Chinese Church Leaders Call for Prayer, Help After Earthquake

dventist leaders are calling for prayer after the 7.9 earthquake in Central China killed thousands, destroyed buildings, and left many people buried.

Several Adventist Church members have died and several are buried, said David Ng, a ministries director for the church's Chinese Union Mission. "Please continue to pray for those families who have suffered and those who are helping," Ng said in a May 15 e-mail.

Chinese officials reportedly said the 7.9-magnitude earthquake has so far killed 15,000 and left 26,000 buried. An additional 14,000 are still missing. Ng said eight Adventist churches were destroyed. The Adventist church in the city of Chengdu has gathered limited funds to purchase food, water, and other necessities to distribute, Ng said.

Roads are blocked to Hungpai in the region of Shifang, leaving colleagues and volunteers to search for church members in areas with few signs of life, he said.

Chinese officials say 80 percnet of the buildings have collapsed in Beichuan county in Sichuan province, home to 7,210 Adventists. The church's Chinese Union Mission has arranged for fellow workers to visit church members in the disaster area.

The church's Chinese Union Mission is accepting donations, which can be marked "Helping Churches in Disaster."
--Adventist News Network

New President at Southeastern Conference
Delegates at the Southeastern Conference constituency session elected Hubert Morel as conference president. He replaces Willie L. Taylor

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Morel is the fifth president in the 28-year history of the conference. He comes to the post after serving as conference executive secretary and Church Ministries director. Morel is married to Raquel Howell of New Haven, Connecticut. He is a graduate of Oakwood College (now Oakwood University) and Andrews University.

Taylor served as Southeastern president for nine years. Under his leadership, the conference purchased an office complex and additional campground property.

The delegates also elected Patrick Vincent executive secretary and returned treasurer Gwendolyn Turner-Parker.

Headquartered in Mt. Dora, Florida, the Southeastern Conference territory includes most of the state, and parts of southern Georgia.          
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