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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.

Hidden Countries

The Voice of the Martyrs helps Christians and monitors persecution in more than 50 countries. Find 10 of the countries hidden in the sentences below. Search for these countries: Libya, Oman, Iran, India, Mali, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Cuba, and Brunei.

Find out about more countries where VOM works here.

  1. Amy found a mouse in the bedroom and the kitchen.
  2. Kings and queens often live in fine palaces.
  3. A camel is a useful animal in the desert.
  4. The mother bear and her cub are hibernating.
  5. Members of the runners’ club run eight miles every day.
  6. People sometimes write prayers in diaries and journals.
  7. The family rode to the beach in a taxi.
  8. The taxi ran out of gas on the way to the beach.
  9. The campers ate chili by a campfire.
  10. The workers went to the drab hut and helped the owners paint it.

Country Search Answers

  1. Oman: Amy found a mouse in the bedroom and the kitchen.
  2. Nepal: Kings and queens often live in fine palaces.
  3. Mali: A camel is a useful animal in the desert.
  4. Cuba: The mother bear and her cub are hibernating.
  5. Brenei: Members of the runners’ club run eight miles every day.
  6. India: People sometimes write prayers in diaries and journals.
  7. China: The family rode to the beach in a taxi.
  8. Iran: The taxi ran out of gas on the way to the beach.
  9. Libya: The campers ate chili by a campfire.
  10. Bhutan: The workers went to the drab hut and helped the owners paint it.

A Christmas Story from the Past

Cuba

Cuba: 1998
In 1969, the government ended Christmas as a holiday in Cuba. The government began to allow Christmas holidays again in 1997 out of respect to Pope John Paul II who was going to visit the country after Christmas.

(Source: Chase’s Calendar of Events)

Read the information above about Christmas returning to Cuba. Then read the story below, which was first posted on this site several years ago.
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Christians Bound Together

Cuba

Some students from Oklahoma Wesleyan University visited Cuba earlier this year. The students got to talk with a Cuban pastor, members of a church youth group, and other Cuban Christians. Read previous posts about their trip here and here.

A member of the visiting group shared what she saw and learned with The Voice of the Martyrs. Part of her story is below.

“It was especially nice for me to see a window into what children do. We were walking on the sidewalk as three children kicked around a plastic bottle lid on the concrete trying to keep it away from each other….They’ve got to have such imaginations.

“It was interesting to hear a Christian discuss how she had been taken by the police and when she returned to [the place where her group was meeting], it was packed and they held their worship service. Another Christian said if he’d been arrested, then the police would have been converted!

“The connection these people have with one another and the love that seems to bind them together is wonderful to see.”

(Edited from the original source for clarity.)


Opposing Evil

Some students from Oklahoma Wesleyan University visited Cuba earlier this year. The students got to talk with a Cuban pastor, members of a church youth group, and other Cuban Christians.

One of the students told The Voice of the Martyrs the story of Alberto, a Cuban Christian he met.

Alberto did very well in school. He was so smart that the government noticed him and arranged for him to get a good job, even though it was not a job he would have chosen if he were free to choose. But the Cuban government chose for him.

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