“53 countries have more than 10,000 people for every Adventist. 20 countries have more than 100,000 people per Adventist. 10 countries report more than 1,000,000 people per Adventist.
Let me illustrate it another way. Let’s pretend we can climb the tallest building in South America and have all the people living in the South American Division file by one per second, single file, 24 hours a day. How often would we see a Seventh-day Adventist walk past? Every 1.9 minutes.
But if we climbed the Mount of Olives in Israel (or the mountains of Central Asia) we would have to wait 148 minutes (2.5 hours) between every Adventist. And if you came with me to Egypt and we sat on a pyramid and had the people of Egypt file by one per second, single file, 24 hours a day, we would have more than a day between each member (25.1 hours). For Saudi Arabia it would be 284 days (9.5 months) between each Adventist!
In Matthew 9:37, 38 Jesus says our focus doesn’t need to be on the harvest, because the harvest is already ripe. He says we should be praying for laborers….
We need laborers. We need Adventists living in every country, city, town, and village on earth. We need volunteers fanning out around the world to spend a year or two learning to know people in places where there are few other Adventists. We need members who can show what it means to be a faithful follower of Jesus and help people realize that Jesus died for them.”
–Homer Trecartin, an associate secretary of the General Conference, director of Adventist Volunteer Service, and planning director of Adventist Mission. With his family he has served as a missionary in Africa and the Middle East and seeks to mobilize volunteers to serve in desperately needed areas of the world. He Knows What He’s Talking About (H.K.W.H.T.A.). Click here to read full article in June 2009 Adventist World.