ADRA Provides Gadgets for Iota-devastated Schools; and other world news | Adventist news

04 Sep 2021
This week on ANN.

Hurricane Iota destroyed homes and businesses on the small Colombian islands of San Andres, Providencia, and Santa Catalina. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Colombia continues to provide assistance. ADRA delivered 90 new computers to the Ministry of Education for use in five schools located in San Andres and Providencia. The new technology will benefit nearly 1,000 pupils enrolled in the designated schools. In addition, the Adventist school in San Andres received ten new computers from ADRA.

In Serbia, up to 15,000 people in the Western Balkans will receive health checkups, hygiene services, and COVID-19 information through the “Leave No One Behind” project, coordinated by ADRA in Serbia. ADRA expects to provide about 4,000 free medical checkups in Serbia, Albania, and Bulgaria over the next nine months. For those in need of additional treatment, the medical will refer patients to a private health care practice, accompany them to appointments, and cover the costs of doctor visits and any needed medications and tests. In addition to offering health care, ADRA will continue providing essential hygiene services to people without a home through the Drumodom, an adapted bus that travels throughout Belgrade. It gives the homeless a place to use the toilet, take a shower, get a shower haircut, and wash their laundry.

Loma Linda University Health has been included on Newsweek’s list of America’s Best Physical Rehabilitation Centers 2021. The award is presented by Newsweek and Statista Inc., the world’s leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. The awards list was announced on August 25 and can be viewed on Newsweek’s website. Loma Linda University Health’s multidisciplinary approach offers collaborative care to bring the best practices to patients.

AdventHealth partners with a clinic in Florida to help provide services for people who do not have insurance. Tom Johnson and the team show how AdventHealth serves this community.

Impact Hope is a non-profit that provides Rwandan refugees with an Adventist-Christian education. When co-founders Mindy and Hans Thygeson learned about the dire refugee situation in Rwanda in 2012, they determined that a high school education was a way out for many of these refugees. Impact Hope was formed to sponsor and support refugee students to attend Christian boarding schools in Rwanda.

King’s Kids, a children’s TV program launched by Adventist Media Australia in response to the 2020 lockdowns, is now broadcast in more than 70 countries worldwide. It has become an international hit over the past 12 months as it has filled a gap in quality Christian TV content for children. Hope Channel South Pacific director Pastor Wayne Boehm said the program was designed to assist and minister to families during the first extended COVID-19 lockdowns last year. It has continued to be produced weekly since then.

The United Nations Youth conference assembles young leaders worldwide to discuss their opinions and solutions to global issues. Letesha Whyte, a student of Northern Caribbean University and president of the National Police Youth Club Movement in Jamaica, was chosen to represent her country at two United Nations Youth conferences. After conversations with experts from the Jamaica Association for the Deaf, the young president realized that police stations were not equipped to handle the sensitive nature of the deaf community. She also found out that Caribbean-based information on the deaf is not readily available. Whyte is committed to using her position to change lives. She was moved to help this vulnerable yet overlooked group. The Police Youth Club was awarded a grant of $10,000 US dollars to execute the “Safe and Sound JA” initiative, which aims to reduce the communication barriers between the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the deaf community.

It Is Written welcomes Wes Peppers as the ministry’s new evangelism director, who accepted a call to serve as the ministerial and evangelism director for the Pennsylvania Conference. Peppers began his new position in August. Peppers joins It Is Written from the Michigan Conference, where he served for ten years as a pastor, personal ministries director, evangelism coordinator, and associate ministerial secretary. Peppers also has experience in international media evangelism from his time with Amazing Facts.

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