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November 2023 - Sabbath Bible Lessons for Missions

First Sabbath Offering
August 31, 2024


You are visiting a new country and are happy to meet with our church family there on Sabbath morning. You walk into Sabbath School, sit down, only to realize no one has a copy of the current lesson. The brethren review past quarterlies, reminisce about when they used to receive the latest Sabbath Bible Lessons, and then you ask: "Brethren, why don't you have the Bible lesson?"


You discover that the pandemic closed down postal services, increased shipping costs, and that not everyone has unlimited internet to be able to download the Bible lessons every week. You think back home to the abundance of literature in your local church and remember how often you put off studying the lesson until Sabbath morning at church despite being able to access it easily on your phone all week.


For now, this is an imagined scenario. To prevent it from becoming a reality, we need your help! The pandemic caused enormous difficulties related to the circulation of the Sabbath Bible Lessons. In fact, some Pacific islands have not been able to receive the lessons for over two years.


In many countries on the African continent, the borders were closed, so there seemed no way to send the lessons to most of them. God opened windows when doors were closed. When all the postal services were suspended, there were still international express services such as DHL and similar specialized carriers operating. While the cost of shipping increased tremendously, we are grateful to be able to send the lessons to most of the brethren in African countries.


We are thankful to the Lord that many borders began to open last year. Now is our chance to help the missions!


“Union is strength; division is weakness. When those who believe present truth are united, they exert a telling influence.” Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, p. 236.


As we all study the same lessons together, this aim is better achieved. Please consider this cause and give generously, so all our brethren can have access to the Sabbath Bible Lessons, and we can study together to grow spiritually and be ready for the Lord's soon return.


May God richly bless you and your gift!


The General Conference Publishing Department