Sundar Singh: A Surprise Rescue (Part Nine)

Sundar Singh A Surprise Rescue Part Nine

I’ve been thinking about Sundar all this week, wondering how—or if—he would ever be rescued. We found out this morning in Sunday School what happened. He spent three nights at the bottom of that awful, dirty, well. Then finally, he heard someone take the cover off the top. Whoever it was lowered a rope to him. He clung to it with the little bit of strength he had left. The stranger pulled him to safety, put the cover back on the well, and disappeared. Sundar never saw who it was.

Sundar crawled to some bushes, hid himself there, and fell asleep. Hours later, when he was strong enough, he cleaned up in a stream and washed his clothes. He was so thankful God had sent someone to rescue him, and he wondered what God wanted him to do next. As he prayed and waited, he realized God wanted him to go back to the same people who had thrown him in the well and tell them more about Him.

When Sundar appeared back in the village, the people were shocked. They thought he was dead. The leader grew very angry—someone had betrayed him and rescued Sundar. They arrested and questioned him again, but Sundar didn’t know who had saved him. The leader was furious—the traitor had to be punished. All of a sudden, one of the men realized there was only one key to the well, and it hung on the village leader’s belt. The leader knew he hadn’t rescued Sundar, and he hadn’t given the key to anyone else. The only answer was that the God Sundar served had real power.

That scared the village leader very much, and he ordered Sundar to leave his town and never come back. Sundar left and continued preaching until it was time to leave again for India. But it would not be Sundar’s last journey to Tibet. A few months later, he would cross the mountains to preach once again.

“Dear God, please help us be brave and trust You no matter what. Thank You that You are stronger than anyone and anything else and that You will never ever leave us. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.”

You can print today’s missionary story about Sundar Singh here.

Sundar Singh: What Else Could Go Wrong? (Part Eight)

Missionary Story for Children: Sundar Singh What Else Could Go Wrong Part Eight

 

Finally, it was time to find out at Sunday School what happened to the man who was caught telling people about Jesus!

The religious leader ordered that his assistant be beaten very, very badly. When the men were done, they threw him outside on a pile of garbage to die. But that’s not what happened. God made him strong enough to crawl off of the garbage pile and get away. After his body had healed from the beating, he did something no one could have expected. He went back into the town that had tried to kill him. The people were so scared—they knew there had to be a reason that he hadn’t died like he was supposed to, but they didn’t understand who or what could have healed him. So, they decided to stay out of his way. He was allowed to keep traveling and telling people about Jesus.

Sundar was amazed by the story and asked the visitor if he knew how Sundar could meet him. The man announced—it was him! He showed Sundar and Tarnyed Ali that he still had Kartar’s Bible with the verse written inside of it. They talked and prayed together all that night. The next day, Sundar and Tarnyed Ali began walking back to the missionaries’ village where Sundar and Tarnyed Ali had met. When they reached it, Sundar left him with the missionaries and began walking again.

He met another man named Susil, who convinced Sundar that he needed to go to college. Sundar went for a little while, but he didn’t like it. He knew that was not where God was calling him to be. Soon, Sundar was back on the trail that would lead him to Tibet once again. One day, when the people of a village got angry with him for preaching about Jesus, they told him to leave. Sundar asked a woman which way he should go, and the woman told him. Sundar started walking that way, but a few hours later, he realized the woman had lied to him. There were no more villages in the direction she’d told him. There was just the trail he was walking on and a dead end at the edge of a huge, icy river. He could not get across.

Sundar collapsed. He didn’t know what to do. The people of the village behind him didn’t want to listen to him, and there was no way to get across the river. He felt like no one on earth cared if he lived or died. He prayed and cried, and the next time he looked up, he saw a man on the other side of the river. The man was sitting by a warm fire. As Sundar watched, the man stood up and stepped into the icy river. The water was freezing and it was moving so fast, but the man didn’t slow down. He kept walking across the river. The cold water grew higher and higher until it was up to his shoulders. The man stepped out of the river and told Sundar to climb up and sit on his shoulders. He reached out his hand and pulled Sundar up. Then he went back into the river. When they reached the other side, he helped Sundar down. Sundar closed his eyes to pray, and when he opened them again, the man was gone. There was nowhere the man could have gone so quickly. Sundar knew that God had sent him to help and to let Sundar know that he was not alone after all. God never forgot about him, and He always cared about what happened to him.

