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Meet the Sherpa

**We’ll hear more of Sundar Singh’s story next week, but this week, we have a special reminder to pray for the Sherpa people of Nepal.

Today in Sunday School, we learned about another group of people who live in the Himalayan mountains called the Sherpa. The Sherpa people are known for being kind, friendly, and welcoming of strangers. They are also known for helping people climb Mt. Everest. They cook for many of the mountain climbers, help guide them up the dangerous mountain, and carry much of the mountain climbers’ supplies.

Let’s imagine we are taking a trip up to the top of Mt. Everest. What sorts of dangers do we run into? Make a list of what you can think of.

Here’s what I wrote down: 1) it can get awfully dark up on the mountain at night 2) we can slip and fall 3) we can get very tired 4) we need someplace safe to make camp 5) we can get into dangerous places where we have to help each other 6) we have to trust each other because sometimes things don’t make sense and it feels like we are going the wrong way.

And you know what I realized? God helps us in all those ways. It’s true! Take a look at these verses and you’ll see what I mean. If you don’t have a Bible handy, check out God helps us …

1) When things look dark and hopeless

Psalm 119:105

2) When we feel like we’re slipping and falling

Psalm 94:18

3) When we’re tired and discouraged

Psalm 73:26

4) When we need someplace safe to rest

Psalm 31:3, 20

5) When we admit we need God’s help

Psalm 25:9

6) When life doesn’t make sense or seems unfair and we have questions for God

Psalm 73

I think if God helps us in all those ways, He wants us to help others in the same way. We can all be like the Sherpa guides and help people overcome whatever challenges they face. And, we start by asking God for His help and accepting His help. Then, we can ask Him how to help other people who need help. I’m going to go back through that list I made and write down ways I can help other people the way God has helped me. Give it a try and let me know what ideas you come up with!

“Dear God, please help the Sherpa people of Nepal. Just like they help so many people, please help them understand how much You want to help them and guide them. Help them understand that Jesus died to save them, so they can overcome every obstacle that comes their way, even death, just like Jesus did when He came back to life. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

If you’d like a copy of this post you can print, click here: Mt. Everest, Life, and Other Tough Climbs.

Gift for Mother’s Day


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?



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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Afraid All of the Time

Indonesia flag

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.”

Happy Birthday!

Guess what today is! It’s the birthday of my blog! (Actually, the birth “day” was last week, but I waited to celebrate until I could tell you about it today!) I’ve been thinking about all the exciting places we’ve talked about—places like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Colombia, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Nigeria, North Korea, Oman, and Uganda. We’ve met people who have suffered for their belief in Jesus, like Susan in Uganda. And, we’ve met a lot of people who haven’t heard yet how much Jesus loves them, like the Sherpa in Nepal.

What’s your favorite place that we’ve been? What did you enjoy the most? Let me know! And, let’s get ready for another wonderful year together!

Frankincense and New Life in Oman

Our teacher showed us a map of the country of Oman today. It’s a small country that is surrounded by Yemen, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Arabian Sea, and the Gulf of Oman. It makes up the front of the boot-shaped Arabian Peninsula.

In biblical times, the country was known for its frankincense. The trees that frankincense comes from only grow in a few places—and Oman was one of them! And, lots of people wanted frankincense for different reasons. It was an ingredient in incense. And, many people used it like a medicine.  Frankincense was supposed to make you healthy and fight different diseases.

But, after a while, people stopped using frankincense so much. They found other things to make medicine out of, and they bought less and less from Oman. Oman became a very poor country. In the 1960’s, oil was discovered, but the sultan (who was in charge of Oman), didn’t use all the money he got from the oil to make his country better. Finally, in the 1970’s, his son, Sultan Qaboos, took over. He used the money from the oil to build all sorts of things the people needed—like hospitals, schools, a university, good roads, harbors, and airports.

Sultan Qaboos still rules the country of Oman, and he knows his people need to learn as much as they can about how to run their oil industry. So, he allows experts from other countries to come train his people. And, it takes a lot of men to get all that oil ready to ship out, so he allows guest workers—hundreds of thousands of them—to come to his country to work in the oil fields.

There are very few Omani people who know Jesus is the only Savior. Most of the Christians in Oman are experts and workers who have come there from other countries. Our teacher said that the Omani people need to understand that when we sin and do wrong, it makes our spirits sick. We need the only medicine that will help our spirits. And, it’s not frankincense. It’s Jesus.

“Dear God, please help every person in Oman to realize that they need Jesus to make their hearts and spirits healthy. Please help the people who know You to tell the Omani people about You. And, please watch over them in every way. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

If you would like a printable version of today’s lesson, click here.