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M is for Miracles

M is for Miracles. This ministry is in great need of MIRACLES. Cristina is my invaluable assistant living in Peru. Her niece, Ale (for Alejandra), is displaying the M she made with her aunt’s help.

Let me tell you about a MIRACLE I had this weekend. Some Sundays ago, I asked for prayer at 29ELEVEN CHURCH that I attend in Tahlequah. The pastor prayed with me asking God to provide the necessary means to continue my ministry. He asked specifically that funds would come from “unexpected sources.”

I’ve been thinking about what those sources could be at the same time praying that I would be able to pay Cristina. Since I have run out of money, she is only working some 15 hours a week. There is also the rent of office space and insurance to pay for.

On Saturday I sent her the money “by faith,” trusting that the Lord would provide for my expenses as they come along. Then came the miracle! From an unexpected source! My friend Nancy, who helps me with all the stories (adapting them from Spanish) sent me a love-offering. It covered what I had sent off to Cristina and left me the exact amount for the tithe. Talk about an unexpected source! She has been volunteering her time for years. I would never have expected that she would send me money. She had a blessing come her way and then sent some on to me.

I’m living in expectation of how provision will come this month! I’ve put a big M on the desires of your heart. My desire is to continue the ministry of providing teaching materials online. There are thousands of teachers subscribed to my different pages.

Put an M on the Miracles you need. Make a list of the Miracles you hope to see. Let’s form an army of believers who trusts in the miracles God will do.

“Your heavenly Father knows…” (Matthew 6:32). Our responsibility is to seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness (v. 33). God will do the miracles! It’s so comforting to know that OUR FATHER KNOWS!

As M is for Miracles, C is for COMPASSION, a beautiful virtue to spread the fragrance of Christ. A compassionate person has a tender heart and reaches out to a neighbor in need. COMPASSION is the theme for the stories I’m offering today.

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1,2

As we imitate God as beloved children, let’s remember that one of the qualities of our Heavenly Father is compassion.

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Psalm 103:8

But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. Psalm 86:15

As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. Psalm 103:13

The apostle Paul exhorted us to “Love one another with brotherly affection” and to “outdo one another in showing honor” (Romans 12:10).

At the beginning of Paul’s missionary ministry, the brothers doubted him. They were afraid due to the ruthless way he had persecuted the followers of Christ. But there was someone who had compassion on him. His name was Joseph.

Joseph was such a tender and compassionate man that the apostles changed his name. They called him Barnabas, which means “Son of Encouragement,” or “He who comforts.”

“He who comforts” had compassion on Saul and brought him before the apostles, guaranteeing that this new disciple and preacher had had a true and transforming encounter with Christ.

Barnabas’s compassion was rewarded. He and Saul became fellow ministers. By then Saul began using his Greek name, Paul, and they made a missionary journey together.

Saul/Paul was accepted in the circle of apostles in Jerusalem because there was a compassionate man. Let us be the “Barnabas’” of the 21st Century. Let’s support our neighbors with tender compassion.

What was Barnabas like? “He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith” (Acts 11:24). A good man! What a beautiful description of Joseph Barnabas!

  • a good man
  • full of the Holy Spirit
  • full of faith

Our world needs good men and good women. Men and women filled with the Holy Spirit and of faith. As we await the soon return of Jesus for his Church, let’s be persons like Barnabas. Jesus will come for a holy church, without spot or wrinkle.

So that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:27

Are you looking forward to Jesus’ coming? Are you ready to meet Him? That will be the greatest miracle of all. How awesome it will be to meet Jesus in the air!

Jesus is coming soon! On that day we’ll see each other in heaven, right? How wonderful to meet the friends who have been following me online! It would be great if we could meet here, which is not possible because of the distances. BUT we know that we’ll meet there!

Welcome to read stories 37 & 38 about compassion: THE TREASURE CLUB

Encourage the children to be compassionate!

