News Briefs for May 13, 2021
News reports from Kenya; Chico, California; Paradise Adventist Academy; Tanzania and the North American Division (NAD):
A Facebook complaint from an unmarried Adventist woman in Kenya was picked up by Tuko, a national news site after the woman complained that single Adventist men were ignoring their single female counterparts in church.
Obuba Kwamboka Naumy complained about the double standard under which Adventist males find “exotic” women outside the church to marry while single Adventist females feel obligated to marry within the church.
Naumy challenged single Adventist men saying, “The ball is back in your court. Approach us and talk to us. Ask us our names, where we come from, our favorite destination… Just anything else beyond ‘Happy Sabbath.’”
Actions News Now reported that dozens of people drove by Chico Seventh-day Adventist Church in Chico, California, on Mother’s Day last Sunday to celebrate the life of 100-year-old member Frances Caviness Layland (better known as “Frankie”).
It’s exciting when you think about it,” said Layland according to the TV station, “100 years.”
Layland and her late husband traveled the world, serving as Adventist missionaries. She also has spent 70 years living in Chico.
On Thursday, May 6, KRCR TV reported that high schoolers attending Paradise Adventist Academy (PAA) in Paradise, California, had finally returned to the school campus two and a half years after the fire that destroyed most of the town and seriously damaged PAA. Elementary school students had been allowed back to study onsite since September 2020.
“It gives me great pleasure to say to you as Paradise Adventist Academy students and staff: welcome home,” said Steven Hamilton, senior pastor at Paradise Seventh-day Adventist Church, addressing a group of about 50 students and staff. The group was given a tour of the upgraded facilities but will not be officially moving from their temporary Chico, California, campus until August this year.
Adventist Today East Africa correspondent Tyson Jacob recently represented AT at the 6th annual GAiN (Global Adventist Internet Network) conference in Tanzania. The event ran from April 27 to May 1 and was attended by over 300 delegates at Morena Hotel in Morogoro.
Jacob reported that “GAiN conferences yearly involve pastors, church elders, church secretaries, communication directors and other interested members.”
The denomination in Tanzania has experienced rapid growth in the area of digital communication and television. Both areas were explored by the gathering.
Adventist filmmakers in the country were able to screen short films at the GAiN conference this year. Adventist creatives in Tanzania are being encouraged to create video content that can easily be disseminated via social media in order to reach audiences that prefer watching video to reading.
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