2022 North American Division Sabbath School Mission Investment Projects
The Central States and Iowa-Missouri conferences are working together in a joint mission outreach effort to reach the people in and around St. Louis, Missouri ahead of the General Conference sessions in 2022 and 2025. It is an ongoing effort, centered in the 12 local churches reaching those around them rather than a large centrally located effort.
The goal is to reach people where they are with the good news that we have this Hope! How that looks will be different in every single church, but collectively the goal is to show, not just tell the people of St. Louis, Missouri that God changes lives.
NORTH PACIFIC UNION
Washington Conference Adventist Prison Ministry Fellowship is establishing HOPE House, a transition house that will expand the Adventist Prison Ministry programs to provide stable, affordable housing, with an Adventist atmosphere, and Adventist fellowship to all residents. From this “home base” residents can seek job skills, employment, permanent housing, and other services needed to launch a new life and successfully reenter the community.
Stable housing and a positive social network have been proven to be the key to successful reentry. Unfortunately, there are no other Christian transitional houses in Pierce County for male returning citizens. We want to fill this gap. Based on the research, and the experiences of other Adventist/Christian transitional houses, we feel HOPE House will make a positive impact on the men we serve as well as on the Tacoma community as they successfully return to the community.
The Alaska Conference emphasizes mission outreach through Arctic Mission Adventure. This project is located in the largest Native Alaskan hub, serving over 58 villages across the YK Delta Region. The Bethel Project is in one of the 13 villages that Adventists have a physical and ongoing presence. The church building has outgrown the current multipurpose room and is in need of a gymnasium or larger multipurpose room to accommodate and reach the current needs.
The Bethel church has been for many years feeding the homeless and anyone who is in need. Over the course of the last three years, they have baptized more than 12 individuals and continue to do outreach and Bible studies in the community. The proposed project is to facilitate the growth of the Alaska Natives in need. A 30×50 addition will be added to the church to accommodate the food, clothing, kids, and additional ministry program needs of Bethel. Two bathrooms with showers will be built in the addition since the current facility has only 1 toilet for all attendees to church, sabbath school, and other outreach programs.