Monthly Archives: July 2012

What I Didn’t Know About Bali

I found out something today about an island called Bali.  I’ve heard about it in old movies and stuff.  I always figured it was a country.  But, it’s not.  It’s an island that is part of the country of Indonesia.  It is very beautiful—like a tropical paradise.  People have loved visiting Bali for hundreds of years.  The Dutch lived there for a while.  So did the Japanese during World War II.  Today, tourists travel there from all over the world.

Bali has lots of festivals and parades.  Everything is big and bright and colorful.  But the festivals honor idols.  The people have statues of hundreds of gods.  They bring the statues out on special occasions, take them places, feed them, and take care of them.  That’s what made me want to pray for the people of Bali.  We’re not supposed to take care of gods, God takes care of us!

“Dear God, please help the people of Bali.  Help them see that their statues can’t help them.  Help them come to know You and understand that You are real and alive, not a statue, and that You want to take care of them.  Please help visitors to Bali tell the people about Jesus and how much You love them.  Thank You.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.”

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Four Corners of Bangladesh

Today, our Sunday School teacher showed us a big map of Bangladesh.  She showed us six different provinces that it is divided into (sort of like the United States is made up of fifty different states).  She said the six provinces of Bangladesh are called Barisal, Chittagong (or some people call it Chattagam), Dhaka, Khulna, Rajshahi, and Sylhet.

Then, we played a game.  She rolled a big map of Bangladesh out on the floor, and she gave us each little pieces that looked like people.  She picked one of the people groups of Bangladesh and started reading to us about them.  When we heard the name of the province that most of the people from that people group live in, we had to find it on the map and put a marker there.

We went all over Bangladesh—north, south, east, and west!  And, it was so much fun!  And, you know, it made me think of something.  Jesus told His disciples that they would tell people everywhere about Him, clear to the ends of the earth.  Not one corner will be forgotten.  Today, we got to play a game that taught us about the four corners of Bangladesh.

“Dear God, please help the people living in all four corners of Bangladesh, to hear about how very much You love them.  Please help them love You as their Savior so not one of them will be lost anymore.  Thank You.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.”

If you’d like a printable version of today’s story with a worksheet so you can try your own version of Four Corners of Bangladesh, print and have fun!

Bangladesh-People Groups Word Search

This morning in Sunday School, we learned the story Jesus told about how God is like a shepherd who has 100 sheep.  But, when one goes missing, he leaves the 99 behind and goes looking for that lost one.  And, when He finds it, he is so happy and excited!  He knows when one of His precious sheep is lost, and He doesn’t stop looking until He finds it and brings it home.

Then our teacher told us that in Bangladesh, there are over 300 different people groups who live there.  Do you remember when she told us about people groups before?  She said a people group is a group of people who share things like the same language or history or geographic area they live in.  And, most of the people in Bangladesh are lost, like the missing sheep.  They don’t know how much Jesus loves them or how much He wants them to come and live with Him forever.

This morning, we worked on a word search, looking for a few of the people groups who live in Bangladesh.  I didn’t quite finish mine, so I’m going to work on it now.  Every time I find one of the missing groups of people, I celebrate.  Then, I say a prayer and ask God to find the lost people and bring them home to Him, just like the missing sheep.

“Dear God, please continue to find the lost people in Bangladesh and bring them home to live with You forever.  And, help us celebrate each time we hear that You found one!  Thank You.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.”

Click here for the Bangladesh-People Groups Word Search: Bangladesh-People Groups Word Search

Click here for the Word Search Answer Key: Bangladesh-People Groups Word Search Answer Key

Click here if you would like a printable version of today’s lesson: Bangladesh-People Groups July 15, 2012-printable

Remember the Rohingya Craft Project

This week in Sunday School, we made an art project that we could take home.  Our teacher said that every time we saw it, it should remind us to pray for the Rohingya people.  Each of us made a picture out of different supplies.  I picked crayon shavings for my picture.  Noelle made hers out of beads.  Sam used buttons, and Tina used pom-poms.

For each of the supplies we picked, the teacher gave us each lots of brown and other dark colors, a tiny bit of blue, and some bright yellow.  I made a long, skinny area out of the brown shavings to show the sandy beaches of Cox’s Bazar.  Then, I used the other dark colors to make the walls of the refugee camps the Rohingya have to live in.  I put the tiny bit of blue inside the camp, because the people don’t always have very much water to drink.  The bright yellow reminded me of sunshine, and that reminded me of God and His Son.  So, I put most of the yellow outside the camp, but I put a little bit inside, to show God’s love coming to the Rohingya people.

“Dear God, please help me remember to pray for the Rohingya, when I see my picture, or drink clean, cold water, or enjoy the sunshine.  Please send them the water and the love they need.  And, please help each of them to hear about how Jesus left His home in Heaven to come and save them, and please help them understand how much You love them.  Thank You.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.”

Are you looking for the answers to last week’s puzzle?  You can find them here: Who are the Rohingya Answer Key-printable

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Bee Crafty Kids

Who are the Rohingya?

Our Sunday School teacher told us this morning about a group of people who live in Bangladesh.  They are called the Rohingya.  The Rohingya are a group of people who live between two countries.  The Buddhist government of Myanmar doesn’t want the Rohingya people, most of whom are Muslims, to live with them.  Many of the people of Bangladesh are poor.  They cannot afford to feed their families and do not have food to share with the Rohingya.  So, the people of Bangladesh don’t want the Rohingya to live with them.  The Rohingya get bounced back and forth between the two countries, with nowhere to truly call home.

Our teacher gave us a project to finish for next week.  She wants us to learn a little bit more about the Rohingya so we are ready to make an art project that will help us remember to pray for them.

Here is the assignment she gave us.  She wants us to answer these questions, using these two websites (with a parent’s permission) and the word bank below.

http://www.joshuaproject.net/people-profile.php?peo3=11359&rog3=BM

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/bg.html

  1. What is the primary religion of the Rohingya people?
  1. What is the name of a river that separates the Rohingya from Bangladesh?
  1. What is the capital city of Bangladesh?
  1. What body of water borders the land of the Rohingya to the west?
  1. What other country, besides Myanmar (Burma) shares a border with Bangladesh?
  1. What is the name of the state in Myanmar (Burma) the Rohingya refugees are fleeing from?
  1. What region of Bangladesh are the Rohingya living in now?

Word Bank

Dhaka

India

Islam

Arakan (also known as Rakhine) State

Naf River

Cox’s Bazar

Bay of Bengal

“Dear God, please help the Rohingya people to find a safe home in You.  Help them understand that Jesus knows where they are, even though they feel lost and forgotten.  Please help them understand that You love them and want them to love You, and that You will not turn them away like Bangladesh and Burma have.  Thank You.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.”

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