A predominantly refugee church in southern Italy emphasized the World Refugee Day during their June 17 Sabbath morning worship service. The service which included refugee stories, a concert, reports, and interviews were live streamed. The church which is located in Castel Volturno, a town 21 miles northwest of Naples, has opened its doors to welcome migrants that are coming in mostly from Libya. Some were already Adventists before they arrived, some found faith on their journey, and some were introduced to the Adventist faith after getting in touch with the church. Read first-hand stories about refugees and the trials they endured in their homeland, the struggles they encountered during their journey, and the challenges they continue to face in their new home, Italy.
A 24-story apartment complex in London got caught on fire early Tuesday morning, June 13. Several charity organizations and agencies were seen on the ground providing immediate assistance to those who were affected by this unforeseen tragedy, one of them being the South England Conference Community Services Department. The staff helped out on the scene by distributing food and clothes. ADRA UK has also been involved by providing the funds for much-needed supplies.
Read more information here on the work that Adventist organizations are doing to provide relief to the victims and their families.
1- Write a message of encouragement for your refugee neighbors. Go to the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AMRARIM/ which was created between two NAD identities, Adventist Muslim Relations and Adventist Refugees and Immigrants Ministries, so that you could have a positive voice, and share ideas. Share this page with others and help us spread the word.
2- Pastors and church leaders, visit your local mosque, or Islamic center. Introduce yourself, let them know that you are an Adventist leader who has a distinct calling to reach out to anyone with a message of hope and wholeness. Ask how things are affecting the Muslim community, offer a prayer and ask for any way in which it will be possible to bring a better interfaith understanding, and foster stronger ties between neighbors.
3- Hospitality meals - This can be done in an individual level, or can be a collective initiative. Your church may choose to offer a hospitality meal for the local mosque. The kids could prepare a banner saying, “we love our neighbors” and sign it, and let them know that our food is clean, so they can freely come to our tables. That we want to bless them, and get to know one another.
ORGANIZATIONS THAT WORK WITH REFUGEES:
The Emergency Management in Spokane County had requested ACS to cover water distribution on Sunday, June 4, while the military was on a special training mission. They asked Latter Day Saints Church to cover on Sabbath as they did not want to disrupt our worship day.
Duane Kraft, an 82-year-old gentleman from the Spokane Valley SDA Church, was one of the volunteers who dedicated their time and services on that day. "I was in church yesterday and they said they needed help and I thought I'd come," Kraft said. One of the youngest volunteers found on the scene was 16-year-old Philip Keer, who also decided to come out and help rather than spending time at home.
Leonard Westermeyer from Upper Columbia ACS is the Volunteer Coordinator who is in charge of the water distribution for Spokane County. Patty Marsh, UCC ACS Director, is extremely appreciative of Westermeyer’s strong leadership skills.
Watch this video clip to get a glimpse of the work that ACS is doing.
The Urban Mission and Ministry Congress (UMMC) will be held on September 6-8, 2018 at Andrews University. It is planned and implemented by the SDA Theological Seminary (SDATS) of Andrews University (AU), with significant participation of the North American Division Evangelism Institute (NADEI) and with the North American Division of the SDA Church (NAD) and the General Conference of SDA. The NAD invests participation through us, Adventist Community Services, and Ministerial departments.
The mission of the UMMC is to transform, empower, and equip individuals to provide outstanding leadership for the Gospel in urban ministry. The rapidly expanding urban population creates a mandate to care for people in cities, serve them, and share the Gospel with them. The need for building capacity to develop others for ministry in urban contexts is urgent! Hence, the purpose of this event is to provide individuals an interdisciplinary congress that shapes the church’s understanding of urban community and promotes Christ’s method of reaching people across cultures.
Logo Contest Details:
One of the first steps to branding this event is to come up with a logo design. Therefore, we have activated a logo design contest to generate interest and seek for innovative and creative artwork for this event.
All are welcome to participate! The call for submissions is NOW OPEN, and entries will be accepted until June 14, 2017.
The winner will receive a prize money of $250, as well as the prestige of having their logo represent the Urban Mission and Ministry Congress.
So don’t pass up this opportunity, and get your creative designs in soon!