Meng-Ta-Sao lived in a village in Mongolia. She had inherited a statue with a terrifying demon from her father. This demon spread superstitious fear among all the inhabitants of the region.
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You turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead - Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath. 1 Thessalonians 1, 9 & 10
The idol of Meng
The statue was as big as a man. It had a grimacing face and a fat stomache. It was mady by burnt earth and hollow. In its back there was an opening which was carefully hidden. This opening gave access to the inner part of the statue.
Meng was rich. When the arrival of a band of looters was announced, which was not seldom, she quickly hid all her jewellery in the stomache of the statue and fled to the mountain with the other inhabitants of the village.
This method worked out well for a few times. One day, so called "devils with red beards" arrived from Siberia. As usual Meng hid her wealth and fled. But when she came back she found her statue smashed into smithereens and all her treasures had vanished! Full of fury she trampled on the fragments and screamed: "You are not a god, you cannot even protect yourself!"
Some farmer families who were Christians lived in a nearby village. Sometimes there were meetings there to announce the Gospel. Meng was curious and tried to listen from far away. She was astonished to hear them speak about an invisible God who loves all men.
Meng stayed suspicious but she did not get discouraged. The Christians visited her: she listened to the Gospel until the day when Jesus also became her Saviour!
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