Welcome to a new year, a new quarter, and a new division on which to focus our attention and our prayers.
The North American Division includes Canada, the United States of America and its territories of Guam and Wake Island, the Federated States of Micronesia, the island nation of Bermuda, and several island possessions.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church was born and nurtured in North America, where it was officially organized in 1863. Today the Adventist Church has more than 18 million members, and ministers in 216 countries around the world in more than 900 languages.
But growth of the church in North America, like much of Europe and Australia, has slowed. Today the North American Division (NAD) has a little more than one million members, comprising less than 7 percent of the church’s worldwide membership.
This quarter we’re featuring exciting stories coming from some of the most remote parts of this division—from the warm tropical islands of Guam and Micronesia to the cool and beautiful state of Alaska and the rolling mountains and rivers of Appalachia, you will see God’s hand moving in mighty ways through His people in NAD.
In addition to the stories and information provided in this quarterly magazine, we would like to also remind you that many excellent mission stories are available to you completely free on our new Mission Spotlight/Mission 360 DVD. Your church should receive one free each quarter. In addition, you may also download the video stories (and quarterly magazines) at www.adventistmission.org/resources.
Please remind people that in addition to giving their Thirteenth Sabbath Offering on the last Sabbath of the quarter, they are also welcome to give to this and other Adventist Mission offerings at any time on our secure website:
Thank you for all you do to promote mission—the heartbeat of Adventism!
May the Lord richly bless you!
Gina Wahlen, Editor