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Spotlight Story

Risky Witnessing

Iran

Iran is a Muslim country where Christian activities are strictly controlled by the government. Christians meet together in secret house churches. In some of the churches, each member takes seven Bibles when they leave church on Sunday. Then they give one Bible a day to a non-Christian. But sharing the gospel with Muslims is against the law in Iran. So the Christians risk being arrested every time they give someone a Bible.

(Source: Vision Beyond Borders)

To Think About: What do you think would happen if everyone in your church shared the gospel with seven people every week?


Activities Story

India Word Square

Print the puzzle boxes below, or draw a 4 by 4 block of squares like the ones below on a piece of paper. Solve the puzzles so that each word square reveals the same words vertically (up and down) and horizontally (across).
Across and Down

  1. A main food in southern India (rhymes with “nice”).
  2. A statue representing a god honored by Hindus.
  3. Hindus honor ____, animals that give milk.
  4. Salvation is found in no one ____ but Jesus.
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Word Square Answers

rice, idol, cows, else


Videos Story

The Torchlighters: The Amy Carmichael Story

This DVD focuses on the life of Amy Carmichael. The Torchlighters is an animated series telling the stories of great heroes of the faith.

Amy Carmichael struggled with the image of little Preena, one of many young girls forced to work for Hindu priests in India. Learn the story of how a missionary from Northern Ireland rescued Preena and other children from a life of ruin and squalor in 19th century India. Your children will be fascinated by this story of a woman whose compassion and love drove her to speak up for those who could not speak for themselves.

To purchase the DVD The Torchlighters: The Amy Carmichael Story from The Voice of the Martyrs, visit www.vombooks.com.

To learn more about The Torchlighters program, and the various episodes of The Torchlighters that are available for purchase, visit www.torchlighters.org.


Beliefs Story

Comparing Hinduism and Christianity in America

Hinduism
Christianity
Numbers More than one million Hindus live in North America. Hindu sources list almost 200 Hindu temples in America. Hundreds more are being planned or built. Hollywood stars and many others experiment with Hindu customs. More than 270 million Christians live in North America.
Senate prayers On July 12, 2007, the U.S. Senate opened with a Hindu prayer for the first time in history. The U.S. Senate has opened with prayer since 1789. Most of the prayers have been Christian.
Youth Many Hindu immigrants came to the U.S. years ago. At first, they worked to blend into America, sometimes ignoring their faith. Now they are spending more time passing their faith on to Hindu youth. Youth in America have many temptations and much confusion. “The next generation could be America’s most traumatized ever if there is not a decisive work of God’s Spirit” (Operation World). God is raising up Christians to help youth.
Beliefs and practices Hindus believe in one main god, but Hindu teachings tell of many gods. Salvation for Hindus means freedom from reincarnation (being reborn after death again and again). They believe they become part of their main god when the cycle of birth and death ends. Some of the ways Hindus try to get closer to this “salvation” include: rituals, good works, meditation, yoga, and the worship of gods. Christians believe in one God (Deuteronomy 6:4) and that people die once (Hebrews 9:27). The way to eternal life with God is through faith in His Son Jesus. (See John 14:6.)

Feature Story

India: Hindu Family Finds Jesus

India

Like millions of other people in India, Phineas was born into a Hindu family. Hindus do not believe that the only way to have a relationship with God is through faith in his son, Jesus. Hindu teachings tell of many gods. Phineas’s mother served Hindu gods as a priestess in a temple.

When he grew up, Phineas became a village headman, the leader of the town. He and his wife, Damaris, had a son. The boy became very ill. He lost so much weight that he looked like a skeleton. Damaris had no hope that their son would live.

Four Christians asked Damaris if they could pray for the boy; then they gave her a New Testament and prayed with her. Damaris took the book home. She also gave her life to Jesus!

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