Monthly Archives: January 2014

All Around India: Qaiser Bagh Palace, Uttar Pradesh

All Around India-Qaiser Bagh Palace, Uttar Pradesh

Guess what our next stop in India was? A palace! Our Sunday School teacher led us southeast from Punjab this morning on our imaginary trip around India to the state of Uttar Pradesh. She wanted to show us the Qaiser Bagh Palace in the city of Lucknow.

The Qaiser Bagh Palace (some people spell it Kaiserbagh) was built in the middle of the 1800s by a man named Wajid Ali Shah. The palace and its grounds had pieces that were built in a style of architecture called Mughal. Mughal architecture was popular from the middle of the 1500s to the late 1600s. Even though the palace was built much later than that, it used elements of Mughal design. As a matter of fact, the palace combined more than one style. It has elements in it from Muslim architecture, Hindu architecture, and other styles.

The palace is a good picture of Lucknow and the entire state of Uttar Pradesh. Did you know that some people call Uttar Pradesh “The Rainbow Land”1 because of how many different groups of people live there? Reports say that there are more than 202 million people from over 600 different people groups living in Uttar Pradesh! If Uttar Pradesh were its own country, it would be the fifth largest in the entire world!

Many of the people who live there are very poor. There are very few places to go for help when you get sick. Many homes in Uttar Pradesh don’t even have electricity. But there are some places in Uttar Pradesh that have lots of nice things. Even the Taj Mahal is in Uttar Pradesh in a town called Agra. People travel there from all over the world to see it.

There is something else that most of the people of Uttar Pradesh don’t have, and it’s even more important than doctors or electricity. Out of more than 202 million people, only a tiny number believe in Jesus. Most of the people groups do not have a single person living among them who knows Jesus.

“Dear God, You created all the colors of the rainbow and every one of the beautiful people groups who live in Uttar Pradesh. Please help every person living there or visiting there to hear about Your love. Help them to trust You to forgive their sins and make their hearts right with You. And then please help them to tell everyone they can about how much You love them. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Click here if you’d like to print this page about Uttar Pradesh and the Qaiser Bagh Palace.

Click here for printable copyork  of a few of the states and capitals of India plus a bonus matching activity.

Click here for a printable notebooking page about Uttar Pradesh, India.

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1. http://www.gfa.org/regions/state/uttar-pradesh/  

All Around India: Punjab

All Around India Punjab

This morning our Sunday School teacher told us all about the state of Punjab. Punjab is in the northwestern part of India that sits right above Rajasthan. Pakistan borders it to the west. The land in Punjab is some of the best land for growing things anywhere in the world. Seeds love to grow there! The land is well-watered and special varieties of rice and wheat are planted there. These varieties produce a larger crop than others.

Punjab is home to much more than good soil, though. It is home to more than 28 million people from more than 400 different people groups. It is also the ancient home of the Sikh religion. Sikhism began in the late 1400s and still today, more than half of the people who call Punjab home are Sikhs. As a matter of fact, Punjab is the only state in all of India where the majority of the people follow Sikhism.

Sikhs don’t believe in Jesus. They believe in a god who is like a strong force but who doesn’t love them or care about them. That is so sad. They grow their crops and they harvest the fields but they don’t know about the God who created the soil to plant in and the seeds to grow. They don’t know that He loves us so much that He sent Jesus to die for us. And they don’t know that they can live forever with Him in Heaven.

Years ago there was a Sikh who found out about Jesus. His family didn’t want him to believe in Jesus. Lots of people didn’t want him to believe in Jesus. But he was convinced that God was real and that Jesus really did love him. The man’s name was Sundar Singh, and he became a missionary who told people everywhere that God really does love each one of us.

Christians in Punjab are trying to tell others about Jesus, too. Just like seeds that are planted in the soil, the message of God’s love is going out and being planted in people’s hearts. I’m going to pray that it takes root and grows. Will you pray with me?

