Adventist Church featured on postage stamps
The Canadian government issued a stamp in 2000 commemorating the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Adventist Church held its quinquennial world meetings in Toronto in the summer of 2005.
The second coming of Christ was being preached by William Miller in 1840 in New England—an unpopular religious belief, to be sure, that led to the formal organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
About the same time in Great Britain, Sir Rowland Hill introduced an unpopular way of paying for the delivery of letters—postage stamps. Finally, 165 years later, the then unpopular causes have come together in the form of postage stamps commemorating the Seventh-day Adventist Church. To date, 18 stamps from 12 countries have been issued honoring the work of the Adventist Church.
One of the most recent series of stamps was issued by the South American country of Chile commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Universidad Adventista de Chile located in Chillan, Chile.
Other stamps featuring the Adventist Church include a 1996 stamp issued by Uruguay honoring the 100th anniversary of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in that country.
Pitcairn Island, whose population primarily includes members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, has issued several stamps directly commemorating events relating to the Adventist Church.
Papua New Guinea honored the medical emergency work of the Church by portraying an air ambulance. Samoa’s stamp portrays a sanitarium. The Philippine Islands issued a stamp depicting Christ with arms extended over the Manila Adventist Medical Center.
Currently, there are 15 million Seventh-day Adventist located in 200 countries around the world. It is anticipated that other countries will join these 12 countries.
By Milton Murray
The Philippine Islands featured a stamp with the arms of Christ extended over Manila Adventist Medical Center.
Papua New Guinea honored Adventist aviation.
The government of Chile issued five commemorative stamps honoring the 100th anniversary of the Universidad Adventista de Chile in 2006.