Monthly Archives: May 2014

Sundar Singh: A Seed Is Sown (Part One)

Sundar Singh A Seed Is Sown Part One

Have you ever walked barefoot outside? Have you ever tried to climb a mountain that way? It’s not usually a good idea to try to climb anything without the right kind of shoes. You can slip and fall and get hurt very badly. But Sundar Singh knew God was calling him to walk across the mountains to tell people about His love, so Sundar went, even though he wasn’t wearing any shoes. But wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. I need to tell you who I am talking about.

Sundar Singh is the name of a missionary our Sunday School teacher told us about this morning. He lived in India at the end of the 1800s. He was born and grew up in an area called Punjab. Punjab is in the northern part of India, and it borders Pakistan on the west. The land 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.

When Sundar was a boy, a seed was planted in his heart. He wanted to know who God was. He grew up following the Sikh religion. 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. Sundar learned about many religions that claimed to be true, including Christianity, but he wanted to know for sure. He needed to find out which one was telling the truth. Since they didn’t all agree with each other, they couldn’t all be right. His mother encouraged him to keep looking for the answers he needed. Sundar even went to a Christian school for a while.

Sikhs 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.

Even though Sundar wasn’t sure what was true, he knew he had to keep looking until he did. The seed had been planted in his heart and it would not leave. We’ll hear more of Sundar Singh’s story next week and find out what happened to help him decide.

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.

You can print today’s missionary story about Sundar Singh here.

 

A Prayer for the Dayak of Indonesia

 

Dayak of Indonesia

I don’t like to be scared. It’s not fun, and makes it hard to enjoy doing anything else. This morning in Sunday School, our teacher told us about the Dayak people who live on the island of Borneo in Indonesia.

Many of the Dayak people are afraid of spirits they think want to hurt them. They can’t see the spirits, so they never know when to be afraid or what to do to make the spirits happy. They are always looking for signs to help them guess what the spirits want. If a certain bird sings at a certain time, they think the spirits are telling them not to do something. If bad things happen, they think the spirits are angry with them.

Only a few of the Dayak people know about God and His love. They know that Jesus is stronger than any spirit, and that Jesus will always be with them and take care of them. I am going to pray that all of the Dayak will hear about Jesus and trust Him, not live in fear of bad spirits all of the time.

“Dear God, please send Your Word to all the Dayak people. Help each of them trust You and Your love for them. Help them not be afraid all of the time, but to be happy and enjoy the lives You have given them. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Gift for Mother’s Day

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My mom is pretty cool. I don’t want to get all mushy or anything, but she’s always doing things for everyone else. Like the time there were four pieces of pie and five people sitting at the table. Guess who decided not to have a piece of pie? Mom. Or the time the car broke down and she skipped lunch so she had time to walk to a friend’s house and borrow a car just to take us to the movie she’d promised we’d go see. So this year, I wanted to do something special for her. We took care of her all day, made her lunch and did the dishes, and all that stuff, but I wanted to do something else, something to surprise her.

That’s when it hit me. Mom iss always doing things for other people. Maybe there was something I could do to help someone else.

Mom always says it doesn’t take a lot of money to help someone, just a lot of love. In Sunday School this morning, we talked about missionaries in Asia who want to tell other people about Jesus. It’s a big help to them to have Gospel tracts to give them so the people can read and learn more about Jesus, even after the missionary leaves. It doesn’t cost very much to print the tracts. Just $1 is enough to print 200 tracts. So tonight, I decided. I’ll put my $10 in my Bible and take it to church with me next week. Then I’ll give it all to help the missionaries. My gift will go to help someone else, who will use it to help lots of people. My $10 will help a missionary tell 2,000 people about Jesus and how much He loves them!

I think that sounds like the kind of gift that both my mom and Jesus will like. What do you think?

 

 

Unreached People Groups-Vishwakarma of Sri Lanka

Unreached People Groups Vishwakarma of Sri Lanka

Do you like to make things with your hands? I have a friend who likes to put plastic building bricks together and make all kinds of things—airplanes, people, motorcycles, buildings. If you can think of it, he’s tried to make it. I think he would have enjoyed getting to know the Vishwakarma people of Sri Lanka that our Sunday School teacher told us about today.

Sri Lanka is a teardrop-shaped island located to the southeast of India. It has many different people groups living there, and one of them is the Vishwakarma. They are known for making things. They are craftsmen and artisans. They make things out of gold, wood, metal, and stones. That’s what made me think of my friend building things out of plastic bricks. He has a lot in common with the stone masons, the men who build things out of stones, don’t you think?

Both of them have to plan ahead and know what shapes they will need. They have to have a picture in their minds of what the finished project will look like. They need to be patient and keep working, even when it takes a long time. And they have to believe that the finished project will look like what it’s supposed to—even though it may not look good for a long time.

But there is something that my friend knows that the Vishwakarma haven’t understood yet—where the desire and talent to create things comes from. That’s what our teacher reminded us of this morning. The very first words in the Bible say, “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1 KJV). The thing deep inside of us that makes us want to create something special comes from God. It’s a part of Who He is, and it is a part of Himself that He gave to us to share. When someone wants to paint a beautiful picture or cook a really tasty meal or build something awesome out of plastic buildings bricks, that creativity comes from God.

And just think—God is still creating today. He is creating the story of history. He knows what He will use and what the finished project will look like. He is patient and will keep writing the story until it is finished. And He knows that sometimes even when it looks all wrong, He’ll make it turn out just right in the end.

I’m going to pray for the Vishwakarma today. Will you pray with me?

“Dear God, thank You for creating so many beautiful things for us to enjoy—the sunshine, our pets, the plants—and thank You for creating us. Help us always remember that our creativity comes from You. Please help us create things that will help other people learn about You and know that You love them. Please help the Vishwakarma understand that You created them for a special reason, and that all they have to do is trust You and ask You to make them part of Your story. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

What unreached people group will you pray for today?

Download a printable copy of today’s post: Unreached People Groups-Vishwakarma of Sri Lanka.