These are four countries in South America where there is political turmoil and unrest. Please pray for God’s people to stay strong and for the Gospel to have an impact on people.

BOLIVIA

CHILE

ECUADOR

VENEZUELA

 

The Double Portion Prophet

During the past few weeks we have seen some of the many miracles that God did through his servant Elisha. In the Bible there are 10 miracles that God did through his servant Elijah, and there are 20 that are attributed to Elisha. Surely there were more, but those are the ones registered.

We have prepared cards for a review of Elisha’s miracles. Each miracle has two cards. You can print them at size or do multiples on a page for a smaller size. On each card is the Bible passage it features.

In today’s story the children are partying at Miss Beatrice’s house. They have competitions and review what they have learned. Would you like to have a party with the children and celebrate these studies (or other topics)?

Try making a target, as in the story. That would be exciting! Write questions on strips of paper and roll them up; put them in balloons and then inflate to a size you feel comfortable with. Another suggestion for review is that you have match boxes and put a question in each box. Hide the boxes for the children to find them and answer the questions.

An extraordinary miracle that catches our attention is what happened after Elisha’s death. The spirit of the “double portion prophet” remained powerful, even after his death.

See 2 Kings 13:20,21.

Powerful bones!

The Bible verse chosen for this week encourages children to love the Word of God and to keep his statues to the end. Like the psalmist, let’s pray,

Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes;
and I will keep it to the end. Psalm 119:33 ESV

Welcome to read this weeks story #19: A Big Surprise for Salt

SEE THE CHRISTMAS PAGE FOR ART, ACTIVITIES AND STORIES.

 

The Treasure Club stories
are taking a break during December.

In 2018 we will continue following Salt and Pepper and their friend Daisy.
We will also meet some new friends.

A Prayer Chain for Leo

dialisis colorLeo was a very sick boy. He had to have dialysis treatments several times a a week and his condition was so bad he could any minute die of a heart attack. Leo was put on a prayer chain. As it turned out, thousand of people were praying for him. God answered prayer and Leo was healed.

This is a beautiful Thanksgiving story to read to your children and grandchildren. It’s also perfect to use in your Children’s Ministry. Find it under Stories for Children.

Answer to the activity:

40 Answers

Prayer ChainPrayer chain for your classroom. Cut strips of paper long enough to fold over and make a chain link. First write the children’s prayer requests on each strip of paper. Then start a chain of the requests, linking them together. Every week you can add to the chain, as new needs are mentioned. Continue to pray each week for each request. When you have answers, put them in chains and form another chain. Hang the chains in a visible place. If you share the room with others, store them in a box and take them out for each class period. After a time (3 to 6 months) start a new chain, or do something different to encourage prayer. Emphasize the need to thank God for answered prayers.

Our God of Miracles

Welcome to 2014. I wish you God’s most bountiful blessings. To start on a positive note, the first story we’re publishing this year is a miracle story. It’s a testimony of what happened when Armando, a nurse who visited far-away villages in the Andes Mountains of Peru, came to Sheyla’s village with a “new medicine.”

UN MILAGRO PARA ROSITAHe used to visit the villages offering services with his nursing skills. He brought the “new medicine” to the villages he when he came to know Jesus and received him as his Lord and Savior.

This story is about a village where everybody received Jesus, and about Sheyla, one sick little girl who was healed by God’s power.

Our God is a God of miracles. Whatever your need is, put it before the Lord and wait on his love and power to work in your life.

This year my theme and emphasis will be about the home. Most of all about fixing our eyes on Jesus. He is the Author and Perfecter of our faith. Nothing compares to the joy and privilege of serving Him! Read Hebrews 12:1-12.

I’m declaring 2014 to be the Year of the Home for the glory of God! Build your life and your home on the firm foundation, which is Jesus!

Fix eyes on Jesus

Welcome to read the story about Sheyla.

