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    Saved from the fire

    My name is Parsongue Dalok and I am from Togo in West Africa. I am married and we have a baby. I want to tell you something that happened to me and my family in December 2013. One Thursday evening, I came home from work to find that the electricity in our house was not on. I had brought some work with me to finish at home, but it was too dark to do anything. As I was tired, I lay down on the sofa in the living room. “I will do my work as soon as the lights come on again,” I thought. My wife asked many times if she should go out and buy candles. At last I told her, “Yes, you go.”

    She bought two candles, one she put in the bedroom where our baby was sleeping and the other in the living room. That candle did not give enough light for me to do my work, so I prayed (talked to God) as I always do at the end of the day. Then I lay down on the sofa again and went to sleep.

    I heard a voice

    In the middle of the night, I heard a voice speaking to me in a dream, “Wake up, you are dying! Wake up, you are dying!"

    I heard the voice again and again. I woke suddenly to find that the room was on fire. The candle must have fallen over and set things alight. There were flames everywhere! I realised it was Jesus who had spoken to me in my dream. I cried out, “Jesus, save us!"

    I knew we were in very great danger. In our living room were two motorbikes. One of them was mine and the other belonged to my neighbour. If these caught fire, the petrol (gasoline) in the bikes would explode. No-one would be able to rescue us. I tried to put out the fire with sand and water, but by this time, there were too many flames. I ran into the bedroom to rescue my wife and baby. They were near to death because of the smoke from the fire. Quickly I picked them both up and carried them to safety.

    Twice saved

    As I carried my wife and baby outside, I saw many people had come to help us. They were able to rescue just a few of our things and to put out the flames. We lost nearly everything but our lives were saved. We saw a miracle that night! I woke up just in time. The motorcycles did not explode, my wife and baby were safe. Those who came to help said, "Mawulolo; mawule agbe,” which in our local language means, “Your God is great; your God is alive."

    Yes, I knew it was God who saved us that day. Now I am twice saved. Jesus saved me from my wrong-doing when he died on the cross for me and now he has saved me and my family from the fire. I want to keep following him for ever.

  • Mary Oliwu from Nigeria:

    Great joy came into my life the night that I became a follower of Jesus. My big troubles were over, Jesus had won. God had done a miracle inside me. Now I am at peace with God.

    M Bhutta from Pakistan:

    The day my family and I became followers of Jesus, our lives changed completely. We are all very happy.

    Namakau, in prison in Zambia:

    I feel that my being in prison has made me closer to God. I have given my life to the Lord Jesus who is true.

    Acharya from Nepal:

    I bought a Bible so I could find out the mistakes in it, and then argue with the followers of Jesus. But as I read it, I did not see mistakes. I found the truth about the real God, who gave his life to bring forgiveness to all who have done wrong.

    Muhereza from Uganda:

    When I was very ill, I went to the local witch-doctors. They could not help me. After a long time of suffering, I became a follower of Jesus. Then, I found new life and healing.

    Anne from Switzerland:

    When I became a follower of Jesus, I realised that God’s Holy Spirit, who brought Jesus back to life, lives in me. Life is now worth living and I always want to follow Jesus.

    Ute Hadaro from Ethiopia:

    When my family became followers of Jesus, our lives changed dramatically.

    Shakil from India:

    When a snake was going to attack me, I asked God to save me. He heard my prayer. The snake went away and I went safely home. From that day, I felt that I had a new life. God has blessed me.

  • Time is very important to us all. When God created the world, he made day-time and night-time. He made the sun, the moon and the seasons - hot and cold, wet and dry. These are all things that help us to measure time. From the very beginning, people needed to know about time – when to plant seeds, when the rains would come, when the crops were ready to pick. It became important also to know the time of the day. So people found ways of telling the time – these were some of the first things that people invented.

    Early ways to tell the time

    Sundials were one of the first things people used to tell the time, in Egypt and Babylon 3,500 years ago. These measure time passing by the shadow made by the sun. Each day, when the sun is shining, it seems to move across the earth from east to west. If something is in a fixed place, its shadow moves as the sun moves. So a sundial is made with a flat stone (or something else flat) that has marks for each hour of the day. Fixed in the stone is something like a thin stick, pointing up in the air. This makes a shadow that moves around as the sun moves across the sky. But the sundial cannot work if the sun is not shining, so other ways of telling the time had to be found. In many parts of the world such as China, India and Egypt, dripping water was used to measure time. Another way that people measured the hours passing, was to use sand flowing through a small hole.

    Time will end

    The Christians’ holy book, the Bible, tells us that time will end one day. Jesus Christ, God's son, came to the earth two thousand years ago. He came as a baby and lived for about 30 years, then he was killed as a criminal. Even though he never did anything wrong, he was nailed to a wooden cross – the way criminals were killed at that time. This was God's plan to rescue people from the punishment for all their wrong-doing (sin). We have all done wrong things. God's punishment for sin is death. When Jesus died on the cross, he took the punishment that should have been ours. He died to pay the price for our wrong-doing. Three days later, Jesus came alive again.

    Death was not the end. Now Jesus is alive for ever. He is in heaven. But one day, he will come back to the earth. This time he will not come as a baby, but as the king of all the earth. Suddenly, he will take all his followers to live in heaven with him. It will be a wonderful time for everyone who is a follower of Jesus. In heaven there will be no more sadness, or problems, or trouble, or fighting. Time will not be important any more. It is a place where we will be truly happy with Jesus for ever.**

    Being ready

    We do not know the hour or the day when Jesus will come again to the earth. But he tells us in the Bible, "Yes, I will come soon."

    * We do not know when that will be, but soon means it could happen at any time. We need to be ready for that time. If Jesus came back to the earth today, would you be ready? Are you one of Jesus' followers? Has he forgiven you for all your wrong-doing?