Dear Sabbath School Leader,

This quarter features the Trans-European Division, which includes more ethan 20 countries and several island groups in Europe. The division is home to more than 200 million people, but only about 83,500 are Seventh-day Adventists. That’s a ratio of one Adventist for about every 2,400 people. The Trans-European Division is the church’s smallest division, yet its needs equal far larger regions of the world. 

The Challenges

The challenges of reaching the secular, postmodern world of Europe for Christ are complex. People are looking for relationships, but not with God. Restaurants and stores are busy, but churches are almost empty.

Greece is staggering under high unemployment and economic hardship. A significant number of the 500 Adventists in Greece are immigrants who struggle to find permanent work to support their families.  

The church is growing among immigrants, but the dominant religion often thwarts efforts to rent needed facilities for worship. 

Macedonia is a small country north of Greece. Its few members are working hard to share the gospel with their neighbors and with visitors to their beautiful country. They want to establish a lay training center where they can learn the best ways to spread God’s love.

Newbold College, located in southern England, is Trans-European Division’s only four-year college-level institution. With about 300 students, it is a small school with a huge mandate—to train workers from throughout the division. One challenge is to keep its buildings strong and safe. 

Bible 3-D is an innovative plan to introduce thousands of people to the Adventist faith through hands-on exhibits that introduce the story of redemption within each country’s culture. 

Yours for the kingdom,

 

Charlotte Ishkanian

Editor, Mission

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