Alita Byrd

Hope Channel's Woman Preacher in the Middle East

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Kalthoum Qewar, a Jordanian speaker, is the main speaker in a new Adventist television series produced in Lebanon for the Arabic Hope Channel.

50 Years Selling Choplets

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Allan Buller joined Worthington Foods as a young ex-soldier right after World War II and served as an executive at the legendary Adventist food company for more than 50 years, until he retired as president and CEO in 1986.

Oakwood President's Lucrative Hobby

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Delbert Baker, president of Oakwood University, is also a marathoner. He recently ran the Antarctic Ice Marathon just a few hundred miles from the South Pole, finishing the grueling race in six hours and 53 minutes. The race raised thousands for Oakwood University scholarships. Spectrum asked him about his running and other goals.

Question: In December you ran the Antarctic Marathon at the South Pole. What was it like running on snow and ice in below-freezing temperatures?

Radio DJ Broadcasts Message of Forgiveness in Rwanda

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Prince Bahati is the founder and program director of an Adventist radio station in Rwanda, which works to bring a message of hope and reconciliation to Rwandans - countering the messages of hate that were broadcast in the past.

Spectrum asked Prince Bahati about the radio station - its reach, its content and its goals.

Behind the Scenes in Disaster Relief

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Mark Brooks was one of the people behind the Hurricane Katrina clean-up – but his work went beyond clearing rubble and handing out food and water.

As an attorney for the US Federal Emergency Management Agency, Brooks works on the legal side of disaster relief – an important aspect of making things happen.

Brooks works on the ground, and in the field, but it can be his sign-off on a document that will ultimately bring life-saving water, food, clothing and shelter to hundreds or thousands of people.

The Intersection of Work and Faith

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Avis E. Buchanan is the director of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, where she works on behalf of people who need a lawyer and cannot afford to pay for one.

Washington DC’s Public Defender Service is regarded as one of the best public defender offices in the country — local or federal. Other public defender systems often measure themselves against the benchmark of the DC office.

PDS has a staff of 220, roughly half of whom are lawyers, and about half of those work in the trial division.

Director Avis Buchanan is also a Seventh-day Adventist.

Adventist College Students and Politics

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Spectrum asks Roger Dudley about a new survey he recently completed that sheds light on political and religious views of Adventist college students.

Question: Tell us about your recent survey of Adventist college students and their political views.

Answer: We surveyed students at North American Adventist students about their political and religious views a couple of weeks before the presidential election in November 2008. The results are published in the latest issue of Spectrum.

Go Ye Into All the World

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David Park is a university student, and the president of ANEW - a network of Adventist university students that attend non-Adventist institutions. He talks to Spectrum about his organization, his goals and his convictions.

Question: ANEW is described as a retreat for Adventist college students attending non-Adventist schools - a weekend to get together, network, worship together and get inspired. How did you get the idea to start ANEW? Is this the first year the retreat has been held?

Mr. Bussey Goes to Washington

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Barry Bussey, a Canadian attorney, is going to work on Capitol Hill about the same time as Barack Obama moves into the White House. He has been elected to serve as the Adventist Church's liaison to the US government. Spectrum asked him about his new position, and his views on politics and religion.

Question: You were recently appointed as the new associate director for the world church's Public Affairs and Religious Liberty department, serving as the church's liaison to the US Congress. When do you take up your new role and what will your primary duties be?

Let's Talk About Mission

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Gary Krause, an Australian born to missionary parents in Fiji, is director of the Office of Adventist Mission at the General Conference. His office funds mission work and prepares mission quarterlies, Adventist Mission DVDs and other communications about the mission work of the church.

Mission, always an integral part of the Adventist church and ideology, is also a concept that must evolve and change. Spectrum asked Krause about his definition of mission and his goals for the GC's mission office.