News Briefs for April 2, 2020
News reports and creative videos from Union College, Adventists worldwide, Adventist Health Bakersfield, Amazing Facts, ADRA and GAiN Europe:
Bored beyond belief and suffering from cabin fever? Watch Union College students try veggie meat uncooked straight out of the can. Thanks to the Union College Communication Program for this hilarious video. Check it out below:
And while we’re on the topic of worthy YouTube videos, here’s one titled “Dear coronavirus, here’s a message from the whole world to you.” It features Adventists from a number of countries speaking several different languages. The video is produced by the GAiN Europe leadership team.
Bakersfield.com reported that a group of hospital leaders gathered on the roof of Adventist Health Bakersfield on Monday (Doctors’ Day) and, per a quote from communications manager, Teresa Adamo, prayed for “doctors, staff, community, nation and world.” The group practiced social distancing while standing in a circle for prayer.
“We find ourselves in rapidly changing times, but as a faith-based organisation, there is one thing that remains constant for Adventist Health: prayer,” said Adventist Health Bakersfield CEO, Sharlett Briggs.
From an Amazing Facts press release:
Amazing Facts International, one of the largest global Christian media ministries promoting the Bible Sabbath, has seen a massive surge in online viewing during the coronavirus outbreak. Unable to attend their usual houses of worship, tens of thousands now view the ministry’s weekly Bible study classes and online services streamed online via its official website and social media pages.
“God’s message is our mission, and has been since 1965,” said Pastor Doug Batchelor, president of Amazing Facts International and senior pastor of Granite Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church, both located in the Sacramento suburb. “During this tragic pandemic, we are grateful for an opportunity to reach tens of thousands worldwide with the everlasting gospel.”
Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is working with Latter-Day Saints Charities, to assist 77,000 households around the world who have been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus. The agencies are making plans to help these agencies for long-term recovery as well. Donations to help ADRA provide support for people in need during the pandemic are accepted at ADRA.org/covidresponse
From ANN: #dear grandparents, a short social media clip released today is already bringing both a smile and a tear to grandparents, parents and children around the world.
Already being translated and subtitled in a multitude of languages, including Romanian, Slovenian, Spanish and Swedish, 15 children show their love and concern for their grandparents, each speaking in their own language in a global act emphasizing that “you are not alone.”
This is the second in a series of #dearcornavirus videos generated by the GAiN Europe leadership team. The aim is to encourage and bring hope to a world-wide audience in a style they can identify with and understand.