2009 Mission Investment Projects
Each year the portion of Sabbath School Mission Investment Funds that are received by the North American Division are allocated to projects in two of our nine Unions on a rotating basis. The Mid-America and Pacific Unions projects will receive Investment funds that come in during 2009.
Lake Union Projects
The Illinois Conference has a mission to engage Andrews University students and graduates in an outreach mission to Chicagoland. This is a part of the conference objective to reach everyone in the state of Illinois over a 5-year period. The MyTown Ministry project seeks to engage the many Adventist college students and graduates that currently live in the Chicago area in active ministry and participation in area churches. This project is a partnership with the Center for Youth Evangelism at Andrews. This project is designed to help the youth and the local churches. It will assist youth to find jobs in the area and assist churches to be more youth-friendly.
Wisconsin Public University Campus Ministry
The Wisconsin Conference in cooperation with the two Madison, WI churches would like to start a secular campus ministry for nurturing Adventist students and equipping them to evangelize other students. They will begin with the large main campus of the U. of W. in Madison. The goal is to have weekly small-group meetings, social events, and weekend spiritual functions. The Youth Department of the Conference is giving leadership to this project and plans to reach out to Adventist students and engage them socially and spiritually.
North Pacific Union Project
Alaska Village Initiative - Suicide Prevention Pilot Project
The Alaska Conference is launching a pilot project on Saint Lawrence Island which is in the Bering Sea about 200 miles west of Nome. They have chosen the village of Savoonga as the location for the project as they already have an Adventist church and parsonage there. The suicide rate among Alaska Natives is very high. The conference would like to send a couple to live and work in Savoonga who would work with local civic leaders and the community to help change the mood there from despair to hope. They will provide programs that will appeal to the social, physical, and spiritual needs of the people. The Conference plans to implement what they learn in his project in other villages in Alaska.