The children walk silently and single file toward their school more than a mile away. They can’t talk because it’s too noisy to hear one another over the roaring traffic that passes just inches from them.
“Father says I’m a missionary,” Theodore says, “because I invited Amos to come to Jesus. You can be a missionary too,” he adds. “Just tell your friends about Jesus and invite them to come to church with you.”
Jean Paul was sad and lonely. He wanted to make friends, but other children avoided him or acted as if they didn’t see him. Recess time was the hardest for Jean Paul. The children often played soccer, his favorite game. But he wasn’t invited to play.
On her way to church one Sabbath Dorcas saw two girls quarreling. I wish they would stop fighting, Dorcas thought. Dorcas looked around, but nobody else was nearby. So she walked toward the girls and said, “Please don’t fight!”
Most people (about 75 percent) who live in Bhutan follow a kind of religion called Tibetan Buddhism. The rest of the people follow a mixture of Buddhism and Hinduism, a religion from India. There are very few Christians there. In Bhutan it is against the law for people to change their religion.
Like most young girls in Nepal, Kabita and Gita enjoy playing games when they are not helping their parents. But when it is time to plant or harvest rice, the whole family works in the fields until the rice is safely dried and stored in their homes.
“Sometimes when a holiday falls during the week, the school makes it up by holding classes on Saturday,” Alan says. “We are new in the school, so our teachers don’t know yet that we’re Adventists. They don’t know what Adventists believe.
The pastor visited Yasiah’s home and prayed for the boy. Then he told Yasiah’s father, “You should take your son to the city, where we are holding special meetings. Ask the pastors there to pray for your son.”