Good News from the Punjab
Bible for Children is now providing Bible stories for the children who speak Punjabi Shahmukhi. The Punjab includes areas in both India and Pakistan. There are 86 million people that speak this language. There are another 40 million people who speak another type of Punjabi, which is also on our website. This picture from The First Easter shows the Punjabi Shahmukhi text. Please pray for the Punjab.
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 Pakistan
Bible for Children is now providing Bible stories for the children who speak Saraiki. There are 20 million people who speak this language. This picture from The Start of Man’s Sadness shows the Saraiki text. Please pray for Pakistan.
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 Bosnia
Bible for Children is now providing Bible stories for the children in Bosnia-Herzegovina. There are 3.9 million people in Bosnia. This picture from Heaven God’s Beautiful Home shows the Bosnian text. Please pray for Bosnia.
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 India
Bible for Children is now providing Bible stories for the children who speak Dogri. There are 4 million people who speak this language. This picture from When God Made Everything shows the Dogri text. Please pray for India.
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.
Good News from Pakistan
Bible for Children is now providing Bible stories for the Hindko children in Pakistan. There are 3.7 million people who speak this language. This picture from The Birth of Jesus shows the Hindko text. Please pray for Pakistan.
Peter was kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. (Acts 12:5)
In Peter’s day (just like today), it wasn’t easy to be a follower of Jesus. The ruler, Herod, hated Christians. He had no reason to hate Christians. But people who do not love Jesus often hate those who do.
God let Herod put Peter in jail. God knew that Herod planned for Peter to be killed. But God had His own plans.
When other people who followed Jesus heard about Peter being in jail, they met together to pray. It seems they prayed all night. What do you think they were praying for? Probably, they prayed that Peter would be set free, or at least that Peter would come to no harm in jail. Maybe they prayed that Peter would tell other people in jail about Jesus.
Sixteen soldiers guarded Peter so there was no way he could escape. He had chains on his arms with a soldier chained to him on each side. The other soldiers stood at the doors with their weapons ready.
Peter didn’t stay awake wondering if Herod would be able to harm him, or if his friends’ prayers would help. Peter made his chains comfortable, lay down, and went to sleep. God was in charge. That was good enough for Peter.
Prayer: Lord, please help me to rest in Your care and let You look after me. Amen.