Good News from Balochistan
Bible for Children is now providing Bible stories for the children in Balochistan. There are 12 million people in Balochistan, half with Balochi as their first language. There are hardly any known evangelical Christians. This picture from Noah and the Great Flood shows the Balochi text. Please pray for Balochistan.
But we will be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:51)
“Don’t pull out the potato plants,” Mom called from the porch.
“Okay, Mom.” Helen skipped to the garden and ran along the row to the potato patch. She was going to fetch her favorite supper; new potatoes. Mom would cook them, smother them with white sauce, and add lots of freshly picked peas.
Finding the two biggest plants, Helen dug with her hands until she got to the roots. She pulled five potatoes off the root, and then heaped the earth back so the root was protected. She did the same with the second plant, uncovering the root then digging her fingers into the soil to pull out a potato. She felt something mushy ooze between her fingers. Her hand was plastered with rotten potato. “Mom!” Helen rushed to the tap by the side of the house. “Look what I found under the plant.”
Mom smiled as Helen washed her hands. “This rotten potato is the one we planted for seed. The new potato plant sprouted from it.” Mom’s voice turned serious. “You know, Helen, this rotten potato reminds us of a great Bible truth.”
“What’s that, Mom?” Helen wanted to know.
“A new plant came because this potato died. The Bible says it’s like that with us. Our physical body dies, but when Jesus comes again, we are raised a spiritual body.”
“Wow!” Helen looked at the remains of the rotten potato, then at the lovely big new potato plant. Then she took Mom’s hand and walked into the house with the potatoes she had picked.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for Your promise that we will be raised with glorious new bodies when Jesus comes. Amen.
(Frieda Martens. Winnipeg, Canada)
Good News from Kyrgyzstan
Bible for Children is now providing Bible stories for the children in Kyrgyzstan. There are 6 million people in Kyrgyzstan. Only 0.7% of the population are evangelical Christians. This picture from The First Easter shows the Kyrghiz text. Please pray for Kyrgystan.
For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
Scott watched his Mom carefully plant some pansies in her flower garden. “Every flower looks like a little face,” Scot said.
“They do,” Mom replied. “They remind me of little children.”
Scott laughed. “Children don’t have yellow or blue faces.”
“But there are many with different colored skin.” Mother straightened up. The world is like God’s people garden, Scott. People are different.”
“You mean like Jason?” Scott asked. “He’s a different color.”
“Yes he is,” Mom said. “God likes color and variety. And God loves all of us, no matter the color. The Bible says, “God loved the world.”
“If God loves everybody does that mean everybody will go to heaven when they die?”
“If they believe in Jesus and trust Him,” Mom responded. “Everybody who believes in Jesus and trusts Him will be in heaven.”
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for loving me enough to die for me. Help me to love others and tell them You love them, too. Amen.
(Sally Smith. Ontario, Canada.)
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.