Dear Sabbath School Leader,

This quarter features the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division, which includes the countries of Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, the island nations of Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, and several small islands.

More than 164 million people live in this region, of which almost 2.6 million are Seventh-day Adventists. That means that about one person out of about 63 is an Adventist.

Special Yearlong Celebration

This year marks the centennial of the mission quarterlies, which were first produced in 1912. Throughout the year we will feature at least one story that appeared in Children’s Mission over the years, and some additional stories relating to the history of the mission offerings. This quarter’s story is on page 26 and features one of the first mission schools in southern Africa.

Language Fun

Words and phrases in Otjiherero, the language of the Herero and Himba people in Namibia, and Zulu, a major language of South Africa, are featured in the quarterly or on our website. An audio version of Otjiherero is available in a feature called “See It, Say It.” It contains the phonetic pronunciation of words and an MP3 file containing a voice pronunciation. Go to www.Adventist and click on “Resources” and “Children’s Activities.”

Offering Device

The special children’s project this quarter will help provide a children’s worship center for a new church being built in northeastern South Africa. The children now worship under a tree. Draw a simple building that is open at the front. Nearby draw a large tree. Every week the children are able to reach their mission offering goal, move a figure of a child from under the tree into the building.

Special Features

  • Adventist Mission DVD this quarter contains several stories from the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division, including a story just for the 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 flags of Madagascar, Namibia, and South Africa from the mission quarterly or the website and invite the children to color them. 
  • More Activities, including recipes, games, and puzzles, are available on our website at Click on “Resources” and “Children’s Activities.” Click on the current quarter.

Yours for the kingdom,

Charlotte Ishkanian
Editor, Children's Mission 

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