- Seven prisoners freed to run a church program,
- The world wide leader of 15 million Seventh-day Adventists to visit Australia in 2009,
- More than 600 Seventh-day Adventist kids celebrated 101 years of Pathfinders,
- The Seventh-day Adventist Church wins Grand Champion prize at the Dalby Show,
- Western Australia students fill 110 shoe boxes with goodies,
- It is Written Oceania reaches new audiences in New Zealand,
- ADRA assists the devastated countries of Burma/Myanmar and China,
- Telstra has installed a mobile phone tower on top of Adventist offices in Victoria.
The Baltimore Sun writes:
Standing alongside a row of gas pumps at a Shell station, Rocky Twyman joined hands with several cohorts, prayed to God for economic and social relief then sang "We Shall Overcome" - inserting the lyrics "We'll have lower gas prices" the second time around.
For nearly a month, Twyman, a Rockville resident who serves as music director for a Baltimore church, has been praying at gas pumps - and anywhere else he is welcome - asking God to lower prices. Of course, since he started his prayer campaign, or what he calls a movement, the price of gas just keep inching upwards.
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"This has exploded," said Twyman, 59. "The big thing about this movement is that it's giving people hope."
He says that in Florida, gas prices fell after his radio appearance and some people, inspired by his example, have started praying at the pump on their own.
With prayer and more prayer, he believes prices will come tumbling down like the "walls of Jericho."
"It could be Buddha. It could be the Dalai Lama," said Twyman, himself a Seventh Day Adventist, who believes the spike in oil prices and natural disasters of late are a sign that the end of the world is nigh (sic).
First, it's Seventh-day Adventist.
Second, sure, I understand that most Americans (not new to others) don't like paying so much for gas, but is praying for cheaper fuel the best way to change monetary and energy policy? Apparently some have imported - to markets - the sports tradition of thinking that prayer determines games. Oh look, there's the state heads of the lead oil producer and the lead oil consumer folding hands. . .
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/626