Sundar traveled further into Tibet, but he found that many people didn’t want to hear about Jesus. Then, in one town, the people did listen. They asked questions and let Sundar answer—until their religious leaders showed up. The leaders told them not to listen to Sundar, and the people started yelling at Sundar. They arrested him and took him to their chief religious officer. He was accused of preaching a different religion. Sundar could not deny it; the reason he had come to Tibet was to tell people about Jesus. The leader sentenced him to die. They took Sundar and threw him into a dirty, filthy, well. Then they left him there.

One day went by and then another. Sundar wanted to give up. God hadn’t sent someone to carry him out of this awful place, like He had back at the river, and he didn’t know why. What if this was the last village he ever got to tell about Jesus?

“Dear God, please help us to trust You always, even when things are terrible and we want to give up. Please help us remember that You always have a plan, even when we cannot see it. You promised in Romans 8:28 that You work good out of every situation, no matter how awful. Even when Jesus died on the cross, You had a plan. You knew He would come back to life and save everyone who trusts Him. Help us trust You today. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

You can print today’s missionary story about Sundar Singh here.

Sundar Singh: Norbu and Kartar (Part Seven)

Missionary Story for Children: Sundar Singh Norbu and Karter Part Seven

This morning, our Sunday School teacher told us what happened to the man who hit Sundar in the head with a rock. Sundar knew the men thought he would be angry and wish for something bad to happen to them, but he knew that wasn’t the right thing to do. Instead, he prayed and asked God to forgive them and then he washed his face and sat down to wait for the blood to stop running from his head. Not much later, the man who had thrown the rock at Sundar fell to the ground. He had the worst headache he had ever had! Sundar knew that everyone would think it was because Sundar had wished something bad to happen to him, so he decided to do something the men would not expect. He went over to where the farmers were working and started doing the other man’s job. He worked alongside of them the rest of the day.

When the day was over, the man who had hurt Sundar invited him to his house. He brought all of the farmers together and Sundar got to tell them about Jesus. The next day, Sundar started on his way to another village, but the man told him to please come back and tell him more the next time he was traveling that way.

Sundar kept walking; he knew God was calling him to preach in Tibet. He met some missionaries in a village who started teaching him the Tibetan language, but it was a hard language, and Sundar knew it would be very difficult for him to learn enough of it to preach to the people. He was so happy when the missionaries decided that another man names Tarnyed Ali who translated for them should go with Sundar on his journey. Together, Sundar and Tarnyed Ali set off for Tibet.

The people in the next village they reached were not happy to hear about God at all. They were angry. They would not let them stay, and they even chased them out of their towns. One night when Sundar and Tarnyed Ali needed someplace to sleep, they found a little hut that appeared to be empty. It didn’t look like anyone was living there, so they went inside for shelter. Not long after they started to settle in, a man appeared at the door. Sundar thought this man must own the house and he quickly apologized. The man explained that the house was abandoned; he just stopped for a rest and some shelter sometimes while he was traveling, just like Sundar and Tarnyed Ali were doing. They all sat together around the fire and began to talk. Sundar hoped he could tell him about Jesus.

The man said his name was Norbu. He told them he had known another man who used to be a Sikh and had left his family and everything he had to follow Jesus and tell others about Him. His name was Kartar, and just like Sundar, he traveled from village to village. Many people didn’t want to listen to him and chased him from their villages. In one village, they arrested him and sentenced him to die. They treated him terribly and he suffered a great deal, but no matter what they did, Kartar kept praying and singing to God. He wanted to use every last breath to tell people about how much Jesus loved them. Just before he died, he wrote a verse in the front of his Bible. Later that day, he died.

