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Adventists In The News: Kenyan Congregation Decimated by Al-Shabab


This week in our roundup of Adventist News Headlines:

Tiny Kenyan Congregation Decimated by Al-Shabab. Ten Seventh-day Adventists, who comprise half the congregants of the Mandera, Kenya church, were killed in the bus massacre Saturday, November 22.  Pastor David Matheka cancelled services. From Standard Digital, “Seventh Day Adventist loses half of its members in attack“. Al Jazeera and other outlets reported that the attack was carried out by the militant Islamist group, Al Shabab as retaliation for raids carried out by security forces.

Jamaican Adventists Save Thief from Mob. Members of the Harrison Seventh-day Adventist Jamaican church choir, who had assembled for rehearsal, saved the life of a robber who entered the church, escaping from a mob intent on killing him.  Choir members locked out the angry mob and called the police.  The seriously injured robber was taken to a hospital in life-threatening condition. From the Jamaica Observer, “Church saves robber“.

General Conference Vice President on Network TV. A CBS Interfaith Special will highlight three faiths on Dec. 14, 2014: Sikhs, Mennonites, and Seventh-day Adventists.  Ella Smith Simmons, Vice President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Bill Knott, editor of the Adventist Review and Adventist World, and  Richard Duerksen, Assistant to the President for Maranatha Volunteers International, are featured. From TV by the Numbers, “‘World Religions: Sikhs, Seventh Day Adventists & Mennonites’ an Interfaith Special Will be Broadcast Sunday December 14th 2014“.

Former Teacher Convicted of Molestation Wins Appeal. Michael Copithorne, a former teacher at Napa Christian School, a Seventh-day Adventist school, was released on his own recognizance after a California Court of Appeal on Oct. 2 reversed his 2012 conviction for molesting a former student. The original case had included several major inaccuracies which had lead to his conviction. From the Napa Valley Register, “Ex-teacher Copithorne released from jail“.

Seventh-day Adventist Church Excluded as Christian Denomination in Egypt. The Seventh-day Adventist denomination requested that Egypt’s minister of transitional justice and the designated committee not to approve the exclusion of the church from the list of Christian denominations, as stated in the article 112 of the personal status law draft for non-Muslims.  Previously, the Egyptian government has recognized the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a Christian denomination, allowed to exercise its religious ceremonies and to operate educational and health services. From AllAfrica.Com, “Egypt: Seventh-Day Adventists Say Excluded By Article in Personal Status Law From Christian Denominations


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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