Category Archives: The Great Escape

Caleb, the spy with “a different spirit”

Caleb of the Old Testament is one of my favorite biblical characters. I am inspired by his enthusiasm and optimism. I love that at age 85 he felt as strong as when he was 40 and went to explore the land of Canaan. While he was there, he fell in love with a mountain, and he asked Moses to make that his inheritance. But he had to conquer it!

How could he feel as strong at 85, as when he was 40? It was the manna diet! We’re talking about a man who spent 40 years in the desert, eating manna every day. There was no variety in his diet. He ate the same thing every day! But it was bread from heaven. Read about the manna in Exodus 16.

God did not give his people any kind of food. The “dew” that covered the face of the desert every morning contained all the nutrients the body needed to stay strong and healthy.

Moses ate manna. Moses died at 120 years old. His eyes were not weak, nor his strength gone (see Deuteronomy 34:7). I wish I had the eyesight of Moses! And his vigor! It was the desert air and the manna diet that sustained him. The manna, that white thing like coriander seed that tasted like wafers made with honey (see Exodus 16:31), was an extraordinary food.

This week the story is about the spies that Moses sent to explore the Promised Land. One of the spies was Caleb, who had “a different spirit.” God himself said those words about his servant Caleb.

But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it. Numbers 14:24

What was that “different spirit” like? Caleb faithfully followed the Lord. That kind of people we need to be.

When the spies returned from their exploratory trip, ten of them discouraged the people. Caleb and his friend Joshua were the only ones who believed that God would be with them to conquer the land. When the people of Israel heard the bad reports of the unbelieving spies, they cried all night! They even wanted to choose another leader and return to Egypt. As for Joshua and Caleb, the people even talked about stoning them!

God, tired of the complaints, punished the people by making them wander for 40 years in desert, until the unbelieving generation died.

But his servant Caleb, because he had “a different spirit” and faithfully followed the Lord, would go to the Promised Land, and his descendants would possess it.

Read Numbers 13:1-14:38; Deuteronomy 1:19-40; Joshua 14:6-14.

Read the story #12 in The Great Escape: The Twelve Spies of Israel

The land that Caleb went to explore is now Israel. Since the destruction of Jerusalem in the first century the Jews have lived in exile. It is a different people, a people that has maintained its identity, its language, its God Jehovah. The people of Israel returned to their land, and 70 years ago, David Ben Gurion declared the nation of Israel. This year Israel has celebrated its anniversary. We live in a historical moment. This one of the signs that Jesus is coming soon.


Nancy, my friend who translates these stories from Spanish needs our support in prayer. Her husband, Dave, has been in a very freak accident. He was rescued at the last minute from burning alive in his truck. A tree fell on it and it caught fire. Three weeks he has been in ICU with Nancy by his side. We need to pray for his healing and recovery, and for Nancy to be rereshed and have the energy needed in this difficult situation.

Absalom-Leon Sixco, the artist that does the pictures for our stories is in the hospital with a blood infection. He has been very sick but the last report I received from Costa Rice, where he lives, stated that he is slowly recovering. Please pray that he will gain his strength back.







The Ten Commandments


I hope you are doing fine and are enjoying Summer (or Winter, depending on where you live). Where I live it’s been very hot and more heat is on the horizon.

I take advantage of early mornings to sit outside and enjoy God’s creation. The birds sing for me as I read my Bible. One morning God sent me a special visitor. A friend of mine said it was good that it was only one… could have been an invasion! This was a cute little one, not what probably invaded Egypt in the times of Moses. See Exodus 8:1-15.

Moses and millions of Israelites left Egypt (and all the frogs) behind. That’s what our stories have been about. When the big multitude came to Sinai, the mount of God, also called Horeb, the Lord gave Moses laws for the people. They had no laws of their own, because of having lived under Pharaoh in Egypt, obeying his laws. Now that they were a free people they needed laws.

Read about it in Exodus 19.

It was something spectacular when God spoke. There was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain. The mountain was covered with smoke, because the Lord descended in fire. The people trembled at a loud trumpet blast, that grew louder and louder. What an awesome experience it must have been!

God made a summary of the laws and wrote them on stone tablets, with his finger. We know them as the Ten Commandments, Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:1-22.

A fun activity, also a teaching tool.
(Modeling is my granddaughter Lana.)

My assistant Cristina and I have prepared several helps to teach the Ten Commandments. Find them HERE.

