Category Archives: The Great Escape

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.

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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!



The Caravan that Left Egypt

Greetings from my granddaughter Sarah and me. On “Cinco de Mayo” we celebrated her birthday. See my blog:

It’s amazing how many people left Egypt under the command of their leader Moses. In Numbers 1:45,46 we read that in the caravan there were 603,550 men, twenty years or older, who were able to serve in Israel’s army.

Let’s do a calculation to get an approximate number. If for every man there was a woman and three children, this will be the number:

603,550 + 603,550 + 1,810,650 = 3,017,750

More than three million! The number has almost two million children! What a great Sunday school we would have had with them! No, with Moses in the desert it would have been a Saturday school, since their day of rest was on a Saturday.

Those who calculate conservatively think that it might have been two million.

Someone has figured out that if they had marched in rows of 50, the column would have extended for about 40 miles (65 kilometers) in the desert. At a modest pace of 2.5 miles per hour, it would have taken 16 hours for everybody to pass through the same place. The crossing of the Red Sea was something extraordinary! The caravan would have seemed endless.

Today’s story is about the crossing of the Red Sea, at least the beginning. In the story Eleazar makes friends with a girl that was lost.

There are flash-cards to go with the story as well as a PowerPoint. I hope they are useful.
God bless everyone. Write and tell me about how you use the story. Send me pictures. Your greetings inspire me to continue this labor of love.

Read Exodus and Numbers for a fresh view of this amazing story.

Don’t forget to pray for Israel. Rejoice with them for their return to the country rightfully theirs. God gave it to them. It started with Abraham, Genesis 12:1-3.

See story #5 in The Great Escape: Crossing the Red Sea



The Lord Will Fight for You

Five years ago, the words of encouragement that Moses spoke by the Red Sea took on a very special meaning for me. The Lord touched my heart with the certainty that I did not have to worry, that He would fight for me. It was then that I launched my ministry in English.

You might have wondered at the name of my blog: MX1414. It’s from Exodus 14:14.

  • M stands for Miracles—it’s all a miracle!
  • X stands for Exodus.
  • 1414 stands for 14:14, the verse that reminds me that the Lord is on my side, fighting my battles, providing day by day for my needs.

I’m still taking the first steps, but I hope that one day my stories will reach children from many countries where they speak English, and that they will be translated into other languages. That’s my vision. I’m crossing the sea!

What is your “sea”? What “impossibility” is there in your life? The Lord will fight for you!

Moses answered the people: “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today, you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:13,14 NIV

On the mirror in my bathroom I have a plaque in Spanish that reminds me of the powerful God I serve. Every time I look in the mirror I see it: “Is anything impossible for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14) No, there is nothing impossible for our God!

I imagine that arriving at the Red Sea was a terrifying situation for the Israelites. In front of them was the sea and behind came Pharaoh’s army. They were trapped! Then the angel of the Lord who had been traveling with them in the pillar of cloud moved and went behind, separation the Israelites from Pharaoh’s army. Moses received orders to raise his hand and stretch out his staff over the sea. Immediately the wind began to blow. The more it blew, the more miraculous it was. The waters separated! God opened the way through the sea!

The people had to exercise their faith. The Israelites must trust that the waters would not return to their place when they were in the middle of the sea. In today’s story we see Eleazar and his family ready to march through the sea. Read Exodus 14:1-22.

What path is open for you? Trust that God will guide you step by step. Even if there are enemies, God is there between you and any obstacle in your way. The Lord will fight for you!

As I sit working at my computer, every time I look up I see another plaque, and I’m reminded to be still and just trust God.

I wish you the same assurance!

Welcome to read today’s story The Great Escape # 4: A Path through the Sea

Hunger for the Presence of God

There is nothing more important than the presence and power of God in our lives. God’s servant Moses recognized this. Without God’s presence he did not want to move on.

“If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.” Exodus 33:15

Without God’s presence we are lost. God showed his presence in a glorious and visible way to the people of Israel, in pillars of cloud and fire. That’s what today’s story is about.

Read about the “pillars” in Exodus 13:17-22.

From the beginning of the journey to the Promised Land God guided his people with the pillars of cloud and fire. When the Egyptian army followed them, God made the pillar double-sided. In the story, Eleazar admires the cloud. He is amazed by what happens when the cloud separates Israel and Egypt. For Israel there was light, but for the Egyptians there was darkness (Exodus 14:19,20).

Israel had the presence of God visible in the cloud and the fire. Without the presence of God Moses did not want to move forward. “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here,” was his prayer.

The boys and girls that left Egypt with Moses saw the wonder of the pillars of cloud and of fire. How I wish that the boys and girls who are following The Great Escape story will desire to have God’s presence and power in their lives! I wish for us all to have hunger for God and his presence.

I have a burning desire in my heart to live continually in the presence of God, to the point that it shows. When Moses spent time with God on the mountain his face was shining, so much that he had to put a veil on (Exodus 34:29-35). Oh, that we may shine for Jesus!

In the New Testament, after the lame beggar had been healed and Peter and John were being examined by the Council, those authority people were astonished at their boldness, but then they recognized that Peter and John had been with Jesus (see Acts 4:1-22).

Oh, the presence of God! Oh, that people would see in us that we have been with Jesus! The pillars of cloud and fire was an unmistakable presence of God with the people of Israel. Today we have the continual presence of God through his Holy Spirit. May the Holy Spirit and fire ignite us to win the world for Jesus. Let’s be on fire for Jesus! Let’s hunger for the presence of God!

This month is the celebration of 70 years since Israel was declared a nation. The caravan of millions, guided by Moses and Aaron, were on their way to the country that now is Israel. I will be writing something about this on my personal blog:

For today’s story there is an activity to do the pillars. There are pillars with the Bible verse and also blank, so the children can write the verse themselves.

Enjoy it!

The Cloud 1

Welcome to read the story. The Great Escape #3: The Double-Sided Cloud.