This week, come with us to the South American nation of Uruguay. Much of this country is not Christian and the Seventh-day Adventist Church here faces significant challenges in reaching people with the Gospel. However, one way the Church is making in-roads is through Adventist education. In this story, you’ll learn about one of these important education centers: the Barros Blancos Adventist School. Although very popular with students and families, it was running out of space and funds, and was in danger of closing. However, the teachers were so committed to making sure the school survived that they worked without getting paid. Soon, the Adventist Church in Uruguay reached out to Maranatha for help.
Your kids will see how important a school can be in spreading the Gospel, and consider what it means to sacrifice for a goal.
Pre-video Discussion Questions
- Do you have any chores you do at home? What are they? Do you receive anything for doing your chores?
Watch the video
In today’s video, see why teachers worked without pay in hopes of God answering their prayer for a new school.
Post-video Discussion Questions
- Why did the Barros Blancos teachers work without pay? Why might that have been hard for them?
- Have you ever not received something that you should have? How did that feel?
- The Barros Blancos teachers weren’t thinking about themselves, they were imagining all of the kids that would learn about Jesus at their school. That is called being “selfless.” In the Bible, the best example of being selfless is Jesus. He could have used His power for himself, but Philipians 2:7-9 explains how He acted: “Instead, He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death—even to death on a cross. For this reason, God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name.” Like the teachers of Barros Blancos, who worked without pay, and Jesus, who loved us so much He died for us, how could you serve God this week by doing a selfless act, even if you don’t get anything in return?
- Help us to be selfless.
- Ask kids what they would add to the prayer list.
Did You Know?
- The official language of Uruguay is Spanish.