First Sabbath Offerings for World Missions
Dear Brothers and Sisters around the world,
We are living in the last moments of the history of planet Earth and our Lord has anxiously been waiting for a long time to take us home. The prophetic events that are 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 end of the world 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 God’s church, it is our privilege to represent His character and to take part in spreading the gospel to the end of the world by committing to this special work our time, strength, and financial resources.
Thanks to our members and friends’ prayers and financial contribution, 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 new areas are being opened. Every year we collect a special offering to supply the necessary means to spread the message in many parts of the globe.
“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 the missionaries and their families by giving liberally from your resources so that the earth would be filled with God’s glory and that Jesus may come soon? We hope you will.
In behalf of a world in need,
The General Conference Missionary Department