World News Briefs - May 2009

May 01, 2009

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Aid Groups Target Flood Survivors

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is providing aid for residents of Argentina who have been affected by recent flooding and mudslides. ADRA has distributed supplies, including tents, clothing, shoes and medicine to 1,500 survivors. In addition, the agency is providing psychological assistance for 6,000 children between the ages of 4 and 13 in five local schools.



Adventist Pastor Murdered

Church members are mourning the loss of a pastor who was gunned down in Guatemala’s southern region. Erick Cerritos is one of 12 Adventist church members who have been murdered in Guatemala since 2008, according to a report by the church’s communication director for the region. Guatemala is facing an increase in violence as drug cartels flood into the country from Mexico.

SOURCE: Adventist News Network


First Woman Earns Ministry Doctorate

A former engineer has become the first Seventh-day Adventist woman in the Philippines to earn a ministry doctorate and practice as a field pastor in the country. Jadaza Hintay was awarded the degree from the Adventist International Institute of Advance Studies in Silang Cavite, Philippines. Hintay’s doctoral project researched how church growth principles could be applied to Chinese-Filipino churches in Manila. She now plans to implement the findings from her project.

SOURCE: Adventist News Network


University Receives Radio License

Eight years after applying for a license to operate a radio station, the Seventh-day Adventist-run Northern Caribbean University is preparing to go on the air. The government has granted a license for the student-run station. “We will pull ourselves together and set the pace for the highest caliber of programming in radio,” says Herbert Thompson, university president.

SOURCE: Inter American Division


Hope Channel Begins Local Broadcast

The flagship broadcast television network for the Seventh-day Adventist Church is now transmitting in Germany. Hope Channel received their license and began broadcasting in January. The station is available 24 hours a day though satellite provider Astra, and live streaming is available on the Web site

SOURCE: Adventist News Network