Mariam, age 18, a Christian in Egypt, sent the following message to children in the United States.
“Christians in Egypt are not treated equally with Muslims. Also, girls are considered less than boys in everything. I want to tell American kids to thank God that you are not bound by all the things we’re bound with in our country. You’re free to be whatever you want to be.”
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At 6 a.m. U.S. Central Time, it is 8 p.m. in China. This week, people in the U.S. will set their clocks one hour ahead for Daylight Saving Time. So at 7 a.m. U.S. Central Time, it will be 8 p.m. in China. China does not observe Daylight Saving Time.
A war in Syria has left many people without homes. Many Christians have fled to nearby countries because of the fighting. But others have stayed. Some of those who have remained in the country stayed behind so they could lead lost people to Jesus. (About 90 percent of the people in Syria are Muslims.)
The Voice of the Martyrs has sent help to Christians who have fled Syria and to those who have stayed. Last December, VOM supported distributions of Bibles and gifts like hats and school supplies to several hundred children. As the children received their gifts, they could hear gunfire and bombings in the distance.
Algeria is in North Africa, a region once ruled by Romans. The Romans left beautiful mosaics throughout the area. (A mosaic is a picture or design made of small pieces of ceramic tile, glass, stone, or other materials.)