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Book of Revelation Course Taught in Romania

In January 2011, Ekkehardt Mueller spent two weeks in Romania, mainly teaching 35 graduate students a course on the Book of Revelation. This is part of a M.A. program offered by Andrews University in our Romanian School in Cernica. But there were many other appointments: speaking in a church, a continuing education event for pastors, recordings for the Romanian Hope Channel, an interview for the Romanian Signs of the Times, etc. A wonderful spirit of mutual appreciation and genuine fellowship prevailed.

Biblical Research Institute Committee

About 40 scholars and administrators attended the Biblical Research Institute Committee on October 17 and 18, 2011, at Andrews University. The papers read and critiqued dealt with the Sabbath and the message and mission of the church. In addition the papers Proposed Procedures of the Fundamental Beliefs Review Committee and Theology of Ordination Study Process were distributed and discussed.2011

Bible Conference held at the Penang Adventist Hospital

From March 14-16, 2011, Ganoune Diop, director of the Global Mission Study Centers, and  Gerhard Pfandl, associate director of the Biblical Research Institute, were the speakers at the Malaysian Bible conference held at the Penang Adventist Hospital. About 140 ministers and elders from the Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sarawak, and Sabah Missions as well as some officers from the Southeast Asia Union Mission attended the conference that dealt with a variety of topics ranging from Sunday Laws to The Nature and Meaning of the Mission Entrusted to God’s End Time People.

Bangkok Bible Conference held at the Thailand Mission office

From March 17-19, 2011, Ganoune Diop, director of the Global Mission Study Centers, and  Gerhard Pfandl, associate director of the Biblical Research Institute, were the speakers at the Bangkok Bible conference held at the Thailand Mission office. About 100 ministers from Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and some officers from the Southeast Asia Union Mission attended the conference that dealt with a variety of topics including Current Trends in SDA Theology and The Meaning and Urgency of Sharing the Three Angels’ Messages.

74 Students from the West-Central African Division attend course on Issues in SDA Theology

“Issues in SDA Theology” was the course Gerhard Pfandl taught for the Adventist University of Africa on the campus of Babcock University in Nigeria. 74 students from the West-Central Africa Division African attended the course at the conclusion of which they presented their lecturer with the traditional garment of a Nigerian chief.

Inter-American Division Biblical Research Committee held September 23, 2010 in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

On September 23, 2010, Ángel Manuel Rodríguez and Clinton Wahlen attended the Inter-American Division Biblical Research Committee, held for the first time at the Inter-American Theological Seminary on the campus of Antillean Adventist University in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Theologians from across the IAD considered a number of issues, including a study Bible in Spanish, the next division-wide Bible conference, regional symposia, and plans for the coming quinquennium. We were also favored with a tour of the construction in-progress on the new union offices and Ellen G. White Research Center. Near the university campus is also an Adventist academy, hospital, and several churches.

Visit to Solusi University in Zimbabwe

On a recent visit to Solusi University in Zimbabwe, Dr. Gerhard Pfandl spoke to church members and students on the origin and history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Solusi Mission, the site of Solusi University, was the first Adventist mission station in Africa. It was established in 1894 on 12,000 acres (4,900 hectares) of land granted by Cecil Rhodes, the prime minister of Cape Colony, to Pieter Wessels and Asa T. Robinson, representing the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Africa, which had raised £500 for the purpose of opening a mission among the Matabele people. Today, because of the economic downturn in recent times in Zimbabwe, Solusi at the present time has only about 2000 students.

Symposium on Revelation held at the Baden-Wüttemberg Conference, Germany

December 10-12, 2010, the Baden-Württemberg Conference, Germany, convened a symposium on Revelation which was followed by a workers’ meeting on the same topic. Speakers were Ekkehardt Mueller (BRI), Martin Proebstle (Bogenhofen Seminary), and Ingo Sorke (Southwestern Adventist University). Frank Hasel (Bogenhofen Seminary) moderated the symposium. At this time Ekkehardt Mueller’s new publication on the Book of Revelation was introduced to the audiences, and the first limited edition was sold out during the meetings.

Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division Summer Program for their Pastors

In December 2010, seventy-three pastors from 9 countries of the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division attended the Adventist University of Africa summer program at Helderberg College near Cape Town. Among the lecturers was Dr. Gerhard Pfandl, Associate Director of the Biblical Research Institute, who taught the course “Issues in Seventh-day Adventist Theology.”

Scholars visited Spicer Memorial College in Pune, India; and the Peninsular Malaysia Mission near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia

In August, Ángel Rodríguez, Kwabena Donkor and Clinton Wahlen visited Spicer Memorial College in Pune, India for discussions related to the establishment of a Biblical Research Committee that would serve the Southern Asia and Southern-Asia Pacific regions. While there, members of BRI spoke to the theology students (which number over 200) and answered their questions. Rodríguez and Wahlen continued on to Malaysia for a theological forum with about 60 attendees, held at the Peninsular Malaysia Mission near Kuala Lumpur. Richard Sabuin, chairperson of the Biblical Studies department at AIIAS in the Philippines also made presentations. The subject was the Sabbath and other issues related to Adventist theology. Wahlen also held a session, summarizing his presentations, for Adventist pastors and professionals at the Penang Adventist Hospital in Penang, Malaysia.