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Parachutes, prayer and planes

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(1) Gather your supplies and cheerful helpers.
(1) Gather your supplies and cheerful helpers.

Parachutes, planes, prayer, and homeschool children. The combination hints strongly of a potential visit to the emergency room. Ah, not so! In this case, the combination represents little missionaries at work.

The Voice of the Martyrs supports a missionary pilot who attaches Bibles and short-wave radios to small parachutes and drops them into guerrilla-controlled areas of Columbia. He needs tens of thousands of parachutes to continue his mission.

We decided to help. While the Bagasao Children’s Prayer Club studied and prayed for the Columbians, we also put our hands to work measuring, cutting and sewing these parachutes.

Would you like to get involved? Follow these simple instructions, or follow our steps below! Read the rest of this entry »

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Bagasao Children’s Prayer Club: Columbia

From the Bagasao Children:

Every week we learn about a different country or group of people needing prayer. We study their situation and then pray for them throughout the week.

Please join us in prayer for the Columbians.

Marissa sewing parachutes for Columbia

Marissa sewing parachutes for Columbia


The country and people:
Columbia is in South America. It is bigger than Texas and smaller than Alaska in area. The capitol city is Bogota’. The population is over 42 million. Their chief exports are oil, coal, coffee, emeralds, and bananas. The country is rich in gold, platinum and emeralds. Columbians speak Spanish and are generally very nice, cheerful people, believe it or not. Many of the Columbians are starving and live in dirty, crowded slums. Many of them are addicted to drugs or are in prison. There are some Christian organizations helping the children whose parents are in prison or on drugs. There are people in Columbia called guerrillas who will attack villages, kidnap people, and steal food. Guerrillas are warriors who are not part of a regular army. They are atheists (believe there is no God) and communists. They want to take over the government. Paramilitary forces are trying to keep power away from the guerillas. The Columbian army fights against both groups. People think that violence is a part of life in Columbia, and in many cases, this is true. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bagasao Children’s Prayer Club: Falashas

From the Bagasao Children:

Every week we learn about a different country or group of people needing prayer. We study their situation and then pray for them throughout the week.

Please join us in prayer for the Falashas.

fasiledesThe Falashas are black Jews in Ethiopia. The Falashas had a hard life in Ethiopia. For a long time they could not eat because there was not enough rain for their crops, and nobody there had invented a Wal-Mart. After the Communists took over Ethiopia, they had even more trouble. Markets were only open on Saturdays, which was the Jewish Sabbath. Many people had to move from the country to Addis Ababa, the the capitol city. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bagasao Children’s Prayer Club: Ethiopia

From the Bagasao Children:

Every week we learn about a different country or group of people needing prayer. We study their situation and then pray for them throughout the week.

Please join us in prayer for the Ethiopians.

Ethiopia is in eastern Africa. The people in Ethiopia are very, very poor. They have droughts and famines which cause starvation. There are a lot of annoying flies, and the people don’t have houses like ours, so they cannot keep the flies out. Very few children go to school. There was a civil war and many Ethiopians left the country. At the same time, refugees from Sudan and Somalia came to Ethiopia while trying to escape their own wars, but their lives did not get any better. The population of people in Ethiopia is 62,564,875, which is a lot of people. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bagasao Children’s Prayer Club: Egypt

From the Bagasao Children:

Every week we learn about a different country or group of people needing prayer. We study their situation and then pray for them throughout the week.

Please join us in prayer for the Egyptians:

The Prayer Club

The Prayer Club

Egypt is in northeastern Africa. It has a population of 68,469,695 people.  The capitol is Cairo, the largest city in Africa and the Middle East.  It has a lot of people.  There are a lot of poor people in Cairo who live in the slums, some in an area called Garbage City.  It is full of garbage which the people collect to sort and sell to recycling places; that’s how they get a little bit of money.  Although there are a lot of poor people, there are also a lot of millionaires.  It is probably because their chief export is oil.  Desert covers 96% of Egypt.

Acts 2 in the Bible tells us that Egyptians were among those in Jerusalem who learned about Jesus from Simon Peter and the other apostles at Pentecost.  (Finally Peter’s loud mouth came in handy!)  Read the rest of this entry »

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Bagasao Children’s Prayer Club: Druzes

From the Bagasao children:

Every week we learn about a different country or a group of people needing prayer. We study their situation and then pray for them throughout the week.

Please join us in prayer for the Druzes.

The Druzes live in and around Israel, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. They are mostly farmers that grow olive groves, cherry and apple orchards, and vegetables in their carefully tended gardens. They work hard and are trustworthy. They watch out for and help strangers.

The Druzes have a secret religion. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bagasao Children’s Prayer Club: Dogon

From the Bagasao children:

Every week we learn about a different country or a group of people needing prayer. We study their situation and then pray for them throughout the week.

Please join us in prayer for the Dogon.

The Dogon live in the dry land of Mali, west Africa. Their crops don’t grow very well because they don’t get much rain. They are poor. In their villages, if a person does something wrong, the elders will kick him out. If he wants to be forgiven and admits he is wrong, he has to sacrifice a lamb or a goat. The elders will track the blood to that person’s house. Then he is accepted back into the village. Read the rest of this entry »

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