News reports from Malaysia, Bakersfield, California; Loma Linda University, Southern Adventist University and Walla Walla University

Hundreds of Adventist young people from across Southeast Asia, mainland China and beyond descended upon the city of Johor Bahru, Malaysia, for AOY (Army of Youth) 2018, a regional gathering that lasted from Wednesday, August 29 to Sunday, September 2. The event which was presented in English and Mandarin drew 375 registered participants, with a Sabbath attendance of 489. AOY featured workshops and plenary sessions presented by mostly North American speakers. The theme for the conference was Rise Up and Build. Participants were encouraged to do active denominational outreach in their communities. AOY resembles the North American GYC (Generation of Youth for Christ) conference and is primarily organized by young adult laypeople in the Peninsular Malaysia Mission. The first annual AOY gathering started in 2013.

According to 23 ABC News Bakersfield, Adventist Health Bakersfield is hosting its first farmers market on Thursday, September 13, in Central Bakersfield. The idea behind the event is to provide more healthy food options to the community. The farmers market will run from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot across from the ambulance bay on 2615 Chester Avenue in Bakersfield and will feature free valet parking.

According to a report from Loma Linda University Health, a liver specialist at LLU was awarded a $994,000 grant to create a nationwide database designed to enhance treatment for liver disease patients. The principal investigator for the grant is Michael Volk, MD, division head for Loma Linda University Health’s Gastroenterology and Hepatology Department. The grant was awarded in August by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD).

According to a Facebook post from Southern Adventist University, a group of Southern students and faculty developed the new Adventist Giving app which allows for online tithe and offering payment to Adventist churches. The app was a project of Southern’s Center for Innovation and Research in Computing (CIRC), and was organized by the School of Computing at Southern Adventist University.

In other news from Southern Adventist University, Bradley Romero, a recent graduate, was selected to join about 100 engineers for Volkswagen’s Future Electronic Engineers Program. The engineers will be positioned to help initial work for a range of fully-electric vehicles. Bradley graduated from Southern in May with a bachelor’s degree in computer science with an embedded systems concentration.

Walla Walla University announced that its women’s and men’s cross country teams launched their inaugural season with a 9th place finish at the Clash of the Northwest Invitational last Friday. The Walla Walla students ran against many top programs and individual racers who all turn out top quality NCAA teams.

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