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  1. Indonesia: ADRA Responds to Flash Floods and Mudslides in Papua Province
    On March 16, flash floods and mudslides hit the eastern Indonesian province of Papua near the subdistrict of Jayapura. Reports are the flood waters left at least 104 dead, 60 missing, 74 injured and displaced more than 4,000 people. Over 350 houses and two main bridges are also reportedly damaged. Additionally, more than 11,700 households in total are affected.   With roadways underwater, getting to communities affected has delayed ADRA aid workers. Currently, ADRA staff and volunteers in local...
  2. Rise Up Against Abuse rally held at Andrews University
    The first-ever Rise Up Against Abuse Rally was held on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, from March 7-10, 2019. Sponsored by the Offices of University Health & Wellness and Diversity & Inclusion, this rally was the official launch of the new Rise Up Against Abuse initiative, designed to help people use awareness, education, intervention, and prevention to take decisive actions against all forms of abuse. More than 225 people registered for the three-day rally, which...
  3. A launches urban initiative in the United Kingdom on Global Youth Day
    The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in the United Kingdom completed its second phase of the ‘I AM URBAN’ initiative for Global Youth Day on March 16 in the Holloway and Willesden district of churches in London.  ‘I AM URBAN’ is a joint venue between ADRA in the United Kingdom (Lead Partner) and the Adventist Community Services (ACS) of the British Union Conference (BUC) and includes partnerships with several other entities of the church in the United Kingdom, including the...
  4. Adventists in the South Pacific respond as Christchurch reels from deadly attacks
    Seventh-day Adventist churches and members from around New Zealand have offered comfort to the country’s Muslim community in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings that left 50 dead and many others wounded on March 15. The city, which has suffered the shock of recent devastating earthquakes, is now reeling from what people are calling an “unnatural disaster”—an unprecedented attack on a faith community at worship in New Zealand. In response, church leaders have shared statements of...
  5. Death toll rises as flash floods and mudslides devastate East Indonesia
    Flash flooding and mudslides resulting from torrential rains in East Indonesia destroyed millions of buildings and left more than 50 people dead, 70 people injured and thousands displaced in the Northeastern town of Sentani, near the provincial capital of Jayapura. Authorities expect the death toll to rise as search and rescue efforts are still on-going.  Emergency response teams are having difficulty reaching locals especially those in areas submerged in neck-high water and mud.  The flash...