By: Andrew McChesney, Adventist Mission, courtesy Adventist Review
Adventist Mission has approved nearly US$2 million in new grants as it steps up efforts to proclaim Jesus’ soon coming through “urban centers of influence” in highly secularized Europe.
The Seventh-day Adventist world church’s Mission Board Strategy and Funding Committee, in a vote on Jan. 31, signed off on $1,959,448 in Adventist Mission funding for four projects in Europe as well as several other church-planting projects.
Europe, a continent where the church has struggled to make inroads in recent years, will receive a portion of the funds to run a refugee-focused community center in Germany, a school for special needs children in France, and health centers in Estonia and Hungary.
The four urban centers of influence will seek to provide physical, psychological, and spiritual healing to their communities and ultimately plant new churches, said Gary Krause, director of the General Conference’s Office of Adventist Mission, which oversees the world church’s Global Mission church-planting initiative.