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Double amputee woman to complete upcoming New York City full marathon

Brazilian athlete Adriele Silva, 31, looks forward to crossing the finish line at mile 26.2 of the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 4. The New York Road Runners, who has organized the race since 1970, believes she will be the first female double amputee to complete the New York City Full Marathon. “I hope to inspire people when they see me run and challenge them to go after things that seem unachievable,” says Silva who will be running her first full marathon. “Where I come...

In Jamaica, Church celebrates baptisms during ‘Year of the Child and Adolescent’ initiative

Dozens of children were among the 82 persons baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica, during a special “Baptism of Praise” which gathered hundreds of church leaders and members at the Falmouth Adventist Church and other churches on Sep. 29, 2018. The event was part of a 12-month initiative in Jamaica and across the Inter-American Division (IAD) territory focused on celebrating the “Year of the Child and Adolescent,” this year. The theme for the day was “Healthy and Happy in...

Students excited to be out of tents and into new classrooms

Eight months after Tropical Cyclone Gita devastated Tonga, life has mostly returned to normal for students at Seventh-day Adventist schools in the Pacific Island nation. During a visit to Tonga earlier this month, Trans Pacific Union Mission associate education director Mele Vaihola found most of the damaged buildings had been rebuilt and students were excited to be in their new classrooms. Beulah College was one of the worst affected by the cyclone, with many of the buildings suffering...

Young hikers take gospel to Solomon Islands’ jungles

It all began in 2014 when a group of young people from the capital of the Solomon Islands went on a hike in a mountainous jungle. The young people — belonging to Ambassadors, the stage after Pathfinders Master Guide and for ages 16 to 21 — met a single mother living with her children in a hovel. Touched by her plight, they handed over their food and spare clothes. After the encounter, the group decided to hike to remote places regularly to deliver food, medicine, second-hand clothes, and...