Gary Krause, PhD, is the Director of Adventist Mission for the General Conference.

Have you ever felt as if you’re putting your money into a “black hole” when you give your weekly mission offerings? Maybe you should think about it more as pouring your offerings into the river. Not to get rid of them, but to help mission flourish around the world.

Mission offerings don’t seem to get as much attention anymore. Yet they’re still vitally important to supporting work around the world. Think of your mission offerings as a river flowing through the entire world, providing life-giving water to help sustain the mission fields.

You probably know countries and projects that are supported by part of your Thirteenth Sabbath Offering. But what about the regular mission offerings you give each week? Where do they go? What do they support? And what do they achieve?

You may be surprised to learn that your weekly mission offerings help support the work of some 400 missionary families* around the world. In fact, 70 percent of the weekly mission offerings each quarter help support overseas missionaries and the international work of the church.

Appropriations from the General Conference to world divisions, the Middle East North Africa Union Mission, and the Israel Field help these regions build and sustain mission activities in their territories like water to irrigate fields when there’s not enough rain.

The remaining money helps various institutions and agencies that serve the world church. For example, it helps the compassionate medical mission work of Loma Linda University, the outreach of Adventist World Radio, and the humanitarian ministry of ADRA, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency.

In recent years, millions of people from challenging areas of the world have found salvation in Jesus and have joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church. On average in 2018, every 22 seconds, someone became an Adventist, and every 4 hours, a new church was organized.

Thanks to your offerings and the Global Mission focus, thousands of new congregations have been established in unreached areas and among new people groups. But after these new believers have been baptized, how are they nurtured? How do we make sure that their new faith is strengthened and they grow as disciples?

Your river of mission offerings helps grow and sustain new work throughout the world.

Please keep this life-giving river flowing.

Thank you for your faithful weekly mission offerings and your continuing prayers for Adventist mission.

* Accurate at time of submission

Gary Krause is an Associate Secretary of the General Conference and Director of Adventist Mission.


Your river of mission offerings helps grow and sustain new work throughout the world.

Please keep this life-giving river flowing.

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Commander Liam’s reputation is that of a hard man who has complete control over his country’s military.

In fact, to ensure his continued success and protection from his enemies, a few months ago he hired a modern-day “witch.”

Recently, he received an unexpected text message. It had a link to the Unlocking Bible Prophecies series from Adventist World Radio. He wasn’t sure who’d sent it, but he enjoyed the powerful presentation and the speaker’s soothing voice that seemed to calm his soul. New messages began arriving daily, and as he listened, something changed in his heart.

Soon his resident “witch” began to notice the change in him and demanded to know who was sending the messages. She said, “That woman you’re listening to has a magic more powerful than mine—I want some of that power! It gives me a strange sense of peace I haven’t felt before. How can I receive these messages too?”

That’s the power of Adventist World Radio and cell phone evangelism—you never know who’s listening and how the Lord is working on their hearts. To read the rest of this story and see how your support is reaching millions around the world, visit



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