Monthly Archives: November 2013

All Around India: Haryana

Haryana

Last week, we went one state to the south of Rajasthan and learned about Gujarat. This week, we went one state to the north and discovered Haryana. More than 25 million people live in Haryana, but very few of them know about Jesus. Some entire people groups, each with more than 100,000 people in them, that don’t have a single church or ministry serving them.

Haryana is a land of tourism and farming. Many people come to the region to visit the pretty lakes that dot the countryside. Farming and agriculture are an important part of life for the people of Haryana, too. Lots of things grow very well there, including rice, barley, wheat, chickpeas, and sugarcane.

There is something else that is growing in Haryana, too—the Kingdom of God. There are still lots of people in Haryana who don’t know about Jesus, but nore and more Christians are learning about what the people there need and are finding ways to help them. They are getting to know the people of Haryana and telling them about Jesus. Our Sunday School teacher reminded us this morning of what Jesus said in John 4, “behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest” (v. 35).

I’m going to pray that every single person in the state of Haryana hears about how much Jesus loves them and gives their hearts to Him. That would be something extra-special to be thankful for, don’t you think?

“Dear God, please bless the people of Haryana. Help them know that You love them and sent Jesus to be the only Way we can know You and live forever with You. Help the Christians in Haryana to understand the best ways to help the people. And please help everyone in Haryana to live forever with You. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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All Around India: Gujarat

Gujarat

This morning, we met the people living in the Gujarat state of India. We didn’t have to go very far from where we were last week in Rajasthan. Gujarat is the next state to the south. It borders the nation of Pakistan along with Rajasthan and a handful of other Indian states and districts.

Gujarat is sort of like a melting pot—it has more than 600 different people groups who live there! Some are extremely wealthy. Some are so poor that they live in cardboard boxes and can’t afford the things they need every day—even things like toothbrushes.

Speaking of toothbrushes, did you know there is a plant that is actually called the “toothbrush bush”? There is. Its scientific name is Salvadora persica, and there are people who use it to brush their teeth. (And I should remind you, because our Sunday School teacher reminded us, that you should never chew on a plant without a parent’s permission! Some plants can be poisonous and make you very sick or worse.)

I was starting to wonder what brushing your teeth had to do with Sunday School when our teacher told us. She asked us why we brush our teeth. I knew the answer to that one. We brush our teeth to get rid of plaque and things that would make our teeth decay. Do you know what she said? She said sin is sort of like plaque on our hearts. It makes our hearts decay. Lots of people in Gujarat know how to get the plaque off of their teeth, but no one has ever told them that Jesus is the only one that can take the plaque off of their hearts.

I’m going to pray for the people of Gujarat right now. Will you pray with me?

“Dear God, please help the people of Gujarat to be healthy on the inside and the outside. Help them have the things they need each day, and help them to hear how much You love them. Help them understand that You are the only one who can make their hearts clean and healthy. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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All Around India: Fateh Sagar

All Around India-Fateh Sagar

Last week, we learned about the Eluthassan people who live in Kerala, which is at the southern tip of India. Today, we had to go way up north to the state of Rajasthan.

Do you remember the last time we talked about Rajasthan? We found out that part of Rajasthan is desert, with lots of sand. Other parts are good for farming. Camels are very important to many of the people there. Farmers need them to plow their land; missionaries use them to travel to places where trucks or cars would just sink in the sand! God uses the camels to help feed the people physically, with the food they help the farmers grow, and He uses them to help the people get the spiritual food they need, His Word and the wonderful news that Jesus loves them.

Something else people need to live is water. If you have food but no water, you still can’t survive for very long. Rajasthan is home to several lakes, including Lake Fateh Sagar.

The lake is important for lots of different reasons. It’s home to three islands. There is a solar observatory, which scientists use to study the sun, built on one of the islands. And, the lake is a reservoir, where a lot of the drinking water for the city of Udaipur is stored.

We talked about how important water and sunlight are. If we didn’t have the sun in the sky, nothing on Earth would work right. The plants couldn’t grow and the seasons wouldn’t change. We couldn’t live without the sun and the light that it gives us. It’s the same thing with water. If we didn’t have any clean water to drink, we’d die.

Isn’t it amazing how Jesus showed us that He is the Light, the Living Water, and the Bread of Life? He lights up the darkness and shows us what is right and what is wrong. He helps us grow and change and love other people. And just like food and water give our bodies all the nutrients and energy we need to live, Jesus gives our hearts everything we need to live with Him forever. He gives us the real life that can never end.

I’m going to pray today that God will help all the people of Rajasthan to see that Jesus is the real Light and that He is the only way our hearts can live forever. Will you pray with me?

“Dear God, please help all the people of Rajasthan. Help them not live in the darkness but help them see Your light. Help them to understand no food that can make their hearts live forever; only Jesus can do that. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
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All Around India: Eluthassan of Kerala

Eluthassan of Kerala

This morning, our Sunday School teacher told us about a group of people in India called the Eluthassan. There are approximately 44,000 Eluthassan living in India, but did you know that there might not be a single Christian among them?

Churches and missions groups haven’t talked to the Eluthassan very much, so there is a lot that we don’t know about who they are and how they live. But that’s the problem. As far as our teacher knows, there isn’t one church or missions group that is telling the Eluthassan about Jesus—yet.

Most of the Eluthassan live in the state of Kerala, which is on the southern tip of India. Kerala has many Christians living in it, but some of the Christians still follow the caste system. If you belong to one caste, there are people in certain other castes that you aren’t allowed to talk to or be friends with.

But God is working in the hearts of the church in Kerala! Christians are realizing that they need to tell everyone, including the Eluthassan, that Jesus loves them and died to save everyone from the mistakes that we make. They are beginning to tell others that Jesus is alive now in Heaven and wants every single person on Earth to hear how much He loves them.

Pray that someone goes to tell the Eluthassan people about Jesus very soon. Pray that all of them will hear the Good News about Jesus and believe in Him to forgive their sins and give them the life that never ends.

“Dear God, please help each of the Eluthassan people to hear about You and love You. Help the Christians in Kerala and all over India to tell everyone they know about You, and please help us to tell the people we know, too. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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