In Ukraine, Adventist health worker from U.S. still missing

Sloop disappeared on May 15; was in Kiev to help establish lifestyle center May 22, 2013 Kiev, Ukraine Angela Burdick/ANN staff A local Seventh-day Adventist Health Ministries worker from the United States has still not been found one week after he went missing in Kiev, Ukraine. Dr. Jay Sloop is Health Ministries director for the Upper Columbia Conference in the Northwest United States.

Hope Channel Ukraine is church’s fourth satellite channel in Europe

Now 14 full-time channels in the network; Philippines next Mar 21, 2013 Kiev, Ukraine ANN staff This month’s launch of Hope Channel Ukraine gives the Seventh-day Adventist Church its fourth fulltime satellite channel in Europe, along with growing Internet channels potentially laying the ground for future satellite transmissions. The March 1 opening caps a nearly five-year application process for a license to operate. In August, Hope Channel Ukraine became the first Protestant TV channel officially granted broadcast distribution rights across the Eastern European country and former Soviet Republic

Step forward for church-state relations in Azerbaijan

Seventh-day Adventists in Azerbaijan hope a recent meeting between church leaders and state officials will ease tensions and help the church gain official recognition for its congregations under Azerbaijani law. The January 31 meeting with representatives of the Azerbaijan State Committee on Religious Associations came a month after reports that government officials disrupted an Adventist worship service in the city of Sumgait, questioning worshipers and confiscating DVDs and literature. The tone of last week's meeting was both positive and professional, said Vasiliy Stolyar, vice president of the Adventist Church's Euro-Asia Division, who attended along with three other local church leaders.

Kulakov secretly operated Adventist work in former Soviet Union

Mikhail P. Kulakov Sr., the first president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church's Euro-Asia region, and a pioneering Adventist leader who endured imprisonment in the former Soviet Union for his faith, died of brain cancer February 10 at his home in Highland, California. He was 83.
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