In these times, I don’t know about you, but I have become much more attuned to the challenges people are facing in this world. Whether it is the pinch in my wallet due to higher prices or the larger struggles going on across our country and around the globe, people face serious trials and hardships. This has become especially real to us, as we have affiliated offices in Ukraine, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar. They share with us regularly the difficulties of serving in those environments.

I have encouraged all of our employees to continuously focus on the Lord in faith, knowing that our sovereign, all-mighty, all-knowing, all-loving God is in control. I hope you will as well, remind yourself that we do not place our hope in worldly solutions. We might feel like we are facing insurmountable challenges, but we know our God is faithful, and it is during those challenges that our faith and trust grows stronger.

 As we continue to be a ministry rooted in the Bible and driven by prayer, I pray that the stories and resources about hope inside this newsletter bring you the exact message of encouragement and comfort you need. Remember our Heavenly Father “knows what you need before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8).

 With hope in Him,

Brent Hackett, CEO

Our Daily Bread Ministries Canada

 P.S. Please pray for our need for additional office space. Our plans to expand our building are no longer feasible, so we are considering other options. We continue to trust in the Lord’s timing, faithfulness, plans and provision for this ministry.

As we continue to minister together across the globe, Our Daily Bread Sri Lanka is experiencing severe challenges yet trusting God’s faithful provision. The nation is in its worst economic crisis since it gained independence in 1948.

The Sri Lankan government can no longer afford to pay for imports of many foods and fuel, and shortages have caused prices to soar. Food prices have increased by 50%, and medicine has gone up 70–100%. The availability of public transportation has decreased by 50%, and daily power cuts occur in both the morning and evening.

Despite the fact that the cost of printing annual editions of Our Daily Bread has increased 200%, their team has committed to printing 17,000 copies in three languages: English, Sinhala, and Tamil. They also plan to print 9,000 copies of the Discovery Series In His Presence, a simple guide to encourage people to spend time with the Lord in Bible reading and prayer.

The Sri Lanka team believes that at a time like this, God’s Word to encourage, comfort, and bring a message of hope is needed more than ever. The lasting solution is not an economic or political one, although these seem key at this time. The lasting solution is for people to find spiritual help and strength in Jesus.

Although Canadian charity law prohibits us from financially supporting the team in Sri Lanka, we are able to purchase products they publish in the Tamil and Sinhala languages. Your support of Our Daily Bread Ministries Canada helps us purchase these products and make them available to the Tamil and Sinhala speakers in Canada. Thank you for partnering with us to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible available to people of all nations.

Kids ask tough questions about life, and we want to give them clear, satisfying answers that encourage their trust in God.And yet sometimes, we struggle to answer these questions for ourselves, let alone giving a straight-forward explanation to a young person. Below is an excerpt from Moments with God for Kids: 100 Devotions to Answer your Questions about Our Amazing God, which answers tough questions using ideas kids understand and can use to dig deeper.

Why Does God Allow Suffering?

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But takeheart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

 Being a Christian has tons of advantages. You get the Holy Spirit inside of you to help guide your thoughts and actions. You’re no longer a slave to sin, but instead you have a choice to do the right thing. Plus you get the awesome prize of eternal life in heaven. There are so many perks to following Jesus!

But being a Christian does not mean you won’t still have problems. Jesus says straight up, “In this world you will have trouble.”

What kind of trouble have you experienced? Have you ever gotten sick? Broken a bone? Become discouraged or hurt by unkind classmates or gossiping friends? Maybe you struggle with fear or anxiety, or your family has been through hard times, and you wonder if God sees your pain.

He does.

Many “bad” experiences can happen to us in life. But the truth is God is not just aware of them, He allows them.

Why?

Not because He enjoys seeing you suffer. Quite the opposite! God loves you; He stays close to you when you’re suffering, and He hurts to see you hurting.

But He also knows the experiences we call “bad” are actually meant to produce something good in our lives. He never allows suffering without a reason, and He is sovereign over our struggles. Our job as Christians is to trust Him—that even the hardships we face are somehow a part of God’s love for us, and He’s working them all out for good. God’s plan always wins!

THINK ABOUT THIS!

  • Can you think of a time when something happened to you that seemed bad at first, but actually turned out for good?
  • Do you think Jesus allows trouble? How can suffering help make us stronger or grow us closer to God?