HEADLINES: School Reopens in Namibia After 62 Years

(Spectrumbot) #1

Pastor's Life Spared in Chilean Flood. Seventh-day Adventist pastor Rubén Soto-Montaner survived a flashflood that created a mud river, destroying his house and car. Soto-Montaner thanked God for his survival which was being followed by television coverage. The flooding affected 11,000 people in northern Chile and southern Peru. Adventist Development and Relief (ADRA) workers, Loma Linda University medical students, and Pathfinders, are aiding in relief efforts. From Adventist Review, "Adventist Pastor Miraculously Survives Deadly Flood in Chile."

Stories of Adventism and Homosexuliaty on Stage. A documentary-style drama titled "A Gay SDA Play" by Walla Walla University graduate Bradley Nelson was performed in the Walla Walla area where he was raised. The presentation is based on more than two dozen interviews that explore the real-life experiences of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender members. From Union-Bulletin, "Play reveals gay struggle in SDA church."

School Reopens in Namibia After 62 Years. Mavuluma Adventist Primary School in Katima Mulilo in Namibia's Zambezi Region reopened after being closed for 62 years. Restored through the philanthropic activities of Maranatha, officials expect to enroll over 100 students in grades one through three. Jost Kawana, the deputy director in the regional directorate of education, said the school will help the country which needs more space for young students. From All Africa, "Namibia: SDA Re-Opens Adventist School Closed 62 Years Ago."

Free Health Care in Advance of GC Session. Your Best Pathway to Health, a service of Adventist-Laymen’s Services & Industries (ASI), in partnership with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Adventist Health System, and other entities, will offer a no-cost medical and dental clinic in San Antonio on April 8-10. More than 1,500 healthcare professionals and volunteers will operate the clinic which will provide an estimated $10 million in free health-related services to noninsured and underinsured residents at the Alamodome, where the General Conference Session will be held in July. From KSAT Channel 12, "Free medical, dental clinic coming to SA."

Florida Hospital Employees Fired for Copying Patient Records. Officials at Florida Hospital's campuses in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties fired two employees who without authorization printed portions of medical records of as many as 9,000 patients from January 2012 to May 2014. While there is no evidence that the patients' information has been misused, the hospital notified the affected patients, offering identity theft protection to them. From Orlando Sentinel, "Florida Hospital: 2 employees copied records of 9,000 patients."

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.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/6731

(Winona Winkler Wendth) #2

Those health care clinics in SA will do more good, create more good will, evidence Christian practice better, and bring more people to the church than any number of mega-trons, mega church services, and mocked-up copies of The Great Controversy ever could. It will also make up for the commercial disappointment from loss of revenue to SA that results from a huge convention with no alcohol. Kudos to whoever thought up the notion of Christian service.

(Shining) #3

Idea came from here in CCC where the same thing was done inFrisco last year tho on a somewhat smaller scope. The person in charge is our CCC communications person who is asking us to pray that the people who most need help get the word and transportation. Civil leaders here opened doors in SA Planning has been a huge undertaking for our little Conf.

(Winona Winkler Wendth) #4

Good to know. I had been writing ironically, since I believe that the notion of Christian charity is at least as old as The Book of Matthew and was originally thought up by Jesus. But it’s also good to follow in His conceptual footsteps. We should be doing more of this and sidestep the big productions.

(Carolyn Parsons) #5

I am thrilled that the church re-opened a school in Namibia. As opposed to the developed world, there are often no good choices for education. The church can dramatically improve the lives of young people in the areas where these churches are functioning.

(Winona Winkler Wendth) #6

This should be presented as a model for other conferences. I’m sure that if the word gets out, you will have no trouble finding enough people who need this and people or services to get them wherever; and I’m sure no one will be asking for personal documentation.

(Steve Mga) #7

Same with the school my sunday church sponsors in Haiti. We have 250 kids in k-6. But then they have to take a test to go to the next school. If a child cannot pass it, there is no way to get education any further, or even to go to a Vocational School program.
It is sad how a test score when just a child can affect the ability to rise out of poverty, and not only rise out of poverty but to be able to assist one’s country to rise out of poverty.
But such is some 3rd world country thinking.