Good News from Pakistan and India
Bible for Children is now providing Bible stories for children who speak Punjabi Shahmukhi. Earlier stories that were defective have been replaced. The Punjab includes areas in both India and Pakistan. There are 86 million people that speak this language. This picture from The Start of Man’s Sadness shows the Punjabi Shahmukhi text. Please pray for the Punjab.
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Psalm 2:11
When I was a little girl, right up until I was about eleven or twelve, I thought we should be afraid of God because it says, ‘serve the Lord with fear’.
In church one Sunday, my minister preached a sermon about ‘fearing God’. He explained that the word ‘fear’ actually means great respect or awe. “Don’t be afraid of God as if He was a cruel tyrant,” the minister said. “But respect God and be in wonder at the fact that He loves you so much and cares about every part of your life.”
Wow! That is a wonder! God loves me!
The minister quoted the angel Gabriel who appeared to the shepherds the night Jesus was born. The very first words Gabriel said were “Fear not! Don’t be afraid!”
Prayer: Dear Lord, I marvel and wonder at Your great love for me. Help me to love You and serve You with great awe. Amen.
(Valerie Cox. Winnipeg, Canada.)
Good News from Lithuania
Bible for Children is now providing Bible stories for the children in Lithuania. There are over 3 million people who speak Lithuanian. This picture from The Birth of Jesus shows the Lithuanian text. Please pray for Lithuania.
Are not all (angels) ministering spirits? Hebrews 1:13,14
“Mom! Are we almost there?” Five year-old Jesse yawned as he stretched his little hands to grab his teddy bear.
“Yes. There’s the bus depot. We change buses once more. And it’s off to Grandma’s. You remember the name of her town?”
“Guada - Guala -”
“It’s Guadalajara.” Gua-da-la-ja-ra,” Shirley said. “And don’t forget. It’s “ya” not “ja”.” She smiled as she wiped the sweat from Jesse’s forehead. The bus was air-conditioned, but it still felt hot.
When they got to the bus depot, they had a surprise. The bus for Guadalajara left from another depot.
“Why, Mom?” Jesse murmured as his mother helped him into a small taxi. “You said -”
“I thought we only had to change buses,” Shirley said softly. “But we have to go to another bus depot. I’m sorry. It’ll be alright soon.”
“Adonde? Where you go?” The Mexican driver turned and smiled. “We’re on our way to Guadalajara,” Shirley responded. “I didn’t know that it left from the other depot.”
“I help you.” The driver pulled into the depot parking lot. “Oh. There’s your bus. It’s leaving.” The driver leapt from the taxi and raced ahead of Shirley to stop the bus.
“Mom, is he an angel?” As Shirley paid the bus driver, Jesse’s eyes followed the kind man’s path back to his taxi.
“Perhaps he is, Jesse. The Bible says God gives his angels charge over us,” Shirley said quietly. Taking Jesse’s hand, she guided him to a couple of empty seats.
“But would angels drive a cab?” Jesse wanted to know.
“Maybe,” Shirley replied. “Maybe some do.”
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You put your angels in charge of us to guard us in our ways. Amen.
(Frieda Martens. Winnipeg, Canada.)
Good News from Ghana (again)
Bible for Children is now providing Bible stories for the children in Ghana who speak Dagaare. There are over 1 million people who speak Dagaare. This picture from When God Made Everything shows the Dagaare text. Please pray for Ghana.
As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow. 1 Peter 2:2
“Cindy, how did your school trip to the farm turn out yesterday?” Dad passed the breakfast cereal and reached for the milk.
“It was all about milk, Dad.” Cindy pointed to the milk jug in Dad’s hand. “We got to the farm just in time to watch Farmer Brown and his workers milk the cows with a milking machine. That was really neat. Then one of the girls showed us how they separate the cream from the milk, and you know what? She gave each of us a glass of fresh cool milk with some cookies.”
“Sounds good. Was that it?”
“Oh, no. A truck came to the farm and we watched them pump the milk into a big tank on the truck. Then we scrambled into the school bus and followed the truck to the Creamery. They showed us how they pasteurize the milk, and how they put the milk into paper cartons.”
“Very interesting!” Dad replied.
“Then we went to a big grocery store.” Cindy stopped to catch a quick breath. “We watched the store clerks put the cartons of milk on the shelves for the people to buy.” She raised the carton of milk from the breakfast table and said, “the store manager gave each of us one of these to take home.”
“Great. Now drink some. Helps you grow,” Dad said.
“Can I say the prayer this morning?” Cindy asked.
Dad nodded - and Cindy prayed.
Prayer: Dear loving Lord, thank You for everybody who worked so we can have milk to drink this morning. Amen.
(Jake Peters. Winnipeg, Canada.)
Good News from Ghana
Bible for Children is now providing Bible stories for the children in Ghana who speak Ga. There are almost 1 million people who speak Ga. This picture from Heaven God’s Beautiful Home shows the Ga text. Please pray for Ghana.
Many were gathered together praying. Acts 12:12
Peter knocked at the door and a girl named Rhoda came. She knew Peter’s voice right away and was so happy she forgot to open the door. She ran back to tell the others, “Peter’s at the door.”
“No,” they said. “Can’t be. You imagine it. Or maybe it’s Peter’s spirit.” They knew Peter was in jail. Maybe they thought Herod had already killed Peter. They were praying for Peter’s release and safety - but they didn’t seem to think that God had already answered their prayers.
Peter kept knocking. Finally, they opened the door. Sure enough, it was Peter. Everybody was astonished.
When they settled down, Peter told them how the Lord had brought him out of prison. He also told them to spread the word of his release to other followers of Jesus. Then Peter left to go somewhere else. He knew Herod would be mad when he found out, and Peter didn’t want to get others into trouble for helping him.
Prayer: Father, thank You that You hear and answer prayer, even when we hardly expect it. Amen.
Good News from Latvia
Bible for Children is now providing Bible stories for the children in Latvia. There are 2 million people who speak Latvian. This picture from Noah and the Great Flood shows the Latvian text. Please pray for Latvia.
An angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison. Acts 12:7
Peter must have slept very well. When God sent His angel to help Peter, the angel had to give Peter more than a polite prod with his fingers to waken Peter. Peter needed a good smack on the side to wake him up.
“Arise quickly!” the angel said. Peter lifted his arms to show the chains that held him - and his chains fell off!
Then the angel said, “Get dressed and follow me.”
Peter thought he was dreaming. What a nice dream. He and the angel walked past the first set of guards. Then, the second set of guards. Out through the iron gates and into the city where his friends were praying.
It wasn’t a dream! They got to a certain street and the angel left. Peter knew exactly which house the prayer meeting was being held in. He went there, and knocked on the door. Wouldn’t the people be glad to see that God had set Peter free?
Prayer: Lord, thank You that there is no power like Your power. And Your power protects me. Amen.