Adventist children in Macedonia take their faith seriously. Most children don’t know much about Jesus and seldom if ever go to church. Let’s meet some Adventist children and learn how they share God’s love with others.
Daniel is 7 and in the second grade. He’s been telling his friend Marco about Jesus. “Jesus is coming again one day soon,” Daniel told Marco. “But He’s not coming to punish us. He’s coming to take us to heaven.”
Marco wanted to learn more, so Daniel invited Marco to Sabbath School. The next Sabbath Marco went to church with Daniel. “I introduced Marco to the teacher and the other children,” Daniel says. “And I sat with him and helped him learn to sing the songs and do the motions. We learned a Bible verse together.”
Marco liked coming to the church and promised to ask his mother to let him come again. Daniel hopes that Marco can attend church again soon. “I want Marco to learn to love Jesus and be ready when Jesus comes,” Daniel adds.
Domenik’s neighbor is a girl named Blagica (Blah-GEET-zah). They’ve been friends since they were 5. One day while they were playing, Domenik told Blagica about church. “We sing songs, and we hear stories about Jesus and other Bible heroes,” he said.
Blagica had never been to church, and she wanted to visit to see what it was like. Domenik invited her to go with him the next Sabbath. Her parents gave her permission to go, and she really liked it. “While we were drawing a picture about the Bible story, Blagica asked if she could come to church every week,” Domenik said. She’s been coming ever since.”
Often the children talk about what they’re learning in Sabbath School. Domenik gave Blagica a New Testament, and sometimes they read Bible verses together. “If I don’t understand a verse, I’ll ask him to explain it,” Blagica says. “I’m glad Domenik invited me to church.”
Sara is 7 years old. She tells her friends at school about Jesus. “I tell them that Jesus loves them and is coming one day soon,” she says. “Sometimes my friends laugh at me and say it isn’t true. Many of them don’t believe in Jesus. But I’m not discouraged. I tell them Bible stories that I learn at church, and I invite my friends to come and hear the stories for themselves. So far none have come, but I’m not going to give up. I’ll keep inviting them, and one day one will accept.”
Bojana’s school is crowded, so students attend school for only a half day. Bojana’s class is in the afternoon, which creates a problem on Fridays when the sun sets early.
Bojana’s mother told his teacher about the Sabbath, but the teacher wouldn’t let Bojana leave school early. “I felt bad and worried about what Jesus would think,” Bojana said. “I prayed that God would make a way for me to keep the Sabbath.”
Then the government made a law that grade schools must dismiss in time for the children to be home before dark. Bojana was so happy. He knew that God had answered his prayer! On Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday the children got out of class before dark. But on Friday the teacher made the children stay late. They would miss their bus and have to walk home. Bojana prayed that God would help him leave school before the Sabbath began.
Suddenly the teacher became dizzy and had to sit down. The principal came in and told the children to run and catch their bus to go home. Bojana thanked God as he hurried to catch the bus.
Bojana’s family prayed for the teacher, and later they learned that she was fine. “My teacher doesn’t give me problems about the Sabbath anymore,” Bojana says. “I tell other children that God cares about us and answers our prayers.”
Boys and girls, the children we’ve met this morning are missionaries. They tell others that God loves them. We can be missionaries by telling others God loves them and by giving our mission offering on Sabbath.