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Introduction

Global Mission

What is Global Mission?

Global Mission is a special initiative, voted at the 1990 General Conference session, to establish new Adventist churches where there are none-to reach the unreached with hope. God's love compels Global Mission's holistic, compassion-driven outreach to people who haven't heard the Gospel story.

What is Global Mission's central work?

Although it's important to maintain and support existing missions and institutions, this isn't Global Mission's role. Global Mission supports local initiatives for frontline ministry in unentered areas--and helps involve all church departments in this task.

How long does a typical Global Mission project take?

Global Mission has learned that short-term projects don't usually give long-term results. Establishing a new church in a new area can take three to five years of support.

A Holistic Ministry

Global Mission cares for the whole person. Like Jesus sent out the first disciples to preach, teach, and heal the sick, Global Mission's frontline workers reach out to the needs of people.

Global Mission pioneers share the good news through a holistic ministry including: caring for the sick, teaching agricultural skills, running literacy programs, holding evangelistic meetings, and giving Bible studies.

What are "unentered areas"?

Unentered areas are those parts of the world where there are no Adventists. This can range from an unentered suburb in a North American city through to a country in the Middle East. According to the United Nations, there are 228 countries and areas in the world. The Seventh-day Adventist Church has established work in all but 24 of these countries and areas. These include North Korea, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Libya. However, in many of these 21 countries ADRA has started work.

What are Global Mission study centers?

Charles Taylor, one of the architects of Global Mission, once visited Egypt and was overwhelmed by the relative handful of believers after 100 years of Adventist work. "It's time we stop banging our heads against the door," he said, "and take time to find the combination to the lock."

In response to this kind of need, Global Mission has set up study centers around the world to help us find better, more effective ways of sharing the good news about Jesus. These study centers are specializing in the areas of Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, secularism, and Islam.

So far these centers have built some 25 new models for reaching people groups that have traditionally been difficult to reach.

What are Global Mission pioneers?

Pioneers are laypeople who volunteer at least a year to establish a congregation in an unentered area within their own culture. They have the advantage of knowing the culture, speaking the language, blending with the local people--and being far less expensive than overseas missionaries. More than 19,000 Global Mission pioners are now working around the world. Since 1990 pioneers have established more than 11,000 new Seventh-day Adventist congregations.

Global Mission pioneers share the good news through a holistic ministry including: caring for the sick, teaching agricultural skills, running literacy programs, holding evangelistic meetings, and giving Bible studies.