to be with you, protect you, care for you, love you and forgive you?”
John 6:47,”I am telling you the truth: he who believes has eternal life.” (GNT)
Blank looks were returned to my questions. “Well the little girl I told you about…do you know who she was?” “No” came several voices with heads shaking side-to-side…”Well that little girl was me”.
“And just like you get sad when you don’t have enough rice to eat, or your Papa and Mama do not have enough work, or the rice farming is not good, or a big storm comes and blows off the roof of your home…
I didn’t know how to make things better”
Philippians 4:6, “Don't worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need,
always asking him with a thankful heart.” (GNT)
“You know these songs I have been teaching you?”…“Yes” came little voices again…
”Well when I was your age the lady who taught me these songs loved God and knew Jesus. She also told me about what Jesus did for me by going to the cross…He loves you and wants to be here for you…and for you to know his love”
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV)
So when this “Mam” asked if I wanted to ask Jesus to come into my life…to “come near to me”, like the song, I said “Yes” and we prayed together. Would any of you like to ask Jesus to come near to you and into your life?
John 3:3, “Jesus said, “You’re absolutely right. Take it from me:
Unless a person is born from above,
it’s not possible to see what I’m pointing to—to God’s kingdom.” (MSG)
Not one child said “no”…I re-confirmed…then I said okay anyone who wants to pray with me bow your heads…
everyone bowed their heads and prayed after me.
I love you. Thank you for coming near to me and loving me.
Thank you for your son Jesus. Thank you for what he did for me.
That he went to the cross to wash away my sins…the bad things that I sometimes do.
Please forgive me I want to be near to you…will you please come into my life? I love you and thank you.
2 Corinthians 5:17, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” NLT
Romans 5:1, “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.” (NLT)
We all said a big “Yeah!” and clapped our hands…then I told them that just like the Graduation the other day with the celebrations…the angels in heaven were celebrating over their coming near to God and asking Jesus into their hearts!
The Pastor that was helping with the restoration of the school will do the follow up on the children… we passed out little pads of paper and colored pencils to the children and they all wrote down their names.
Note: I erased their last names for privacy.
The rest of the day was light hearted…with games, more songs and paper airplanes races. I taught them “Red Rover, Red Rover” they played it for over an hour. When it was time for me to go the two oldest girls came up to me and said “I will miss you Mam…I love you Mam” I gave them hugs and a smile and told them I would see them again.
You see I know that when time stands still here on this earth…we will rejoice together in Heaven with our Lord! And let me tell you what a day that will be.
2 Peter 3:9, “Now the Lord is not slow about enacting His promise--slow is how some people want to characterize it—
no, He is not slow but patient and merciful to you,
not wanting anyone to be destroyed,
but wanting everyone to turn away from following his own path and to turn toward God’s.” (VOICE)
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