Dear Sabbath School Leader,

This quarter features the South Pacific Division, which includes the country of Australia and the island nations of Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, and others. 

The division is home to almost 37 million people, including 423,000 Seventh-day Adventists. That’s a ratio of one Adventist for nearly every 87 people. The majority of Adventists live in the islands. Australia and New Zealand have a ratio of one Adventist for about every 400 people. The Thirteenth Sabbath Offering this quarter will go to help reach the people living in the islands of the South Pacific. 

Language Fun

Songs and words in pidgin (the trade language of Papua New Guinea and most of the South Pacific islands), are featured on our website, www.AdventistMission.org, in print form as well as an audio file called “See It, Say It.” Click on “Resources” and “Children’s Activities.” 

Mission Potluck

Host a mission potluck this quarter. Find recipes and cultural items on the website listed above. Label the foods with their country of origin. 

Decorate the church fellowship hall with tissue-paper flowers or silk-flower leis and seashells. Add pictures cut from travel brochures or magazines. 

Invite the children to greet people as they arrive, saying “Apinoon [aa-pee-NOON, or “good afternoon”]”. After the meal let the children to sing a song they’ve learned this quarter.

Special Features

  • Offering device: Use half of a dried coconut shell as an offering device this quarter. 
  • Adventist Mission DVD features a short video specifically for children. Ask your adult Sabbath School superintendent to make a copy of the DVD for you.
  • Decorate the room with tissue-paper flowers, flags, and/or pictures cut from magazines or travel brochures. Or make a mural for your classroom featuring a tropical island. Include houses built on stilts, vibrant birds, palm trees, and a light-blue sea. Use the brochures or pictures and drawings available free on the Internet. 
  • More activities: Visit our website at www.AdventistMission.org. Click on “Resources” and “Children’s Activities.” Click on the current quarter to find pages of crafts, additional activities, recipes, and games to download or print for use in your Sabbath School.

Yours for the kingdom,

Charlotte Ishkanian
Editor, Children's Mission 

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