"Jabez Cried Out To The God Of Israel, 'Oh, That You Would Bless Me And Enlarge My Territory! Let Your Hand Be With Me, And Keep Me From Harm So That I Will Be Free From Pain.' And God Granted His Request." 1 Chron. 4:10, NIV

It’s hard to read about Jabez and not feel at least a little spiritual envy. After all, he prayed that God would enlarge His territory [influence] and God granted his request. If you are anything like me, you are already wondering, Would God do that for me? Is my vision big enough for God to answer my prayer the same way He did for Jabez? How do I increase my sphere of influence for mission?

Then there’s Abraham. When it came time for him and his nephew Lot to part company, Abraham gave up the quick and easy gratification of investing in the green fields in nearby Sodom. His eye was on the end game, “For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Heb. 11:10, KJV). And God blessed his choice by rewarding him with an enlarged territory, global influence, and generational blessings.

Are you feeling called to increase your mission influence? Are you looking for a city whose builder and maker is God? Are you working toward an end game of preparing unreached people for God’s kingdom?

Maybe you are already giving Bible studies in your local neighborhood or providing support and counseling to local church projects, but somehow you sense there is something missing. Do you feel overwhelmed with the enormity of the Gospel Commission when you realize that over 42 percent of the world’s people groups1 have not yet experienced a saving relationship with Jesus? That’s more than 3 billion people! How can you reach them all with God’s love?

At Adventist Mission we share your passion for reaching the hearts and minds of unreached people groups. That’s why we have made it possible for church leaders and members alike to extend their ministry reach far beyond the limits of national borders by supporting Global Mission projects around the world.

And the result has been incredible: in recent years, millions of people who live in challenging parts of the world have found salvation in Jesus and have joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church. But the challenge remains to reach the rest of the world with the hope and promise found in the Word of God.

On November 11 you have the opportunity to increase your influence by giving your biggest gift ever during your church’s offering time to help the GC Office of Adventist Mission to recruit, train and place Global Mission pioneers, plant new churches, and establish urban centers of influence in unentered cities.

Thank you for giving sacrificially to support Global Mission. You do make a difference.

1 https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/statistics

Sylva Keshishian is marketing manager at the GC Office of Adventist Mission.