September 2, 2014

Adventist News in Brief

, news editor, Adventist Review

U.S.: New CEO for Loma Linda Hospitals

Kerry Heinrich, interim chief
executive officer of Loma Linda University Medical Center and interim
administrator of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, has been named CEO
of both facilities, as well as the Behavioral Medicine Center.

 Kerry Heinrich. Photo: LLU

“Not only does he have the
right mix of business acumen, knowledge of Loma Linda’s culture, and passion
for our mission, he has also demonstrated during his interim term the ability
to provide the type of leadership we need during this critical time in Loma
Linda’s history,” Richard H. Hart, president of Loma Linda University Health,
said in a statement.

His appointment was approved
by two governing boards on Aug. 25. He had served in the interim positions
since July 1, following the resignation of CEO Ruthita Fike.

Heinrich, 56, who received
his bachelor’s degree in history from Walla Walla University and a juris doctor
degree from the University of Oregon, has had a long association with Loma
Linda University Health as a lawyer serving on the legal counsel team.

“I’m looking forward with
eager anticipation to the challenges and successes we will have as an
organization wholly dedicated to the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus
Christ,” Heinrich said.

Read more:
LLU statement

REMEMBERING 100 YEARS: A British Union Conference report on the 100th
anniversary celebration at the Croscombe church.

Britain: Village
Church Turns 100

An Adventist church whose
roots go back to quoits and Bible studies has turned 100 in a British village
about 120 miles (200 kilometers) west of London.

The Croscombe Seventh-day
Adventist church held a special Sabbath gathering in August to reminisce about
church founder “Pa” Johnson, to praise God and to re-dedicate their lives to
His service.

Johnson, a colporteur, chose
the village as his mission field in 1912, the British Union Conference said. He
made friends with the tough local quarrymen, playing quoits (a traditional game
in which players throw rings) with them and inviting them to his home for Bible

Two years later, the same
week that World War I broke out, six villagers were baptized and formed a
church that has spawned missionaries, ministers, and five generations of church

At the special Sabbath
service, Dr. Laurence Turner, a Croscombe native who heads the theological
studies department at Newbold College, held up a worn Bible that he had received
at age 8 at the church “for good attendance and behavior.” He assured the chuckling
congregation that his behavior had been exemplary ever since.

Read more: British Union Conference’s Web site,
“Croscombe Centenary Celebration,” anniversary photos,
the church’s Web site.

<strong>NEW FIELD: </strong>Players practicing on Washington Adventist University's new $1.8 million field in the evening. Photo: Angie Crews / WAU

U.S.: WAU Gets $1.8M
Soccer Field

Washington Adventist
University is gearing up to open a new $1.8 million artificial turf playing
field in what its president called the latest step toward turning “this good
university into a great university.”

“The new field will
better serve our students, faculty and staff, and the community,” the
president, Weymouth Spence, said in a statement last week.

The new field, which will
open on Sept. 9, features new lights, a new score board, and new bleachers to
accommodate soccer games, intramural sports, and a variety of community
activities, the university said.

The Takoma Park,
Maryland-based university said it has invested more than $16 million in campus
upgrades over the past five years, including a new $6.3 million music building;
a $1.2 million dining hall renovation; a $1.1 million activity center; and smaller
renovation projects such as new paint, furniture and flooring in the
dormitories, classrooms and library.

Read more: WAU’s Web site,
"New Ball Field to Open Sept. 9"

<strong>BEACH VOLUNTEERS: </strong>Italian Adventists who helped clean up Sardenia after a flood posing on the beach. Photo: Luca Alfano / EUD

Italy: 26
Volunteers Clean Up Sardinia

Twenty-six young people
spent 10 days of their summer vacation cleaning up Italy’s Sardinia island as
part of a humanitarian effort organized by the youth department of the
Adventist Church in Italy and the local branch of ADRA, the Adventist relief

The volunteers, aged 18 to
35, gathered from around Italy to assist in the cleanup of the city of Olbia,
which was hit by a disastrous flood in November 2013.

“It was nice to see the
enthusiasm and the service with which these young people have dedicated their
free time and vacation to help others,” said a local ADRA coordinator, Luca

During the Aug. 1-10 effort,
the volunteers used brooms, buckets and sponges to clean up the classrooms of the
Mary Rocca School, which had been closed since floodwaters hit on Nov. 18. The
young people also collected 48 large bags of garbage at the Tavolara Marine
Reserve, tidied up gardens at Olbia Mental Health Center, and repaired the
homes of elderly people.

Read more:
Inter-European Division Web site:
“26 Young People Choose ‘Missions’ Rather Than Holidays"

<strong>ZAMBIAN SHOP: </strong>Karl Lindsay won the Avondale Fine Arts Photography Prize with this photograph. Photo courtesy of Avondale

Australia: The God Is
Able Shop

The scene is spectacular: a
toppled bike, an African seated on a porch chair, and a star-blanketed night
sky — all surrounding a rickety shack with the sign, “God Is Able Shop.”

The photo by
Australian photographer Karl Lindsay won an
Adventist photo prize this year and in now on exhibit with 14 other pieces of his
artwork at his alma mater, Avondale College of Higher Education.

Lindsay, who worked with
ADRA in Zambia, first saw the convenience store in the African country’s
Eastern Province capital, Mambwe, the day before he shot the photograph.

“I thought, ‘That
would look awesome under a starry night sky,’” he said in a statement on
Avondale’s Web site.

Starry night skies
are common in Zambia, and Lindsay got his shot.

“It makes the perfect
statement,” he said.

The photo won Lindsay
the Avondale Fine Arts Photography Prize at the Manifest Creative Arts

Aaron Bellette, the
contest judge and a lecturer in photo media at Avondale, described the
photograph as having “layers of meanings and elements for the viewer to

Read more: Avondale College
of Higher Education’s Web site:
“Safari and Stars,” and more photos on Karl Lindsay’s Web site.

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