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Money is Tight for the Adventist Church in Greece, Spain and Portugal

Adventist News Network reports that tithe is down due to European economic woes, and the 25,146 members in Greece, Spain, and Portugal are especially hard hit.

The Adventist Church’s Greek Mission, which consists of 10 churches, has seen the turmoil impact the church in various ways. These include a decrease in tithes — down 20 percent at the end of 2010 relative to the previous year, for the first time in a decade. . . .

Officials in the Spanish and Portuguese unions say they are experiencing similar problems, which are not limited to the Adventist Church or even Europe. The church’s North American Division has reported slight but consecutive drops in tithe in 2008 and 2009, a decline attributed to U.S. economic woes.

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