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Activities Story

Secret Rules

Missionaries to other countries may have trouble learning all the customs and unwritten rules of the people around them. For example, in some countries, it is not polite to eat with the left hand, and in some places, it is insulting to show others the bottom of one’s shoe.

Divide into two teams. Have teams meet separately where they can’t hear each other while discussing their strategy. Ask each team to make up a very simple imaginary secret rule about eating a snack. Examples: Use only your right hand to eat. Or everyone must sit with their right foot crossed over their left. Or every spoken sentence must end with “please” or “thank you.” Or girls must look down at their food and never raise their eyes.

Then let the teams interact while a simple snack is served. Try to discover the other team’s secret rule within a certain time limit. (If you do not want to serve a snack, teams can think of a rule to follow while listening to a story.)

To Think About: What are some “unwritten” rules or customs of your country that others might have trouble understanding?

Spotlight Story

Tajikistan’s President and the New Law




Slightly smaller than Wisconsin.

Main Languages
Tajik, Russian

At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 4:00 p.m. in Tajikistan.

The president of Tajikistan is Emomali Rahman. His birthday is on October 5. He will be 60 years old in 2012.

The government of Tajikistan has the reputation of being dishonest and corrupt. In August, President Rahman signed a new law that restricts children under 18 from going to most religious services. The government does not want children to be taught about their faith.

Pray for the president on his birthday. Pray that he will rule honestly, and that he will not stop children from learning about God.

To learn more about Tajikistan, visit its country profile.

To Think About: What would you and your family do if you lived in a place where it was illegal for children to go to Sunday school and church?

Feature Story

“No Freedom for the People”


Parents and Teachers: The October The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories of bold Christians in Iran. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, fill out the form here.

As you read the newsletters, you may want to share stories from this site about the featured countries with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.

Ali is a 13-year-old Christian boy in Iran. He has one younger brother.

Most of the people in Iran are Muslims. Ali and his family used to be Muslims, too, but they decided to trust in Jesus and to follow him.

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Activities Story

Make a Chinese Lantern


Fold a piece of construction paper in half lengthwise. Cut slits 1 inch apart from the fold to 1 inch from the edge of the paper. Open the paper and staple the short ends together at the top and bottom of the lantern. Staple a strip of construction paper to the top to make a handle.

Write Bible verses about light on the top and bottom borders if desired, or make a design on the borders. Some possible verses include: “The Lord is my light” (Psalm 27:1); “Let your light so shine before men” (Matthew 5:16); “Your Word is…a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105); “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14); and “The Lord God gives them light” (Revelation 22:5).

Spotlight Story

China’s National Day


China’s National Day is on October 1. The holiday honors the founding of The People’s Republic of China in 1949. The government plans concerts and fireworks for the citizens. Some cities hold flower bed festivals and display beautiful flowers. Red lanterns are a common decoration during the celebration.

Remember Christians in China on National Day. Go to and view stories of Chinese Christians in prison for their faith. Pray for them, or write to them using the instructions on the site.