For more information on the cultures and history of Madagascar, Namibia, and South Africa, 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 Herero, the official language of the Himba people of Namibia. In addition, look for recipes and other activities from these countries. Go to www.AdventistMission.org. Click on “Resources” and “Children’s Activities” in the pop-up menu. Click on “third 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 Himba people of Namibia, download the cover photo from the Adventist Mission website (at www.AdventistMission.org under “Resources” and “Children’s Activities”) and mount it on poster board. Download the photo of the MP3 players that the offering will help purchase for the Himba, and make 14 copies. Place one photo around the picture of the Himba girl each week that the offering goal is reached.
Remind members that the ongoing work of the world church depends on Sabbath School mission giving every week of the year and that one fourth of the Thirteenth Sabbath Offering will go directly to the featured projects in Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division.
On the twelfth Sabbath, report on mission giving during the quarter. Encourage members to double or triple their normal mission giving for their Thirteenth Sabbath Offering. 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.