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Offertory Reading

July 19, 2014
Local Church Budget

A drought had ravaged the land. Streams and rivers were dried up. The green vegetation withered in the hot sun. Food supplies were quickly running out. Starvation would soon be the lot for the widow of Zarephath and her son.

While facing this tremendous trial, she was approached by the prophet Elijah who asked her for food and water. Elijah said, “But make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son” (1 Kings 17:13, NKJV). God was testing her. She and her little boy faced starvation, yet a promise was given to her if she would obey the voice of Elijah. “For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’” (verse 14). The widow obeyed God’s voice, and consequently, she and her son were cared for during the entire drought.

This promise is just as good today as it was then. If we remember God and give to Him first, He has promised to take care of us no matter how severe our trials may be. We need to put God first as we give to His cause every week.

Adapted from Offertory Readings 2014
North American Division


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,