12 Feb 2022
This week on ANN.
Hundreds of Seventh-day Adventist students enrolled at public university campuses throughout North Colombia met during a recent three-day Public Campus Ministries (PCM) Congress in Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia. Students had not been able to meet since the last PCM Congress in 2018, due to the pandemic. More than 400 students and young professionals were instructed, trained, motivated, and equipped through seminars, presentations, worship and prayer sessions. The purpose of the Congress was to provide helpful tools through spiritual, psychological, and academic activities to help students strengthen their faith and face different challenges. Adventist students, who are members of the 18 PCM chapters at public universities across North Colombia, had the opportunity to present reports and share testimonies of what God has done in their lives, as well as making strides in the religious freedom of expression.
A member of the Ann Arbor Seventh-day Adventist Church named Karen met an Adventist family of Rwandan refugees. She noticed they were struggling and invited them to come to church with her. The Ann Arbor church warmly welcomed the family and provided them with winter clothing, shoes, and blankets. Through the generous sponsorship of a church member, the youngest son enrolled in the Ann Arbor Adventist Elementary School. Karen began to visit the Rwandan family more frequently at their hotel and met other refugees, too. A few days before Thanksgiving, Daniel Rodriguez, Ann Arbor pastor, suggested that the church provide a meal for the refugee families staying at the hotel. Providentially, God sent translators for each group to understand what the pastor said in his short talk and prayer in the school gym. The new Rwandan family has started a Bible study twice weekly. Seven young people have become enthusiastic and interested in the life of Christ Jesus.
Several weeks after Typhoon Rai heavily devastated major cities in the central and southern parts of the Philippines, the Adventist Church, through different organizations within the country, continues to extend assistance to families heavily affected by the calamity. On January 31, 2022, thousands of families received food packs at the Adventist Academy Cebu gymnasium, providing enough to sustain evacuees for several days. The initiative was made possible through the Central Visayan Conference leadership, in coordination with the district pastors and the Adventist Community Services in the Philippines.
Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is partnering with a Quechua people group living in the highlands of Peru to build warm and healthy homes. Tiny one-room dwellings made of mud bricks, dirt floors and no insulation from the cold winter winds are being replaced with insulated houses. These homes also have wood floors and solar heating. New cooking stoves with chimneys to send the smoke outside provide healthier environments, especially for the elderly and young children.
The Adventist Church will continue to serve people in need until Jesus comes.
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