Report

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Each week millions of Seventh-day Adventists around the world join each other in worshiping their Creator. They live in different locations, different cultures, and worship in different styles. But one thing remains the same: they are dedicated to spreading the

Gospel of Christ around the world. They give their time, their energy, and

their money for this cause.



Telling other

people about the saving grace of Jesus isn’t something they can do all by

themselves on their own. The Adventist church works together by pooling its

resources to spread the Gospel.

In recent years

there has been a major shift towards more project-giving, which has helped

stimulate interest in missions and this has been a great blessing in many

areas. Various ministries and groups have taken on projects and have thus

helped to strengthen the work. We praise the Lord for this! However, one of the

drawbacks of excessive reliance on project-giving is that attention spans can

often be short.

When there is

greater need or more promotion in another area, most of the support is shifted

to the new area, often leaving the local organization (if there is one) to

carry on the project or outreach without sufficient resources. Sometimes all

the progress that has been made is lost. The need for a strong mission offering

program that can sustain major long-term initiatives is doubly important as we

focus on the 10/40 area.



The Lord has given

to us an extraordinary investment opportunity. He does not look at the size of

the offering, but at the sacrifice on the part of the giver. Someone has said: “Giving is not God’s

way of raising money; it is God’s way of raising people into the likeness of

His Son.”



This past quinquennium (2005-2010) the annual

worldwide tithe increased 40.2% from $1.32 billion in 2004 to $1.85 billion in

2009. World Mission Offerings over the quinquennium increased 31.8% from $48.7

million to $64.2 million. We can clearly see God's leading and rejoice in the

faithfulness of His children.

Robert E. Lemon,

Treasurer

General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Someone

has said: “Giving is not God’s way of raising money; it is God’s way of raising

people into the likeness of His Son” (Treasurer's Report, 2010 GC Session, Atlanta, GA).

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