According to Jang, the 200-member congregation has received an outpouring of support from the local community.
“We have received many cards and letters, and some [donation] checks,” Jang said. “Some people have stopped by” to offer encouragement, he added, noting that such attacks are rare. “Such a thing has never [before] happened in this area.” The attack is being investigated as a hate crime, said Seminole County sheriff Lt. Dennis Lemma in an Orlando Sentinel newspaper report. The report also indicated that Florida has a house-of-worship protection act, which makes any vandalism there a third-degree felony.
—NAD Communication Department/ANN/AR.
Jon L. Dybdahl, Walla Walla College (WWC) president, has recently been appointed by the General Conference as the only Adventist representative on the planning committee for Edinburgh 2010, an international missionary conference.
Edinburgh 1910 was the first worldwide missionary conference representing most religious denominations. It was held that year in Edinburgh, Scotland—and the subject was missions. The groundbreaking conference led to the formation of several international missionary councils, including the World Council of Churches (WCC).
Dybdahl explained that the upcoming conference will not be centered strictly in Scotland, but will include satellite meetings and events around the world. “It will truly be a global conference,” he said, and added that all major Protestant denominations will be represented.
According to statistics provided by the General Conference Secretariat Department, worldwide there are approximately 980 non-volunteer Adventist missionaries, making the Adventist Church one of the leading sponsors of international missionaries.
The Edinburgh 2010 Planning Committee will be held July 4 and 5 in Edinburgh.
—Walla WallaCollege Media Relations/AR.
A resource kit has been compiled by the General Conference Women’s Ministries Department to assist Women’s Ministries directors in working with single women in their region. Information on a variety of topics of need and concern to single women is included: career development; single parenting; dating, sex, relationships; finances; divorce; widowhood; and single ministries.
A delegation from the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Middle East met with four Islamic studies professors at Qatar University in Doha on May 7, 2006, to promote interfaith dialog and a better understanding of each other’s beliefs.
“I felt a great sense of mutual respect and friendship during our hour-long meeting,” said Alex Elmadjian, communication director for the Adventist Church in the Middle East and a delegate at the meeting.
Sharing his perspective on the issue of interfaith dialogue in the region, Conrad Vine, secretary-treasurer of the Middle East Union, said, “We are living in an increasingly fractured world in which religious and political demarcation lines appear to be hardening and leaving ever-reduced space for interfaith and intercommunity dialogue. The Seventh-day Adventist church believes that justice, peace, and mutual understanding for communities around the world are only possible to the extent that interfaith and intercommunity dialogue is maintained and nurtured.” ---Middle East Union/AR.