A Story from the Kids of Courage archive
Several years ago, Margaret S. led a children’s Bible Club in an area of the U.S. where many families are poor. “The children face problems that seem impossible even for adults to face,” Margaret wrote to The Voice of the Martyrs.
“This year we read a story about Sudan as our mission lesson,” Margaret continued. “From VOM materials, I learned what we could do to help the people in Sudan. We decided to send blankets.
“So I asked the children, ‘How many blankets would you like to send?’ They decided 10 blankets, because there were 10 children at the club that day.
“Now 10 is a lot for a poor neighborhood. I said to the children, ‘Oh, maybe [we can get] 10 by the end of the year.
“We prayed for the people in Sudan. We prayed for the blankets.
“I was worried. Where would we get 10 blankets? I didn’t want the children disappointed. I forgot how big God is, how he hears and answers prayer. The children were not worried!
“The next week, a friend I hadn’t seen for several months called on the day of the club meeting. She told me she found some money in a store parking lot. She said she had read the book In His Steps by Charles Sheldon.” [When making decisions, the characters in the book ask, “What would Jesus Do?”]
“She turned the money in at the store. After six weeks, the store had not found the owner, so they sent the money back to her. She prayed and asked God what to do with it. She decided to send it to the children of the club. It was 60 dollars!…I bought 10 blankets….
“In one week, God answered our prayers! Only he could have organized all these events.
“I told the children how God answered their prayers. They clapped and shouted!
“I hope this story encourages you to expect great blessings from our faithful and loving heavenly Father – a Father who has a lesson for all his children!”
Note: Learn about VOM’s “Blanket and a Bible” project here.