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The Church and Her Mission

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  SABBATH, MAY 7, 2016

First Sabbath Offering for World Missions

Dear brethren and sisters around the world:

We live in the closing days of the history of planet Earth, and for a long time our Lord has anxiously been waiting to take us home. The prophetic events unfolding right before our eyes tell us that the second coming of Jesus is near, even at the door. Unfortunately, the gospel message has not reached the ends of the earth and not every creature has had an opportunity to hear the truth. “Men will soon be forced to great decisions, and they must have opportunity to hear and to understand Bible truth, in order that they may take their stand intelligently on the right side” (Evangelism, p. 25).

As members of Christ’s body, it is our privilege to represent His character and to take part in spreading the gospel throughout the entire world by committing to this special work our time, strength, and financial resources.

Thanks to our members, and friends’ prayers and financial contributions, new missions are being instituted in many regions. These new missions still need our support until they are well-established and become self-supporting, while other new fields are being opened. Every year at the time of the Week of Prayer, we collect a special offering to supply the necessary means to spread the message to many parts of the globe. But more is still needed.

“The Lord’s heritage has been strangely neglected, and God will judge His people for this thing. Pride and the love of display are gratified by the accumulated advantages, while new fields are left untouched. The rebuke of God is upon the managers for their partiality and selfish appropriation of His goods.”—Testimonies, vol. 8, p. 59.

Will you choose to unite your efforts with those of missionaries and their families by giving liberally from your resources so that the earth may be filled with God’s glory and that Jesus can come soon? We hope you will.

On behalf of a world in need,

Your brethren from the GC Missionary Department

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