This month we heard from a missionary in Africa who is using our books to educate her children and the children at her church. That’s wonderful, but not unusual. But then she mentioned that she’s also using Telling God’s Story, Year One with a new convert, a local woman who is using the book to learn more about Jesus. That is something we truly didn’t foresee: that our little book about Jesus could introduce him not just to children, but also to adults, thousands of miles from our office, in a country we’ll never see.
In Mark 4:26-28, Jesus describes the growth of God’s kingdom like this: “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.”
This passage, which inspired the cover to Telling God’s Story, Year 2, just became real to us in a new way.