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All Around India: Meghalaya

All Around India-Meghalaya

We went to the far eastern part of India today as our Sunday School teacher told us about people who live in another of India’s states. This state is called Meghalaya, and it is surrounded by the state of Assam and the country of Bangladesh.

Meghalaya is home to a lot of mountains and animals. You can find lots of animals living there, like elephants, tigers, leopards, monkeys, and all sorts of other creatures. There is something else you can see a lot of if you live in Meghalaya—rain! It is thought to be one of the wettest places on earth! Every year, parts of Meghalaya get more than 450 inches of rain! That’s more than 39 feet or 12 meters of rain—in just one year!

There are also many Christians who live in Meghalaya. God’s Word came to the people back in the 1800s and 1900s. However, there are still people there who don’t want the Christians to worship God. They try to trick Christians into believing things that aren’t in the Bible. And there are other groups of people, like the Hajong, Rabha Koch, and Mikir who haven’t understood the Gospel yet.

Our teacher reminded us of the verses in Isaiah that talk about God’s Word coming down like rain. Isaiah 55:10-11 KJV says:

“For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” 

Just like the rain falls every year in Meghalaya and makes the crops grow and gives the people the water and food they need to live, God’s Word is coming down to people’s hearts and giving them what they need to live forever. It is giving them the story of Jesus and His love for them, and it is telling them how Jesus died and came back to life so that everyone—including every person in Meghalaya—could live forever with Him.

I’m going to pray right now that God’s Word keeps coming down to the people of Meghalaya and all of India. Will you pray with me?

“Dear God, thank You that You know exactly what we need and when we need it. You take care of the plants that grow so that we can have food to eat. You send the rain to water the plants and help them grow big and strong. And You send your Word so that everyone who reads it can live with You now and forever and ever. Please help the Hajong, Rabha Koch, Mikir, and everyone else who hasn’t heard and understood how much You love them. Please help them to understand and to trust you. Thank you. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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All Around India: Last Christmas Carol

All Around India-Last Christmas Carol

Do you remember Noelle, my friend who wants to be a news reporter?  This morning at Sunday School, she told me about a news story she discovered from 2006. It was Christmas Eve in the shanty town of Jalampur, in the Chhattisgarh region of India. Extremists had announced they would shut down any church service held on Christmas. But Pastor James Ram and some other Christians bravely gathered at a church.

While Pastor James Ram and the Christians were singing Christmas carols, men stormed into the church and beat some of them. One Christian lost his hearing after being hit in the head. The news report Noelle read did not mention whether he lost part or all of his hearing from the attack.

The Christians of Jalampur could not stay home and stay silent. They chose to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I wonder how many people heard their singing that night and wanted to learn more about Who they were celebrating!

Pastor Ram and the other Christians probably knew what Jesus said in Matthew 5:14-16:

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” 

They knew that the whole world needs to know that Jesus came. And how can they hear if no one tells them? But one of the men lost part or all of his hearing. I wonder what song he was singing before he was hurt. What was the last Christmas carol he heard?

And I wonder what he will hear one day when he is Heaven with Jesus. Will he meet someone who heard about Jesus because he told them? Will he hear someone say, “Thank you”?

I don’t know if he will get to meet someone like that or not. But I do know that he will hear the voice of Jesus. And that will be the most beautiful sound anyone can ever hear.

“Dear God, please help me be brave and let Your light shine in my life, brighter than the lights on a Christmas tree or even the stars in the sky. Help others to hear the best news of all—that Jesus Christ is born! And please help them believe in Your love for them so they can live with You forever. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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All Around India: Karnataka

All Around India-Karnataka

This morning, we discovered another state of India. Its name is Karnataka, and it is in the southwestern part of India. One thing we found out right away is that Karnataka has a LOT of people living in it! Did you know that more people live just in this one state of India than live in the entire countries of Spain and Zimbabwe combined? Of the more than 700 different people groups who live in Karnataka, more than seventy of them have never heard of Jesus.

The capital city of Karnataka is Bangalore, which is home to more than 7 million people just in that one city alone! Bangalore is also home to 700 slums, places so filthy and unsafe that no one should have to live there. There are 70,000 children just like you and me who live there who don’t have clean water or enough food or a place to stay warm and dry when it rains. Many of them have never even heard of Jesus or how much He loves them.

Can you imagine? 70,000 kids need to learn more about Jesus. They need food and medicine and shelter. Our Sunday School teacher read a part of Matthew 25 to us this morning. It talks about a time Jesus told His disciples that any time they gave someone food who was hungry or drink who was thirsty, any time they gave clothes to someone who didn’t have any or visited someone who was sick or in prison, that it was just like they had done it for Jesus Himself. He loves every one of those children—and all the people of Karnataka—that much.

I’m not sure how I can help these kids, but I know I want to try. Will you pray with me that God will help us help other people and that He will help all the people of Karnataka?

