If you’re new to the Exploring with Jake series, be sure to read the introduction.
Do you remember last week how I started telling you the story of Sundar Singh? Things went well for him at the Christian school for several years until the worst thing Sundar could imagine happened. One day, when he was fourteen years old, his mother died. He was so angry! He was mad at everyone and everything. He started causing trouble for his teachers at school. He got a group of boys together and formed a small gang, harassing and scaring the Christians whenever they could. He was determined to rid his village of Christians. He stopped going to the Christian school and went to another school a few miles away.
Just when it seemed things couldn’t get any worse, they did. Summer came and Sundar started feeling very sick. He had contracted malaria. He knew it could kill him. He was terribly sick for months. As fall came and the time to go back to school grew closer, he started feeling better, but he was still very weak. He knew he was too weak to make the trip to his new school every day, so he gave in and asked if he could go back to the Christian school since it was close by. They allowed him to come back, even after all the trouble he had caused.
This time when he went to school, he didn’t misbehave or harass anyone. But he was miserable and tired and sad. He just didn’t want to live like that anymore. So he decided to do a very terrible thing. He decided to end his life. That night, he got a visit from someone he never thought he’d see.
I can’t wait until next week when our Sunday School teacher tells us who came to see Sundar. Do you have any idea who it could be?
“Dear God, sometimes terrible things happen that hurt so badly. We end up feeling so sad and so miserable that we don’t know what to do. Please help everyone who is sad and hurting to find You and to ask You and others for the help they need, because You are the One who gave us our life and You are the Only One who can help us live our lives until You take us home. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
You can print today’s missionary story about Sundar Singh here.
If you missed the beginning of our story, read Sundar Singh: A Seed Is Sown.