News reports from Guatemala; Southern Adventist University; Lodi, California; Central Florida; Heath, Ohio; Ukraine; Oakwood University; and the North American Division:

From an ADRA International post on Facebook: ADRA in Guatemala is currently responding to the eruption of Volcano Fuego. During this difficult time, ADRA Guatemala is working to help the local community by distributing food, clean water, and hygiene kits. We need YOU to help the people of Guatemala recover and rebuild. Your contribution to ADRA’s Emergency Fund will support both immediate relief and our long-term efforts in Guatemala and other places in crisis. Give a donation and together, let’s make a difference.
Donate to ADRA’s Emergency Fund now.

Southern Adventist University’s Enactus team went to the national competition recently and placed second in their league. Enactus is a nonprofit that invests in students who take entrepreneurial action for social good. The organization has 72,000 students participants on 1,730 campuses in 36 countries. published an article by local writer Steve Hansen in which he attempts to dispel what he considers to be myths about Adventists. The “myths” he addresses are as follows:

Adventists are like Christian Scientists.

Adventists are all vegetarians.

Adventists are “holy rollers.”

All Adventists think alike.

Adventists don’t celebrate Christmas or Easter.

Adventists only care about themselves.

Adventist Health runs Lodi Memorial Hospital and the town has a number of Adventist churches and an Adventist K-12 school. Adventists make up 3.5% of the Lodi population.

According to a news report on the Florida Hospital website, a joint surgical team from Florida Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC performed Central Florida’s first pediatric liver transplant on May 7. The procedure saved the life of a local teenager who has already been released from hospital to continue his recovery at home. The teen was the first pediatric patient placed on the OPTN/UNOS national transplant wait list by Florida Hospital. For privacy reasons, the teen’s name has not been disclosed.

The Rev It UP! camp meeting of the Adventist Motorcycle Ministry is scheduled for June 22-24 this year in Heath, Ohio, located at 701 Linnville Road.

On June 1, the Foreign Minister of Germany, Heiko Maas, visited the drinking water project run by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in the village of Berdyanske in eastern Ukraine where hostilities continue. ADRA is active in the disputed regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in repair and rescue operations.

On Sunday, June 10, Oakwood Farms Open Air Market will have a ground breaking ceremony. It is located across the street from the main entrance of Oakwood University. Farmers sell local, fresh produce.

A Facebook post from the North American Division of the Adventist denomination shared information about domestic abuse including the fact that religious people stay in abusive relationships for longer. The NAD was promoting enditnowNAD, a free summit on abuse scheduled for Sept. 25. More information here.

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