“Story Beads”

Maro uses her beaded necklace to share the meaning of salvation with Jos.

Themes Found in This Story:

  • How to share the story of salvation

Possible Bible Memory Verses:

  • “These commandments I give you today are to be upon your hearts…Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road,” Deuteronomy 6:6-8 (NIV)


  • Samburu Necklace
  • Salvation beads



Maro quickly herded her brothers and sister into the hollow of the tree where they lived. A storm was coming. She heard someone shouting, looked up and saw Jos struggling to fly in the mighty wind.


“Jos! Over here!” She shouted and waved her arms. He came flying towards her, but the wind was so strong, he couldn’t stop. He crashed into Maro, sending them both tumbling back into the tree.


“Oof!” Maro exclaimed. Jos was tangled in her necklace. As she stood, the string snapped, and Jos fell to the floor. “Are you okay?” she asked him.


“I’m fine,” Jos said, straightening his hat. “Thanks for finding me a place to land. Oh no!” He looked at the beads scattered across the floor. “I broke your necklace! I’m so sorry!”


“That’s okay,” Maro told him. “I can get some new string and put it back together as good as new.” She started scooping up the beads from the floor, and Jos helped, using his hat to hold the beads. Soon she found a new piece of string, and began threading the beads back onto it.


“That’s a nice pattern you’re putting the beads in,” said Jos. “Does it mean anything?”


“Yes, it does,” said Maro. “It tells the story of salvation.”


“With just beads? How does it do that?” asked Jos.


“Well, it starts like this: The first bead is black, because our hearts are dark with sin without Jesus. Then comes a red one, and that stands for the blood of Jesus. And accepting Jesus washes away our sin, and we—”


“Become white as snow!” squeaked little Philibert, throwing up his arms.


“Yes. Very good,” said Maro. She smiled and patted him on the head. “That’s what the white bead is for—how clean our hearts are after we accept Jesus. Then comes the blue one, which is the color of water, showing how we must be baptized. After that is the green one. It’s green like a plant that grows, showing how we grow in Jesus.”


“I see,” said Jos. “Okay, let me guess. Is the yellow one for Heaven?”


“It is,” said Maro. “It stands for the streets of gold in Heaven, where Jesus lives.”


“Wow,” said Jos. “So it’s not just a pretty necklace, then. You can use it to tell people about Jesus!”


“That’s right,” said Maro. “And I can take it with me wherever I go, so I can always be ready to tell the story.”

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