Love in Action, Not Words
Mission Focus for NAD President Dan Jackson's Year-End Meeting Address
During the divine worship service Daniel R. Jackson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America (NAD), said “[Our Church] can become meaningless in the world if we don’t learn how to reach the people of our territory. Words can be empty and meaningless if they don’t have action behind them.”
This spring, more than 30 Adventist church members, leaders, and innovators from across the North American Division (NAD) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church convened at Fuller Youth Institute in Pasadena, California, to complete the Growing Young certified speaker training and participate in the Growing Young Adventists (#GYA) cohort summit.
The media evangelism ministry It Is Written received six Telly Awards last month. The awards honor excellence in video on all screens and devices, including social media videos, promotional videos, commercials, television programming, and more.
Roland R. Hegstad, an Adventist minister, public speaker, author, and editor, passed to his rest on June 17, 2018. He was 92. Hegstad, a graduate of Walla Walla University, became an expert in international religious liberty. His work took him around the globe, to the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, beginning in the mid-1960s. In 1959, at age 32, Hegstad accepted a call to the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church as associate editor of Liberty magazine. Within months, he was promoted to editor. Hegstad edited Liberty for 35 years until his retirement in 1995.
The associate director of the North American Division Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries (ACM) was recently selected for promotion to captain for the United States Navy Reserve. Furthermore, Johnson is now the third African-American Seventh-day Adventist to hold the rank in the United States Navy Chaplain Corp, following Captain Herman Kibble and Admiral Barry Black.
Oakwood University was announced as a national finalist for Partner of the Year. Partnership For A Healthier America also extended national recognition to Oakwood for its Healthy Campus 2020 campus wellness initiative with the presentation of the Partnership For A Healthier American's Crystal Apple award in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, May 3, 2018.
Reaching Millennial Generations: Ministry Leaders from Around the World Gather at Andrews University
On April 12–14, 2018, the Global Mission Center for Secular and Postmodern Studies (CSPS), in partnership with the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, hosted the Reaching Millennial Generations conference. More than 200 individuals from every division in the world, including the Trans-European, Inter-European, South Pacific and South American Divisions journeyed to Berrien Springs for the event.
As North Americans wrestle with the social and political implications of providing affordable healthcare to more than 360 million people, the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s healthcare system on the continent is also reshaping itself to meet the needs of the changing market. Adventist World editor Bill Knott, on behalf of Adventist Journey magazine, recently interviewed Terry Shaw, since December 2016 president and CEO of Adventist Health System, the largest of the five Adventist healthcare systems in North America.
As a Loma Linda University student, Tevita Palaki once skipped meals to financially support his budding ministry. Today, the non-profit organization, United Feet, which Palaki launched as a sophomore in 2015, sends out volunteers up to four times a week to serve local homeless by offering them the Christian act of footwashing.