But because of the way Kartar had died, not afraid and not wanting revenge on the people who were hurting him, the personal assistant of the leading religious man in the village—the leader who had sentenced Kartar to die—took the Bible and started to read it. Then he started telling others about Jesus. The religious leader was so angry! Killing Kartar was supposed to end all this talk about Jesus, but instead more people wanted to hear. When he found out it was his own assistant who was spreading the truth about God, he was really angry!

We have to wait until next week to find out what happened to the man!

“Dear God, please help us to have good friends who love You and want to obey You, like Sundar did. Just like he and Samuel traveled together for a while, and Sundar and Tarnyed Ali walked and preached together, please help us to see the friends You have sent to us and please help us to be a true friend to them and to others. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

You can print today’s missionary story about Sundar Singh here.

Sundar Singh: Paying Off a Debt (Part Six)

Missionary Story for Children: Sundar Singh Paying Off a Debt Part Six

Today in Sunday School, we learned about what happened next to Sundar Singh. God kept him safe that night in the wilderness, and the next night, and the next. Sundar kept walking and telling everyone he could about God’s love.

Sometimes he would meet very religious men who were trying to do lots of “good things” to earn God’s grace. Sundar tried to help them understand that no one can ever be “good” enough on their own. God is the only One who is always perfect. We can never be perfect all of the time, no matter how hard we try. We will make mistakes, and God knows that. He wants us to do our best, but He knows we can’t make it to Heaven on our own. That’s why He sent Jesus to die for our mistakes. God takes Jesus’ perfection and credits it to us. It’s like if you owed a huge bill and couldn’t pay it. What if you owed someone one trillion dollars? Could you ever work hard enough or earn enough allowance money to pay a bill that huge? Probably not, and even if you could, the debt we owe God is even bigger. So when we ask Jesus to save us and trust in His love, God marks our bill, “Paid in Full.”

Sundar traveled over the Khyber Pass into Afghanistan, then back to the Jammu and Kashmir region of India. He met another Christian named Samuel Stokes who dressed like a sadhu as he did, and they traveled together all through the winter. When spring came, Sundar got very sick. Samuel found an Englishman who owned a home and offered to let them both stay with him until Sundar was well. The Englishman didn’t really care to talk about God or sin, but as time passed, he started to listen to what Sundar and Samuel had to say. The more he listened, the more questions he asked them. By the time Sundar was healthy again, the man had decided to believe in Jesus!

Sundar and Samuel worked and traveled together for a while longer until Samuel decided to go to the United States. Samuel wanted to talk to people about joining them in India and helping people hear about Jesus. Sundar kept walking from village to village, telling people about Jesus. One day he was telling some farmers about God when someone threw a rock and hit Sundar in the head! The man’s friends were scared—what would Sundar do?

“Dear God, thank You for sending Jesus to pay for all the things I do wrong. Please help me to do my best for You because I love You, not because I’m trying to work my way to Heaven. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

You can print today’s missionary story about Sundar Singh here.

Sundar Singh: A New Idea (Part Five)

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Finally this morning at Sunday School our teacher told us what happened to Sundar Singh that night he lay sick from the poison. Sundar had just heard the doctor say that there was nothing else that could be done for him. The doctor was sure he would not live through the night. But Sundar didn’t want to die. He knew there were things God still wanted him to do. There were people he needed to tell about Jesus and His love. So whenever Sundar was awake, he prayed and asked God to heal him and make him well again.

When morning came, Sundar was still alive. Not only that, his stomach didn’t hurt anymore and he didn’t feel terrible like he had. People could hardly believe it! The doctor came a few hours later to plan the funeral and instead found Sundar healthy and sitting outside in the sunshine! Sundar knew God had healed him.

