Most of you know that I publish a story for children each week. Right now I feel like a bulldozer has run over me. I told Cristina, my designer, that we should write a story about the coming about of a story.
It was supposed to be easy, since I had published it four years ago. But it turned out to be all but that, since we were updating the illustration.
This is #1.
The story is about an English missionary and his Chinese helper who traveled on a dangerous road and had to spend the night. They were going to be attacked by robbers/bandits, and didn’t know until some time later how God had protected them with 27 angels in white. The bandits didn’t dare to attack them.
What had happened? Back home, 27 faithful prayer warriors were at a prayer meeting asking God to protect the missionary. Isn’t that awesome? For each one praying God stationed an angel soldier!
The picture looked excited, but at three in the morning the Lord impressed on me that we needed a picture that reflected the real thing. It was especially important for the coloring picture for the little kids.
Come morning, I had to ask Cristina to start all over again. I felt sorry because we had spent a lot of time talking about how to do the picture. I needed a tent and 27 angels surrounding it. I had to see my Dermatologist, so time was scarce.
I gave new instructions and went on my appointment. While away from the house I wrote the notes for my blog in Spanish that goes with the story.
This is #2.
The tent was there when I got home. But I needed the angels. We talked about it and I gave Cristina pointers on how to situate the angels of protection.
This is #3.
While I wrote my blog, Cristina worked on putting the angels around the tent. It started to take shape. Maybe it sounds like a no-brainier to you but these things take a lot of energy. And the driving to the doctor in the middle of a hot day takes a toll on me.
This is #4.
The children will color this picture and draw angels around it. But this is not all. I’ve also done a Bible activity using Psalm 34:7.
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.
We have quite a few more pictures… the ones Cristina worked on until we were happy with the result. Once again it was like giving birth. And then comes another part, when criticism rains on me and the story gets picked apart paragraph by paragraph, and I am made aware of what I should have written and what I should not have written. No wonder I feel like I am run over by a bulldozer!
I’m getting close to 200 stories, most of them have only been done in Spanish. But now they are also being done in English. In July I celebrated 47 years since I started doing the stories. I’ve taken a break of some 20 years while working with curriculum for the Assemblies of God. But I’m back on track.
The stories are my love-offering to Jesus. Children love stories and they are a good way of teaching spiritual truths. Jesus told stories. I hope He can use my stories for His glory.
Thanks for listening. I was wounding down from my bulldozer experience of the last two days! This little “story-telling” felt good.
This is not the only thing I’ve worked on, but it was stressful.
For stories in English: http://MX1414.wordpress.com