, United Kingdom [Eglan Brooks/BUC news] For ten days, 63 delegates from the 11 Unions of the Trans-European Division (TED) and its three supporting Mission fields, gathered together in the Britannia Hotel, Central London, to attend the TED Field School of Evangelism as part of the 'Mission to the Cities' initiative... Read more


 

The end is just the beginning at Brixton’s ‘Mission to the Cities’ programme

22 October 2013 | London, United Kingdom [Katie Ramharacksingh/BUC news] Brixton church hosted their last 'Mission to the Cities' service, celebrating five baptisms and the start of a new initiative for outreach, on Saturday, 19 October 2013. "I really think Brixton has impacted the community with the ways they've reached out"... Read more


 

Newly Elected TED Treasurer

24 October 2013 | St Albans, United Kingdom [Audrey Andersson, tedNEWS] After almost 10 years as treasurer at the Trans-European Division (TED), Jóhann E Jóhannsson accepted a call in June 2013 to serve as treasurer in the Norwegian Union. At the recent General Conference Annual Council, Nenad Jepuranović... Read more


 

'Go Beyond Normal' Conference

23 October 2013 | St Albans, United Kingdom [Miroslav Pujic, tedNEWS] Have you ever felt discouraged at the immense challenge of sharing the gospel to a postmodern world? Frustrated that so many people just don`t seem to be interested in Christianity anymore? Disappointed with the ‘fresh techniques’ for witnessing that... Read more


 

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Mission to the Cities London Focus for October

10 October 2013 London, United Kingdom [Kirsten Øster-Lundqvist / BUC News] London is the direct focus this month for the 'Mission to the Cities' initiative of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church. After months of preparation, outreach programmes are running in Brixton church as well as Youth Missions in several venues across London... Read more


 

‘Connect to Escape’ Impacts Central Albania

11 October 2013 Tirana, Albania [Julian Kastrati & Dea Përtafi, tedNEWS] There was great anticipation in Albania leading up to the weekend of 4-6 October 2013 as many people looked forward to the follow-up of the ‘Connect to Escape’ series, featuring Dr. Miroslav Pujic, Trans-European Division Ministry to Postmoderns... Read more


 

Canoe and ‘Escape’ – a holiday canoeing mission trip in Poland

5 October 2013 Warsaw, Poland Michał Rakowski and Zofia Włodarczyk] From 21-24 July 2013, a group of 30 people went on a canoeing mission trip on the Nida River in Poland. The group, which was comprised of adults, young people and children, stopped in small villages and towns to distribute Adventist books and magazines... Read more


 

It`s time to re-catch an old vision!

14 October 2013 St Albans, United Kingdom [Miroslav Pujic, tedNEWS] Have you ever felt discouraged at the immense challenge of sharing the gospel to a postmodern world? Frustrated that so many people just don`t seem to be interested in Christianity anymore? Disappointed with the ‘fresh techniques’ for witnessing that... Read more

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