Welcome to read today’s story. The Great Escape # 11: Commandments Written in Stone

I wish you blessings. Next time, probably within two weeks, we’ll have the story about the 12 spies sent to explore Canaan.



Manna in the Desert, God’s Provision

Two hundred years ago lived an amazing man named George Müller, who during his life sheltered more than 10,000 children in the orphanages he founded. It seems incredible! But it’s true. The most incredible thing about his life is that he did everything by faith. George Müller prayed for everything he needed! One of the many stories about God’s provision is of a breakfast that God provided by waking the baker early so he would bake bread and bringing the milkman to their door. His cart broke down outside of the orphanage. The children had come to empty tables. They thanked God for the food even when their cups and plates were empty. And God provided!

One of the many miracle God did for George Müller
and his “children.”

If you have not read this biography I highly recommend it.

God works miracles every day. See what Jesus promised:

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. John 14:12-14

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. 1 John 5:14,15

George Müller knew that he was doing God’s will. The Lord had called him to open homes for the many orphaned children in Bristol, England, so he could come with confidence before the throne of God.

Today’s story is about the great miracle that God did to provide food for Israel during the forty years of pilgrimage in the desert. Imagine how it might have been that first morning when the Israelites found the “manna.” Another miracle was of all the quails that God sent flying through the camp. Think of the millions of people who needed food. For God nothing is impossible!

Do you need a miracle? Do you have a physical or financial need? Do you have a special need in your family? Are you needing a job? Whatever it is, God is your Provider.

Our girls and the car God provided when it was
next to impossible to buy a car.

Forty years ago, when my husband and I were missionaries in Peru, it was almost impossible to buy a car there, but God did the “impossible” for us. First he provided us with money, then he opened the door for a Volkswagen from Brazil to arrive in Huancayo, where we worked. Only two cars arrived, and we got one of them! Of course we named the car DIOS PROVEE (“God Provides”), taken from Genesis 22:14? God is no respecter of persons. Anyone who comes to Him in faith can experience amazing miracles.

The teaching materials on this page and all my other pages are God’s “manna.” You cannot imagine the miracles that happen every week to make it possible for me to publish these stories. My main work is in Spanish, with Bible lessons and other teaching tools. One day I hope to do everything also in English, hoping to reach many mission fields.

Ten years ago I was on the verge of death. God has given me life, to share with children, parents and teachers the wonders of his love. Every month, when I go to the bank to send the payments to Absalom and Cristina for their artistic work, I am amazed because God has provided one more month of “manna.” Absalom is an artist from El Salvador, but he lives in Costa Rica. He does the pictures for these stories. We are working on having the entire Bible illustrated. Cristina is my assistant. She lived in Peru.

Summer greeting from Cristina and me

Why is this such a miracle? Keep in mind that I‘m a widow, living on social security. I have one small church in Sweden that sends me a monthly offering to cover some of the expenses. I do translation jobs to cover the rest. Sometimes I must put everything on hold to finish a job. That’s been the case these last few weeks, the reason why the story is much overdue.

Every time you receive a new story it’s a miracle! But I’m not the only privileged. For you too, God will work miracles. Ask Him! He is our Provider!

Forty years God provided nutritious “manna” in the desert. The mothers had to be very creative to provide some variety in the meals they served. The seeds they picked every morning were always the same. They must have contained all the vitamins and nutrients the body needed. I wonder how many ways to serve it the mothers in the Israeli camp came up with?!

Read Exodus 16 and marvel at God’s provision.

The story for today is #10 in The Great Escape: Bread from Heaven





A Happy Celebration

I have reason to celebrate, thanking God for two excellent helpers. Five years ago, my Peruvian assistant Cristina started working for me. A couple of years before that, God answered my long-time prayers for an artist, Absalom in Costa Rica, to illustrate my Bible stories. My goal is to one day provide them all in English. For now, I’m happy that I can do the stories. I have Nancy in Alabama to thank for that. This ministry is a labor of love, a wonder of God’s grace.

Here you can find materials if you know people who need helps in Spanish:  and

I’m sorry I had to skip one week in posting the story. We had some technical issues, as well as getting off schedule. Cristina had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. She and her sisters spent two weeks of vacation in Mexico. See here my beautiful assistant.

Will you help me pray for Cristina and Absalom, for God’s continued provision for us to do this work. I don’t have in my garden a tree that produces money, but I have a God who gives us “our daily bread.”  For me that means freelance translation jobs so I can pay my helpers. God’s provision all these years is something I celebrate. All glory be to Jesus, my beloved Savior!

