Monthly Archives: March 2014

All Around India: Zamral

All Around India-Zamral

This morning, our Sunday School teacher told us this is our last day to explore India. We’re going to be learning about people in lots of other countries in the weeks coming up. So today, we visited the state of Madhya Pradesh. If you look at a map of India, you’ll find Madhya Pradesh right about in the middle of the country.

There are only a few thousand Zamral people living in India, and most of them live in Madhya Pradesh. Most of them do labor for others or move from place to place while they are looking for jobs. Some of them also make bamboo baskets to sell in the market.

Most of them cannot read. I would be sad if I couldn’t read, wouldn’t you? Can you imagine what it would be like to not be able to read your own name or write down a list of groceries? What would it be like to never read a single Bible verse?

I’m going to pray for the Zamral people. Will you pray with me?

“Dear God, one of the ways You show us who You are and teach us how to live is the Bible. But so many people, including the Zamral, can’t read it for themselves. Please help them hear about You and find out how much You love them. Help them understand that Jesus died to pay for the mistakes that every person on earth has ever made. Please help them learn that He is stronger than death and is alive forever and ever. Send them what they need in order to learn about You and to learn to read Your Word, the Bible. Please bless all the people of India and help each of them to trust You as Savior. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

All Around India: Yadav

All Around India-Yadav

Do you remember a few months ago when our Sunday School teacher told us all about life in the state of Bihar, India? She told us a little bit about the Yadav people then, because many of them live in Bihar. But today, she told us more about how they live and who they are.

The Yadav live in many of the states in India. In Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, some are doctors and leaders among the people. But many of the Yadav have never heard of Jesus—not even once! Can you imagine what life would be like in a place where no one knows who Jesus is? When the people are sick, they try to make spirits happy and hope that one of them will help. When they are afraid, they have no one to trust and pray to. When they are sad, they don’t know that God is always in control and will one day make even the sad things fade away and make everything new and alive the way it was always meant to be.

I’m going to pray that every Yadav boy and girl, and all of their parents and families, hear about Jesus and learn to trust in Him. Will you pray with me?

“Dear God, I know that You love the Yadav people of India. I know that You care when they are sick, or sad, or afraid. Help them hear about You. Send people to tell them, and help the Yadav believe in You and trust You forever. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

All Around India: X Marks the Spot

All Around India-X Marks the Spot

If you found a treasure map with a big X on it, you would know what that X means–buried treasure! Today in Sunday School, our teacher showed us a map of the world with a big X on the land of India. She said that it was like looking at a treasure map. What kind of treasure can we find in India? I made a list of just some of what we can find there:

  • More than 2,500 different people groups
  • More than one billion people
  • More than 400 languages
  • Approximately 17,000 types of flowering plants
  • More than 1,200 different species of birds
  • Thousands of years of history

God loves every single person in India. To Him, each one is like a treasure, something to be worked hard for and found. He doesn’t want the people to try to hide from Him (even though you can never really hide from God–He always knows right where you are). He wants every one of them to search for and find Him. In the Bible, Jesus compared the kingdom of Heaven to a treasure in a field. When someone finds it, they will give up everything they have to get it.

God isn’t hiding from us. He is always here, loving us and wanting us to find Him. But we have to do one thing–we have to be looking for Him. We can’t just sit around and wait. If someone gave you a map to find a treasure, would you sit around and wait for the treasure to come find you? Of course not! You’d follow the map and find the treasure. God’s Word, the Bible, is our map. It tells us everything we need to know about God and His plan for us. But we have to be willing to follow it. I’m going to pray that everyone will follow God’s map and find the treasure He is waiting to give them. Will you pray with me?

“Dear God, thank You for not hiding from us. Thank You for loving us even more than treasure and for giving us the map we need to find the greatest treasure of all–You! Please help me and each person in India and all around the world, to follow the map and want to find You. Help us to trust You and know how much You love us. Help everyone to know that Jesus died for them and that He is alive now and wants everyone to know Him and live with Him forever. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Sources: JoshuaProject.net, Operation World by Jason Mandryk, Encyclopedia Britannica

All Around India: Weary

All Around India-Prayer for the Weary

This morning in Sunday School, our teacher told us we were going to learn about India in a different way than we usually do. She told us to imagine we lived far away from our families because God had told us that there were people He was calling us to go tell about Jesus. So we went like He said. But when we got there, things didn’t work out the way we thought they would. The people didn’t want to hear about Jesus. Some listened quietly but they didn’t believe. Other people got mad. One person tried to hit us! How would we feel?

I thought about that. I’d feel sad. Maybe angry. And I would feel confused. Why would God tell us to go somewhere when He knew the people wouldn’t listen?

Then our teacher told us to imagine that we lived like this for months and even years. All that work. All that sadness. All that prayer. But none of it seemed to matter. We would feel weary–tired and ready to give up.

There are missionaries and Christians all over India who want nothing more than to see people believe in Jesus. They pray and they work hard. Some of them are far away from their families. Some of them are treated badly by the people they want to help. And they get tired. But Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” God knows a lot more than we do. He knows why things happen the way they do, even when we don’t understand. And He knows everything that will happen as a result of us doing what He tells us to do, even when it doesn’t work out the way we thought it would or takes a long time.

When Jesus came to show people what God is like and to tell them how much He loved them, some people didn’t believe. He worked very hard; He got tired. He even suffered and died for them! But He didn’t give up. And because He didn’t give up, but kept working and doing what God had sent Him to do, some people did believe in Him. And people today are still learning and believing in Him.

I’m going to pray for the weary workers in India today. Will you pray with me?

“Dear God, thank You for the Christians in India who are working hard to tell others about You. Please help them not to be weary or give up. Help them remember that You are so much bigger and smarter than we can imagine. Help us believe that when You tell us to do something, You have a good reason, even when things don’t make sense to us at the time. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

All Around India: Vaddar, Viswakarma, and Vakkaliga

All Around India-Vaddar, Viswakarma, and Vakkaliga

I could hardly believe what our Sunday School teacher told us this morning. Did you know there are more than 30 different people groups who live in India whose name starts with the letter V? V is a letter you don’t see every day. I mean, there are violins and victories, there are people named Victor or Victoria. But today I learned about three more words to add to that list—the Vaddar, the Viswakarma, and the Vakkaliga.

The Vaddar live in many different states of India. They work many different types of job, but all of the jobs are hard. They dig wells, cut stones, and do the jobs no one else wants to do. A lot of people don’t want to talk to the Vaddar or be around them. They treat them as untouchables.

The Viswakarma also live in lots of different states of India, but most of them live very differently from the Vaddar. Many of the Viswakarma are known for building things like temples or creating beautiful artwork by hand.

The Vakkaliga is another group that is spread out over India, but most of them live in Karnataka state. They are known for raising animals and growing things. But one thing that has been slow to grow among the Vakkaliga is the understanding of who Jesus is.

Even though they live in lots of different places and have many different jobs, there is one thing that the Vaddar, the Viswakarma, and the Vakkaliga all have in common. Very few of them know that Jesus loves them and that He died for them. I’m going to pray for all of them right now. Will you join me?

“Dear God, I just learned about many people who don’t know about You. I am glad that You already know every single one of them. You know all their names and where they live; You know what they do and what they need. Help each of them see that what they need most of all is You. Help them hear about Jesus and believe how much You love them. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

If you’d like to read more about the people groups of India, with a parent’s permission, check out Joshua Project.

Click here if you’d like to print this page about the Vaddar, the Viswakarma, and the Vakkaliga.

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