by Andrew McChesney, Adventist Mission

Adventist Mission will extend nearly U.S.$415,000 in grants to open two health-oriented community centers in Russia, fund 111 Global Mission pioneers, and provide much-needed assistance to an orphanage in Madagascar built by a previous Thirteenth Sabbath Offering.

The Seventh-day Adventist world church’s Mission Board Strategy and Funding Committee voted on May 16 to release $414,777 in funding for dozens of projects that have the ultimate goal of planting new churches, said Jeff Scoggins, planning director for Adventist Mission.

Two of the bigger projects are “urban centers of influence” in the Russian cities of Novosibirsk and Ulan-Ude.

A total of $87,000 will go toward the Sequoia Center, a preschool and massage therapy center slated to open in November 2018 in Novosibirsk, a Siberian city of 1.9 million people located 2,100 miles (3,365 kilometers) east of Moscow.

Another $64,520 will help open a health food store with healthy lifestyle training courses in Ulan-Ude, a city of 432,000 people in East Siberia.

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