Oakwood University Brings Back Farming Industry. Looking for a way to bolster its reputation as a Healthy Campus and to help students pay tuition, Oakwood University is bringing back its farming industry. Oakwood Farms, as the project will be called, will pull together a UNCF Career Pathways Grant (CP-GEM) and Oakwood’s Healthy Campus 2020 initiative.
Zimbabwe: Adventist School Security Guard Killed by Robbers. Buton Skalongo, a night guard, died after being attacked by four gang members during a robbery at the Pelandaba Seventh-day Adventist Primary School in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. His colleague Vusa Tshuma survived the attack. The men broke into the adjacent school and church near midnight, brutalized the two guards, tied them with ropes, and left them in a passage. The armed robbers escaped unnoticed after stealing $200 and two laptops from the school guard room and the church safe.
Denver Adventists Join MLK Interfaith Commemoration. Park Hill’s Seventh-day Adventist Church hosted an interfaith commemoration of the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. With King's birthday falling just five days before the inauguration, the speakers examined his legacy in the context of the upcoming presidential transition. Mayor Michael Hancock, state Sen. Rhonda Fields, Bishop Acen Phillips, and former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb spoke of the civil rights movement in Denver and the importance of the city’s churches in that struggle.
Shirley Neil Pettis, former U.S. Congresswoman, Dies at 92. Shirley Neil Pettis, former U.S. congresswoman and supporter of Loma Linda University Health, died Saturday, December 31, 2016, in Rancho Mirage, California. She was 92. She served as one of 19 women among the 435 members of the House of Representatives.
Hospital Ward in Zimbabwe adopted by Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Seventh-day Adventist Church has adopted a Zimbabwe female ward at Gokwe South District Hospital, one of the biggest district referral centers in the country. It registers about 700 births every month. The church will take complete charge of the running costs. So far the Church has spent $2,500 on the ward, buying new plates, spoons, and bed covers.
Kenyan Government Intervenes in Adventist Leadership Dispute. An Adventist leadership dispute has arisen in Kenya. The Registrar of Societies has intervened after the agency was informed that some church officials may not be legally recognized. In 2012, the SDA Church East Africa Union was reorganized into the Kenya Union Mission which further split int