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Nepal News and Facts

  • About 30 percent of children ages 5 to 14 in Nepal work to earn money.
  • The Kumari of Kathmandu lives in a palace and is called “the Living Goddess” by people in Nepal. Hindus and Buddhists honor her at festivals, parades, and ceremonies. Except for such occasions, the Kumari usually stays inside. When she leaves the palace, she is carried so that her feet do not touch the ground. Kumaris are usually younger than 5 when they begin their time as a Kumari. A new Kumari is chosen every few years.
  • Nepal has a child bride problem. Even though the legal age for marriage is 18, hundreds of girls younger than 15 are married each year. Some are married willingly; others do not want to get married. Usually the girls are not able to attend school after they marry.
  • Nepal has many of the world’s 10 tallest mountains.
  • About 30 percent of children under 5 in Nepal do not weigh enough to be considered healthy. (Source: CIA Factbook)
  • About 75 percent of the people in Nepal are Hindus, and about 15 percent are Buddhists. Many follow a mixture of the two religions. Those who come to Christ from other religions may be persecuted by their families, neighbors, teachers, bosses, and others.
  • Nepal had a king until 2008. Now the people elect a president. The citizens celebrate their new kind of government every year on May 28th, Republic Day.
  • Nepal is the only country with a flag that is not a rectangle or a square. Find a Nepal flag to print and color here. Use the flag as a reminder to pray for Nepal on their Republic Day and other days. The facts above can guide you in your prayers.

(Sources include: The CIA Factbook)

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Practice Telling a Story

Morocco

Muslim belief: Muslims worship Allah, and their holy book is the Quran. The Quran does not say that Allah seeks to redeem those lost in sin or that he loves sinners. Quran Chapter 4, Verse 107 says, “Lo! Allah loveth not one who is treacherous and sinful.”

Christian belief: God is a loving heavenly Father. We love Him because He first loved us, even while we were still sinners. He sent Jesus to save us. (See Romans 5:8, 2 Corinthians 6:18, and 1 John 4:19.)

Muslims around the world often do not have the opportunity to hear Bible stories that would help them learn about God and Jesus. Many come from cultures where storytelling is important.

Maybe sometime you will have the chance to share Bible stories with someone who has never heard them. You can practice telling Bible stories to younger children.

Read a story about Jesus and a sinner in Luke 19:1–9. Photocopy the pages above from Bold Believers in Morocco. (The complete book is available in the Downloads section.) The pictures are out of order. Color the pictures, then write “1” on the line near the picture that shows what happened first, and “2” near the picture that shows what happened next, and so on. Check your answers in a Bible. Practice telling the story in the right order.


More Bible License Plates

On April 25, 1901, New York was the first state to require license plates on cars. Car owners had to make their own plates.

Use the clues below and a Bible to help you figure out what the following license plates say. You can find examples and more Bible license plates in previous posts: Matthew License Plate Puzzles and Bible License Plate Puzzles.

PRSQTU Matthew 5:12 says you are blessed when people do what?
B4I4MDU

God told Jeremiah, “I knew you _____ _____ _____ _____.” (Jeremiah 1:5)

MT2M At Easter we remember that the women in Matthew 28 found an _____ _____ after Jesus was crucified.
UZU Matthew 5:44 says you should pray for those who spitefully _____ _____.
IZ4THAC Jesus said, “Blessed are your ______ _____ _____ _____ and your ears for they hear.” (Matthew 13:16)
STR8BRME When his enemies troubled him, David asked God, “Make your way _____ _____ _____.” (Psalm 5:8)
10TMAKR Paul’s occupation was _____. (Acts 18:3)

Group Activity: Remembering Those in Prison

India
Christian bound in India

The Voice of the Martyrs’ ministry is based on Hebrews 13:3 (NIV):

“Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”

Activity
In some countries where VOM works, Christians are imprisoned in cells about 8 feet wide and 10 feet long. Measure off an 8- by 10-foot space. Ask six or eight volunteers to sit in the space and act as “prisoners.”

Give each pair of prisoners a 12- to 18-inch long piece of rope or string. Let one prisoner in each pair hold one end of the rope while the other prisoner holds the other end.

Have someone read Hebrew 13:3 aloud. The part that says, “as if you were their fellow prisoners” means to remember Christians who are in prison as if you were there with them. It would be hard to forget someone who was in prison with you, especially if they were chained or tied with you!

Let the prisoners talk about where they would sit, sleep, and keep their belongings if they had to stay in the cell for a long time. The paired prisoners who are bound together will have to take each other’s needs into consideration.

Have a class lesson or worship service while the volunteer group is in the cell. Remember Christian prisoners with whom we are bound together by invisible bonds. Share some stories about specific persecuted Christians. Encourage the group to remember one of the Christians during the week to be “bound” with in prayer as the volunteers in your group are “bound” to each another.


Prayer Reminder Desk Organizer

Prayer Desk Reminder

Volunteers at The Voice of the Martyrs made a desk organizer that helps remind Christians to pray for their persecuted brothers and sisters.

To make a similar desktop prayer reminder, start with a clean, empty frozen juice can or another can that has no sharp edges after the lid is removed. Apply colorful tape in strips around the can. Using glue or decoupage medium, attach a photo of a persecuted Christian from a VOM publication or website to the can.


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