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Bangladeshi Cocoa Dessert

Kids in Bangladesh

Ingredients
1 (14-ounce) can of condensed milk
¾ cup of sugar
½ cup of cocoa powder
½ cup of chopped nuts
½ stick of butter

Combine all ingredients. Cook over low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour into an 8-inch round or square buttered pan. Let it cool, then cut it into squares and serve.

Widespread poverty in Bangladesh has increased Muslim extremism. Christians, especially evangelists, are often persecuted. Find Bangladesh on a prayer map and learn more here:


Angry Mob Stopped by Invisible Force

A home in Bangladesh
A Home in Bangladesh

When Idris Miah became a Christian, he was fired from his job, and his children were forced to drop out of school. But he still had joy, because he knew that Jesus was with him and his family.

Like most people in Bangladesh, Idris and his family used to be Muslims. Idris even persecuted Christians because he thought they were wrong to follow Jesus. He was so radical in his ways that he joined a mob that planned to burn down the house of a Christian neighbor named Abu.

Read below Idris’s story of what happened.

“If Abu wanted to be a Christian, he’d have to do it somewhere else. We surrounded his house, ready to force him out and burn it.

“As we got closer, we could hear him talking. ‘Had he gathered others to help him?’ we wondered. Then we could hear that he was praying for the entire village and asking Jesus to forgive us for what we were about to do! This made us even angrier, so 25 of us rushed toward his house to apprehend him. But there was an invisible force that would not let any of us to enter his house, and we were frightened away.

“When I got home, I could not sleep. I kept thinking about Abu’s prayer. Finally at 3 a.m., I went back to Abu’s house. I asked him to tell me about Jesus. After three hours of talking with Abu, I asked Jesus to forgive me, and I surrendered my life to him. I rushed to my house and shared what happened to me with my wife, and she also became a Christian, along with my children.”

(Source: Extreme Devotion, available at www.vombooks.com. Please preview the book before sharing the stories with children.)

To Talk About
If you were Abu, would you have let Idris in your house when he came to visit at 3 a.m. after trying to burn down your house?

Read about an invisible army protecting God’s people in 2 Kings 6:15–17.


Ramadan and Muslims Coming to Christ

30 Days

From June 18 through July 17 this year, Muslims around the world will not eat or drink from sunrise until sunset. During this month, called “Ramadan” on the Muslim calendar, they will turn their thoughts to the teachings of Islam, their religion.

The following information comes from “30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World,” a guide to help Christians pray for Muslims during Ramadan.

Since Muhammad founded Islam in 622, millions of Christians have been swept into Islam. But what about the opposite? Have very large groups of Muslims come to Christ?

Not until recently.

In the last two decades of the 20th century, the tide began to turn. Movements of at least 1,000 people away from Islam broke out in Algeria, Soviet Central Asia, Bangladesh, and Iran.

In the first 14 years of the 21st century, new Muslim movements to Christ have erupted across the Muslim world. In our day, we are seeing the greatest and most wide-reaching turning of Muslims to Christ in history.

The current wave of Muslim movements to Christ has happened at the same time as an increase in prayer for the Muslim world.

Source: “30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World.”

You can order the prayer guide at www.vombooks.com/May2015 or by calling 800-747-0085.
To find a children’s version of the booklet, visit www.30daysprayer.com.
To find more information about Islam for kids, download Learning About Islam from the free Downloads section of this site.

Will you join Christians around the world in praying for Muslims during Ramadan?


School

Schoolboys in Bangladesh
Schoolboys in Bangladesh

Lashar, age 14, and Daniel, 11, are the sons of a pastor in Bangladesh. They attended a government school in their village. The boys were the only Christians in a school with 200 students.

Their teachers often beat them with a bamboo cane because they were Christians and not Muslims. The other students insulted them. Finally their teacher told them, “Because you are Christians, I will not teach you anymore. Your pastor father is to blame for the trouble you are in now.”

So the teacher expelled Lashar and David. They moved to another location where they could attend school with other Christians.

Schools in Bangladesh
Children in Bangladesh can go to public government schools or “madrassas” (Muslim schools). Some madrassas are managed by the government. Children study subjects similar to those taught in public schools around the world.

Other madrassas are private. They teach the children mainly about Islam.

Private madrassas often allow students to study, eat, and live at the school free. Many poor families want their children to attend these schools. Some people are concerned that private madrassas may lead students to become interested in terrorism and to honor terrorists.

(Terrorists use threats, violence, or fear to try to force others to do what they want. Terrorism is often carried out against innocent people who are not a danger to the terrorists.)


Praising God Around the World: A QR Code Activity

Instructions for Parents and Teachers
Print the QR codes and descriptions below, cut them out, and attach them to the corresponding country on a world map on the wall or in an atlas. Download any QR code reader app on your smartphone or tablet. Have students use the app to scan the QR code and watch videos of Christians around the world praising God.

QR Code Description: Most of the people in Turkey are Muslims. A camp in Turkey gives Christian children the opportunity to spend time with other Christians. The words “Isa Masih” in the song mean “Jesus” in Turkish.
QR Code Description: Watch children in Bangladesh singing, jumping rope, playing cricket (a game like baseball), threshing rice, and riding on a bus. Dutch Christians took the video, and the captions are in Dutch, the language of the Netherlands.
Bangladesh has the fourth largest Muslim population in the world. Less than one percent of the people are Christians.
QR Code Description: A refugee is someone who flees from a place of danger to go to a safer place. The video shows Christian refugees in Indonesia who left their homes after Muslims attacked their area several years ago. They are singing about their joy in the Lord.
QR Code Description: Iranian Christians dance while chanting the names of God. On the video, their faces have been hidden to protect their identity because Christians in Iran are in danger of persecution by Iranian officials.
QR Code Description: A few years ago, officials in Vietnam warned members of a house church that it was against the law to display a “Joy to the World” banner at Christmastime. The officials also said the church could not have a Christmas celebration with neighbors and friends.

Officials in Vietnam still give tribal Christians a hard time, and the Christians still sing of their joy in Christ.

QR Code Description: Watch Christians worship at a church in Cuba, where freedom of religion is not always observed, and persecution still happens.