Published on March 6th, 2015
Daylight Saving Time (DST) will begin this year on March 8. Not all countries observe DST. (See the map.) Read the information below about time differences between the United States and some countries where Christians are persecuted.
Nigeria: Nigeria does not observe DST. During DST at 6 a.m. U.S. Central Time, it is 12:00 noon in Abuja, Nigeria.
Iraq: Iraq does not observe DST. During DST 6 a.m. U.S. Central Time, it is 2:00 p.m. in Iraq.
Syria: Syria observes DST, but it starts and ends on different days than in the U.S. During most days at 6 a.m. U.S. Central Time, it is 1:00 p.m. in Syria.
North Korea: North Korea does not observe DST. During DST at 6 a.m. U.S. Central Time, it is 8:00 p.m. in North Korea.
Maldives: Maldives does not observe DST. During DST at 6 a.m. U.S. Central Time, it is 4:00 p.m. in Maldives.
- Draw six clocks on paper or cardboard. What time is it where you are now? Draw hands on one clock to show the time to the nearest hour.
- Using the information above about time differences, figure out what time it is now in Nigeria, Iraq, Syria, North Korea, and Maldives. Label the clocks to show what countries they represent, and draw hands on the clocks to show what time it is in each country.
- What might children in those countries be doing now? Eating a meal? Sleeping? Getting home from school?
- Pray for children in the five countries. If you need more information about the countries, enter their names in the search box to locate facts and stories.
Dear Heavenly Father, please watch over children in North Korea who may be going to bed cold and hungry. Please meet their daily needs. Let them learn that Jesus loves them and that he can help people get through hard times. In Jesus’ name, amen.