Kazakhstan Adventist Church Member Found Guilty of Insulting Islam. Yqylas Qabduaqasov, a 54-year-old member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, has been sentenced to seven years of house arrest. He was convicted of inciting religious hatred. Witnesses testified that Qabduaqasov had expressed ideas that insulted Muslims and the Prophet Muhammad. Also, he must pay $500 to cover the cost of his trial. From Radio Free Europe, "Kazakh Seventh-day Adventist Convicted for Inciting Religious Hatred."
Oakwood University Honors Civil Rights Leader John Lewis. U.S. Representative John Lewis, one of six civil rights leaders who created the March on Washington in 1963, was given the Social Justice Award from Oakwood University. The University Church service commemorated Civil Rights achievements. From WAFF News Channel 8, "Rep John Lewis Receives Social Justice Award."
Florida Adventist Church Blesses Its Neighbors. Volunteers from the Mt. Gilead Seventh-day Adventist Church in Bradenton hosted their neighbors, including about 50 homeless people, at its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, a ten-plus-year tradition. They also gave out more than 65 boxes of food to feed 240 families along with care bags to the homeless. The event included the local Pathfinders performing a drum line and color guard. From Bradenton Herald, "Bradenton church fulfilling mission to the needy."
California Adventist Church Sign Inspires Community. The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hemet, California brightens residents' lives with its positive messages on the church display sign board. The church sign is at a busy street intersection. Associate pastor Nancy Chadwick created the sign mission, keeping an inspirational message on the side opposite the sermon title. From Press Enterprise, "Church signs become ministry in brief."
Fiji Inaugurates its First Adventist President. President Jioji (George) Konousi Konrote was sworn in as the first Seventh-day Adventist leader of the island nation of Fiji. Pastor Luke Narabe, president of the Adventist Church in Fiji, offered the inaugural prayer. Konorote is a recent convert to the Adventist faith--he left his Methodist Church for Adventism within the last five years. From Adventist News Network, "Fiji's First Adventist President is Officially Sworn In."
Pam Dietrich taught English at Loma Linda Academy for 26 years and served there eight more years as the 7-12 librarian. She lives in Redlands, CA.
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