Did you know?…
‘In God we trust’ is the motto of the USA and is printed on every bank note and coin?
The town where Abigail and Isaac live is the home of the world’s hottest chilli pepper. It’s called the Carolina Reaper and is rated at 1,400,000 – 2,200,000 units on the Scoville scale. If you’re brave enough to try it, it is apparently fruity and sweet.
“Living in South Carolina means southern cooking, which is a great blend of comfort foods and fried everything,” says Isaac. Click here for a southern fried chicken recipe. If you scroll far enough you’ll find some ‘southern style’ sides too.
May is Abigail’s favourite time of year. It is Strawberry Festival Month. A local farm makes fresh ice cream with whole strawberries in it which is, in Abigail’s words, “absolutely divine”.
Isaac’s favourite American tradition is Thanksgiving. “Food, family and faith, what could be better?!” he says.
After India and China, the USA has the largest number of people who have not heard about Jesus living within their borders.* In some US counties there are no Christians.
Abigail and Isaac asked us to pray that they would be able to show the true love of Jesus to the people they meet every day – Jesus who loves and unifies, not divides and destroys.
This is a great prayer for all of us, especially as we look forward to celebrating Easter and the love that Jesus showed every one of us as he died in our place on the cross and rose again three days later.
If you want to know more about the story of Jesus who loves and unifies, click here to watch a five minute video from the Bible Society.
As Jesus prayed to God, in Matthew 26 ‘Not my will, but yours’ let’s listen to God this month to hear how he wants to use us to show his love to the people we meet.
*Unreached Peoples, Least-Reached Places; JD Payne