09 Oct 2021
This week on ANN.
Following a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in 2010, where more than 220,000 people died, 1.5 million people were displaced, and roughly 300,000 people were injured, Haitians migrated to several countries, chief among them Brazil, where an estimated 85,000 arrived between 2010 and 2017. Additionally, there were 48,000 Haitians requested asylum between 2010 and 2015, and significant arrivals continued at least through 2019 when nearly 17,000 Haitians sought protection. Haitian immigrants have also looked to move to countries like the United States and Chile. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has deployed teams and mobilized resources to Mexico, Honduras, and Colombia. ADRA Inter-America Regional Manager, Ellen Giaccarini, says there are ongoing needs among migrants for access to food, mattresses, blankets, and psychosocial support.
As fire engulfed the Bay Island of Guanaja off the northern coast of Honduras on October 2, Seventh-day Adventist leaders and members quickly moved to prevent damage to its school, churches, and community. The fire destroyed or damaged more than 200 homes and businesses. The school sustained damage to its third floor while 30 church members lost their homes and properties.
A volcanic eruption on la Palma in Spain sent lava oozing through the streets of populated areas, setting fire to homes and destroying property on September 19. More than 10,000 people were evacuated from the island. No casualties have so far been reported. According to information from the Adventist pastor in La Palma, Maicer Romero, the eruption has not affected the Church. The lava route towards the beach has only caused the relocation of one church member and his family.
Statistics indicate that approximately 400,000 people go hungry daily in Jamaica. Recognizing this urgent issue, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica is fighting to alleviate hunger through a large food bank center. The virtual launch took place at the Seventh-day Adventist Conference Center in Mount Salem, St. James, on September 25. The Food Bank will seek to source food and distribute food through the five conferences, and in turn, they will distribute the food to persons in the church and the wider community.
It’s never too late for one to accept Jesus Christ as personal Savior. This is a living testimony coming from the North Zambia Union Conference, one of the unions in the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division. Edward and Joyce Tembo have been married since 1942, giving us a shining example that love indeed lives in their home. Joyce is now 98 years old, and Edward is 109, giving them a combined age of 207 years. They just got baptized!
As more and more grandparents have become primary caregivers for their grandchildren, the Seventh-day Adventist Primary School on the Caribbean island of St. Eustatius hosted a program in September to honor their dedication. More than 35 grandparents visited their grandchildren’s classrooms and engaged in arts and crafts -- the day corresponded with National Grandparent’s Day, which is celebrated on the second Sunday in September.
Former editor of Signs of the Times, Marvin Leroy Moore, died on September 27 at his home in Caldwell, Idaho, with his wife, Lois, by his side. He was 84. Moore attended the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, located at Washington Missionary College, now Washington Adventist University, in Maryland. To hone his writing skills, Moore attended the University of Texas at Dallas, earning a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. Around 1974, he began working as a freelance writer and published his first book, Trial by Fire, a compilation of stories about bravery. In 1985 he was offered his dream job at Pacific Press Publishing Association, where he served for a total of 36 years, first as a book editor and for the last 27 years as editor of Signs of the Times magazine.
The Adventist Church has started its Annual Council business meetings, starting with the LEAD Conference. LEAD stands for “Leadership, Education and Development.” This year, the Annual Council will be presented by Adventist Mission, and the theme will be “Through the Storms: Mission During Crises.” The Annual Council is one of two yearly meetings of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church’s Executive Committee.
The Adventist Multi-cultural Family Service Center is an Urban Center of Influence in South Korea. As a result of the center’s presence in the community, new congregations have started in various languages. More from Adventist Mission: (link)
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