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Adventists In The News: “SDA Church in Uganda Gets New Archbishop”


Here are four headlines from around the world in this week’s roundup of Adventists in the news:

Adventist Church in Uganda Gets New “Archbishop.” A report in a Ugandan newspaper erroneously listed Pastor Martson Daniel Matte as “the Archbishop of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Uganda. He becomes the sixth archbishop of the Church in Uganda,” the article said. The Seventh-day Adventist minister was recently appointed president of the Uganda Union Mission. The report mistakenly said that previously,
“He was the Bishop of Rwenzori Diocese, a position he held for seven years.” In fact Matte was the secretary of the union mission before his recent promotion. From, “SDA Church in Uganda Gets New Archbishop.”

Adventists aid Congolese war refugees. The Ebenezer Seventh-day Adventist Church, a 400-member congregation in Philadelphia, has joined an effort to help Congolese refugees settle into new lives in the United States.  Church members transport the refugees to church in a van, translate Saturday services into Kiswahili, provide school uniforms for more than 20 Congolese children attending Philadelphia schools, and donate furniture, cooking, utensils, and gently used clothing.  Ebenezer’s pastor, Charles Drake, says the newcomers attending his church are increasing his members’ awareness of the international range of their denomination. From, “Congolese War Refugees Start Over in Philadelphia.”

A Pathfinders-sponsored hike ends in a dramatic helicopter rescue. Fifteen hikers from the Seventh-day Adventist Spanish Church of Huntington Park, California got lost during a weekend hike in Eaton Canyon.  The hikers, who ranged in age from 14 to 36, were rescued after spending one night on the mountainside.  Only one hiker suffered a minor injury. From, “Rescuers locate 15 missing Seventh-day Adventist Hikers in Eaton Canyon.”

Church parking-lot crash injures kids. Three children were injured in the parking lot crash of the Calhoun Seventh-day Adventist Church. Crawford Compton, 59, a Calhoun chiropractor, suffered a medical emergency, causing the accident.  Crawford died at the scene; the children are recovering. From, “Children, others injured in Gordon County Elementary School parking lot.”

From last week’s Adventists-in-the-news headlines: “Eliel Cruz joins Religion News Service as LGBT blogger.”

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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