This quarter features the people of the Euro-Asia Division (ESD), which spans across the polar regions of the Arctic Circle to the predominantly Muslim regions in the south. The map on the back of this magazine shows the countries of ESD. Most of these countries were part of the former Soviet Union, which for 70 years restricted religious freedom.
Today these countries are home to more than 316 million people, but with only about 120,000 Adventists. Our focus this quarter is on the city of Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia; Minsk, Belarus; and several places across Ukraine.
As the quarter begins, I encourage you to give an overview of the ESD region and special projects by showing the special 9-minute Thirteenth Sabbath video, “Faithful Members.” The program is on your free Mission 360DVD or may be downloaded at: www.adventistmission.org/DVD.
A special message to the children: Isn’t it nice to belong to a family? No matter how big or small your own family is, it’s wonderful to know that we belong to a huge, worldwide family of more than 18 million members, living in 200+ countries. That’s one, big, family!
Each quarter, you will get to meet some new brothers and sisters in a certain part of the world. Let’s get to know them! Not every story will feature a mission project, but I hope you will feel like you know more about the children there, and that your heart will be touched to do all you can to help them carry out Adventist mission in their part of the world!
Gina Wahlen, Editor, Mission
PS: I would love to hear from you! You can let me know which story was your favorite, or what you and your class do to help fulfill Adventist mission in your part of the world! You can email me at: email@example.com, or write: Miss Gina, editor, Adventist Mission, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904, U.S.A.