Published on August 6th, 2014
“Boleros are like a cup and ball,’ said an American who grew up in Chiapas. “But instead of trying to get a ball in a cup, you try to get a stick in the opening of a wooden ball.’
Use the following instructions to make your own toy like a bolero.
- Punch a small hole in the center of the bottom of a 32-ounce yogurt container. You can use the end of an unfolded paper clip to start the hole. Gently enlarge it slightly with the tip of a pen or pencil.
- Poke a 24-inch piece of string or shoestring through the hole and knot it on the inside to keep it from coming out of the hole.
- Tie the other end of the string around a pencil about an inch from the tip of the eraser. Secure the string with tape.
- Hold the pencil on the end opposite the eraser. Try to swing the container up and catch it on the pencil. It may take several tries!
Note: Before poking a hole in the container, you may want to cover and decorate it with paint, colored vinyl tape, foil gift wrap, fabric, or other colorful material.
Published on August 5th, 2014
Peter Monk was an Irish prize fighter. He was used to fighting people for money.
Peter went to a meeting where William Booth was preaching about how to follow Jesus. Booth was the founder of the Salvation Army, and he ministered among the poor in London.
Even though Peter was used to fights and was not a Christian, he didn”t like it when the rowdy crowd gave Booth a hard time. He calmed the crowd and soon became a follower of Booth and of his Savior, Jesus.
People who didn’t like the Salvation Army continued to oppose the work. In one year (1882), 669 Salvation Army members were attacked and 69 meetings buildings vandalized.
Source: 70 Great Christians
The attacks did not stop the Army”s work. Today the Salvation Army serves God and the poor throughout the world.
Visit the post William Booth’s Birthday to see a video clip from the DVD Torchlighters: The William Booth Story.
Published on August 4th, 2014
In June 2014, more than 2,000 people joined together in Kathmandu, Nepal. They were trying to break the world record for the largest number of people to hug trees at the same time.
Nepal’s flag is the only country flag that is not a rectangle.
Many people in Nepal are Hindus. Hindus honor cows, and it is illegal to kill a cow in Nepal. Possible punishments include 12 years in prison. Most schools have a statue of a Hindu goddess on their grounds, and many start the day with a prayer to the goddess. Source: The U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report
Christians in Nepal recently received Bibles from The Voice of the Martyrs’ Bibles Unbound project. The photo above shows a youth group in Nepal meeting to study the Bible in an interesting location. The girl in the middle is the youth leader.
Published on August 1st, 2014
Pastor Samuel Lamb died on August 3, 2013 at the age of 88. He is remembered as a hero of the faith.
Samuel grew up in a family of Chinese Christians. He was often sick, but he had many talents. For example, Samuel was an excellent piano player.
One day at school Samuel decided he would like to try to cut his friends’ hair. His friends weren’t sure about his plan. Samuel had not been trained how to cut hair. But they bravely let him try.
Little by little, Samuel’s barber skills improved while he practiced on his friends. Later when he attended Bible college, many of the students asked him for haircuts. Samuel did not know that God was preparing him for the future.