Adventist Church Provides Relief for Earthquake Victims in Haiti; and other news | Adventist news

21 Aug 2021
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An earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale struck the southern area of Haiti, followed by several aftershocks. Tremors could be felt as far as Jamaica, about 200 miles away. Local authorities have declared a state of emergency for one month, seeking the assistance of humanitarian aid. Hospitals nearest the affected regions are reportedly overcapacity. The death toll has risen to more than 1,400 people. This week, Seventh-day Adventist leaders confirmed that 12 church members were among those who died.

Zambia has a new president. Zambia's newly elected president, His Excellency Hakainde Hichilema, is a baptized member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in regular standing. He was baptized in 2019. At the height of his political career and pursuits of seeking public office to serve the nation as president, he never gave up on his God and has been attending services and church functions.

Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) has officially opened the Dennis and Carol Troesh Medical Campus. Built to meet updated state seismic codes for acute care facilities, the complex is home to LLUH's new 16-story Medical Center and nine-story Children's Hospital tower. The campus incorporates leading advances in patient safety and comfort. It was designed to continue the organization's 115-year legacy of care and healthcare education in what has become one of the most medically complex regions in the nation.

Adventist Risk management, Inc (ARM) has announced the appointment of James Winegardner to serve as president and chief executive officer of ARM and Gencon Insurance Company of Vermont. Winegardner will immediately begin his role and replace Karnik Doukmetzian, who served ARM as interim president since April 1, 2021. Winegardner is an ordained minister and has served as a pastor in the Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists for more than 15 years. The Board of Directors' unanimous decision followed a recommendation from a search committee chaired by G. Alexander Bryant, president of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists and vice-chair of the ARM and GiCV board. Faith Search Partners, a faith-based executive search firm, assisted the search committee.

In East Venezuela, nearly 9,000 Seventh-day Adventists participated in the church's most comprehensive annual social program coined as "Close to You Venezuela 2021". Member volunteers distributed supplies and brought messages of hope to those facing economic challenges.

In the Philippines, the Davao Mission of Seventh-day Adventists, in partnership with Adventist Hospital Davao (AHD), through the supervision of the Vaccine Cluster of the City Government of Davao Health Office, fulfilled their duty as citizens to participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program.

Through a partnership with North Tampa Christian Academy in Tampa Bay, Florida, AdventhHealth has vaccinated students, 12 and older, on the school's campus to make it easy and convenient for families. For more information on COVID-19 and the COVID-19 Vaccine, you can visit

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