This quarter we feature the East-Central Africa Division, which includes the countries of Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda.
More than 324 million people live in this region, including more than 2.7 million Adventists. That’s a ratio of one Adventist for nearly every 118 people. A significant percentage of the population in East-Central Africa Division is not Christian. About 25 million people in the region are Muslim, including 32 percent of Tanzania’s population, 8 percent of Kenya’s, and 100 percent of Somalia’s population. The challenge to reach these people is enormous.
Medical work has proved an effective means to open doors to non-Christians as well as Christians of other faiths.
For more than 40 years Adventists have operated a small clinic near Mwanza, a city on the southern shores of Lake Victoria. Over the years the clinic has grown and enlarged its services. Its reputation for quality care is forcing it to enlarge further. Adventists in Tanzania have accepted the challenge to build a hospital on the clinic land. But they can’t do it alone. They need help.
Education is an effective tool to train young people for service to God and to introduce those who are not of our faith to the Savior and the faith that we hold dear. Several Adventist universities serve East-Central Africa. Their reputation for quality education draws thousands of applicants from within and outside the church. The universities face constant challenges to grow wisely and maintain strong programs. But their budgets are strained, and they need help to continue to grow.
This quarter the East-Central Africa Division is focusing on building up its education and medical work, the heart of mission outreach. Your Thirteenth Sabbath Offering will help build a strong foundation for outreach in Kenya, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (referred to in this quarterly as Congo).
Yours for the kingdom,