Dear Sabbath School Leader,

Welcome to a new year, a new quarter, and a new division on which to focus our attention and our prayers.

North American Division

The North American Division includes Canada, the United States of America and its territories of Guam and Wake Island, the Federated States of Micronesia, the island nation of Bermuda, and several island possessions.

God raised up the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, where it was officially organized in 1863. Today the Adventist Church has more than 18 million members, and ministers in 216 countries around the world in more than 900 languages.

But growth of the church in North America, like much of Europe and Australia, has slowed. Today the North American Division (NAD) has a little more than one million members, comprising less than 7 percent of the church’s worldwide membership.

This quarter we’re featuring exciting stories coming from some of the most remote parts of this division—from the warm tropical islands of Guam and Micronesia to the cool and beautiful state of Alaska and the rolling mountains and rivers of Appalachia, you will see God’s hand moving in mighty ways through His people in NAD.

Offering Device

The special children’s project will help provide mattresses for the campers at Camp Polaris in Alaska. Print out 2 copies of the Alaskan flag (from our website) and paste one onto a large poster. Take the other copy and cut out the stars. Invite the children to color the flag on the poster board, but leave the stars white. Then invite them to color the cut out stars yellow/gold. As your class reaches its weekly or cumulative mission offering goal, add a yellow star to the flag. When your goal has been completely reached add the large north star to the flag.

Special Feature

Mission Spotlight DVDcontains several stories from North America, including one specifically for children. Download a story or stories from
www.adventistmission.org/dvd.

Thank you for all you do to help children understand the joy of mission.

Wishing you God’s richest blessings,

Gina Wahlen, Editor

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