The Northern California Contra Costa Times covered a recent trip to the highlands of Peru by a group of LLU students.
"This is one of those lifelong learning experiences that you'll never forget," said Rebecca Medina, a second-year graduate student focusing on global health and maternal and child-health issues. "We got so much more out of the trip than any of us ever expected."
The students, accompanied by three faculty members, also helped build an eco-latrine, a project requested by the local women's group in the village of Ccotos.
Before the eco-latrine was constructed, there was no toilet at the village's sole health clinic.
When properly used and maintained, the eco-latrine will not attract flies the way the town's pit latrines do. It also creates a safe, effective fertilizer for local crops.
In the village of Lluco, students laid the foundation for a cattle shelter that will protect animals against illness and shield them from the frigid climate at 12,000 feet above sea level. That means increased milk production of 30 percent to 40 percent.
"That's a significant increase in family income," said Ann Stromberg, an adjunct professor of global health who went on the trip.
Students weren't just there to teach. They learned from locals.
The people of Lluco showed visitors their talents, including organic quinoa (a grain) farming practices, cheese production from local milk and traditional artisan craft-making.
"As public-health professionals, our responsibilities and duties are to help communities that need help the most," Medina said. "We went there to help them, but they helped us learn their lifestyles, cultures and needs."
- Horror in Orissa, India sees Adventist pastor beheaded and other Adventists killed by extremists;
- Keepers of the Flame presenter honoured at Avondale homecoming weekend;
- Baptism concludes a 5 week evangelistic series in a Greater Union Cinema complex in Sydney;
- Sabbath School summit in Brisbane revolutionises 150 year tradition of Sabbath School;
- Baptisms follow meetings attended by 800 at Papua New Guinea University of Technology;
- Norfolk Island church member volunteers for Pacific Yacht Ministries;
- 1000 attend youth leadership training in Fiji.
Here's more from CNN on the insane Hindu-extremist violence toward Dalit Christians in Orissa.
India Secular opines:
The Hindu rebellion in Orissa is directed against militant Christian Conversion Agencies like World Vision, Seventh Day Adventist Missionary Agencies etc. Fully backed by the money power of the West, especially the United States, these fraudulent anti-National Agencies are noted for their ridiculous vanity and unrestrained anti-Hindu autocracy. [snip] The UPA government today has become an apex missionary organisation for pro-Christian, and pro-Muslim propaganda. The out-going Bush Administration in USA and the equally UPA Government in New Delhi are acting together to evangelise India in a manner, reminiscent of the dark Days of the Holy Spanish Inquisition in 16th century Europe and Portuguese Inquisition in Goa from 1500 to 1812. The Hindus of Jammu and Orissa have risen in open revolt. I have no doubt that if the Christian agencies in India and the union government do not mend their ways, there is going to be a similar Hindu rebellion in the rest of India.
Here's the ANN article on the Adventist pastor who was beheaded.
Also, from ANN: Puerto Rican Adventists march in campaign against domestic violence. "Senator Orlando Parga told hundreds of Seventh-day Adventists gathered outside their country's capitol building August 30 that their prayers and example could help Puerto Rico overcome a steady rise in violence against women, children and the elderly over the past decade."
Former Oakwood president Millet dies: "Garland J. Millet, 95, the fifth president of what is now Oakwood University and a former associate secretary of the Adventist world church Education department, died September 7 at his home in Huntsville, Alabama. A native of Oakland, California, Millet was president of Oakwood College from 1954 to 1963. During that period, enrollment at the historically black Seventh-day Adventist school doubled, the number of faculty increased to 55, and 13 new buildings were constructed."
Here's an interesting blog, Idaho Meanderings, that relates the story of how the Adventist wife - Eveline "Belle" Steunenberg - of the slain governor of Idaho publicly forgave the killer. She was a founding member of the Caldwell Seventh-day Adventist church and later she moved to the Walla Walla area. Apparently bomb-assassination of her husband was due to labor-owner strife in the mining industry. The author of the blog is a decedent.
A dentist in the Philippines muses over Sabbath-work issues.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/968