Give your kids a heart for global missions! Inspire them with stories of how we can share God’s love with unreached people groups.
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.
In 1912, only two weeks after they heard about the need for missionaries, John and Jessie Whipple went to India. They began to try to tell people of the Hindu religion about Jesus. The Whipples didn’t know how to speak the language. They struggled to make the strange sounds. John learned that “A smile is the same in all languages.” The people saw Christ’s love in John and Jessie and started to trust them. Mr. and Mrs. Whipple made friendships and earned respect from the native Indians in the name of Christ.
Siud sat on a ridge, thinking, where he could see the sharp mountain ranges of his tribe’s area of Papua, Indonesia. He was just a boy. No one from outside his world knew the Kimyal tribe existed, and the Kimyal knew nothing beyond their world, either. Siud was next in the line of many generations of strong shaman (witch doctor) chiefs. Siud’s father had begun to train his boy to take his place. “I can’t do it,” Siud decided. “Why must we do all of these hard things so the ancestor spirits will not harm us?”
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.
Before Lott Cary sailed for Africa in 1821, he said, “I am an African…I feel bound to labor for my suffering race. I am prepared to meet imprisonment or even death in carrying out the purpose of my heart.” He longed to preach the Gospel to his people.
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.
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.
Have you ever wanted to do something so bad it burned inside like your heart was on fire? Did you ever feel a nudge inside telling you what to do, or what not to do? Didn’t it feel right when you obeyed and listened to God? I like to make videos and God showed me how I can use my skills to tell people about Jesus using YouTube videos and documentaries.
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.
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!