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“God Uses Everything”

Mission Aviation Fellowship helps missionaries share the love of Jesus in hard-to-reach areas. MAF pilots transport people into and out of faraway places. They bring them groceries and supplies. Sometimes they take sick people to doctors.

Do you think the pilots ever wonder if running errands for missionaries truly helps to spread the good news of Jesus? Recently a pilot from MAF visited The Voice of the Martyrs headquarters. He told about taking soap to missionaries, and about how God used the soap to teach tribal people in Indonesia about Jesus.

The tribal people covered themselves in pig fat to stay warm on cold days and nights. They kept a fire going in their homes. Soot from the fires stuck to their bodies. Without soap, they could never get completely clean.

A missionary asked MAF to bring him soap, which he used to pay the tribal people who had helped him build an airstrip where planes could land. The people bathed in the river with the soap. “We’ve never been so clean!” they exclaimed.

The missionary answered, “Tonight we can talk about how to be clean on the inside.” And he taught them how Jesus cleanses people from sin like the soap cleaned the pig fat and soot from their skin.

The soap helped the tribal people understand God’s love, and they spread the news to other groups in the area.

“We think some things are not important,” the MAF pilot told VOM workers. “But God uses everything!”

To Try
Soak a cotton ball in cooking oil. Cover your thumb or fingers with oil from the cotton ball. Run water over your thumb or fingers. Did the oil come off? Now try using soap. Did that work better?

A Verse to Learn
1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


Recipes from Bold Believers in Syria

Strawberry Banana Drink

Blend the following in a blender until smooth:

Two to three ripe, peeled bananas cut into chunks
2 cups of cold milk
1 cup of frozen strawberries
1 cup of yogurt
¼ cup of honey or sugar (optional)

Mahalabiya (Rice Pudding)

Ingredients
1 quart of milk
¼ cup of rice flour
¼ cup of honey or sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Dried fruit and nuts

Instructions
1. Stir ¼ cup of rice flour into ¾ cup of cool water. Set aside.
2. Heat 1 quart of milk to a low boil.
3. Add the water and flour mixture. Stir constantly until it begins to thicken. Add ¼ cup of honey or sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Continue to stir until the mixture has thickened.
4. Cool. Put in serving bowls. Sprinkle dried fruit and nuts on top.

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Sunday School Around the World: By a Syrian Tent

 

God’s people travel to many places to share the gospel. The pastor in the photo is teaching Syrian children about Jesus in front of a tent. Can you see from the photo how he traveled to the area to visit the children?

(The pastor and others’ faces are covered to protect their identity. It’s not always safe to share the good news of Jesus in his region.)


Sunday School Around the World: Sri Lanka

Sometimes enemies attack churches and pastors in Sri Lanka. The government often doesn’t protect the Christians. The majority of the people are Buddhists. (Read more about Buddhism here.)

The church in the photo was attacked by radical Buddhists, but the children still came to Sunday school in their damaged church.

To Talk About
Talk to your family, class, or group about the following: If enemies attacked and damaged your church building, would you go to church there the next Sunday?


Sunday School Around the World: Iran

In Iran, where Christian activities are strictly controlled by the government, Christians meet secretly in house churches. The photo shows a secret Sunday school class in Iran.

In one church in Iran, the leaders gave every member seven Bibles when they left church on Sunday. They asked the Christians to give one Bible a day to someone who wasn’t a Christian. But sharing the gospel with non-Christians is against the law in the country. So the Christians risked getting arrested every time they shared a Bible.

To Talk About
If you lived in Iran and your Sunday school teacher gave you seven Bibles to share, what would you do? Would you want your parents to share Bibles with non-Christians if it meant that they might go to jail?


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