Nature Window: Meerkats
Meerkats are small animals that live in Southern Africa. They live in groups of 5 to 30 underground. They love to eat scorpions. But they also like to eat insects. One special thing about meerkats is that when the group is above ground looking for food, at least 1 meerkat is standing tall looking around to make sure everything is safe. You see, there are a lot of animals that like to eat the meerkat. So, when a predator comes lurking the watching meerkat sends the warning, so all the rest can hurry and get to safety.
That watch guard meerkat reminds me of a Bible verse found in Ezekiel 3:17, when God was telling Ezekiel that he would be a prophet and his job was to warn the people of their sins. God said, "I have made you a watchman for Israel. Any time you hear a word from my mouth, warn them for me" (ICB). Just like the watch guard meerkat has a job to warn the other meerkats of danger, so God sends his prophets to warn us if we are in sin. During the time of King Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon, God made Daniel a prophet. Our Bible story today is about a time when God sent prophet Daniel to King Nebuchadnezzar to warn him of his sins.
Watch this interesting video of meerkats in action.
Memory Mastery: The Godhead
This quarter we are learning more about the Godhead. During our time, we will unpack a little of the mystery of God to help the children understand some important principles. At the end of our questions and answers, you will find a poem about the Godhead that I want the children to memorize.
Who is God?
Did God really make everything? What was there before Him?
Reference: Acts 17:24-28
Do you like to be alone all by yourself? Neither does God.
In fact, did you know God has his own family?
References: 1 John 5:7; Mark 1:9-11
Can we see God?
References: 1 John 4:12; John 6:46; Hebrews 4:14; John 15:26; John 14:7-9
Here is a poem I wrote to help us remember each person of the Godhead. Let's say it and do our hand motions.
(This poem is the actual memory mastery project we will memorize as a class.)
Mission Trip: A Secondary School for Libreville, Gabon
This quarter we are dedicating all our coins to the 13th Sabbath mission project - building a Seventh-day Adventist secondary school in Libreville, Gabon. Gabon is located on the coat in the West-Central Africa Division.
Gabon earns money in the world mainly by selling oil that the people find underneath the ocean water. This oil is refined to gasoline, the stuff your parents put in the car when they stop at the gas station. We need gas to run our cars.
Remember how Gabon is covered in forests? Another important resource that Gabon harvests and sells is wood.
The people of Gabon also dig in the ground for minerals. One mineral that is most found in Gabon is Manganese. Manganese is used to make glass and to make cans more stiff and strong.
Even though Gabon has various resources to bring in money for the country, most of the people there are still poor. Unfortunately, as with other countries the rich people in Gabon continue to get richer, and the poor people are not helped.
In our Bible story, God punished King Nebuchadnezzar because he did not help the poor people and because he did not want to acknowledge God as the King of the Universe. Let's remember to pray for world leaders that they will have a heart to help the poor.
Bible Story: God Humbles a Proud King
Reference: Daniel 4
Can you act our your Bible story with the following motions?