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Valentine Necklace

A VOM volunteer made a necklace as a reminder to pray for persecuted Christians. (See the photo.)

If you want to make a necklace like it, string red pony beads and pieces cut from colorful straws on red string, twine, or thick thread. Print a photo from this website or from prisoneralert.com, or cut one from a VOM newsletter.

Glue or tape the photo to a decorative label, thick paper, or cardstock. Glue two labels together if you want to make the backing thicker. [Optional: Cut the label in the shape of a heart before gluing on the photo.] Punch a hole near the top of the label, and tie it to the necklace.


A Ukrainian Treat

A Christian family who left Ukraine when it was part of the U.S.S.R. (see the previous post) shared the following recipe for a Ukrainian treat with Christians in their new country.

Angel Roll

Needed
4 eggs
½ cup of sugar
½ cup of flour
Strawberry jam

Instructions
1. Separate the 4 eggs and beat the whites until stiff.
2. Add the sugar, yolks, and flour one at time, beating until smooth after each addition.
3. Pour the mixture on buttered wax paper in a 9- by 13-inch cooking pan, spreading it to the edges.
4. Bake at 275 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes until a toothpick stuck in it comes out clean.
5. Spread strawberry jam on top. Roll it up, separating it from the wax paper as you go.
6. Slice into pieces ½- to 1-inch thick. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and nuts if desired.

Photo: The Ukrainian church in the photo above, first built in the 1800s, was destroyed by the Soviet government in the 1930s. It was rebuilt in 2005.


Ukrainian Children Encourage Prisoners

Christian children in Ukraine have been writing letters of encouragement to Christian prisoners and former prisoners. They are mailing the letters in the yellow mailbox to Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan. (See the photo.)

The Soviet Union (also called the U.S.S.R.) used to be the world’s most powerful Communist country. It split up into smaller countries in the early 1990’s. Ukraine, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan are four of the smaller countries. The Ukrainian children want to encourage Christians who have not been treated fairly by their governments.

You can also encourage Christians in prison for their faithful spreading of the gospel. To send greetings to a Christian prisoner in another country, visit prisoneralert.com. Click on the name of a prisoner, then on “Write a Letter.” Follow the instructions to complete the process.

Or, to send your own greeting, continue the process until you get to the step in which a prisoner’s address is shown. Then instead of finishing the process and printing the letter, use the address provided to mail a greeting. (Find more instructions here.) Go to a post office to ask how much postage you will need to mail the letter.


Inside a Vietnamese Prison

Prison cell in Asia

The previous post told about a pastor in Vietnam who spent time in prison because of his work for the Lord.

Read below about conditions in Vietnamese prisons and try the activity. You can find the activity and more about Christians in Vietnam in Bold Believers in Vietnam, available in the Downloads section.

Outside Work
Some Christian prisoners in Vietnam are forced to make bricks or to work in the fields outside the prison 12 to 16 hours a day, seven days a week. They get very little food, and guards may beat them if they don’t work fast enough. “But they’d rather go outside, because inside is even worse,” said one Christian.

Crowded Cells
The prison cells are dark, crowded, and noisy. Larger cells hold 100 or more people. In smaller cells, six to eight people may be kept in a space about 8 feet by 10 feet. The prisoners don’t have mattresses, blankets, or pillows. Sometimes they are not allowed to have Bibles.

Try This
Mark off an 8-foot by 10-foot empty space. Stay in the space with five other people for about 15 to 20 minutes. Talk about where you would sleep and how you would live if you had to stay in the space all the time. Pray for those in prison for Christ. Share any Scriptures you could recite if you didn’t have access to a Bible.

To Talk About
If you had to live in a Vietnamese prison, what would you say about life there? Read below what some Vietnamese prisoners said about their time in prison.

*“Being in prison gave me more time to have a deeper relationship with God.”

*“I learned more about the true values of life.”

*“It was an honor to serve the Lord in this way.”

*“Going to prison encouraged me to continue my Christian work when I got out. After being in prison, I was more willing to risk going back to prison again.”

*“In prison, I had the opportunity to lead my cellmates, and even guards, to Christ.”


Count in Filipino

Filipino and English are official languages of the Philippines. Filipino is said to have come from Tagalog, a language of the Philippines. Sometimes people call Filipino “Tagalog.” Filipino may also be referred to as “Pilipino.”

Learn to Count in Filipino
(Pronunciations are approximate.)

The first word in each group below is the English word, and the second is the Filipino word. The third part tells how to pronounce the Filipino word.

One. Isa. ee-SAH
Two. Dalawa. dah-lah-WAH
Three. Tatlo. taht-LOH
Four. Apat. ah-PAHT
Five. Lima. lee-MAH
Six. Anim. AH-neem
Seven. Pito. pee-TOH
Eight. Walo. wah-LOH
Nine. Siyam. shahm
Ten. Sampu. sahm-POO

(Source: Bold Believers in the Philippines. Read or download the book here.)

To Do
Count the number of Filipino children in the photo above using Filipino numbers.