For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” So declared Jesus in Matthew 6:21. This is a precept that has stood the test of time, not only in spiritual matters, but also in every aspect of life.
In 1885, almost 32 years after the organization of the first Sabbath School, the Oakland, California, Sabbath School gave all its income for the first quarter to aid in the establishment of the Australian Mission.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church has accepted the gospel commission given by Jesus Christ to take the gospel “to every nation, kindred, tongue and people” (Matt. 28:18-20), and everyone who becomes a member automatically becomes a missionary in carrying out this mandate.
The value and importance of being self-supporting as a mission organization came to my attention while my husband and I were working on the 2005 GC session report for our division, the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division.