Monthly Archives: June 2014

Sundar Singh: Paying Off a Debt (Part Six)

Missionary Story for Children: Sundar Singh Paying Off a Debt Part Six

Today in Sunday School, we learned about what happened next to Sundar Singh. God kept him safe that night in the wilderness, and the next night, and the next. Sundar kept walking and telling everyone he could about God’s love.

Sometimes he would meet very religious men who were trying to do lots of “good things” to earn God’s grace. Sundar tried to help them understand that no one can ever be “good” enough on their own. God is the only One who is always perfect. We can never be perfect all of the time, no matter how hard we try. We will make mistakes, and God knows that. He wants us to do our best, but He knows we can’t make it to Heaven on our own. That’s why He sent Jesus to die for our mistakes. God takes Jesus’ perfection and credits it to us. It’s like if you owed a huge bill and couldn’t pay it. What if you owed someone one trillion dollars? Could you ever work hard enough or earn enough allowance money to pay a bill that huge? Probably not, and even if you could, the debt we owe God is even bigger. So when we ask Jesus to save us and trust in His love, God marks our bill, “Paid in Full.”

Sundar traveled over the Khyber Pass into Afghanistan, then back to the Jammu and Kashmir region of India. He met another Christian named Samuel Stokes who dressed like a sadhu as he did, and they traveled together all through the winter. When spring came, Sundar got very sick. Samuel found an Englishman who owned a home and offered to let them both stay with him until Sundar was well. The Englishman didn’t really care to talk about God or sin, but as time passed, he started to listen to what Sundar and Samuel had to say. The more he listened, the more questions he asked them. By the time Sundar was healthy again, the man had decided to believe in Jesus!

Sundar and Samuel worked and traveled together for a while longer until Samuel decided to go to the United States. Samuel wanted to talk to people about joining them in India and helping people hear about Jesus. Sundar kept walking from village to village, telling people about Jesus. One day he was telling some farmers about God when someone threw a rock and hit Sundar in the head! The man’s friends were scared—what would Sundar do?

“Dear God, thank You for sending Jesus to pay for all the things I do wrong. Please help me to do my best for You because I love You, not because I’m trying to work my way to Heaven. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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

Sundar Singh: A New Idea (Part Five)

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Finally this morning at Sunday School our teacher told us what happened to Sundar Singh that night he lay sick from the poison. Sundar had just heard the doctor say that there was nothing else that could be done for him. The doctor was sure he would not live through the night. But Sundar didn’t want to die. He knew there were things God still wanted him to do. There were people he needed to tell about Jesus and His love. So whenever Sundar was awake, he prayed and asked God to heal him and make him well again.

When morning came, Sundar was still alive. Not only that, his stomach didn’t hurt anymore and he didn’t feel terrible like he had. People could hardly believe it! The doctor came a few hours later to plan the funeral and instead found Sundar healthy and sitting outside in the sunshine! Sundar knew God had healed him.

Sundar went back to school, but when the people who had poisoned him found out that he didn’t die, they came and caused trouble at his school. So Sundar left again, this time going to a hospital for people with leprosy. The hospital was run by Christians and Sundar was happy to help. While Sundar was there he realized something important. Most of his people looked at Christianity as something that was just for Westerners, people who came to his country from Great Britain, the United States, and other countries. They didn’t think Jesus had anything in common with Indians. Sundar needed to find a way to change that. He wanted to show people that Jesus loved everyone—whether Westerners or Indians or anyone else. Just like Jesus had followers from many different lands, Jesus wanted people in every town and village to know that He loved them, that He died for them, and that He had risen again.

So Sundar decided to do something he didn’t think anyone else had ever done before. He decided to dress like a sadhu. A sadhu was a holy man in the religion of many of the people. They wore saffron (orange) robes and taught the people about religion. But Sundar would wear the saffron robes and teach the people about Jesus. He purchased the robe and started out on a journey, walking from town to town.

Now when Sundar started talking to people, they listened because he looked like a sadhu. But when they found out he was a Christian, most of them wouldn’t listen. Still, some did, and that encouraged Sundar to keep telling everyone he could about Jesus. He never knew who would listen and choose to believe in Jesus.

