Give your kids a heart for global missions! Inspire them with stories of how we can share God’s love with unreached people groups.
It’s exciting to be in a new place. We get to meet new people, see new things, try new food, and learn new ways of doing things. God is very creative. He made many different cultures and places. It is fun to see that.
“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?
This is a parable. A parable is a story with a meaning, but don’t try to make all the details fit the moral of the story. The Kingdom of God is like two friends who went camping. Paul and Jeremy wanted to go camping by themselves one weekend. Paul asked his father, who said, “I think you are old enough now to go by yourselves. Just remember all the rules and advice I have given you about camping and you will be O.K. Take my cell phone so you can call for help if you need to.”
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. Theyre on the edge of a shining mountain lake in the village of Embrun, Baptiste grew up dreaming of becoming a professional bicycle racer himself.
Ivan is Roma, a people often looked down upon around the world. They are also know as Gypsies. They have superstitious religious beliefs rooted in Hinduism. Known mostly as uneducated, unmotivated and living a rough wild life, the Roma are often accused of thievery and other bad behavior. This used to describe Ivan.
William Carey lived in England long, long ago, before the father of your father’s father was born. While still young, he asked some ministers of his church about taking the Gospel to people in other countries. One minister told him, “Young man, sit down. When God pleases to convert the heathen world, He will do it without your help or mine.” William knew that was wrong. He was convinced that Christians must take God’s Word to every nation. Years later he said, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God”. And he did!
I want to tell you a true story about a special friend of mine, who we will call Janet. I cannot give you her real name because the government is very strict in her country. If they learned about her decision for Jesus she might lose her job or otherwise get into trouble.
In South America there is a tribe of Indians whose whole community has been changed since they learned about Jesus and began following God’s Word. They want to share the joy of knowing Jesus with other tribes, so they made a big trip down the river by canoe to share the Good News with others.
Sometimes people say, “The days of miracles are over.” But my life has been full of miracles!
The miracle of my birth: I was born in India to a Christian family of 13. At the hospital the doctors told my mother, “We have done our best. Only God can save your life.” My mother answered, “I told Jesus that if He saves my life I will dedicate this child to be a missionary.” The Lord heard her prayer; she lived and so did I. Today I am a missionary because of her prayers and tears.
When Doan was 13 years old, he and his 15 year old sister escaped from their home country of Vietnam. There was a war in Vietnam. Though it was very dangerous, Doan’s mother sent her children away, hoping that they would reach another country where they could get an education. Doan, his sister and sever others escaped Vietnam in a small fishing boat. After spending 11 frightening days on the open sea, they arrived safely in Hong Kong. They were accepted into a refugee camp and waited for sponsorship to another country.