Monthly Archives: December 2012

Afraid All of the Time

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I don’t like to be scared. It’s not fun, and makes it hard to enjoy doing anything else. This morning in Sunday School, our teacher told us about the Dayak people who live on the island of Borneo in Indonesia.

Many of the Dayak people are afraid of spirits they think want to hurt them. They can’t see the spirits, so they never know when to be afraid or what to do to make the spirits happy. They are always looking for signs to help them guess what the spirits want. If a certain bird sings at a certain time, they think the spirits are telling them not to do something. If bad things happen, they think the spirits are angry with them.

Only a few of the Dayak people know about God and His love. They know that Jesus is stronger than any spirit, and that Jesus will always be with them and take care of them. I am going to pray that all of the Dayak will hear about Jesus and trust Him, not live in fear of bad spirits all of the time.

“Dear God, please send Your Word to all the Dayak people. Help each of them trust You and Your love for them. Help them not be afraid all of the time, but to be happy and enjoy the lives You have given them. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Christmas in Algeria

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I love Christmastime, celebrating the day Jesus came to earth so He could save us from our sins. All of our mistakes and all the wrong things we do had broken the relationship with God that He wants us to have. So, Jesus came to put things right.

In Sunday School, we learned more about some of the groups of Berber people who live in Algeria. Many of the Berber people in Algeria haven’t heard or understood the Good News about Christmas.

The Central Shilha Berber people are shepherds, much like the shepherds God announced Jesus’ birth to 2,000 years ago. Family and tradition are very important to the Central Shilha Berber. To break with the traditional religion of their families is really hard, and it can hurt very precious family relationships.

The Southern Shilha Berber people of Algeria and Morocco long to have a real relationship with God. They long for more than rules and religious regulations. They know there must be more to life. But, they don’t know where to look.

“Dear God, please help the Central Shilha Berber people hear and receive the message that angels brought to shepherds two thousand years ago. ‘Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.’ And, please help the Southern Shilha Berber to hear the truth of Your love for them and understand that You created them to know You, not just know about rules. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Merry Christmas!

Learning about Algeria

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Today in Sunday School, we learned about the country of Algeria. It’s a country in northern Africa that borders the Mediterranean Sea. It’s also the home of many of the Berber people.

The Berbers are a group of people that are really made up of many different smaller groups, like the Kabyle Berbers, the Rif Berbers, the Central Shilha Berbers, and the Southern Shilha Berbers.

The Kabyle Berbers are a very proud people who have fought for a long time to hang on to what makes them unique and special as a group of people. But, as times keep changing, that is getting harder and harder to do.

Our teacher also told us about the Rif Berber people. They have a very hard life, full of poverty and despair. They live in the harsh mountains of Algeria and have little hope of anything.

Our teacher reminded us of what Jesus said in John 10:10 (KJV), “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Everybody needs an abundant life, a life that is full of joy deep down in our hearts no matter what happens, a life of faith, knowing that God never forgets us.

“Dear God, please help the Kabyle Berber people to understand that every single person is unique and very special to You. Please help the Rif Berber people to understand and accept the abundant life of joy and faith that You want to give them. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

What should I get Mom for Christmas?

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Can you believe Christmas is just two weeks away! I still haven’t found the right present for my mom. I wanted it to be something really special. I went shopping last week, but I couldn’t afford the sewing machine she wanted. Mom loves to make things, but I just don’t know what to get her.

I’m going to see if I can find something to get her. I have $11.00 to spend. Let me see what I can find….

Oh! Look at this! I found a whole bunch of ways you can help people who need help and make a difference for only $11.00! I’m going to check it out. I think Mom loves to make a difference more than anything she makes on a sewing machine.

Help kids have the things they need to learn

Help kids and their families have safe homes to live in and warm clothes to wear

Help kids in the US who don’t have enough food to eat

A pair of chickens that will give a family in Asia lots of eggs to eat and chicks to sell

A pair of rabbits that will give a family in Asia lots of bunnies to sell

2,200 Gospel tracts for a missionary to give to people in Asia who don’t know how much Jesus loves them ($1.00 will provide 200!)

2 tambourines for missionaries in Asia to use to get the attention of villagers when they come to tell the people about Jesus

A flip chart (like a big picture book) for a missionary in Asia to use to tell people who can’t read the story of Jesus

Bibles for the people of Asia (one Bible is $3; eight New Testaments are $4)

Send a child in Asia to vacation Bible school so they can hear about Jesus (costs $5 to send one child)

A mosquito net that can protect people in Asia from dangerous malaria

A scale is a unique way for people in Asia to make money at the market (often helps people who cannot perform many other types of manual labor jobs)

Keep a child safe from parasites (microscopic bugs) that will make them sick

Provide garden seeds to families in Kenya so they can grow good, healthy food

“Dear God, please help each of us to find special gifts that we can give the people we love, even if we have $11.00 or no money at all to spend. Thank You for giving the most wonderful gift of all when You gave Your Son Jesus to come to earth so that we could be rescued from sin and live with You forever. Thank You so much! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Exploring Rajasthan, India

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Today in Sunday School, we discovered the land of Rajasthan, in India. It’s a part of India that borders Pakistan. Part of Rajasthan is a desert—with sand and camels and everything. But, part of it has mountains and farms! What a combination!

And, there are many different people groups who live in Rajasthan. Like the  Shekhawati people. They have a noble history. They are descended from some of the mightiest rulers of India’s past. But, very few of them know the true King and Ruler of creation.

Then, there are the Marwari speaking people. They value honesty and trust in their business and personal relationships. And, many of them are skilled in building big businesses that make a profit. But, a lot of them still don’t understand how to build a kingdom that will last forever.

We learned about the Kota area of Rajasthan, the home of the Harauti speaking people, an unreached group of people who need to come to know the salvation Jesus Christ offers. They live without hope; they need the hope Jesus gives.

And, did you know that 100% of the Raigar people of Rajasthan, India, are believed to be Hindu? God’s Word is easy for them to have and read, but they have not responded to God’s love and grace.

The Meena people live in Rajasthan, too. They understand that wrong actions are punished. Payment must be made—in this life and the next. But, what most of the Meena people do not understand is that Jesus has already paid for the wrongs each of us has done. Anyone who wants to learn about His gift is free to. And, everyone is welcome to receive it.

“Dear God, please help the Shekhawati people to know You as the Lord of their lives. Help the Marwari speaking people learn about Your kingdom that will never end. Please send your message to the Harauti speaking people. Please help the Raigar people to read Your Word and understand how much You love them. And, please help the Meena people come to understand that they can have peace with You and with each other. Please help everyone in India to hear about Your love and trust You. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”