In today’s story there is also celebration. Eleazar’s parents and Raquel’s dad have been worried about their “lost” children. Now they find them, and all of them get together at the sea-shore to tell about their experiences of crossing the sea. And Eleazar finds out the meaning of his name–God is my help.

The story will continue with a few more chapters, telling about how it was on the journey through the desert. “Food from Heaven” is the next chapter.

Cover for a Binder

For those who want to make a binder to keep the stories, here is a file with cover page, spine text, and back cover. I’ve made a binder to keep on my coffee table, that way any visitor I have can easily read the stories.

File to print: Cover for Great Escape

In these Great Escape stories we’ve seen what happened on the first Passover, that night when the people of Israel came out of slavery in Egypt to start the long journey to the Promised Land. God ordained that this celebration be done every year.

This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD–a lasting ordinance. Exodus 12:14

For generations the people of Israel remembered this first Passover. Then came Jesus, “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29), and now we celebrate each year his death and resurrection.

Did you see the Remembrance Circle we prepared for Easter this year? It can be used to celebrate Jesus anytime of the year.

Find it HERE.


You can make this circle in double or triple size for the classroom or the home. Wouldn’t it be great if each classroom and home had one, to remember what Jesus has done for us, to reflect on his redemptive work, and to rejoice for all his blessings.

Welcome those who have joined us recently. If you have not subscribed yet, I invite you to do so. That way you’ll receive an email notice every time there is a new story or some other communication.

Do you have something to celebrate? Yes, of course! This morning you woke up; your heart was beating. You didn’t have to wind it up. You are breathing. Celebrate life! Every day God gives us life is a happy celebration.

Celebrate that God is your strength. Like the meaning of Eleazar’s name, God is your help! More than anything…

Celebrate Jesus!

Welcome to read The Great Escape story #9: Together Once Again






Three Great Women in Moses’ Life

It’s often said that behind every great man there is an even greater woman. Let’s have a look at three of the women that played an important role in the life of Moses.

From eternity God had already chosen the man who would bring his people, Israel, out of slavery in Egypt. God chose three women to each play a very important role in forming this man. The three instrumental women in the first years of his life: Jochebed, Miriam and the Egyptian princess.

Jochebed. The king’s edict was that all the boys born to Israelite families had to be thrown into the river; but this mother couldn’t do it. Like any mother, she saw that her son was a fine child. What mother doesn’t see beauty in her child? She had to obey the king’s order; but she did it very creatively. She got a papyrus basket, coted it with tar and pitch, and there she put her precious three months old baby. I imagine she did it with a prayer to God for the protection of her beautiful baby boy.

Miriam. We don’t know how old this girl was–maybe she was six or seven. When her mother put the baby in the river, Miriam stood at a distance to see what would happen. When the princess came out to the river and found the basket with the child, Miriam ran to her and offered to go find a Hebrew woman to nurse the baby. She ran to find her mother!

A baby that melts the Princess’ heart

The Egyptian princess. This is the third woman who played a great role in the life of Moses. She was the one who gave him the name Moses. When this woman saw the child in the basket, she felt compassion for him. Right there, she decided to take care of him. When Miriam brought her mother and introduced her, the princess offered to pay Jochebed to raise the child. When the boy grew older he went to live in the palace as the son of the king’s daughter.

These are the three women behind the great man Moses. Had it not been for them, Israel’s history would be very different. We can add another woman to the number, Zipporah, Moses’ wife. But now the focus is on the beginning of his life and on the three women mentioned.

Miriam was not only instrumental in the first months of Moses’ life. God chose her, together with her brothers Moses and Aaron, to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt.

For I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. For I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. Micah 6:4

Miriam was a prophetess. When the people had crossed the Red Sea, she led the women in a song of praise. With tambourines and dancing they celebrated at the seashore, glorifying the name of the Lord.

Read about it in Exodus 15, the basis for today’s story.

Three instrumental women

  • With tar and pitch and lots of love Jochebed prepared the basket that saved her son, the future great leader of Israel.
  • With courage and boldness, little Miriam touched the princess’s heart to find someone to nurse the baby.
  • With his beautiful little face, bathed in tears, little Moses opened the heart of the princess, who decided to adopt him.

Today we focus on Miriam, an instrument chosen by God who from childhood was useful. There came a day when she, together with her brother, rebelled against Moses (Numbers 12), and God punished her with leprosy. But that’s a story for another day.

