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Weekly SNAC, 9 September 2018 - “Everyone a child should know”

As a family we are always on the lookout for resources for reading the Bible with our kids. I think every family knows the struggle of trying to keep family devotionals a regular part of life. As our children have gotten older and started reading the Bible for themselves, we’ve started to read other books together over the dinner table (on the nights when we are all there!) as well as talking about what we have all read in our own Bible reading.As a family we are always on the lookout for resources for reading the Bible with our kids. I think every family knows the struggle of trying to keep family devotionals a regular part of life. As our children have gotten older and started reading the Bible for themselves, we’ve started to read other books together over the dinner table (on the nights when we are all there!) as well as talking about what we have all read in our own Bible reading.

This year we’ve been reading “Everyone a child should know” by Clare Heath-Whyte and we’ve really enjoyed it. Stories of faithful Christians doing great things for God are always encouraging and that’s what this book does. It tells the story of 52 Christians who have faithfully served Jesus with their life (each one in just one or two pages). Some of the people are famous (Billy Graham, Augustine, Martin Luther) but others you may never have heard of (Mary Jones, Hannah More). Though it’s aimed at primary school aged children our teenagers have enjoyed it also and it’s lead to good discussions around our dinner table.

Here is one of the stories to give you a taste – Adoniram Judson (1788-1850) –

Who first told you about Jesus? Your parents? Your friend? Someone at church or school?

Adoniram Judson didn’t become Jesus’ friend until he was a grown up, but he had always known about Jesus – from his parents, church and school. But Adoniram knew that some people in the world would never hear about Jesus from their parents. He knew that there were places in the world where almost nobody had heard about Jesus at all – places like Burma. No one from America had ever gone overseas to tell people about Jesus before – but Adoniram decided to go.

Burma was very different from America. The people spoke a different language – so Adoniram learnt it. The people wore different clothes – so Adoniram wore them. No one knew about Jesus – so Adoniram told them. He told lots and lots of Burmese people – but nobody wanted to listen. He told more and more Burmese people. Finally, after six    whole years of telling Burmese people about Jesus, one Burmese man became Jesus’ friend.

Adoniram kept going. He put the bible into the Burmese language so more people could find out about Jesus. He was ill, he was put in prison, his wife died, his children died – but Adoniram kept going. By the time Adoniram died thousands of Burmese people had become Jesus’ friends.

Phil Colgan