Monthly Archives: November 2012

Happy Birthday!

Guess what today is! It’s the birthday of my blog! (Actually, the birth “day” was last week, but I waited to celebrate until I could tell you about it today!) I’ve been thinking about all the exciting places we’ve talked about—places like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Colombia, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Nigeria, North Korea, Oman, and Uganda. We’ve met people who have suffered for their belief in Jesus, like Susan in Uganda. And, we’ve met a lot of people who haven’t heard yet how much Jesus loves them, like the Sherpa in Nepal.

What’s your favorite place that we’ve been? What did you enjoy the most? Let me know! And, let’s get ready for another wonderful year together!

The A Che People of China

This morning, our Sunday School teacher taught us about a group of people called the A Che. The A Che people live mostly in southwest China, and they have very little contact with Christians. In fact, no one knows if there are any A Che people who believe in Jesus Christ. There are no Bibles in their language, and they cannot speak or read Chinese. They live in some very hard-to-reach places, far from anyone who could tell them about God’s love.

They believe in many different gods. They believe they used to be close to their gods but that their ability to communicate with them has been broken and they can no longer enter heaven.

Someone needs to tell the A Che about the one true God who made them. The A Che need to understand that our relationship with God has been broken because of our sin. Can you imagine how excited some of the A Che would be to learn that God made a way to fix our broken relationship with him?

Will you pray with me for the A Che?

“Dear God, please help the A Che people to hear the most wonderful news, that you sent Jesus to pay for our mistakes. Help them understand that because of Jesus, our relationship with God can be made right again. Help them know that God wants them to live with him forever, just the way he always intended. Thank you. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Today, at church, we listened to the stories of Christians who live in countries where they aren’t free to love God or to learn about Jesus and tell other people about how he died to take the punishment for all of our sins. They aren’t allowed to tell others about how he came back to life and wants to help us live our lives in a way that changes the world. But, because they love Jesus and they care about the people they know, they tell them anyway. And, many of them are punished and persecuted because of it.

These are just a few of the countries were Christians are persecuted:

Afghanistan

Algeria

Bangladesh

Burma

China

Colombia

Egypt

Eritrea

Ethiopia

Gaza and the West Bank

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Laos

Malaysia

Mexico (Chiapas region)

Morocco

Nepal

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Saudi Arabia

Sri Lanka

Tunisia

Turkey

Uzbekistan

Vietnam

I’m going to find each of these countries on a map and pray for the Christians there. Will you pray with me? Go ahead and find a map. I’ll be here when you get back.

“Dear God, please be with the people in _______________ who love You. Please help them be brave and help others to learn about how much You love them. Please keep them safe, and please help me to tell other people about Your love. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

If you would like to print the list of countries mentioned in today’s post, click here: International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church-2012

*For a list of free e-books that can help families learn more about the persecuted Church, visit the downloads page of www.KidsofCourage.com, a ministry of The Voice of the Martyrs.

Superheroes in Action

Do you remember last week, when I told you about getting to hear Darcie Gill, our special guest speaker at church? I remembered something else I wanted to tell you!

Darcie told me the story of a pastor who lives in a country where Christians aren’t allowed to tell other people about Jesus.  But that didn’t stop this pastor.  He kept telling people how much God loved them.  He got arrested and put in prison.  And the guards were terrible to him.  They beat him up time after time.  He was hurt badly and needed a doctor.  But the guards didn’t care.  As far as they were concerned, the pastor was a criminal because he told people about Jesus.

When Christians found out what was happening to the pastor, they wrote thousands of letters to him!  And God used the letters to lead the prison guards to get the doctors and medicine the pastor needed.

Darcie said she knew of countless cases where God used letters people sent for wonderful things.  Who knows what God might do with the letters you write.

“Dear God, please help me to remember to pray for Christians who aren’t free to worship You and serve You. And, please help me help them anyway You want me to. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”