Good News from Madagascar
Bible for Children is soon providing Bible stories for children in Madagascar who speak Sena. There are 1.6 million people that speak this language. This picture from Noah and the Great Flood shows the Sena text. Please pray for Madagascar.
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 Nepal
Bible for Children is soon providing Bible stories for children in Nepal who speak Newari. There are 1.3 million people that speak this language. This picture from The First Easter shows the Newari text. Please pray for Nepal.
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.
Good News from Kenya
Bible for Children is soon providing Bible stories for children in Kenya who speak Kamba. There are 3.9 million people that speak this language. This picture from The Start of Man’s Sadness shows the Kamba text. Please pray for Kenya.
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 Ghana
Bible for Children is soon providing Bible stories for children in Ghana who speak Gurene. There are .7 million people that speak this language. This picture from The Birth of Jesus shows the Gurene text. Please pray for Ghana.
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 Pakistan
Bible for Children is soon providing Bible stories for children in Pakistan who speak Brahui. There are 2.4 million people that speak this language. This picture from When God Made Everything shows the Brahui text. Please pray for Pakistan.
He who has been stealing must steal no longer. Ephesians 4:28
One day, Joey pulled an orange out of his pocket. He split it with his younger brother, Danny.
“Where did you get that?” Danny asked.
“From the store. I stole it.” Joey told him.
Danny thought his brother was a real hero. “Was it hard to do?”
“I backed up against a big orange box and put one into my back pocket,” Joey said. “It’s easy. Tomorrow, you can try.”
Next day, the boys went to the same store. Danny backed up to the big box and put an orange into his back pocket. On their way home Danny tore the orange in half and took a bite.
“Yuck. It’s sour,” he shouted.
‘That’s not an orange, Danny! It’s a lemon.” Joey told him. The boys threw away the lemon. When they got home, the storekeeper was at their house, talking to their Dad.
“Tell Dad we didn’t do it,” Joey whispered. “There’s no proof.”
“Come here, boys.” Dad spoke sternly. “Let me smell your hands.” He sniffed at the boys’ hands then gave the storekeeper some coins.
“Lemon. I’m afraid you’re right. I will look after this,” Dad said to the storekeeper. “And I’m sorry that my boys have brought shame on them and on me.”
The boys felt bad.
“I have forgiven you - and paid for what you stole,” Dad told them. “If you tell God you’re sorry, He will forgive you and help you not to steal again.”
Joey and Danny both did what Dad said - and they never stole again.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for helping me not to steal. And thank You for forgiving all my sins. Amen.
(Jake Peters. Winnipeg, Canada.)