Source: Adventist Mission/Adventist Review
[February 12, 2007] In 2006, Seventh-day Adventists around the world gave the largest-ever third-quarter thirteenth Sabbath offering—nearly $2.05 million—part of an encouraging trend in mission giving. The South Pacific Division of Seventh-day Adventists will receive 25 percent of this offering, some $512,000, to help fund that quarter’s thirteenth Sabbath special projects: a new airplane for mission outreach in Papua New Guinea, and a new church building in Suva, Fiji, for the more than 500 Adventist students who attend the University of the South Pacific, a state-run institution.
“This encouraging increase will help the Seventh-day Adventist Church accomplish its holistic mission to touch lives for Jesus,” says Gary Krause, Adventist Mission director for the church worldwide.
Every quarter 25 percent of the thirteenth Sabbath mission offering, which is collected the last Sabbath of the quarter, goes to special projects in one of the world divisions of the Adventist Church. This particular offering was the highest ever received outside of the historically larger fourth-quarter thirteenth Sabbath offerings. Totals for this past fourth quarter have yet to be released.
The total weekly mission offerings are up by more than 10 percent over the past two years. These weekly offerings provide the ongoing support for missionaries, buildings, and other infrastructure such as education and humanitarian work required to maintain the Adventist Church’s global outreach in the years to come. Regular support of the weekly mission offerings allows for successful long-term churchwide mission planning.