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Offertory Reading

September 13, 2014
Fall Mission Appeal

Funding the mission of the church is complex and can be full of surprises. Opportunities to spread the gospel can quickly come and go. From time to time, situations develop which create mission opportunities to which we could respond quickly if funds were available. In these cases, if we had to wait for months or years to raise funds, these opportunities might disappear. The “Unusual Opportunities” offering that we are receiving today will be used for these kinds of situations.

For the past several years, this offering has averaged over U.S. $600,000, and has been used in such places as Syria, Zanzibar, and Yemen. As the controller of the General Conference and a local church treasurer, I understand the needs of the local church and the world church. Join with me in participating in today’s offering with a special gift to the Fall Mission Appeal and support these urgent opportunities by giving through the World Budget offering.

Verland Erntson, General Conference Treasurer
North American Division Offertory Readings 2014


2014 North American Division
Mission Investment Projects


Lake Union Conference Mission Investment Projects

1. The inner city school districts consider churches to be resources for the community. The projects are to go to the various schools and offer spiritual programs, such as Vacation Bible School (FLAG camp), and to train leaders to assist the impoverished. These dynamic programs create and foster friendships and evangelistic connections within the community.

2. The project at the Burns Seventh-day Adventist Church, located in the heart of Detroit, Michigan, is primarily focused on providing a soup kitchen, mentoring programs for high-risk teens, and conducting Revelation and Eternity Prophecy seminars. Other areas of emphasis are self-development seminars, including drugs, alcohol, finances, divorce, and domestic violence awareness.  Also included are tending to two community greenhouses and a community garden.

Columbia Union Mission Investment Project
SOULS EAST: The purpose of this project is the restoration of character through true education. This initiative will develop leadership that will labor for the conversion of souls, as Jesus commissioned us. One objective is to inspire and empower churches each year to develop a culture of evangelism. This will empower youth and young adults to be engaged in the mission of the church. SOULS East will recruit, train, mentor, and send out teams of students to work with local churches in the cycle of evangelism through Bible work, literature ministry, and health ministry. These activities will take place throughout the Columbia Union in selected areas and churches and will be in partnership with SOULS West,