Monthly Archives: February 2014

All Around India: Uttarakhand

All Around India Uttarakhand

Do you remember how last week our Sunday School teacher showed us what life is like in Tamil Nadu? For our next stop in India, we had to travel to the northern part of the country, to the state of Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand became a state in 2000 and took the name Uttarakhand in 2007.

The largest people group living there is the Rajput, the brave warriors and soldiers we met a few weeks ago. The next largest people group is the Brahmin. They too are a class of warriors, as well as doctors, teachers, lawyers, scholars, and politicians. There are many colleges and universities in the state. Many of the people hold tightly to the religions of their families and resist hearing about Jesus.

The people fought for freedom from the state of Uttar Pradesh for many years before they won their own state. Very special pilgrimage sites belonging to other religions are there, and many people travel to Uttarakhand because it is important to them to do special things to please their gods. But they can never know if they have done enough, if they are good enough, or if they have kept all the rules well enough to earn peace and make their gods happy.

They need to hear about the only way to truly be free. They need to know that God is real and that He knows that trying to be good won’t erase the mistakes that we make. He knows that without help, we cannot live the way He wants us to or be forgiven so that we can live forever with Him. That’s why He sent Jesus to pay for our mistakes and give us the forgiveness we need so badly. He wants to give us peace; He wants us to know how much He loves us. He doesn’t want us to try to earn it because He knows we never can.

Will you pray with me that all the people of Uttarakhand will hear the truth about God and understand that He has already paid the price for their sins by sending Jesus to die for each of us?

“Dear God, please help the people of Uttarakhand to hear about the true freedom that You offer us. Help them understand that You have made the way for us to be free from fear and worry. You have made the way we can have peace in this life and spend forever after we die with You. Help them know Jesus. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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All Around India: Tamil Nadu

All Around India Tamil Nadu

Today in Sunday School, we imagined we got a chance to visit the state of Tamil Nadu. If I had to describe Tamil Nadu in two words, I think I’d use a lot. There were a lot of different things there.

For one thing, there is a lot of water. Tamil Nadu is on the southeastern tip of India.  It touches the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea. There are lots of rivers and waterfalls throughout the country.

For another thing, there are a lot of people living there—over 70 million of them! About 7.5 million people live in the city of Chennai (which used to be called Madras). The people represent more than 500 different people groups.

Tamil Nadu also has a lot of businesses based here. As a matter of fact, it has more businesses found in it than any other state in India.

But one thing Tamil Nadu does not have a lot of is Christians even though there are more Christians living here than in many other states in India. There are missionary classes and Bible schools, churches and businesses that serve God and tell others about Jesus. There is usually less severe persecution against Christians in Tamil Nadu than in other parts of India.

Yet, even with all of that, there are still hundreds of thousands of people who do not know about Jesus and His love. So that is what I am going to pray about today. I’m going to pray that God helps a lot of people of Tamil Nadu hear about Him and trust Him. Will you pray, too?

“Dear God, please help the people of Tamil Nadu to hear about your love for them. Help them believe You and trust You. Help them to become a land where a lot of people know You and tell a lot of other people about Your love. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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

Click here printable copywork about Tamil Nadu, India.

Click here for a printable notebooking page about Tamil Nadu.

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All Around India: Sikkim

All Around India-Sikkim

This morning our Sunday School teacher told us all about the state of Sikkim, but before I tell you what she said, I want to make sure you don’t get confused like I was. A few weeks ago, she told us about the Sikhs who follow the religion of Sikhism and live in Punjab. The name of our next state is spelled very similarly—Sikkim—but it is not the same thing at all. Most of the people who live in Sikkim believe in Hinduism or Buddhism.

Sikkim is a very small state that has important jobs to do. It is tucked up in the eastern part of India in between Nepal, Bhutan, and the part of China known as Tibet, snug in the Himalayas. All except about one-third of the state is covered by snow-covered mountains. But those mountains are the doorway into three different nations. That is part of what makes Sikkim so important.

Another important job Sikkim has is telling other people about Jesus. Actually, that is the job of every person who knows Jesus, but there is one group of people in Sikkim who has a special opportunity. The Lepcha people, who have lived in the area for more generations than anyone can count, have learned about Jesus, and many of them have believed that He died for them because He loves them and that He rose again and lives forever with everyone who trusts Him. They are one of the few Himalayan people groups who have heard about Jesus and trusted Him. Not all of the Lepcha believe in Jesus, but many do.

If the Lepcha tell their friends and family about Jesus, and those people tell their friends and family about Jesus, before you know it, the Good News about Jesus will be spreading all through the Himalayas!

There is a verse in Nahum that talks about how beautiful on the mountains are the feet of people who bring good news. I’m going to pray that the Himalayas are filled with beautiful feet carrying the Good News to everyone! Will you join me?

“Dear God, thank You for the Lepcha who have heard about You and believed in You. Please give them everything they need to tell people everywhere about Jesus. Please spread Your Word to all the people of India, Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, and beyond.  Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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Click here for beautiful feet copywork.

Click here for a printable notebooking page about Sikkim.

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All Around India: Rajput

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Today we learned about a group of people called the Rajput that live in India. They live in many states of India including Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Back in the colonial period in India, when the country was ruled by Great Britain, the Rajput people lived in exotic fortresses high above the villages. They were the warriors, the brave soldiers who took care of the people and defended them from enemies. But in 1947, something changed in India. It became independent of Great Britain. The lands of Pakistan and Bangladesh were separated from India (though Bangladesh wouldn’t become its own country until later). Many people fled their homes, trying to find the safest place to live with so much around them changing.

That was sixty-seven years ago. Many of the Rajput grandparents and great-grandparents living in India today were children when the nation became independent. Since then, they have seen a lot of things change.

One of the things that has changed is that they are no longer the people in charge of taking care of the nation. They don’t live in their tall fortresses above the people any more. Instead, they live right beside everyone else. They run businesses and own land, but they are considered to be just like everyone else. They don’t get special treatment any more simply because they are Rajput. They even have to serve people who belong to lower castes, people who aren’t thought of as being special or worth respect.

This is very hard for many of the Rajput people to get used to. They are proud of their heritage and proud of the way their ancestors fought for and defended India. They hold on to their traditions and rituals however they can. One of the things that they hold on tightly to is the religion of their ancestors—Hinduism.

But Hinduism cannot give them peace. It cannot help them want to be humble and love the people they now serve. Those are things that need to change in the heart, and only God can truly change their hearts.

I’m going to pray that God will help all of the Rajput people to hear about Jesus. They need to hear how He left His home in Heaven to come all the way down to live here on earth with us. They need to hear how He loves them and gave His life for them, the most amazing way to serve someone ever. And they need Jesus to help them see that every person, no matter what caste or people group they belong to, is equal and special to Him. Will you pray with me?

“Dear God, it’s hard when things change in our lives. It’s hard for the Rajput people in India to get used to a new way of living. Please help them hear about Jesus and believe that He came and died for them and all the people of the world. Please help them understand that they can still help protect the people of India today by telling others about You and defeating the lies that attack people’s hearts. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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

Click here for copywork about humility.

Click here for a printable notebooking page about the Rajput.

 

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