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.
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
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.