Adventist Church sues U.S. city for ‘blatant’ religious liberty violation

Las Cruces, New Mexico imposing registration requirements, fees on some churches Sep 19, 2013 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States Elizabeth Lechleitner/ANN The Seventh-day Adventist Church last week filed a lawsuit against the city of Las Cruces in the U.S. state of New Mexico over an ordinance church lawyers say violates religious expression and unfairly targets pastor-led faith groups, especially Latino churches

In Nepal, one small step for Adventist Church

Denomination’s work in Central Asian country becomes official ‘mission’ Sep 17, 2013 Banepa, Nepal Bhaju Ram Shrestha and Ansel Oliver/ANN The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s work in the Central Asian country of Nepal this month was recognized as a denominational “mission,” a move up from an “attached field” of its parent division. The Adventist Church in Nepal has grown to become official "mission" status in the denomination.

German Adventist hospital opens center to treat FGM victims

Waldfriede partners with former supermodel Dirie’s Desert Flower Foundation Sep 12, 2013 Berlin, Germany Corrado Cozzi/ANN staff A Seventh-day Adventist hospital in Berlin opened a new center this week to help restore victims of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a cultural ritual in parts of Africa and Asia. The Krankenhaus Waldfriede (Berlin Hospital) opened the Desert Flower Center in cooperation with the Vienna, Austria-based “ Desert Flower Foundation ,” which was established in 2002 by Somali model Waris Dirie. Former supermodel Waris Dirie addresses the audience at the opening ceremony of the Desert Flower Center at Berlin Adventist Hospital on September 11

‘Go Into Harvest Field,’ Wilson tells North Asia Adventists

Mission Conference highlights work throughout region Sep 2, 2013 Jeju Province, South Korea Mark A. Kellner, Adventist Review Seventh-day Adventists attending morning worship at the 2013 Northern Asia-Pacific Division International Mission Conference were challenged to “go forward into the harvest field” and tell the world about Jesus and His soon coming. A choir from Korea's Voice of Prophecy provided main music for the Sabbath, August 31, worship service at the International Mission Conference in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea

In Japan, 10th APACT Conference fights Asia’s tobacco epidemic

Adventist secretary-general brings church's temperance legacy to organization Aug 29, 2013 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States ANN staff Public health advocates in the Asia-Pacific region want tobacco excluded from the products covered by a proposed regional free trade agreement. The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement would otherwise undermine international efforts to curb cigarette companies’ advertising, the Asia Pacific Association for the Control of Tobacco (APACT) said in a statement August 20.  APACT Secretary-General Kyoichi Miyazaki, center, at the organization’s 10th conference in Tokyo last week. Miyazaki, an Adventist, is continuing the church’s anti-tobacco legacy through his work with APACT.

Players level up spiritual life with new Adventist game app

“Heroes” reconnects players to champions of the Bible Aug 15, 2013 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States ANN staff The first Seventh-day Adventist game for iPhone and iPad was downloaded 3,000 times in the first 48 hours of its release, tripling the benchmark analysts say a mobile app should meet in its first week to be considered successful. The biblical character Abraham is one of eleven “heroes” featured on the first Adventist game app for iOS devices. Players earn points by correctly answering as many questions as possible in 60 seconds

In Egypt, mob destroys Adventist Church in Assiut

Attackers not part of wider, organized political movement, church leaders say Aug 15, 2013 Cairo, Egypt ANN staff The burning of a Seventh-day Adventist Church in the city of Assiut during rioting last night was not part of a wider, organized political movement, local church officials said. The Assiut Adventist Church, located approximately 360 kilometers south of Cairo, was attacked by a mob and heavily damaged after it was set on fire. The pastor and his wife hid in their upstairs apartment and were not found by the attackers, who set the building on fire

In Rwanda, first lady opens Adventist Church’s International Women’s Congress

Women should inspire positive change and ‘live a legacy,’ Kagame says Aug 8, 2013 Kigali, Rwanda Jean Pierre Bucyensenge/The New Times, with ANN staff Seventh-day Adventist women hold “untapped potential” to impact their communities, Rwanda’s first lady said at the church’s International Women’s Congress near Butare this week. “It is one thing to have [potential], and another to maximize it,” First Lady Jeannette Kagame said. “I want you to think about what you are going to leave behind for the next generation.” Rwandan First Lady Jeannette Kagame, right, flanked by Raquel Arrais, associate director for the Adventist world church’s Women’s Ministries, opens the Adventist International Women’s Congress near Butare on August 7.

In Brazil, Adventists demonstrate Christian hospitality

Acts of kindness connect with Catholic youth in town for World Youth Day Aug 1, 2013 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ASN staff/ANN staff Seventh-day Adventist young people in Rio de Janeiro demonstrated Christian hospitality this week when they offered 170 Catholic youth in town for World Youth Day a place to stay. Adventist young people from the Rio de Janeiro Central Adventist Church share a meal with Catholic youth in town for the World Youth Day and Pope Francis’s visit. [photo: Fabiana Bertolli] The Italian Catholics were part of the World Youth Day Pilgrimage, which saw thousands of young Catholics worldwide travel to Rio de Janeiro for a week to celebrate the diversity of the Catholic Church and deepen their personal spirituality.

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