This quarter we feature the West-Central Africa Division, which includes 22 countries that stretch from the west coast of Africa to the border of Sudan, and from Mauritania, Mali, Niger, and Chad in the north to the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville) in the south.
More than 866,000 Adventists live in this region, or one Adventist for every 415 people. They worship in more than 7,400 companies and churches scattered across western Africa.
Much of the northern region of the West-Central African Division is desert or semidesert, while thick jungles span the interior of other countries. Modern cities, mostly located along the sea, are home to millions of people. Millions more live in mud-and-thatch huts or simple cement-block houses in sparsely populated villages scattered across the land. Most of the people who live in small villages farm or herd cattle for a livelihood, and many find it difficult to raise enough food to feed their families. Life for them is a struggle, and they yearn for a better future for their children.
The people of Africa understand that the secret to a better future lies in education. If their children can get an education, they have a good chance to rise above poverty and subsistence living and to reach for their dreams. And where schools flourish, the church flourishes as well.
The Adventist Church in Africa works hard to provide Christ-centered schools for every level so that children have a chance to learn and grow and so that families can better themselves. Adventist teachers in hundreds of Adventist primary and secondary schools in the region bring hope and a brighter future to those willing to learn.
But some regions of the West-Central Africa Division have no Adventist schools or have only the most basic of schools. Part of our Thirteenth Sabbath Offering this quarter will help provide two schools in the neediest areas of Benin and Senegal.
Yours for the kingdom,
Editor, Children's Mission