Azerbaijan | May 7

Ibrahim’s Question

Ibrahim [EE-brah-heem] is 9 years old. He lives in the country of Azerbaijan. [Locate Azerbaijan on the map.] He’s in the third grade and likes math and riding his bicycle. 

The Bus Driver’s Questions

Ibrahim likes to go with his mother to do missionary work. Most people in Azerbaijan are religious, but they are not Christians. Often they take a minibus to a village near their home. Ibrahim likes to sit near the driver so they can talk. One day the driver asked Ibrahim some questions: “How many eyes do two birds have?” 

Ibrahim thought for a moment before he answered, “Four!”

“How many eyes do four birds have?” the driver asked. 

Again Ibrahim thought for a moment. “Eight!” 

“You’re very smart,” the driver chuckled.

Then Ibrahim had an idea. “Now I have a question for you. How many days did it take God to create the earth?” The driver thought for a while, but he didn’t know the answer. “It took six days,” Ibrahim said. “If you want to know more about what God does, you should buy a book from my mom. It’s called Only Allah Gives Us Peace.” 

Mother’s Gift

Some people on the bus heard the conversation between Ibrahim and the driver. One of them asked Ibrahim’s mother about the book Ibrahim had mentioned. 

Mother usually sold the book to help pay their bus fare, but she decided to let Ibrahim give the book to the people in the bus for free. 

Ibrahim walked down the aisle giving one to each person. The people smiled and said thank you. Ibrahim smiled back and said, “You’re welcome!” 

When Mother and Ibrahim got off the bus, Ibrahim noticed that several of the passengers were reading the book.

As Ibrahim and his mother walked toward the village, Ibrahim thought, It’s time to go to work for God. No! he corrected himself. We’ve already been working for God on the bus.

Several weeks later when Ibrahim and his mother got on the minibus to ride to the village, he saw that his friend was driving the bus. “Do you remember the answer to my question?” Ibrahim asked. “How many days did it take for God to make the world?” 

The bus driver thought a minute and smiled. “Six days!” he said.

“Good,” Ibrahim said. “You’re a good student!”

Ibrahim and Noah

In Ibrahim’s school students have a religion class. One day Ibrahim’s teacher read the story of Noah. Then she asked some questions about the story. 

“What did God tell Noah to do?” she asked. Ibrahim raised his hand, and the teacher called on him. 

“God told Noah to build a boat,” he answered. 

“Yes,” the teacher said, “and how long did it take to build the boat? A few days?” 

“No,” Ibrahim answered. “It took Noah 120 years to finish building the boat and warn the people about the flood. But no one else would enter the boat except Noah and his family—eight people. So God sent the animals into the boat and closed the door. Then the flood came.” 

“How many animals went into the boat?” the teacher asked.

Again Ibrahim raised his hand, and since no one else offered to answer, the teacher called on him. “Two of every animal, bird, and insect went into the boat. But God chose some animals to enter in groups of seven.” 

“How do you know so much about this story?” the teacher asked. 

“My mother and I read the sacred writings together,” Ibrahim told her. 

Sharing God’s Stories

Ibrahim shares God’s love with grown-ups and children alike in a land where Jesus isn’t worshipped as God. He encourages us to share our faith with those around us every chance we have. We can do that at school and at play. And when we give our mission offering we’re helping people in lands such as Ibrahim’s learn that Jesus loves them, too.

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