Monthly Archives: July 2013

Threatened: Modern Witnesses

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*If you’d like to read the first post in the Modern Witnesses series, click here.

We’ve been talking about how hard it is for Christians in many countries to worship God the way they want to. Many of them are threatened, attacked, and persecuted because they refuse to stop following Jesus.

This morning, our Sunday School teacher brought a globe to class. We sat down on the floor and looked for all of the countries we’ve been learning about this year. As we remembered the stories we’ve heard and found the countries, we prayed for the Christians and their families. Will you find a map and pray with me?

Bangladesh

Bhutan—A Short Story, Norbu’s Journey

Central African Republic

Egypt—Gamal Abdou Massoud

Egypt, Eritrea, and Ethiopia

India—Adivasi Tribal Christians

India—Ganda Christians

India—Rajasthan

Iran—A Short Story, Yasmin’s Silent Song

Iran—Farshid Fathi

Iran—Mehdi Forootan

Iran—Mother Tongue Pastors

Iran—Saaed Abedini

Jesus—Who He Is

Kazakhstan

Laos—A Short Story, When Jesus Came to Laos

Laos—Hmong

Maldives—Shijo Kokkattu

Nigeria—An Unidentified Woman

Oman

Pakistan

Qatar

Sri Lanka

Uganda—Susan Ithungu

Uzbekistan—Pastor Makset

Vietnam—Nguyen Thi Lan

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Modern Witnesses: Sri Lanka

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*If you’d like to read the first post in the Modern Witnesses series, click here.

Have you ever wanted to search for buried treasure? I have! Our Sunday School teacher told us this morning about an island named Sri Lanka where they really do have buried treasure!

Sri Lanka is an island just south of India. When you look at it on a map, you might think it looks like a pearl or a teardrop. We can use both pictures to help us remember how to pray for Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka isn’t known for pearls, but it is known for having beautiful gemstones buried underground! There are mines where people can work and find rubies, emeralds, and other valuable treasures.

The country has also had its share of tears. The people who live in Sri Lanka come from many different places. Sadly, they don’t always get along with each other. From 1983 until just a few years ago, there was a terrible civil war. So many people died, and many of them left children behind without a mother or a father. Some parents, especially moms, have to work very far away from home to try to be able to take care of their families. These children miss their parents and worry that they have forgotten about them. Sometimes even the children work in very dangerous places to try to earn enough money to be able to eat and survive.

Missionaries have spent a lot of time in Sri Lanka, and they have helped many people find out about Jesus. But, a lot of Sri Lankans don’t trust people who have moved to their island from other places. Thankfully, God is helping the native Sri Lankan churches, the ones started by and built by people from Sri Lanka, tell many others about Him. The Christians in Sri Lanka have a big job to do, but they know that God is big enough to help them do it!

We need to remember to pray that each person in Sri Lanka will find out about the most valuable treasure of all, Jesus Christ. In the Bible, God even calls the news of God’s love the “pearl of great price.” We also need to remember to pray for the children who are sad and who miss their parents, that God would comfort them and help each of them know that no matter what, He is the perfect Father who will never ever leave them or forget about them.

“Dear God, please help every person in Sri Lanka. Please help them to understand that knowing You is better than finding buried treasure! Help those who are sad or lonely to hear and believe how much You love them. Help them know that they are never alone and never forgotten. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

If you’d like a printable version of today’s story, click here.

Scripture from Matthew 13:46 KJV

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Modern Witnesses Rajasthan

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*If you’d like to read the first post in the Modern Witnesses series, click here.

Have you ever heard of a place called Rajasthan? I hadn’t either until Sunday School this morning. Rajasthan is one of the states that make up India. It is on the northwestern side of the country and shares part of its borders with Pakistan. Part of Rajasthan is desert, which means there is a lot of sand in Rajasthan!

Rajasthan isn’t all desert, though. Most of the people there farm. Even though the ground has a lot of sand in the soil, it’s not all a big desert like you think of in the Sahara or someplace like that.

One thing that people in Rajasthan need are camels! Some of the farmers need camels to plow their land so they can plant things like wheat, barley, sugarcane, and corn.

There is something they need even more—God and His Word. They need people to pray for them and tell them about Jesus. Very few of them have ever heard about Jesus and His love.

One of the groups of people who live in Rajasthan are called the Meena. Most of the Meena don’t live close together; they live scattered among the hills. It’s a long walk between Meena houses. That makes it hard for missionaries to reach them and tell them about Jesus. It’s so far to travel on foot, and trucks sink in the sand, so they don’t work very well to get from one place to another. But, do you know what the missionaries need to move around from house to house?

You guessed it—camels! They are specially made for traveling long distances in the heat across the sand. So not only do camels help feed the people physically, God can use camels to help missionaries feed the people spiritually. After all, no matter how much food we eat at one meal, we always have to go back and eat more eventually if we want to stay alive! But Jesus and His Word feeds our hearts, and He gives us the way to stay alive forever with Him.

“Dear God, please help the people of Rajasthan, and please help the Meena people. Please send them people who will tell them about You and how much You love them. Please send them Your Word in a way that they can understand, so they can have the food that gives their hearts life that lasts forever. And please even send them the camels they need! Thank You for creating such special animals that can work hard in deserts, no matter how much sand they have to walk through! In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.”

If you’d like a printable version of today’s story, click here.

If you’d like to help send a camel to the people of Rajasthan, click here.

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Modern Witnesses: Qatar

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*If you’d like to read the first post in the Modern Witnesses series, click here.

Our Sunday School teacher told us about a country named Qatar today. Did you know it is the only country in the world whose name starts with the letter “Q”? If you look on a map, you can find it stretching out into the Persian Gulf from Saudi Arabia. Some people think it looks kind of like a thumb!

Qatar is almost all desert. The Qatari people are also almost entirely followers of a very strict form of Sunni Islam. Christians who live in Qatar are mostly people from other countries who have jobs in Qatar, working with the huge amounts of natural gas the country has. There are actually more people from other countries living in Qatar than there are people living there who are from Qatar itself.

It is against the law for Christians who live in Qatar to tell the Qatari people about Jesus. If a Qatari does decide to believe in Jesus and follow Him, his family might leave him. He might never get to see his wife or his children again. He might not be allowed to live in Qatar any more. And many people will hate him and treat him terribly.

But, do you know what? The Qataris who have come to believe in Jesus say that everything they suffer is worth it. Nothing in this life, not even their families, can compare with how wonderful it is to know that Jesus loves them and is with them, both now and forever.

There are many Qataris who go to school and work in countries outside Qatar, places where it is not against the law for someone to tell them about Jesus. We need to pray that Qataris, no matter where they live, will hear about Jesus’ love and trust Him.

“Dear God, please help the people of Qatar, the ones who live in the country and the ones who live outside of it. Please help every one of them to hear how much You love them, that You came and lived among us, that You died to pay for our mistakes, and that You defeated death and live forever in Heaven. Help each Qatari to believe in You and know that they can live forever with You in Heaven. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

If you’d like a printable version of today’s story, click here.

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