Have you ever felt as if you’re putting your money into a “black hole” when you give your weekly mission offerings?

You probably know which countries and projects are supported by part of your Thirteenth Sabbath Offering. But what about the regular mission offering you give each week? Where does it go? Who does it support? And what does it achieve?

You may be surprised to learn that your weekly mission offering helps to support more than 700 missionaries around the world. In fact, 70 percent of the weekly mission offerings each quarter help to support overseas missionaries and the international work of the church. Appropriations from the General Conference to world divisions, the Middle East North Africa Union Mission, and the Israel Field help these regions build and sustain mission activities in their territories.

The remaining money helps various institutions and agencies that serve the world church. For example, it helps the compassionate medical mission work of Loma Linda University, the spreading of the gospel by Adventist World Radio, and the humanitarian ministry of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency.

In recent years, millions of people from challenging areas of the world have found salvation in Jesus and have joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Thousands of new congregations have been established in new areas. But after these new believers have been baptized, how are they nurtured? How do they receive resources, materials, and programs to strengthen their new faith and help them grow as disciples? How do they receive ongoing pastoral care? Your mission offerings help sustain and grow new work throughout the world.

To keep in touch with the exciting story of Adventist mission around the world, please visit AdventistMission.org. And thanks again for your prayers and financial support for Adventist mission. You do make a difference.

Gary Krause
Gary Krause is the director of the Office of Adventist Mission at the Seventh-day Adventist Church world headquarters.