13th Sabbath | March 31

Thirteenth Sabbath Program

Opening Song
“Christ for the World”
The Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal, no. 370

Superintendent or Sabbath School teacher prayer

“Let Them See Jesus”

Closing Song
“Soldiers of Christ, Arise”
The Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal, no. 616

Closing Prayer

Participants and Props: Two narrators plus six children to present the projects; six younger children to carry the flags across the platform and hold up the appropriate flag as that country’s project is being presented. If you don’t have enough children to take these parts, ask two more narrators to alternate taking the children’s parts. These people don’t need to memorize their parts, but they should be familiar enough with the material to present it confidently. (Note that this program is the same as that which appears in the children’s quarterly.)

Narrator 1: The Northern Asia-Pacific Division is made up of six countries. Each presents its own challenges to finishing the work of God.

Narrator 2: [Child 1 carries Chinese flag across the platform and stands at the far side.] China, the world’s most populous nation with almost 1.4 billion people, is opening its borders to the world. But with a little more than 400,000 believers, only one in every 3,400 is a Seventh-day Adventist Christian. Pray that God will use His children to light the lamps of faith throughout this vast nation.

Narrator 1: [Child 2 carries Japanese flag across the platform and stands next to child 1.] Japan is rich and increased in goods, but the people don’t know that Jesus died for them. The church in Japan has a little more than 15,000 members, one Adventist believer for about every 8,300 people. Most of the believers are elderly, and only a few are baptized each year. Pray that God will raise up an army of youth who will share their faith in Japan.

Narrator 2: [Child 3 carries Mongolian flag across platform.] Mongolia’s first new believers in generations were baptized just 18 years ago. Most of the country’s 1,600 believers are young people who are eager to share their faith with others. Pray that they will grow strong in faith and mighty in church leadership in one of the oldest cultures in the world.

Narrator 1: [Child 4 carries North Korean flag across platform.] No one knows how many Christians or how many Adventist believers live in North Korea. But the few who have made their way out of this closed nation give reason to hope. Pray that the doors of North Korea will open so that the gospel may flood in and feed hungry hearts with the bread of life.

Narrator 2: [Child 5 carries South Korean flag across platform.] South Korea is the most “Christian” nation in the Northern Asia-Pacific Division. Still, just a third of the population of South Korea professes to be Christians, and about one person in every 250 is a Seventh-day Adventist Christian. But in spite of the best efforts to evangelize the masses, Adventists still are misunderstood. Pray for those who suffer for their faith in South Korea.

Narrator 1: [Child 6 carries Taiwan’s flag across platform.] Taiwan is a small island off the coast of China. Most of the country’s Adventist members come from the original tribes who live primarily in the hill country. Only one in every 25,000 ethnic Chinese in Taiwan is an Adventist. Pray that God will touch the hearts of these people who need to know that Jesus died for them.

Narrator 2: Today our Thirteenth Sabbath Offering will help lift up the hands of our brothers and sisters in the Northern Asia-Pacific Division. A portion of our offering today will help provide some vital tools to lead others to Jesus and to strengthen those who believe.

Child 1: [Child holding Japanese flag also steps forward and holds his/her flag high.] A church for a congregation of new believers on the island of Amami Oshima [ah-MAH-mee OH-shee-mah] in southern Japan.

Child 2: [Child holding Mongolian flag also steps forward and holds his/her flag high.] A youth training center at the new Adventist youth camp located outside the capital city of Mongolia. This youth training center will be dedicated to teaching young people to be leaders in the church and in society.

Child 3: [Child holding Korean flag steps forward and holds flag high.] Part of our Thirteenth Sabbath Offering today will help a special group of people living in Korea to have a church of their own. These are people who have come to Korea to live and work. They don’t understand Korean well, but they can speak English. They want to worship God in a language they can understand. Let’s help them build a church so that they can reach out to others like them who still need to know that God loves them.

Child 4: [Child holding Taiwanese flag steps forward and holds flag high.] Three years ago part of our special Thirteenth Sabbath Offering was used to establish a recording studio in Taiwan where programs are prepared in Mandarin Chinese for radio and television.

Child 5: [Child holding Chinese flag steps forward and holds flag high.] Today part of our Thirteenth Sabbath Offering will be used to prepare more television programs that can be broadcast on TV and through the Internet to the Chinese-speaking people around the world.

Child 6: [Child holding North Korean flag steps forward and holds flag high.] We don’t know how many Christians live in North Korea. But we know there are some. We know from people who have lived there that at least a few of these Christians are Seventh-day Adventists. Life is hard for them. Let’s pray that God will protect and bless His children in this country where Christianity is a foreign religion.

Narrator 1: We can help make a difference in the countries of the Northern Asia-Pacific Division. When we give our mission offerings and when we pray, it helps the people who know Jesus to share God’s love with their friends. And part of our Thirteenth Sabbath Offering will make a big difference for the people who attend the international church in Seoul, Korea [point to Seoul, Korea, on the map]; to the new believers on the island of Amami Oshima in southern Japan [point to the islands of southern Japan]; to the young people in Mongolia [point to Mongolia]; and to the Chinese-speaking people around the world [point to China and Taiwan, then sweep your hand over the rest of the map]. Let’s do our part today to share God’s love with our family members in the Northern Asia-Pacific Division.


For more information on the cultures and history of the Northern Asia-Pacific Division, 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 songs in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Mongolian as well as puzzles, recipes, and games from 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 14, one part for each of the 12 regular Sabbaths this quarter and two parts for Thirteenth Sabbath). Chart the weekly progress toward the quarter’s goal on the goal device.
To focus attention on the Chinese-language programming, enlarge the map of the world and place a radio or television tower (or a microphone or computer) on the island of Taiwan. Sketch in arcing lines to represent radio waves that radiate outward from the tower and go around the world to reach Chinese-speaking people everywhere. Color in one of the arcing lines every time a week’s mission goal is reached.
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.

Future Thirteenth Sabbath Projects 

Next quarter the Southern Asia-Pacific Division will be featured. The special projects will help enlarge a hospital in Manado, eastern Indonesia; provide medical equipment for a mission hospital in Medan, western Indonesia; and enlarge an Adventist school in Myanmar. The special children’s project will buy Bibles for children in an unnamed country in southeastern Asia.

Third quarter 2012 will feature the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division. Projects will focus on Madagascar, Namibia, and South Africa.

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