It’s Sabbath morning in England. The sun glitters through the red and gold leaves, and dew sparkles on the lawn as we walk toward the church on the campus of Newbold College. We follow the sound of children singing, and we find their Sabbath School class.
Very quickly we realize that the children in this Sabbath School come from everywhere—Africa, Europe, Asia, and America. Let’s meet a few of them.
Fehin’s parents are from Nigeria. [Locate Nigeria in western Africa.] When she goes to visit Nigeria, she takes her dolls so her cousins and friends can play with them.
“Some people, even in the big city, don’t have enough food,” Fehin says. “So I ask my parents if we can help them. Next time we go, I want to take things for the poor people.
“When I grow up, I’d like to be a dentist. I’ll go to Nigeria and help the people there. I can buy medicines and food for the children.”
Marco’s parents are from Indonesia. [Locate Indonesia on a map.] “It’s really hot in Indonesia,” Marco says. “Some people are rich, but others are really poor. I was surprised when we stopped the car on the street and children knocked on our window and begged for money. My dad gave the children a few coins to help. I felt bad that these children have to beg.
“I try to tell my cousins and friends there how God created the world. Many children in Indonesia don’t know about Jesus.”
Bela’s family is from Zimbabwe. [Locate Zimbabwe in southeastern Africa.] “It’s hot in Zimbabwe,” she says. “They have lots of animals there that we don’t have in England, such as lizards and snakes.
“Some people live quite well in Zimbabwe, but some places have no food, and water is scarce. When we went to Zimbabwe, we took used clothes and gave them to the people in my father’s village.
“At Christmas our Sabbath School in England fills shoeboxes with gifts to give children in other countries. We can put a toy in the box and a toothbrush and toothpaste, some socks, and maybe some flip-flops (sandals). Children who get the gifts are so happy to have these things.
“I saw lots of people in Zimbabwe who are sick. Some can’t see because of eye diseases. I want to be a doctor so I can help the people there.
“But I can be a missionary right now, right here in England. We have a program that pairs kids up with elderly people. I have a granny, and I love her. She’s alone and lonely. She doesn’t have any family living near her, so she’s my granny. I sing for her, and Mom and I invite her to church. I visit her, and she teaches me things that grandmothers like to do, such as paint and make cookies.”
Kenzy’s mother is from Romania, and she and her family visit there often. “Some people in Romania are poor,” she says. “And some children live in orphanages. When we go to Romania, we take food to give away.
“The churches we attend in Romania are packed!” she says. “There are lots of Adventists there.
“At home I play with my neighbor. She’s not an Adventist, and I want to invite her to our Christmas program. We’re going to have live animals. It will be outside, and there will be a street market to make it look like Bethlehem.”
Wherever we live we can tell others about Jesus. We can pray for them and share what we have. When we give our mission offering on Sabbath, we’re helping others know about Jesus. Let’s be missionaries this week wherever we are. Our children’s offering this Thirteenth Sabbath will help children all over the Trans-European Division learn about God. Let’s save our money so we can give a big offering on December 28.