“Dear God, there are so many kids who need Your help right now. They are scared, sad, and hungry. They don’t have a nice home to live in, and they don’t know about You. Please help everyone of them to know how much You love them and that You are with them, right now, even in the slums of a huge city. Please show my friends and I how we can show love to the people of Bangalore and all the people who need help. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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All Around India: Jharkhand

All Around India-Jharkhand

This morning, our teacher took us to Jharkhand, India. Well, I don’t mean we really went there. We went there by learning about it. Jharkhand is a state in eastern India, just south of Bihar. Actually, it used to be part of Bihar until the year 2000 when it became its own state.

Jharkhand is known for its trees. Its nickname is the “Land of Forests and Hills.” There are trees everywhere! Some of the trees are used for their hardwood, like the sal tree. Some of the trees are important for their leaves, like the asan tree. Its leaves are a favorite food for the silkworms the people use to make silk.

The trees have other important jobs, too. The deep forests are some of the few places left where Bengal tigers, leopards, elephants, and bears can live and roam freely. And, the trees provide firewood that families can burn to keep warm or sell in the market.

Trees had lots of different uses in the Bible, too. When you stop and think about it, trees are a big part of the Gospel story. At the very beginning of the story, God created the first people—Adam and Eve—and created a beautiful garden for them to live in, the Garden of Eden. There were lots of trees and plants that grew there, including a tree that was called the tree of the “knowledge of good and evil.” That was the one tree Adam and Eve were told not to eat from. They could eat anything else they wanted to, but not the fruit from that one tree. Do you know what happened? They did it—the one thing God told them not to do. Because of that sin, they couldn’t live with God anymore. Sin separated them from Him. But God loved His people too much to give up on them. He would make a way that we could live together with Him again.

Many, many years later, Jesus was born, God’s own Son. He lived a perfect life—He never did a single thing wrong. He is the only who has ever lived without making a single mistake. Because of that, He could pay for the sin that Adam and Eve had committed, plus the sins of all their children—even us today. When it came time for Jesus to pay the price for our mistakes, He had to die on a cross. The cross was made from the wood of another tree. Jesus was separated from God for a time because He took all of our sins (that separated us from God) onto Himself. After He died, He came back to life and gave us the best news of all—we don’t have to be separated from God anymore. Jesus made the way that we can live with Him forever and ever, just like it was in the Garden of Eden.

The world we live in now isn’t anything like the Garden of Eden. That’s because of all the sins of all the people who have lived and done things they shouldn’t have done. But, one day, God promises to take us to a new home He is creating just for us! It will be a perfect home where there will be NO sin! And do you know what else will be there? A special tree, the “tree of life.”

I know I will get to see the tree of life one day when I get to Heaven and live with God. Will you be there? Will the people of Jharkhand? I’m going to pray that I see all of you and all of them there.

“Dear God, we know that we make mistakes and sin all the time. Even when we do our best to be good, we can never be perfect. Thank you for sending Jesus to pay for my mistakes. I believe Jesus died in my place so I can live with You. Please help every person, no matter where they are, to hear and believe that. Show them that all they have to do is ask You to come into their heart and forgive their mistakes. You will save them and stay with them forever. You will help them know You through the Bible and prayer in this world and You will be waiting for them in Heaven when our time on this world is over. Thank You, Jesus, for loving me so much that You’d rather die for me than live without me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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All Around India: People Groups of India Word Search

All Around India-People Groups Word Search

Have you ever been in a huge crowd of people where there were so many people in the same place you had to stand squished up against everyone else? Maybe it was at a football game or a concert. Maybe it was even in a very busy shopping mall!

Sometimes, when we think about big groups of people, it is hard to see each person as an individual. Everyone just runs together into a big mass. Imagine if you got off of a plane and stepped into a busy airport. You know your grandfather is there waiting for you. You look past all the other people until—you find him! You zero in on him and head straight for him. You know what he looks like, what he sounds like, and even what he smells like. And you can’t wait to see him.

Big crowds of people are what we talked about in Sunday School this morning. Do you remember when we learned how BIG a country India is? It is the seventh largest country in the entire world, but it has more people living there than any other country on earth except China! There are more than 2,500 different people groups living in India, and they speak more than 400 different languages. When you think about how many people that is, it is easy for all those people to run together.

But Jesus doesn’t see a huge crowd. He knows every single person there—even better than you know your own grandfather. He knows their names, what they look like, what they sound like, and what is in their hearts. He loves every one of them, and He wants every one of them to know Him. It’s just like the story of the Good Shepherd in the Bible. Jesus is the Good Shepherd. Even if He has 100 sheep, he’ll leave 99 of them behind to go look for the single sheep who gets lost. And when He finds it, He is so happy and excited! He picks it up and carries it home.

Many of the people in India are like the lost sheep. Jesus knows who they are and wants them to know Who He is. He won’t stop looking for them or forget about a single one. This morning, we did a word search, looking for a few of the people groups who live in India. 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 help everyone who is lost, in India and everywhere else in the world, to hear Your voice and know that You want to bring them home to live with You forever. Help them know they don’t have to be lost or alone anymore. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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