Dear Sabbath School Leader,

This quarter features the East-Central Africa Division. More than 324 million people live in this region, including more than 2.7 million Adventists. That’s a ratio of one Adventist for nearly every 118 people. 

The Thirteenth Sabbath Offering this quarter will help strengthen the foundations of evangelism in Kenya, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (referred to in this quarterly as the Congo). 

Language Fun

Songs and words in Swahili (also called Kiswahili, the trade language of much of eastern Africa) are featured on pages 7, 31, and 32.

Mission Potluck

Host a mission potluck this quarter. Find recipes and cultural items at Label foods according to their country of origin.

Decorate the room with brochures of Africa, African drums, and streams of colorful African cloth down the middle of the tables. Add pictures from travel brochures or magazines.

Invite the children to greet the people as they arrive, saying, “jambo” (JAHM-boh), Swahili for “hello.” Following the meal, let the children sing “Jesus Loves Me” in Swahili (see page 7).

Special Features

  • Offering device: Use a woven basket or a dried gourd cut in half as an offering device this quarter. Check local thrift stores or yard sales for baskets from Africa. 
  • 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 flags of Kenya, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Outline bulletin boards with crepe paper in black, orange, yellow, and green, the most common colors found in African flags and culture. 


 Yours for the kingdom,

Charlotte Ishkanian
Editor, Mission

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