Give your kids a heart for global missions! Inspire them with stories of how we can share God’s love with unreached people groups.
Before I came to Africa, I knew I would have to do some hard things in order to be a missionary, I thought about safety, air conditioning, and snakes. But I’ve found that the greatest sacrifices have been things I would never have imagined.
Probably some immigrants, migrants, or both are in your school or live in your neighborhood. Some may even live on your block. You don’t have to go to another country to find them and tell them aboutJesus. God brought them to your city so you can do that where you live!
We had a team from China there helping us. They gave cards to the children to write their prayer requests, favorite food or interests. Drizzle’s prayer request was: “I have never seen my mother. I live with my father and step mother. I really, really want to see my mother.”
David Brainerd said, “Nothing seems too hard for God to perform, nothing too great for me to hope from Him.” Often David was weak from lack of food, and from spitting up blood from tuberculosis, a disease of the lungs. Sometimes he was so miserable that he wanted to die. Yet he knew God was with him.
Marijke told Nadira, “After 23 years of going through religious rituals, I am not satisfied with my life. I have no genuine peace, only inner turmoil.” Marijke was searching for what could bring her hope and joy. Nadira told her that Jesus could forgive her sins and give her everlasting peace.
“Please, God,” she prayed, “send us a water bottle. It will be no good tomorrow, God, the baby will be dead. So, please send it this afternoon.” Dr. Helen secretly gasped at such a bold prayer, but the girl added, “And while You are at it, would You please send a dolly for the little girl so she will know you really love her?”
Most people have never decided to believe in Jesus and live for him. In fact, more and more young people are moving toward not believing in God. They don’t see anything real in the religion of their culture. The religion they see seems hollow. It doesn’t connect to their daily life.
Indonesia is the world’s largest island nation, with about 18,000 islands. Only about 9,000 islands have been named. 6000 have people on them, but only 1000 have people year-round. At 260 million people, Indonesia is the worlds fourth most populous country, and has the most Muslims of any nation. There are many hundreds of different native tribes with their own languages. Papua has 264 languages.
In the south of France, the high Alps come down out of Switzerland and throw themselves into the Mediterranean sea. Every year hundreds of thousands of tourists pass through these mountains to ski in the winter and hike in the summer. Often the world famous bicycle race, Le Tour de France, passes through this region. It is a severe test of will and strength to peddle to the top of these hills. There on the edge of a shining mountain lake in the village of Embrun, Baptiste grew up dreaming of becoming a professional bicycle racer himself.
“Amy Carmichael is my Hero!” says a blogging group who keep their journals (blogs) on the Internet. Why are they amazed at this Irish missionary who lived from 1867 to 1951? After all, she is the same rowdy Amy often in trouble as ringleader, following through on her bright but mischievous ideas. Which of Amy’s qualities do they admire so much?