For more information on the cultures and history of Canada and the United States, visit your local library or a travel agency.
Online Information. The Adventist Mission website contains additional material that can add flavor to your mission presentation. Look for words and a song in Navajo, the language of the largest Native American group in North America, as well as puzzles, recipes, and games from North America on the Children’s Mission site. Go to www.AdventistMission.org. Click on “Resources” and “Children’s Activities” in the pop-up menu. Click on “fourth quarter” and select the activity you want.
An offering goal device will help focus attention on world missions and increase weekly mission giving. Ask your Sabbath School council to set a quarterly mission offering goal (set the goal a little higher than last quarter and divide it by 15, one part for each of the 13 regular Sabbaths this quarter and two parts for Thirteenth Sabbath). Chart the weekly progress toward the quarter’s goal on the goal device.
Enlarge photos of children and adults from around the world, including Natives from North America (or use a large-figure felt set of children from around the world). Place a a picture of the earth in the center of a felt board or on heavy poster board. Each time a week’s goal is reached, add a figure to the poster.
Remind members that the ongoing work of the world church depends on Sabbath School mission giving every week, and that one quarter of the Thirteenth Sabbath Offering will go directly to the projects in North America. On the twelfth Sabbath, report on mission giving during the quarter. Encourage members to double or triple their normal mission giving on Thirteenth Sabbath. Count the offering and record the amount given at the end of Sabbath School. This immediate feedback will encourage members to continue their mission giving.
Next quarter the Northern Asia-Pacific Division will be featured. Special projects include:
•a youth training center in Mongolia, Chinese-language television and Internet programming, a church for a Global Mission church plant in southern Japan, and a church for an international congregation in Seoul, Korea.
•Second quarter 2012 will feature the Southern Asia-Pacific Division. Projects will focus on health care in Indonesia and a school in Myanmar.