“So the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.” (Psalm 78:6-7)
Next year Ana’s great-grandmother’s Bible will be 100 years old! Containing notes, a photograph and a typed tithe envelope, that precious book carries a lot of history from the time when she and her husband were missionaries in the sertão, the northeastern backlands of Brazil. Leafing through it, we worked out that Ana is a member of the 5th generation of Christians in her family. In Psalm 78, the psalmist Asaph encourages us to prioritize teaching the Word of God to our children. What a blessing to see this happening in Ana’s family!
In contrast, we think of our beloved Thai sister Paa Jeew who we last saw in December 2021 before we returned to Brazil for our Home Assignment. As she said goodbye to us, she pleaded with us to join her in persevering in prayer for her children. She is the first Christian in the family. Paa Jeew has invited her grandson to attend Sunday services, but her son and daughter-in-law do not always allow it. Sadly, the very week we were leaving, she had lost her brother. She had told him about Jesus, but he never showed any interest. With tears in her eyes, she reminded us of how privileged we are to have families who also believe in the gospel.
Similar thoughts came to mind when we celebrated Josué’s 8th birthday with his church friends here in Brazil. There are between 30 to 35 children in his Sunday group each week. In our church in Thailand, the only child of Josué’s age who attends is Paa Jeew’s grandson – when his parents allow him! Let us pray that our beloved sister’s wish becomes a reality. May new Thai generations open their ears and hearts to the gospel. May this Psalm be fulfilled in that beloved country.
Bruno and Ana Cecília Granja Vila Nova
Brazilian OMF missionaries in Thailand