This quarter marks the 100th anniversary of the mission quarterlies and the Thirteenth Sabbath Offering. To commemorate these anniversaries, Mission will feature stories and challenges from the past in the printed mission quarterlies and online at www.AdventistMission.org.
Northern Asia-Pacific includes China, Japan, Mongolia, North and South Korea, and Taiwan. The region is home to almost 1.6 billion people, with an Adventist membership of almost 650,000. That’s a ratio of about one Adventist for every 2,440 people.
Japan is a modern, secular society. Only about 1.5 percent of the population of Japan claim to be Christians, and a little more than 15,000 are Adventists. The Adventist Church in Japan struggles to grow in this secular environment.
A small congregation on the island of Amami Oshima [ah-MAH-mee OH-shee- mah] in southern Japan struggled for years to grow. Japan called a pastoral family from Korea to lead this group. The congregation has grown to more than 30 members and has many visitors. Now the church’s greatest challenge is to find a suitable place to worship.
Mongolia is a young church with more than 1,600 Adventist believers. Most of the believers are young people with passion and talent. They need leadership training so they can take over leadership of the church in their homeland.
Korea hosts many foreign workers and students. More than 1 million foreign-born people live, study, and work in Seoul, Korea, alone. A multicultural congregation is reaching out in unique ways to the foreigners living in Seoul, and it needs to expand to carry on its ministry. The field is ripe for harvest, and the believers are eager to gather it in, but they have no place to welcome new believers.
Mandarin Chinese is the world’s most widely spoken language. Three years ago an offering helped equip a recording studio in Taiwan, where radio and television programs are being translated into Chinese. Now the challenge is to produce programs for television and the Internet specifically for Chinese-speaking people.
With God’s blessings, we, the church members, can help grow the church in the Northern Asia-Pacific Division this Thirteenth Sabbath.
Yours for the kingdom,