Some 400 years ago, 250 people sought religious freedom. They were seeking a place where could live their lives as they saw fit. They were willing to risk their lives to obtain this freedom. They loaded a boat renamed the Mayflower. In July, 1620, the Mayflower left Southampton, England for the new world. The voyage took 3 months. The North Sea had nothing but storms. By the time they reached Plymouth, over 150 people were dead. The remaining Pilgrims prayed and fasted on whether or not they would stay. After they decided to stay, they all came to an agreement, The Mayflower Compact. They pledged themselves to each other to make the colony strive. Everybody owned everything and they would share all. They built homes and farmed the land. But it wasn’t going well. They needed help and no one was coming to help. They pray for deliverance. God heard their prays and sent an Indian. His name was Squanto. He had lived in Europe and spoke English. Squanto taught them how to grow corn and to fish for food. The Pilgrims, not like the Puritans, had made peace with the Indians. They traded with the Indians and lived in peace with them. The Pilgrims had grown enough food to survive the hard winter in Massachusetts. The following year they grew enough food to last most of the year. In November of 1621, the 53 surviving Pilgrims held a feast to thank God for the bountiful harvest. They invited their Indian friends. For 3 days they played games and ate from the bounty. Philippians 4:6 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

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