mob surrounded veteran Global Mission pioneer Samuel Naik, demanding he renounce Christianity or die. It was August 25, 2008.
Naik said he would continue preaching about Jesus. “Since you are going to kill me, let me pray a final prayer to my God,” he said. Falling to his knees, he started praying. One man drew a sword and slit Naik’s throat. Another slashed his legs with an ax.
Naik’s martyrdom stands as yet another symbol of the sacrifice and dedication that fuel the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Thanks to the Holy Spirit, prayer, the involvement of church members, and tithes and weekly mission offerings, the Seventh-day Adventist Church shares the love of Jesus in more than 200 countries and areas around the world. Each day it feeds the hungry, cares for the sick, leads people to Jesus, and establishes more than six new churches and many more congregations. It’s love in action.
In 1990 the world church established Global Mission. A new initiative, focusing on starting new groups of believers in unentered areas, it would forever change the face of the church.
During 2005 to 2009, Global Mission has:
- Funded nearly 10,000 Global Mission pioneers around the world.
- Contributed $22.4 million to nearly 7,000 projects in 163 countries with a total value of $68.3 million.
- Operated five Global Mission Religious Study Centers for Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Secularism and Postmodernism.
- Emphasized reaching the big cities, with the equivalent of at least 20 percent of Global Mission funding to the divisions being spent on urban areas.
- Supervised the church’s “tentmaker” program.
- Helped plan and fund major new initiatives for reaching new areas and people groups such as:
1. A 10-year project for the majority indigenous population of central Asia.
2. The Hope for Bangkok, Thailand, church-planting initiative.
3. Projects for several countries in Asia, the Middle East, and Euro-Africa.
- Helped organize and fund SEEDS church-planting conferences and ChurchWorks conferences.
The Office of Adventist Mission promotes mission offerings by reporting on the exciting mission activities they support around the world. During 2005 to 2009 it has produced two Web sites, www.AdventistMission.org and www.global-mission.org; the quarterly Adventist Mission DVD; the Adventist Mission Hope Channel TV program; mission quarterlies; “Inside Stories” in the Adult Bible Study Guides; Global Mission newsletters; the Mission Week curriculum for children; and many other resources.
For more information about Adventist Mission, visit www.AdventistMission.org.