Good News from Slovakia
Bible for Children is now providing Bible stories for the children in Slovakia. There are 5.4 million people in Slovakia. Only 1.25% of the population are evangelical Christians. This picture from The Start of Man’s Sadness shows the Slovak text. Please pray for Slovakia.
Have you not read, out of the mouth of babes? (Matthew 21:16)
Jerry wasn’t allowed to look in his Dad’s private drawer. His friends, Danny and Herb, dared him to. So he did. And he found a bag of tobacco, cigarette paper and matches. He took enough to make three cigarettes. Then the boys went to the woodshed.
When he drove on to the yard, Jerry’s Dad heard laughter. He saw smoke coming from the open window of the wood-shed. Bursting in on the boys, he scolded them for what they were doing. “Where did you get that evil stuff?” he shouted.
“Dad, I took it from a drawer close to your bed,” Jerry confessed.
Dad was furious. “What is in that drawer is none of your business. Do you understand?”
Jerry’s five-year old sister Emily, who had heard Dad’s voice, came into the shed. “Hi, Daddy,” she called. She ran to him and took his hand. “Ouch!” she cried.
Everybody looked at Dad’s hand. He had forgotten - he was holding a lit cigarette.
As the boys stared, Dad seemed to be searching for words. He was quiet for a long time. Then he said, “I am trying to keep you boys from forming a bad habit.” He looked at little Emily. “I’m sorry, dear.” Then he said to the boys, “And I’m sorry that I am not a good example.” He threw the cigarette out the door and stamped on it. “That is my last cigarette. And I don’t want to catch you boys smoking again, either.”
Jerry stepped close to Dad. “I won’t smoke again, Dad,” he promised.
Prayer: Lord, thank You that You can help Dads and children to know and do Your will. Amen.
(Jake Peters. Winnipeg, Canada)
Good News from the Croatia
Bible for Children is now providing Bible stories for the children in Croatia. There are 4.2 million people in Croatia. Only 0.4% of the population are evangelical Christians. This picture from When God Made Everything shows the Croatian text. Please pray for Croatia.
Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. (Ephesians 6:10)
God told Moses, “I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” These were men from long ago who started the Hebrew nation. God had made promises to each one. Now the time had come for God to fulfill these promises, starting with a rescue mission. God planned to set the Hebrews free - and Moses was going to be the tool God used.
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” Moses knew he couldn’t do a job like this.
“I will certainly be with you,” God told Moses. “When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve Me on this mountain.”
God promised His presence and His success. God was trying to help Moses understand that when He asks somebody to do a job, He is always present to give success.
Do you know what God wants you to do? If you do, don’t make excuses like Moses. God will be with you, and you will have success.
Prayer: Dear God, You are so amazing. Thank you for always helping me to do Your will. Amen.
Good News from Kenya
Bible for Children is now providing Bible stories for the Kikuyu children in Kenya. About 22% of the 49 million people in Kenya are Kikuyu. About 44% of Kenya’s people are evangelical Christians. This picture from The Birth of Jesus shows the Kikuyu text. Please pray for Kenya.
You are the God-Who-Sees. (Genesis 16:13)
After days of travel, Moses arrived at a well. He saw some women trying to get water for their flocks. But the men-shepherds were pushing them away. Moses helped the women.
Their father took Moses into his home and gave him a job as a shepherd. Later, Moses married one of his daughters.
It looked like Moses was settled. But, one special day, Moses was grazing the sheep when he noticed a bush on fire. Even though the bush was in flames, it didn’t burn up. When Moses went closer, a Voice said, “Take off your shoes. This is holy ground.” Moses knew that this was the Voice of God.
That special day, God told Moses what He wanted Moses to do. God wanted Moses to go back to Egypt, go to the palace, and tell the king that God wanted him to set the Hebrew people free from slavery.
Moses was scared. He didn’t want to do it. After all, he had run away from the palace in fear. He was a wanted man.
Do you think God was able to change Moses’ mind?
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You that You know where I am right now - please help me to know what You want me to do. Amen.
Good News from Ghana
Bible for Children is now providing Bible stories for the Ashanti people of Ghana. About 9 million people speak the Twi language, also known as Akan. About 22% of the population of Ghana are evangelical Christians. This picture from Noah and the Great Flood shows the Twi text. Please pray for Ghana.
The Hope of Israel, his Savior in time of trouble. Jeremiah 14:8
Moses grew up in the king’s palace. The princess hired his mother to baby-sit him so Moses must have known his own family pretty well. It seems he always knew he was a Hebrew, even though he was adopted into the family of the Egyptian king.
When Moses was a man, he saw an Egyptian bullying a Hebrew man. Moses fought with the Egyptian and the Egyptian died. Next day, Moses saw two Hebrew men fighting. When he tried to stop them, one said, “Are you going to kill me, like you killed the Egyptian yesterday?”
Moses knew that the King would hear about him killing an Egyptian, so he ran away from Egypt. He went through the desert to a place far away. Maybe he thought he would never see his family again. Maybe he felt hopeless. But God had plans for Moses. Nobody need ever feel hopeless because God knows and God cares, even when things seem to go wrong.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for caring. You know my needs today. Help me to have hope in You. Amen.