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GAiN Conference Day One

We boarded the buses at 7:30 a.m. on August 9 and headed 30 minutes west to Brazil Adventist University (UNASP) for Day 1 of the GAiN (Global Adventist Internet Network) Conference.

In keeping with the motto of GAiN, “Wired for Mission,” the day’s presentations were dedicated to hearing about the mission of the Adventist Church from individuals directly involved in the cause: the Global Mission Center directors.

GAiN Conference Day Zero

The 2017 Global Adventist Internet Network (GAiN) kicks off on August 9 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Sponsored by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, this year’s GAiN Conference is held on the campus of Brazil Adventist University (UNASP).

Outspoken: My Name Is Rhonda and I Am a Seventh-day Adventist Transgender Woman

“Jesus died to save people not to save theology . . . not to save belief structures,” says Rhonda, an Adventist trans woman and the subject of the fifth installment of the short documentary series “Outspoken.” The film uses Rhonda’s first name only for the sake of her family’s privacy though Rhonda herself is very open about her story.

In the short documentary, Rhonda recounts experiencing constant turmoil from her teens to her 60s.

Inter-American Church Strengthens Special Needs Ministries with First Territory-Wide Congress for the Hearing Impaired

More than two hundred deaf persons, interpreters, and special needs ministries directors from across the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Inter-America gathered for the first territory-wide Congress for the Hearing Impaired.

The five-day event, held at Montemorelos University in North Mexico in July, sought to reassure deaf members and friends that they are valuable to God and the church, and provided training to church leaders on strengthening special needs ministries in churches and communities.

Albanian Women’s Retreat Reaches beyond Women and Adventists

It’s a women’s retreat—so you expect women, with possibly the odd spouse hanging around at the back or helping with logistics, but when you find the back row filled with elderly Muslim men you know something special is happening.

180 People Go Bald for Penang Adventist Hospital Fundraiser and More News Shorts

In this week’s news roundup, 180 participants go bald for Penang Adventist Hospital charity fundraiser, Barbadian woman was shot to death while at an ATM,  Florida church is sued by parents of girl molested by youth program worker, Zimbabwe church is ordered to pay suit court costs, Grace Symphony ministers through music in Fiji and New Zealand, and Adventist school children in Ghana plant trees for World Environment Day.

Adventist Church in Thailand in Years-Long Battle with Cult Leader

On July 5, the Bangkok Post published a report about the ongoing battle between the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Thailand and Lao Yang, a former Adventist turned cult leader who is facing charges on six counts of sexual abuse, including two against minors who filed earlier this month. 

Russia Publishing House Celebrates 25 Years Instilling Hope

The Seventh-day Adventist publishing house in Russia recently celebrated 25 years instilling hope during a special weekend of thanksgiving and missionary commitment.

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