ADRA President Talks About Humanitarian Response for Ukraine; and other world news

09 Apr 2022

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President of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency Michael Kruger recently made a statement on the organization’s humanitarian response in Ukraine and its surrounding regions. The demands for humanitarian assistance continue to grow and change. ADRA has deployed additional emergency response teams and dispatched numerous humanitarian convoys to assist and evacuate displaced families and people in conflict-ravaged regions.

For nearly six months, ADRA has been in Honduras assisting more than 750 migrant families who are making the long trek from South America, through Honduras, on their quest north. The project has also been opened up to families from Venezuela, Cuba, Senegal, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and a few other countries. ADRA Honduras has set up assistance with volunteers, translators, and coordinators in Cholutea and El Paraiso. According to ADRA sources, many arrive with just the clothes on their backs, carrying their children, hurting, stressed, and hungry from not eating anything for at least three days. Migrants also report that they are usually robbed four or five times on their journey, while women and underage girls say they are sometimes assaulted and even raped. Plans are underway to provide personal kits in coordination with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

Fathers, a documentary showing how different, and yet similar, fathers around the world are, has been recently nominated for the “Best Documentary” category at the International Christian Film and Music Festival the most prominent Christian film festival in the world. Father is the result of a joint production between six different media centers of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in six different countries. The documentary, which also became a book, has obtained more than a dozen “official selections” and nominations in the last three years, along with a special award in 2019 at the Religion Today Film Festival, in Trento, Italy.

The Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division’s Adventist World Radio’s new radio station, powered by SIDMedia, continues to make waves, as they live out their motto - from Broadcast to Baptism. Hardly a month into its operation, the station had its first fruits with nine people baptized last week, a sign that media evangelism is key in our mission.

ANN brought the first video in the last episode of the series produced by Hope Media Europe—a part of the global Hope Channel and ADRA Campaign “Hope for Ukraine”. Today, ANN is bringing another episode featuring the story of Inna, a woman who fled the war( Story from Inter-European Division and Hope Media in Germany)

Norwegian Valentina Melentjeva wasn’t home when a fire broke out just before midnight on December 5, 2021, but was staying at the nearby Fredheim Lifestyle Centre in Kongsberg, Norway, where she worked. Melentjeva watched helplessly as her home burnt to the ground despite the efforts of the fire brigade. Devastated over losing everything she owned, her main concern was her precious Bible, a treasured possession. Valentina started going to church after learning about the Adventist Church and the Sabbath Bible truth. On her second Sabbath at church in Klaipeda, she received a brand-new Bible.

After a delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, students and faculty of the school of dentistry at Montemorelos University, in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, have resumed offering free dental services to the community. The initiative, called Zero Cavities, is part of a special program under the direction of the Health Promoting Universities in Montemorelos, which helps to raise dental health awareness. The program offers dental check-ups, cleanings, endodontist services, extractions, and resin fillings. Zero Cavities is organized by the Health Promoting University leadership in collaboration with the School of Dental Medicine, Luz and Life dental Clinic, and the La Carlota Adventist Hospital’s Lloyd Baum Dental Center. Nuevo Leon’s Health Secretary and municipal governments of Montemorelos, Allende, and General Téran are also part of the project. The initiative offers free dental services once a month.

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