College Goals Achieved Because
of Women’s Ministries
he yearly women’s devotional book—a daily devotional for women written by women and a project of the General Conference Women’s Ministries Department (GCWM)—provided 126 college scholarships for women so far in 2006, and a grand total of 1,136 since the program’s inception.
In 1992 the first annual women’s devotional book, Among Friends, was published. Thirteen more editions have gone to print since then. Their purpose is to provide spiritual growth and to furnish funds for educational scholarships for women throughout the world field—some 93 countries at last count. This represents a total scholarship amount of $453,363. This year’s edition, edited by former GCWM director Ardis Stenbakken, is titled Morning Praise.
“The devotional book is written by women in different walks of life—young women and old, professionals and housewives, church leaders and church members,” says GCWM associate director Raquel Arrais. “It brings a wide variety of spiritually uplifting, encouraging topics from positive, personal experiences of God’s presence in the lives of women.”
For more information about the scholarship program or Women’s Ministries, go to wm.gc.adventist.org. The 2007 devotional is available at Adventist book centers.
—GC Women’s Ministries Department/AR.
Ontario Conference Opens New Office
The new addition and renovation of the headquarters of the Ontario Conference in Oshawa was officially opened recently with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by some 200 people.
“We have put up this building, not to call attention to ourselves but for the glory of God,” said Ontario Conference president Derrick M. Nichols during the ceremony.
Colin Carrie, member of Parliament for Oshawa, described the building as “a testament to this church’s influence in Oshawa” and presented a congratulatory scroll from the government of Canada and the people of Oshawa.
Other participants included Jerry Ouellette, a member of the Provincial Parliament; Oshawa mayor John Gray; Orville D. Parchment, General Conference (GC) assistant to the president (and former president of the Adventist Church in Canada); Robert E. Lemon, GC treasurer; and Daniel R. Jackson, president of the Adventist Church in Canada. —Ontario Highlights/AR.
Spanish AWR Programs Offered by Christian Record Services
Adventist World Radio (AWR) has recently formed a new cooperative relationship with Christian Record Services, an organization that provides free Christian publications and programs for people with visual impairments in North America. The partnership involves making AWR’s radio programs available on Christian Record’s Web site. Spanish programs, produced by AWR affiliate studios in Peru, are already accessible, and more languages will be added over time.
“Christian Record Services has been interested in providing such a service for some time, and we are delighted to partner with them and make these programs available to a new group of listeners,” says AWR president Ben Schoun.
Christian Record Services has headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. To access the Spanish programs, click here. —Adventist World Radio Communication Department.
Arabic Healthful Living Book Released
A book on health issues and lifestyle titled The Heart of the Matter, translated for and adapted to the needs of the Arab reader, has been launched by the Adventist Church in the Middle East region. According to Alex Elmadjian, communication director for the Middle East Union (MEU), this is the first Arabic book on health published by the Adventist Church in decades.
Seventh-day Adventist physician Marilyn Johnson, who has served in the Far East, is the original author. She wrote the book about healthful living and a wide range of subjects related not only to the heart but to the entire body for an audience in countries such as Singapore and Thailand. With Johnson’s permission, MEU publishing director Amir Ghali and his team replaced statistics and studies that appeared in the original book with others relevant to the Middle East culture and to Arabs.
“We prayed and asked God for help and guidance; we knew we could not do this [project] alone,” said Ghali. “If the Lord really wanted the Arab population to benefit from this book, [we prayed that] He would find ways and open doors.
” The Heart of the Matter is now being sold by literature evangelists in various countries throughout the Middle East.
—Middle East Union Publishing Department/AR.