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World Church President Names December 1 a Day of Prayer, Fasting to Support Falsely Accused Members
Story by Adventist News Network staff
Ted N. C. Wilson, right, worldwide Adventist Church president, calls for a December 1 international day of prayer and fasting for two Adventists imprisoned in the West African country of Togo. At left is Williams Costa Jr., world church communication director. Photo by Ansel Oliver.
Ted N. C. Wilson, president of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church, is calling for an international day of prayer and fasting on December 1 to rally support for the release of two Adventists currently imprisoned in the West African country of Togo.
Wilson and top church executives who voted the emphasis day at a November 20 morning business meeting said the event will raise awareness of the plight of Antonio dos Anjos Monteiro, Sabbath School and Personal Ministries director for the church’s Sahel Union Mission, headquartered in Lome; and Bruno Amah, an Adventist lay member and businessman in Lome.
Adventist lawyers and human rights activists have called for both men’s release since they were detained in March for conspiracy to commit murder. A Togolese man implicated Monteiro and Amah as conspirators in an alleged blood trafficking network, but a police search of Monteiro’s home and local church headquarters did not produce evidence. Since then, local authorities have recognized both men’s innocence. Diplomatic efforts to secure both men’s release are expected to continue.
Church leaders are enlisting the support of members worldwide to raise further awareness through a social media campaign to promote the December 1 day of prayer.
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