Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.” Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.
Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: “Peace be multiplied to you. I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for he is the living God, enduring forever; his kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his dominion shall be to the end. He delivers and rescues; he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, he who has saved Daniel from the power of the lions.” (Daniel 6:25-27 ESV)
We will be sharing this story about Daniel with children in El Salvador. God’s protection of His faithful children offers hope. I love the fact that King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations and languages of the earth that they are to fear God. He is the living God who delivers and rescues. Daniel served the Lord God continually. He stayed close to the Lord, and the Lord sent an angel to protect him from harm by the lions.
As we go to all the nations, bringing the good news of Jesus Christ, we also always share the gospel message of salvation at each of our programs. Our narrator will tell the story of Daniel as the rest of us take on rolls and act out the scenes. Then the narrator at the end of our story will tell all those listening about Jesus and the salvation that he offers to each of us. Trouble and death (lions) will come to all of us. If we haven’t accepted God’s Son Jesus Christ as our savior (angel of the Lord) we will perish. But for those of us who have accepted Jesus, God will protect us from the evil one and bring us up out of the grave (lions’ den/pit) into eternal life with Him.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.(1 Peter 5:8 ESV)
We’ll leave the people of El Salvador that we encounter with memories of our skits, paper sack lions, and gospel message necklaces to remind them of God’s protection of those who have accepted His Son as savior and serve Him continually. We’d also like to leave behind Bibles so that every child that we encounter will have God’s word available to them at home. We are raising funds to purchase the Bibles. A complete Bible will cost us $5.25 and a copy of the New Testament costs $.75. If you would like to purchase some Bibles or New Testaments for us to distribute in El Salvador the first week of August, please contact the First Baptist Church of Aledo, Illinois at 309-582-7812.
Father God, thank You for preparing our hearts with Your Word and Your message for the children and adults that we will meet in El Salvador. You go before us and behind us to accomplish Your will in their lives. Show us the way to go and put Your words in our mouths as we minister to them in the great and powerful name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Trust in God. Stand blameless before Him because of the blood of Jesus Christ. He will draw you up out of the grave.
Be encouraged. Press on.