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What If Christianity Were Illegal?

Perpetua

The Voice of the Martyrs’ representatives visited an Arabic church in the United States. Members of the church are from Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq. The representatives showed the children at the church a DVD about Perpetua. [Learn more about Perpetua here.]

“At first, the children were sad that Perpetua and her friends died, but then they wanted to see it again,” said one of the VOM representatives. “They were truly inspired by her courage and faith.

“We asked the kids what they would do if they woke up one day and it was illegal to be a Christian. Their responses were interesting and honest.”

Read below what some of the children answered. As you read their answers, think about what your answer would be. [Read this post about a girl who was not sure if she would be strong enough to face persecution.]

First child’s answer: I would give my life for him [Jesus] because if I die and I believe in Jesus, then once I die, the next second I’ll be living [with Jesus].

Second child’s answer: I would stay a Christian.

Third child’s answer: If we hadn’t watched Perpetua…then I would have said “No, I’m not a Christian.” I would lie. But when I saw them standing up for what they believe in, that made me stronger inside.

Fourth child’s answer: I would say, “Okay, fine, I’m not a Christian anymore.” I’ll just lie, but I really am a Christian. Or I’ll just be a Christian and not tell anybody if I’m a Christian or not a Christian.

Fifth child’s answer: I would say that I am a Christian just because I know that if I die for Jesus, I would go to heaven and have a really happy life.

Sixth child’s answer: I would die for Jesus because if I die for him, my body will still stay here, and my soul will be up there. But it’s okay, because I would be with Jesus and I’d be in the best place in the world.


Where Do You Draw the Line?

There are Christians on my mom’s side of the family. I’ve got cousins who are Christians. It’s really cool; we exchange thoughts and opinions of our religions. We exchange facts and points. We get to see the other side of religions….They’ve never been to the mosque with me….I’ve been to the church with the Girl Scouts. — Fatima K. American Muslim

Previous posts tell about ways to make friends with Muslims and how to talk to them about your faith. Where should you draw the line in your friendship with Muslims?

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Double Country Word Find

Print the puzzle below. Hidden in the puzzle are the names of seven countries where Christian activities are limited in some way. Each country’s name is hidden TWICE. Look for the following countries running vertically (up and down), horizontally (across), or diagonally (slanted): Iraq, China, Nigeria, North Korea, India, Vietnam, Algeria.

N O R T H K O R E A
V I E T N A M A Z Y
N I B C C I N D I A
I I E W H T G S H A
G C G T I I W I C L
E X D E N R N R H G
R E V F R A A A I E
I N D I A I M Q N R
A L G E R I A U A I
N O R T H K O R E A

Refusing to Bow (A Skit for Younger Children)

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

For younger children, the teacher may read all the parts, and the children can act out the parts as they are read.

Characters
5 narrators
Nebuchadnezzar
Shadrach
Meshach
Abednego

Narrator #1: Nebuchadnezzar was a king who set up a huge statue. When music played, all the citizens were supposed to bow down and worship the statue. Anyone who refused to bow would be thrown into a blazing hot furnace.

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Iraq Then and Now

Cuneiform

Sumeria, called Shinar in the Old Testament, was the lower part of Mesopotamia, the area between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. The southern part of Mesopotamia was later called Babylonia. Daniel and his friends were taken to Babylon, the capital of Babylonia. (See Daniel 3.) Babylonia was in the region that is now called Iraq.

 

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