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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:

hermanamargarita.com  and  misperlitas.wordpress.com

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

 

 

 

 

 

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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!

 

 

Celebrating Heaven

Jasper, sapphire, agate, emerald, onyx, carnelian, chrysolite, beryl, topaz, chrysoprase, jacinth, amethyst…

Imagine a city with these precious stones as the foundation, a city of pure gold, like polished glass, a city with walls of jasper. The gates are pearls; each gate is a pearl. A river of water bright as crystal flows through the middle of the street. On either side of the river is a tree that produces twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. That is the holy city of God, the New Jerusalem.

Read Revelation 21 & 22 to prepare for this story.

This week. Let’s have a party to celebrate the wonder of heaven. You might want to decorate the classroom, prepare a snack, have some prizes… in short, do anything the children would love as a party!

In today’s story, Miss Beatrice has decorated the room where the Club meets to give an appearance of heaven, with gold and silver colors. Actually, there should be all kinds of colors.

There are people who, by God’s favor, have “visited” heaven (usually because they died in an accident and then returned to life). I have heard several such testimonies, and what these people describe about the colors is that they are so vibrant that colors on earth pale. Everything here pales in comparison with the heavenly home that awaits us.

Miss Beatrice wanted to celebrate that the children had received Jesus as Savior. Just as there is celebration in heaven when a sinner repents, she wanted to celebrate with a party and talk about heaven. She sent invitation cards to the children. Recently a friend of mine did this for her Sunday school class when she would be talking about heaven.

I did the card for her and have made copies for you, too. Maybe you would like to use this idea. There is text on the front. On the back you can print information or write something personal. I have also done a card that you can fold to write inside. A personal note shows a child that her/his teacher cares so much as to send a personal greeting.

There are cards to color, if you want the children to make cards and invite friends for a party or lesson.

I’m also including patterns for crowns.

The children can choose from different patterns.

A PowerPoint celebrates that Pepper is born again. He’s so happy to know the Lord, he imagines himself walking with Jesus in heaven. I hope this can be useful for you.

Pepper imagining about heaven.

I would love to get some feedback. Please send me a comment about how you use the stories. Pictures would be very appreciated.

Welcome to read the Salt and Pepper story #25: A Special Invitation

Next week we will add a new friend to the Club. A girl with Down syndrome will become Daisy’s friend. I believe it’s significant to show that all children are important and special in the eyes of God.

Looking ahead, this Spring we will have a series of 15 stories about a boy and a girl who cross the Red Sea and start on the Wilderness Journey. See Exodus 12 through 22, 32 and some stories from Numbers. Let’s pretend Miss Beatrice tells these stories, because after that we will pic up again with our friends in The Treasure Club.

Wishing you blessing, hoping to hear from you.

Your online friend,

Kerstin