Welcome to another adventure at Summer Family Sunday School at Our Savior Hawaii! This week, we'll discover more about Mongolian culture. We'll take a look at how Mongolians give gifts, show hospitality, and we'll even learn about a common Mongolian house, a ger. We will also take a look at how God give us gifts, and how Christ has made His home in our hearts.
Let's sing our theme song!
Supplies for Today (for each student)
- crayons or colored pencils
- white craft foam (3x12-inch strip per person, available from DCE Kayla)
- flexible straws (6)
- sturdy white paper towel
- masking tape
LEARN ABOUT IT Mongolian Gifts
Activity: Greet those around you by saying, "Sain baina uu" (SAHN-bahn-oh), and pretending to give them a gift. For example, you can hold out your hand a "give" someone their favorite food.
In Mongolia, it’s polite to take a gift when you visit someone. We give gifts to show that we love or appreciate people. The Bible reminds us again and again of God’s great love—and all His many gifts to us! Read aloud Ephesians 3:17-19:
"Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”
Discuss: What are the gifts that God gives us? How do God's gifts to us show His love for us? How has God blessed you through your family?
LEARN ABOUT IT Family Traditions
Discuss: Your family are people you spend a lot of time with! Every family is different—with different traditions, habits, routines, and even inside jokes! What are some of your family traditions? Do you know how they started?
Some traditions come from inside our families, but some come from our culture. Things like presents at Christmas, fireworks on the Fourth of July, and fun Super Bowl parties are traditions in our country. Let’s meet a Mongolian family and see what traditions they have.
Discuss: What are some of the Mongolian traditions you noticed? Which traditions looked the most fun? Interesting? Were any of the similar to your own family's traditions?
Read Ephesians 3:17-19, focusing on this part:
“Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.”
This passage talks about home. Home is where families live and gather. God’s love is big, and we’re all part of His family whether we live in Hawaii or in Mongolia! Christ wants to make His home in our hearts.
Discuss: How did the family in the video make people feel at home when they visited? What do you do to make someone feel at home in your house?
LEARN ABOUT IT Mongolian Hospitality
In Mongolia, hospitality is a big deal! Hospitality means you welcome people, showing them kindness and generosity. Even if you’re a stranger, a Mongolian family will welcome you with food and drinks, offering you the best seat in the house. Take a look.
Discuss: After seeing that, how would you feel about being a guest in Mongolia? How does your family show hospitality?
BUILD IT Ger
Many people in Mongolia are nomadic, meaning the move from place to place depending on the weather, crops, predators, etc. Why does a home like a ger make sense for the people of Mongolia? Get your supplies together and make a mini ger now!
PRAY ABOUT IT Families of Mongolia
- Thank God for His love that is big enough to cover from Hawaii to Mongolia
- Ask God for His providence, for us and the Mongolians
- Ask God for His forgiveness of our sins
- Ask God to open doors for the Gospel to reach the people of Mongolia
- Thank Him for His gifts - family, friends, and especially His son
Challenge: Look for things that remind you of God or that point to Him.