Dear Sabbath School Leader,

This quarter features the Southern Asia-Pacific Division, which includes the countries of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, East Timor, and Vietnam, and islands of the Pacific, including Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, and Wake Island. Almost 800 million people live in this region, of which almost 1.1 million are Seventh-day Adventists. About one person out of about 700 is an Adventist.

Special Yearlong Celebration

This year marks the centennial of the mission quarterlies, which were first produced in 1912. Throughout the year we will feature at least one story that appeared in Children’s Mission over the years, and some additional stories relating to the history of the mission offerings. Look for these special features each quarter.

The Challenges:

Indonesia is made up of more than 13,000 islands stretched along the equator between the Indian Ocean in the Pacific Ocean. Many distinct cultures and religions developed among the different ethnic groups living in Indonesia. Although Indonesia is not officially an Islamic state, more than 85 percent of Indonesians are Muslim.

The Adventist Church serves the people of Indonesia through several schools and medical facilities. Hospitals and medical clinics offer valuable services to Indonesians, and many have come to know Christ through them.

Myanmar (Burma) is the second-largest country in Southeast Asia, with a population of about 54 million. But years of military rule and civil war have isolated the country from global and economic influences and left many of its citizens in poverty. However this same isolation has helped preserve some of Myanmar’s traditional culture and customs.

Religion usually follows ethnic lines, and ethnic groups haven’t mixed well in Myanmar. While a small percentage of Myanmar’s population is Christian, the majority (more than 80 percent) is Buddhist. Because they don’t interact easily, they don’t yet know of Christ’s love for them.

Yours for the kingdom,

Charlotte Ishkanian
Editor, Mission 

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