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Hidden Missionaries

Nigeria
Mary Slessor and her adopted children

Missionaries are Christians sent on missions, often to other countries, to spread the good news of Jesus among people who don’t yet know Him. Sometimes their work is risky. Jesus told His followers that they would be persecuted as He was. (See John 15:18–22.)

Find the names of six missionaries in the sentences below. Do some research to find out more about any whose stories you don’t know.

Search for the following names. (If they have a first and last name, search only for the last.)

  • Peter (Jesus’ disciple)
  • Andrew (Jesus’ disciple)
  • Cecil Dye
  • John and Betty Stam
  • Mary Slessor
  • Bruce Olson
  1. James 3:7 tells about creatures tamed by man.
  2. Psalm 126:5 helps us understand that those who follow the Lord will reap eternal blessings. (“Reap” means to receive something because of what you have done.)
  3. Proverbs 18:2 tells us that fools only want to talk, not listen.
  4. In 1 Kings 22 the king of Israel entered a battle in disguise, but a Syrian man drew a bow at random and shot him.
  5. Luke 9:57–62 tells about those who wanted to follow Jesus but were not ready, either because of family reasons or because they were not ready to tell their old life “goodbye.”
  6. In Numbers 22, Balaam said that he never says less or more than God tells him to say.

Name Search Answers

1. Stam
James 3:7 tells about creatures tamed by man.
2. Peter
Psalm 126:5 helps us understand that those who follow the Lord will reap eternal blessings. (“Reap” means to receive something because of what you have done.)
3. Olson
Proverbs 18:2 tells us that fools only want to talk, not listen.
4. Andrew
In 1 Kings 22 the king of Israel entered a battle in disguise, but a Syrian man drew a bow at random and shot him.
5. Dye
Luke 9:57–62 tells about those who wanted to follow Jesus but were not ready, either because of family reasons or because they were not ready to tell their old life “goodbye.”
6. Slessor
In Numbers 22, Balaam said that he never says less or more than God tells him to say.

Vietnam: New Roommates

China

Download a Vietnam coloring page, a flag, and a map to color.

The previous post told about some of the ways non-Christians in Vietnam try to discourage Christians from spreading the gospel. The following report from VOM Australia tells how policemen found new ways to disturb Binh and Uriah, a Vietnamese couple.

Binh and Uriah witnessed for Christ in their community and many local villagers were saved. Then a new trial was imposed on the family. Three policemen arrived at their door, saying they were going to live with them, right in their house! The police had orders not to leave until the family stopped their Christian activities.

Binh and Uriah were stunned. But the policemen told them, “We are in no hurry to go home.” The police warned everyone in the community not to talk to Binh and Uriah.

The couple’s children said to the policemen, “Why are you doing this? Our parents have done nothing wrong and we will still keep on our path.”

A policeman answered, “If you were 18 years old we would be within our rights to beat you, so be glad you are still small.”

Binh had a Bible and a hymnbook hidden, and the police have not found them. The family takes any opportunities they can to read the Bible and silently worship the Lord without the police finding out.

Other believers also have police in their homes trying to force them to deny Christ.

(Source: VOM Australia)

To Think About
If you were part of Binh and Uriah’s family, what are five things you would like Christians in other countries to pray on your behalf? Will you pray about those things this week?


Braille Verse

Louis Braille was born on January 4, 1809, and he died on January 6, 1852. He invented a system of reading and writing for the blind that is still in use today.

The symbols below represent the pattern of raised dots used to form Braille letters.

Braille Guide

Use the chart to “decode” the Bible verse from Luke 6:17.

Braille Puzzle


Iran Puzzle

December 21st is sometimes observed as the anniversary of the first crossword puzzle. On that date, a New York newspaper published a “word-cross” puzzle. The puzzle creator borrowed ideas from earlier forms of puzzles, including the word square.

In a word square puzzle, the words read the same vertically (up and down) and horizontally (across). Read the information below about Iran. Then use the clues and a Bible to help you complete the puzzle.

Iran
Iran is part of the continent of Asia. Tehran is its capital. The country is near Turkey, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Most of the people are Muslims, but many are coming to Christ. Muslims who become Christians are sometimes persecuted by friends, relatives, teachers, and officials.

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Across and Down Clues

  1. Tehran is the capital of _____.
  2. Jesus told his disciples that He would _____ from the dead (Mark 9:31).
  3. Iran is part of the continent of _____.
  4. Iran is _____ Turkey, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Word Square Answers

  1. Iran, rise, Asia, near.

More Can Lid Christmas Crafts

Can Lid Christmas Crafts

The previous post describes a “Christmas tree” decorated with photos of persecuted Christians glued to frozen juice can lids. VOM volunteers also made prayer reminder tree ornaments out of can lids. (See the photo.)

The volunteers provided the following instructions.

  1. Cut photos photocopied from VOM publications or websites to fit lids from frozen juice cans. Glue them on with glue or decoupage medium.
  2. With adult help, punch a hole near the top of the lids.
  3. Decorate with yarn, beads, or other items.
  4. Thread a piece of yarn or ribbon through the hole so the ornament can be hung on a Christmas tree.

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