Monthly Archives: April 2012

Susan’s Story

Susan Ithungu.  Photo courtesy of Compass Direct News.

Hi!  My friend Noelle told me a story this morning at Sunday School.  Noelle is a reporter—at least, that’s what she wants to be after she finishes school.  She’s in the same grade as I am, and she always has lots of interesting stories to tell.

Today, she told me a true story she read about a girl named Susan in Uganda.  Susan was 14 years old when she learned how Jesus loves her and died on the cross so that we can be forgiven.  Susan said, “I heard the message of Christ’s great love of him dying for us to get everlasting peace, and there and then I decided to believe in Christ…After a month, news reached my father that I had converted to Christianity, and that was the beginning of my troubles with him…”

Susan’s father didn’t believe in Jesus.  He ordered Susan not to go to church or listen to the Gospel message.  And, to make sure she didn’t, he locked her in a room—for 6 months!  He didn’t give her any food or water.  He didn’t let her out to see the sunshine.  It was terrible!

But, two people knew where Susan was—Jesus knew, and so did her younger brother, Mbusa.  Mbusa’s father had told him to never tell anyone where Susan was.  But, whenever their father would go away, Mbusa would roast bananas and sneak them to his sister.  He also dug a hole under the door so he could slip her some water to drink.

Finally, after months had gone by, Susan’s neighbors got worried because they hadn’t seen her for so long.  When they asked Mbusa about it, he was brave and told them what his father had done.  The neighbors told the police, and the police came and broke down the locked door.  They took Susan to the hospital.

I can’t imagine being locked up like that because I love Jesus!  Susan must have been so hungry and thirsty.  And bored—what would you do if you were locked up for six months and not allowed to see anyone or go anywhere?  I imagine she prayed a lot.  And, she knew she was not really alone.  Jesus promises to stay with us, wherever we are.  Have you ever been in a place where you felt alone but you knew Jesus was with you?  I’d love to hear from you-you can leave me a note here, if you’d like to.

If you’d like to read more about Susan and find out what happened after she went to the hospital, click on www.writebonnierose.com and check out the “Meet Jake’s Friends” page.

A Call for Help

Our teacher told us a very sad story today about the Nuristani people who live in Afghanistan.  They held on to their ancient religions for a very long time.  Then, in 1865, they asked Christians to come and teach them about Jesus.  But no Christian arrived.  In 1895, armies defeated the Nuristani soldiers and forced everyone to become Muslim.  The people of Nuristan have been Muslims ever since.

Why didn’t anyone go tell the Nuristani about Jesus?  We don’t know.  Maybe someone tried but wasn’t able to get there.  They live in a place that is very hard to get to, full of high mountains and deep valleys.  Or, maybe no one even tried.

That made me think about the people I know.  The Nuristani called for help, they asked people to tell them about Jesus.  They never got an answer.  Do I know anyone who is asking me to help them understand more about Jesus?  Am I answering them?  Who do you know who needs help learning more about Jesus?  Will you help them?

“Dear God, please help the Nuristani people of Afghanistan.  Please help them call for help again.  Please bring Christians to them who will tell them about Jesus’ love for them and bring Your Word to them.  And, please help me, God.  Help me study Your Word more and be ready to help people I know understand more about You.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.”

Not enough Bibles

Thao and the Christians in his village were so happy to finally have a Bible of their very own!  Even though having a Bible is illegal in Laos, there aren’t enough Bibles for the Christians who want one.  There are approximately 198,000 Christians in Laos.  Some of the people don’t even have a Bible translated into a language they can read and really understand yet.

But, think about this: There are over 6 million people living in Laos right now.  How many of them don’t understand that Jesus loves them and paid for their mistakes so that they can know God and live forever with Him?

There are many things we can pray and ask God to do to help the people of Laos.  Will you please pray that:

1) Each and every person in Laos will hear about Jesus and His love, and ask Him to be their Savior

2) That every language in Laos will have God’s Word translated into a language they can read and understand

3) That God will bring Bibles to every Christian in Laos, and that He will keep them safe as they read it and learn more about Him

When Jesus Came to Laos-Final Chapter

Happy Easter!

This morning, in Sunday School, we got to read the end of Thao’s story.  It made me think about when Jesus appeared to His friends after He rose from the dead.  Even though they were scared and sad, He went looking for them.  He found them and helped them understand and believe.

You can read the rest of Thao’s story here.  When Jesus Came to Laos-Week Four

Sunday School this morning also made me think a lot about Jesus’ story in the Bible.  It started out so perfect, then it became so terrible, but then, Jesus made it wonderful again!  We talked about how, when God created the world and people, He lived with them. They talked and walked and did all sorts of things together. He gave people one rule to follow. Just one. But they broke it. And when they did, they broke the relationship they had with God. And they broke everything about the world. Things stopped working right. Plants stopped growing right. All of a sudden, they couldn’t live with God anymore.  What would it feel like to be separated from the one person you love more than anyone else?

It hurt, a lot. And it hurt God. God knew they couldn’t fix it. It was too big of a mess. So, later in history, He made a way to fix it. He came back and lived with people again. He came as Jesus. But, Jesus kept the rules. He never broke God’s rules all of His life. And then, in the most amazing moment in history, He died and took the punishment all people deserved for all the rules they had broken. And, He took the punishment for all the people who would live later in history, even you and me today.  That’s what we remember on Good Friday.

But, that wasn’t the end of the story!  If Jesus’ story ended there, it would be the saddest story in history. But, God made it the most wonderful. Jesus didn’t stay dead! Death and the broken rules were no match for Him! He came back to life and lived again with the people He loved more than anything! Jesus promised He would stay with us and live with us in a special way until the day when He brings us all together to live the way we were always supposed to. But, if we want to be part of that special day, we have to ask Jesus to make us part of it. We have to tell Him that we are sorry for breaking His rules and ask Him to forgive us because Jesus already took our punishment. We have to ask Him to live with us and help us live like He wants us to. You can talk to God anytime and anywhere. You might want to say something like: Dear God, I know I have done things I shouldn’t have. I’ve made a mess of things. But, I believe that you love me and want to live with me. I believe Jesus already took the punishment I deserve. Please forgive me and live with me. Help me learn more about You. Thank You. I love you, too. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Now, go talk to someone you know who loves Jesus. Tell them that you have asked God to forgive you and live with you. Read a Bible. Keep praying. Tell God you need lots of help learning more about Him. And He will help you! He promised!

Questions: Have you ever been made fun of for believing in Jesus?  How does it make you feel?  How do you think it makes Jesus feel?