Bro Peter D Lausevic writes to us on behalf of the General Conference Missionary Department:
Dear Brethren of the Sabbath School,
We trust that all is well with each of you as we all work together to hasten our Lord’s second coming. Greetings to you with these words from Acts 16:9: “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.” From all parts of the world we are constantly hearing this Macedonia cry.
As you are well aware, the first Sabbath offering for May 2011 was scheduled for the missionary endeavor in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. However, due to organizational difficulties, the brethren have decided that the plans for this city were premature for this year and that it will need to be postponed. Although other places were proposed, there was insufficient time to organize a new location in time for this year.
There is another city outside of North America that has been considered in the past and preliminary steps are being made to prepare for 2012. However, due to the fact that a new administration will be organized later this year on the General Conference level, final plans will need to take place in September after the session.
We may state that London, UK is on the short list and if we select this city, it is one of the most expensive in the world and we will need plenty of funds for such a project in a country that has long been neglected in the history of the Reform Movement. Although it is premature to announce the exact location, we are asking you to open your hearts with your financial assistance for this project during this year’s 1st Sabbath offering for May 2011.
By the time this offering is collected and received at the GC headquarters, we will be well on our way for this project and will be in need of those funds for immediate use.
We thank you in advance for your understanding of this change and your willingness to help.