Inter-America’s Children and Adolescents Ministries Unveils New Edition of ‘The Talking Backpack’ Initiative – Seventh-day Adventist Church


Children from the Spanish Adventist Church of Hollywood, Florida, perform a song as part of the unveiling of this year’s “The Talking Backpack” initiative which will include face emojis that describe the beatitudes mentioned in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5. The initiative presented in Miami, Florida, on Feb. 18, 2020, includes a series of character building traits that will help children all across Inter-America learn about Christian values and share Jesus’ love and share with their peers at school, at home and wherever they go. [Photo: Libna Stevens/IAD]

February 23, 2020 | Miami, Florida, United States | Libna Stevens, Inter-American Division
Children and adolescents ministries leaders from throughout the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Inter-American Division (IAD) met to strengthen their commitment to teaching Christian values. The leaders met for two days of meetings in Miami, Florida, United States, Feb. 18-19, 2020.

The dozens of regional leaders celebrated the success of Inter-America’s most comprehensive evangelism initiative called “The Talking Backpack,” a program which allows children and adolescents to earn patches and pins as they study and learn character building traits every month through various activities at local churches as well as Adventist schools throughout the territory.  The meetings introduced new materials and resources dedicated to continuing discipling children and adolescents across the IAD during a year in which the Adventist world church commemorates the 25th anniversary since the children’s ministries department was established.

Dinorah Rivera (left), children and adolescents ministries director for the church in Inter-America, introduces the third edition of The Talking Backpack this year to nearly 200 leaders from throughout Inter-America’s unions, or major regions. Esmeralda Guzman (right) of South Florida translates the message. [Photo: Libna Stevens/IAD]

“Our main goal is to ensure that every child and adolescent throughout Inter-America is cared for through the different initiatives and activities that we have been called by God to do,” said Dinorah Rivera, children and adolescents ministries for the church in Inter-America.  “It is because of your dedication and love for this ministry that so many children and adolescents have witnessed for Jesus and expanded God’s Kingdom.”
Rivera announced that the third edition of “The Talking Backpack” would focus on the Beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5. Rivera unveiled some of the new resources that are available in English, Spanish, and French, which includes a manual, animated videos, activity workbooks, face emojis, pins and patches that will be part of this year’s focus. The year will also see children and adolescents equipped to lead in small group ministries with their peers.


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