This quarter features the West-Central Africa Division, which includes 22 countries that stretch from the west coast of Africa to the border of Sudan, and from Mauritania, Mali, Niger, and Chad in the north to the Republic of Congo in the south.
More than 863,000 Adventists live in this region, or one Adventist for every 390 people. They worship in more than 7,000 companies and churches scattered across western Africa.
Much of the northern region of West-Central African Division is desert or semi-desert, while thick jungles span the interior of other countries. Modern cities, mostly located along the sea, are home to millions of people. Millions more live in mud-and-thatch huts or simple cement-block houses in sparsely populated villages scattered across the land. Most of the people who live in small villages farm or herd cattle for a livelihood, and many can barely feed their families. Life for them is a struggle, and they yearn for a better future for their children.
The people of Africa understand that the secret to a better future lies in education. If their children can get an education, they have a good chance to rise above poverty and subsistence living and to reach for their dreams.
The Adventist Church in Africa works hard to provide schools for every level so that children have a chance to learn and grow, and families can better themselves. Adventist teachers in hundreds of Adventist primary and secondary schools in the region bring hope and a brighter future to those willing to learn.
And by the thousands African youth are striving for a university education, stretching both secular and religious institutions’ capacities. Two division-supervised universities in the West-Central Africa Division have seen such growth strain their resources. Part of our Thirteenth Sabbath Offering this quarter will help provide needed buildings on their campuses so that they can minister to even more students.
Yours for the kingdom,