Three hundred people attended a special kickoff rally held Saturday, February 22 at the Glendale Seventh-day Adventist Church, featuring John Bradshaw, world evangelist and speaker/director for the It Is Written (IIW) television program.
More than 200 youth and young adults attended the Lake Union Youth Evangelism Congress in Shipshewana, Ind., and were encouraged and act on the Holy Spirit’s call for evangelism. This event was unique in that it is the only event of its kind in the world that provides young people with a matching fund opportunity of $100,000 (provided by the Lake Union, conferences and local churches) to make creative evangelism opportunities in their local church a reality.
The Lake Union and its associated Conferences have launched a ground- breaking initiative to deter, detect, and hold accountable sexual and physical abuse that impacts the church. They are partnering with Abide Counseling, an Adventist network of counseling experts, in implementing Project Safe Church.
The Project involves training pastors and church leaders to create a visible reporting mechanism, as well as the ability to connect victims with trained Concerned Care Practitioners. These helpers support victims and assist them in telling their stories to appropriate civil and/or church leaders.
After news broke that a Chicago woman who recently returned from a solo trip to China was the first person in our area confirmed to have contracted coronavirus, organizations in our area went on high alert.
The woman who had returned from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the virus outbreak, was the second case in the U.S. She and her husband, who contracted the virus here in the U.S., were hospitalized at AMITA Health Hoffman Estates. (AMITA Health is a joint operating company, Catholic and Adventist, formed by three faith-based health systems.) Meanwhile, yesterday (Wednesday), Wisconsin officials confirmed the first case there.