Earlier this year, the children at our Las Palmas Children’s Village in the Dominican Republic prepared a special program for their church. Samilin Lori, the Administrator, sent us the following report and photos.
The Young Peoples Society leadership for 2011 is made up of young people with an adult counselor, Mrs. Samilín. This committee met to see what they could do to get the children and young people to read the Bible in a way that would be interesting for them.
They developed a program which would involve all the children and young people in actively reading and studying the Bible.
The program consists in following the annual Bible reading plan that is included with the youth daily devotional book (morning watch book). In order to interest the children and young people, we prepared a good promotional program ahead of time.
We created four groups for the whole church, called Action Groups. Each group has its leaders, a name that identifies it, a color, a motto and aim.
They earn points for various aspects of the program of the Young Peoples Society, such as:
- Bible reading
- Developing and presenting programs
- Participating in Sabbath sundown worship
- Participating in Bible games on Sabbath afternoons
- Preparing social activities
- Preparing spiritual activities
The Bible year was divided into four quarterly sections. For the first quarter, the final program was a weekend devoted to the Sanctuary theme.
Each group was given a portion of the Sanctuary materials so that they could present it in an attractive and dynamic manner. The groups had to develop the Sanctuary implements/equipment and memorize part of the message that contains the truth about the Sanctuary.
We invited Christian singing artists who gave a special touch to the activity, and each action group presented the portion which they had been assigned.
It was a joy to see how the kids learned portions of the Bible on the Sanctuary theme. This was a marvelous experience for the kids, and they felt even closer to God. During the entire year, the Young Peoples Society has presented precious programs during which the children and young people have developed their talents for Christ.
International Development Director ICC