Sundar went back to school, but when the people who had poisoned him found out that he didn’t die, they came and caused trouble at his school. So Sundar left again, this time going to a hospital for people with leprosy. The hospital was run by Christians and Sundar was happy to help. While Sundar was there he realized something important. Most of his people looked at Christianity as something that was just for Westerners, people who came to his country from Great Britain, the United States, and other countries. They didn’t think Jesus had anything in common with Indians. Sundar needed to find a way to change that. He wanted to show people that Jesus loved everyone—whether Westerners or Indians or anyone else. Just like Jesus had followers from many different lands, Jesus wanted people in every town and village to know that He loved them, that He died for them, and that He had risen again.

So Sundar decided to do something he didn’t think anyone else had ever done before. He decided to dress like a sadhu. A sadhu was a holy man in the religion of many of the people. They wore saffron (orange) robes and taught the people about religion. But Sundar would wear the saffron robes and teach the people about Jesus. He purchased the robe and started out on a journey, walking from town to town.

Now when Sundar started talking to people, they listened because he looked like a sadhu. But when they found out he was a Christian, most of them wouldn’t listen. Still, some did, and that encouraged Sundar to keep telling everyone he could about Jesus. He never knew who would listen and choose to believe in Jesus.

A lot of times Sundar was kicked out of the villages. No one would give him a place to sleep or anything to eat, and he spent many nights cold and hungry. Sometimes people got angry with him. One night when Sundar had found an abandoned hut to sleep in, he had an unexpected visitor. A villager came and warned him that there was a plot to kill him. He couldn’t stay in the hut any longer. Sundar picked up his blanket and set off into the wilderness. He knew what kinds of animals lived out there. Just one bite from a dangerous snake could kill him. And there were always the tigers. But it wasn’t the first time that he needed to risk his life to tell people about Jesus.

He took his blanket and headed out into the wilderness.

“Dear God, it hurts our feelings when people don’t like us because we believe in You, and it makes us sad that they don’t know You yet. Please help us to keep learning all we can about You so that we can share it with others. Please help us to remember that You are always with us, no matter who likes us and who doesn’t. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

You can print today’s missionary story about Sundar Singh here.

Sundar Singh: Will Anyone Be His Friend? (Part Four)

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Have you ever felt like you didn’t have any friends? Even though it is never true because Jesus will always be your friend, it’s easy to feel lonely when you don’t have anyone to hang out with or do things with. That’s how Sundar Singh felt after his family and friends got mad at him for believing in Jesus. Our Sunday School teacher told us more of Sundar’s story today.

With his family and his friends all angry with him, school became the only place Sundar enjoyed. His teachers prayed with him and helped him learn more about what it really meant to be a Christian. They told him not to give up and to keep standing for Jesus.

And do you know what happened? The other boys began to notice. Some of them were angry, like his old friends who bullied him because he was a Christian now, but three boys decided to believe in Jesus, too.  Sundar was so happy! But now that there were four Sikh boys who had chosen to believe in Jesus, the town got really angry. It had been bad enough that Sundar had chosen to believe in Jesus, but they would not put up with four boys believing in Him. The townspeople forced the Christian school to close and convinced two of the new Christians to give up their faith in Christ.

One boy named Gurdit wouldn’t stop believing in Jesus. He ran to a mission far away where he could be safe. But later, some people Gurdit knew convinced him to come back to his home town. When he did, someone killed him.

Sundar couldn’t believe how many awful things had happened. He must have wondered if things would ever get any better. He took a train to another city and started going to a Christian boarding school where he lived while going to high school. Then he got a letter from his family. They wanted him to come home. He didn’t know what to do. He was scared. When Gurdit had gone home, someone had killed him. Would someone kill him to?

He prayed a lot and finally decided that God wanted him to go home and see his family. While he was there, his uncle showed him a treasure of money and jewels that he said he would give to Sundar if he would quit following Jesus. Sundar said no. Then an important leader offered him a very special job that would pay a lot of money and would make him look very important—but only if he stopped believing in Jesus. Sundar said no again.

