Ministering to Those in Need

What is our purpose in this world?

To those who know the truth, it is simple. We are to love one another and to love God. While this may seem simple, it isn’t always easy. When someone cuts us off in traffic, it can be hard to love them. When someone speaks rudely to our faces, it is hard to love them. However, when we choose to not love those who hate us, we fail our mission.

Love for Enemies

Matthew 5:43-48

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

So we see that we must love who hate us, and who we are tempted to hate. So what does it mean to love someone? It means to truly care for them, for their lives, for their unique situations. Each person we see has their own struggles that they face, day in, and day out. We need to have compassion on them, and help them wheresoever our abilities allow us. By helping those in need, we glorify God, and show his love for everyone. More souls have been saved by the love of God than by condemnation. If we truly care about someone, we will want to help them to find God and the salvation of Jesus Christ. When we care about them, when we are truly interested in their lives, the person will take notice. They will be curious what inspires you to help them. That is your opportunity to share the Gospel. Because everything you have belongs to God, you can give freely. When we trust in God, he provides.

Giving to the Needy

Matthew 6:1-4

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Do these things because you are commanded by God. Do not do them to show your friends how good of a Christian you are, or so you can make it to heaven. When you truly care about someone, these types of things will come naturally. If you see someone sitting on a street corning, begging for food, you will give him a sandwich, because your compassion will understand what it means to be hungry, or to not have a roof over your head.

We encourage you to always be on the look out for those you can help. You never know when you may save someone’s life, or share the gospel.

Why Christian Faith Is Declining In the U.S


The rate of decline in the number of people who identify themselves as Christians has been on a sharp drop in America. On the contrary, people with non-Christian affiliations have been on the rise as well as the pagan societies.

Over the years, reports have shown that Christian community in America has dropped from the original 78.4% in the year 2007 to 70.6% in the year 2014, a decline of eight percent in seven years. At the same time, the population of unaffiliated persons rose from 4.7% to 5.9% within the same period. This group mainly represents the atheists and individuals who have no religious faith or standing, accordance with a Religious Landscape study which was conducted by The Pew Research Centre in 2014.

It is evident that the number of people who hold religion close to them is reducing, with the associate director of the Pew Research Centre, Greg Smith, further adding that the increase in non-affiliated persons also comes with an increase in secularism.

The number of mixed-religion marriages in the U.S has also grown rampantly from nineteen percent before the 60s to thirty-nine percent (almost four in ten marriages) in 2010. An advisor to the Religious Landscape Study, John C. Green, who was also a political science student, stated that the American religion has adapted to change just like the other parts of its life. Then added to say that it did not mean all are happy about the matter.

The study also shows that the non-affiliates are mainly composed of the younger generation, with the median age of the non-affiliates being 38. And despite late marriages in comparison to their precedents, they don’t grow more religious with age.

The median age of the Christian religion population, however, shows different trends as the more secular generation becomes religious over fifty years old. 50% of mainline Protestants are over the age of 52; higher than the median of 50 in 2007. The average age for the Catholics rose from 45 to 49 percent in 2007.

Currently, 56 million is the total number of religiously unaffiliated persons in America, having increased by 19 million from the year 2007. The shrink of Christianity constitutes the high number of who Catholics abandon their faith.

With a similar rate to that of secular individuals, non-Christians believers have risen in levels, though the religion with the highest growth was Islam, whose percentage points increased from 0.4% in 2007 to 0.9% in 2014.

Hinduism among other faiths had an increase of 0.3 points and made up 0.7% of the American population. The other denominations, such as new age religions and Unitarianism constitute 1.5% of the population with the biggest non-Christian faith being Judaism, which represents 1.9% of the general mass.

The rising number of non-Christians in the American Population will have political implications as Christian are likely to vote for Republicans as opposed to secular individuals who would rather go for Democrats as opposed to Christians who are most likely to vote for Republicans.

Pew’s Research Institute covered more than 35,000 Americans between June and September, with an error margin of minus or plus 0.6% points.

Study Abroad, Minister Abroad

crossesHave you wanted to travel around the world and see new things and meet new people? Do you currently attend a school or university? If you answered yes to both of these, then you might have the opportunity of a lifetime!

Most colleges and universities offer a program called “Study Abroad”. These programs allow students to travel to a different part of the world while still attending classes and progressing in their degrees. You get to experience a whole new culture. You can immerse yourself in Spain, or somewhere in Africa. Usually these programs last about a semester, which is long enough to really get to know the area and some of the people. Often times, there is a modest fee for the opportunity. Most students can even get someone to sponsor them if they try hard enough. The benefits are numerous to these types of programs. Please check out your school and see if they have any of these types of programs available. They will help you to grow as a person. They will even give you the opportunity to meet and greet new people, and share the gospel with them!

That might be the biggest benefit of studying abroad, is being able to share the gospel with those who you might not otherwise have known. You will meet new people, with totally different beliefs. They will challenge your faith, and help make you stronger. We can be confident though, because we have the truth. There are so many different spiritual beliefs out there. Most people haven’t heard the good news about Jesus and his salvation. You have the opportunity to help save souls. If you are interested in traveling, and in ministering to others, this is a hard opportunity to pass up. If you don’t have the money, look into getting sponsors. Who knows, you might even start a church in a new country, and save hundreds of souls!

The North American Division of Seventh Day Aventists recommends study abroad programs. If you are seeking funding through us, contact your local SDA church minister. They will be able to help you clarify your goals and motivations for studying abroad. They will also be able to help get you funding through either the local church, or they will contact a higher level director. Our goal as a church is to spread the gospel, and we want to encourage you to do everything you can do accomplish that mission.

NAD Union Magazines

NAD Union Magazines
You can find the North American Division Magazines below. The region is divided into nine unions, with each one publishing a magazine on a monthly basis. You can read them by clicking on the links below.
Atlantic Union Gleaner Lake Union Herald
Pacific Union Recorder  

Canadian Adventist Messenger

Mid-America Outlook

Southern Tidings

Columbia Union Visitor

North Pacific Union Gleaner

Southwestern Union Record