Greetings to all the mothers and teachers who honor me using my stories. I wish for you, like Miriam, to lead the people (your children and students) in praising the Lord. Let’s all, men and women, big and small, sing praises to honor our God!

In the United States, today is Memorial Day. We honor the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. It is the 150th Memorial Day.

Thank you to the 2.000.000 men and women who wear the uniform. Blessings to the families of the million who have sacrificed their lives.

Welcome to read today’s story. The Great Escape #8: A Seashore Celebration

Glory to Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords!



A Lamb in the Arms of the Savior

My greeting today comes with the words of the apostle Paul, that we should rejoice. In the short passage of Philippians 4:4-8, there are many valuable teachings.

  •  Rejoice in the Lord always
  • Know that the Lord is at hand
  • Do not be anxious about anything
  • Pray about everything
  • With thanksgiving make your requests known to God

 And the peace of God will guard your heart!

  • Think about whatever is true
  • Think about whatever is honorable
  • Think about whatever is just
  • Think about whatever is pure
  • Think about whatever is lovely
  • Think about whatever is commendable
  • Think about whatever is excellent
  • Think about anything worthy of praise

And the God of peace will be with you!

All this will bring joy to your heart, and God wants you to have joy. He instructed the Israelites about certain feasts that they should celebrate annually. One of those was the feast of the harvest, when they celebrate a feast to the Lord for seven days. They would take tree branches and make tabernacles and live in them for one week. Thus they would remember how God brought his people out of Egypt. (See Leviticus 23:33-43.) The reason for their celebrations was to rejoice. What can you celebrate to be happy about?In today’s story the children found an abandoned lamb. I love this drawing of Eleazar carrying the lamb in his arms. It makes me think of Jesus’ parable of the lost and found sheep. In the Gospel according to Matthew 18,  Jesus tells the story of the lost and found sheep when talking about children and says that the heavenly Father does not want any one of them to be lost.

A lamb in the Savior’s arms is something wonderful. Read Matthew 18:1-14 and meditate on the deep meaning. In Luke 15 Jesus speaks of the joy in heaven for a sinner who repents.

Look at the picture of Eleazar and the little lamb. Imagine that you are the lamb in the Savior’s arms; then imagine yourself carrying in your arms that student in need of love. It can also be your son/daughter that you have close to your heart.

For today’s story I have pictures and a PowerPoint of the lost and found sheep, if you would like to use this parable. It’s an excellent opportunity to talk about the love of Jesus for each little lamb, and to make an invitation to the children to give their hearts to Jesus.

Find the story of the lost and found sheep here: Salvation page

I’ve started a page called SALVATION with the purpose of providing materials for this most important subject. We are all lost sheep in need of a Savior.

Keep in mind this week that God wants you to be happy. Rejoice in the Lord! Whatever problem you are going through, don’t worry. Take your need to God in prayer, with thanksgiving. The Lord will work in your life. If you’re anxious and concerned, think about yourself as a lamb in the arms of the beloved Savior.

Welcome to read The Great Escape, story #7: A Stop for a Rescue

Marine Fauna and the Red Sea

Imagine how it would have been to walk along the bottom of the sea with walls of water on both sides. That was the experience of the millions who followed Moses on their way to the Promised Land.

Today’s story is about Eleazar and Raquel and their undersea adventure. Our artist Absalom made a drawing of the children looking at the fish inside the wall of water. How fun!

The world beneath the water is extraordinary. The colorful fauna is impressive, and the variety of fish, like everything else in Creation, points to the great and sovereign God we have.
Take the opportunity to chat with the children about the wonder of the underwater world. If you want to get images, search the internet under “marine fauna and flora.”

God’s servant Moses was the meekest man on earth. He had to have a lot of patience to guide the multitude of complaining Israelites. This series of stories will have some of the many adventures in the desert.

For today’s story read Exodus 14:21-31.


For those who have the possibility of using PowerPoints we offer a few images for each chapter. Sometimes we include more images than necessary, for an option to choose.


With these images you can make an exhibition of the whole story. Choose at least one for each story and decorate a classroom wall. If you don’t have the possibility of printing in color, have the children color the pictures. They will be happy to see their works of art exhibited.

Memory Cards:

The memory cards are an excellent way to help children hide the Word of God in their hearts. Give them the card for each week and inspire them to make a collection. Better than just keeping the cards as a collection is to commit the words to memory.

Welcome to read today’s story: The Great Escape #6: The Undersea Adventure

May God bless you and grant you the desires of your heart!