Donors Give $14 Million for
Mission Projects in 2006
he General Conference Office of Global Mission reported a record-breaking year in 2006 with some $5.3 million distributed to more than 1,800 projects around the world, said church officials. Combined with funds from other local church organizations, the projects worldwide totaled almost $14 million.
The Adventist Mission Committee, meeting on April 2 at the church’s world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, approved 292 projects for 2007, with Global Mission funding $928,954 of the $3.5 million budget. Additional projects will be approved throughout the year.
|WORLDWIDE SERVICE: Global Mission pioneers in India poase with a new group of believers in a remote Indian village. [Photo: Adventist Mission]
“These projects wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our donors,” says Gary Krause, director of Adventist Mission.
Many projects involve sending Global Mission Pioneers to places no church members exist. Global Mission Pioneers are laypeople who dedicate several years of their lives to establish new groups of believers in unentered areas.
The committee also approved six Hope for Big Cities projects to establish congregations in the greater London, England, area. These allocations are part of the overall Hope for Big Cities initiative, which involves planting churches in some of the world’s largest urban areas.
Maryland Hospital to Relocate
Adventist HealthCare announced April 17 it has purchased land on which to relocate Washington Adventist Hospital about six miles northeast from its current site. Its goal is to preserve and expand access to health care for the communities it serves.
|Washington Adventist Hospital [Photo: Adventist HealthCare]
Hospital officials say they will work with communities surrounding the current campus to discuss future uses, including keeping health-care services at the current Takoma Park site.
Washington Adventist Hospital—first named the Washington Sanitarium—opened on its present site in 1907, following a fire that destroyed the Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan in 1902.
Located in the heart of the hospital’s primary service area with major interconnecting roads, the new site is central and more accessible to its patients and communities, hospital officials say.
Plans for the new facilities include a state-of-the-art hospital along with supporting physician offices, medical service buildings, and room for parking. Officials say the new hospital will also improve the region’s capacity to handle major medical emergencies and other public health-care crises.
“We are working diligently to create an accessible and sustainable health-care plan for the twenty-first century and beyond,” said William G. Robertson, president and CEO of Adventist HealthCare.
EGW Estate Launches New Web Magazine for Kids
The Ellen G. White Estate in Silver Spring, Maryland, has posted a new electronic magazine for children ages 9-14.
Called Ellen White Visionary for Kids
(Ve.Z), the e.Zine is now online. The current issue can be accessed at www.whiteestate.org/vez/vez.html.
A new issue will be posted quarterly.
Included in the magazine are kid-friendly Adventist heritage features and pictures, stories authored by youth, a question-and-answer corner, as well as puzzles, mazes, and other interactive-learning activities. Kids will receive $25 for their published articles, stories, and drawings. Visit the site to check out the guidelines for submissions.
This electronic magazine is the first segment of a sub-site for kids, linked from the menu found on the home page of www.whiteestate.org
. Children under 15 are targeted in this first phase of an Ellen G. White Estate-sponsored youth Web site.
—Ellen G. White Estate/AR
Adventist Review Staff Shuffle
Adventist Review/ Adventist World assistant editor Bonita Joyner Shields has accepted the invitation of the General Conference Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Department to serve as editor of the Junior, Earliteen, and Youth Bible study guides. She fills the vacancy left by Kathy Beagles, who plans to pursue her doctoral studies full-time at Andrews University.
|Shields [Photo: Joel Springer]
Shields joined the editorial staff of Adventist Review in February 2002. Prior to this she served fo rmore than six years as an associate pastor of the Spencerville Adventist church in Silver Spring, Maryland. Her varied responsibilities at the Review office included coordinating the CrossWalk edition fo the publication; overseeing varous segments of both Adventist Review and Adventist World such as Lifestyle and Ask the Doctors; and working with the many prayer requests sent daily to the office.
Shields began serving in her new position May 1.
Sandra Blackmer, who has served as news editor of Adventist Review for three years and of Adventist World since its first issue in September 2005, has now assumed the responsibilites held by Shields.
Before joining the Review staff, Blackmer was Communication Director for the Michigan Conference and editorial assistant for the Adult Bible Study Guide. As an assistant editor, among other duties, Blackmer will now coordinate the Review's CrossWalk edition.
"Sandra has done an outstanding job in building our large network of contributors and correspondents," says Adventist Review/Adventist World editor Bill Knott. "The development of an international newsgathering network for Adventist World has provided credibility and confidence for the millions of Adventists worldwide for whom this magazine is a major source of information about their church. Her new role will allow her to use her significant skills as a feature writer, reporter, and editor in ways that will benefit many other aspects of both journals."
|Blackmer [Photo: Joel Springer]
New to the Review office as of May 1, Mark A. Kellner succeeds Blackmer as news editor of Adventist Review and Adventist World.
Kellner is a veteran of print publication with 24 years of experience writing about computers, telecommunications, and technology. He served as assistant director of news and information for Adventist News Network for more than three years; was a staff writer at Defense News, a professional news source for the world's defense decision-makers based in the Washington, D.C., area; was a weekly columnist for the Washington Times and the Los Angeles Times, and regularly writes news articles, news features, and book reviews for Christianity Today.
“I’m delighted that Mark is joining our team,” Knott says. “His long experience and proven track record as a journalist will help us build even greater strengths into our news operation. For more than 150 years, believers have looked to the Review as their primary source of accurate, responsible news about their church. Adding Mark’s impressive skills to our editorial team will ensure that readers of both Adventist Review and Adventist World may continue to have confidence in our fairness and professionalism as journalists serving the global church.”
|Kellner [Photo: Melita Pujic]
Kellner has also written three books: WordPerfect 3.5 For Macs for Dummies, God on the Internet, and Y2K: Apocalypse or Opportunity?.