Dear Sabbath School Leader,

This quarter we feature the South Pacific Division, which includes Australia, New Zealand, and the islands of the Pacific south of the equator, including Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and others. 

The Challenges

Almost 37 million people live in this region, including more than 423,000 Adventists. That’s a ratio of one Adventist for nearly every 87 people. However, New Zealand and Australia have ratios of one Adventist for about every 400 people. The majority of Adventists live in other island groups, such as Fiji (one Adventist in 32 people), Papua New Guinea (one in 28), the Cook Islands (one in 19), Vanuatu (one in 14) and Solomon Islands (one in 13). The countries with the highest standard of living tend to have the smallest proportion of Adventists. This creates challenges, not just for reaching those who have not yet been reached, but for financing the work in the rest of the region. 

While the ratio of Adventist to non-Adventist is high in many of the island nations, leaders have few resources to nourish their members. Children’s leaders have no lesson quarterlies, no felts, and no pictures to hold the children’s attention during Sabbath School and impress in their minds God’s eternal lessons. 

The South Pacific Division is focusing this Thirteenth Sabbath Offering on reaching the people in the island nations of the division through three proven methods: providing medical clinics in isolated regions, audio Bibles and Bible lessons for adults and children on MP3 players (commonly called “God pods”), and 15,000 Bibles in either English or pidgin (the trade language of the island nations) for children, who often are the only members of their families who can read well and who will share God’s Word with their parents and extended families.  

This quarter we can help reach even more people for Christ by giving a generous Thirteenth Sabbath Offering.

Yours for the kingdom,

Charlotte Ishkanian

Editor, Mission 

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