2015 Mission Investment Projects
The portion of the Mission Investment funds received by the North American Division each year is divided between two unions on a rotating basis. The following projects were recommended by the Atlantic and Southwestern unions and have been approved by the North American Division.
Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada
The new generation of Cree students on the Maskwacis Reserve is more open to the Adventist way of life. However, very few finish high school. A new high school building is needed to accommodate helping these young people. The Alberta Conference is involved with building the new school and plans to establish a chaplain's presence that will provide transformational influence in the Cree community, specifically within the Mamawi Atosketan Native School in Maskwacis, Alberta, Canada. This will provide opportunity for spiritual emphasis and individual studies with clergy during the high school years. The goal is to facilitate rapport-building contact with SDA clergy.
The goal is to reach French Canadian, second-generation immigrants and First Nations (aboriginal) population in Charlesbourg, Quebec, Canada. The need is to rent a building that will be used to provide a place to influence those with a secular background. It would be a place to train members, offer services to the community, and provide a reading space in a relaxed environment. Teams of young people would be organized and trained to mingle with the community so as to generate interest in spiritual themes.
South Atlantic Conference
West End Church, Atlanta, Georgia works to meet the needs of Atlanta's poor, underprivileged, and at-risk families through the West End Family Life and Community Center. They provide educational, social, spiritual, and recreational programs and services to the youth of the community. Their focus for this project is to provide summer camp experience/VBS for 50 children ages 6-12, and the E3 Program for 100 youth ages 13-21, which consists of two sessions on life-skills, lasting for three months. They will gain a sense of self-respect, personal goals, and education skills that will facilitate their employability.
This project will help provide rent, food, clothing, schooling, household goods and other necessities to refugees from Burma that have settled in the Atlanta, Georgia metro area, specifically Clarkston ,Georgia. The goal is not only to hlep the refugees, but inspire church members to cultivate an attitude of giving to others in need. The local churches in the area would be involved in distributing the necessities to the listed families.