The Afro-Mideast Division was a large unit of church organization in the Middle East and eastern Africa that existed from 1970 to 1981.
Afro-Mideast Division Impact was a periodical that served as the official organ of the Afro-Mideast Division from 1971 to 1981.
A visionary, hardworking pastor, departmental director, and administrative leader with entrepreneurial skills, Helge S. Andersen left his mark on the Seventh-day Adventist church in Denmark, Norway, and Nigeria. Youth work, building projects, relief work, personal care for employees, and promotion of evangelism characterized his time of service. He was supported by his wife, Arna, to whom he was married for 68 years.
Norwegian Erik Arnesen played an important role in the Church as a Bible teacher, administrator, editor, translator, author, hymn writer, and chaplain in both in Norway and Denmark. His influence on future preachers as well as the literature he produced or translated have had a lasting impact on the Church. He was blessed with a long and active life.
Zadour G. Baharian was an Armenian Seventh-day Adventist evangelist and missionary who was known as the great apostle to the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean region of Western Asia) and had often been described as the “Second Paul.” Tirelessly and without fear he ranged throughout the heart of the Turkish Empire in Asia Minor and Armenia, sharing the Adventist message under difficult circumstances, persecution, death threats, and imprisonment, leading many souls to Christ.
Benghazi Adventist Hospital was a general hospital owned and operated by the Nile Union Mission and the Middle East Division from 1956 to 1969 in Benghazi, Cyrenaica, Libya. It was administered by a medical director and it included medical, surgical, and obstetrical departments, in addition to providing laboratory, x-ray, and pharmaceutical services.
Knud Brorson (sometimes spelled: Brorsen) helped pioneer the Adventist mission work in Denmark and Norway together with John G. Matteson. Brorson was the first Adventist missionary to work among the Sami people in Norway.
Lewis Harrison Christian served the Seventh-day Adventist Church as an evangelist and administrator for more than fifty years. Beginning as a reluctant and unsuccessful preacher, he had a powerful experience with God, which turned his ministry around. As a child of immigrant parents, he felt a special call to work for the foreign-born in America, which later led him to help form and develop the Adventist work in Europe. In his later years, he wrote several books addressing the challenges and issues of the time.
The Danish Bible Correspondence School opened in Copenhagen in 1947 to reach a wider section of the Danish people.
Dansk Bogforlag was established in Copenhagen in 1905 to produce and distribute Adventist literature to the church in Denmark and in the larger community.
The Danish Union of Churches Conference is a unit of church organization in the Trans-European Division including the territory of Denmark, the Faeroe Islands, and Greenland.
The Seventh-day Adventist message reached Denmark from the United States in 1872 by means of the Danish monthly "Advent Tidende," which John G. Matteson, a native son of Denmark, had started primarily for the Scandinavian people in America.
Henry H. Dirksen was a pioneer missionary to Persia and Afghanistan.
The East Denmark Conference was a former unit of church organization under the West Nordic Union Conference in the Northern European Division, covering the territory of East Denmark and the Faroe Islands.
The East Mediterranean Field of Seventh-day Adventists (EMF) was first organized in 1971 under the management of the Middle East Union Mission (MEUM) and the Afro-Mideast Division, both also newly organized in 1970. EMF was comprised of five countries: Cyprus, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey; and its headquarters was located in the Beirut Adventist Center, Sayar, Hotel Deiu Street, Beirut, Lebanon.
The East Mediterranean Union Mission began in 1951 as part of the newly formed Middle East Division, also organized that same year. Its territory at the time included the countries of Cyprus, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and the portion of Arabia bordering on the Persian Gulf, together with Oman. Listed under its jurisdiction were the Iraq, Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon-Syria missions. In 1953 leadership added the Cyprus Mission.
Caribbean nurse Yvonne Eurick gave many years to missionary service in West Africa and became affectionately known as “Nigeria’s Mother Teresa.”
Frydenstrand Badesanatorium was the first Seventh-day Adventist sanatorium in Europe, situated in the Danish port city of Frederikshavn. It was operated as an institution along the principles of John H. Kellogg’s Battle Creek Sanitorium and attracted a good number of Scandinavian guests. Financially it was challenged and remained only 16 years as a church owned health institution. In private hands it was still run by Adventists after the principles of Kellogg and J.C. Ottosen until 1952.
Melcom Hagopian Gasparian worked as a Seventh-day Adventist teacher and pastor in Iran (formerly Persia) for almost a lifetime. He was born on July 25, 1909, in Van, Turkey, 50-60 km from the border of modern Iran.
The Adventist message was originally brought to Greenland by fishermen from the Faroe Islands who shared Adventist literature as early as the 1930s and 1940s.