Meet Amivi Naja Sousa. She lives in southern Timor-Leste. Her story is one of overcoming serious emotional and physical obstacles. And it is an inspirational one informed in part by a sanitation project and the visit of a short-term mission team.
Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained enlightenment in Bodhgaya, a town in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. The Director of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Bihar, Pr Alex Dang, describes the region as the “graveyard of Christianity.” But I presented an evangelistic series with Alex at the AoZora school near Bodhgaya. The result: the planting of a Seventh-day Adventist church at the school.
A school that began under a tree is changing lives in one of India’s most impoverished states with support from alumni and friends of Avondale.
A new dollar-match scheme between a humanitarian agency and Avondale that has halved fundraising costs for overseas trips should see more students in mission.
Students at Avondale are giving up one Sunday a month to organise a family fun day as a free service to their local community.