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Key Lessons from the Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan

Earlier this week, we saw hundreds, even thousands, of people storm the runways at Afghanistan’s international airport in Kabul trying to hop onto a plane following a Taliban takeover of the country. So terrified were they of being ruled yet again by this harsh Islamist military organization (who’d ruled from 1996 to 2001) that they would risk their lives to escape. These chaotic scenes depicted the desperation of people trying to escape their homeland in pursuit of freedoms we often take for granted, including the freedom to worship.

In this latest crisis, we must reflect on what God is trying to teach us. Here are a few key lessons to guide us in our Christian journey:

  1. Don’t neglect our present religious freedom. As the Taliban espouse a strict and brutal form of Islam, their rule comes with persecution for Christians and other religious groups. We know the religious freedom we enjoy now will not last forever, but we shouldn’t take it for granted while we have it. We must take advantage of our opportunity to worship together and support one another as a body of Christ. “Let us not neglect meeting together, as some have made a habit, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25 Berean Study Bible
  2. Don’t put your trust in flesh. For 20 years, the United States army was in Afghanistan, bolstering the Afghan army with all their weapons and highly trained soldiers. When the US withdrew with just a week’s notice, it left a vacuum that was easy for the enemy Taliban troops to fill. Afghan troops didn’t have the will or confidence to defend their own country once left on their own. The security they thought would always be there was fleeting. Jeremiah 17:5 reminds us that our fellow humans will fail us. “Thus says the LORD: ‘Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the LORD.”
  3. In Jesus Christ, there is true freedom. Rather than putting our hope in the things or people of this world, we must recognize that our only hope is in Jesus Christ. In Him, we can access true freedom. That’s why John 8:36 (NIV) says, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” If we cling to Jesus, no matter what trials may come, we can be assured of eternal peace and freedom.

The Taliban takeover is just one of many crises presently facing our world. Right before our eyes, we today witness '..... distress of nations, with perplexity,’ as referenced in Luke 21:25. There is obviously no better time for us as a church to be connecting like Jesus.

By Mansfield Edwards, Ontario Conference President

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Help for Haiti

Saturday's 7.2 earthquake has killed over 1900 people and injured more than 9900 and counting.

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has mobilized its local emergency response team and is on the ground providing relief through distribution of food, water, hygiene items and tent tarpaulins to affected families. ADRA is also collaborating with a nearby Adventist hospital to assist those who were injured in the disaster.

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 Reopening Update as of July 14

The Ontario Government introduced the Roadmap to Reopen as a three-step plan designed to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures. Today, Friday, July 16, we enter Stage 3 of this reopening plan. Please click here for the most recent official conference statement and COVID-19 guidelines for our congregations.

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

Ontario Conference values you as a member of our praying community.
If you have a prayer request, please let us know!

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Click here for a COVID-19 prayer.

 

 

 



 

Click on the image above for a video providing a step-by-step guide to using AdventistGiving.
Click here for The Steward's Way e-book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

This Zoom training is only for individuals who graduated in November 2020 from the
Qualified Adult Sabbath School Teacher training. Click the image above to register.

 

 

 



 

This Zoom training is designed for the Adult Sabbath School Teacher/Facilitator who did not complete the courses for Sabbath School teachers offered through the Ontario School of Evangelism and Discipleship in 2019 and 2020. Click the image above to register.

 

 

 

Click here to read the latest
Sabbath School newsletter, courtesy of the Ontario Conference Sabbath School department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Join OASIS for a moment of revival, featuring Ontario conference president, Dr. Mansfield Edwards. Click on the image above for the YouTube link.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOB POSTING: Office Manager & Communications Coordinator

As the frontline point of contact for The Centre of Influence, this role is an integral part of the ministry
team. The position manages the day-to-day operations of the Really Living Centre in Hamilton, ON, and supports the ministry of the pastoral staff, congregation’s vision goals and various programs/projects. You will lead in the creation and execution of online strategies and information, harnessing technology and digital media to further the mission and vision of Really Living.

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The ABC Christian Bookstore is seeking a committed Seventh-day Adventist Church member to fill a part-time sales clerk position (20 hours per week).

Position Requirements:

  • Possess excellent communication, organizational, and customer service skills;
  • Have the ability to work independently;
  • Have a working knowledge of office equipment and computer applications (Microsoft Office)

Interested candidates may send their cover letter and resume to Lila Oliveira at loliveira@adventistontario.org. Applications will be accepted until August 20, 2021. Only those individuals who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

 

 

 

Office of Education - Current Job Opportunities

The following positions are currently available with the Ontario Conference Office of Education:

Superintendent of Schools, Office of Education
Grade 5-8 Teacher, Ottawa Adventist School
Part-Time French Teacher, Adventist Christian Elementary School (London, ON)
Part-time Music Teacher, Ottawa Adventist School
Temporary K-6 French Teacher, Crawford Adventist Academy
Temp Phys Ed, Computer and French Teacher, College Park Elementary School
Substitute Teachers (ongoing hiring) for Caledon, London, Mount Hope, Oshawa, Ottawa, Pickering, Toronto, and Windsor

Visit this link for details on job postings with the Ontario Conference Education.

 

 

 

 

 

BURMAN UNIVERSITY JOB OPPORTUNITY

Burman University invites applications for the following positions:
1. Director, Marketing & Enrolment
2. Director of Human Resources
3. Director of Student Finance
4. Assistant Residence Hall Dean
5. Contract - French Faculty

Please visit our website for details.

 

 

 



 

 

ADRA CANADA IS HIRING!

Below, please find a list of six positions currently open for applications. Interested parties are encouraged to submit applications to stayintouch@adra.ca. These positions will remain open until filled. We thank all candidates, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Accountant
Senior Project Manager
Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor
Gender Equality Advisor for Development Projects
Gender Equality Advisor for Emergency Management
Supporter Relations Director

Click here for a full list of job openings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The International Pathfinder Camporee will take place in Gillette, Wyoming in 2024. IPC happens every five years. Over 50,000 Pathfinders attend from over 100 countries for the largest five-day Adventist Youth Event in the world. Each day is filled with fun activities, honors, events, and ministry opportunities. During the 2024 Camporee, each night will be filled with inspiring music, prayer, messages, and a special continuing story from the life of Moses.

Make sure to mark your calendars for Camporee AUGUST 5-11, 2024.

Click here for more info.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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