"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
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
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
Thank you for giving sacrificially to support Global Mission.
You do make a difference.
Sylva Keshishian is marketing manager at the GC Office of Adventist