Category Archives: Sri Lanka

Exploring Sri Lanka Week One

Exploring Sri Lanka for Kids

Have you ever wanted to search for buried treasure? I have! Our Sunday School teacher told us this morning that we’re going to spend the next few Sundays learning about an island named Sri Lanka where they really do have buried treasure!

Sri Lanka is an island just south of India. When you look at it on a map, you might think it looks like a pearl or a teardrop. We can use both pictures to help us remember how to pray for Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka isn’t known for pearls, but it is known for having beautiful gemstones buried underground! There are mines where people can work and find rubies, emeralds, and other valuable treasures.

The country has also had its share of tears. The people who live in Sri Lanka come from many different places. Sadly, they don’t always get along with each other. From 1983 until just a few years ago, there was a terrible civil war. So many people died, and many of them left children behind without a mother or a father. Some parents, especially moms, have to work very far away from home to try to be able to take care of their families. These children miss their parents and worry that they have forgotten about them. Sometimes even the children work in very dangerous places to try to earn enough money to be able to eat and survive.

Missionaries have spent a lot of time in Sri Lanka, and they have helped many people find out about Jesus. But, a lot of Sri Lankans don’t trust people who have moved to their island from other places. Thankfully, God is helping the native Sri Lankan churches, the ones started by and built by people from Sri Lanka, tell many others about Him. The Christians in Sri Lanka have a big job to do, but they know that God is big enough to help them do it!

We need to remember to pray that each person in Sri Lanka will find out about the most valuable treasure of all, Jesus Christ. In the Bible, God even calls the news of God’s love the “pearl of great price.” We also need to remember to pray for the children who are sad and who miss their parents, that God would comfort them and help each of them know that no matter what, He is the perfect Father who will never ever leave them or forget about them.

“Dear God, please help every person in Sri Lanka. Please help them to understand that knowing You is better than finding buried treasure! Help those who are sad or lonely to hear and believe how much You love them. Help them know that they are never alone and never forgotten. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Scripture from Matthew 13:46 KJV

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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?

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