• Response of Seventh-day Adventist Church in Lithuania to Report of Cemetary Vandalism

    Members and administrators of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Lithuania join with their fellow-citizens in expressing shock and sorrow at the desecration of gravesites in the Joniskis cemetery. Seventh-day Adventist Christians, along with all people of good will, condemn such actions, which are in no way connected with our faith or practice. Police in Joniskis have confirmed that teenagers were, sadly, involved in these acts. These young people were not and are not members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, although a local pastor had been working with these youths to encourage their moral reformation. After the transfer of that pastor earlier this year, contact with the youths was discontinued. However,…

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  • ADRA Update on Asia Tsunami

    ST. ALBANS, ENGLAND [ANR] – Three weeks after the Asia tsunami disaster, the death toll is now estimated over 159,000 (this figure is now anticipated to rise to over 189,000), with over 24,000 still missing. Some 2.2 million people have been displaced while over 1,026,000 are believed to be homeless. These figures are expected to increase. Relief efforts are still critical: Some populations in remote areas in Banda Aceh Province in Indonesia remain difficult to reach. Treating injuries from the tsunami and earthquake is still a concern. In India, the Maldives and Sri Lanka, reconstruction efforts have started simultaneously with the relief efforts. No disease outbreaks have been reported. Isolated…

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