Former Adventist Church President Bradford Passed Away; and other world news

In Huntsville, Alabama, Charles E. Bradford, the first president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, passed away on Thursday, September 9. Bradford, the first African American to serve as North American Division president, and his administrative team were instrumental in the NAD's development toward functioning as a division territory of the Adventist Church. Bradford joined the NAD after serving as associate secretary of the General Conference from 1970 to 1979. He served as NAD president until 1990.

The President of the Adventist Church in North American Division called for prayer ahead of the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. In his statement, Bryant said: "As we remember how life in the United States and around the world changed 20 years ago when 3,000 lost their lives in terrorist acts on September 11, 2001, as planes crashed through the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Virginia, and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, I urge our members in the North American Division to pray for those who were impacted by these events and lost loved ones on that day."

In the Atlantic Coast of Colombia, dozens of Seventh-day Adventists recently benefited from specialized entrepreneurial workshops to assist them in providing for their families during the pandemic. The program included developing skills and acquiring tools to successfully help entrepreneurs carry out their projects with Baranoa's mayor's office and the National Learning Service. The event allowed participants to develop business opportunities, move their ideas forward, and design entrepreneur proposals.

Some 50 members met at the Filadelfia Adventist Church in Baranoa, while 100 more families took part in the online training program. In Brazil, biblical lands are opened up in a children's animation inspired by the writings of Seventh-day Adventist Church co-founder Ellen G. White. Another season of Nick's Gift animation is available on Feliz7Play, the Brazilian Seventh-day Adventist Church's video platform. This time, it features a trip through biblical lands. For Adolfo Suárez, director of the Ellen White Estate in South America's headquarters, telling the history of the denomination and the Bible itself is essential to maintaining the identity of the Church.

It is to cultivate a new generation that, in addition to loving the Church, love the God of the Church. Young participants of the Adventist Voluntary Service project of the Central Bolivian Mission and the One Year in Mission team from the Bolivian Union held an Eye Health Fair in Loma Linda in Cochabamba, Bolivia. More than 160 people were cared for by the 32 volunteers who checked vital signs and performed eye exams. Volunteers also taught visitors about the eight health laws, gave them information about the COVID-19 vaccine, and distributed missionary books to each person they served. In this group of young people, doctors, ophthalmologists, nutritionists, optometrists, and nurses gave 200 pairs of eyeglasses. As a result, 40 people agreed to receive a visit from a missionary, 15 agreed to study the Bible, and 90 decided to pray together. A group of volunteers from Maringá, Brazil, created a project called Baby Partner.

The group focuses on assembling baskets for newborns with everything a baby might need and providing resources to help assist and guide mothers in mental health, legal issues, health, breastfeeding, and spiritual matters. The project started with Isabela Dancini Pontes, who was inspired to help struggling mothers after she had her daughter. Pontes sought to donate clothing items to a specific family, but she also wanted to create a network of volunteers to assist women through various stages of pregnancy and motherhood. Baby Partner is now part of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency.

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