This quarter features the South American Division, where more than 315 million people live. More than 2 million of them, about one out of every 150, is a Seventh-day Adventist.
Special focus this quarter is on west-central Brazil and northern Peru.
Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth-largest in the world. It occupies roughly half of the territory of the South American Division and has a population of about 200 million citizens. Some 1.3 million Adventists live there, about one Adventist for every 150 people.
As with any large country, Brazil displays great diversity. Modern cities with populations in the millions lie along the Atlantic Ocean. São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, is the seventh-largest city in the world. Much of Brazil, however, lies in the heartland, a less-developed and less-affluent region of the country. With the exception of Brasília, Brazil’s capital city, much of central Brazil is sparsely populated and less developed. In this region lies the territory of the West central Brazil Union. Outside a few cities, most people rely on fishing, farming, and manual labor to earn a living. The church is growing here, but difficult economic conditions hamper the work. Part of this quarter’s Thirteenth Sabbath Offering will help several projects in this region.
Peru lies on the west coast of South America. Peru was once part of the great Incan Empire that ruled western South America until the Spanish arrived in the sixteenth Century.
In the past 20 years church membership has exploded thanks to small-group ministries. Today about one person out of every 80 is an Adventist. In 2006 the church membership had grown enough to divide the country into two unions. The North Peru Union is the focus of the Thirteenth Sabbath Offering this quarter.
Yours for the kingdom,