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The Seventh-day Adventist Church was formed in this division in 1863, a region home to freedom of speech and religion.

This division is the largest sender of overseas missionaries and short-term volunteers. NAD sent out nearly half of the denomination’s 1,200 volunteers in 2012.

This division is comprised of Bermuda, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, the French possession of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Guam, Johnston Island, Marshall Islands, Midway Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, and the United States of America. There are about 1.1 million Seventh-day Adventist members among a population of 345 million.

The division operates a system of more than 850 elementary and secondary schools and 13 colleges and universities. Key institutions include Andrews University in Michigan, Oakwood University in Alabama, and Loma Linda University in California.

Loma Linda operates a medical school, which throughout the church’s history has produced healthcare professionals and missionaries who have served worldwide. Adventist health principles from this division have been documented to increase longevity, as noted in “National Geographic” magazine, reports from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and in the book “Blue Zones.”

Sonscreen Film Festival showcases and celebrates young Christian filmmakers

Sonscreen Film Festival showcases and celebrates young Christian filmmakers

The North American Division (NAD) welcomed 225 student and professional filmmakers and guests to the 2018 Sonscreen Film Festival. The three-day festival, run by the NAD, screened 47 official selections from student filmmakers. The event culminated...

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Fresh produce giveaway lays foundation for “Friendship Evangelism”

Fresh produce giveaway lays foundation for “Friendship Evangelism”

Thousands of pounds of spinach, kale, mango slices, and bananas were distributed at the North American Division (NAD) headquarters to residents in need on Sunday, April 8. Responding to advertisements placed on Facebook, shared with students in...

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Eyes for India team bring sight to the blind in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh

Eyes for India team bring sight to the blind in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh

It Is Written’s Eyes For India team was recently invited to a Hindu temple to open the eyes of blind people. From Jan. 3-17, 2018, the medical team conducted cataract eye surgeries in the remote forest village of Hardiakol, district...

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A quiet witness

A quiet witness

On March 24, 2018, it is estimated that 800,000 protesters* attended the March for Our Lives demonstration in Washington, D.C. Others attended large sibling rallies in cities such as New York, Boston, Atlanta, Houston, Pittsburg, Minneapolis, and...

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Baltimore is dished a serving of compassion through homemade soup

Baltimore is dished a serving of compassion through homemade soup

“Just as soon as I took the lid off the pot, people were standing waiting to be served,” said Gael Murray, administrative assistant for North American Division Youth Ministries, who distributed soup during Global Youth Day on Saturday, March 17....

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Oakwood University IT Division to receive AAUA award.

Oakwood University IT Division to receive AAUA award.

The American Association of University Administrators (AUAA) has decided to present the Blackburn Award and Exemplary Models Award to the Information Technology Division at Oakwood University, under the leadership of Kirk Nugent. The award will be...

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