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 Oil Miracle

I feel very connected with the woman I’m going to write about—a widow! I’ve had six years to practice being one. I keep holding on to the promise that God is a defender of widows and orphans. He defended the widow and orphans in the story I want to share.

2 Kings 4:1-7
The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”
2 Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”
“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”
3 Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. 4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”
5 She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. 6 When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.”
But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.
7 She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.” widows miracle

This lady inspires me faith! The prophet told her to work with what she had. But she couldn’t do it alone; she needed help. She had to ask her neighbors to give her jars. “Don’t ask for just a few,” the prophet told her. The miracle was going to depend on the effort she put into it! She worked hard and she had to believe the prophets words.

I often think about what she felt when she had poured the oil and asked for another jar, and her son said, “There is not a jar left.” How she must have regretted not being a little more diligent, because now the oil had stopped flowing. But she had enough to pay her debts. And she and her sons could live on what was left.

She inspires me because of the ministry the Lord has led me to. The Lord is my Provider. I’m retired. I live on my Social Security check and a pension check. How do I make it with all the expenses for the ministry? That is where I identify with the widow!

It’s been so clear to me these last few days that as long as I keep “pouring,” the oil will not stop. My dad has had this experience many times on the mission field. He would start a construction with no money in his hands but the Lord would provide as long as he kept going.

Mary, Dad’s Peruvian wife, told me a similar experience. They were building a dining hall for the feeding station in Huancayo. There was no money for the building. The builders offered to work on “credit,” and take a pay when money would come in. But as soon as they started, the “oil” kept pouring!

I feel that if I put in what I have, the Lord will not leave me stranded. I have a three-year contract for a translation job with lessons for orphans. That all goes to pay expenses. It feels good that through my work I can give work to others.

I often think about George Muller. He took care of thousands of orphans, and never asked for money. He just talked to God about his needs, and the Defender of orphans supplied what was needed. Do find a book about his life and read it. What an inspiring story!

Whatever your situation is, trust the Lord! And do pray for me, that I keep the faith. My purpose is to publish teaching materials for children around the world; free of charge! This week two more opportunities have opened up in Peru. One is the possibility to get some materials translated to the Quechua language.

Life is too short to just spend on myself. I love it that I have the opportunity to impact children for eternity. I could be a “regular” grandmother, just doting on my grandchildren, spending time with all my hobbies. That would be a waste of time and talents. Don’t take me wrong. I don’t mean that I waste time when I’m with my grandchildren, but when they are busy with their growing up activities, I can spend my time, my energy, and whatever dollars I have to pour the Living Water into children around the world.

My late husband’s and my verse for our life was Matthew 6:33.

 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

God honored the widow’s faith and gave her the oil she needed to get out of debt and to have money to live on. But she had to work for it. She borrowed the jars, going from neighbor to neighbor. She poured the oil and then she had to sell the oil.

The pictures above are done by Absalom-Leon in Costa Rica, an artist God has brought into my life as an answer to prayer. I hope that in time he will illustrate the entire Bible. I’m planning on doing PowerPoints so teachers can have these pictures in this modern media. Of course, we also do the pictures in a printing format.

Time and again I’ve proven that I just need to pray about my needs, about the kinds of people I need to help me fulfill the vision and commission the Lord has given me. When Paul spoke to King Agrippa he said he had not been disobedient to the heavenly vision. I cannot be disobedient.

I feel like the boy that gave his lunch to Jesus (see John 6:1-13). It wasn’t much, but in Jesus’ hands it became a miracle that ended up more at the end, AFTER 5,000 men (plus women and children) had eaten to satisfaction. Until my last breath I hope I will be busy doing the work of the Kingdom.

The oil miracle can be anybody’s miracle. Do you need a miracle? Put your life in God’s service. Seek his Kingdom first. There is no telling what miracles will come your way. It’s a matter of faith. Trust God for your miracle!

The most important miracle is the miracle of salvation in Jesus Christ!