This quarter features the Southern Asia Division, which includes the countries of Bhutan, India, and Nepal, plus the islands of the Maldives.
The Adventist Church in the Southern Asia Division has grown dramatically in the past few years, and today has more than 1.6 million members. That’s a ratio of one Adventist for every 804 people. Much of the growth can be attributed to outreach initiatives such as Global Mission. But the foundation for growth was laid as Adventist schools were established throughout India. Thousands have been baptized while studying in Adventist schools. As membership continues to grow in this division, so does the need for places to worship. A portion of this quarter’s Thirteenth Sabbath Offering will be used to build seven churches in India and a meeting hall in Bhutan. Other projects in India include a boys’ dormitory at the Adventist school in Karmatar, a men’s dormitory at Flaiz Adventist College in Andhra Pradesh, and classrooms for a primary school in Kollegal Karnataka.
Some of the best stories from past issues of Children’s Mission have been used in this issue. Many thanks to the previous editor, Charlotte Ishkanian, for use of this material.
Songs and words in several languages of the Southern Asia Division are featured throughout the quarterly and on our web- site, www.AdventistMission.org. Click on “Resources” and “Children’s Activities.”
Gina Wahlen, Editor