A lot of times Sundar was kicked out of the villages. No one would give him a place to sleep or anything to eat, and he spent many nights cold and hungry. Sometimes people got angry with him. One night when Sundar had found an abandoned hut to sleep in, he had an unexpected visitor. A villager came and warned him that there was a plot to kill him. He couldn’t stay in the hut any longer. Sundar picked up his blanket and set off into the wilderness. He knew what kinds of animals lived out there. Just one bite from a dangerous snake could kill him. And there were always the tigers. But it wasn’t the first time that he needed to risk his life to tell people about Jesus.

He took his blanket and headed out into the wilderness.

“Dear God, it hurts our feelings when people don’t like us because we believe in You, and it makes us sad that they don’t know You yet. Please help us to keep learning all we can about You so that we can share it with others. Please help us to remember that You are always with us, no matter who likes us and who doesn’t. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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

Sundar Singh: Will Anyone Be His Friend? (Part Four)

Sundar Singh Missionary Story for Kids - Will Anyone Be His Friend

Have you ever felt like you didn’t have any friends? Even though it is never true because Jesus will always be your friend, it’s easy to feel lonely when you don’t have anyone to hang out with or do things with. That’s how Sundar Singh felt after his family and friends got mad at him for believing in Jesus. Our Sunday School teacher told us more of Sundar’s story today.

With his family and his friends all angry with him, school became the only place Sundar enjoyed. His teachers prayed with him and helped him learn more about what it really meant to be a Christian. They told him not to give up and to keep standing for Jesus.

And do you know what happened? The other boys began to notice. Some of them were angry, like his old friends who bullied him because he was a Christian now, but three boys decided to believe in Jesus, too.  Sundar was so happy! But now that there were four Sikh boys who had chosen to believe in Jesus, the town got really angry. It had been bad enough that Sundar had chosen to believe in Jesus, but they would not put up with four boys believing in Him. The townspeople forced the Christian school to close and convinced two of the new Christians to give up their faith in Christ.

One boy named Gurdit wouldn’t stop believing in Jesus. He ran to a mission far away where he could be safe. But later, some people Gurdit knew convinced him to come back to his home town. When he did, someone killed him.

Sundar couldn’t believe how many awful things had happened. He must have wondered if things would ever get any better. He took a train to another city and started going to a Christian boarding school where he lived while going to high school. Then he got a letter from his family. They wanted him to come home. He didn’t know what to do. He was scared. When Gurdit had gone home, someone had killed him. Would someone kill him to?

He prayed a lot and finally decided that God wanted him to go home and see his family. While he was there, his uncle showed him a treasure of money and jewels that he said he would give to Sundar if he would quit following Jesus. Sundar said no. Then an important leader offered him a very special job that would pay a lot of money and would make him look very important—but only if he stopped believing in Jesus. Sundar said no again.

There was one more thing Sundar could do to let the people know that he had no intention of giving up his love of Jesus. Sikh boys were not allowed to cut their hair. It grew long and was twisted up inside the turban that they wore. Even though he knew what it would mean, Sundar cut his hair.

When his father found out, he was furious! He said once and for all that Sundar was no longer part of the family. His family would pretend he had never been born. Sundar was thrown out of the house and told to never come back. It would be like he no longer had a father or brothers.

Sundar was so sad. He loved his family, and he didn’t want to leave them, but he loved Jesus more. Jesus had told His followers in the Bible that sometimes following Him would mean their families would be angry.

There was only one place left Sundar could think of to go—back to the boarding school. He bought a train ticket and started back. But he started to not feel very good. His stomach hurt, and he threw up. But it was different than when you throw up from having the flu. This time when Sundar threw up, he realized what had happened—someone had poisoned him. Someone was trying to kill him, just like they had killed Gurdit.

He knew he would not live long enough to make it back to the boarding school. He prayed that God would help him. That’s when he remembered that the very next stop the train was scheduled to make was in a town where one of his Christian teachers from his old school lived. Sundar got off the train, went to the teacher’s home, and collapsed. When he woke up later, he heard the doctor telling the teacher that there was nothing else to be done for him. Sundar would not live through the night.

