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Great Stories from South America, Nepal, North Korea and Mexico

God is doing some amazing things around the world to gather His people into this movement! Check out these stories and see if there is something you can try in your district.

1. Seventh-day Adventists in South America united September 6 to deliver what may be a world record for a one-day evangelistic outreach, distributing close to 50 million magazines and tracts bearing a message of living with hope throughout the continent. Read more.

2. For the first time in more than half a century, Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders in its Northern Asia-Pacific Division held their mid-year Executive Committee meeting in the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea. The May 2008 gathering was the first such meeting there since that country closed its borders in 1953. Read more.

3. Bhaju Ram Shrestha was kicked out of his house nearly 40 years ago for becoming a Protestant Christian in a Hindu majority country. Despite suffering for his faith, the 57-year-old has dedicated his life to the church in his native Nepal. Read more.

4. Consuelo Santiz had to contend with an angry mob when she joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. At first her new faith meant holding church secretly in her home at night. Later, as the Roman Catholic community learned a new denomination had entered the village, she saw members of her church family beaten and jailed. Breaking through the crowd surrounding a prison one evening in 2001 was the only way to deliver food to her imprisoned husband. His crime was becoming an Adventist. Read more.

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H.K.W.H.T.A.- Hortencio Vazquez, Religious Liberty Director, Upper Chiapas Mission

“We’ve observed that the places with the most violent intolerance, more people join our church in the end. Once the situation is overcome, the church just flourishes.”

          — Hortencio Vazquez, Religious Liberty Director, Upper Chiapas Mission in Southern Mexico

Since 1940, more than 33,000 Protestant Christians in Mexico’s southern state of Chiapas have been persecuted for their faith. Though religious freedom is guaranteed by the national constitution, that right is often usurped by local tradition. Because of the faithfulness of the Seventh-day Adventist members, in spite of persecution, there are now 180,000 Adventist believers in the state of Chiapas! Hortencio Vazquez is very involved in helping those who continue to experience persecution as the Adventist movement continues to grow. He Knows What He’s Talking About (H.K.W.H.T.A.). Read more.

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H.K.W.H.T.A.- Miroslav Kis, Andrews Seminary Professor

“Maybe God doesn’t answer your prayer because you define the answer. God always has something better.”

                                — Miroslav Kis, Andrews University Seminary Professor. Dr. Kis grew up in communist Yugoslavia. As an eight year old second grader he decided to keep the Sabbath by not attending school. His teacher beat him so severely that he suffered great loss of blood, bruises and high fever. His mother took him to the doctor for treatment. The next Sabbath Continue reading

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