News Briefs for October 9, 2020
News reports from ADRA Germany, Brooklyn, New York; Accra, Ghana and Walla Walla University:
From APD: The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Germany has been given a Fiat Ducato van by the Matthes car center. ADRA will use the vehicle for its second-hand stores. With this support, a number of activities that were interrupted due to the COVID pandemic can be resumed, said Michael Weller, operations director.
“Our ADRA shops are an important part of ADRA’s social business strategy,” explained Fanny Weller, coordinator of ADRA shops in Germany. Many things have to be transported. Deliveries for the shops, recycling and, increasingly, also trips to pick items up at collection points, especially donated books for the new online shop. The Matthes car center has six locations in Germany. It is a
specialist dealer for new vehicles and represents over 15 brands.
Adventist leaders in Brooklyn, New York, are seeking city permission to build a residential development on church property. This development would, it is hoped, fund the restoration of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Brooklyn as well as its church school. Brownstoner reported the church “plans to partner with developer Hope Street Capital to develop a 180-unit building on the extensive park-like grounds surrounding the landmarked church — if the groups are granted approval by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.”
Brownster reported the proposal has been opposed by locals that claim the building would block views of the historic church and that the seven-story building is too tall for the area.
The Accra City Conference of the Seventh-day Adventists has opened a brand-new hospital serving Mallam-Gbawe, Ghana, and its surroundings in the Weija-Gbawe Constituency of the Greater Accra Region. AllAfrica reported the 32-bed hospital offers an outpatient department (OPD), admission wards, a surgery theater, laboratory, emergency, and pharmacy units. It is estimated the hospital will serve 1,000 patients daily.
From the Walla Walla University Alumni Facebook page: Walla Walla University alumni Matthew Toelke (2009) and Philip Glendrange (2012) spent their summer in the skies helping to find and fight forest fires. Toelke served as an air attack pilot, coordinating aerial and ground support as well as traffic control for the fire environment. Glendrange was an aerial spotter for Butler Aircraft Company, assisting the U.S. Forest Services in the Oregon Department of Forestry. The University is grateful for their service and grateful to all WWU alumni helping to save lives and property from the devastating fires. We continue to pray for those who suffered loss or displacement from the fires.