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Morocco: Coconut Almond Snack

Stir together 3 cups of coconut flakes and a 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk until the mixture is the right consistency to form into balls. Add more coconut if necessary. Form into 1½-inch balls. Push a roasted almond into the center of each ball. Roll the balls in coconut flakes. Chill in the refrigerator and serve.

Source: Bold Believers in Morocco, available free in the Downloads section.

 To Do: Enter “Morocco” in the search box of this site to find stories of Moroccan Christians.

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Skit: Refusing to Be Quiet

Characters: 6 narrators, Peter, 1 or more apostles, 2 or more leaders, angel, 2 or more people

Suggestion: Make a jail out of strands of crepe paper hung from the ceiling to represent jail cell bars.

Narrator 1: After Jesus died and was taken up to heaven, the apostles told many people about Him and about how to become His followers.

Narrator 2: But some leaders did not want people to follow Jesus.

Narrator 3: So they put the apostles in jail. An angel came to the jail during the night and let them out.

Angel: Go! Tell the people about new life in Jesus!

Narrator 4: The apostles went back to teaching the people. The leaders were surprised to find the jail empty! They brought the apostles before them.

Leader: (to apostles) We told you not to teach people about Jesus!

Peter: We must obey God …

Apostle: … rather than human beings!

Narrator 5: The leaders let the apostles go, but they told their officers to beat them first.

Narrator 6: After they were beaten, Peter and the apostles left. They rejoiced because they had been allowed to suffer for Jesus! And they continued to teach people about Jesus.

After the Skit: Discussion Questions
•    What did the leaders want the apostles to stop doing?
•    Who let the apostles out of jail?
•    What did the apostles do after they left the jail?
•    Why do you think they did that even though they knew they would probably be punished again?
•    What did the apostles do after they were punished the second time?
•    Why were they happy?


Family Prayers for the Persecuted

 

Tamara S. commented on VOM’s Facebook page about how her family prays for persecuted Christians at mealtime: “We have Popsicle sticks in a vase with the names of hostile and restricted nations on them, and some of them have names of imprisoned [Christians] on them,” she said. “We try to draw one every meal at which we sit down together.”

VOM volunteers have crafted additional ideas to guide families in their prayers during meals or family devotions.

Place Mat
Trim a VOM prayer map or another world map to the size of a place mat. Laminate the map, or cover the map on both sides with two pieces of clear contact paper trimmed to about ¼-inch larger than the place mat on all four sides. Choose countries from the map to pray for at meals.

Coaster
Use a discarded DVD or CD to make a prayer-reminder coaster. Tape or glue a photo from a VOM publication or website to a circular piece of paper with a diameter about ½ inch smaller than the DVD. Center the paper on the DVD. Cover the DVD with clear contact paper on both sides, and trim it to the edge of the DVD.

Puzzle
Trim a VOM prayer map or VOM newsletter cover or photo to the size you want the puzzle to be. Laminate the front of the map or photo, and glue the back to poster board. Draw puzzle-piece shapes on the back of the poster board, and then laminate the back. Cut out the pieces. As you assemble the puzzle, pray for the country or person on the map or photo.


Jubniyah and Masoub

Jubniyah

A revised version of Bold Believers in Saudi Arabia is now available in the free Downloads section. The book tells stories of Christians in the region where Islam started. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) Bold Believers in Saudi Arabia also features facts about Saudi Arabian culture, history, and geography, as well as activities and recipes.

Two of the recipes are below.

Jubniyah
With a fork, stir together 2 cups of all-purpose flour and one 8-ounce package of cream cheese, softened at room temperature.  Dissolve one 2.5-ounce packet of yeast in ¾ cup of water. Add the dissolved yeast to the flour mixture and mix well. If the dough is too stiff, gradually add more water and mix with a fork until the dough is the consistency of pizza crust dough.

Let the mixture rise for an hour or until the dough has doubled in size. Roll out the dough until it is about ¼ inch thick. Cut into 1-inch squares.

Fry the squares in about ½ inch of oil until they are light brown, turning over only once. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels. Cool and dip in cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, honey, syrup, or another favorite topping.

Masoub
Peel 3 or 4 ripe bananas, and mash them with a fork. Add 1 to 3 teaspoons cinnamon, and, if desired, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.

Crumble 3 or 4 slices of dry bread into tiny pieces. (You can also use pita bread or flatbread.) You should have about the same amount of bread crumbs as you do bananas. Stir the mixture well by hand.

Serve in individual portions. Top with raisins, nuts, honey, fruit, or other favorite toppings.


Cristo Me Ama

Kids in Colombia

The previous post told about Christians in Colombia and how to make maracas. Use maracas or other instruments while singing “Jesus Loves Me” in Spanish as shown below.

Cristo Me Ama/Jesus Loves Me

The first line in each group below shows the words in Spanish. The second line tells how to pronounce them. The third tells exactly what the words mean in English.

Cristo me ama, bien lo sé
KREES-toh may AH-mah, bee-EHN loh say
Jesus loves me, I know it well.

Su palabra me hace ver
Soo puh-LAH-bruh may AH-say vayr
His word makes me see

Que los niños son de Aquél
Kay lohs NEE-nyohs sohn day ah-KEHL
That children are of him,

Quien es nuestro amigo fiel
Kee-EHN ehs noo-AYS-troh ah-MEE-goh fee-EHL.
Who is our faithful friend.

Si, Cristo me ama
See KREES-toh may AH-mah
Yes, Jesus loves me,

Si, Cristo me ama
See KREES-toh may AH-mah
Yes, Jesus loves me,

Si, Cristo me ama
See KREES-toh may AH-mah
Yes, Jesus loves me,

La Biblia dice así
Lah BEE-blee-uh DEE-say ah-SEE
The Bible says it is so.


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