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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.


Balloon Game

North Korea

In North Korea, it is against the law to share the gospel of Jesus. But Christians from other countries are finding ways to reach North Koreans with the truth. They float balloons that carry Scriptures into North Korea from other countries.

Learn more in the following posts:

Teachers:
Carol H., a teacher in Alabama, shared a game to use when teaching children about North Korea. Her instructions are as follows.

Needed:

  • 20 index cards. On half the cards, write “MOST balloons,” and on the other half write “LEAST balloons.” Shuffle/jumble the cards, and turn the stack upside down.
  • 10 inflated balloons.
  • A volleyball net (or a string on the ground) to separate the teams.
  1. Tell the students about Christians sending Scripture balloons into North Korea. Show a map of Asia that includes North Korea and countries that border it.
  2. Divide into two teams of equal numbers. One team is North Korea and the other is South Korea. Give the South Korea team the 10 balloons. When a referee says, “Go!” the teams hit the balloons back and forth over the net.
  3. After three minutes, the referee blows a whistle or yells, “Stop!” Everyone freezes. If they are holding a balloon, they freeze with it. The referee turns over the top card. If it says, “MOST balloons” the team holding the most balloons gets a point. If the card says, “LEAST balloons” the team holding the least balloons gets a point.
  4. After five rounds of play the team with the most points wins.

Clock Prayer Activity

Daylight Saving Time (DST) will begin this year on March 8. Not all countries observe DST. (See the map.) Read the information below about time differences between the United States and some countries where Christians are persecuted.

Nigeria: Nigeria does not observe DST. During DST at 6 a.m. U.S. Central Time, it is 12:00 noon in Abuja, Nigeria.

Iraq: Iraq does not observe DST. During DST 6 a.m. U.S. Central Time, it is 2:00 p.m. in Iraq.

Syria: Syria observes DST, but it starts and ends on different days than in the U.S. During most days at 6 a.m. U.S. Central Time, it is 1:00 p.m. in Syria.

North Korea: North Korea does not observe DST. During DST at 6 a.m. U.S. Central Time, it is 8:00 p.m. in North Korea.

Maldives: Maldives does not observe DST. During DST at 6 a.m. U.S. Central Time, it is 4:00 p.m. in Maldives.

Activity

  1. Draw six clocks on paper or cardboard. What time is it where you are now? Draw hands on one clock to show the time to the nearest hour.
  2. Using the information above about time differences, figure out what time it is now in Nigeria, Iraq, Syria, North Korea, and Maldives. Label the clocks to show what countries they represent, and draw hands on the clocks to show what time it is in each country.
  3. What might children in those countries be doing now? Eating a meal? Sleeping? Getting home from school?
  4. Pray for children in the five countries. If you need more information about the countries, enter their names in the search box to locate facts and stories.

Example
Dear Heavenly Father, please watch over children in North Korea who may be going to bed cold and hungry. Please meet their daily needs. Let them learn that Jesus loves them and that he can help people get through hard times. In Jesus’ name, amen.


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.

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