The Boat People, Part 1

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#795: “The Boat People, Part 1”
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Joshua 4:1-24

1When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua,

2"Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, 3and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan from right where the priests stood and to carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight." 4So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, 5and said to them, "Go over before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, 6to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, 'What do these stones mean?' 7tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever." 8So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the LORD had told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down. 9Joshua set up the twelve stones that had been in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the ark of the covenant had stood. And they are there to this day. 10Now the priests who carried the ark remained standing in the middle of the Jordan until everything the LORD had commanded Joshua was done by the people, just as Moses had directed Joshua. The people hurried over, 11and as soon as all of them had crossed, the ark of the LORD and the priests came to the other side while the people watched. 12The men of Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh crossed over, armed, in front of the Israelites, as Moses had directed them. 13About forty thousand armed for battle crossed over before the LORD to the plains of Jericho for war. 14That day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they revered him all the days of his life, just as they had revered Moses. 15Then the LORD said to Joshua, 16"Command the priests carrying the ark of the Testimony to come up out of the Jordan." 17So Joshua commanded the priests, "Come up out of the Jordan." 18And the priests came up out of the river carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD. No sooner had they set their feet on the dry ground than the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and ran at flood stage as before. 19On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho. 20And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. 21He said to the Israelites, "In the future when your descendants ask their fathers, 'What do these stones mean?' 22tell them, 'Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.' 23For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan just what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over.

24He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God."

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The Boat People, Part 1

“The Boat People, Part 1,” an Adventures in Odyssey Club exclusive, is episode #795 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Phil Lollar, and was originally released on July 1, 2016.


A boy explains how his desperate family fled Vietnam—a dramatic tale that also involves Whit and a mysterious ring.


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Connie Kendall Renee Carter
Eugene Meltsner Renee Carter


  • This was Phil Lollar‘s 200th written episode.
  • This episode was adapted from Where the Wind Leads by Vinh Chung.



Discussion Questions

  1. What do you think of Ricky's story so far? How do you suppose the boy ended up with Whit's high school ring?
  2. Do you own a piece of jewelry or some other heirloom that's very important to your family? Why is it so meaningful?
  3. If Connie asked you to create an episode of "Family Tree" for KIDS' Radio, what funny or dramatic story would you tell about your family?
  4. As the Changs debated whether to flee Vietnam, whose argument made the most sense to you? Why? Have you ever felt pressure to leave your home? If so, how did God work in that situation? (Romans 8:28)
  5. Linh said, "Limited education means limited opportunity." What do you think she meant? Are you getting a good education? Talk about your goals and what it will take to reach them. (Proverbs 14:23)
  6. Discuss the family's decision to stick together instead of sending Tuan ahead to make more money. Earning money is important, but what other important things do fathers do?
  7. Everyone gets the blues sometimes, even Whit. What helps you feel better when you're sad? At times like that, it's wise to remember who God is (Psalm 77:11-14) and that He wants to help us when we're hurting (Psalm 34:17-18).
  8. The Bible often mentions people having meaningful dreams. How did you feel when Linh described her dream? What do you think it meant? Have you ever had a dream—good or bad—that seemed very real to you?
  9. Tuan warns that if they leave Vietnam there's no turning back. Read Luke 14:33 and Matthew 19:27-30. How is the Changs' quest for a better life similar to the leap of faith some people take when deciding to follow Jesus?


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