There was one more thing Sundar could do to let the people know that he had no intention of giving up his love of Jesus. Sikh boys were not allowed to cut their hair. It grew long and was twisted up inside the turban that they wore. Even though he knew what it would mean, Sundar cut his hair.

When his father found out, he was furious! He said once and for all that Sundar was no longer part of the family. His family would pretend he had never been born. Sundar was thrown out of the house and told to never come back. It would be like he no longer had a father or brothers.

Sundar was so sad. He loved his family, and he didn’t want to leave them, but he loved Jesus more. Jesus had told His followers in the Bible that sometimes following Him would mean their families would be angry.

There was only one place left Sundar could think of to go—back to the boarding school. He bought a train ticket and started back. But he started to not feel very good. His stomach hurt, and he threw up. But it was different than when you throw up from having the flu. This time when Sundar threw up, he realized what had happened—someone had poisoned him. Someone was trying to kill him, just like they had killed Gurdit.

He knew he would not live long enough to make it back to the boarding school. He prayed that God would help him. That’s when he remembered that the very next stop the train was scheduled to make was in a town where one of his Christian teachers from his old school lived. Sundar got off the train, went to the teacher’s home, and collapsed. When he woke up later, he heard the doctor telling the teacher that there was nothing else to be done for him. Sundar would not live through the night.

I couldn’t believe it when our teacher told us that we have to wait until next week to find out what happened! Does she have any idea how long a whole week is?

“Dear God, please help us obey and follow You, no matter what. Thank You for the friends and the people in our lives who love You and believe in You, too. Please help us when we feel lonely to trust You, and please help everyone whose family and friends don’t know You yet to be patient and to keep praying and trusting in You. Please help everyone to trust in You. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

You can print today’s missionary story about Sundar Singh here.

Sundar Singh: The Unexpected Visitor (Part Three)

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I have been thinking about Sundar Singh all week and wondering who he met that could have changed his mind. Finally this morning it was time for our Sunday School teacher to tell us.

Sundar stayed awake all night. He didn’t want to live any more. He was tired of not knowing the truth about God. When it was almost the time Sundar had decided that he would end his life, something started glowing in his room. He didn’t know what it could be. The glow grew brighter and brighter until he saw someone standing in the middle of the bright light. When he finally realized who it was, he could hardly believe it.

It was Jesus.

But he thought Jesus was dead. Then Jesus spoke to him. He asked Sundar why he wouldn’t listen to Him. Sundar had prayed over and over to find the way to God. But Jesus told him that Jesus Himself was the Way. Why wouldn’t Sundar believe Him?

Sundar fell on his knees and asked Jesus to forgive him. He wanted to live a new life. He wanted to follow Jesus. After a while, the vision faded and Sundar didn’t see Jesus any more, but he knew that what he had seen was real. He had a peace in his heart that he had never had before. He even felt joy! He wanted to tell someone, so he ran to tell his father. His father said he was just dreaming and to go back to bed.

The next day, Sundar tried again to tell his father and his family what had happened. His father wasn’t pleased. Everyone in the family were Sikhs, so Sundar was expected to be a Sikh also. Sundar wanted very much to make his father happy, but he knew he could not agree with his father on this one thing. Jesus was real, and He had made a difference in Sundar’s life. He would not give up following Jesus, not for his father, his brothers, or anyone else.

His friends weren’t happy either. The same boys that used to bully Christians with Sundar now bullied him. They threatened to beat him up. Sundar never knew from one day to the next what would happen to him when he left to go to school. But he knew that no matter what friends he lost, or how upset his family became, he knew that Jesus had given His life for him. So even if it meant giving his life for Jesus, he would not turn back.

“Dear God, sometimes it’s hard to follow You when people we care about tell us not to. It hurts when they bully us, and sometimes we are scared. Please help us be brave because You are always with us, no matter what happens. Help us find people we can talk to who will listen and help us when others are bullying us or threatening us. And please help us follow You no matter what. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

You can print today’s missionary story about Sundar Singh here.