News Briefs for October 14, 2021
News reports from ADRA, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Southern University, North America Division, LifeTalk Radio
Party’s Over for This Fungi
As a result of the flood disaster in the German federal states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia, toxins and pollutants washed ashore which settled in houses and gardens. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) issued 30,000 liters of effective microorganisms (EM) to combat odor and mold in September 2021.
EM is a mixture of different microscopic living things. By applying effective microorganisms (EM) to contaminated surfaces, toxins can be neutralized and odor formation can be combated, making houses habitable and outdoor areas usable again. The EMs use no chemicals and are 100 percent biodegradable. Effective microorganisms have already been used successfully in the past with other floods in Germany.
Sharing IS Caring
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America (NAD) has developed a new digital space, My Pandemic Story, for addressing the impact of COVID-19 pandemic by sharing stories and building a supportive community. People are encouraged to share their experiences, thoughts and emotions of living through the pandemic with videos, musical pieces, artwork or written stories.
Some submissions will be highlighted online and through sharing or print resources. The NAD’s goal is to recognize the value of story-telling as a means of building community. The church asks contributors to keep in mind a broad target audience (age, nationality, thought, convictions, etc.) and to be respectful of all groups.
The Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) program at Loma Linda University Medical Center received accreditation by the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA), a designation that makes the program the only specialized ACHD comprehensive care center in the Inland Empire and among 44 in the United States.
ACHA is a national organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families living with congenital heart disease, as well as advancing the quality of care and treatment available to them. In tandem with ACHA’s conferences, research, and advocacy, the accreditation program standardizes high-quality care for such patients.
Remember His Name: Terry Shaw Inducted into Hall of Fame
The Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA) announced its 2021 Hall of Fame inductees, this week including Southern Adventist University alum Terry Shaw. A 1984 accounting and computer science graduate, Shaw serves as president and chief executive officer of AdventHealth, headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida. He was recognized for exemplifying Southern’s mission and values in all areas of his life as he acts with integrity, lives prayerfully, serves others generously, exercises responsible stewardship, and pursues excellence.
Under Shaw’s leadership, AdventHealth—one of the largest faith-based health care systems in the United States—completed a comprehensive brand transformation hallmarked by consumer-centrism and a promise to help people feel whole through the delivery of compassionate, high-quality care for body, mind, and spirit. During the COVID-19 pandemic, as cases increased the AdventHealth team developed a program to redeploy clinical and non-clinical staff from areas with lower demand to those experiencing higher demand. At its height, the organization was able to redeploy more than 1,800 team members per day, which helped address staff needs in busier areas and minimized staff redundancies, making furloughs unnecessary.
Radio Evangelism Could Have You Talking on Air
A once-in-a-decade opportunity is coming in November this year — The Fedral Communications Commission of the United States is opening a filing window for applications for full-power noncommercial FM radio stations Nov. 2-9, 2021.
LifeTalk Radio, the Adventist Media Ministry network, is willing to help those interested in radio evangelism start their own local station. Don Martin, a Broadcast/Media attorney, hosts a webinar on “How to Apply for a Radio Station” at this link: https://lifetalk.net/radio-opportunity/, and also provides a memo on how to start. For more information on how to apply for a radio station, email questions to Don Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once people have their FCC radio station license, free radio programming is available from LifeTalk Radio. For programming assistance, email info@LifeTalk.net.
(Photo: ADRA used effective microorganisms to combat toxins, pollutants, odor and mold in homes that were flooded in the German federal states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia. Photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay)