This week, we’ll visit the African nation of Namibia and see the preschool situation at the Mavaluma Seventh-day Adventist Church. More than 100 kids, ages zero to six, come each day to the church for daycare and preschool, but it’s a cramped setting. The teachers use all of the space that is available, from the sanctuary, to Sabbath School classrooms, to the shade of a tree outside. But there just isn’t enough space. The children don’t have much room for running and playing. There aren’t a lot of places for them to sit and eat. This thriving preschool needs its own space. Plus, the church hoped to start an Adventist school in the community; they had the potential students, but they didn’t have the funds to build one.
In this story, your kids will see how Maranatha volunteers made a difference at Mavaluma by building a full campus, and consider the impact service can have on volunteers themselves.
Pre-video Discussion Questions
- What do you think is the best part about going to preschool?
- If preschool kids don’t have enough space in their classrooms, what problems might that cause?
Watch the video
In today’s video, Maranatha volunteers serve a community in Namibia, but ultimately receive a big blessing themselves.
Post-video Discussion Questions
- What problems do the new classrooms solve for the preschool?
- What did you notice about how excited the volunteers were for the dedication of the new campus? Why do you think that is?
- In the Bible, Paul tells other Christians in Acts 20:35 that Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Maranatha volunteers often find this to be true. Many times when they serve, they are blessed as much as what they give to others. Why do you think people may get more excited about giving something to someone else than in receiving something for themselves?
- Show us ways that we can give to others.
- Ask kids what they would add to the prayer list.
Did You Know?
- Namibia rests along the Atlantic Ocean on the continent of Africa. A great desert, called the Namib, stretches for 1,200 miles along its coastline.