13th Sabbath | September 29

Thirteenth Sabbath Program

Opening Song
“Let Your Heart Be Broken” 
The Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal, no. 575

Superintendent or Sabbath School teacher

Program “Meeting the Need”


Closing Song
“Rise Up, O Church of God”
The Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal, no. 615

Closing Prayer

Participants: A narrator and two speakers. [Speakers don’t need to memorize their parts; however, they should be familiar enough with the material to be able to present it with confidence.]

Props: A large map of the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division. (Scan the map on the back page of the quarterly or download the map from www.AdventistMission.org and project it onto a screen.)

Narrator: This quarter our mission focus is the people of the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division. Let’s hear again about the specific needs that our Thirteenth Sabbath Offering will meet.

Speaker 1: Madagascar lies off the eastern coast of Africa. More than half of the people living there practice a traditional religion that focuses on honoring the dead. Many have never heard God’s message of love and salvation through Jesus.

Speaker 2: In the capital city poverty stalks many streets. Children often must fend for themselves while a parent or guardian struggles to provide the bare necessities. They can’t afford to go to school, and have little hope for a better life. Today’s offering will help establish an orphanage to give some of the poorest children a safe place to live, an education, and a hope for the future in Jesus.

Speaker 1: The Adventist secondary school in northwestern Madagascar is crowded beyond capacity. Many students come from non-Christian homes, and every year some 80 students and family members are baptized as a result of this school’s outreach. Part of today’s offering will help build a new classroom block to accommodate more students and reach them for Christ.

Speaker 2: Zurcher Adventist University in central Madagascar began as a seminary and is adding other courses of study to meet the growing needs of Adventist young people. The university must build a classroom-multipurpose building to remain accredited. Part of today’s offering will help the university continue to meet the need for quality Adventist education.

Narrator: Namibia lies in southwestern Africa. It’s one of the driest countries in the world. About one in every 120 people in Namibia is an Adventist. However many of the tribal people living here have never heard the story of God’s love in a way they can understand and respond to. 

The Himba live much as their ancestors did, in mud huts with no need for electricity or running water. But they need to know Jesus. Our offering today will help them learn that Jesus loves them.

Speaker 1: The Himba believe that their ancestors guide their day-to-day lives. Few Himba read or write; they pass on their culture and history orally. For years dedicated missionaries serving with Global Mission and then with Adventist Frontier Missions have prayed and searched for the key that would unlock the hearts of the Himba. Today a team of missionaries and local workers are writing Bible stories that communicate to the Himba in ways they understand and are responding to. 

Last year the first Himba Bible stories were distributed to tribal leaders on solar-powered MP3 players, a simple device that operates without the need for batteries. Family and village members can hear God’s stories in their own language in a way they can relate to. And they are listening. 

Part of this quarter’s Thirteenth Sabbath Offering will help provide MP3 players for more than 200 villages and settlements of Himba in northern Namibia. Through these MP3 players God is speaking to the hearts of Himba in their own language.

Narrator: South Africa is a modern country with great challenges. While the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division has an average of one Adventist for every 63 people, South Africa has one Adventist for every 513 people. Two projects will help reach specific groups with the message of God’s love.

Speaker 1: Riverside Adventist School in Cape Town, South Africa, has served the community for about 80 years. Today most of the students come from the poorer settlements surrounding the city. Most come speaking little or no English, but their parents want them to have the advantage of an English-based education. 

Many of the families served by this school are not Adventists. The potential for mission outreach is high, and every year students and parents are baptized as a result of this school. 

The school needs to replace a 60-year-old temporary building that no longer meets safety codes. But the parents cannot afford to rebuild. Part of today’s offering will help provide a safer, healthier environment for children to learn.

Speaker 2: In northeastern South Africa lies the town of Ingwavuma [in-gwah-VOO-mah]. Several years ago a church was planted here, and it has grown to 80 members plus 35 children. The congregation meets in a one-room community center, but its children must worship under a tree near the road. The congregation has land on which to build a simple church, but they cannot afford to buy the bricks for their church. 

They want to give their children a room in which to worship and learn to lead out in programs. Part of our offering will help build the church for this congregation. The children around the world are giving their Thirteenth Sabbath Offering to help provide the worship center for the children. Together we can help this congregation grow and reach out to their community for Christ.

Narrator: We have heard the challenges and seen the opportunities to the people of the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division to reach out to others through our Thirteenth Sabbath Offering. Let’s give liberally today so that the people of Madagascar, Namibia, and South Africa can reach many with the gospel of Jesus.


Future Thirteenth Sabbath Projects 

Next quarter the South Pacific Division will be featured. Special projects include clinics in isolated regions of Papua New Guinea, audio Bible devices (MP3 players) for the nonliterate people of the islands of the South Pacific, and 15,000 Bibles and Bible study guides for children of the islands who have no Sabbath School lessons or Bibles.

Second quarter’s focus will be on the East-Central Africa Division.

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