Following are sources of information that have proven helpful in preparing for the mission segment of Sabbath School.
For more information on the cultures and history of central Brazil and northern Peru, 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 Spanish, the official language of Peru, and Portuguese, the official language of Brazil. Look for recipes and other activities from these countries as well. Go to www.AdventistMission.org, and click on “Resources.”
An offering goal device will help focus attention on world missions and increase weekly mission giving. Set a quarterly mission offering goal and divide it by 14, one part for each of the 12 regular Sabbaths this quarter and two parts for Thirteenth Sabbath. (Note that Thirteenth Sabbath falls on December 22 this year, but the quarter ends on December 29.) Chart the weekly progress toward the quarter’s goal on the goal device.
Download the cover photo (go to www.AdventistMission.org, click on “Resources” and “Mission Quarterlies”) and mount the picture on a piece of poster board. Write a headline such as “Help Me Have a Church.” Every week that your mission offering goal is met (or your cumulative goal is met), add a drawing of a chapel to the poster.
Or draw a simple chapel onto poster board and draw “bricks” for the walls. Color them in as your offering meets your predetermined goal amount.
On the Sabbath before Thirteenth Sabbath is celebrated, encourage the children to work hard to bring an extra-large offering 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.
Remind Sabbath School members that the ongoing work of the world church depends on the weekly Sabbath School mission offerings. One fourth of the Thirteenth Sabbath Offering is dedicated to the special projects featured this quarter. The remaining three fourths go into the world mission fund to support the worldwide mission work of the Adventist Church.