News Briefs for September 14, 2018
14 September 2018 | News reports from Walla Walla, Washington; Southwestern Adventist University, Adventist Health Bakersfield, Malawi, Fort Worth, Texas and Jamaica.
A re-enactor will portray Caroline Maxson Wood, one of the earliest settlers that brought the Adventist faith to the Walla Walla Valley. Gladys Wentland will portray Caroline Maxson Wood this Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Pioneer Village at Fort Walla Walla Museum. Wood came to the Walla Walla Valley in 1859 by wagon train. According to the Union-Bulletin, the first Adventist church was established in the community in 1873. Walla Walla College (now University) was founded in 1892.
According to the Cleburne Times-Review, Southwestern Adventist University was ranked No. 13 out of 64 schools in the Regional Colleges West category of U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of colleges and universities. The school’s ranking is up from No. 20 in last year’s list. “As we’re celebrating our 125th school year, it is wonderful to see that our legacy for affordable, exceptional higher education still holds strong,” said SWAU President Ken Shaw.
Adventist Health Bakersfield’s Knitted Knocker Knit-Off competition is highlighting an alternative prosthetic for breast cancer patients. This is the second year for the annual event which helps raise money for those in need to get free prosthetics. According to Bakersfield.com, Knitted Knockers are comfortable knitted or crocheted breast prosthetics made by local knitters. “Traditional prosthetics are around five pounds; these don’t even register as half a pound,” said Jacqui Engstrand, nurse navigator at the Adventist Health AIS Cancer Center and local Knitted Knockers coordinator. She said gel prosthetics, “get very hot, cause you to sweat and are very heavy. They’re not as comfortable, especially in our heat. (Knitted Knockers) are soft and comfortable.”
According to the Nyasa Times, Be Forward Wanderers FC, a professional soccer team in Malawi, has apologised to the Adventist Church after a fan was pictured wearing the uniform typical of female Adventist Dorcas community service volunteers at a soccer match on Saturday, August 18. The Blantyre, Malawi-based team was playing the Azam Tigers, also from Blantyre, in a premier division match in the city’s Kamuzu Stadium. Malawi 24 reported that an image of the unnamed cross-dresser went viral on social media. Emily Egolet, the women’s ministries director for the Malawi Union of the denomination released a statement condemning the cross-dressing incident. The Nyasa Times quoted Wanderers Secretary General, Mike Butao, apologizing to the church on behalf of the team while claiming that the team, “cannot control what our supporters wear at football matches.”
A press release by the Your Best Pathway to Health humanitarian service of the Adventist Church stated that about 2,000 healthcare professionals and volunteers will operate a no-cost medical and dental mobile hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, on September 19-21, 2018. An estimated $25 million in free health-related services will be offered to noninsured and underinsured residents of greater Fort Worth at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.
Bishop Dr. Amos Campbell, father of 25-year-old Khyhymn Campbell whose body was recently found in a cooler box in a car on Jamaica’s Winston Jones Highway, has spoken about the man suspected of killing his daughter. Linton Stephenson (also known as Gary Stephenson), a 59-year-old deacon at the Jamaica-based Mandeville Seventh-day Adventist Church, was found dead last week after being named by law enforcement as a “person of interest” in the murder of Khyhymn Campbell. Quoted in the Loop news site, Campbell said, “I know that members of the SDA are upset with comments that I have made recently, but they don’t understand the point I am making. Some members have told me that the SDA likes to use new members, but it is obvious that due diligence was not done. This man came out of jail in 2016. Maybe he was putting his life together, or maybe he was just a wolf in sheep’s clothing, so how did he become a deacon without anyone doing the due diligence on him?”