News Brief for May 7, 2020
News reports from the Center for Youth Evangelism, Lifestyle Magazine, the brand new Adventist Health virtual hospital, the US Virgin Islands, newly-acquired Adventist Health Mendocino Coast and the Inter-Oceanic Mexican region:
The Andrews University-based Center for Youth Evangelism has canceled its “Cruise With a Mission” Alaska trip, scheduled for September. The center is instead advertising a later “Cruise with a Mission,” which is scheduled to take place in the Caribbean, Dec. 13-20, 2020. Check out cye.org/cwm for more info.
“The Grief Sessions,” a Facebook Live experience hosted by Mike Tucker of the Lifestyle Magazine life-coaching TV series was launched April 24. The sessions look at how best to handle loss while finding the strength to continue living positively. The live sessions air Fridays, 6:30 p.m. CDT/4:30 p.m. PDT.
Becker’s Hospital Review reports that Adventist Health, a health network headquartered in Roseville, California, is launching a virtual hospital for 150 patients on May 11. The program called Adventist Health Hospital@Home will use virtual technology to treat patients at home with features such as video visits and remote monitoring of vital signs during the coronavirus crisis. Some in-home visits will be available for lab tests, mobile imaging and IV therapy.
According to the St. Thomas Source in the US Virgin Islands, Peter’s Rest Seventh-day Adventist church was totally destroyed by fire Tuesday morning this week. The North Caribbean Conference of the Adventist Church said the fire destroyed “the entire upper level of the church including pews, platform furniture, windows, doors, church decoration and communication equipment recently acquired to offer virtual ministry.” The church has 400 members.
According to Becker’s Hospital Review, Fort Bragg, Calif.-based Mendocino Coast District Hospital has joined Adventist Health. The hospital has been renamed Adventist Health Mendocino Coast. It joined Adventist Health May 4.
According to Adventist News Network, 13,500 Adventists in the Inter-Oceanic Mexican region were given food and essential items for their families struggling with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The region is home to 203,400 Adventists.
“Many of our members with their own small businesses do not have the possibility to work and we wanted to make sure the church did something to help them,” said Pastor Moisés Reyna, president of the Inter-Oceanic Mexican Union. “The church is like a family and it was the moment to join together to support them because we are a family as a church. It’s because of the faithful membership that the union and its 11 conferences and missions have always had resources to operate its churches,” he said.