FIRST QUARTER 2016
This quarter we feature the South American Division (SAD), one of the fastest-growing divisions of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The countries include Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Falkland Islands, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and adjacent islands. More than 330 million people live in these countries, and nearly 2.3 million are Seventh-day Adventists.
We have exciting stories from the jungles of the Amazon, to a child preacher in Paraguay, and a blind man in Uruguay who can now “see.” We also have a special nature item, “Amazon Animal Facts,” featuring one animal each week.
As with any large country, Brazil displays great diversity. Modern cities with populations in the millions lie along the Atlantic Ocean. São Paulo, is the third largest city in the world. Much of Brazil,
however, is less developed. Tribes and other unreached people groups have lived along the Amazon river for centuries. Beginning in the 1930s, Leo and Jessie Halliwell were missionaries to the people
here as they navigated the river on their hand-built boat, the Luzeiro. Today Luzeiro mission boats again sail the Amazon, bringing hope and healing in their wake. Part of this quarter’s Thirteenth Sabbath Offering will help to build a “floating church” boat that will follow the Luzeiro into the villages to help start Adventist churches in the communities.
Paraguay and Uruguay
For years, the Adventist Church in Paraguay and Uruguay struggled. But now the church there is growing, thanks to the help of many in SAD and around the world. Currently, there are 12,807 Adventists in Paraguay, with a population of 6.9 million. Part of our Thirteenth Sabbath Offering will help to build a new church there. In Uruguay, considered to be the most secular country in South America, there are only 8,016 Seventh-day Adventists out of 3.4 million people. Part of our Thirteenth Sabbath Offering will build a center of influence and a new church.
Thank you for your dedication to mission and helping children connect with their spiritual brothers and sisters around the world.
Gina Wahlen, Mission quarterlies editor
The Thirteenth Sabbath Offering this quarter of January-March, 2016 will help to:
- build two floating church/clinics on the Amazon and Solimoes Rivers.
- a church at the Agro-Industrial Adventist Trans-Amazon Academy Brazil.
- Construct a center of influence in Asuncion, Paraguay.
- plant a new church in Asuncion, Paraguay.
- build a center of influence in La Teja, Montevideo, Uruguay.
- establish a new church in Goes, Montevideo, Uruguay.