Monthly Archives: December 2013

A Dream for Christmas

 

ENG Ica Peru

Carlos and the Red Honda 

It was an impossible dream for a poor boy in a poor neighborhood, the son of a “poor” pastor. That is what the kids in the church thought. But Carlos wasn’t dreaming and wishing to receivefrom his “poor” father pastor. He was asking God for his dream motorcycle.

Carlos was made fun of by the kids in his Sunday school class because of his “dream.” But nobody will laugh about it today. Carlos has a Honda motorcycle! Read and share this week’s story about Carlos, who now is a pastor himself. He uses his red bike to do God’s work in the jungles of Peru.

Dream come true

Carlos and the motorcycle he prayed for as a kid

Buena Honda

“Cristo es buena Honda” Carlos has painted on his Honda.
It’s a play on words that means that Jesus is Great!

Dreams do come true! And God answers prayer! Even the prayer of a “poor” boy in a poor neighborhood. I don’t think God cares one bit about those outward conditions. Man looks at the outside; God looks at the heart.

The Christmas Doll

DollThis is a story adapted from a true story I read in one of my magazines. A little girl gave away her doll for Christmas and got it back! How cool is that! The point I want to make to the children is that the good we do to others comes back to us. Not that we should do good thinking about what we will get back, but the sowing and reaping principle does not fail.

One of my Christmases as a girl that I will never forget was spent in Osorno, Chile. We had lost our home and the church building to a fire. My parents, the missionaries, wanted to do something fun for the children, so they hung the tree full of little toys and everyone got to pick one.

xmas in Chile 1953Under the tree at home there was a package with my name. I couldn’t resist the temptation to peak inside. I saw a doll! That wasn’t the only time I peaked. I had done it once before. Maybe you’ve done something similar. Those things stick in our mind.

My sister tells me a story about a doll Mom made her give away to a little poor girl. Later she saw that doll laying in a pool of mud. She made up her mind that she would never again give away one of her toys.

I’m sure we all have stories to tell of Christmas dolls or Christmas cars. But let’s tell the greatest story of all, about our Savior. I have some symbols in a file that I hope will help you tell the story.

Three Xmas symbols

May God bless you abundantly!

Heaping Burning Coals

20 BlogHave you tried heaping burning coals on the head of an enemy? It doesn’t have to be an enemy. Does someone rub you the wrong way? Does the person get on your nerves? This is what the Bible teaches to do:

Romans 12:17-20, NIV
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

I’ve written a story about a boy who was bullied, and how his dad taught him about heaping burning coals. They used love and prayer at the secret weapon. Read the story and print it to give to the children in your life.

God has provided me with help to get these stories done, so now we will have a story every week. It will also have a coloring page, a Bible activity, and a poster. I hope this will be helpful in your home and in your teaching ministry.

The purpose of this ministry is to reach missions fields, and anyone who wants to translate the stories is welcome to do it.

May God help us to follow his teachings about the burning coals. And let’s pray for the children who are bullied, as well as for the bullies.

Below is the answer to the Bible activity. Find the story under the tab “Stories for Children.”

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