“Dear God, please help the people of Punjab, whether they are Sikhs or any other faith. Please help them hear that God is real and believe that Jesus loves them. Help them trust You and let Your Word grow in their hearts. Just like You make the rice and wheat grow to feed the people’s stomachs, please help them believe that You are the only One who can feed their souls. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

If you’d like to learn more about Punjab and the country of India, you can download Bold Believers in India, a free Kids of Courage book with stories and activities.

Another book you might enjoy borrowing from your library is Sundar Singh: Footprints Over the Mountains by Janet and Geoff Benge.

Click here if you’d like to print this page about Punjab.

Click here for printable copyork from the Gospel of Matthew.

Click here for a printable notebooking page about Punjab.

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All Around India: Orissa

Orissa

This morning, our Sunday School teacher taught us about the most dangerous place in all of India to be a Christian—the state of Orissa. Orissa lies on the east coast of India, alongside the Bay of Bengal. It is home to more than 42 million people and almost 800 different people groups. When the last census was taken, less than 100 of those people groups reported having any Christians in them at all.

In 2008, there were terrible attacks by extremists against the Christians living in Orissa. More than 100 were killed, and more than 52,000 had to leave their homes. The state passed stricter laws against the Christians, making it harder for people to leave their old religions and become Christians. The state hoped that would make the extremists happy. But it didn’t.

Christians are still threatened today. Many of them will never get to go back to their homes. Some of them have lost their families. All of them need God’s help and strength to keep trusting Him and loving their neighbors, even when their neighbors want to hurt them. They know Jesus said to forgive their enemies, just like He forgave the men who nailed Him to the cross. But it’s hard to forgive when you are hurting. Please pray that God will help them forgive the people who are hurting them and love with Jesus’ love. 

Our teacher shared another special prayer request with us. Do you remember last week when we talked about Nagaland? It shares a border with the state of Assam. There are two tribes in Nagaland and Assam that haven’t gotten along for several years because of a fight over land. Just after Christmas in 2013, one tribe attacked the other and set a village on fire. More than 50 homes were destroyed, along with crops and the things the villagers need for farming. The villagers hid in the jungle, waiting until it was safe to try to go someplace else.

But that wasn’t the only attack. Since then, more attacks from both sides have happened. More than 3,000 people have been forced out of their homes. They are staying in refugee camps, hungry and without the clothes they need for winter. And twenty people have been killed in the fighting.

“Dear God, please bring peace to Orissa, Assam, and Nagaland. Please help everyone in all of India to hear how much You love them and want to forgive them. And please help them love and forgive each other, just like Jesus did, even when it hurts,. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Click here if you’d like to print this page about Orissa.

Click here for a printable here for copyork from the Beatitudes about persecution.

Click here for a printable notebooking page about Orissa.

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All Around India: Nagaland

All Around India-Nagaland

This morning in Sunday School, our teacher taught us about a state of India that is a little bit further east than Meghalaya where we were last week. The state of Nagaland is in the northeastern corner of India where it borders Myanmar (Burma). Nagaland has a higher percentage of Christians living there than any other state in India—as many as 90% of the people living there are thought to be Christians. That means for every ten people you would meet, nine of them would know and love Jesus.

Many people have spent decades reaching out to the Naga people. They built more than a dozen theological colleges. They have worked hard to translate the Bible into many of the languages that the Naga tribes speak. And the people of Nagaland have sent missionaries to other parts of India to tell the people everywhere that Jesus died for them because He loves them and that He is alive now forever.

The people of Nagaland still need us to pray for them. The people are broken up into many different tribes. Some of the tribes don’t get along and end up fighting. Some of them think Nagaland should be its own country. And some of the people are forgetting that being a Christian means more than just saying you believe in something. They need to remember that if they don’t show in their lives what loving Jesus is all about by living the way He wants them to, other people may not get to know Him either.

“Dear God, please help all the people of Nagaland to hear about Jesus and to know Him, love Him, and let Him help us each to live the way He created us to so that others will see and want to know and love Him, too. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Click here if you’d like to print this page about Nagaland.

Click here for a printable here for copyork from the Beatitudes.

Click here for a printable notebooking page about Nagaland.

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