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Welcome to the Middle East and North Africa–online, of course. We hope you find not only the information you’re looking for, but inspiration to live for God’s mission on earth, and to fulfill the personal mission He wants to share with you.
About the Adventist Church
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a mainstream Protestant church that looks to the Bible as its authority. We hold many similar, biblical beliefs as do the major Protestant denominations, but as our name indicates, we hold several unique beliefs from Scripture.
We believe that Saturday, the seventh-day of the week, is the Sabbath of Scripture, set aside by God at Creation. We believe that a sanctuary exists in heaven that depicts the unique and honored ministry of Jesus Christ on our behalf. We believe that scripture outlines a future for our world that will bring the second coming of Jesus Christ to our troubled earth, the end of sin and pain, and a universe of eternal peace and worship of God, who loves us and gave Himself for humanity.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church, organized in 1863, has approximately 20 million members worldwide with more than 153,000 Seventh-day Adventist congregations around the world. It oversees the world’s second largest integrated network of educational institutions with nearly 8,000 schools and 1.8 million students. It has the largest Protestant, integrated-network of hospitals and clinics worldwide with more than 730 healthcare institutions.
In the Middle East and North Africa
In various forms and under different titles, the Middle East and North Africa Union (MENAU) has existed since the 1920s. In 2011, the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists reorganized the work in the region and MENAU was born and is directly overseen by the General Conference, the central organization of the world church.
The countries within the MENAU territory include Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and the northern half of Cyprus.