This quarter features the Euro-Asia Division, which stretches almost halfway around the world and spans the distance from the polar regions of the Arctic Circle to the predominantly Muslim regions in the south. It includes the countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
These countries were part of the former Soviet Union, which for 70 years restricted freedom, especially freedom of religion. When Communism fell, the people in these countries rejoiced in the hope of new freedoms and greater individual prosperity. But for most of the people in Euro-Asia the promise of prosperity has turned to ashes. Instead the people suffer through inflation and unemployment, and individuals struggle as hard today as they did nearly 20 years ago to meet their basic needs.
Today the countries of Euro-Asia Division are home to more than 279 million people but fewer than 140,000 Adventists. That's a ratio of one Adventist for every 2,000 people.
Our focus this quarter is on Siberia, the Asian sector of Russia, where we can help believers in Krasnoyarsk and Tomsk build new churches; and on Azerbaijan, where believers have purchased a building that our offering will help remodel into a church. A special children's project will help provide Sabbath School lesson material to the children of the Trans-Caucasus region, which includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.
Yours for the kingdom,