I couldn’t believe it when our teacher told us that we have to wait until next week to find out what happened! Does she have any idea how long a whole week is?

“Dear God, please help us obey and follow You, no matter what. Thank You for the friends and the people in our lives who love You and believe in You, too. Please help us when we feel lonely to trust You, and please help everyone whose family and friends don’t know You yet to be patient and to keep praying and trusting in You. Please help everyone to trust in You. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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

Sundar Singh: The Unexpected Visitor (Part Three)

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I have been thinking about Sundar Singh all week and wondering who he met that could have changed his mind. Finally this morning it was time for our Sunday School teacher to tell us.

Sundar stayed awake all night. He didn’t want to live any more. He was tired of not knowing the truth about God. When it was almost the time Sundar had decided that he would end his life, something started glowing in his room. He didn’t know what it could be. The glow grew brighter and brighter until he saw someone standing in the middle of the bright light. When he finally realized who it was, he could hardly believe it.

It was Jesus.

But he thought Jesus was dead. Then Jesus spoke to him. He asked Sundar why he wouldn’t listen to Him. Sundar had prayed over and over to find the way to God. But Jesus told him that Jesus Himself was the Way. Why wouldn’t Sundar believe Him?

Sundar fell on his knees and asked Jesus to forgive him. He wanted to live a new life. He wanted to follow Jesus. After a while, the vision faded and Sundar didn’t see Jesus any more, but he knew that what he had seen was real. He had a peace in his heart that he had never had before. He even felt joy! He wanted to tell someone, so he ran to tell his father. His father said he was just dreaming and to go back to bed.

The next day, Sundar tried again to tell his father and his family what had happened. His father wasn’t pleased. Everyone in the family were Sikhs, so Sundar was expected to be a Sikh also. Sundar wanted very much to make his father happy, but he knew he could not agree with his father on this one thing. Jesus was real, and He had made a difference in Sundar’s life. He would not give up following Jesus, not for his father, his brothers, or anyone else.

His friends weren’t happy either. The same boys that used to bully Christians with Sundar now bullied him. They threatened to beat him up. Sundar never knew from one day to the next what would happen to him when he left to go to school. But he knew that no matter what friends he lost, or how upset his family became, he knew that Jesus had given His life for him. So even if it meant giving his life for Jesus, he would not turn back.

“Dear God, sometimes it’s hard to follow You when people we care about tell us not to. It hurts when they bully us, and sometimes we are scared. Please help us be brave because You are always with us, no matter what happens. Help us find people we can talk to who will listen and help us when others are bullying us or threatening us. And please help us follow You no matter what. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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

Sundar Singh: The Worst Day Ever (Part Two)

Sundar Singh The Worst Day Ever Part Two

Do you remember last week how I started telling you the story of Sundar Singh? Things went well for him at the Christian school for several years until the worst thing Sundar could imagine happened. One day, when he was fourteen years old, his mother died. He was so angry! He was mad at everyone and everything. He started causing trouble for his teachers at school. He got a group of boys together and formed a small gang, harassing and scaring the Christians whenever they could. He was determined to rid his village of Christians. He stopped going to the Christian school and went to another school a few miles away.

Just when it seemed things couldn’t get any worse, they did. Summer came and Sundar started feeling very sick. He had contracted malaria. He knew it could kill him. He was terribly sick for months. As fall came and the time to go back to school grew closer, he started feeling better, but he was still very weak. He knew he was too weak to make the trip to his new school every day, so he gave in and asked if he could go back to the Christian school since it was close by. They allowed him to come back, even after all the trouble he had caused.

This time when he went to school, he didn’t misbehave or harass anyone. But he was miserable and tired and sad. He just didn’t want to live like that anymore. So he decided to do a very terrible thing. He decided to end his life. That night, he got a visit from someone he never thought he’d see.

I can’t wait until next week when our Sunday School teacher tells us who came to see Sundar. Do you have any idea who it could be?

“Dear God, sometimes terrible things happen that hurt so badly. We end up feeling so sad and so miserable that we don’t know what to do. Please help everyone who is sad and hurting to find You and to ask You and others for the help they need, because You are the One who gave us our life and You are the Only One who can help us live our lives until You take us home. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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