Dear Sabbath School Leader,

This quarter features the Southern Asia Division, which includes the countries of Bhutan, India, and Nepal, plus the islands of the Maldives.

The Adventist Church in the Southern Asia Division has grown dramatically in the past 16 years, from a membership of just under 200,000 to more than 1.4 million today. That's a ratio of one Adventist for every 820 people. Much of the growth can be attributed to outreach initiatives such as Global Mission. But the foundation for growth was laid as Adventist schools were established throughout India. Thousands have been baptized while studying in Adventist schools. And many more thousands who were not baptized have been influenced by the Christian values they were introduced to while in school.

Language Fun

Songs and words in several languages of the Southern Asia Division are featured throughout the quarterly and on our website, Click on "Resources" and "Children's Activities."

Offering Device

Draw a classroom on poster board. Draw simple tables and benches to add to the classroom as your class reaches its quarterly mission offering goal. (Determine your goal and divide it by 13.) Or use stickers of children as goal indicators.

Special Features

  • Adventist Mission DVD this quarter contains several stories from southern Asia, including one specifically for children. Ask the adult Sabbath School superintendent to make a copy of the DVD for you to share with your children.
  • Decorate the Room with pictures cut from magazines or travel brochures. Include hand-colored copies of the flags of southern Asia and garlands of paper flowers.
  • Invite a Guest who has lived in southern Asia to visit your class and speak to the children. Encourage them to bring appropriate items for the children to see and touch.
  • More Activities are available on our website at Click on "Resources" and "Children's Activities." Click on the current quarter to find additional language activities, recipes, and activities to use in Sabbath School. Be sure to look for "See It, Say It," an MP3 file that guides you in pronouncing words in some of these languages.

Yours for the kingdom,

Charlotte Ishkanian
Editor, Children's Mission

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